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Thunder Lose Guard Anthony Morrow for 4-6 Weeks


Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a left MCL sprain at practice Thursday.

Morrow was a candidate to begin the season as a starter at shooting guard due to Kevin Durant being injured. Now it looks like either Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb or Reggie Jackson will get the starting spot.

The 29-year-old Morrow joined the Thunder this summer, signing a three-year, $10 million contract.

Morrow has played six NBA seasons split between the Warriors, Nets, Hawks, Mavericks and Pelicans. During that time he's averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist per game.

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McMurray Takes Pole at Martinsville


BananaStock(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Despite not qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, Jamie McMurray won the poll at Martinsville Speedway Friday.

McMurray ran a lap of 99.905 mph, which is a qualifying record, to earn the top starting position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

"We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend," McMurray said. "Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track."

Championship contenders Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualified second and third.

Martinsville will be the first of three races that will determine the four final drivers that will compete for the Sprint Cup title Nov. 16 at Homestead.

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Reggie Wayne Out for Sunday's Game Versus Steelers


NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts will be without receiver Reggie Wayne when they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday.

Wayne suffered an elbow injury during the team's victory over Cincinnati last Sunday.

Wayne didn't practice all week and has had a compression sleeve on his left arm.

The 35-year-old Wayne, has 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.

The Colts (5-2) are looking for their sixth straight win.

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Bruins' Defenseman Zdeno Chara Out 4-6 Weeks with Knee Injury


Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Bruins will be without one of the most imposing players in the NHL for the foreseeable future as defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Chara suffered the injury on Thursday during the Bruins' game against the New York Islanders.

While the injury could have been a lot worse, Chara's absence will still felt on the team.

"You hope everyone else picks up the slack," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "We've had a stretch before, might not have been four to six weeks, more like three weeks where Z was out. They don't happen too often, but you hope everyone picks up the slack and we play a solid defensive game."

Despite being in his 17th NHL season, ninth with the Bruins, the 37-year-old Chara is still one of the best defenseman in the NHL.

Since joining the Bruins in 2006, the team is 341-204-66 with Chara in the lineup during the regular season, and 8-7-5 without him.

During his time with the Bruins, Chara has never missed more than five-straight games.

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Joe Maddon Opts Out of Tampa


Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon won't be returning in 2015.  Maddon exercised his opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team.

"We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015."

ESPN.com reports that Maddon leaving doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be going to join the Los Angeles Dodgers after they hired new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. He worked with Maddon and the Rays as an executive vice president.

Maddon is a two-time AL Manager of the Year and compiled a 781-729 record in 11 seasons.

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Jay Cutler, Bears Prepare for New England


Nick Laham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears (3-4) will travel to New England to take on the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out on the team's offensive play after their 27-14 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the team are moving forward.

The one good thing going for the Bears is that they are 3-1 on the road this season.

Cutler and the offense have averaged 22.4 points this season and the Patriots defense is only giving up 22.

"They play a lot of man [defense] as of recently," Cutler said of the Patriots defensive game plan. "They've played it all; we'll just have to see those first couple series of how they want to attack us."

"Darrelle Revis is one of the best in the business," Cutler said of the Patriots secondary. "He lot of times goes with the number one receiver and shadows him throughout the game, we'll see what he does against us."

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this year and quarterback Tom Brady expects it to be another close game against the Bears.

"We've had some great games against those guys," Brady said.  "They've got a real good defense.  It's kind of been the market of that team for a long time.  A lot of guys at different positions.  It's going to be a big challenge for us."

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Austin Davis Says He's Humbled by Brett Favre's Comments


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis received some high praise from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre this week.

Favre spoke with ESPN's Ed Werder and compared the Southern Miss alumni to another future Hall of Famer.

"Austin can definitely play at this level," Favre told Werder this week. "Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis], in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. [Brian] Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."

Davis was humbled by the comments and said that Favre has sent him text messages of encouragement. Still, he told reporters that he just wants to be himself.

"I don't really want to be the next anybody," Davis said. "I just want to be the first Austin Davis and just keep doing what we're doing."

Davis and the Rams are coming off a 28-26 win over the Seahawks last Sunday.

"It felt good to get one this past week. I think it was much needed for our football team," Davis said of the win.

The Rams (2-4) will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (3-3) on Sunday.

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Saban: Rivarly with Vols Is 'Special'


Istockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Fourth ranked Alabama (6-1) is expecting everything they can handle against Tennessee (3-4) on Saturday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban called the game this week "one of the great rivalry games in college football. [It] certainly has a lot of tradition and something that's been very special and means a lot to a lot of our fans."

The Vols are still searching for their first win in the SEC after losing three straight in their conference matchups.

Tennessee's defense has allowed 21.3 points per game this season and Alabama's offense is averaging 36.9.

"They're big, they're physical up front, a very typical Alabama offensive line," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "I think they're playing to the strengths of their players. They did a lot of quick screens, a lot of dual packages where you have the run and the pass option off of it. I think they're doing a great job."

The game also will be the return of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who left Tennessee after a 7-6 season in 2009, which caused rioting on campus.

"The game is not about that," Saban said. "The game is about the players and regardless of what fans think or what fans do, I think our coaches and our players need to focus on what we're going to do in the game and how we're going to help our players play our best."

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Red Sox Hire Chili Davis as Hitting Coach


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Former major league all-star Chili Davis was hired to be the Boston Red Sox hitting coach Thursday.

Davis joins the Sox after serving the previous three seasons as the Oakland Athletics' hitting coach. He also served in the same position for Boston's Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket, in 2011.

"Chili's experience and success as both a player and a coach make him a valuable addition to our staff," Red Sox skipper John Farrell said. "We are excited to have him working with our hitters."

Davis takes over for Greg Colbrunn, who served as Boston's hitting coach the past two seasons.

Davis played 19 seasons in the majors, during which he hit .274 with 354 home runs, 1,372 RBIs and a .360 on-base percentage.

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Sizemore Signs 1-Year Deal with Phillies


iStockphoto(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract Thursday.

Sizemore, 32, joined the Phillies last June after he was released by the Boston Red Sox. He played in 60 games for Philadelphia in 2014, hitting .253 with three home runs, 21 runs scored, 12 RBIs and one stolen base.

Before injuries derailed his career Sizemore was thought to be one of the best outfielders in baseball, making three All-Star teams and winning two Gold Gloves.

In nine MLB seasons, Sizemore has hit .266 with 144 home runs, 485 RBIs, 140 stolen bases and a .352 on-base percentage.

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