Fewer at-bats for B.J. Upton? 

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B.J. Upton is in the midst of a second straight lost season in Atlanta. The center fielder leads the major leagues with 153 strikeouts and his .207 batting average is the lowest among any National League qualifier.

Pelicans over injury woes? 

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Injuries shortened the seasons of the New Orleans Pelicans nucleus last season, from Anthony Davis to Jrue Holiday (leg) to Eric Gordon (knee) and Ryan Anderson (neck).

Davis is over the ankle and back troubles that cost him 15 games in his second NBA season, but what about the others?

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Can RG III's body hold up? 

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Although Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stole the headlines Monday night, Robert Griffin III also had much to prove and failed to do so. The biggest issue for him remains his inability to avoid getting hit.

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Can Caboclo make a rookie impact? 

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Toronto GM Masai Ujiri shocked the world when he selected Brazilian forward Bruno Caboclo with the No. 20 pick of the NBA draft back in June, going after a player with long-term upside rather than a safer pick with a lower ceiling who could contribute immediately.

So how long will it take Caboclo to carve out a role in the NBA?

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Anything behind Rondo-to-Kings? 

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UPDATE: Will Rajon Rondo be heading to Sacramento before the start of the season?

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Will Baynes be back with the Spurs? 

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Backup center Aron Baynes beat the odds to make the NBA and win a championship as a member of the San Antonio Spurs last season. But after two seasons in San Antonio, will Baynes be back on the roster in 2014-15? That could depend on whether he gets a better offer overseas.

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Dodgers still looking to deal? 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, who already have made August waiver deals for a pair of starting pitchers, are still looking to add a reliever and a power bat off the bench, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

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The status of manager Kirk Gibson was called into question almost immediately after the Arizona Diamondbacks brought in Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer in late May. La Russa has kept his intentions close to the vest, but one report says Gibson will be given another chance to turn things around.

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The Cleveland Browns had been waiting for either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel to step up and take hold of the starting quarterback job. The scene was set perfectly for one of them to do so Monday night, but instead both quarterbacks stepped backward, leaving the "competition" more murky than ever.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Martavis Bryant in the fourth round, they surely had visions of developing his combination of size (6-foot-4, 220-pound) and speed (4.42 40) into a legitimate deep threat.

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Recovering from a January surgery which repaired a fractured metatarsal in his foot, Chicago Bears RT Jordan Mills has not taken part in any preseason action. He tweaked his foot a couple of weeks ago and has been wearing a protective boot, but he shed that on Monday.

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The Oakland Raiders have been working without second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden throughout training camp as he works his way back from foot surgery. The 12th overall pick last season, Hayden was able to do some stuff on the field during Monday's workout, but it sounds like he still has a long way to go in his rehab.

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Buxton's timetable for 2015 

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As expected, the Minnesota Twins will play it safe with top prospect Byron Buxton, who suffered a concussion in a scary outfield collision last week while playing for Double-A New Britain.

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Tyler Ennis not fazed by PG logjam 

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The Phoenix Suns will have four players on the team who can play the point guard spot if they retain free agent Eric Bledsoe. Rookie Tyler Ennis, the No. 18 selection in the 2014 NBA draft, will likely be the fourth option at point guard when the preseason begins. Ennis says he's looking forward to the challenge of competing for minutes with the other point guards.

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Fleshing out Rams WR corps 

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The St. Louis Rams WR corps is a work in progress. Kenny Britt and Brian Quick have shot up the depth chart, Chris Givens has dropped down the chart, Tavon Austin had a quiet camp, and Stedman Bailey will miss the first four regular-season games due to a suspension.

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