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Giants LG Geoff Schwartz has dislocated toe
Geoff Schwartz | NYG
(August 22, 2014 8:52 PM EDT)
Giants LG Geoff Schwartz was forced from Friday's preseason game against the Jets with a dislocated toe.
Schwartz couldn't put any weight on his right foot as he was loaded onto a cart. A toe issue is obviously preferable to a foot or ankle, but it could still be a long-term injury. It's the last thing the Giants' beleaguered offensive line needs. On paper, Schwartz is the G-Men's second-best lineman after RT Justin Pugh. Eli Manning was running for his life even before Schwartz's injury.
Report: No decision on Josh Gordon this week
Josh Gordon | CLE
(August 22, 2014 3:56 PM EDT)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no decision on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Per FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo, the NFL Players Union and Gordon's reps were expecting a decision by the end of this week. RapSheet says one isn't coming, however. The holdup is believed to be due to a high volume of testimony on both sides stemming from Gordon's latest failed drug test. Gordon failed several drug tests in college, as well. He'll remain in limbo until appeals officer Harold Henderson makes a decision. Hopefully, it'll happen next week.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter


Peacock leaves with undisclosed injury Friday
Brad Peacock | HOU
(August 22, 2014 8:46 PM EDT)
Brad Peacock left Friday's start against the Indians with an undisclosed injury.
Peacock had been pretty good, holding the Indians to one run on two hits over five innings, before leaving with assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones before the bottom of the sixth inning. Peacock had thrown only 62 pitches before exiting. The Astros should provide an update shortly.
Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Report: Machado to have season-ending surgery
Manny Machado | BAL
(August 22, 2014 6:10 PM EDT)
A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery within a week.
Machado has been on the disabled list since August 12 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the third baseman had no timetable for resuming baseball activities. It's a huge loss for the first-place Orioles, who will now have to rely more heavily on Chris Davis and others to fill the position. Machado's season got off to a late start after left knee surgery last season, playing in just 82 games this year.
Tim Brown on Twitter


Kevin Love deal officially agreed upon
Kevin Love | CLE
(August 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT)
The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.
The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
USA Today
76ers dealing trade exception w/ Thad Young
Thaddeus Young | PHI
(August 22, 2014 9:29 AM EDT)
The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.
While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around.
Star Tribune


Contract talks still 'quiet' with Marc Staal
Marc Staal | NYR
(August 22, 2014 10:34 AM EDT)
Marc Staal's agent, Paul Krepelka, told via email that it's "all quiet on that front right now," while referring to contract talks with the Rangers.
Staal bounced back in 2013-14 from some serious injuries in his previous two seasons, which included an eye ailment and concussion issues. Former New York blueliner and Hall of Famer Brian Leetch wants to see the Blueshirts lock up Staal to a contract extension. "My fingers are always crossed that Marc can stay healthy because he's on the verge of getting to that next level," Leetch said. "Obviously, that's my hope for him, and I think he's an elite player with the ability to be a top D in the league if he can continue to play and get those reps."
Josh Harding impresses in pre-camp skate
Josh Harding | MIN
(August 21, 2014 3:21 PM EDT)
Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


Walker among the notable MCs at The Barclays
Jimmy Walker | PGA
(August 22, 2014 6:56 PM EDT)
At 3-over-par 71-74=145, Jimmy Walker missed the cut at The Barclays by two strokes.
While nothing special or damaging occurred on Thursday, that can't be said of today's loop around Ridgewood Country Club. Walker found only five (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, both no-no's when attempting to navigate the tight track. The imprecision led to five bogeys and a double that were only somewhat softened by four birdies. He entered the FedExCup Playoffs slotted second in the standings, so he'll be around for the duration, but it's a tough way to open after such an outstanding season. Other notables that failed to survive the cut include: 144--Brandt Snedeker; Ian Poulter ... 145--2012 champ Nick Watney; Graham DeLaet; Luke Donald ... 146--Webb Simpson; Harris English; Matt Every ... 147--Ryan Moore; Marc Leishman ... 148--Martin Kaymer; Camilo Villegas; J.B. Holmes; Freddie Jacobson.
Mickelson birdies last to make cut; MDF looms
Phil Mickelson | PGA
(August 22, 2014 6:28 PM EDT)
Phil Mickelson arrived at the halfway point of The Barclays in 1-over-par 71-72=143 and survived the cut on the number.
Rare is the time when Lefty visits the New York City metropolis and doesn't make news. Today was no exception as he hit a shot from a lie on the floor of a raised hospitality area long and left of the green 50 yards away at the drivable par-4 fifth hole. (See the link below for the vid.) He settled for a bogey, but the locals don't care. However, until he rolled in a birdie from 7'1" at the par-4 ninth to conclude his round, he sat outside the cut line. Seventy-nine golfers survived the cut, so a second cut of low 70 and ties will fall once 54 holes are complete. Mickelson arrived at Ridgewood Country Club ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings, so he doesn't have to sweat out the cut line for the top 100 that will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but five others in at 1-over 143 began the week outside the top 100 and will have to hustle on Saturday to extend their lives in the Playoffs.


Kyle Busch on pole for Food City 300
Kyle Busch | 18
(August 22, 2014 7:19 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular (No. 18 Toyota) Kyle Busch wins the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Food City 300 with a lap of 15.333 seconds, 125.142 mph.
This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 41st pole in 287 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races. It is his fifth pole and 15th top-10 NNS start in 2014. This is his fourth pole in 21 NNS races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Gordon just misses, starts 2nd at Bristol
Jeff Gordon | 24
(August 22, 2014 6:41 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon missed the pole by 8/1,000ths of a second and will lineup second for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race.
Gordon started on the front row last week and won the Pure Michigan 400. Starting up front is going to be one of his keys to success this week and Gordon should be considered a favorite to finish in the top five.