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NFL

Ravens 'praying' Dennis Pitta can play in '15
Dennis Pitta | BAL
(April 1, 2015 8:41 PM EDT)
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Wednesday that he is "praying" for Dennis Pitta to return from his second hip dislocation.
The notion that the Ravens have resorted to "praying" for Pitta probably isn't a great sign. Bisciotti heaped some praise on super sleeper Crockett Gillmore on Wednesday, and said he anticipates the Ravens using a third- or fourth-round pick at tight end. They are also flirting with Rob Housler.
Source:
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Texans scoop up veteran WR Nate Washington
Nate Washington | HOU
(April 1, 2015 4:00 PM EDT)
Texans signed WR Nate Washington, formerly of the Titans.
Washington, 32 in August, posted a 40-647-2 line for the Titans last season, operating as the No. 2/3 receiver. The Texans' depth chart is unsettled behind unquestioned No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins, with Cecil Shorts the early favorite for No. 2 duties, but it's a position Houston will likely address in the draft. If he makes the team, Washington should fill a situational deep threat role.
Source:
Albert Breer on Twitter

MLB

McCutchen fine after slipping on home plate
Andrew McCutchen | PIT
(April 1, 2015 9:58 PM EDT)
Andrew McCutchen said he's fine after leaving Wednesday's Cactus League game.
McCutchen was removed after failing to run out a ground ball in the eighth inning, but it was just precautionary. He slipped on home plate getting out of the box and didn't want to push it. "I think I made the team already," McCutchen said after the game. Crisis averted.
Source:
Bill Brink on Twitter
MRI shows Ryan has Grade 2 right calf strain
Brendan Ryan | NYY
(April 1, 2015 8:49 PM EDT)
An MRI shows Brendan Ryan has a Grade 2 right calf strain.
That's pretty serious, and the severity was underlined by the Yankees' expedience in acquiring shortstop Gregorio Petit from the Astros. Ryan will start the year on the disabled list, and it's unclear at this point how long the strain will keep him sidelined.
Source:
Sweeny Murti on Twitter

NBA

Chris Paul goes off for 41 & 17 in win over POR
Chris Paul | LAC
(April 2, 2015 1:47 AM EDT)
Chris Paul had a season-high 41 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, four steals and five 3-pointers on 13-of-21 shooting, and also hit 10-of-10 free throws in Wednesday's tough win over the Blazers, which is a fight for home court advantage in the playoffs.
CP3 tied his season high in assists and got fired up after Chris Kaman shoved him from the blindside, and the Blazers probably wish they had a do-over on that play, as they were up at the time. Blake Griffin added 24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers, and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points, 13 boards, a steal and a block in the win. As long as these guys are in the lineup for the Clippers, they are must-starts in fantasy, obviously. The Blazers, who are on the verge of clinching the Northwest Division, hold just a one-game lead over the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West.
Derrick Favors scores 19 in return
Derrick Favors | UTA
(April 2, 2015 1:35 AM EDT)
Derrick Favors returned from a back injury and hit 9-of-16 shots for 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in just 25 minutes on Wednesday.
He's back, and as long as he's starting for the Jazz, he should be in your fantasy lineup.

NHL

Logan Couture gets two points in Sharks win
Logan Couture | SJ
(April 2, 2015 1:30 AM EDT)
Logan Couture recorded a goal and an assist in the Ducks 5-1 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday.
Couture's 26th of the year was an empty-netter but they all count the same in fantasy. He was also a plus-2 on the night and continued a hot stretch that has seen him garner points in four straight games (3G,3A). Patrick Marleau picked up his 18th goal in the win while Brent Burns added two assists in the must win for the Sharks.
Andersen helps Ducks clinch division title
Frederik Andersen | ANA
(April 2, 2015 12:59 AM EDT)
Frederik Andersen turned away 22-of-23 shots in the Ducks' division clinching 5-1 blowout win over Edmonton on Wednesday.
It is perhaps fitting that Andersen was in net for the Ducks in this game after he carried the load for most of the wins this season but has been splitting time with John Gibson the last 15 games. Andersen has four wins in his last three starts and is 34-11-5 with a 2.37 GAA and .914 save percentage in 52 games this season. It has been a very efficient season for the first year full-time starter.

PGA

Tim Clark (elbow) withdraws from the Masters
Tim Clark | PGA
(April 1, 2015 1:42 PM EDT)
Tim Clark will not compete in next week's Masters due to ongoing problems with his left elbow.
While disappointing, it's not a surprise. Clark has been out since grinding through a T30 at the Sony Open in Hawaii over two-and-a-half months ago. He committed to the Humana Challenge but withdrew before the opening round. The two-time PGA TOUR winner has played in every edition of the season's first major since 2003. He's currently 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking, but not yet eligible for any of the three remaining majors.
Source:
SkySports.com
Report: Cabrera's son driver in fatal crash
Ángel Cabrera | PGA
(April 1, 2015 10:55 AM EDT)
Federico Cabrera, son of two-time major champion Ángel, was seriously injured when the car he was driving drove off a bridge, killing his passenger.
It occurred in Río Ceballos in Cabrera's native Argentina. Federico lost control of the vehicle (a Camaro) on a short bridge over a river. His airbag deployed. Luis Duarte, who was also in the car, died. The guard rails on the bridge were allegedly torn off during a flood in February. Ángel is scheduled to compete in this week's Shell Houston Open. He's booked to go off the first tee at the Golf Club of Houston at 1:10 p.m. ET in Thursday's opening round, but it would be surprising if he remains committed to play.
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CBA24N.com.AR

NASCAR

Regan Smith is super-sub
Regan Smith | 707
(April 1, 2015 10:38 AM EDT)
Regan Smith has been a super substitute in the early part of the 2015 season. Driving in relief for Kurt Busch he finished 16th at Daytona, 17th at Atlanta, and 16th at Vegas. Last week, he was pressed into service again for Kyle Larson and finished 16th at Martinsville.
The 2015 season is being marked by the need for substitute drivers with Kurt Busch’s suspension, Kyle Busch’s injury, and Brian Vickers’ medical condition. One does not know when Smith might return to the cockpit, but if he does it will be extremely valuable for fantasy owners to be aware of his record.
Michael McDowell in top 2/3rds
Michael McDowell | 95
(April 1, 2015 10:28 AM EDT)
Michael McDowell has made only three attempts in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, but he has been a surprisingly good value most weeks. His average finish of 29th puts him ahead of one third of the teams competing.
McDowell’s best finish was a 27th at Atlanta and his worst was a 31st at Daytona. That narrow range of results makes him predictable, which is one of the best traits a driver can have in fantasy games.