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NFL

Report: Megatron not likely to play in London
Calvin Johnson | DET
(October 24, 2014 9:35 PM EDT)
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell is thinking "big picture" with Calvin Johnson (questionable, ankle), and is not expected to allow Johnson to play Sunday morning in London.
Per Werder, Megatron and Reggie Bush (ankle, doubtful) are both "not likely" to play against the Falcons. The Lions are 5-2 with a Week 9 bye, and could get both playmakers two more full weeks of rest before unleashing them for the stretch run. Holding Johnson and Bush out against Atlanta would be the savviest move by Caldwell, even if the Lions lose to the Falcons. Look for the Lions to continue to lean heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate in Week 8.
Source:
Ed Werder on Twitter
'Chance' Ryan Mathews could return in Week 9
Ryan Mathews | SD
(October 24, 2014 9:10 PM EDT)
According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, there is a "chance" Ryan Mathews (knee) could return for the Chargers' Week 9 game against the Dolphins.
Mathews' MCL sprain has cost him six weeks. As the Chargers have begun to lose games, they may feel more urgency to get their best early-down runner back on the field. "That's in my head," Mathews said Friday of a potential Week 9 return. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they (team doctors) say." Per beat writer Michael Gehlken, Mathews is "clearly close," looks conditioned, and his "right knee was stable" during a Thursday evening workout before San Diego's loss to Denver. Mathews should be stashed in all fantasy leagues.
Source:
Union-Tribune San Diego

MLB

Sherman: Maddon looking for 5/$25M contract
Joe Maddon | TB
(October 24, 2014 5:25 PM EDT)
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Joe Maddon is seeking a contract in the five-year, $25 million range.
It's a perfectly reasonable request, as that would put him right on par with Mike Scioscia as the highest paid manager in the game. Most of the speculation has the Cubs as the most likely landing spot for Maddon, though we're obviously at the very beginning of the process and there will surely be many teams interested in the former Rays skipper.
Source:
Joel Sherman on Twitter
Waino had cartilage, not ligament, repaired
Adam Wainwright | STL
(October 24, 2014 5:18 PM EDT)
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.
That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Source:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

NBA

James Harden ends preseason on a high note
James Harden | HOU
(October 24, 2014 10:47 PM EDT)
James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.
He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round.
Joakim Noah flirts w/ triple-double on Friday
Joakim Noah | CHI
(October 24, 2014 10:38 PM EDT)
Joakim Noah logged a preseason-high 32 minutes on Friday, converting them into six points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Wolves.
Offseason knee surgery and the arrival of Pau Gasol have clouded Noah's fantasy outlook somewhat, but this near triple-double is a reminder that he's still a top-50 fantasy value. His knees haven't been an issue during the preseason and coach Tom Thibodeau is never shy about giving his key players heavy minutes, making Noah a reasonable gamble as a No. 1 center.

NHL

Cory Schneider excellent in S/O loss to Stars
Cory Schneider | NJ
(October 24, 2014 10:36 PM EDT)
Cory Schneider stood tall Friday night against Dallas, turning away 35-37 shots through overtime before losing 3-2 in the shootout.
I'd say, "again", but this is just the first shootout loss of the season. Schneider was a big reason why the Devils even got one point against Dallas, turning away several solid scoring chances throughout the game. However, Patrick Eaves' goal to make it 2-1 Dallas was very soft. Schneider needs to seal the short side on that one, just as he had to be better in the shootouts. Jamie Benn's winner was equally soft, albeit to the far side. Continue to deploy Schneider with confidence.
San Jose moves Joe Pavelski to the third line
Joe Pavelski | SJ
(October 24, 2014 6:13 PM EDT)
Joe Pavelski is expected serve as the San Jose Sharks' third-line center on Saturday.
Pavelski's projected linemates are Tommy Wingels and Chris Tierney. Pavelski has gotten off to a great start with four goals and eight points in eight games, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan thinks moving Pavelski down to the third line will help them defensively. "We're kind of going in waves where we have a line or two that's responsible and then one that falls off, and it varies," McLellan said. "It’s not just the top lines or the third or fourth lines. It varies. We're trying to find some balance defensively. I think offensively we've been fine." Pavelski has been playing primarily with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl this season.
Source:
CSN Bay Area

PGA

ZJ among notables MCs at McGladrey Classic
Zach Johnson | PGA
(October 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT)
Zach Johnson completed 36 holes of The McGladrey Classic in 4-over-par 71-73=144 and missed the cut by four strokes.
The local resident was poised to cash, but he played his last eight holes in birdie-free 6-over with two bogeys and two doubles. Overall, he split 24 (of 28) fairways and hit 28 greens in regulation, but got loose at the wrong time. It's his first MC since the Travelers Championship, thus ending a modest consecutive cuts made streak at eight. It's also the first time that Johnson has opened the season with a missed cut since his rookie year of 2004. Other notables that failed to survive include: 141--2010 champ Heath Slocum; Harris English ... 142--local resident Jonathan Byrd ... 144--Padraig Harrington ... 146--Russell Knox; Scott Brown.
Glover ends drought; MDF looming at Seaside
Lucas Glover | PGA
(October 24, 2014 8:29 PM EDT)
Lucas Glover reached the midpoint of The McGladrey Classic in even-par 73-67=140 to survive the cut on the number.
Not only was today's 3-under aggregate his lowest since a second-round 66 at the 2014 WM Phoenix Open, but Glover will cash for the first time anywhere in eight starts (Memorial). He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation at Seaside today. It was a stark reversal of his lid-lifter during which he went just 1-for-13 in birdie chances and squared four bogeys. He's one of 88 golfers that survived today's cut -- 22 on the number -- so a second cut of low 70 and ties will fall at the conclusion of 54 holes.

NASCAR

Wallace Jr. fastest in truck final practice
Darrell Wallace Jr. | 854
(October 24, 2014 8:18 PM EDT)
Darrell Wallace Jr. is fastest in Happy Hour for the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
At 95.888 mph in the No. 34 Wendell Scott Hall of Fame tribute Toyota Tundra, he was the fastest of the 37 trucks out on the track for the final practice. No. 88 Matt Crafton, No. 51 Erik Jones, No. 00 Cole Custer and No. 17 Timothy Peters are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 86 Brandon Brown was the slowest. Wallace Jr. switched numbers on the Toyota Tundra from #54 to #34 (Wendell Scott drove the No. 34 during his career) for this race. The No. 54 will return after Martinsville.
Jamie McMurray wins Goody's 500 pole
Jamie McMurray | 1
(October 24, 2014 5:40 PM EDT)
Jamie McMurray set a new qualification record and won the pole for Sunday’s Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. His fastest lap was 18.954 seconds, which converts to 99.905 mph.
McMurray had one of the fastest cars this spring before contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. cut a tire and sent him into the wall. It is safe to say that he has unfinished business and wants to dominate the race. The track record of 100.201 mph was set by Joey Logano this spring during the first session.