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NFL

Kubiak names C.J. Anderson starter for OTAs
C.J. Anderson | DEN
(March 29, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson will open OTAs as the Broncos' starting tailback.
Kubiak said Anderson wasn't assured the job at the Combine, but sounded more committed to him at the NFL owners' meetings. "I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him," Kubiak said. "We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things. ... He's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."
Source:
denverbroncos.com
Stevan Ridley will begin FA visits this week
Stevan Ridley | FA
(March 29, 2015 8:20 AM EDT)
Free agent RB Stevan Ridley will visit with teams this week.
Coming off a torn ACL and MCL, Ridley is expected to be cleared in roughly six weeks. A reunion with New England seems unlikely given Ridley's similarities to LeGarrette Blount. The Cowboys showed interest in Ridley before they signed Darren McFadden. A light-footed power runner, Ridley is a bit one-dimensional but could help a team as an early-down chain mover if healthy.
Source:
ESPN Boston

MLB

Mujica will begin season as Red Sox closer
Edward Mujica | BOS
(March 29, 2015 6:38 PM EDT)
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.
Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Source:
WEEI.com
Robertson feels good after Sunday's outing
David Robertson | CWS
(March 29, 2015 6:07 PM EDT)
David Robertson (forearm) felt good after his scoreless inning of work in Sunday's Cactus League contest.
Robertson got three ground ball outs and allowed a double in his inning of work. After the White Sox closer indicated he was "feeling better than I did earlier in camp. Just needed some time to get the soreness out." It looks as though he should be ready to go for Opening Day and can safely be selected among the second tier of closers in fantasy drafts.
Source:
Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter

NBA

Michael Beasley bruises elbow Sunday vs. DET
Michael Beasley | MIA
(March 29, 2015 7:35 PM EDT)
Michael Beasley is questionable to return on Sunday due to a bruised elbow.
The Heat are coming apart at the seams, beginning the night extremely short-handed before losing both Beasley and Luol Deng (knee) on Sunday. If Beasley misses any time, James Ennis and Henry Walker will be thrust into bigger roles out of necessity.
Source:
Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
Luol Deng (knee contusion) out for game Sun
Luol Deng | MIA
(March 29, 2015 7:31 PM EDT)
Luol Deng suffered a left knee contusion vs. the Pistons on Sunday and will not return.
The Heat have had terrible luck with injuries this season, and knowing how cautious they tend to be with their players, it's possible that Deng's status could be in jeopardy for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. If Deng is forced to miss any time, James Ennis, Michael Beasley (elbow) and Henry Walker would all have to step up on the wing. Deng finished with four points, two boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.
Source:
Ira Winderman on Twitter

NHL

Roman Josi scores goal and assist in loss
Roman Josi | NAS
(March 29, 2015 7:34 PM EDT)
Roman Josi scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.
Josi opened the scoring at the 6:17 mark of the first period to give Nashville a 1-0 lead. He also picked up an assist on Seth Jones' third period goal. The 24-year-old has eight points in his last eight contests. Josi has an overall stat line of 15 goals and 55 points in 77 games. He is one of the most underrated players in the entire NHL.
David Perron to play vs. Sharks on Sunday
David Perron | PIT
(March 29, 2015 7:04 PM EDT)
David Perron will indeed play against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Originally though to be too sick to play, Perron instead will take his place on Sidney Crosby's wing. Perron's potted 12 goals, 21 points, 40 PIMs, and 84 hits through 36 games with the Penguins. He has 17 goals, 40 points, 60 PIMs, and 158 hits through 74 games with the Oilers and now Penguins.
Source:
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter

PGA

Jimmy Walker cruises to four-shot win at home
Jimmy Walker | PGA
(March 29, 2015 5:52 PM EDT)
Jimmy Walker glided to victory at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round to end his week at 11-under 277.
It was a runaway for Walker as he ends his week four strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth. The champ circled five birdies and squared three bogeys at TPC San Antonio today. Three of those birdies fell from between 15-18 feet, as he was able to call upon the flat stick when he needed it. He led the tournament in both greens in regulation and strokes gained: putting, which is a deadly combination. Perhaps sleeping in his own bed this week had an impact on his play. This is his second win on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 (Sony Open) and the fifth of his career. Walker is the first player to win for the second time on TOUR this season. Clearly his game is in excellent shape with the Masters just around the corner, but he'll gear up with one more primer at this week's Shell Houston Open.
Richie Ramsay emerges with victory in Morocco
Richie Ramsay | PGA
(March 29, 2015 1:20 PM EDT)
With a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his final round of the Trophee Hassan II, Richie Ramsay posted 10-under 272 and recorded a one-stroke victory over Romain Wattel.
This was anyone's title for the taking. The Scot was one of three to share the overnight lead, but only to capitalize on his position. He converted on seven birdies, including four in a row going out. His other three were also consecutive but on his inward nine. A bogey-triple bogey stumble at Nos. 7 and 8 kept the field alive, but only Wattel gave it a spirited run. After a ridiculous par at the par-5 15th, where the Frenchman flubbed his first chip-and-run from off the green and then holed his next, he closed par-birdie-par. His attempt to tie was all but lost when he missed the green at the par-4 last. Six others shared third place just two strokes adrift of Ramsay, who missed only 10 (of 52) fairways and 15 greens in regulation all week. It's his third European Tour title and fifth top-17 finish in this tournament. Overall, it's an astounding feat given he failed to cash in his first five starts of 2015.

NASCAR

David Ragan’s 1st top-5 in last 68 races
David Ragan | 18
(March 29, 2015 6:06 PM EDT)
David Ragan finished fifth in the STP 500 and earned his first top-five in his last 68 attempts. His latest two top-fives came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway of Talladega, which means fantasy owners have to go all the way back to 2011 at Richmond—while Ragan still raced for Jack Roush—to find his last top-five on an unrestricted track.
Richmond is coming up in three weeks, so Ragan should be able to keep his momentum alive. If Ragan can earned top-15s at Texas and Bristol he will be a permanent fixture on fantasy rosters once more.
4th in STP 500 keeps Kenseth streak alive
Matt Kenseth | 20
(March 29, 2015 5:58 PM EDT)
A fourth-place finish by Matt Kenseth in the STP 500 kept a current streak of four consecutive results of sixth or better at Martinsville alive for Matt Kenseth. He led 11 laps during the afternoon and challenged for the win near the end.
This strong run ended a two-race skid in 2015 in which Kenseth finished outside the top 15. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers ran strong at times and Kenseth probably looking forward to another short, flat track in Richmond in a couple of weeks.