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Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Florida guard DeVon Walker is expected to miss all of next season with a knee injury.

The Junior tore his right ACL last Friday.

Walker played in 35 games for the Gators last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in just over 12 minutes per game.

Despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes, Walker was fourth on the team in blocked shots, with 13, and in three-pointers made, with 19.

Walker’s role was expected to increase this next year with fellow guard Scottie Wilbekin having graduated.

With Walker sidelined, former Rutgers guard Eli Carter and freshmen Chris Chiozza and Brandone Francis all could see more playing time for the Gators in 2014-15.

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Jameis Winston: I Must ‘Live Up to the Hype’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) — Defending national champion and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston is ready for another season of proving to others that last year wasn’t a fluke.

The Florida State quarterback spoke on Sunday at the ACC’s preseason kickoff and said he’s ready to show his doubters that he can have a repeat of last year’s success.

“I know I have to live up to the hype,” Winston said. “If I’m even an inch below that standard, it’ll be chaos.”

The 20-year-old will be a redshirt sophomore this season and could be a high first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, if he decides to leave after this season.

“It comes with the territory,” Winston said. “You always have to have a smile on your face. Leadership isn’t just on the field. It’s off the field, too, and I know I have a lot of young guys looking up to me, and I know I have a lot of support from my teammates as well.”

Winston isn’t worried about the team having a target on their back either this season and understands that it will be a challenge repeating as national champion.

“We’re not defending anything,” Winston said. “We’re trying to go get another championship. It’s a clean slate.”

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Bills DT Marcell Dareus Fails Conditioning Test

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) — The Buffalo Bills opened their 2014 training camp over the weekend, but one of their best defensive players did not come prepared.

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus failed a conditioning test when he reported to camp, the team has confirmed. Dareus remained on the active/non-football injury list as the Bills held their first training camp practice Sunday evening.

“He’s not the only one, but obviously you want your players to come in and be ready to go,” coach Doug Marrone said Sunday. “We’re here for a long period of time and we’ll make up for it.”

Dareus reportedly will not re-take the conditioning test until Thursday, at the earliest.

The Pro Bowler was also arrested twice this offseason and could face a suspension from the NFL. Nonetheless, Marrone expects him to play at a high level this season.

“He’ll be in shape and ready to play,” Marrone said. “Right now he needs to focus on getting himself ready, getting himself on the field, and focus on football.

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Giants RB David Wilson Cleared for Training Camp

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Giants running back David Wilson has been cleared for all activities when the Giants open training camp on Tuesday.

“Just got cleared ….. #cleared for everything now the story continues,” Wilson tweeted on Monday following his examination.

Wilson suffered a neck injury during Week 5 last season and missed the rest of the year in a difficult season in which the team failed to make the playoffs.

Wilson had surgery during the offseason to repair the neck injury and participated in a couple OTA’s and minicamp in May.

The Giants signed veteran running back Rashad Jennings during the offseason to fill the void they had at the position. New York also has veteran Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox to go along with fourth-round pick Andre Williams at the running back position.

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Colby Lewis Angry After Bunt from Colby Rasmus

Texas Rangers/MLB (NEW YORK) — They may share the same first name, but Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus have two entirely different opinions on what transpired during the 5th inning of Saturday’s contest between their respective teams.

Lewis and Rasmus exchanged words after Rasmus laid down a bunt single with two outs and the Blue Jays leading 2-0. The Rangers were playing the shift, but Lewis still wasn’t too pleased with Rasmus’ decision to bunt.

“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis told MLB.com. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”

After the contest, Rasmus said he was not sure why Lewis would take offense to his decision to lay down a bunt.

“I’m just trying to help my team and he didn’t like it — so sorry about it,” Rasmus said to MLB.com. “I’m not here to try to please the other side, I’m here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could, and I took advantage of it.”

Lewis took the loss for the Rangers Sunday and fell to 6-7 on the year. Rasmus is hitting just .223 for the Blue Jays this season.

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Chris Snee Reportedly Set to Announce Retirement

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Snee is reportedly ready to hang up his cleats and shoulder pads. A source close to the New York Giants lineman says he has scheduled a meeting for Monday morning with team officials to tell them he’s considering retiring.

While his final decision is not 100% made, the 32-year-old would not be able to start the season on time anyway thanks to a longer than expected recovery from elbow surgery in November.

After missing the team’s minicamp in June because of the extended rehab, New York and Snee each began weighing their options. The Giants gave the majority of reps to third-year player Brandon Mosley while also letting their second-round pick, Weston Richburg, see some time.

Snee, a four-time Pro Bowler, could be entering his 11th season as an offensive lineman for the Giants.

Snee played just three games in 2013 and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 due to an ailing hip injury. The 2004 draft pick out of Boston College helped the Giants to two Super Bowls in his 10-year career. He is also the son-in-law of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.

The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.

What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark “bow-and-arrow” celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.

That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.

“That’s his thing,” Pujols said of the celebration. “I’ve known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I’m going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him.”

Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities.

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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.

Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins’ contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him.

After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.

Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.

All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.

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