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Ben: Wheaton will start over Martavis Bryant
Markus Wheaton | PIT
(August 2, 2015 12:43 PM EDT)
Appearing on Sirius XM Radio, Ben Roethlisberger stated that Markus Wheaton will be the Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver this season and predicted Wheaton will be Pittsburgh's "breakout player."
This should deal a blow to Martavis Bryant's skyrocketing ADP. "I think Markus Wheaton is our breakout player of the year," said Ben. "I want that. I want him to have that pressure. Because when we're in two wide receivers, he's our No. 2. And we're asking him to play outside. And we go three wide receivers, we ask him to move inside." Bryant's elbow procedure won't help his chances of earning a consistent role in two-wide receiver sets. Wheaton is coming off a highly disappointing 2014 campaign, but will be worth a late-round flier in all fantasy formats if he indeed keeps a full-time role in one of the NFL's premier offenses.
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Sam Bradford fully cleared for Eagles camp
Sam Bradford | PHI
(August 2, 2015 11:57 AM EDT)
Sam Bradford (knee) has been fully cleared for 11-on-11 drills.
Bradford is finally ready to let it rip after being limited at OTAs and minicamp. A recent independent study conducted by the Eagles showed Bradford has about a 10-to-12 percent chance of re-injuring his ACL, though coach Chip Kelly won't be putting any restrictions on his new franchise QB. Bradford shed his knee brace Sunday, another sign that he's back to 100 percent. Expect Bradford to begin creeping up fantasy draft boards in short order.
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Jason Kipnis (shoulder) sitting out on Sunday
Jason Kipnis | CLE
(August 2, 2015 1:25 PM EDT)
Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right shoulder.
The shoulder has limited Kipnis to designated hitter duty of late and now he's out of the lineup altogether. He had the shoulder examined and the Indians are expected to provide more on his status shortly. Carlos Santana is the DH Sunday, with Jerry Sands covering first base.
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Chase Utley (ankle) to begin rehab assignment
Chase Utley | PHI
(August 2, 2015 12:53 PM EDT)
Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Utley has been ramping up baseball activities since the All-Star break and is now ready to test things out in game action. He's hitting just .179/.257/.275 this season but reportedly discovered a mechanical flaw in his swing that he thinks was caused by his nagging ankle injury. Utley could be an August trade candidate if he turns things around at the plate.
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News


Donatas Motiejunas will be ready for camp?
Donatas Motiejunas | HOU
(August 2, 2015 10:15 AM EDT)
According to the Houston Chronicle, Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Motiejunas stepped up in a big way for the Rockets last season when Terrence Jones went down, and they badly missed his ability to space the floor in the postseason. The Rockets must be confident in Jones and Motiejunas because they didn't feel the need to re-sign Josh Smith, so that is certainly a good sign for their roles moving forward. Jones has more upside and will likely start, so Motiejunas' value will be held in check while the Rockets are at full strength. Rookie Montrezl Harrell was solid during the summer league, so don't be surprised if he is in the mix for minutes as well.
Houston Chronicle
Dwight Howard's knee has no lingering issues
Dwight Howard | HOU
(August 2, 2015 10:08 AM EDT)
According to the Houston Chronicle, Dwight Howard isn't having any lingering issues with his knee this summer.
Howard couldn't seem to stay healthy last season and only managed to play in 41 games, but it's definitely a good sign that his knee is holding up well during the offseason. He averaged 15.8 points, 10.5 boards and 1.3 blocks during the 2014-15 season, but he should easily improve upon those numbers next season if he manages to stay healthy. Clint Capela made a lot of strides last season, so the Rockets can feel confident knowing that they have a capable backup.
Houston Chronicle


Jonathan Bernier signs two-year deal with TOR
Jonathan Bernier | TOR
(August 2, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jonathan Bernier to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million.
Bernier will have an AAV of $4.15 million over the next two years. The two sides did go to arbitration with Bernier asking for $5.1 million dollars, while the Leafs were countering with $2.89 million. This appears to be a good deal for both sides, as Bernier will get paid and the Leafs have a two-year window to see if he can become a consistent number one goaltender.
Wild sign Erik Haula to two-year contract
Erik Haula | MIN
(August 2, 2015 10:15 AM EDT)
The Minnesota Wild have signed Erik Haula to a new two-year contract worth $2 million.
The two sides had an arbitration hearing on Friday, but they were able to come to terms on an extension before the arbitrator's ruling was announced. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 games last season.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


Kakko breaks through at Madeira Islands Open
Roope Kakko | PGA
(August 2, 2015 1:26 PM EDT)
Roope Kakko closed out the Madeira Islands Open -- Portugal -- BPI with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 to post 24-under 262, good for a three-stroke victory over Scotland's Scott Henry.
The 33-year-old from Finland hit 14 greens in regulation and needed only 24 putts at Clue de Golf do Santo da Serra today. He supported a chip-in eagle-2 at the 10th hole with seven birdies. While this is his first European Tour title, Kakko is only the second from Finland to hoist hardware on the circuit, joining five-time winner Mikko Ilonen. "I’m speechless," Kakko said. "I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it. There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today. ... I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes. I almost started crying with three holes to go; I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment."
Aphibarnrat captures Lawrie Match Play title
Kiradech Aphibarnrat | PGA
(August 2, 2015 12:59 PM EDT)
With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season.


Danny Bohn back in Bowman Gray Victory Lane
Danny Bohn | J65
(August 1, 2015 11:32 PM EDT)
Danny Bohn captured the checkered flag in the 199 Saturday night in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC.
It was his second win in a row in the event. Bohn also earned the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the Bowman Gray quarter-mile in 2014 out of the weekly modified division. Bohn gained the lead from George Brunnhoelzl III for the final time on Lap 155 and held on through three restarts. Polesitter Ryan Preece rallied from a flat tire early in the event to cross the finish line second while Jeremy Gerstner grabbed his first career podium in third place.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Ryan Blaney wins XFINITY U.S. Cellular 250
Ryan Blaney | 722
(August 1, 2015 11:05 PM EDT)
Ryan Blaney (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang) won the U.S. Cellular 250, his third victory in 37 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway. He started second in the lineup and led 252 laps of the 260-lap race. Blaney, who made seven of the 19 NXS starts so far this season, gained one spot to 24th in the championship standings.