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NFL

'Optimism' Justin Blackmon will return in '15
Justin Blackmon | JAC
(January 25, 2015 4:29 PM EST)
FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports "lots of folks" inside the NFL are "optimistic" suspended WR Justin Blackmon will return to the Jaguars in 2015.
Just as Josh Gordon's Dynasty league owners get the worst news possible, Blackmon's get a ray of hope. The Jaguars hope to have an update on Blackmon's progress before May's draft, at which point they can begin planning for the 2015 season. Blackmon remains "suspended indefinitely," with no concrete date for potential reinstatement. At Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell's season-ending presser this past December, he said he'd "heard some good things" about Blackmon's recovery from substance abuse. Blackmon turned 25 two weeks ago. His return would be a huge boost for beleaguered Blake Bortles.
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Alex Marvez on Twitter
Josh Gordon suspended for consuming alcohol
Josh Gordon | CLE
(January 25, 2015 4:14 PM EST)
Profootballtalk's Mike Florio confirms Josh Gordon's one-year suspension stems from a failed test for alcohol, a substance Gordon was prohibited from consuming following his July 2014 DUI.
Consuming alcohol seems minor to all of us, but it was explicitly banned for Gordon as part of his DUI treatment plan. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, the NFL's substance abuse policy is "extremely strict and spelled out. He'll wait for 2016." Gordon will be 25 1/2 years old when the 2016 season kicks off. He led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22.
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Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

MLB

Brewers interested in bringing K-Rod back
Francisco Rodriguez | MLW
(January 25, 2015 7:15 PM EST)
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers are considering bringing back free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.
According to Haudricourt, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has had conversations in recent days with Scott Boras, the agent for K-Rod. It appears as if trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon have fallen apart and the team doesn't feel secure relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in the late innings. Rodriguez had a career resurgence in the Brewers bullpen in 2014, saving 44 games while posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 frames.
Source:
Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Brewers haven't talked Papelbon for two days
Jonathan Papelbon | PHI
(January 24, 2015 6:56 PM EST)
The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work.
Source:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NBA

Klay Thompson stays hot with 31 points Sun
Klay Thompson | GS
(January 25, 2015 10:55 PM EST)
Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the Warriors in a win over the Celtics on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
It's incredible to think that Thompson was able to score 37 points in a quarter during Friday's game over the Kings, so his owners might be starting to feel a little greedy and are probably yawning at this stat line. It's going to be interesting to see who ends up starting in the All-Star game in place of Kobe Bryant (shoulder), as James Harden and Klay Thompson are locked in an excting battle to take home the honors. Keep Thompson active in your lineup and enjoy the show.
DeMar DeRozan breaks out of funk w/ 25 points
DeMar DeRozan | TOR
(January 25, 2015 10:27 PM EST)
DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.
The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (20th most in the league).

NHL

John Tavares scores four in Team Toews' win
John Tavares | NYI
(January 25, 2015 8:24 PM EST)
John Tavares scored four goals in Team Toews' 17-12 win over Team Foligno in Sunday's NHL All-Star game.
The four goals tie an NHL All-Star game record which he now shares with five others. The 17 goals scored by Team Toews and the 29 goals combined are both All-Star game records. Flyers' forward Jakub Voracek led all skaters with six points, while Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks) and Patrice Bergeron (Bruins) had five points each.
Ryan Johansen wins All-Star game MVP
Ryan Johansen | CLM
(January 25, 2015 8:12 PM EST)
Ryan Johansen was named the MVP on Sunday's NHL All-Star game.
Johansen and Team Foligno lost, 17-12. The Blue Jackets' forward had two goals and one assist in the game. Islanders' forward John Tavares (four goals) probably deserved the MVP award, but the event was in Columbus, and the fans on Twitter had the final say. Only Anze Kopitar (Kings) and Zemgus Girgensons (Sabres) were held pointless in the game. Steven Stamkos (Lightning), Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Claude Giroux (Flyers) and Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) also had three points each for Team Foligno.

PGA

Bae plays on as his legal team fights at home
Sang-moon Bae | PGA
(January 25, 2015 8:53 PM EST)
Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.
Bill Haas emerges from pack to win Humana
Bill Haas | PGA
(January 25, 2015 6:55 PM EST)
Bill Haas steadied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at PGA West's Palmer Private to reach 22-under 266, securing his second victory at the Humana Challenge.
Haas got off to a shaky start, missing the green at the par-3 fourth that led to a bogey. He immediately bounced back with a 12'5" birdie roll on the par-4 fourth. The Wake Forest product added an eagle on the par-5 sixth and three more birdies along the way. Finally, he arrived on the 18th tee needing a par to win the tournament, but a poor drive resulted in an awkward lie just outside a fairway bunker. He recovered nicely and found himself two-putting for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. With this win, Haas secures his spot into the PGA Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

NASCAR

McMurray/Larson/Dixon/Kanaan win Rolex 24
Kyle Larson | 42
(January 25, 2015 4:24 PM EST)
Today’s race marked the sixth Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) in just 12 attempts.
CGRFS now holds the record for most Rolex 24 At Daytona wins in the 53-year history of the race (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015) – recently tied with Brumos Racing. This is the second Rolex 24 win for the No. 02 car (2006, 2015). With his first win, Jamie McMurray joined AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona. This marked the second Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Scott Dixon (2006, 2015), and the first for Tony Kanaan in just his second start with CGRFS. This marked the first Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Kyle Larson in just his second Rolex 24 start.-Chip Ganassi Racing
McMurray/Larson/Dixon/Kanaan win Rolex 24
Jamie McMurray | 1
(January 25, 2015 4:23 PM EST)
Today’s race marked the sixth Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) in just 12 attempts.
CGRFS now holds the record for most Rolex 24 At Daytona wins in the 53-year history of the race (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015) – recently tied with Brumos Racing. This is the second Rolex 24 win for the No. 02 car (2006, 2015). With his first win, Jamie McMurray joined AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona. This marked the second Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Scott Dixon (2006, 2015), and the first for Tony Kanaan in just his second start with CGRFS. This marked the first Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Kyle Larson in just his second Rolex 24 start.-Chip Ganassi Racing