The flags have been flying this preseason as NFL officials began strictly enforcing illegal contact and defensive holding penalties. The expectation was that eventually the players would adjust and the refs would begin to scale back the calls.

Masterson's last chance? 

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Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitcher Justin Masterson has been a bit of a disappointment. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA in five starts, with opposing hitters posting a .311 batting average with him on the mound.

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Will QB Derek Carr start in Week 1? 

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The Oakland Raiders spent much of the summer trying to convince their fans that Matt Schaub would somehow rebound from his final disastrous season with the Houston Texans and lead the team to wins. However, as the season nears, it appears that coach Dennis Allen is starting to have his doubts.

Schaub missed the Raiders' preseason finale with an elbow injury, while rookie Derek Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

So, who will start Week 1 against the New York Jets?

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Smyly shutdown ahead? 

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When the Tampa Bay Rays traded away David Price, there were few who expected that the man they got back in the deal to replace him would outperform the ace for the rest of the season. However, so far at least, that's exactly what Drew Smyly has done.

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Damian Lillard on standby list 

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Damian Lillard was one of the last cuts by Team USA for the FIBA World Cup, however that doesn't mean he might join the squad. According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Lillard will be called into service if one of the players, possibly Derrick Rose, currently on the team is forced out due to an injury prior to the first game on Sunday.

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Homser closing in on return? 

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Last Friday, the Kansas City Royals seemed very tentative in terms of rushing injured first baseman Eric Hosmer's rehab process too much, in fear that his fractured hand might not respond properly and he'd be lost for the season.

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O's still looking to deal? 

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Although the Baltimore Orioles have a seven game lead in the American League East as the start of September quickly approaches, that doesn't mean the organization is content to remain pat in the final weekend before the calendar page turns.

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Giants closer in flux? 

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While most of the attention given to the San Francisco Giants 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday went to starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and his record-breaking run of perfection, it was in the bullpen where things may have gotten interesting.

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Latest buzz on Sammy Watkins' ribs 

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Most teams rest their starters in the preseason finale, but the Buffalo Bills had rookie WR Sammy Watkins in action Thursday evening after he missed most of the previous two preseason tilts with a rib injury. Unfortunately, he exited the game after taking a forearm to his ribs.

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Mets catcher on the move? 

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Travis d'Arnaud has been a reliable starter for the New York Mets behind the plate this season, but when the organization looks ahead to the future, there are some concerns as to exactly how long that statement will be true.

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Timofey Mozgov won't force trade to Cavs 

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Earlier this week, ESPN's Brian Windhorst claimed the Cleveland Cavaliers has targeted Denver's Timofey Mozgov and Memphis' Kosta Koufos since they need to strengthen the center position. Mozgov was asked about Windhorst's comments while conducting a camp in Russia.

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Raduljica's short stay with Clippers 

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The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica from the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday for Jared Dudley and as the transaction was being reported several media outlets claimed both players were likely going to be waived. Well, that is likely the case.

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Martavis Bryant iffy for opener? 

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Traditionally, the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 3 wide receiver doesn't see enough targets to be a consistent fantasy factor. However, there was hope that fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant could at least be a red-zone threat, if he could secure that No. 3 role.

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Will Erazem Lorbek sign with Spurs? 

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The San Antonio Spurs own the rights to Slovenian forward Erazem Lorbek, the No. 46 pick in the 2005 NBA draft, and Wednesday he and FC Barcelona completed a buyout to make him a free agent. Does this signal a move to the Spurs? Probably not.

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Ramon Sessions to Rockets off? 

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There was an item earlier this week suggesting the Houston Rockets had some interest in free agent point guard Ramon Sessions and they might look at acquiring him via a sign-and-trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. A Sessions trade to Houston deal likely won't happen.

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