Ryan Matthews nearing return? 

October, 25, 2014
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Branden Oliver's days as San Diego's featured back could come to an end as soon as Week 9, when Ryan Mathews might return after a six-week absence due to a right knee injury.

Season over for Chandler Jones? 

October, 25, 2014
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After Chandler Jones injured his hip during New England's Week 7 matchup against the New York jets, it was initially believed that he would miss up to four weeks. That's no longer the case, as New England's feared pass-rusher could be out much longer.

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What deal is Victor Martinez seeking? 

October, 25, 2014
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Victor Martinez is coming off a fantastic season in which he batted .335 with 32 home runs, 103 RBI and struck out only 42 times in 641 plate appearances. Add it all up, and we're talking about one of the best seasons of anyone in the game.

Those type of numbers are sure to lead to a big pay day for the free agent 1B/DH, but it bears keeping in mind that Martinez will also turn 36 in December, which potentially limits the type of deal he could sign. Here's the latest on what Martinez is seeking.

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Where Hamels can be traded 

October, 25, 2014
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As much as the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies would like to hold on to Cole Hamels for the final four years of his six-year contract, the reality is that the veteran left-hander is their primary trade chip and, quite possibly, the key towards bringing in a new crop of younger and less expensive talent.

Which teams can Hamels be dealt to? Here's the latest on that.

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Rays managerial candidates 

October, 25, 2014
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Following the shocking and unexpected departure of Joe Madden in Tampa Bay, who will take over as the Rays next manager?

Here's a look at the names being tossed around as of Friday night.

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Tristan Thompson extension unlikely 

October, 25, 2014
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Tristan Thompson, as a first round pick from 2011, is eligible to sign an extension by Oct. 31, but with six days to go there is a good chance nothing will get done.

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Pelicans to Rivers: Option declined 

October, 25, 2014
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The New Orleans Pelicans have exercised their 2015-16 team option for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans made the announcement on Friday. Missing from the announcement was word regarding third-year guard Austin Rivers and that is not a surprise since his team option is set to be declined, according to The Times-Picayune.

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Why Blatt chose to start Anderson Varejao 

October, 25, 2014
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There has been some talk that Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt could name Tristan Thompson as his starting center when the 2014-15 NBA regular season tips off since his big man had that role at times during the preseason. Well, Friday, Blatt announced incumbent Anderson Varejao will keep his position with the first unit. According to Blatt, Varejao's history with LeBron James is a major key to the decision.

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And down goes Anthony Morrow 

October, 25, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Thunder took another hit on Friday when the team revealed shooting guard Anthony Morrow will be sidelined 4-6 weeks due to a sprained left MCL, according to ESPN.com's Royce Young. Oklahoma City will now be without Morrow, Kevin Durant (right foot) and Mitch McGary (left foot) until at least the end of November.

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NBA update: Extensions and Options 

October, 25, 2014
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First round picks from the 2011 NBA draft or those that signed rookie contracts that year are eligible to sign an extension by Oct. 31. Should deals not get done they will be restricted free agents next July if tendered a qualifying offer by June 30.

So far Kyrie Irving, No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, has signed a max five-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Morris twins have signed with the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets completed a deal with power forward Kenneth Faried. That group is now up to five as Nikola Vucevic has reportedly accepted a four-year, $54 million extension from Orlando.

Teams also have until Oct. 31 to pick up the fourth-year team option for 2012 first round picks and third-year team options for 2013 first round picks. Friday saw a lot of movement on this front as the following options were picked up: Brooklyn's Sergey Karasev and Mason Plumlee; Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Andre Drummond; New Orleans' Anthony Davis; and Utah's Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert.

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Hornets cut three; Roster set 

October, 24, 2014
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The Charlotte Hornets made three transactions on Friday as they placed training camp invitees Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale and Brian Qvale on waivers.

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Victor Oladipo's facial fracture 

October, 24, 2014
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During Thursday's practice Victor Oladipo received and elbow to just under his right and after consulting with the team doctor it was determined he suffered a facial fracture. The Orlando Magic are currently listing him as "out indefinitely" with surgery needed to repair the damage.

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With a future Hall of Famer in Jason Witten ahead of Gavin Escobar, there has been no reason to consider Escobar's fantasy prowess -- until Sunday, when he pulled in three passes for 65 yards and 2 TDs.

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Where will Maddon end up? 

October, 24, 2014
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In a move that seemed to come out of nowhere, it was announced Friday that "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately... Maddon said there was discussion with the Rays on a new contract but 'we were still too far apart.'"

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How will Rams backfield split carries? 

October, 24, 2014
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Prior to Sunday's battle between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer implied that he would use a full-blown running back by committee, with the intention of leaning on the hot hand later in the game. In the end, though, it was basically all Tre Mason, who had 18 carries for 85 yards. Benjamin Cunningham had just two carries and Zac Stacy had zero. In fact, WR Tavon Austin had more carries (5) than either of them.

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