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Negotiations went down to the wire on Friday before the Marlins were able to reach one-year contract agreements with Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek. The deals mean the club came to terms with all three of its arbitration-eligible players, avoiding hearings in February. The Marlins haven't confirmed the deals. All three were arbitration-eligible for the first time, and they will receive significant raises in 2014. Per team policy, the Marlins don't release financial terms. But according to sources, Stanton will earn $6.5 million, Cishek will receive $3.8 million and Mike Dunn will make $1.4 million. In 2013, Stanton made $537,000, while Cishek received $505,000 and Dunn earned $492,500.

Cishek will close and have a good shot at 30 saves with strong ratios. As for Stanton, he walked a bit more last season which could lead to him finally "figuring it out." Stanton has failed to appear in 125 games each of the last two seasons so his health will likely be the determining factor we turn to when trying to assess his 2014 campaign.ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Julius Randle tweaked his ankle, but is staying in Saturday's game.

After tumbling into a photographer, Julius Randle appeared to injure himself. With the Lakers already losing center Roy Hibbert in Saturday's game, they can ill afford to lose Randle as well. But it appears he only tweaked his ankle and is staying in the game for Los Angeles.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

T.J. McConnell scored 17 points (7-of-10 FGA, 1-of-2 FTA) going 2-for-2 from three-point range with two rebounds, six assists and two steals over 28 minutes Saturday against the Nets

With Ish Smith missing Saturdays game due to an ankle injury, McConnell stepped up into the starting role and paced the offense nicely. He has played in mainly a reserve role so far this year and upon Smiths return will likely head right back onto the bench. Despite not seeing a lot of production out McConnell this season, the Sixers have set their team up nicely for the future where McConnell may work into their plans at the point.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Jahlil Okafor scored 22 points (9-of-16 FGA, 4-of-4 FTA) with 17 rebounds, one steal and three blocks over 33 minutes Saturday against the Nets

Okafor put together one of his better outings of his young career on Saturday against the Nets picking up a double-double with 22 points and 17 boards. Okafor has been impressive so far this season and at some points looking like he already is a seasoned vet. With his off the court issues seemingly behind him, it looks like Okafor can continue to be relied upon as a value play going forward as he is right on the fringe of a being a must start in deep leagues.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Nerlens Noel scored 18 points (8-of-11 FGA, 2-of-2 FTA) with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks over 32 minutes Saturday against the Nets

Noel has seen a nice increase in his production over his past 10 games and has been filling up the stat sheets with not only his scoring but also adding in some rebounds, steals and blocks. He still has some developing to do but the duo of Noel and Okafor if kept together has the potential to be great sooner rather than later. Noel is a nice option to have on your benches if you like a match-up is going up against.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Markel Brown scored 15 points (5-of-5 FGA, 2-of-2 FTA) going 3-for-3 from three-point range with one rebound, three assists and one steal over 20 minutes Saturday against the 76ers

Brown has not seen much playing time this season as he is only averaging 10 minutes a game for the Nets. However, he got an adequate amount of time on the court on Saturday and made his mark on the game scoring 15 points while draining all of his shot attempts. Brown should not be considered a fantasy option going forward due to this playing time limitations.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Ian Mahinmi is expecting his back to gradually improve, especially during the All-Star break.

With his back injury forcing him to miss four consecutive game, Ian Mahinmi did return to action on Saturday night. He played 20 minutes for the Pacers with four points and three rebounds. His return will limit the minutes of Myles Turner, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen going forward. Mahinmi feels that his back will feel better, especially with the upcoming All Star Break to allow for more time to heal.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Brook Lopez scored 17 points (5-of-11 FGA, 7-of-7 FTA) with five rebounds and one block over 34 minutes Saturday against the 76ers

Lopez has quietly been one of the better centers so far this season throughout the NBA. Lopez has shown a nice combination of scoring and rebounding that is hard to come by now a days outside of Cousins and Drummond. If Lopez can stay healthy he should end the year as a top 5 center and head into next season with some lofty expectations especially because you would think this Nets team will upgrade a bit in the offseason. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Thaddeus Young scored 22 points (10-of-15 FGA, 2-of-4 FTA) with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 39 minutes Saturday against the 76ers

Young continued his stellar play so far this season on Saturday night scoring a team high 22 points in the loss to the 76ers. This Nets team has not had much to be excited about this season, but Young does bring them young talent that should be around for a while and has shown he has the ability to produce on a nightly basis. On the season, Young has been a solid fantasy option as he is averaging 14 points and nine rebounds a game. Keep riding with Young as this Nets team does not have much offense and Young will continue to get his fair share of shots per game.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Robert Sacre has started the second half for the Lakers in place of Roy Hibbert.

With Roy Hibbert for the game, the Lakers have replaced him in the lineup with Robert Sacre at the onset of the second half on Saturday night. Sacre has averaged just over 12 minutes per game this year but should see an increase in Saturday's game. Unofficially, he has two points and two rebounds versus the Spurs in the third quarter.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Stephen Curry is in the locker room with a bloody nose, but will return.

There has to be an old Dodgeball the Movie joke in here about making Stephen Curry bleed his own blood. Due to sustaining a bloody nose, Stephen Curry was forced to leave the game for Golden State on Saturday night. But all reports confirm that he will return to the game versus the Thunder once the bleeding has been stopped.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Cam Newton has been named the NFL's MVP.

When defining an MVP, the phrase "makes everyone better" is associated with one. Cam Newton does just that for the Carolina Panthers. Newton passed for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns despite losing his top wide receiver from the previous season, Kelvin Benjamin. As a rusher, Newton gained 636 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He was the quarterback for the top offensive team in the NFL which is 17 - 1 going into the Super Bowl on Sunday. Which is a place Carolina would not be without their quarterback and the NFL's MVP.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Update: X-rays on Roy Hibbert's left ankle were negative.

In an already disappointing season, now Roy Hibbert is hurt for the Lakers. He is averaging 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for Los Angeles after coming over in a trade from the Pacers. He has already been ruled out of returning against the Spurs on Saturday night but the good news is his X-ray on his ankle were negative. Monitor his activity in practice moving forward, but he may need until after the All Star Break to return for the Lakers.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera won the NFL's Coach of the Year award.

With his team in the Super Bowl, Ron Rivera did not need validation on a great season by the Panthers. But he was named the NFL's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. His Panthers have won the NFC South for three consecutive years and they are 17 - 1 prior to facing Denver on Sunday. Rivera has a career record of 50 - 34 - 1 as a head coach and this marks the second time in three years that he has won the vaunted award.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Fernando Rodney was removed from a Caribbean Series game as a "precautionary measure" because he'd been experiencing leg tightness during the week.

After signing a one-year contract with the Padres and with representatives of the team in attendance at the Caribbean Series, Fernando Rodney did not complete his inning due to injury. He fielded a ball but threw it away when trying to get an out at first base, and then the training staff took Rodney out before he could get the last out. Rodney did strike out two batters in the inning with his change-up. He is 38 years old and should have a clear path to save opportunities with San Diego, but Rodney will have to improve upon his 5.68 ERA as the closer in Seattle. Rodney did pitch well for the Cubs in his 12 innings in Chicago, but time will tell if the veteran reliever can hold the job as a Padre. This move in the Caribbean Series seems precautionary and should not affect his spring training timetable. But monitor the results to be sure.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Update: Nerlens Noel is getting his right ankle taped and is available to return.

Updating an earlier report, Nerlens Noel left the court and is having his ankle worked on in the locker room. Noel is having his ankle taped to keep swelling down and is probable to return.  Analysis: Greg Jewett


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