Stephenson still a locker-room problem? 

December, 21, 2014
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As we noted on Friday, the Charlotte Hornets have pulled Lance Stephenson off of the trading block for the time being. They hope that he will settle in once he shakes off a nagging groin injury.

Falcons planning to fire Mike Smith? 

December, 21, 2014
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Technically, the Atlanta Falcons are in the playoff hunt, thanks to the NFC South being such a mess, but even sneaking into the playoffs won't help coach Mike Smith save his job.

It is believed that Smith will be fired once the Falcons' 2014 campaign is officially over.

"Falcons owner Arthur Blank has informed multiple parties that he plans on moving on from head coach Mike Smith at the end of the season, sources said, and it would take a shocking playoff run to alter that scenario," wrote Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. "Blank has also told some confidants that, for now, he expects to retain general manager Thomas Dimitroff, though it could be revisited through the hiring process."

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Gruden, RG III back for 2015? 

December, 21, 2014
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For all of the midseason buzz that both coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III might not be with the Washington Redskins in 2015, all signs currently are pointing toward the pair returning, as the 2014 regular season winds down. That's particularly true after Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

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Titans considering a run at Cutler? 

December, 21, 2014
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In the short-term, Jay Cutler is going to ride the bench for the Chicago Bears, with Jimmy Clausen getting the start Sunday. What they do with Cutler for the long term is going to be one of the more intriguing stories of the upcoming offseason.

Trading him will be complicated due to his massive contract, but there may be some interest in the veteran quarterback.

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Orioles to lose Hundley? 

December, 21, 2014
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The Baltimore Orioles were hoping to be able to bring back Nick Hundley to the team for the 2015 season, but that may no longer be possible. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the catcher reportedly has "a 2-year offer" from a mystery team, so it appears he'll be headed elsewhere.

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Phillies searching for SS? 

December, 21, 2014
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After waiting a bit for all the pieces to fall into place, the Philadelphia Phillies finally said goodbye to Jimmy Rollins, officially sending their veteran shortstop to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday and leaving a huge hole in their infield in the process.

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Forward David Lee strained his hamstring during the preseason and tweaked it during his regular-season debut, four games into the 2014-15 campaign. To date, Lee has played just seven minutes on the hardwood.

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Giants still looking to spend? 

December, 21, 2014
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The San Francisco Giants found their Pablo Sandoval replacement on Friday night, trading a pair of minor-league pitchers to the Miami Marlins for veteran third baseman Casey McGehee. The move filled a big hole in the team's 2015 lineup, but it may not be the last significant offseason action by the club.

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Who bid on Kang? 

December, 21, 2014
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Eventually, the identity of the team which has reportedly bid $5 million for the rights to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be revealed, but as of early Sunday morning, it was still unknown.

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Will Browns double-down with Mariota? 

December, 21, 2014
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The Cleveland Browns' approach to their quarterback situation this season generated seven wins in their first 11 games, but since then, they have lost three straight. Meanwhile, game play has proved that Brian Hoyer isn't good enough to be their starter and the jury remains out on how good Johnny Manziel can be.

In other words, they may be back to square one at quarterback come the offseason. With that in mind, they may try to target Marcus Mariota in the draft.

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Julio Jones on track to play Sunday? 

December, 21, 2014
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Last week, Julio Jones couldn't quite push through his hip injury and was declared inactive for the first time this season. His availability for Week 16 has been in doubt all week, too, though it appears things are trending in a positive direction.

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Goran Dragic's trade market 

December, 20, 2014
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Phoenix Suns starting point guard Goran Dragic has been in the rumor mill for a few months since he can become a free agent in July by declining his $7.5 million player option for 2015-16. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, several teams have interest in Dragic. For his part, he is only thinking about helping the Suns win this season.

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Dedicated QB coach in RG III's future? 

December, 20, 2014
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How to fix Robert Griffin III? That difficult question is one that Washington -- or possibly another team -- will be tasked with next season. On Saturday, John Keim of ESPN's NFL Nation writes that if RG III stays with the Redskins, the team plans to hire a dedicated quarterback coach to address some of the issues that have plagued the former first-round pick over the last two seasons.

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Phillies moving on from Howard? 

December, 20, 2014
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The Ryan Howard era in Philadelphia could soon be over, according to the latest comments by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro.

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Still demand for Beachy? 

December, 20, 2014
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A second Tommy John surgery may have ended Brandon Beachy's once promising career in Atlanta, but that hasn't stopped other teams from showing interest in the free-agent right-hander.

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