Verlander ready to return? 

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It looks as though the Detroit Tigers will be getting their ace pitcher back on the mound this weekend, as Justin Verlander appears to be ready to return to action for the first time since August 11.

Is Burleson on Browns' roster bubble? 

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If things break right for Josh Gordon and the Cleveland Browns, his impending year-long suspension will be overturned. In that case, he will line up across from Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins will work the slot. If Gordon ends up missing much or all of the season, the rest of the Browns WR corps will need to step up.

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Since the San Diego Padres traded away Huston Street, they've been using Joaquin Benoit in their closer role. Though Benoit hasn't allowed an earned run in his last nine outings, he hasn't been able to pitch since August 13. That's opened the door for Kevin Quackenbush to showcase his skills.

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The Tennessee Titans may have had a little fun by dubbing second-year wideout Justin Hunter "Just Another Guy" during training camp, but he clearly isn't just another guy when it comes to his upside as a pro. During last week's preseason tilt, he pulled in four passes for 111 yards and 2 TDs.

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How will Lovie use rookie TE ASJ? 

August, 21, 2014
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Among the myriad changes we've seen this preseason from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under the direction of new coach Lovie Smith is a renewed focus on their tight ends -- a group that was boosted by the offseason additions of veteran Brandon Myers and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

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Is Phillies GM's job safe? 

August, 21, 2014
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The Philadelphia Phillies have won just four of their last 12 games and -- at 17 games out of first place -- are deeper in the National League East cellar than at any time all season. Yet, management of the team doesn't seem to think there's a need for a change of leadership.

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Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe? 

August, 21, 2014
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Unless something dramatically changes between the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe, the point guard won't be with the team for the long-term. Bledsoe reportedly feels disrespected because the Suns have only offered him $48 million over four years. As a result he might sign the qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

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Who replaces Richards in Angels rotation? 

August, 21, 2014
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Pitcher Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels had to be wheeled off the field on a stretcher after collapsing to the ground in pain while attempting to cover first base on a ground ball during his team's game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

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Anthony Bennett to stick with Wolves? 

August, 21, 2014
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers can officially complete the Kevin Love deal beginning in two days when rookie Andrew Wiggins becomes trade eligible. Forward Anthony Bennett is also going to the Wolves and apparently he will stay with Minnesota. There have been reports that Bennett and another player on the Wolves will be shipped to the Philadelphia 76ers for Thaddeus Young.

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NBA: Training Camp Contracts 

August, 21, 2014
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All 30 NBA teams will spend the next five weeks inviting players to training camp and while some might get a small amount of guaranteed money, most will sign deals with no salary protection. Almost all of the camp invitees will be waived at some point during the preseason and for those with less than three years of NBA experience they may not be released until just prior to the start of the 2014-15 regular season, so teams can designate them to their D-League rosters.

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How will Colts divvy up targets? 

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Last season, T.Y. Hilton led the way in targets for the Indianapolis Colts with 138 (17th in the NFL). TE Coby Fleener was next with 88 targets, then Darrius Heyward-Bey with 62 and Reggie Wayne (who missed 9 games) with 58. Since then, the Colts added Hakeem Nicks and got Wayne and TE Dwayne Allen back from their respective injuries.

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Grizzlies roster set for 2014-15? 

August, 21, 2014
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The Memphis Grizzlies signed Jarnell Stokes, the No. 35 selection in the 2014 NBA draft, to a three-year contract on Monday. With that transaction the Grizzlies likely already have their team set for the start of the 2014-15 regular season.

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Celtics hit roster limit 

August, 21, 2014
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The NBA allows teams to have 20 players under contract before and after each regular season. The Boston Celtics had 17 players signed to contracts beginning on Wednesday, but by the end of the business day they had reached the maximum limit of 20.

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Is Andre Johnson's health a concern? 

August, 21, 2014
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After holding out all offseason, Andre Johnson reported to training camp in late July and was quickly felled by a hamstring injury. That's quite an inauspicious start to the preseason for a 33-year-old receiver.

He ended up missing a couple of weeks worth of practices, but he was back in the mix a week ago and reportedly has looked terrific.

"Texans receiver Andre Johnson showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason," wrote CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo will play ... 

August, 21, 2014
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The New York Knicks don't have room on their roster for Thanasis Antetokounmpo this coming season, so where will he play? The D-League or Europe?

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