Will Rashad Jennings return in Week 9? 

October, 21, 2014
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Perhaps it isn't coincidence that the New York Giants have lost their past two games with Rashad Jennings sidelined by a sprained knee, because they haven't been able to move the ball on the ground without him.

SVG to run with Smith and Monroe? 

October, 21, 2014
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Most observers of the Detroit Pistons don't believe Josh Smith and Greg Monroe are a good starting forward tandem and stats will back up that opinion. There has been talk that president of basketball ops/head coach Stan Van Gundy will start Smith and bring Monroe off the bench, but as of Monday the duo may continue to keep their prior spots.

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Hawks position battle: Backup PG 

October, 21, 2014
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Most of the Atlanta Hawks playing rotation is set with one week to go until the 2014-15 NBA regular season tips off. The backup point guard position may still be up for grabs as Dennis Schroder continues to push Shelvin Mack.

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Pacers: David West has 'a good sprain' 

October, 21, 2014
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David West had a MRI on Monday after he hurt his right ankle on Saturday and the Indiana Pacers received good news as it didn't reveal any structural damage.

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Wolves: Race to trade Chase Budinger? 

October, 21, 2014
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There was an item last week claiming the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping small forward Chase Budinger since the team is loaded with wing players. Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders adamantly refuted the report, however Budinger might be the player who gets moved off the roster so the team can reach the 15-man limit by Monday's deadline.

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Will Lions land Aussie rugby star? 

October, 21, 2014
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Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne recently retired so he could attempt to switch sports to football and make an NFL roster. Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush met him during the offseason and liked what he saw.

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Greg Stiemsma lock to win final spot? 

October, 21, 2014
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The Toronto Raptors have 14 players on the preseason roster who are locks to make the regular season squad, which means the 15th spot is up for grabs between the training camp invitees with make-good contracts. One of those invitees is center Greg Stiemsma and he knows he has a fight on his hands with guard Will Cherry and forward Jordan Hamilton for the final roster spot. Between the three, Stiemsma is the favorite to make the final cut.

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Alex Len on the mend 

October, 21, 2014
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Phoenix Suns backup center Alex Len took part in Monday's practice and scrimmage, which is a good sign his broken right pinky finger is healing. Len has missed the last two weeks and he's hoping to get some game action before the preseason ends in a few days.

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Heat: Justin Hamilton's status 

October, 21, 2014
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The Miami Heat have been without forward Justin Hamilton since the start of training camp when it was determined he had a heart issue. His recovery is going well and he might be available for the start of the 2014-15 regular season next week.

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Rams most likely to move to LA? 

October, 20, 2014
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The St. Louis Rams are on the short list of teams (along with the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders) most likely to move to Los Angeles. Last week, I noted that there was some buzz about the Rams securing a new open-air stadium, a move that would keep them in St. Louis.

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Lynn set for big payday? 

October, 20, 2014
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After two consecutive seasons of 15 wins and 200-plus innings pitched, the St. Louis Cardinals are getting used to having Lance Lynn around. That's why it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that the team is taking steps to ensure his presence on the mound for many years to come.

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RG III, Cousins or McCoy on MNF? 

October, 20, 2014
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On Sunday, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden benched the struggling Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy, who led the team to a win over the Tennessee Titans, their first since Week 2.

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Indians stuck with Swisher? 

October, 20, 2014
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He hit just .208 for the Cleveland Indians in 2014, and he was only able to play in 97 games. He hit only eight home runs on the season, the first full season of his career in which he did not hit at least 20. Yet there should be no doubt that Nick Swisher will be in an Indians uniform in 2015.

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Knicks: Who starts at PF? 

October, 20, 2014
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The New York Knicks starting power forward spot is one of the positions up for grabs during the preseason and with eight days until the start of the regular season there in no favorite for the position. Andrea Bargnani likely would have landed the spot, but he's missed most of the preseason due to a hamstring injury. The other options under consideration by head coach Derek Fisher are Quincy Acy, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jason Smith.

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For a split second Sunday, it looked like C.J. Spiller was going to return to form as a stud fantasy running back. Fred Jackson was felled by a groin injury, opening up a larger workload for Spiller, who proceeded to bust loose for a 53-yard gain on his first carry. Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone when tackled.

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