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NFL

Report: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy
Colt McCoy | WAS
(November 25, 2014 11:14 PM EST)
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy in Week 13 at Indianapolis.
Schefter reports Robert Griffin III remains "a significant part" of the Redskins' long-term plan, but it appears the coaching staff has decided McCoy offers a better chance to be competitive at this moment. Coach Jay Gruden has not been able to run his offense with RG3 under center. McCoy has appeared in two games this year, completing 85.7 percent of his throws for 427 yards with a touchdown and an interception, engineering an upset of Dallas and leading the game-winning drive versus Tennessee. We suspect McCoy will close out the season as the Redskins' starter.
Source:
Adam Schefter on Twitter
'Without question' Lynch ready for Thursday
Marshawn Lynch | SEA
(November 25, 2014 6:26 PM EST)
Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch (back, illness) will "without question" play against the 49ers on Thanksgiving.
It's not a surprise, as coach Pete Carroll essentially guaranteed on Monday that Beast Mode would suit up for Seattle's grudge match with the 49ers. Lynch has been playing mostly dominant football, but on a short week against a tough run defense, he'll be a lower-end RB1 for Week 13.
Source:
Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com

MLB

Padres believed to have called on Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes | BOS
(November 25, 2014 11:45 PM EST)
Corey Brock of MLB.com said it's believed the Padres have talked with the Red Sox about a potential trade for Yoenis Cespedes.
After falling short in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, Brock cites a source that said the club has turned its attention to trades. Among the possible targets is Cespedes, who could be on his way out of a crowded Red Sox outfield. Brock mentions Ian Kennedy as a potential match in a trade, a name that has been brought up often when gossiping about a hypothetical deal between the clubs. Where there's smoke there's usually fire, but for now we'll have to settle for smoke.
Source:
Padres.mlb.com
Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
Chase Headley | NYY
(November 25, 2014 9:11 PM EST)
The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley.
Source:
CBSSports.com

NBA

DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings to 9-5 record
DeMarcus Cousins | SAC
(November 25, 2014 11:47 PM EST)
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.
DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season.
Darius Miller invisible as Pelicans' starter
Darius Miller | NO
(November 25, 2014 11:38 PM EST)
Darius Miller made his first start of the season at SF on Tuesday, but he finished scoreless with zero stats to his credit in 14 minutes of action.
Tyreke Evans slid over to SG with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely, and the early results with Miller at SF speak for themselves. Head coach Monty Williams will likely toy around with his lineups in the coming games, and Miller's fantasy offerings are too limited to reach for him outside of deeper leagues.

NHL

John Klingberg keeps rolling vs. Oilers
John Klingberg | DAL
(November 25, 2014 11:40 PM EST)
Stars defenseman John Klingberg continued the incredible start to his NHL career Tuesday as he picked up a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the Oilers.
The 22-year-old blueliner has now accumulated eight points in as many games and has proven that luck is on his side after tonight's goal was scored on a slapshot from outside the Oilers' zone. Tyler Seguin also continued to shine as he netted two goals for Dallas in the win.
Brian Elliott suffers lower-body injury
Brian Elliott | STL
(November 25, 2014 10:13 PM EST)
Blues goaltender Brian Elliott left Tuesday's game against the Senators due to a lower-body injury and will not return.
It's not yet known how severe the injury is, but an extended absence for Elliott could be a big blow for the Blues. He has been replaced in this game by Jake Allen, who is nursing the 2-0 lead he inherited.
Source:
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

PGA

McIlroy seizes his second Race to Dubai title
Rory McIlroy | PGA
(November 23, 2014 5:04 PM EST)
With the DP World Tour Championship complete, Rory McIlroy officially won the 2014 Race to Dubai.
McIlroy clinched the season-long award following last week's Turkish Airlines Open, but needed to wait out the finale before putting his mitts on the hardware. Instead of coasting to the finish line, the 25-year-old shared second place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai today, just two strokes off the pace of two-time defending champion Henrik Stenson. This is McIlroy's second R2D title in three seasons. "Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling," he said a week ago, "but I feel like I’m now a more complete player and my all-round game has moved to another level. I've put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it’s nice to get the rewards at the end of it." All told, the Ulsterman went 13-for-14 on the European Tour this season with four wins and a trio of runner-up finishes.
Source:
EuropeanTour.com
WGC-Cadillac gains 16 via final R2D standings
Ross Fisher | PGA
(November 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST)
Fifteen golfers qualified for the 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship when the final Race to Dubai ranking went official today.
The DP World Tour Championship marked the finale on the 2014 European Tour schedule. Golfers inside the top 20 not previously exempt into the no-cut perk at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course on March 5-8 earned berths. Ross Fisher of England finished 20th with 1,574,123 points, just 3,908 clear of 50-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez in 21st place. The Brit is one of 15 to gain entry into the WGC. The others: Henrik Stenson (2nd in R2D); Jamie Donaldson (4th); Victor Dubuisson (5th); Marcel Siem (7th); Brooks Koepka (8th); Alexander Levy (9th); Shane Lowry (10th); Joost Luiten (11th); Thomas Björn (12th); Ian Poulter (13th); Graeme McDowell (14th); Stephen Gallacher (16th); Louis Oosthuizen (17th); Mikko Ilonen (18th); Tommy Fleetwood (19th).

NASCAR

New crew chief for Scott in XFINITY Series
Brian Scott | 702
(November 25, 2014 7:29 PM EST)
Richard Childress Racing has hired Mike Hillman, Jr. to crew chief their No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team with driver Brian Scott in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Hillman, Jr, 36, comes to RCR with 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories and two series championships. Through 235 NCWTS starts he has also earned 93 top-five and 132 top-10 finishes, including 17 pole awards. This will be Scott's third year with RCR in the XFINITY Series. During that time, the 26-year-old driver has earned four pole awards, nine top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. He's coming off his best season with a final driver points standing of fourth place.-Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon to run most XFINITY races
Austin Dillon | 3
(November 25, 2014 12:45 PM EST)
Two-time NASCAR Champion Austin Dillon will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Rheem Manufacturing Company as primary sponsor on Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet for a majority of the 2015 season.
Dillon, the 2013 XFINITY (Nationwide) Series Champion, will drive the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet under the RCR banner during the 2015 season while maintaining a full schedule in RCR's No. 3 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner, 10-time pole winner and holds the record for most consecutive poles in series history.-Richard Childress Racing