Will Carr be ready after bye week? 

October, 2, 2014
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The good news for Derek Carr is that the injuries that forced him from Sunday's game in London weren't too severe. Still, a sprained MCL and high ankle sprain have the potential to require multi-week recovery periods.

Why Taj Gibson doesn't mind bench role 

October, 2, 2014
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Taj Gibson would like to be the Chicago Bulls starting power forward, but that is not in the cards as management swapped Carlos Boozer (amnesty) for Pau Gasol via free agency. Gibson will still get plenty of minutes and play a valuable role for the team.

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Smoak not returning to Seattle? 

October, 2, 2014
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Expect Justin Smoak to be on the free agent market this winter, as the chances of the Seattle Mariners deciding to exercise their option on the 27-year-old appear to be slim.

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Rangers managerial search a formality? 

October, 2, 2014
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The Texas Rangers have already begun to talk to potential replacements for manager Ron Washington, who stepped down for personal reasons in early September.

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D-backs expand search 

October, 2, 2014
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In addition to the internal candidates we wrote about on Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks have released a short list of names from outside the organization that are officially on their radar in their quest to find a new manager.

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Shotgun usage slowing Eddie Lacy? 

October, 2, 2014
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It wasn't too surprising that Eddie Lacy failed to explode out of the gate statistically this year, since the Green Bay Packers faced three of the NFL's top six rush defenses (SEA, NYJ, DET). However, Lacy couldn't get it going (17 rushes for 48 yards) against the 20th-ranked Chicago Bears in Week 4 and now sports a 3.0 YPC average.

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Fernandez on course for 2015 return? 

October, 2, 2014
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Every journey begins with the first step. On Wednesday, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez began his long journey back to a major league mound with a short throwing session.

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Paul Millsap's future in the ATL 

October, 2, 2014
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The Atlanta Hawks were lucky to land power forward Paul Millsap last year as a free agent. His two-year, $19 million contract expires in June and he should garner a lot of attention. The Hawks are hoping to have him on the team for the duration of his NBA career.

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Position battle: Barton vs McCollum 

October, 2, 2014
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Heading into the 2014 preseason, the Portland Trail Blazers don't have a lot of questions as most of the 2013-14 roster has returned. The starting lineup is already set for the coming season, so the month of October will determine the four to five players who will be part of Terry Stotts' regular rotation. With that in mind, one of the preseason battles will include Will Barton vs C.J. McCollum for the backup shooting guard minutes behind starter Wesley Matthews.

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Why Al Horford is fine at center 

October, 2, 2014
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Al Horford has talked in the past about the possible shift from center to the power forward spot after playing at that position for his entire seven-year NBA career. This week, Horford was asked once again about that possible move.

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Why has Aaron Dobson been benched? 

October, 2, 2014
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It's been a bit perplexing why a New England Patriots offense that has had trouble getting their passing game in gear -- partly due to a receiver corps that can't create separation -- would leave arguably their best outside receiver (Aaron Dobson) inactive the past two weeks.

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Cavs starting center: Tristan Thompson? 

October, 2, 2014
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The Cleveland Cavaliers played their annual Wine and Gold Scrimmage in front of a packed house and one player starting with the first unit was a surprise. The five consisted of SF LeBron James, PF Kevin Love, SG Dion Waiters, PG Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson at center. Will this be the starting unit when the regular season tips off at the end of the month?

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Clippers not an option for Ray Allen 

October, 2, 2014
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Free agent shooting guard Ray Allen still remains undecided if he's going to play again in the NBA or retire. Should he choose to play, one team that has been linked with him won't be in the mix for the 18-year NBA veteran. That team is the Los Angeles Clippers since they already have a roster full of shooting guards.

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Is Gurley a first-rounder in 2015? 

October, 1, 2014
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Georgia's star running back Todd Gurley is one of the best that college football has seen in recent years, but at a time when the NFL has seemingly devalued the running back position (none drafted in first round the past two years), does he really have a chance to be drafted in Round 1 in 2015?

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Why McCoy may break out in Week 5 

October, 1, 2014
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Despite all the talk about the Philadelphia offense over the course of the first four weeks of the NFL season, individually the numbers are not there for guys like Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy. In the case of McCoy, who has averaged just 2.7 yards in 70 carries and has as many fumbles as touchdowns (1), the Eagles' offensive line has provided little room for him to run.

So why, then, may Week 5 be the week McCoy busts out?

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