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NFL

Report: Bucs to activate Charles Sims by Sat.
Charles Sims | TB
(October 31, 2014 4:04 PM EDT)
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Bucs are expected to activate rookie Charles Sims from the injured reserve-designated for return list by 4pm ET on Saturday.
The Bucs' third-round pick is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Browns, but his role remains unclear. The Tampa coaching staff likely hasn't even decided fully yet. Expect Bobby Rainey to get the start, and Sims to be eased in. That would be the conservative projection, of course. There is an outside chance Sims could become a useful flex play by as early as Week 10 against Atlanta. He should be rostered in leagues of all sizes.
Source:
Adam Caplan on Twitter
Cowboys list Tony Romo (back) as questionable
Tony Romo | DAL
(October 31, 2014 3:17 PM EDT)
Tony Romo (back) is listed as questionable for Week 9 versus Arizona.
He missed a third straight practice on Friday. The fact that playcaller Scott Linehan sounded pessimistic about Romo's chances of playing after practice indicates Romo is on the doubtful side of his "Q" tag, but the Cowboys claim the decision will go down to game time. Regardless of which quarterback is under center, expect Dallas to lean heavily on its rushing attack against the Cards.

MLB

Rockies exercise Hawkins' option for 2015
LaTroy Hawkins | COL
(October 31, 2014 5:01 PM EDT)
Rockies exercised RHP LaTroy Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015.
Hawkins fared pretty well as the Rockies' closer in 2014, posting a 3.31 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while converting 23 of 26 save chances. He should enter the 2015 campaign at the back-end of the bullpen again for the Colorado.
Alex Rios' 2015 option declined by Rangers
Alex Rios | TEX
(October 31, 2014 4:15 PM EDT)
Rangers declined OF Alex Rios' $13.5 million option for 2015.
He'll receive a $1 million buyout instead. Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. Even with the power outage, he shouldn't have trouble finding a starting job this offseason.
Source:
Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter

NBA

Jeremy Lin gets on the board with 17-4-9 line
Jeremy Lin | LAK
(November 1, 2014 2:03 AM EDT)
Jeremy Lin finally got on the board with fantasy owners on Friday against the Clippers, scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
Lin even waved Kobe off at one point and drew praise from the Mamba after the game for it. There are going to be ups and downs playing for a bad team, but Lin's mid-round upside is right there for the taking and he should be worth owning and/or starting as long as he's healthy.
Griffin hits 11-of-12 FTs, scores 39 vs. LAL
Blake Griffin | LAC
(November 1, 2014 1:58 AM EDT)
Blake Griffin poured in 39 points in Friday's win over the Lakers, hitting 13-of-23 shots (2-of-2 3PTs, 11-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and four assists.
Griffin did not have a steal or block but who cares when he's humming like this. If he's going to hit his free throws it's going to be a long season for his fantasy opponents.

NHL

Jimmy Howard stops 28 shots in win
Jimmy Howard | DET
(October 31, 2014 10:40 PM EDT)
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of Los Angeles’ 30 shots in Detroit’s 5-2 win on Friday.
Howard has now surrendered two goals or less in six of his eight starts this season. The 30-year-old has been stellar for Detroit and gives them a chance to win every night. After a very average 2013-14 season, it’s nice to see Howard bounce back in a big way. He is now 5-1-2 with a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this season.
Datsyuk scores two goals and assist in win
Pavel Datsyuk | DET
(October 31, 2014 10:24 PM EDT)
Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals and an assist in Detroit’s 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Friday night.
The 36-year-old scored Detroit’s second goal to make it 2-0, and added the empty netter late in the third. Datsyuk has registered at least one point in each of the five games he’s played since returning from a shoulder injury. He now has four goals and eight points in those five games.

PGA

Third round of CIMB resumes at 2:42 a.m. ET
Brendon de Jonge | PGA
(November 1, 2014 12:29 AM EDT)
The third round of the CIMB Classic was delayed for inclement weather at 12:21 p.m. local time (12:21 a.m. ET). UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 2:45 p.m. local time. UPDATE #2: Play resumed officially at 2:42 p.m. local time.
This is the earliest the horn has sounded in any of the three days in Kuala Lumpur. None of the 77 golfers that remain in the field have finished 54 holes. All have completed at least nine. When play resumes, Brendon de Jonge will polish off what has been a fruitful day. He's 6-under-par through 17 holes with seven birdies against one bogey. He opened the tournament with a 2-under 70 to prove that the playoff loss in Sea Island and the long travel didn't put an end to his momentum, but the week may have caught up with him on Friday as he shot 1-over 73. However, with today's effort thus far, he sits T11 at 7-under through 53 holes, just five strokes off the pace of Sergio Garcia, who is through 10 holes in his third round. Incidentally, preferred lies has been in play throughout the tournament.
Source:
PGA TOUR Media on Twitter
VIDEO: Westwood's bogey-free 65 includes ace
Lee Westwood | PGA
(October 31, 2014 4:19 AM EDT)
Lee Westwood toured Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the CIMB Classic.
The Brit opened with an even-par 72, so he needed to put it into high gear if he was going to make a run at the title. He opened birdie-birdie at Nos. 1 and 2, and then added a third at the par-3 eighth from short range. At the next par 3 -- the 226-yard 11th -- Westwood wielded a hybrid and holed the tee ball for an ace. (For the vid, click on the link below.) After waiting out the weather delay, he closed birdie-par-birdie and sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Source:
GolfChannel.com

NASCAR

Kyle Busch wins Fort Worth truck race
Kyle Busch | 18
(October 31, 2014 11:52 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch wins the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, his 42nd victory in 124 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra driver's seventh NCWTS victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2014. It is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 12 NCWTS races at Texas Motor Speedway. This is Kyle Busch Motorsports' 12th win of 2014, which ties Ultra Motorsports for the all-time single-season high in victories (2001). With the victory, Toyota has clinched the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturers' Championship.
Gordon misses pole by 1/1,000ths of a second
Jeff Gordon | 24
(October 31, 2014 7:59 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon came within 1/1,000ths of a second of matching Matt Kenseth’s pole winning speed and will line up second to start Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. Gordon’s speed was 199.291 mph.
Gordon started much further back in 12th this spring but was still able to advance to second and challenge Joey Logano for the victory. If he stays out of trouble this week, he should be considered a lock to finish in the top five.