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Odell Beckham to miss at least another week
Odell Beckham | NYG
(July 28, 2014 9:33 PM EDT)
Odell Beckham (hamstring) will miss at least another week after his MRI came back negative for a tear on Monday.
While it's good he doesn't have a tear, Beckham's strain has lingered since the spring and become a fairly major concern early in training camp. The Giants hope he'll be back by their second preseason game. OBJ is competing for snaps with Jerrel Jernigan behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. If he can't kick the injury, it's conceivable Beckham would open the season as the Giants' No. 4 receiver. We don't see much reason to take a flier on OBJ in re-draft leagues.
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Cardinals OLB John Abraham busted for DUI
John Abraham | ARZ
(July 28, 2014 8:45 PM EDT)
Cardinals OLB John Abraham was arrested and charged with DUI in Atlanta on June 29.
This may explain why Abraham, 36, has yet to show up to Cardinals camp. He was previously busted for DWI in 2003 while with the Jets, so Abraham may be staring down a suspension once the legal process plays out. Considering how long it takes for these matters to be resolved, it may not even affect Abraham during the 2014 season. Abraham led Arizona with 11.5 sacks last year.
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Vance Worley completes first career shutout
Vance Worley | PIT
(July 29, 2014 12:56 AM EDT)
Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.
It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
Jeter passes Yaz on hits list; Wagner next
Derek Jeter | NYY
(July 28, 2014 11:23 PM EDT)
Derek Jeter went 3-for-4 on Monday to pass Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place all-time on the hits list.
Jeter finished tonight's game with 3,420 hits, officially leaving him 10 shy of Honus Wagner in sixth place at 3,430 (Baseball-reference has Wagner at 3,420, which is probably more accurate, but MLB uses Elias for its stats). Jeter also walked and stole a base tonight, making this one of his best games of the season (especially since he was facing Yu Darvish). It's his fifth three-hit game of the year.


NBPA taps litigator Michele Roberts to lead
LeBron James | CLE
(July 29, 2014 12:58 AM EDT)
The NBA Players Association voted to make litigator Michele Roberts their next Executive Director late Monday night.
32 of 34 player reps and Executive Committee members voted Roberts in with a two-thirds vote being the mark to hit. She is the first woman to lead a major pro sports union and she enters the position with some controversy internally, as there were plenty reports of discord within the ranks as Roberts and two other candidates presented to the membership prior to the vote. The current Executive Committee for the players has proven to be borderline dysfunctional and we've seen flashes of that even with Billy Hunter out of the picture. In the sake of fair play we hope Roberts can keep the players from being run out of the gym again during a potential lockout in 2017.
Griffin missing FIBA Cup due to back fracture
Blake Griffin | LAC
(July 28, 2014 10:55 PM EDT)
Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA camp to rest a small fracture in his back, which is not believed to be serious.
We're not going to tell you not to get worried about a fracture in anybody's back, but owners should exercise a bit of discretion before assigning any long-term concern to this. The injury reportedly isn't serious and it occurred during the playoffs, which may explain some of the (relative) lack of explosion he showed against the Thunder. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that Griffin should make a "full recovery."


Detroit inks Tomas Tatar to 3-year extension
Tomas Tatar | DET
(July 28, 2014 2:12 PM EDT)
Tomas Tatar has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.
The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed by the Red Wings. After a few strong campaigns in the minors, Tatar firmly established himself with Detroit last season with 19 goals and 39 points in 73 contests. We don't see the 23-year-old as a future star, but he does have some untapped offensive upside and we anticipate him setting new career-highs in 2014-15.
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Derick Brassard agrees to deal with Rangers
Derick Brassard | NYR
(July 27, 2014 7:13 PM EDT)
Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.
There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.


Manassero grabs Special Temporary Membership
Matteo Manassero | PGA
(July 28, 2014 7:52 PM EDT)
Matteo Manassero has accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR.
The 21-year-old qualified when he shared 19th place at The Open Championship. The 50.75 non-member FedExCup points he collected bumped him to 279.98 on the season. The target to qualify for STM is 278. He's made only eight starts, so he doesn't need the benefits of unlimited sponsor exemptions or starts. And he doesn't need STM to chase the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings for fully exempt status in 2014-15. The Wyndham Championship is the only remaining open before the FedExCup Playoffs for which he isn't eligible. So, the logical conclusion is that he accepted STM for the spot it affords in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. STM provides some insurance of another potential start if he can't earn the full nut at the PGA Championship. If Manassero doesn't receive a sponsor or foreign exemption into the Wyndham, his number may be called on merit. The cutoff for the field of 156 at Sedgefield often lands near the end of the conditional status category and top of the Beyond 150.
OQ medalist nets hole-in-one in bogey-free 64
Sebastian L. Saavedra | PGA
(July 28, 2014 5:50 PM EDT)
Sebastian L. Saavedra turned in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-34=64 in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championiship at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, to earn medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.
The 28-year-old Argentine missed the cut in his PGA TOUR debut six weeks ago at the Travelers Championship where he also four-spotted. Today's experience was arguably more memorable. After opening with a par at the par-4 10th, he birdied the par-4 11th, and then jarred his tee ball at the par-3 12th for an ace. He chased it with yet another birdie at the par-4 13th, and would go on to circle four more. Kevin Lucas also went bogey-free, but managed only six birdies for a share of runner-up honors at 6-under 32-34=66. He'll be making his first PGA TOUR start this week, as will Jesse Schutte, who carded 6-under 34-32=66 with an eagle (at the par-5 18th) and six birdies against two bogeys. Stuart L. Smith signed for a 6-under 32-34=66 (7 birdies, 1 bogey) today to secure his fourth TOUR appearance. He's yet to make a cut. The field at MontrĂȘux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
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D.J. Kennington finishes 9th in National 250
D.J. Kennington | C17
(July 28, 2014 8:40 PM EDT)
D.J. Kennington finishes 9th in Saturday night's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Quebec's Autodrome St-Eustache.
He started the No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge 7th on the grid for the National 250. He is currently 6th in the 2014 Canadian Tire Series championship standings after this event.
Brendan Gaughan finishes 19th at Indianapolis
Brendan Gaughan | 762
(July 28, 2014 8:19 PM EDT)
Brendan Gaughan and the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro started the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 17th position.
With the threat of a mechanical issue early in the race, crew chief Shane Wilson took advantage of the first caution on lap 15 to bring him in to evaluate the situation. The No. 62 Camaro restarted 31st and Gaughan battled to overcome the early issues throughout the day, working his way up to 14th on lap 46. He finished his day at the Brickyard in 19th-place. He is currently eighth in the driver point standings as the series heads to Iowa Speedway next weekend.-Richard Childress Racing