Papelbon a problem for Phillies? 

September, 22, 2014
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On Tuesday night, Jonathan Papelbon will return to the Philadelphia Phillies after serving a week-long suspension for making an obscene gesture at hometown fans who booed his efforts in a blown save. However, the impact of that lack of judgment on the reliever's part may be longer-lasting that the team would like.

When will Lacy get off the schneid? 

September, 22, 2014
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In three games during his rookie campaign last year, Eddie Lacy racked up at least 150 combined yards. After three games this season, Lacy has totaled just 151 yards.

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Will Butler be back in 2015? 

September, 22, 2014
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According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals plans on using Billy Butler as their designated hitter in each and every game for the rest of the season. However, these may well be the last games in a Royals uniform for the veteran hitter.

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No progress for Profar? 

September, 22, 2014
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Back in April, Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers made it to ESPN Insider Keith Law's list of the top 25 players under the age of 25. However, he's yet to take the field since that article was written, and may not do so again for quite some time.

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NBA update: Remaining 2014 FA's 

September, 22, 2014
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All NBA training camps will be open in eight days and over that time a few more players will sign contracts. Almost all of the 2014 free agents have signed deals with NBA teams or clubs overseas at this point and over the last few days two more have gone off the board with Andray Blatche signing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China) and Ramon Sessions with Sacramento.

Here is the list of 2014 free agents that ended last season on an NBA roster and have been available since July 1, but remain unsigned:

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Have 49ers converted to passing offense? 

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
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Plenty of fantasy folks hoped that the San Francisco 49ers would open up their passing attack this season and turn Colin Kaepernick loose. During the past two weeks, Kaepernick attempted 34 and 37 passes, which are as many or more than he attempted in any game (including playoffs) since Week 1 of 2013. The bad news: the Niners lost both of those games.

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Sanchez unlikely to rejoin rotation? 

September, 22, 2014
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Pitcher Anibal Sanchez is expected to be activated from the disabled list either Wednesday or Thursday, but according to the Detroit Free Press, he's not going to be a part of the Detroit Tigers rotation anymore.

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Suns favorites to land Zoran Dragic 

September, 22, 2014
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The Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns have been reported to have interest in Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic. To no surprise the Suns are the favorites to sign Dragic.

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Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo not trade bait 

September, 22, 2014
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Rajon Rondo has found himself in the middle of trade speculation for a number of years now, but he remains a member of the Boston Celtics team as training camp looms right around the corner. So how much is Rondo, set to earn $12.9 million in the final year of his deal, still in Boston's plans? Well, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke to a group at his church on Sunday and he said there are no plans to trade his starting point guard, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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Will Whisenhunt bench Locker? 

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
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Although Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker looked like a world-beater in a Week 1 win (2 TDs, 0 INTs, 70.3 QBR), he has looked horrible the past two weeks (1 TD, 4 INTs, 13.7 QBR and 31.1 QBR), both losses.

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What Ramon Sessions brings to Kings 

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
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The Sacramento Kings have been trying to improve the point guard position and Saturday the agreed to terms with free agent Ramon Sessions. According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, Sessions will be signed using the $2.07 million Bi-Annual exception and the two-year contract is worth $4.2 million.

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Links from around the rink - Sept. 22 

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
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ESPN The Magazine has released its annual Ultimate Standings in which fans were surveyed on what they wanted most in return for the emotion, money and time invested in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams.

The Toronto Maple Leafs came in dead last at 122nd, and native son Chris Jones held nothing back in explaining why. But it's worth noting that a host of hockey teams polled very favorably. The Anaheim Ducks rank second overall and were one of six NHL teams in the top 12, joining the Kings, Lightning, Blackhawks, Blues and Stars.

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When will Celtics add Evan Turner? 

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
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Evan Turner and the Boston Celtics agreed to terms about a month ago and the deal should be signed soon.

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When will Gronk's role expand? 

September, 21, 2014
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The New England Patriots held off a scrappy Oakland Raiders team Sunday to go 2-1 on the young season. They've managed to do so without leaning much on Rob Gronkowski, who still is working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery. After reeling in three of six targets for 44 yards and a score Sunday, Gronk now has 11 receptions on 23 targets for 116 yards and 2 TDs.

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Lighter workload better for Peppers? 

September, 21, 2014
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The Green Bay Packers went outside of their typically frugal free-agent box during the offseason to sign Julius Peppers with the hope that he could get after opposing quarterbacks.

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