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NFL

Lockett ends preseason with another big play
Tyler Lockett | SEA
(September 4, 2015 12:23 AM EDT)
Tyler Lockett caught 2-of-2 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale.
Playing with starter Russell Wilson on Seattle's opening series, Lockett simply outran Oakland's secondary en route to a 63-yard touchdown. The (latest) long score brings Lockett's preseason line as a receiver to 6/129/1, while he's added a 103-yard kick return touchdown and 67-yard punt score. The special teams stud has forced his way into a role on offense, and his big-play potential is very much worth one of your final roster spots in re-draft leagues.
Montee Ball struggles in roster audition
Montee Ball | DEN
(September 4, 2015 12:07 AM EDT)
Montee ball rushed 16 times for 27 yards (1.7 YPC) in the Broncos' final preseason game.
It was a disastrous performance against second- and third-string defenders. Ball had one nice eight-yard run where he broke a tackle and gained extra yards, but after that he was the same sluggish back who has tumbled down the depth chart this preseason. It is difficult to see a future for Ball in Denver, and it would be surprising if he survives final cuts.

MLB

Solarte goes supernova on Dodgers
Yangervis Solarte | SD
(September 4, 2015 1:52 AM EDT)
Yangervis Solarte finished with a huge game in Thursday's 10-7 win over the Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two doubles and three runs scored.
Tight effort by Solarte, who played a key role in the Padres' come-from-behind win. He cracked a solo homer in the seventh to draw his team to within 7-6, then finished off the night's scoring with an RBI double in a four-run eighth. The strong performance boosted the 28-year-old infielder's season triple-slash to .267/.321/.428. He's also hit 12 homers and driven in 55. This is the first season in which Solarte's seen more than 252 at-bats.
Corey Seager debuts with two-run single
Corey Seager | LA
(September 4, 2015 1:43 AM EDT)
Top Dodgers prospect Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run single and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Padres.
Seager's two-run single in the sixth gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, but their bullpen would collapse in the late innings as they stole defeat from the jaws of victory. The 21-year-old shortstop is one of the top position prospects in the game and could make an immediate impact down the stretch, though his true fantasy value probably won't surface until he's installed for an entire season. Prior to Thursday's promotion, he hit to a .292/.343/.486 batting line with 18 homers and 74 RBI while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A over the course of 124 games.

NBA

Tyrus Thomas signs to play in Germany
Tyrus Thomas | MEM
(September 4, 2015 12:24 AM EDT)
Tyrus Thomas has signed with Germany Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.
The fantasy basketball world was driven up a wall with Ty-Tom on occasion, but he will be missed in the NBA. He actually led the NBA in true shooting percentage last season (without any qualifying stats), so at least he can say that.
Source:
Marc Spears on Twitter
Markieff: My future will not be in Phoenix
Markieff Morris | PHO
(September 3, 2015 9:08 PM EDT)
Markieff Morris tweeted on Thursday night that his "future will not be in Phoenix."
He finished the tweet with "#thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE." Morris' "family over everything" mentality has been a massive headache for the Suns, but so far they will not acquiesce to Morris' trade demands. In fact, the Suns' Twitter account wished Markieff a happy birthday on Wednesday. A trade would likely hurt Markieff's fantasy value and one would think they'd get a power forward back in the deal.
Source:
Markieff Morris on Twitter

NHL

Bryce Salvador decides to hang up his skates
Bryce Salvador | NJ
(September 2, 2015 10:41 AM EDT)
Bryce Salvador has announced that he is ending his playing career.
Salvador will continue to work with the Devils as well as other hockey organizations in New Jersey in the hopes of being "an example for young players and spread access to the game for everyone." The 39-year-old defenseman had 24 goals and 110 points in 786 career games with the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils. Along the way he was a major contributor in the Devils' 2012 run to the Stanley Cup Final as he recorded 14 points in 24 playoff contests and averaged 22:24 minutes per game.
Source:
The Players' Tribune
Report: Teams inquire about Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane | CHI
(September 1, 2015 4:48 PM EDT)
There have reportedly been a minimum of five teams that have inquired to the Chicago Blackhawks about the availability of Patrick Kane.
Kane is under investigation for an incident that allegedly occurred at his residence on August 2nd. According to media reports, Kane is being accused of raping a woman. No charges have been pressed. He signed an eight-year, $84-million contract, which is scheduled to begin this season.
Source:
Chicago Sun-Times

PGA

Garcia expected back for the BMW Championship
Sergio Garcia | PGA
(September 3, 2015 10:10 PM EDT)
In a brief report filed by GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard on Aug. 29, it's anticipated that Sergio Garcia will return to competition at the BMW Championship on Sept. 17-20.
Hoggard cited Garcia's agent, Carlos Rodríguez, as the source. The golfer started the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 31st in points. He sat out The Barclays and slid to 43rd. He's not competing in this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but will remain inside the top 70 to advance to the third leg at Conway Farms where he placed T18 in 2013. It behooves the Spaniard to play if for no other reason than it will mark his 15th start on the PGA TOUR this season, so he'll be fulfilling the membership requirement without the need of a dispensation for the Open de España in May. The TOUR has granted waivers for homeland events to golfers who can claim another tour as a home circuit.
Source:
GolfChannel.com
Bubba Watson (back) WDs from Thursday pro-am
Bubba Watson | PGA
(September 3, 2015 5:51 PM EDT)
Bubba Watson sat out today's pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship due to a sore back.
Just as Jason Day (back) and Dustin Johnson (illness) withdrew from last week's pro-am for The Barclays, the lefty will take his turn concerning gamers about his ability to peg it at TPC Boston for Friday's first round. While Day (win) and DJ (T9) thrived at Plainfield, each issue must be approached individually, but investors can find relief in knowing that Watson is expected to play the DBC. He's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:30 a.m. ET. Of course, nothing replaces the peace of mind of being prepared in the case of an 11th-hour WD.
Source:
GolfChannel.com

NASCAR

Darlington Top-5 all but certain for Harvick
Kevin Harvick | 4
(September 3, 2015 4:21 PM EDT)
A top-five is all but certain for Kevin Harvick this week. He enters the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington as the defending winner from 2014, finished fifth there in 2013, and has five top-fives in the last six races of this season.
In addition, Harvick has finished on the lead lap in his last six Darlington starts, which suggests he will finish strong even if he stumbles. There is no such thing as firm certainly in NASCAR and Harvick has four crash-induced results in 18 starts, but he should be a safe pick.
Johnson has three straight Darlington top-5s
Jimmie Johnson | 48
(September 3, 2015 4:20 PM EDT)
Jimmie Johnson enters the Bojangles' Southern 500 with three consecutive top-fives at Darlington. He was third last year and fourth in 2013, but his crowning moment was in 2012 when he scored his third victory with the Lady in Black.
Nine of Johnson’s 16 Darlington attempts ended in top-fives, which equals 56 percent of his starts. If he practices well this weekend, he should be a staple on most rosters despite his recent down-tick in 2015 results.