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Panthers exercise Newton's 2015 team option
Cam Newton | CAR
(April 24, 2014 5:11 PM EDT)
Panthers exercised QB Cam Newton's fifth-year club option for 2015.
It means the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft is slated to earn $14.67 million in 2015, though that will only be the case if the sides can't agree on an extension before then. There's a strong chance a long-term deal is hammered out by next offseason, if not this summer. Carolina's franchise player is currently scheduled a bargain $3.378 million for 2014.
Albert Breer on Twitter
Report: Falcons 'remain focused' on Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney | CLG
(April 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT)
"Numerous league sources" tell CBS' Jason La Canfora the Falcons "remain very focused" on Jadeveon Clowney.
Both La Canfora and ESPN's Ed Werder reported earlier Thursday that the Falcons represented the Texans' best shot of trading out of the No. 1 spot. Thomas Dimitroff is perhaps the most aggressive general manager in the league, so it's entirely plausible that he has his eye on the draft's most-talented player, especially considering how limp the Falcons' pass rush was in 2013.


Chase Headley leaves with right calf injury
Chase Headley | SD
(April 24, 2014 7:51 PM EDT)
Chase Headley left Thursday's game against the Nationals with a right calf strain.
It's the same injury he dealt with for nearly a month during spring training. The severity of the strain isn't known yet, but it sure seems like something that will probably send him to the disabled list. Alexi Amarista took over at third base for Headley on Thursday.
Dennis Lin on Twitter
O's hoping to get Machado back next weekend
Manny Machado | BAL
(April 24, 2014 7:13 PM EDT)
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are eyeing next weekend as the return date for Manny Machado (knee).
Machado will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Frederick on Friday and the O's are expecting him to only need a week's worth of rehab games if all goes well. That would make May 2 as the target date for the third baseman. The Orioles figure to ease Machado in initially with a handful of off days early on, but he's someone fantasy owners are going to want to put back in their lineup immediately.
Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter


Josh McRoberts gets Flagrant-2 for LeBron hit
Josh McRoberts | CHA
(April 24, 2014 5:02 PM EDT)
Josh McRoberts has been given a Flagrant-2 foul and fined $20,000 for elbowing LeBron James during Wednesday's game.
The Bobcats are fortunate that their starting PF avoided a suspension, as he crushed LeBron's throat without making any real play on the ball. The Bobcats face a daunting 0-2 deficit in their first round series, and they'll look to gain some traction at home for Game 3 on Saturday.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Jamal Crawford (calf) ready to play in Game 3
Jamal Crawford | LAC
(April 24, 2014 2:55 PM EDT)
Jamal Crawford (calf) will play in Game 3 on Thursday, as the Clippers look to take a 2-1 lead over the Warriors.
Crawford aggravated his strained calf during Game 2 but still finished 4-of-8 from the field, far more efficient than his 2-of-11 performance in Game 1. The injury cost him 14 games during the regular season and we'll keep a close eye on him in case he does further damage by playing at less than 100 percent.
Dan Woike on Twitter


Jonas Gustavsson starts, Howard has the flu
Jonas Gustavsson | DET
(April 24, 2014 8:06 PM EDT)
Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal for the Red Wings in Game 4 against Boston.
The Red Wings are saying Jimmy Howard has the flu, so Gustavsson gets the surprise start.
Dan Rosen on Twitter
Ryan Getzlaf questionable to play in Game 5
Ryan Getzlaf | ANA
(April 24, 2014 3:37 PM EDT)
Ryan Getzlaf status for Game 5 is "up in the air right now," according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
He didn't play on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury and it's unclear if he'll be able to play on Friday. Boudreau added that Getzlaf is hoping to play, which could mean that he'll try to play through whatever is ailing him.
Greg Beacham on Twitter


Ben Martin sets course record @ TPC Louisiana
Ben Martin | PGA
(April 24, 2014 7:53 PM EDT)
Ben Martin experienced a day to remember in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after which he signed for a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62.
Martin is fresh off a T3 at Harbour Town, so his game travels. He hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in 10 birdies en route to the course record and personal low on the PGA TOUR. (Eight before him, including Andrew Svoboda in the morning wave, had shared the previous low of 64 at TPC Louisiana.) Somewhat amusingly, Martin connected four sets of birdie-birdie-par on his first 12 holes. Four of the eight birdies dropped in from beyond 10 feet, the longest measuring 26'6" at No. 5. He then holed his ninth birdie of the round from 19'6" at 13. The final par breaker was arguably the most impressive in that he chipped in from 18 yards at the par-3 17th. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting clip sat north of 4.030. Martin will sleep on a two-stroke lead and with a smile on his face.
Bogey-free Svoboda gets nasty; career-low 64
Andrew Svoboda | PGA
(April 24, 2014 3:01 PM EDT)
Andrew Svoboda torched TPC Louisiana for a bogey-free, 8-under-par 34-30=64 in his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
This was an incredible round of golf. Svoboda hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in eight birdies, six of which on his inward nine. The set featured conversions from 19'8", 24'6" and 12'7" at 1, 17 and 18, respectively. He didn't miss inside 20 feet! At last check, his strokes gained-putting clip sat at 3.157. Today's score goes in the books as his career low in his 33rd PGA TOUR start, and he's the eighth to match the course record.


Kevin Harvick top 10 laps in NNS Happy Hour
Kevin Harvick | 4
(April 24, 2014 8:07 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the Happy Hour practice for the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
The average speed of 119.759 mph in the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 19 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 31 Dylan Kwasniewski, No. 01 Landon Cassill, No. 9 Chase Elliott and No. 20 Daniel Suarez are the rest of the top five on this list.
James Buescher leads Nationwide Happy Hour
James Buescher | 799
(April 24, 2014 8:04 PM EDT)
James Buescher tops the speed chart in the Happy Hour practice session for the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
The No. 99 Toyota Camry driver ran a fast lap of 121.792 mph. No. 6 Trevor Bayne, No. 60 Chris Buescher, No. 16 Ryan Reed and No. 9 Chase Elliott round out the top five of the 40 cars out on the track. The No. 74 driven by Mike Harmon was the slowest in the final practice session.