New York Sports

Jets’ Darnold loses unexpected rookie duel with Mayfield

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just as in the NFL draft, Sam Darnold finished behind Baker Mayfield. Darnold lost an unexpected duel with Mayfield on Thursday night as Cleveland's rookie quarterback came off the bench and rallied the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win over ...

Baker Mayfield Era begins as rookie leads Browns past Jets

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — At some point, Baker Mayfield was going to assume Cleveland's starting job and become the franchise quarterback, the future. That moment arrived Thursday night. His days as a backup are over. Throwing a 14-yard dart to complete his first ...

Bowles insists ‘tough-minded’ Jets won’t let loss linger

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This isn't exactly where the Jets expected to be right now. At least, not this way. Todd Bowles' bunch is 1-2 after an embarrassing flop in Cleveland, falling 21-17 on Thursday night to a Browns team that hadn't won since 2016. ...

Odell Beckham Jr. upset with losing and frequent PED tests

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is sick of losing and frustrated with seemingly being asked to take tests every other week by the NFL for performance-enhancers. Beckham tweeted about the tests Thursday before the Giants (0-2) practiced for ...

Bills promote cornerback Ryan Lewis off practice squad

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Ryan Lewis off their practice squad to address a position depleted after Vontae Davis abruptly left the team last weekend. The Bills initially claimed Lewis off waivers on Sept. 2 after he spent last season on the New England ...

Mother of LeSean McCoy’s son alleges he was abusive

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer The mother of LeSean McCoy's young son said in a court filing Tuesday that she agreed to defend the Buffalo Bills running back against an allegation that he abused the boy even though she said she knew the accusation was true. In a three-page document filed ...

Amid banter, NHL officials get refresher course at camp

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lunch is over and before the next session of game film study begins, the jokes start flying among the 80-plus referees and linesmen assembled in a downtown hotel ballroom. "Anyone who didn't bring their glasses should move closer to the ...

Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to 2-year, $7.3 million contract

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres can finally prepare for the start of the season with their full complement of forwards after signing Sam Reinhart to a two-year, $7.3 million contract on Wednesday. Reinhart was a restricted free agent, and the team's ...

McDermott chalks up Bills struggles to ‘growing pains’

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Acknowledging the Buffalo Bills have much room to improve, coach Sean McDermott rejected the notion he is overseeing a team in turmoil following a tumultuous first two weeks. "There's growing pains going through this," McDermott ...

Renewed push to protect QBs has defenders stumped

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league's renewed emphasis on protecting the ...

Sabres list Sheary week to week with upper body injury

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury. Coach Phil Housley didn't go into much detail Tuesday, saying Sheary was injured while being ...

Bills latest meltdown features Davis leaving team at half

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As if Bills coach Sean McDermott didn't have enough to worry about in trailing the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday. He had to contend with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quitting on the team. "Pulled himself out ...

Bills rookie QB Allen draws upon lessons from Philip Rivers

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen learned plenty while working out with Los Angeles Chargers starter Philip Rivers in Southern California in March before the Buffalo Bills drafted him in the first round. Allen hopes he picked up a few more pointers ...

Week 2 ICYMI: I quit! Bills CB calls it a career at halftime

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer How's THAT for a halftime adjustment? While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going. He quit at halftime — a ...

As kickers struggle, Rams go for TDs, 2-point conversions

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Who needs a kicker? Apparently not the Los Angeles Rams. As for the Browns and Vikings, who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon. Sure, it's kind of ...

Bills’ McCoy seeks to have ex-girlfriend’s lawsuit tossed

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for LeSean McCoy have asked a judge in Georgia to throw out a lawsuit in which the former girlfriend of the Buffalo Bills running back accuses him of failing to protect her from a violent home invasion. The lawsuit filed last month ...

Bills cut receiver Kerley, sign Thomas off practice squad

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have cut veteran receiver Jeremy Kerley in a surprise move that further depletes their depth at the position. Kerley was released Saturday so the Bills could sign defensive tackle Robert Thomas off their practice squad. The moves came a day before ...

Bills will start rookie Josh Allen at QB against Chargers

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — For the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen's time is now. Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday the rookie quarterback will make his first career start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. "It's the right move for our team," ...

Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and ...

Ravens get defensive in 47-3 rout of inept Bills

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Following a lengthy training camp and five meaningless preseason outings, the Baltimore Ravens finally got the chance to evaluate themselves in a game that counts. Judging by their 47-3 rout of the Buffalo Bills on a rainy Sunday, the ...