Ray Allen's FA market 

August, 30, 2014
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Ray Allen still remains undecided regarding playing another season in the NBA, however if he does, there are plenty of teams that have interest in the sharp-shooter.

Jordan McRae to ball down under 

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The Philadelphia 76ers selected three players in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft and with August coming to an end none of them have been signed to deals. Jordan McRae, the No. 58 pick, and his agent have been looking at other options and they have chose to accept an offer from the CTI Melbourne United.

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Could Gustavo Ayon land with Spurs? 

August, 30, 2014
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The San Antonio Spurs already have 14 roster spots locked up for the 2014-15 regular season and the preseason could determine if they leave the 15th position open. With that in mind, the Spurs have signed several players to training camp make-good contracts and they reportedly have some interest in the Atlanta Hawks free agent big man Gustavo Ayon.

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Ian Mahinmi's shoulder injury 

August, 30, 2014
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The Indiana Pacers received some bad news on Friday when they learned backup center Ian Mahinmi won't be available for France during the FIBA World Cup as he has suffered a shoulder injury.

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Earlier this week, I took a look at the New England Patriots backfield, noting that ESPN Pats reporter Mike Reiss wasn't convinced that veteran RB Stevan Ridley would make the final cut.

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Will Jets keep Stephen Hill? 

August, 29, 2014
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Back when Mike Tannenbaum was the New York Jets general manager, he selected WR Stephen Hill in the second round. The Jets hoped that he would quickly develop into an impact No. 1 wideout.

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Latest buzz on Sammy Watkins' ribs 

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UPDATE: It appears that the Buffalo Bills dodged a bullet with their stud rookie WR Sammy Watkins.

"Sounds like the #Bills dodged serious injury with WR Sammy Watkins — again. Reinjured his ribs yesterday, but should be good to go," tweeted Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

As noted below, Watkins has a ton of potential but isn't a shoo-in for monster fantasy stats in his first campaign.
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Most teams rest their starters in the preseason finale, but the Buffalo Bills had rookie WR Sammy Watkins in action Thursday evening after he missed most of the previous two preseason tilts with a rib injury. Unfortunately, he exited the game after taking a forearm to his ribs.

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Why so many touches for rookie Hill? 

August, 29, 2014
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It was a busy night for Jeremy Hill during Thursday's preseason finale. The Cincinnati Bengals' rookie running back played into the second half, despite leaving briefly in the first half with an elbow injury. He ended up with 20 rushing attempts for 90 yards and caught all six of his pass targets for an additional 70 yards.

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Who will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick? 

August, 29, 2014
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As shaky as Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to be atop the Houston Texans QB depth chart, things are even sketchier when it comes to the battle for the No. 2 role. Neither Case Keenum nor Tom Savage did anything during Thursday's preseason finale to stake a claim to the job.

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The flags have been flying this preseason as NFL officials began strictly enforcing illegal contact and defensive holding penalties. The expectation was that eventually the players would adjust and the refs would begin to scale back the calls.

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Masterson's last chance? 

August, 29, 2014
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Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitcher Justin Masterson has been a bit of a disappointment. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA in five starts, with opposing hitters posting a .311 batting average with him on the mound.

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Will QB Derek Carr start in Week 1? 

August, 29, 2014
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The Oakland Raiders spent much of the summer trying to convince their fans that Matt Schaub would somehow rebound from his final disastrous season with the Houston Texans and lead the team to wins. However, as the season nears, it appears that coach Dennis Allen is starting to have his doubts.

Schaub missed the Raiders' preseason finale with an elbow injury, while rookie Derek Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

So, who will start Week 1 against the New York Jets?

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Smyly shutdown ahead? 

August, 29, 2014
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When the Tampa Bay Rays traded away David Price, there were few who expected that the man they got back in the deal to replace him would outperform the ace for the rest of the season. However, so far at least, that's exactly what Drew Smyly has done.

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Damian Lillard on standby list 

August, 29, 2014
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Damian Lillard was one of the last cuts by Team USA for the FIBA World Cup, however that doesn't mean he might join the squad. According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Lillard will be called into service if one of the players, possibly Derrick Rose, currently on the team is forced out due to an injury prior to the first game on Sunday.

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Homser closing in on return? 

August, 29, 2014
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Last Friday, the Kansas City Royals seemed very tentative in terms of rushing injured first baseman Eric Hosmer's rehab process too much, in fear that his fractured hand might not respond properly and he'd be lost for the season.

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