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Lions president keeping tabs on Megatron
Calvin Johnson | DET
(February 5, 2016 4:10 PM EST)
Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.
Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract.
Tim Twentyman on Twitter
Haslam: Browns have reached out to Manziel
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(February 5, 2016 4:01 PM EST)
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team has reached out to Johnny Manziel "several times" without a response.
"We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person," said Haslam. Manziel's life is spiraling out of control. He was dropped by his agent on Friday and has reportedly refused to go to rehab despite his family's insistence. The most ominous quote came from Manziel's father, who told the Dallas Morning News, "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday." Manziel is living in denial right now and needs to get help immediately.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter


Cubs and Arrieta avoid arbitration at $10.7M
Jake Arrieta | CHC
(February 5, 2016 11:55 PM EST)
Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract.
The agreed-upon sum is $450,000 above the midpoint that the two sides filed at. It marks the largest one-year deal in history for a pitcher with four years of service time. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is fresh off an unbelievable 2015 season where he registered a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible again after next season, though there have been rumblings that the Cubs and Arrieta have been in discussions on a multi-year contract extension.
Associated Press
Giants sign Conor Gillaspie to minors deal
Conor Gillaspie | SF
(February 5, 2016 10:21 PM EST)
Giants signed INF Conor Gillaspie to a minor league contract.
The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training as well. The 28-year-old had a rough go of things in 2015, slashing .228/.269/.359 with four homers and 24 RBI in 75 games between the White Sox and Angels. He'll compete for a bench spot with the Giants.
Matt Eddy on Twitter


Woj: Kings weighing dismissal of George Karl
George Karl | SAC
(February 6, 2016 2:40 AM EST)
The Kings are weighing the dismissal of coach George Karl, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Well, that didn't take long and it's hard not to think about DeMarcus Cousins' comments from earlier this evening. Cousins said the team losing isn't because of the players and said it's "a bigger issue." There were some pretty heavy rumors of Karl and Cousins having problems back in the summer and it looks like it's back on. The Kings are in Boston on Sunday, so that should be fun with all the Boogie-Boston trade rumors from the summer, as well.
Yahoo! Sports
Trey Burke (flu) not traveling to Phoenix
Trey Burke | UTA
(February 6, 2016 2:37 AM EST)
Trey Burke (flu-like symptoms) will not be traveling with the team to Phoenix for Saturday's game.
While Burke could technically catch a later flight to Arizona, it seems much more likely that he'll spend Saturday's game on the sidelines, which would result in heavy minutes for Rodney Hood and Raul Neto. Hood will get an extremely favorable matchup tomorrow, and he'd be someone to target in DFS.
Jody Genessy on Twitter


Frederik Andersen has now won five straight
Frederik Andersen | ANA
(February 6, 2016 1:17 AM EST)
Frederik Andersen has now won five straight games.
Five wins and just nine goals against in the process, as Andersen turned away 23 of 25 Coyotes shots in Friday's 5-2 win. That's mighty fine play for any netminder, especially one who is fighting to keep his starting gig like Andersen. His record now stands at 10-8-5 on the season.
Doan ties Hawerchuk all-time in franchise PPG
Shane Doan | ARI
(February 6, 2016 1:11 AM EST)
With a flick of his wrists, Shane Doan tied Dale Hawerchuk for most all-time power play goals in franchise history.
Make that 122 career power play goals for the long time Captain. Doan leads the team in goals with 19, nine of which have come with the man advantage. For what it's worth, Doan is now tied with Thomas Vanek for eighth among active players in power play goals. Marian Hossa sits fifth with 138, Alex Ovechkin is second with 187, and Jaromir Jagr leads with 208 but ranks just 13th all-time.
Sarah McLellan on Twitter


Danny Lee joint second at the WMPO; one back
Danny Lee | PGA
(February 5, 2016 9:18 PM EST)
Danny Lee crafted a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 133, tied second with Rickie Fowler and one back of 36-hole leader James Hahn.
Lee chased 67 with today's seven-birdie against two-bogey effort in R2. He split 12 (of 14) fairways for a second straight day and leads the field thru 36 holes in driving accuracy (24/28) at a stellar 85.71 percent clip. The 25-year-old, who's never made the cut here in three previous tries, landed just 11 greens, but posted an eye-catching 1.545 putts per GIR. His split featured three birdies that traveled between 18 and 24 feet and circled three straight on Nos. 15-17 on his outward half.
R2 suspended; restart Saturday at 8:00 am MT
Shane Lowry | PGA
(February 5, 2016 8:41 PM EST)
The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended at 6:12 p.m. MT due to darkness and will resume on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Approximate R3 tee times are between 9-11 a.m.
No frost delays today like in yesterday's lid-lifter but all 130 players still couldn't get around. Overnight tri-leader Shane Lowry once again beat the horn, back-pedaling a bit with a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in R2. The 28-year-old was a steady 2-under on his loop thru 16 holes with four birdies against two bogeys, but then swallowed double bogey-6 on the drivable par-4 17th after putting his approach long and into the water. He responded with a birdie-3 from 3'7" at the par-4 18th, his fifth birdie on just 11 greens in regulation. Lowry's 7-under 135 is three adrift of 36-hole leader James Hahn.
PGA TOUR Media on Twitter


Smith to drive 2nd Max Force Racing #23 car
Brad Smith | A48
(February 5, 2016 11:22 PM EST)
Mobile Alabama’s Max Force Racing is expanding its stable to two ARCA teams starting with the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 February 13 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
ARCA veteran Brad Smith has been named the driver of the second entry, alongside his Daytona teammate Thomas "Moose" Praytor. Smith will be driving the Max Force Racing No. 23. According to Smith, his yearlong ride with Hylton Motorsports is still secure. "Since Sean (Corr) is running the 48 at Daytona, it worked out for all parties concerned that I would drive the 23 at Daytona for Max Force Racing. That way, the 49 car I was originally going to drive at Daytona, will be ready to go for Talladega." The Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona will be Smith’s first time back competing in a race event following his well-documented crash last year at Talladega Superspeedway.
ARCA Racing
Team Stange announces Frank Kimmel in the 46
Frank Kimmel | A46
(February 5, 2016 11:12 PM EST)
Team Stange Racing, LLC officially announced Friday that 10-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Frank Kimmel will drive the team’s No. 46 Ford in 2016, sponsored by JUICE® Replay™.
Kimmel won nine of his 10 series titles in the 46 car owned at the time by Larry Clement. Clement likes the idea of seeing the 46 car back on track with a familiar face on board. "It’s great to see Frank back in the 46 seat," Clement said. "I will be cheering him on right alongside all his fans." Team Stange is billing the return of Kimmel to the 46 as an "Encore Tour" with a plan to make way for Frank Kimmel II to drive the car in 2017.
ARCA Racing