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2014 first-rounder Smith on roster bubble?
Marcus Smith | PHI
(August 29, 2015 12:41 PM EDT)
The Newark Star-Ledger's Eliot Shorr-Parks said OLB Marcus Smith (hamstring) is on the roster bubble.
When asked if Smith would be on the final roster, Shorr-Parks put his chances at 51 percent. Smith was working as the primary backup at outside linebacker before injuring his hamstring, but coach Chip Kelly was noncommittal on Smith's roster status following the injury. Kelly has already said he had little to do with drafting Smith in the first round last year, and the coach has a history of cutting ties with big-name players. The Eagles' lack of depth at outside linebacker should allow Smith to make the roster, but he needs to make an impact this season.
Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter
Report: Skins to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1
Kirk Cousins | WAS
(August 29, 2015 11:14 AM EDT)
ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1 against the Dolphins.
Russini made her bones as a D.C. reporter, so she is as plugged into the team as any national reporter. ESPN's Ed Werder reported GM Scot McCloughan is "determined to change team culture" and could decide to move on from Robert Griffin III. The mystifying situation surrounding Griffin's concussion may have given McCloughan a prime opportunity to cut ties. Cousins is the owner of a career 59-percent completion rate and has an 18:19 TD-to-INT ratio across 14 NFL appearances.
Dianna Marie Russini on Twitter


Mets making progress toward adding reliever
Jeurys Familia | NYM
(August 29, 2015 2:39 PM EDT)
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets are making progress toward acquiring another reliever.
While there's no guarantee that a deal gets done, Rubin notes that the talks are substantive and tangible. With Bobby Parnell on the disabled list and Jenrry Mejia suspended, the Mets could use another solid arm in the late innings, even after the addition of Tyler Clippard at the trade deadline.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
Iglesias saddled with loss despite 10 K's
Raisel Iglesias | CIN
(August 29, 2015 1:19 AM EDT)
Raisel Iglesias couldn't translate his 10 strikeouts into a win against the Brewers on Friday, as he allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in the 5-0 defeat.
Iglesias struck out 10 Brewers and walked just two, but opposing starter Taylor Jungmann was just a tad bit better. Given that the Reds scored zero runs, Iglesias probably would have been stuck with a loss no matter what he did. He'll try to improve on his 3-6 record when he takes a 3.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 87/23 K/BB ratio (across 80 1/3 innings) into his next start, a Wednesday afternoon road outing against the Cubs.


Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson has lost weight
Al Jefferson | CHA
(August 29, 2015 1:33 PM EDT)
Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.
"I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds.
Charlotte Observer
Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum could start?
Meyers Leonard | POR
(August 28, 2015 11:19 AM EDT)
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.
After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target.


Mark Stone's wrist back to 100 percent
Mark Stone | OTT
(August 28, 2015 1:50 PM EDT)
Mark Stone said he has fully recovered from a wrist injury.
"I've felt great out there, the last couple of skates," he said. "The shot feels good, the hands feel good, the legs are starting to come along. I'm 100 percent." He suffered a microfracture and some ligament damage in his wrist when he was slashed in the playoffs. Stone also feels motivated to prove that he is worth the three-year, $10.5 million contract that Ottawa rewarded him with after he was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy last year. Stone was placed alongside Kyle Turris at the start of February and the duo is expected to be together this campaign on the Senators' top line.
Ottawa Citizen
Canes, Lindholm agree to 2-year extension
Elias Lindholm | CAR
(August 27, 2015 6:57 PM EDT)
Elias Lindholm has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million.
He will make $2.5 million in 2016-17 and then $2.9 million during the 2017-18 campaign. Lindholm, who was the fifth overall pick in 2013, showed plenty of promise last season while recording 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional," GM Ron Francis said after the signing.
Raleigh News & Observer


Ortiz rides career-low 62 to clubhouse lead
Carlos Ortiz | PGA
(August 29, 2015 1:26 PM EDT)
PGA TOUR rookie Carlos Ortiz smoothed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.
Ortiz began the day one better than the cut-line at 1-over (T50) and eight shots adrift of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. With the lead pairing still an hour from heading out, Ortiz was putting the wraps on an eight-birdie loop of Plainfield CC, vaulting 49 places on the live leaderboard to tie the top spot. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed just 12 greens in regulation, but registered 4.880 in strokes gained: putting and 1.417 putts per GIR at the time he signed his card. The 24-year-old's set included six conversions from inside nine feet and was highlighted by a hole-out, birdie-4 from a green-side bunker at the 16th. His 62 is career best in 95 rounds, eclipsing a 65 he shot in the final round of the 2014-15 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Pieters shakes off penalty; leads in Prague
Thomas Pieters | PGA
(August 29, 2015 12:57 PM EDT)
Thomas Pieters hung up a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round three of the D+D REAL Czech Masters and holds a one-shot lead over Pelle Edberg after 54 holes.
And yet his margin could have been wider. At the 11th hole, Pieters struck his second shot from the rough but then discovered he'd played the wrong ball. That incurred a two-shot penalty and turned a par into a double bogey-6. He responded with three birdies in his next five holes and meant he didn't waste a golden start which saw him bag an eagle-3 at the opening holes and add birdies at 2, 8, 9 and 10. The 65 took him to 17-under 199, one clear of Edberg and four in front of Thorbjorn Olesen in third. Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert Dinwiddie (both -12) are the only other players double digits under par so Pieters is in great position to land his first European Tour title. The 23-year-old, who hit 17 greens in regulation in round three, said, "The 11th hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have been a lower one but I’m still really happy with the way I played. I need to stay patient tomorrow."


Paul Menard leads XFINITY Final Practice
Paul Menard | 27
(August 28, 2015 8:09 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard (No. 33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet Camaro) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
He ran a fast lap of 108.202 mph. No. 54 Boris Said, No. 9 Chase Elliott, No. 22 Ryan Blaney and No. 3 Ty Dillon round out the top-five of the 33 cars out on the track. The No. 89 Chevrolet driven by Morgan Shepherd was the slowest in the final practice session.
Ben Rhodes leads XFINITY Practice 1
Ben Rhodes | 788
(August 28, 2015 5:32 PM EDT)
Ben Rhodes (No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Camaro) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
The lap of 108.5 mph was best of the 36 cars out on the road course for this session. No. 9 Chase Elliott, No. 22 Ryan Blaney, No. 42 Justin Marks and No. 2 Brian Scott are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Derrike Cope in the No. 70 Chevrolet was the slowest.