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Saturday 23rd Sep 2017

In a couple of Fridays, I will again be drafting in the toughest of any league in which I play, The XFL.

I have oft written that mixed league auctions were what I felt were my strongest format, but I have finished in the bottom third of the league nine times over 14 seasons, and though someone indeed must finish at the bottom of the standings, I don't believe I need to do this so consistently. 

I have tried a myriad of approaches in the league including planning and sacrificing a couple of seasons, drafting expensive players and then trading them first month of the season in exchange for prospects of ideally future use.

And, well, thus far nothing has worked and the best I can claim are a couple of ignominious sixth place finishes. But, I will tell you, it is cold at the bottom.

Truth is last year I thought I was going to be among the top teams, with a cluster of cheap good players--Yoenis Cespedes, Marcus Semien, Jedd Gyorko, and Nick Castellanos--along with Zack Greinke as keepers. Then I added closers Craig Kimbrel ($16) and Roberto Osuna ($14), what at the time seemed like complete bargains of Jacoby Ellsbury ($10) and Prince Fielder ($26), I felt I had a good keeper list augmented by a great draft and that would make me competitive.

Hardly.

So, in a couple of weeks I go through this frustrating exercise once again, ever optimistic, but unclear of any angle aside from simply trying to walk away with the best team I can.

A couple of XFL caveats are that we hold our auction at First Pitch Arizona, and we are not allowed laptops, magazines, props, or any statistical reference. Meaning we have to know the player pool and values. We can freeze up to 15 players with minor leaguers kept on the reserve list with no charge, and we supplement the November 23-man auction with a 17-player expansion draft just before the coming season begins.

So, who did I freeze this time? And note, in a couple of weeks I will update with my auction results.

Jedd Gyorko $13 (2B/3B/SS/MI/CI): Gyorko was trade spoils four years ago, and as a result, his salary only goes up $3 a year. He is close to value, though the 30 homers the infielder belted last year is great: it is the paltry 59 RBI that accompanied the bombs that are distressing. But, Gyorko has pop, is cheap, and has position flexibility up the wazoo.

Kyle Seager $26 (3B): I have had Seager for five years now, grabbing him as a $1 with his salary moving up $5 a season. He too is at value, but Seager also manages to improve his totals by just enough every year. 

Marcus Semien $10 (SS): Another guy with a $3+ salary, and one who provided pop and should indeed improve.

Nick Castellanos $13 (CI): One more $3+ who was on his way to a breakthrough season last year when he broke, through the rest of the season.

Almedys Diaz $10 (MI): I got Diaz as part of a dump trade where I let go of Kimbrel at the deadline, and for $10, if he can repeat last season's totals. I doubt he is a keeper in 2017, but for now, the bulk of my infield is covered. What I need is pop at first.

Yoenis Cespedes $16 (OF): Cespe was part of the spoils of my draft six years ago, when I spent a wad on Roy Halladay and Albert Pujols, and then swapped both for prospects. Cespe also has a $3 controlled salary, and I think still has a monster year living within him.

Alex Dickerson $8 (OF): Dickerson, whom I acquired as a rookie, has a $3 controlled salary as well, and a lot of pop.  He crushes the ball and has ok on-base numbers, and at the price, should help with my power totals. 

Kyle Hendricks $13 (P): I just acquired Hendricks in a trade which cost me a minor league Hunter Renfroe and a fourth round pick next spring. I just like the guy, who has great stuff.

Dallas Keuchel $16 (P): I received Keuchel as in exchange for Matt Kemp middle of last season, and the former Cy Younger is certainly worth keeping for one more season. I am hoping the Keuchel/Hendricks combo is a solid 1/2 pair of starters for me.

Danny Duffy $6 (P): Finally, Duffy, who put up a 12-3, 3.51 mark with 188 whiffs over 179.6 innings, and a 1.142 WHIP did what we thought he could. Ideally a full season in the rotation makes Duf a solid #3 behind my mainstays.

Brandon Finnegan $8 (P): Again, willing to gamble on the young and hard-throwing Finnegan, who won ten and tossed 172 innings last year.

Billy McKinney (Res): .246-4-44 make the new Yankee a real crap-shoot, but McKinney is just 21 and headed for a season at AA. 

Josh Hader (Res): Dominant at AA (2-1, 0.95), but then struggled at AAA (1-7, 5.22) but 161 strikeouts over 128 innings has to be respected.

Jacob Nottingham (Res): ,237-11-47 at AA last year at age 21, Nottingham should be the Brewers catcher of the future within a couple of years, even.

Braxton Davidson (Res): This was tough, as I kept Davidson as my #15 guy and dropped Matt Chapman. Davidson comported himself well at Carolina, hitting .224-10-63, with 71 walks, although 184 strikeouts. Still, Davidson is just 20, so those are pretty good totals.

 

With the football season over, baseball moves to the top of the list, though NBA and EPL injuries are similarly covered, and we anticipate NHL in the near future. Ideally, this page will become a dynamic resource for those who play fantasy formats but don't necessarily rely on Twitter and social media for up-to-date information. 

Injuries

MLB

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is recovering well from surgery and aiming to be ready for Opening Day.

Dylan Bundy (forearm) is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but remember just how delicate he is.

Homer Bailey (elbow) is out till mid-May.

Zack Cozart (knee) is probable for the start of spring training.

Billy Hamilton (shoulder) is probable for the start of spring work.

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is questionable for the start of spring.

Greg Holland (elbow) is out for the 2016 season.

Albert Pujols (foot) is doubtful to start the 2016 season.

C.J. Wilson (elbow) is probable to start in the spring.

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is out until at least May.

Justin Turner (knee) is probable to start spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) is probable to start spring training.

Ryan Braun (back) is probable to start spring training.

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is out until at least May.

Cliff Lee (forearm) is questionable to start the 2016 season.

Jung Ho Kang (knee) is questionable for the start of the season.

Denard Span (hip) is questionable to start spring training.

Robinson Cano (hernia) is probable to start the spring.

Alex Cobb (elbow) is out until at least May.

Yu Darvish (elbow) is out until at least May.

Devon Travis (shoulder) is questionable to start the season.

Greg Bird (shoulder) will miss the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

Evan Gattis (hernia) is out 4-6 weeks, which ideally means he will be ready by Opening Day.

Alexander Reyes (drugs) suspended for 50 games.

 

NBA

Jimmy Butler (knee) Out for 3-5 weeks.

Alec Burks (ankle) Out of walking boot but still a few weeks away.

Manu Ginobili (groin) Out 4-6 weeks.

Rodney Stuckey (ankle) Out until after All-Star Break.

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) Underwent surgery, out for 2 months.

Alan Anderson (ankle) No return date set, but promising news on return.

Nikola Mirotic (appendix) Underwent surgery, return date unknown.

Marc Gasol (foot) Out for 4-6 months.

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) Should be ready for first game after break.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) Out indefinitely.

Al Jefferson (knee) Expected back a week or so after ASG.

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) Expected to return after break.

Devin Harris (toe) will return after break.

Darrell Arthur (quad) Questionable for immediate return after break.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) will return for Detroit's first game after break.

Festus Ezeli (knee) Out for minimum of six weeks.

Jordan Hill (finger) Questionable for next week.

Rodney Stuckey (ankle) Out for a week.

Austin Rivers (hand) Out 4-6 weeks.

Blake Griffin Suspended for 4 games.

Tyreke Evans (knee) Out for season.

Brandon Knight (groin) At least a week away.

 

EPL (English Premier League)

Santi Cazorla (knee) still a few weeks away.

Danny Welbeck (unknown) set to return to first team by end of Feb.

Jack Wilshere (ankle) mid-March return.

Jordan Ayew (red card) 3 match ban.

Alexandre Pato (unknown) should be integrated over the next few matches.

Kurt Zouma (knee) out for season.

Yannick Bolasie (unknown) out a couple more weeks.

Joe Ledley (hamstring) match time decision.

Jason Puncheon (hamstring) match time decision.

Tim Howard (knock) Questionable for weekend.

Kevin Mirallas (knee) still a couple weeks at best.

John Stones (hamstring) Questionable for weekend.

Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) out until end of Feb.

Martin Skrtel (hamstring) suffered a setback, 2 weeks minimum.

Joe Allen (unknown) Probable for weekend.

Dejan Lovren (hamstring) Questionable for weekend.

Kevin de Bruyne (knee) out for at least 2 months.

Fabian Delph (calf) questionable for weekend.

Vincent Kompany (calf) out two more weeks.

Samir Nasri (hamstring) mid March return.

Jesus Navas (hamstring) Probable for weekend.

David Silva (ankle) Questionable for weekend.

Phil Jones (foot) Probable for weekend.

Paul Dummett (hamstring) Out for a couple weeks.

Daryl Janmaat (leg) Probable for weekend.

Victor Wanyama (ban) Out for 5 matches.

Charlie Adam (foot) Out till March.

Ryan Shawcross (back) Out one more week.

Jonathan Walters (illness) Probable for weekend.

Adam Johnson (sex offender) Sacked by club.

Seb Larsson (knee) still a couple weeks away.

Jemain Lens (hernia) Doubtful for weekend.

Duncan Watmore (ankle) in doubt for weekend.

Miguel Britos (leg) Questionable for weekend.

Craig Dawson (ankle) Match day decision.

Jonny Evans (hamstring) Out for at least this weekend.

Cheikhou Kouyate (head) Out for at least a week.

Winston Reid (hamstring) Doubtful for weekend.

James Tompkins (calf) Out for 6 weeks.

Manuel Lanzini (groin) still 2-3 weeks from fitness.

 

Metamorphosis

Antonin Scalia: Conservative Supreme Court justice who was a judicial Radical Historian. That is, he believed laws needed to be interpreted in the context of language at the time a law is drawn, not changes in contemporary meaning. So, he was pro life because he said the founders could not have foreseen abortion. Unfortunately, Scalia seemed to think those same founders could anticipate a Bushmaster or AK-47.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: Forner UN Secretary and Egyptian who helped broker Israeli/Egypt peace in the 90's.

Vanity Prince: Protege who like the artist formerly known as, had a spiritual conversion into life as a pop star.

Margaret Foster: British writer and author of Georgy Girl.

Andrzej Zulawski: Polish filmmaker whose "Cosmos" won international acclaim in 2015.

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Welcome to Super Bowl 50 Weekend, with a lot of sports going on. We are covering the NFL now at RotoBituaries, and will expand baseball, and now will cover the NBA along with English Premier League Soccer injuries to help track DFS and regular season plays.

Injuries

NFL:

Jared Allen (foot) is questionable for SB 50. Good pass rusher if you play the Panthers defense.

Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) is questionable for the big game.

Mike Tolbert (ankle) is also questionable to play in Santa Clara.

The Broncos report no injuries at this time.

MLB:

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is recovering well from shoulder surgery, and is targeting being ready for Opening Day, if possible.

Dylan Bundy (forearm) is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but remember just how delicate he is.

Homer Bailey (elbow) is out till mid-May.

Zack Cozart (knee) is probable for the start of spring training.

Billy Hamilton (shoulder) is probable for the start of spring work.

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is questionable for the start of spring.

Greg Holland (elbow) is out for the 2016 season.

Albert Pujols (foot) is doubtful to start the 2016 season.

C.J. Wilson (elbow) is probable to start in the spring.

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is out until at least May.

Justin Turner (knee) is probable to start spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) is probable to start spring training.

Ryan Braun (back) is probable to start spring training.

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is out until at least May.

Cliff Lee (forearm) is questionable to start the 2016 season.

Jung Ho Kang (knee) is questionable for the start of the season.

Denard Span (hip) is questionable to start spring training.

Robinson Cano (hernia) is probable to start the spring.

Alex Cobb (elbow) is out until at least May.

Yu Darvish (elbow) is out until at least May.

Devon Travis (shoulder) is questionable to start the season.

Greg Bird (shoulder) will miss the entire 2016 season do to shoulder surgery.

NBA:

Deron Williams (hip) Said he would start on Friday.

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) Considered game time decision on Friday.

Jimmy Butler (knee) Questionable Friday

Alec Burks (ankle) Out of walking boot still a few weeks away.

Manu Ginobili (groin) Out 4 to 6 weeks.

Rodney Stuckey (ankle) Out until after All Star Break.

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) Promising news from Bucks but no timetable.

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) Underwent surgery out for 2 months.

Alan Anderson (ankle) Should make debut before All Star Break.

Jae Crowder (shin) Probable for Friday.

Matt Barnes (hamstring) Questionable Friday.

Mike Dunleavy (back) Out Friday.

Nikola Mirotic (appendix) Successful surgery back after ASG.

Darrell Arthur (quad) GTD Friday.

John Henson (back) Questionable for Friday.

Ian Mahinmi (back) Out Friday not timetable for return.

Kemba Walker (knee) Questionable for Friday.

EPL (English Premier League):

Santi Cazorla (knee) still a few weeks away.

Danny Welbeck (knee) set to return to first team by end of Feb.

Jack Wilshere (ankle) Mid-March return.

Rudy Gestede (hamstsring) should be back on weekend.

Jordan Ayew (red card) 3 match ban pending appeal.

Junior Stanislas (knee) unknown return.

Alexandre Pato (match fitness) should be integrated over the next few matches.

Yohan Cabaye (knee) questionable for Saturday.

Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) a couple more weeks.

Joe Ledley (hamstring) doubtful for Saturday.

Connor Wickham (ban) Saturday last match of ban.

Tim Howard (knock) probable for Saturday.

Kevin Mirallas (knee) still a couple weeks at best.

Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) out until end of Feb.

Philippe Coutinho (hamstring) training but still a couple weeks from fitness.

Divock Origi (knee) returned to training still a couple weeks from fitness.

Martin Skrtel (hamstring) returned to training doubtful for weekend.

Daniel Sturridge (hamstring/knee/ankle) will be held out a couple weeks still.

Kevin de Bruyne (knee) out for at least 2 months.

Fabian Delph (calf) question for weekend.

Vincent Kompany (calf) 2 more weeks.

Samir Nasri (hamstring) mid March return.

Jesus Navas (hamstring) probable for weekend.

Phil Jones (foot) doubtful for weekend.

Seydou Doumbia (work permit) probable for weekend.

Robert Brady (illness) should be back for weekend.

Graham Dorrans (illness) should be back for weekend.

Charlie Austin (unk) probable for weekend.

Charlie Adam (foot) out till March.

Giannelli Imbula (work permit) questionable for weekend.

Ryan Shawcross (back) 2 more weeks.

Johnny Evans (hamstring) questionable for weekend.

Andy Carrol (hamstring) 2 weeks from fitness.

Emmanuel Emenike (work permit) doubtful as permit issues have been persistent.

Manuel Lanzini (groin) still 2/3 weeks from fitness.

Metamorphosis:

Maurice White: Iconic founder and leader of the equally iconice Earth, Wind, and Fire, at 74, from Parkinson's Disease.

Signe Anderson: Oddly, Anderson, the first lead signer for Jefferson Airplane, passed away the same day as co-founder Paul Kantner. Anderson had a baby after the Airplane's "Takes Off" album, was replaced by Grace Slick, and the rest is history.

Frank Finlay: British actor who played the effete Aramis in the Richard Lester epic Musketeers films died, on January 30.

Marge Hearn: Wife of late Laker's announcer, Chick, on February 4.

Benoit Violier: Swiss chef and owner of Michelin 3-star restaurant that bears his name, January 31.

Georgia Davis Powers: Civil rights advocate, and first African American woman elected to the Kentucky senate, Jan. 30.

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With the football season over, baseball moves to the top of the list, though NBA and EPL injuries are similarly covered, and we anticipate NHL in the near future. Ideally, this page will become a dynamic resource for those who play fantasy formats, but don't necessarily rely on Twitter and social media for up-to-date information. 

Injuries

MLB

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is recovering well from surgery and aiming to be ready for Opening Day.

Dylan Bundy (forearm) is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but remember just how delicate he is.

Homer Bailey (elbow) is out till mid-May.

Zack Cozart (knee) is probable for the start of spring training.

Billy Hamilton (shoulder) is probable for the start of spring work.

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is questionable for the start of spring.

Greg Holland (elbow) is out for the 2016 season.

Albert Pujols (foot) is doubtful to start the 2016 season.

C.J. Wilson (elbow) is probable to start in the spring.

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is out until at least May.

Justin Turner (knee) is probable to start spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) is probable to start spring training.

Ryan Braun (back) is probable to start spring training.

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is out until at least May.

Cliff Lee (forearm) is questionable to start the 2016 season.

Jung Ho Kang (knee) is questionable for the start of the season.

Denard Span (hip) is questionable to start spring training.

Robinson Cano (hernia) is probable to start the spring.

Alex Cobb (elbow) is out until at least May.

Yu Darvish (elbow) is out until at least May.

Devon Travis (shoulder) is questionable to start the season.

Greg Bird (shoulder) will miss the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

Evan Gattis (hernia) is out 4-6 weeks, which ideally means he will be ready by Opening Day.

 

NBA

Jimmy Butler (knee) Out for 3-5 weeks.

Alec Burks (ankle) Out of walking boot but still a few weeks away.

Manu Ginobili (groin) Out 4-6 weeks.

Rodney Stuckey (ankle) Out until after All-Star Break.

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) Underwent surgery, out for 2 months.

Alan Anderson (ankle) No return date set, but promising news on return.

Nikola Mirotic (appendix) Underwent surgery, return date unknown.

Marc Gasol (foot) Out for 4-6 months.

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) Should be ready for first game after break.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) Out indefinitely.

Al Jefferson (knee) Expected back a week or so after ASG.

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) Expected to return after break.

Devin Harris (toe) will return after break.

Darrell Arthur (quad) Questionable for immediate return after break.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) will return for Detroit's first game after break.

Festus Ezeli (knee) out for minimum of six weeks.

Jordan Hill (finger) Questionable for next week.

Rodney Stuckey (ankle) Out for a week.

Austin Rivers (hand) Out 4-6 weeks.

Blake Griffin Suspended for 4 games.

Tyreke Evans (knee) Out for season.

Brandon Knight (groin) At least a week away.

 

EPL (English Premier League)

Santi Cazorla (knee) still a few weeks away.

Danny Welbeck (unknown) set to return to first team by end of Feb.

Jack Wilshere (ankle) mid-March return.

Jordan Ayew (red card) 3 match ban.

Alexandre Pato (unknown) should be integrated over the next few matches.

Kurt Zouma (knee) out for season.

Yannick Bolasie (unknown) out a couple more weeks.

Joe Ledley (hamstring) match time decision.

Jason Puncheon (hamstring) match time decision.

Tim Howard (knock) Questionable for weekend.

Kevin Mirallas (knee) still a couple weeks at best.

John Stones (Hamstring): Questionable for weekend.

Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) out until end of Feb.

Martin Skrtel (hamstring) suffered a setback, 2 weeks minimum.

Joe Allen (unknown) Probable for weekend.

Dejan Lovren (hamstring) Questionable for weekend.

Kevin de Bruyne (knee) out for at least 2 months.

Fabian Delph (calf) questionable for weekend.

Vincent Kompany (calf) out two more weeks.

Samir Nasri (hamstring) mid March return.

Jesus Navas (hamstring) Probable for weekend.

David Silva (ankle) Questionable for weekend.

Phil Jones (foot) Probable for weekend.

Paul Dummett (hamstring) Out for a couple weeks.

Daryl Janmaat (leg) Probable for weekend.

Victor Wanyama (ban) Out for 5 matches.

Charlie Adam (foot) Out till March.

Ryan Shawcross (back) Out one more week.

Jonathan Walters (Illness) Probable for weekend.

Adam Johnson (Sex Offender) Sacked by club.

Seb Larsson (knee) still a couple weeks away.

Jemain Lens (hernia) Doubtful for weekend.

Duncan Watmore (ankle) in doubt for weekend.

Miguel Britos (leg) Questionable for weekend.

Craig Dawson (ankle) Match day decision.

Jonny Evans (hamstring) Out for at least this weekend.

Cheikhou Kouyate (head) Out for at least a week.

Winston Reid (hamstring) Doubtful for weekend.

James Tompkins (calf) Out for 6 weeks.

Manuel Lanzini (groin) still 2-3 weeks from fitness.

 

Metamorphosis

Marshawn Lynch: The Beast was one of a kind, and the Cal graduate (I still wear my #11 t-shirt from time-to-time) has called it quits, retiring. Good for him.

Peyton Manning: Then there is the sheriff, also laying down his helmet, leaving us on top with a Super Bowl win in his pocket. Good show, Peyton.

Calvin Johnson: And finally, Megatron also ends his NFL career after being a dominant force for nine years.

Joe Alasky: Vocal heir apparent to Mel Blanc, Alasky assumed the Looney Tunes voices of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck following the passing of the original Blanc.

Linus Maurer: Charles Shultz cartoon compatriot, and the basis for the "Peanuts" character, Linus.

Dan Hicks: Bay Area tunesmith and leader of "Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks," Hicks was a great and funny performer who headed a fun little band.

Dan Gerson: Disney writer, who penned "Monsters Inc."

Christy O'Donnell: Activist, and voice of the right to die in California, at age 47, of lung cancer.

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When I got back from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conference in Dallas last week, I walked from the Southwest Terminal to where Diane and our dog Pavlov were awaiting my return. As I left the secure area, there was a HUGE (capital letters for emphasis) booth that was set up offering Super Bowl 50 paraphernalia. 

There was the standard stuff--hats, footballs, t-shirts--but this stand was expansive, and I suspect there was a hamster wheel with the Super Bowl logo on it as well as Dr. Scholl's inserts, likely claiming to be the official foot smell absorbant of the whole affair.

Apparently, over one million folks are sojourning to the bay area for the game to attend, rubberneck, tailgate, support the production, and so on. In fact, it is enough of an invasion for us to postpone plans to go into the city to shop or eat for a few weeks till the fun is over.

So, pre-game, we will indeed update the injury report for the big game, and as pitchers and catchers report in a few weeks, we are tracking those injuries, as well as adding NBA, and shortly, NHL and PGA updates to give at least a weekly overview of who might be sitting in the DFS (and regular fantasy) world.

Mind you, Roto-Bituaries is a work in progress, so we are more than open to suggestion as to what you might like to see. We do understand the bulk of DFS players get updates via Twitter, but not everyone is that into the social media. So, filling that gap is the goal.

Injuries

NFL

Jared Allen (foot) is questionable for SB 50. Good pass rusher if you play the Panthers defense.

Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) is questionable for the big game.

Mike Tolbert (ankle) is also questionable to play in Santa Clara.

The Broncos report no injuries at this time.

MLB

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will likely be out until at least May.

Dylan Bundy (forearm) is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but remember just how delicate he is.

Homer Bailey (elbow) is out till mid-May.

Zack Cozart (knee) is probable for the start of spring training.

Billy Hamilton (shoulder) is probable for the start of spring work.

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is questionable for the start of spring.

Greg Holland (elbow) is out for the 2016 season.

Albert Pujols (foot) is doubtful to start the 2016 season.

C.J. Wilson (elbow) is probable to start in the spring.

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is out until at least May.

Justin Turner (knee) is probable to start spring training.

Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) is probable to start spring training.

Ryan Braun (back) is probable to start spring training.

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is out until at least May.

Cliff Lee (forearm) is questionable to start the 2016 season.

Jung Ho Kang (knee) is questionable for the start of the season.

Denard Span (hip) is questionable to start spring training.

Robinson Cano (hernia) is probable to start the spring.

Alex Cobb (elbow) is out until at least May.

Yu Darvish (elbow) is out until at least May.

Devon Travis (shoulder) is questionable to start the season.

NBA

Isaiah Thomas (ankle) is questionable tonight.

Jeremy Lin (ankle) is a game time decision.

Mike Dunleavy (back) is out until at least February 9.

Nikola Mirotic (illness) is out till at least February 15.

Zaza Pachulia (leg) is a game time decision.

Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is out through the weekend.

Blake Griffin (hand) is out until early March.

Brandan Wright (knee) is out until mid-February.

Kevin Garnett (knee) is a game time decision.

Cameron Payne (concussion) is out till at least early February.

C.J. Watson (calf) is out till mid-February.

Tim Duncan (knee) is out through the weekend.

Metamorphosis

Paul Kantner: Founding member and leader of the great SF band, Jefferson Airplane and then Jefferson Starship.

Abe Vigoda: The irrepressible Fish from "Barney Miller," and Tessio from "The Godfather." Makes a great Snickers foil to Betty White, too!

Bill Johnson: Olympic skier after a prolonged illness.

Concepcion Pittciotto: Peace and women's activist who protested war and violence in front of the White House for three decades.

Marvin Minsky: Among the creators of Artificial Intelligence.

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