Yankees are hopeful pitcher Michael Pineda (shoulder) can progress to throwing off a mound by the end of the week or early next week.
Pineda started throwing from 60 feet last week and then graduated to 90 feet over the weekend. While there's still no timetable for his return, given the setbacks he's incurred, throwing from a mound is goign to be a major step in the right direction for him. From there it's about bullpen sessions and batting practice which leaves rehab outings as the final step.ANALYST: Howard Bender
DeMarcus Ware will not play Week 12.
This is the third straight game Ware is going to miss due to a back injury. Even after missing the last two games, Ware stills leads the Broncos with 6 1/2 sacks. He's as demonstrative to quarterbacks as always, even at 33 years old. Analysis: James Grande
Kobe will play Saturday against Portland.
Bryant will play Saturday against Portland. Bryant ranks 122-of-122 in field-goal percentage. He's been simply terrible and has been the subject of many discussions if his career is finished. ESPN ranked Bryant 93rd before he season and it looks like that may be generous. Analysis: James Grande