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Aug 21, 2014

NFL News: Transactions for August 20th

Busy day on the transaction wire yesterday. See below:

NFL 2014 Mid Pre-Season Power Rankings

Pre-Season should do nothing to sway opinions on power rankings, unless of course it involves injuries. After our first Power Rankings came out before preseason started [link here], we've decided to throw another list out there. After all, you can't get enough of football this time of year.

Redskins Rumors: Jason Hatcher expected to play Saturday

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, defensive end Jason Hatcher is expected to make his team debut with the Washington Redskins this Saturday against the Ravens.

Aug 20, 2014

Steelers News: Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount found with possession of marijuana

Pittsburgh Steelers star running backs, Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, were charged with possession of marijuana Wednesday afternoon, writes The Associated Press, with the NY Daily news.

Browns News: Brian Hoyer named starting QB

It’s official. This morning the Cleveland Browns have announced Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel, reports Mark Sessler, with

NHL News: League Announces Changes to Draft Lottery Format

That sound you just heard was the simultaneous shattering of everything in the offices of Brad Treliving and Tim Murray.

Punctuating a relatively busy few days of hockey news, the NHL announced Wednesday afternoon some significant changes to the draft lottery. The modifications will be “phased in over a two-year period,” per, beginning this June in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

This year’s changes solely address odds of winning the first overall selection for the 14 teams that don’t make the playoffs. The overall bottom five teams will each see their odds of securing the top prize drop, and teams placing 14th overall through 25th each see the same odds rise. From, here is the full set of odds changes:

The second set of changes applies to 2016’s Draft and further equalizes chances of winning a top three pick. Beginning with 2016’s Draft lottery, there will be three draws to determine who selects in each 

Under the current lottery format, the 30th-placed team receives no worse than the second overall selection, if a team higher in the standings is awarded the first overall pick. This situation has happened each of the last two seasons. The Florida Panthers received the first overall selection this year despite the Buffalo Sabres placing below them in the standings, and in 2013, the Colorado Avalanche were awarded Nathan MacKinnon despite Florida finishing below them. With the changes beginning in 2016, it is feasible that the NHL's last place team could lose each of the drawings and receive the fourth overall selection.

So, in effect, the NHL is taking two fairly significant strides to balance the draft lottery between the basement dwellers and the teams that miss the playoffs on the last day of the regular season. No matter your opinion on the changes, we can all agree that it’s just a little suspicious that the league has announced these changes for such a banner draft year.

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Suns Rumors: Phoenix considering Eric Bledsoe trades

Remember Eric Bledsoe? The Phoenix Suns' star guard is one of the last remaining big-name free agents still available on the market, but we've heard very little regarding a potential resolution to his current contract predicament.

NFL News: Transactions for August 19th

Yesterday was a busy day on the transaction wire. See below:

Aug 19, 2014

Jazz Rumors: Utah nearing deal with Toure' Murry

Despite drafting Trey Burke and Dante Exum in consecutive drafts, the Utah Jazz may be looking to add another point guard to their roster.  According to rumor, Toure' Murry, the 24 year old guard out of Wichita State is close to signing with the Jazz.

BREAKING: Wang finally sells New York Islanders

According Newsday's Arthur Staple, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has finally reached an agreement to sell the team.