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Chiefs, Alex Smith do 4-year, $68M extension
Alex Smith | KC
(August 31, 2014 6:35 PM EDT)
Chiefs agreed to terms with QB Alex Smith on a four-year, $68 million extension through 2018.
Because Smith was owed $8 million in 2014, the deal is actually $76 million over five seasons -- a $15.2 million annual average -- with $45 million guaranteed. If you treat Andy Dalton's Bengals deal similarly, Smith is collecting roughly $1.3 million more per year, but is still well south of Jay Cutler ($18.1 million annually) and Joe Flacco ($20.1 million) money. Even with Smith's passing limitations considered, this seems like a fair deal for both sides. The Chiefs will continue to lean heavily on running back Jamaal Charles and a talented defensive front seven to carry them in games. Smith seemed to grow as a quarterback over the course of his first season under Andy Reid, posting career highs in passing touchdowns (23) and rushing (76-431-1). He became more willing to pull the trigger on tough throws as the year progressed. Smith, 30, is a low-ceiling QB2 in fantasy leagues and will probably remain that way for the rest of his career.
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Ben Tate likely to open year as every-down RB
Ben Tate | CLE
(August 31, 2014 6:16 PM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine said Sunday he's "comfortable" leaving Ben Tate in on third downs.
Tate has obviously secured Cleveland's early-down rushing job, and it appears he'll open the season as a true every-down back. Rookie Terrance West faded as soon as the preseason began, getting exposed as not NFL-ready. The Browns' No. 3 tailback is UDFA Isaiah Crowell. Considering how poorly West played in August, it's possible Tate does not have a clear handcuff. West and Crowell might share the workload in the event of an injury to Tate.
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Indians and Royals game suspended in 10th
Lonnie Chisenhall | CLE
(September 1, 2014 12:28 AM EDT)
Sunday's series finale between the Indians and Royals has been suspended in the 10th inning due to inclement weather and will resume on September 22 in Cleveland.
Just before play was suspended, Lonnie Chisenhall delivered a pinch-hit two-out, two-run double in the 10th inning to give the Tribe a 4-2 lead. In the meanwhile, the Royals will remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Tigers in the American League Central.
Hill has three hits, two RBI to beat Rockies
Aaron Hill | ARZ
(August 31, 2014 10:28 PM EDT)
Aaron Hill went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Diamondbacks past the Rockies 6-2 on Sunday.
Hill had an RBI single in the first inning and later contributed an RBI double in the seventh. He also hit his third triple of the season in the win, falling a home run short of the cycle. Despite the big day, Hill has had a season to forget -- he's hitting .244/.284/.373 overall.


Kenneth Faried's 22 pts lead Team USA to win
Kenneth Faried | DEN
(August 31, 2014 6:01 PM EDT)
Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.
The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
Report: Kings trading Jason Terry to Rockets
Jason Terry | HOU
(August 31, 2014 5:26 PM EDT)
The Kings are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send Jason Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and other non-guaranteed contracts.
The Kings gain salary-cap space and the Rockets also get a pair of second-round draft picks in the bargain. Terry made no secret of his desire to leave the Kings and he'll finally get his wish, joining a playoff contender with a need for a backup combo guard. He played only 35 games last year before a left knee injury shut him down, but the 36-year-old is back on the court and should participate fully in training camp. As long as Patrick Beverley and James Harden are healthy, however, he's not a viable fantasy option.
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E. Staal feels good after off-season surgery
Eric Staal | CAR
(August 29, 2014 9:35 PM EDT)
Eric Staal got back on the ice Friday for an informal skate and said he felt good after having off-season surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
"I just want to continue to take steps before (training) camp opens and then look forward to the start of the year," he said. Staal suffered the injury while he was training and it wasn't a lingering issue. He'll turn 30 years of age at the end of October and this is the second straight year that he's been hurt during the off-season. Despite those ailments, Staal has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just a total of 17 games.
Raleigh News & Observer
Oilers re-sign Justin Schultz to 1-year deal
Justin Schultz | EDM
(August 29, 2014 12:14 PM EDT)
Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal.
Edmonton Journal


Cauley wins Hotel Fitness; secures TOUR card
Bud Cauley | PGA
(August 31, 2014 8:01 PM EDT)
Bud Cauley spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of the Hotel Fitness Championship to claim a one-stroke victory over Colt Knost at 20-under 268.
With this victory, Cauley has locked up his full status for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season via the Tour Finals. He would have enjoyed conditional status, finishing 143rd in the FedExCup standings, but he is now in much better shape. This is the second consecutive year he dropped down to the Tour Finals after failing to keep his PGA TOUR card, having graduated last year as well. The Alabama prodcut circled seven birdies, with four of those coming on par 5s, at Sycamore Hills GC in the finale. While he didn't rank inside the top 10 in any notable statistical categories, the key to his week was likely limiting the mistakes. He tied for fourth with just five bogeys, and nothing worse, for the week. He also shared sixth with 21 birdies and his two eagles were tied for second. He will now set his sights on winning the Tour Finals money list in order to be exempt from all reshuffles on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR.
Reed suffers back-nine 44; surprise MDF @ DBC
Patrick Reed | PGA
(August 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT)
Patrick Reed swallowed a third-round 11-over-par 38-44=82 in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to miss the 54-hole cut on the number at 5-over 218.
Reed was unable to find a single birdie at TPC Boston, squaring three bogeys and four double bogeys. Joining him without a tee time for the final round are Brendon de Jonge (218), Andres Romero (219), Scott Brown (220), Matt Jones (223), Freddie Jacobson (224) and Matt Every (227).


Ty Dillon 25th in Cup debut at Atlanta
Ty Dillon | 703
(September 1, 2014 12:35 AM EDT)
Ty Dillon finished three laps off the pace in the Oral-B USA 500 and scored a 25th-place finish, but it was significant for another reason. He finished one position better than his brother Austin did in his Cup debut in 2011 at Kansas Speedway.
The younger Dillon brother now has bragging rights, and fantasy players found Ty to be a provisionally good value in some games. In pre-race coverage all week at Rotoworld, he was predicted to finish within a few positions of 26th and did not disappoint.
Danica Patrick scores career-best at Atlanta
Danica Patrick | 10
(September 1, 2014 12:29 AM EDT)
Earlier this season, Danica Patrick scored a career-best finish on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway when she crossed under the checkers seventh. She improved on that by one position at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week and finished sixth. This was the fourth top-10 of Patrick’s career.
Patrick was the beneficiary of some well-timed cautions, but she survived two green-white-checkered attempts at the end of the Oral-B USA 500 and avoided the carnage that erupted around her. Next week’s venue, Richmond is not one of her better tracks in terms of career-average finishes, but it is a course with some similarities to unrestricted, intermediate speedways.