Fewer late-inning moves in KC? 

March, 3, 2015
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The Kansas City Royals have enough faith in the defensive prowess of Alex Rios that they will not use Jarrod Dyson as a late-game defender early in the season, reports Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Heat extend Henry Walker's stay 

March, 3, 2015
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The 10-day contract signed by Henry Walker expires on Monday and Tuesday the Miami Heat giving him another 10 days.

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The Washington Redskins used the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo last year. This season, they opted against using the tag on the veteran linebacker, which means that he will be allowed to test the free-agent market in a week, unless he re-signs with Washington before the March 10 deadline.

Apparently, Orakpo already is drawing interest from other teams.

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More time to evaluate Quincy Miller 

March, 3, 2015
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The 10-day contract signed by forward Quincy Miller expired on Monday and according to the Detroit Free Press, the team will sign him to another 10-day deal on Tuesday.

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Blake Griffin's next game 

March, 3, 2015
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The Los Angeles Clippers have been without starting power forward Blake Griffin since Feb. 8 due to the right elbow surgery to stop the staph infection. On Monday, head coach Doc Rivers gave the media an update on Griffin's status has his return to the lineup is getting closer.

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UPDATE: Jose Calderon is still sporting a walking boot for his sore left Achilles and according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks will re-evaluate their point guard in two weeks.

For the immediate future, Langston Galloway will continue to start at point guard.

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Jose Calderon is dealing with a sore left Achilles and it's bad enough that he was still wearing a walking boot on Thursday. While there is some talk his season might be over, he doesn't think that is the case, although he will know more after meeting with the team doctor, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

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Setback for Hanrahan 

March, 3, 2015
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Once an elite closer, Joel Hanrahan's comeback attempt has hit another bump in the road.

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Bulls injury crisis 

March, 2, 2015
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And the hits keep coming for the Chicago Bulls. Last week they lost starting point guard Derrick Rose for 4-6 weeks following surgery to repair the the torn right medial meniscus and now Jimmy Butler is going to miss 3-6 weeks according to ESPNChicago.com. Butler sustained a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain to his left elbow on Sunday and he will use the next few weeks to rehab and rest the injury.

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Why Kyle Lowry needs some rest 

March, 2, 2015
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Toronto Raptors starting point guard Kyle Lowry has been struggling with his shot, so the decision had been made to continue giving him some rest. Lowry missed Saturday's game and he won't play on Monday, too. There is a chance the "rest" could extend for a few more games.

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Veteran running back C.J. Spiller is just about a week away from being able to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. He recently said that he was open to re-signing with the Buffalo Bills, which made an offseason coaching change from Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan.

Nonetheless, it appears far more likely that he will depart for a new team this offseason.

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Monday rumors roundup 

March, 2, 2015
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Monday has been a rainy day in Arizona, cutting short or cancelling the workouts of many Cactus League teams. The weather is better in Florida, where Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright threw his first bullpen session since an abdominal strain forced him to take a few days off.

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Veteran DE/OLB Dwight Freeney recently turned 35 years old, so 2014 may well have been his swansong campaign in the NFL. However, he isn't quite ready to hang up his cleats, noting that ideally he would like to play again for the San Diego Chargers in 2015.

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The Dallas Cowboys have decided to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant, instead of running back DeMarco Murray, as was largely expected. For Murray, that means he can test the market next week as an unrestricted free agent, though he still can re-sign with the Cowboys.

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Kang's initial role in Pittsburgh 

March, 2, 2015
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One of the key questions entering spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates is the status of Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang, who was signed to a four-year deal worth $11 million.

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Center JaVale McGee is now a free agent after the Philadelphia 76ers placed him on waivers Sunday night. McGee was released by 11:59 PM EST, which means once he clears waivers he can sign with a new team and be eligible to play in the 2015 post-season.

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