Pistons last roster spot 

July, 22, 2014
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The Detroit Pistons have agreed to terms with rookie guard Spencer Dinwiddie and according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the deal is for three years. Once Dinwiddie, Aaron Gray and Cartier Martin complete their deals the Pistons will have 15 players under contract, but that doesn't mean the roster is set for 2014-15.

Alex Rios a fit in KC? 

July, 22, 2014
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The Kansas City Royals, who scored a grand total of two runs in three losses to the Red Sox last weekend, are interested in dealing for Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

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First-round picks Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston have both experienced good and bad moments during Summer League, but word out of Charlotte is that neither may make much of an impact as a rookie.

Why do we say that? Here's the latest.

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Ever since David Wilson sustained a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year, his short- and long-term futures were in doubt. However, Wilson tweeted Monday that he has been given medical clearance to hit the gridiron.

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What Cody Zeller needs to show 

July, 21, 2014
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In a lot of ways, Cody Zeller's Summer League performance offers promise of a bright future in the NBA. The lottery pick floundered in his rookie season in Charlotte, so Zeller's impressive play this summer has to have a lot of Hornets fans relieved.

However, there's one area of the floor Zeller still has to show drastic improvement. If he does, it could bode well for his success and the success of the Hornets in 2014-15.

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In three NBA seasons, Chris Singleton has yet to turn into the type of player some envisioned him to be when Washington selected him with the No. 18 pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

He'll get a new start on a new team in 2014-15, and two teams are reportedly looking to sign him.

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Moreland making the Kings? 

July, 21, 2014
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In his years at Oregon State, wiry big man Eric Moreland tantalized the Pac-12 Conference with his potential. His athleticism and length made him one of the conference's best shot-blockers and rebounders, and someone who looked like a probable draft pick.

That didn't happen -- Moreland went undrafted in June after leaving OSU following his junior season -- but after an impressive showing in five Summer League games on the Sacramento roster, the 6-foot-10, 218-pounder has opened a lot of eyes.

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It's no surprise that the ugly knee injury that NaVorro Bowman sustained in the NFC title game is expected to force him onto the PUP list when the San Francisco 49ers get their training camp underway this week. Although his recovery from surgery that repaired his torn ACL and MCL has been going well, he also is slated to remain on the PUP list when the regular season gets underway.

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Josh Smith staying in Detroit? 

July, 21, 2014
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The buzz in recent weeks linking Detroit forward Josh Smith to the Sacramento Kings must have caused Smith to wonder where he'll be playing next season.

Will it be as a member of the Pistons, the Kings or another team? Here's the latest, following an update on Monday.

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Over the weekend, we examined one NFL writer's thoughts on whether Ben Tate will be able to hold off rookie third-rounder Terrance West to be the lead rusher in the Cleveland Browns backfield this season.

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The centerpiece of the July 31 trade deadline sweepstakes remains David Price, who not only is enhancing his market value but also is putting the Tampa Bay Rays back in the postseason picture.

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Are the Marlins ready to sell? 

July, 21, 2014
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Could the Miami Marlins soon be joining the relatively small list of trade deadline sellers?

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The Detroit Lions finally added a legitimate No. 2 option to work off of Calvin Johnson when they signed free-agent WR Golden Tate during the offseason.

Tate, who caught 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 TDs last season with the Seahawks, said this offseason that he envisions himself working in a Lance Moore-type role as Lions OC Joe Lombardi installs his version of the New Orleans Saints offense. Moore's heaviest workloads with the Saints had him reeling in 79 passes in 2008 (16 games), 66 passes in '10 (16 games) and 65 passes in '12 (15 games).

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The NFL has allowed more types of referee calls to be challenged by coaches in recent years, but they still don't allow a coach to throw a red flag when he questions the validity of a pass-interference call made -- and not made -- by the refs.

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Injuries essentially nixed Julius Thomas' first two NFL campaigns, so after breaking out last season, the tight end is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Denver Broncos president John Elway has said he would like to sign Thomas to an extension, but does Thomas want to stick with the Broncos for the long term?

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