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NFL

Cowboys list Tony Romo (back) as questionable
Tony Romo | DAL
(October 31, 2014 3:17 PM EDT)
Tony Romo (back) is listed as questionable for Week 9 versus Arizona.
He missed a third straight practice on Friday. The fact that playcaller Scott Linehan sounded pessimistic about Romo's chances of playing after practice indicates Romo is on the doubtful side of his "Q" tag, but the Cowboys claim the decision will go down to game time. Regardless of which quarterback is under center, expect Dallas to lean heavily on its rushing attack against the Cards.
Ryan Mathews (MCL) practices, 'getting close'
Ryan Mathews | SD
(October 31, 2014 2:52 PM EDT)
Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) returned to a limited practice on Friday, and afterwards coach Mike McCoy announced Mathews is "getting close."
Mathews has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Dolphins, but he should be back following San Diego's Week 10 bye. He should also be owned in all leagues as the favorite for early-down carries and goal-line work in one of the league's best offenses. We expect Branden Oliver to stay involved once Mathews returns, but likely only as a passing-down back. Mathews is San Diego's bellcow runner and offers stretch-run RB1/2 upside in non-PPR leagues.
Source:
Michael Gehlken on Twitter

MLB

Rays exercise Ben Zobrist's option for 2015
Ben Zobrist | TB
(October 31, 2014 3:18 PM EDT)
Rays exercised INF/OF Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015.
Zobrist didn't have one of his better years at the plate with a .749 OPS, but he's still worth well more than $7.5 million, so it's a no-brainer move even for a team with a limited payroll. That said, it wouldn't be surprising if the Rays shopped him this winter, as he's slated for free agency after next season.
Byron Buxton has surgery on broken finger
Byron Buxton | MIN
(October 31, 2014 3:03 PM EDT)
Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton underwent surgery Friday to repair a fractured left middle finger.
Buxton was originally diagnosed with a dislocation as a result of a dive in the Arizona Fall League, but a hand specialist discovered the fracture. The good news is that he'll be recovered well before spring training. Buxton was limited to just 31 games this season due to a variety of ailments.
Source:
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

NBA

Spurs and Kawhi Leonard end contract talks
Kawhi Leonard | SA
(October 31, 2014 2:23 PM EDT)
The Spurs and Kawhi Leonard have ended talks about a contract extension, making Leonard will be a restricted free agent next summer.
Kawhi and his agent, Brian Elfus, want a max extension and the Spurs have no leverage here. He's easily one of the best players in the NBA under 24 and is coming off a Finals MVP. Last season, Leonard made 69 percent of his shots at the rim with ranking in the top 10 for field goal percentage on pull-up jumpers in the regular season (minimum average of 2.5 attempts at least 30 games). He'll make his debut tonight in a contract season, so get the fantasy stud in your lineup.
Source:
Yahoo! Sports
Brook Lopez suffers setback, no timetable
Brook Lopez | BKN
(October 31, 2014 1:27 PM EDT)
Brook Lopez is still experiencing pain in his right foot, and will not play in Saturday's game vs. Detroit.
There is currently no timetable set for Lopez' return, and this isn't a great start to his 2014-15 campaign. Mason Plumlee will continue to start in Brook's place, and he'll look to bounce-back after foul trouble limited him to just four points and four rebounds in his season debut.
Source:
Stefan Bondy on Twitter

NHL

Steve Mason is expected to start on Saturday
Steve Mason | PHI
(October 31, 2014 2:09 PM EDT)
Steve Mason will play between the pipes on Saturday.
Mason warmed the bench for four straight games following his disastrous start to the season. This is obviously an opportunity for him to bounce back, but if he doesn't capitalize on it than it will further weaken his position against Ray Emery in the battle for the starting job.
Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Vincent Lecavalier set to return on Saturday
Vincent Lecavalier | PHI
(October 31, 2014 2:07 PM EDT)
Vincent Lecavalier (foot) will rejoin the Flyers on Saturday.
Look for Lecavalier to play alongside R.J. Umberger and Wayne Simmonds. Lecavalier was out for seven consecutive contests.
Source:
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

PGA

VIDEO: Westwood's bogey-free 65 includes ace
Lee Westwood | PGA
(October 31, 2014 4:19 AM EDT)
Lee Westwood toured Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the CIMB Classic.
The Brit opened with an even-par 72, so he needed to put it into high gear if he was going to make a run at the title. He opened birdie-birdie at Nos. 1 and 2, and then added a third at the par-3 eighth from short range. At the next par 3 -- the 226-yard 11th -- Westwood wielded a hybrid and holed the tee ball for an ace. After waiting out the weather delay, he closed birdie-par-birdie and sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Source:
GolfChannel.com
Steve Sands: Graham DeLaet has 'bulging disc'
Graham DeLaet | PGA
(October 31, 2014 2:00 AM EDT)
In the live telecast of the second round of the CIMB Classic, Golf Channel's Steve Sands said that Graham DeLaet's withdrawal after one hole in the opening round was due to a "bulging disc."
This is the first reported detail of DeLaet's back injury. He had surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 3, 2010, and has dealt with mild aggravations since, but this week's WD was his first for the injury during a tournament in his career. Consider him an automatic question mark for next week's WGC-HSBC Champions. Warm, humid conditions similar to what the field is enduring in Kuala Lumpur do not aid a disc issue, so the weather is irrelevant to DeLaet's status moving forward.

NASCAR

Vickers posts fastest lap in Texas practice 1
Brian Vickers | 55
(October 31, 2014 2:34 PM EDT)
Brian Vickers posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the AAA 500 at Texas. His top speed was 199.218 mph.
The speeds were rising quickly in the closing laps, so fantasy owners should not be surprised to see even faster times in Friday night’s qualification session. Any of the top five should be considered a favorite to score the pole. Behind Vickers, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.
Chris Buescher leads Nationwide Practice 1
Chris Buescher | 760
(October 31, 2014 2:03 PM EDT)
Chris Buescher leads the first practice session for the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
The lap of 186.085 mph in the No. 60 Bit O Honey Ford Mustang was best of the 40 cars out on the track for this session. No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 6 Trevor Bayne, No. 33 Austin Dillon and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Carlos Contreras in the No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.