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NFL

Zach Ertz expected to make a leap in snaps
Zach Ertz | PHI
(June 30, 2015 12:14 PM EDT)
CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.
Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps.
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CSN Philly
Pettine: New TE Rob Housler is 'the ideal F'
Rob Housler | CLE
(June 30, 2015 9:14 AM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"
The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
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ESPN.com

MLB

Joc Pederson out of Dodgers' lineup Wednesday
Joc Pederson | LA
(July 1, 2015 6:35 PM EDT)
Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Pederson will take a seat with lefty Robbie Ray on the bump for the D'backs. Kike Hernandez will get the start in center field for Pederson on Wednesday.
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Rotoworld Daily Lineups
A-Gonz out of Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday
Adrian Gonzalez | LA
(July 1, 2015 6:33 PM EDT)
Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
With lefty Robbie Ray on the hill, Gonzalez and a few of the other left-handed hitting Dodgers are getting a rest. Scott Van Slyke started in his place at first base Wednesday.
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Rotoworld Daily Lineups

NBA

Paul Millsap agrees to stay with the Hawks
Paul Millsap | ATL
(July 1, 2015 6:37 PM EDT)
Paul Millsap has agreed to a three-year, $59 million deal to stay with the Hawks.
It's likely a three-year deal with the a player option for the third year. Millsap signing a deal is a big domino to fall here, so there are likely going to be some lesser power forwards agreeing to deals now. Millsap was wonderful with the Hawks last year and is great in their system, so look for him in the second round of drafts.
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Tony Jones on Twitter
Brandan Wright, Grizzlies agree on 3-yr deal
Brandan Wright | MEM
(July 1, 2015 6:34 PM EDT)
Brandan Wright and the Grizzlies have agreed on a three-year deal worth nearly $18 million.
He's an interesting player to the Grizzlies rotation in their second unit, which will be able to play with a bit more pace now. Wright picked up big playing time in April with the Suns, averaging 10.6 points, 7.0 boards, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals in 30.8 minutes per game during that span. He'll be someone to watch if Marc Gasol misses time due to injury. To be clear, the Grizzlies are heavy favorites to land Gasol.
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Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

NHL

Brad Richards signs one-year deal with Wings
Brad Richards | DET
(July 1, 2015 5:30 PM EDT)
Brad Richards has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Richards will earn a base salary of $3 million, but that can climb to $4 million after factoring in bonuses. He had 12 goals and 37 points in 76 contests in 2014-15. It's worth keeping an eye on him during training camp to see who he's playing with, but he's not likely to have much fantasy value in 2015-16.
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Darren Dreger on Twitter
Mike Green signs 3-year deal with Wings
Mike Green | DET
(July 1, 2015 3:58 PM EDT)
The Red Wings have signed UFA reargaurd Mike Green to a three-year deal, $18 million.
Even though he can't stay healthy for a prolonged period of time and has defensive shortcomings, Green is still a very valuable NHL defenseman. He is even more valuable as a fantasy player due to his scoring capability and his ability to run a power play. We see Green as a nice fit for the Red Wings as he is provides a much-needed right-handed shot from the point and wouldn't be surprised if he averages .65 points per game. The question is, how many games will he play?
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Bob McKenzie Twitter

PGA

Goosen headlines The Open's Final Qualifying
Retief Goosen | PGA
(June 30, 2015 6:54 PM EDT)
Retief Goosen completed 36-hole Final Qualifying for The Open Championship in 5-under-par 67-72=137 at Woburn Golf Club's Marquess' Course, and then survived a 3-for-1 playoff for a berth into the tournament proper.
Goosen hasn't competed in the season's third major since 2012. In St. Andrews' last two turns in the rotation, he finished T5 (2005) and sixth (2010). Amateur Paul Dunne or Ireland paced this qualifier at 9-under 70-65=135. In his only previous start in a PGA TOUR event, he missed the cut at Royal Liverpool last year. European Tour veteran Robert Dinwiddie took runner-up honors today at 6-under 70-68=138. The 32-year-old from England will be making his debut in The Open. Notables that failed to qualify today include: 140--Robert Rock ... 141--Mikael Lundberg ... 143--Colin Montgomerie; Kenneth Ferrie ... 145--Richard Green ... 146--Nick O'Hern ... 147--Nick Dougherty ... 149--Thorbjørn Olesen.
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TheOpen.com
R&A exempts six into The Open via the OWGR
Daniel Berger | PGA
(June 29, 2015 8:26 PM EDT)
The R&A announced today that six golfers have been added to the field of 156 at The Open Championship at St. Andrews on July 16-19.
With established criteria sending fewer than planned in recent weeks, the host organization for the season's third major used the latest Official World Golf Ranking to plug the gaps. By virtue of ranking highest among those not yet eligible, the following golfers have gained entry (* = will be making his tournament debut): Francesco Molinari (43rd in the OWGR); Matt Jones (67th); Tim Clark (71st); *David Lingmerth (72nd); Harris English (74th); *Daniel Berger (75th).

NASCAR

Gordon to run Rainbow Paint scheme at Bristol
Jeff Gordon | 24
(June 30, 2015 1:13 PM EDT)
The iconic 'rainbow paint scheme' will appear on Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS one last time under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.
Gordon has five wins at the famed half-mile track referred to as, "The Last Great Coliseum." Four of Gordon's wins were in the colorful rainbow paint scheme designed by legendary, motorsports artist, Sam Bass. "Ever since it was announced this year was my final season, the fans have been vocal on social media wanting us to run it again. Thanks to Axalta for allowing that to happen." said Gordon.-Axalta Coating Systems
Coby third at Riverhead, tied for points lead
Doug Coby | H02
(June 30, 2015 12:00 PM EDT)
Doug Coby finished third in Sunday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead (NY) Raceway.
He started the No. 2 Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet sixth in the lineup for the Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200. He is now tied with Ryan Preece, who finished eighth in the race, for the lead in the 2015 Whelen Modified championship standings. Both drivers have 251 points after the sixth race of the 16-race season.