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NFL

Report: Texans favorites for 'Hard Knocks'
Bill O'Brien | HOU
(May 22, 2015 12:40 PM EDT)
ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.
A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
Source:
Tania Ganguli on Twitter
Michael Sam latches on with CFL's Alouettes
Michael Sam | FA
(May 22, 2015 10:52 AM EDT)
Former Rams and Cowboys DE Michael Sam has signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
Kudos to Sam for heading north of the border. His NFL market had dried up after stints with the Rams and Cowboys last season. The CFL is an even pass-happier league, which will allow Sam to hone his craft as a pass rusher. He simply doesn't possess the speed or bend-ability to consistently get after the quarterback in the big leagues. Maybe Sam will get another shot at the NFL in a couple years.

MLB

Arcia (hip) beginning rehab assignment Sunday
Oswaldo Arcia | MIN
(May 22, 2015 5:27 PM EDT)
Oswaldo Arcia (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
He shouldn't need more than a few games before being activated. Arcia is still feeling some discomfort in his right hip when he throws, so he's likely slated for designated hitter duty initially upon his activation from the disabled list.
Source:
Mike Berardino on Twitter
Travis (shoulder) expected back when eligible
Devon Travis | TOR
(May 22, 2015 5:07 PM EDT)
Devon Travis (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on June 1 when first eligible.
Travis was placed on the DL on Thursday after battling a left shoulder injury for a few days. It's a minor ailment, though, as he's been given a cortisone shot and should resume full workouts before long. The rookie had been scuffling at the dish of late before the DL move, batting just .162/.205/.243 over his previous 10 games.
Source:
Shi Davidi on Twitter

NBA

Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
Dwight Howard | HOU
(May 22, 2015 1:39 PM EDT)
Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.
Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole.
Source:
Jenny Dial Creech on Twitter
DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
DeMarre Carroll | ATL
(May 22, 2015 12:37 PM EDT)
DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.
Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders.
Source:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NHL

Frederik Andersen leads Ducks to Game 3 win
Frederik Andersen | ANA
(May 21, 2015 11:26 PM EDT)
Frederik Andersen denied 27 of the 28 shots he faced in a tense Game 3 in Chicago on Thursday night, which the Ducks won 2-1.
Andersen has been sensational so far in these playoffs, and Game 3 was no different as a Patrick Kane goal late in the first period was all the Hawks could get on him. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Simon Despres scored the winner as Anaheim took a 2-1 lead in the series. Andersen improved to 10-2-2 in the playoffs with a .935 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average.
NHL salary cap number will be closer to 71.5M
Gary Bettman | CLG
(May 21, 2015 9:39 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that the 2015-16 salary cap number will be closer to $71.5 million.
There was an earlier report saying that Bettman projected the cap to be in the mid-70 million range, but the tweet has since been clarified. This is what most people were expecting, as Bettman previously mentioned that $71.5 million was the likely number.
Source:
Brian Hamilton on Twitter

PGA

Poulter sets new target at Colonial midpoint
Ian Poulter | PGA
(May 22, 2015 1:23 PM EDT)
Ian Poulter chased his opening 65 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's second round to post 8-under 132, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
The Englishman elected not to compete in the BMW PGA Championship in England because he believes that his game isn't suited for Wentworth. But, he's capitalizing on the trip to Fort Worth. Despite hitting only 10 greens in regulation today, Poulter found six birdies, five ranging from 11-17 feet. He also squared three bogeys, but diverted another with a par save from 15'7" at the par-4 12th. At the time he signed his card, he led the field with 12 birdies and ranked fifth in strokes gained: putting with an aggregate clip of 6.500. Lift, clean and place was in play again for the second round.
McIlroy misses Wentworth cut after Friday 78
Rory McIlroy | PGA
(May 22, 2015 12:52 PM EDT)
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at the European Tour's flagship event after carding a 6-over-par 36-42=78 at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.
Should we be totally surprised? The Northern Irishman has had a gruelling schedule both on and off the course recently and there was nothing in the tank at Wentworth today. He hit only nine greens in regulation, was just 3-for-9 in scrambling and finished at 5-over 149 which looks set to be four swings too many. Lacklustre turned to completely out of synch after the turn as he dropped five shots between the 10th and the 16th following a series of loose swings to give himself no chance of making the cut. A birdie at 17 stopped the rot but a messy bogey at 18 put an end to his misery. This is McIlroy's first missed cut on the European Tour since his home Irish Open last June, the event he heads to next. He told Sky Sports straight after his round, "Disappointing, obviously, but it's a weekend off which I probably need and I can get ready for next week."
Source:
Sky Sports TV

NASCAR

Watch Jamie McMurray for top-5 potential
Jamie McMurray | 1
(May 22, 2015 10:57 AM EDT)
Jamie McMurray should be watched closely on Saturday to evaluate whether he has top-five potential. Last year he swept that spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 26th in May and 18th in October.
McMurray qualified 22nd for this week’s Coca-Cola 600, which places him in between last year’s pair of qualifications. In fall 2013 he started 25th, however, and could only rise to 19th.
Elliott to make 3rd Cup start at Charlotte
Chase Elliott | 709
(May 22, 2015 10:18 AM EDT)
Chase Elliott will make his third NASCAR Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. He qualified easily on time in 28th.
This is Elliott’s first attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in a points’ race, but he has looked comfortable so far in practice and during the Sprint Showdown last weekend. He should be considered a favorite to finish in the top 20 at least.