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NFL

Andrew Quarless arrrested for gun offense
Andrew Quarless | GB
(July 4, 2015 11:34 AM EDT)
Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami Saturday morning after allegedly firing a gun twice during an altercation.
Quarless tried to flee the scene and hide the gun in a plant, but he was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public, a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail in Florida. No matter what happens in the legal system, Quarless is likely to face a significant suspension from the NFL. Nothing more than a mediocre talent, Quarless' days with the Packers could be finished.
Source:
Miami New Times
Report: Cowboys and Dez Bryant nearing deal
Dez Bryant | DAL
(July 4, 2015 9:46 AM EDT)
CBS Dallas Fort-Worth's Mike Fisher reports the Cowboys could announce a long-term deal with Dez Bryant as early as Monday.
"The two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level," Fisher said, "that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend." Rumors of an imminent deal between Bryant and the Cowboys have been swirling for days, but we have yet to hear anything official from either camp. The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a long-term deal.
Source:
CBSDFW.com

MLB

Patrick Corbin wins in Tommy John return
Patrick Corbin | ARZ
(July 5, 2015 1:41 AM EDT)
In his return from Tommy John surgery, Patrick Corbin pitched five innings of two-run ball and recorded a win over the Rockies on Saturday.
Corbin allowed eight hits, three for extra bases, but he was able to spread them around enough to leave with a lead. It helped a lot that he walked no one. His fastball was consistently in the low-90s, and 56 of his 76 pitches were strikes. Corbin isn't a recommended mixed-league pitcher just yet, but he definitely has the ability. He's well worth the flier in deeper leagues.
Mauer doubles and homers to down Royals
Joe Mauer | MIN
(July 4, 2015 11:08 PM EDT)
Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Royals.
Did somebody ask for fireworks in Kansas City? Mauer wasted little time putting the Twins on the board this Fourth of July, taking Joe Blanton deep to right after a Brian Dozier single in the first inning and staking his team to a 2-0 lead. Mauer would also double and single in the contest to finish 4-for-5. Despite a relatively light (by his standards) slash-line of .272/.341/.388, Mauer's been a productive run-producer and has now driven in 43 runs. His career best for RBI in a season was 96 in 2009 and while he's unlikely match that this year, an RBI total in the mid-to-high 80's is within reach at the rate he's currently going.

NBA

Kosta Koufos, Kings agree to 4-year deal
Kosta Koufos | SAC
(July 4, 2015 11:02 PM EDT)
Kosta Koufos and the Kings agreed to a four-year, $33 million deal.
The Kings were able to pry Koufos away from teams like the Clippers, but they did have to pay up for a backup big man. Coach George Karl was a fan of Kosta in Denver and he may use him at power forward. He fared very well at rim protection last season, but that was in a terrific Memphis system. Koufos wasn't able to step up in three starts last season, so he doesn't have great handcuff value. Plus, he only had an 11.5 usage rate as a power forward next to Marc Gasol last season. The Kings have arguably the best center in basketball, but they drafted a center at six and their biggest contract of the offseason was also to a center.
Source:
Marc Stein on Twitter
Kyle O'Quinn to sign with Knicks
Kyle O'Quinn | NY
(July 4, 2015 7:06 PM EDT)
Kyle O'Quinn and the Knicks have agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal.
He couldn't get playing time with Jacque Vaughn, but maybe he can with Derek Fisher. O'Quinn is a solid defender when he's not fouling everything with a basketball and should be a useful backup to Robin Lopez. That said, a four-year deal seems odd for KOQ.

NHL

Devan Dubnyk officially signs with the Wild
Devan Dubnyk | MIN
(July 4, 2015 5:49 PM EDT)
The Minnesota Wild have officially announced the signing of Devan Dubnyk to a six-year/$26 million contract.
Dubnyk was sensational for the Wild after being traded from the Coyotes on January 14 as he went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He went from a backup goalie in Arizona to being a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. "The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Star Tribune on June 27. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I'm real excited."
Source:
NHL.com
Sabres sign Ryan O'Reilly to 7-year contract
Ryan O'Reilly | BUF
(July 3, 2015 2:50 PM EDT)
Ryan O'Reilly has inked a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
O'Reilly will get the vast majority of his money in the form of signing bonuses. He is a better player than he is fantasy contributor in standard leagues as a lot of his value comes from the fact that he plays a two-way game. If we were to just focus on his offense, then O'Reilly is unlikely to ever significantly surpass his current career-highs of 28 goals and 64 points, which he set in 2013-14. Even factoring in what he brings to the table defensively though, his cap hit is excessive. The Avalanche were justified in trading him rather than concede to his demands.
Source:
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

PGA

Molder makes it a four-top in West Virginia
Bryce Molder | PGA
(July 4, 2015 6:13 PM EDT)
Bryce Molder signed for a 3-under-par 31-36=67 after today's third round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 11-under 199, good for a four-way tie for the lead after 54 holes with Jason Bohn, Sean O'Hair, and S.J. Park.
Molder, playing in the penultimate pairing with Chad Collins, began his final frame in a six-way logjam at 8-under (T3) and just one off the pace. He grabbed some early momentum, circling three birdies on his outward half, but stalled out with nine consecutive pars to conclude his day. On a positive note, he stayed in the title chase by going 4-for-4 in scrambling on his inward nine, three of those were par-saving putts between five and seven feet. Molder, 102nd in the FedExCup standings, split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, and with three rounds in the books, he ranks first in strokes gained: putting and T1 in strokes gained: total. The 36-year-old hit on his season-best T3 (18 starts) at the season-opening Frys.com Open back in October and is his only top 10 of his 2014-15 campaign. Coincidentally, his lone PGA TOUR win (225 career starts) came at the Frys.com Open as well, in 2011.
S.J. Park shares lead at Greenbrier; 18 to go
S.J. Park | PGA
(July 4, 2015 5:52 PM EDT)
S.J. Park tacked on a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's third round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 11-under 199, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Jason Bohn, Sean O'Hair and Bryce Molder.
Park, a rookie on the PGA TOUR, began the festivities at 7-under (T10) and two shots adrift. The 29-year-old is making some splash in his Greenbrier debut, not only tied for the lead, but played his second consecutive round without a blemish on the card. In fact, it's been 49 holes since he last squared bogey at the sixth hole in the first round. Further, it's his only bogey of the week, currently first in that stat for the tournament. Park split 12 (of 14) fairways on Saturday, and landed 15 greens in regulation, circling par breakers on Nos. 2, 8, 10 and 16. His 15'2" roll on the par-4 10th was his longest conversion on the day. His highlight of the round however, came at the par-3 eighth, flying his tee ball 199 yards to 11 inches for the gimme birdie. Park is 10-for-20 on his 2014-15 campaign with a season-best T2 at the Humana Challenge, his only top-25 finish of the season.

NASCAR

Austin Dillon wins Subway Firecracker 250
Austin Dillon | 3
(July 4, 2015 11:34 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon won the Subway Firecracker 250 , his fifth victory in 90 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro driver's third NXS victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Daytona International Speedway.
Abreu earns second consecutive K&N-East pole
Rico Abreu | E98
(July 4, 2015 7:37 PM EDT)
Rico Abreu, the Rutherford, California, native captured the Coors Light Pole Award for the second-consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race when he took top qualifying honors at Columbus Motor Speedway in advance of the NAPA 150.
He turned a fast lap of 14.154 seconds (84.659 mph) around the .333-mile oval to set the series’ track qualifying record. The previous mark of 14.176 (84.565) was established by Max Gresham in 2011. Tonight’s NAPA 150 will be just the seventh series race for Abreu, who came to NASCAR this year from dirt sprint cars. His first pole was earned on June 20 at Virginia’s Langley Speedway.
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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East