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Report: Martavis Bryant 'tweaked' his knee
Martavis Bryant | PIT
(October 10, 2015 1:18 AM EDT)
FOX Sports' Ross Jones reports Martavis Bryant was absent from Thursday and Friday's practices because he "tweaked" his knee in last Monday's session.
The extent of the injury is unknown, but there are no indications Bryant will miss an extended period of time. This is better news than swirling rumors Martavis had fallen out of shape or was dealing with something off the field following his four-game ban. Barring a last-minute recovery, Bryant will spend Week 5 on the reserve/suspended list, and not play Monday night in San Diego.
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Cowboys to 'ride hot hand' at RB vs. Patriots
Joseph Randle | DAL
(October 9, 2015 9:50 PM EDT)
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday the team will "ride the hot hand" at running back against New England this week.
Jones said Joseph Randle would get the nominal start, Darren McFadden will enter "a couple series later," and Christine Michael will enter thereafter. Whomever performs the best in his early-game opportunities will lead the backfield the rest of the way. We'll be interested to see just how much running Dallas will actually be able to do against the Patriots, who are coming off a bye week. Without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant available to control the clock on offense, Rod Marinell's defense has been shredded in back-to-back games.
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Jacob deGrom magnificent, fans 13 Dodgers
Jacob deGrom | NYM
(October 10, 2015 1:07 AM EDT)
Jacob deGrom was magnificent in his postseason debut on Friday, tying Tom Seaver's franchise record with 13 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames as the Mets captured Game 1 of the NLDS.
DeGrom scattered just five hits and one intentional walk in his brilliant performance. It was the highest individual strikeout total in postseason history at Dodger Stadium, and also represented the first time in big league history that opposing starters had each fanned 11 or more hitters in a game. The next time that the 27-year-old hurler takes the hill will be in a decisive Game 5 of this series, or to begin the NLCS should the Mets successfully dispatch of the Dodgers.
Piscotty clubs two-run homer to put game away
Stephen Piscotty | STL
(October 9, 2015 9:46 PM EDT)
Stephen Piscotty clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over Jon Lester and the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.
Piscotty got the offense going in the first inning, doubling and racing around to score on a single off the bat of Matt Holliday. His impressive two-run shot off Pedro Strop in the eighth put the game away and provided more than enough support for John Lackey and company. After an impressive rookie season, Piscotty looks poised to be a major contributor in October.


Alex Len dominates, scores 21 points
Alex Len | PHO
(October 10, 2015 1:14 AM EDT)
Alex Len dominated against the Jazz on Friday during a 101-85 win, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.
He made mid-range shots, got to the rim off the dribble, and was phenomenal protecting the paint. Len showed some flashes last season and showed a little more touch at Las Vegas, so he could certainly be in for a big season. Even though he might only get 22-24 minutes behind Tyson Chandler, he is still worth a look in standard leagues.
Al Horford scores 10 points, makes two treys
Al Horford | ATL
(October 9, 2015 9:45 PM EDT)
Al Horford scored 10 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Pelicans during a 103-93 win on Friday.
Horford more than doubled his career high last season with 11 treys and the early indications are that he could double it yet again. He's certainly going to play more power forward this year and has a terrific style for standard fantasy leagues. You might be able to sneak him in the late second round.


Patrick Kane scores OT winner vs. NYI
Patrick Kane | CHI
(October 9, 2015 10:55 PM EDT)
Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in Friday's 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Kane spoiled the party for the Islanders, as this was their first game in Brooklyn. The 26-year-old tried to center the puck in overtime but it went off Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk and in the net. The goals were Kane's first two of the 2015-16 season. He now has three points in two games. Artem Anisimov opened the scoring for the 'Hawks in the game. Duncan Keith picked up a pair of assists in this contest.
Justin Abdelkader scores hat trick vs. TOR
Justin Abdelkader | DET
(October 9, 2015 10:31 PM EDT)
Justin Abdelkader scored a hat trick in Friday's 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Abdelkader scored two goals in the first period and he completed his hat trick at the 3:54 mark of the second period. The 28-year-old is coming off a career season that saw him score 23 goals and 44 points in 71 games last year. On top of his three goals, Abdelkader finished the night with three shots on goal, four hits and a plus-2 rating in 17:05 of ice time.


Win-win close gives Americans the lead, 7½-6½
Jordan Spieth | PGA
(October 10, 2015 12:09 AM EDT)
With wins on the last two holes of their foursomes match on Saturday at the Presidents Cup, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson hung up a 1-up victory over Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel.
Spieth connected for both conversions, the first from seven-and-a-half feet for birdie at the par-3 17th, and then from seven feet for par at the par-5 last. Jason Day had opportunities to match on both. His whiff at the penultimate hole started 12'4" from the hole, but he would have needed his look from just inside 18 feet at the last to drop to force a halve. However, after he found a fairway bunker off the tee, Schwartzel failed to escape. That opened the door for the Americans. It's a bitter loss for the Internationals given they turned in 3 up. Alas, they lost the par-4 10th after incurring a penalty off the tee, and then conceded the par-4 14th after another penalty. Both sides went 1-1-2 in this session. As four matches in four-ball begins, the U.S. holds a 7½-6½ lead.
Oosthuizen & Grace go 3-0-0 at Presidents Cup
Louis Oosthuizen | PGA
(October 9, 2015 10:46 PM EDT)
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace led off the scoring in Saturday's foursomes at the Presidents Cup with a 3-and-2 victory over Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.
The first match of the session was also the first to conclude at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea on Saturday morning. The point drew the Internationals even at 5½ on the scoreboard. En route to their third straight team win, the South Africans set the early tone with a six-footer for birdie at the par-4 first hole. They doubled the gap when Oosthuizen rolled in a birdie from 10-and-a-half feet at the par-5 third. Fowler's conversions for birdie at the par-3 fifth and for par at the par-3 eighth evened the match, but once again, Oosthuizen connected for birdie and the win at the par-4 ninth, this time from inside six feet. The Americans answered with a birdie-3 to go all square after 10, but International birdies at 11, 14 and 15 -- all for wins -- were too much for the visitors, who failed to find a par breaker on the last six holes played.


Austin Dillon wins NXS Drive for the Cure 300
Austin Dillon | 3
(October 10, 2015 12:45 AM EDT)
Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet SS) won the Drive for the Cure 300, his sixth victory in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
He started the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro on the pole and led 61 laps of the 200-lap event. This is his fourth victory and 14th top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon completed the season sweep at Charlotte with the win. It's the seventh sweep of Charlotte in NXS history.
Jeff Gordon has short bursts of speed
Jeff Gordon | 24
(October 9, 2015 9:48 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon posted the fifth-best, five-lap average speed in final practice for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. His top laps netted a 186.37 mph.
Gordon’s single fastest lap was outside the top 15, however, and he qualified only 22nd. Look for him to pass a few cars early, but then fall back. This team is smart enough to score a top-15, but that will not make them a good enough value to start.