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NFL

Cowboys confirm Dez Bryant will be franchised
Dez Bryant | DAL
(February 28, 2015 6:10 PM EST)
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed the team will use the franchise tag on free agent Dez Bryant.
"I think it would be a stretch to think we would have something done by Monday," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but that certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal." This has been the expectation all along. Dallas is in talks with Bryant, but the sides aren't expected to reach an agreement before the franchise-tag deadline. Bryant will make around $13 million if the Cowboys don't extend him by July 15.
Source:
FOX Sports Southwest
Texans LB Cushing recovering from 3 surgeries
Brian Cushing | HOU
(February 28, 2015 4:40 PM EST)
Texans ILB Brian Cushing is recovering from three offseason surgeries, one to his right wrist, one to his left ankle, and one to his left knee.
Add three to an already seemingly-countless number of surgeries Cushing has undergone as a pro. The ankle and knee were arthroscopic "clean-up" procedures, and the third operation repaired Cushing's fractured wrist. Cushing claims he'll be a full-go for training camp and could even participate in OTAs. Coming off his worst NFL season, Cushing could be facing a make-or-break year in Houston. He's owed $5.25 million in 2015 salary and bonuses.
Source:
Houston Chronicle

MLB

Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal
Dayan Viciedo | TOR
(February 28, 2015 8:55 PM EST)
Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract.
The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays.
CarGo (knee) to begin running bases next week
Carlos Gonzalez | COL
(February 28, 2015 6:31 PM EST)
Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.
CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day.
Source:
Rockies.mlb.com

NBA

Spencer Dinwiddie scores 20, Jackson benched
Spencer Dinwiddie | DET
(February 28, 2015 9:27 PM EST)
Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 20 points against the Wizards on Saturday with four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
He was fantastic tonight and coach Stan Van Gundy went with the rookie down the stretch. Dinwiddie attempted good shots all night and he also wasn't too shabby on defense. As nice as this was, the Pistons are still going to give Reggie Jackson a lot of run most nights. Dinwiddie is only worth an add in deep leagues for now, but keep an eye on him for his upside in several fantasy categories.
Barea starting alongside Rondo and Ellis
J.J. Barea | DAL
(February 28, 2015 8:26 PM EST)
J.J. Barea is starting alongside Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson and Dirk Nowitzki for Saturdy's game vs. the Nets.
The Mavericks are going small in order to match up better with the Nets, as they are currently starting Joe Johnson at power forward. It's going to be interesting to see how the Mavericks play with three ball-dominant guards on the court at the same time, but it's not likely to happen too often. Barea is capable of contributing a decent amount of points, assists and 3-pointers, but his value is still limited to deeper leagues for now. Bernard James started in place of Tyson Chandler (hip) on Wednesday against the Hawks and scored seven points with 11 rebounds and two blocks, but he will return to a bench role for tonight's contest.
Source:
Bryan Gutierrez on Twitter

NHL

Report: Ducks getting calls on Matt Beleskey
Matt Beleskey | ANA
(February 28, 2015 8:37 PM EST)
The Ducks are getting calls on Matt Beleskey, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Of course, the complication is that Beleskey, an unrestricted free agent, has been important to the Ducks this season, and they have hopes of going far in the playoffs. Beleskey has 21 goals and 30 points, in what has been a career season. The forward is out with a shoulder injury but has recently started to skate again.
Source:
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
Zdeno Chara gets PPG, assist in 4-1 win
Zdeno Chara | BOS
(February 28, 2015 8:19 PM EST)
Zdeno Chara scored on the power play and assisted in the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Chara still makes his presence felt in a positive way for Boston, even if his offensive production has slowed at 37. The goal was just his fifth of the season — first since Feb. 16 — and he now has 19 points. Fantasy owners will have to reel back their expectations next season. Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic matched Chara’s night with a goal and an assist of their own. Brad Marchand picked up the other goal.

PGA

Honda restart 10 am ET; Monday finish looms
Scott Stallings | PGA
(February 28, 2015 5:00 PM EST)
The third round of The Honda Classic is now expected to get back underway at 10 a.m ET on Sunday after heavy rain has caused addition work for the grounds crew at PGA National's Champion Course.
One would only have to follow a the bevy of golf scribes on Twitter to hear various reports of the rain fall and subsequent damage to the course, including a scoreboard floating in the lake off the 18th green. With that, the PGA TOUR staff has made the call to scratch the 7:00 a.m. restart in favor of the 10 a.m. time. That means several things. For starters, the players will not regroup before beginning the final round. It also ensures that the final round will not be completed on Sunday, and a Monday finish is a certainty. Scott Stallings was just about to tee off when the horn blew to suspend play and will have the full slate of 36 holes to complete beginning Sunday morning.
Source:
PGA TOUR Media on Twitter
G-Mac among notable MCs at The Honda Classic
Graeme McDowell | PGA
(February 28, 2015 12:49 PM EST)
Graeme McDowell completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 5-over-par 74-71=145 and missed the cut on the number.
G-Mac walked off with birdie at the par-5 18th in his second round, but that chased a double bogey at the par-3 17th where he splashed his tee ball. For the week, he split 19 (of 28) fairways, but hit only 19 greens in regulation. He squared seven bogeys and two doubles to erased an eagle and four birdies. This is his first missed cut anywhere since the 2014 Masters and first MC in a non-major since the 2013 Barclays. Other notables that missed the cut that we haven't already covered include: 145--Justin Rose; Zach Johnson; Harris English; Chris Kirk; Will MacKenzie ... 146--Keegan Bradley; Billy Horschel; Retief Goosen; Ernie Els ... 147--Justin Thomas; Freddie Jacobson; Tony Finau; Francesco Molinari; Ángel Cabrera ... 148--Shawn Stefani; Victor Dubuisson; Thomas Björn ... 149--Carlos Ortiz; Erik Compton ... 150--Graham DeLaet ... 153--Sang-moon Bae; Charl Schwartzel.

NASCAR

Matt Crafton wins Atlanta NCWTS race
Matt Crafton | 888
(February 28, 2015 7:34 PM EST)
Matt Crafton wins the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200, his sixth victory in 340 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is the No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With the victory today, Crafton moved up three spots to second in the 2015 NCWTS Championship standings, 2 points behind leader Tyler Reddick.
Kevin Harvick wins Hisense 250 XFINITY event
Kevin Harvick | 4
(February 28, 2015 4:34 PM EST)
Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick wins the Hisense 250, his 45th victory in 317 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is the No. 88 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro driver's fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 NXS races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is also Harvick's third consecutive NXS victory at the Hampton, Georgia track. He led a race-high 101 laps of the 163 lap event.