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Ruggiano increases work with trainers

Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was busy doing extra exercises with the athletic trainers early Thursday as he tries to deal with some tightness in his groin. Ruggiano has not played since Tuesday. He was batting .378 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBIs in his last 21 games since June 25.
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Antwan Barnes injury update: Linebacker does sprints at Jets camp, still no timetable on return

Backup linebacker Antwan Barnes remained on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list for the first day of Jets practice on Thursday, but he did partake in quick-step drills and sprints while his teammates engaged in full-team drills. Barnes, out since sustaining a serious knee injury in October, said he felt fine and that he was "waiting to see" when the team...
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Players union approves of Thunder’s Josh Huestis arrangement

The Thunder and Josh Huestis have agreed for the No. 29 pick to turn down his rookie-scale NBA contract and play on a D-League contract next season, an arrangement made before the draft. The deal is good for the Thunder, who won’t have to pay Huestis this year and now could have five years to develop him before free agency. And it’s good for Huestis, who probably wouldn’t...
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The Mariners are interested in Drew Stubbs

The Mariners brought back Kendrys Morales in a deal with the Twins today, but they aren’t done attempting to upgrade. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about the availability of outfielder Drew Stubbs. Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirms the report and adds that the Rockies would be willing to listen if they receive a “young” and...
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Seahawks waive two players, sign WR Morrell Presley

The Seahawks signed rookie wide receiver Morrell Presley and waived second-year offensive guard Jared Smith and rookie tight end Chase Dixon on Thursday, according to the NFL’s transactions. Presley (6-4, 225) tried out for Seattle in the spring. He played at UCLA (2009-2010) and California (Pa.) (2012). As PFT’s Curtis Crabtree noted, Presley — whose addition was first reported...
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Peyton disappointed fans can’t attend Broncos camp

The Broncos have closed training camp to fans this year because of construction at the team facilities, and Peyton Manning says that makes this year’s camp different. “As great as these facilities are going to be, the disappointing thing is that just due to the safety issues we couldn’t have fans here, and I’m disappointed in it – it was not the same today,” Manning...
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Pirates want no part of Burnett's player option, hurting trade chance

The Phillies and A.J. Burnett wouldn't mind working out a deal for him to go to Pittsburgh, but the Pirates' interest, believed mild at best, might fall further if Burnett intends to pick up a player option for next year that's likely to be worth $12.75 million. The option is for $7.5 million at its minimum, but just 32 games started brings it up to $2.75 million, which...
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Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies for cash

The New York Yankees have acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations, the club announced Thursday evening. The Yankees will be the third franchise for Capuano this season, as he started off with the Red Sox and was later released on July 1. He then signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on July 4.
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Jim Kelly to serve as honorary captain at Hall of Fame game

Jim Kelly is returning to the field. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that the former Bills quarterback will serve as an honorary captain at the Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 3. When Kelly takes the field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, it will come less than two and a half months after he finished radiation treatment...
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Jets sign defenceman Ellerby to one-year deal

The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Keaton Ellerby to a one-year, two-way contract worth US$700,000. The 25-year-old from Strathmore, Alta., played in 51 games with the Jets last season recording six points (two goals, four assists) and two penalty minutes. The Jets claimed Ellerby off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 2.
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Cubs try to trade struggling starter Edwin Jackson, find few takers

The Cubs are trying to trade struggling starter Edwin Jackson, who's slipped badly this year and needs a change of scenery, at least. Even the Yankees, an occasional pursuer of Jackson in the past, don't seem interested. So this might be a tough task.
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Eli Manning looks sharp in new offense

It was a light day on the field Thursday at Giants training camp. The team practiced for just 70 minutes -- compared to the originally scheduled 130 minutes -- and finished with a 20-minute "recovery stretch" inside their practice bubble. In between, quarterback Eli Manning looked to be making progress with the new offense. The ball was consistently out quick. The throws...
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Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks camp

Marshawn Lynch will not be in attendance when the Seattle Seahawks open training camp. Former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson broke the news on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live. "Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked," Robinson said. "He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks."...
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D-Backs more interested in trading Hill than Prado

The Diamondbacks are looking to trade Aaron Hill but are barely listening on Martin Prado, according to league sources. Hill has slipped from two years ago, when he had a career year, and is batting .251 with eight homers and 49 RBI. Prado's numbers are comparable (four homers, 37 RBI, .274), but Arizona views him as a key asset because of his leadership abilities and versatility...
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Ray Rice not expected to appeal suspension

By rule, Ravens running back Ray Rice has the right to appeal the two-game suspension and one-game fine imposed on him by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the personal-conduct policy. Per a league source, initial indications are that Rice will not appeal the ruling. Since the appeal is handled by the person who made the decision in the first place, the chances of getting...
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Justin Blackmon ARREST VIDEO 'This Is Gonna Be a Big Deal'

TMZ Sports has obtained the arrest video of NFL star Justin Blackmon -- in which he warned the officer, "This is gonna be a big deal." As we previously reported, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was pulled over in Oklahoma for making an illegal passing move while trying to get around traffic. During the stop, officers say they smelled weed -- and asked Blackmon where...
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Rockets-Mavs rivalry receives a shot

A long-distance exchange of words between Chandler Parsons and James Harden is heating up the rivalry between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. Parsons, who left Houston to sign a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas as a restricted free agent, took offense to former teammate Harden opining that Dwight Howard and Harden are the Rockets' stars and the rest of the...
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Avs hope to learn from ‘nightmare’ playoff finish

In Game 7 against the Minnesota Wild, the Colorado Avalanche looked primed to win their first playoff series since the 2007-08 season. They held a one-goal lead late in the third period and Darcy Kuemper left the Wild net with an injury. Instead, the Avalanche squandered that margin and ended up falling to Minnesota in overtime. From the sound of things in this NHL.com story, that...
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Wild's Dumba hoping to stay in one place this season

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba got his first real taste of the NHL last season. It was one stop on a whirlwind tour that entrenched Dumba as one of the League's top defense prospects. This season he hopes to turn that experience into a full-time role with the Wild. "I was all over the map," Dumba said. "But it was fun every step of the way. I was learning...
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Avs ‘confident’ they’ll reach deal with Barrie, says Sakic

With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga over, Colorado will now turn its attention to another key unsigned RFA — Tyson Barrie. Though to hear executive VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic explain it, Barrie’s negotiations should be smoother than O’Reilly’s. “I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said on Wednesday, per the Denver Post. Barrie, who...
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Veteran NHLer Pyatt signs in Swiss league

After a lengthy NHL career, Taylor Pyatt is headed overseas. The former Islander, Sabre, Canuck, Coyote, Ranger and Penguin has signed with Geneve-Servette of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Thursday. Pyatt, 32, split last season between New York and Pittsburgh, racking up four goals and five points in 56 games. A first-round pick of the Islanders (eighth...
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Notre Dame WR Mahone sentenced to 10 days in jail

Notre Dame wide receiver Will Mahone will serve 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and aggravated menacing. Felony charges were wiped off his record as part of his plea. A county judge offered Mahone some leniency in the sentencing, telling Mahone he felt a stronger sentence should be enforced.
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Magic sign second-rounder Devyn Marble to three-year contract

Three members of the All-Big Ten first team entered the NBA draft. Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to the Kings. Gary Harris went No. 19 to the Nuggets (via the Bulls). And Devyn Marble went No. 56 to the Magic. Stauskas and Harris were better than Marble in college, but the difference wasn’t that great. Their draft stocks varied so much because Stauskas (Michigan) and Harris (Michigan...
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Return of Linsanity? Jeremy Lin wearing No. 17 for Lakers

Jeremy Lin wore No. 7 as a rookie with the Warriors, and he wore No. 7 during his most-recent underwhelming seasons with the Rockets. Between, he donned No. 17 for the Knicks while capturing everyone’s imagination during Linsanity. The Lakers hope that magic returns, and they’re giving him the number he wore when the Harvard-groomed, Asian-American pick-and-roll specialist...
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Zach Putnam lands on disabled list with shoulder inflammation

Zach Putnam has had a share of the closer role with the White Sox in recent weeks, but now he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. Putnam struggled in his most recent appearance yesterday against the Royals, allowing one unearned run on two hits and two walks over one inning. He threw just 13 out of 27 pitches for strikes.
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