UPDATES & NEWS
The Carolina Panthers remain in discussions with defensive end Greg Hardy about a long-term deal. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Hardy was one of the major contributors to the Panthers success on the defensive side of the football, so locking him up in a long-term deal is a no-brainer. Expect a deal to be done over the next few weeks. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender