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Panthers 2-0, but QB Newton still struggling with accuracy

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton is still looking for his mojo. The Panthers may be 2-0 this season, but the former league MVP is struggling to find his touch on passes after missing significant practice time in training camp and playing only one ...

Peppers, Panthers’ defense stymies Bills 9-3

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Julius Peppers has played 17 seasons in the NFL for pretty good defensive teams. But he said none compares to this year's Carolina Panthers. "This is the best one I have ever played on," Peppers said emphatically ...

Sabres’ Okposo eager to look forward now that he’s healthy

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo happily looks to the future now that he's fully recovered from concussion-related symptoms which nearly derailed his career in March. Saying he's not dwelling on the past, Okposo was eager to rejoin ...

Housley back in Buffalo, eager for up-tempo stamp on Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Sabres' new-look blue-line is already making a good impression on rookie coach Phil Housley even before Buffalo opens training camp. "I thought I hit a long drive on the long-drive hole, and I was 10 yards behind Ryan O'Reilly," ...

NHL Players to Watch: Sabres Eichel has plenty to prove

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer Sabres center Jack Eichel isn't mincing words when assessing his first two NHL seasons. "Actually, I think I've proven nothing," the 20-year-old face of the franchise said before bluntly outlining his lack of accomplishments. "If you look at what I've ...

Dareus’ playing time drops as part of Bills D-Line rotation

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Like it or not, Marcell Dareus will have to get used to less playing time no matter how much money he's making. And that goes for the rest of the Bills defensive line, too. Rookie head coach Sean McDermott established in ...

Bills’ McDermott returns to familiar territory in Carolina

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sean McDermott spent the previous six seasons going up against Cam Newton daily in practice. So you'd expect the Bills' first-year coach and former Panthers defensive coordinator to know a thing or two about how to slow down the ...

Bills add linebacker depth by signing Jelani Jenkins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have added much-needed experienced depth at linebacker by signing free agent Jelani Jenkins. The 25-year-old started 34 games over the previous three seasons with the Miami Dolphins before signing with Oakland in March. Jenkins was pegged to ...

Sabres’ Jack Eichel focused on hockey, not contract talks

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres star center Jack Eichel is focused on taking on a larger leadership role, and not concerning himself with contract talks — even it means waiting until next year to sign a new deal. "I have no problem playing the season out ...

Bills open McDermott’s coaching era with 21-12 win over Jets

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The new-look Buffalo Bills might be better than advertised under rookie head coach Sean McDermott. The Jets, however, opened the season playing well below even their meager expectations. Tyrod Taylor showed no lingering signs ...

Jets’ run D stumbles in 21-12 season opening loss to Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Most everyone expected Josh McCown and the New York Jets' patchwork offense to be a work in progress opening the season. That certainly wasn't the case for coach Todd Bowles' pride and joy: the Jets run-stoppers. "Oh ...

Same old Shady: Bills lean on McCoy in 21-12 win over Jets

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy is off and running. And catching, too. Once again proving age has no limitations, the Buffalo Bills' 29-year-old running back combined for 159 yards from scrimmage in a 21-12 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. He ...

Bills QB Taylor cleared of concussion, to start against Jets

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills will have their starting quarterback for Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets. Tyrod Taylor was cleared from concussion protocol and coach Sean McDermott said that Taylor will start for Buffalo in ...

Buffalo Bills rebuilding yet again under new coach McDermott

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills coach Sean McDermott promised he'd build a winner in Buffalo. He didn't exactly say when. Though McDermott refuses to come out and say it, this season has the hallmark signs of a rebuilding year. The coach is new, so is ...

Bills QB Taylor returns to practice; not yet cleared to play

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills starter Tyrod Taylor took the next step in recovering from a concussion by returning to practice on Monday. How Taylor feels over the next few days will determine whether he will be cleared to open the season against the ...

Bills roll to 27-17 win over Lions in preseason finale

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman continued making his offseason-long case to secure the backup job in a preseason-ending 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. The fifth-round draft pick out of ...

Backup QBs have big night in Giants’ 40-38 win over Pats

BY KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It was unclear what kind of player Geno Smith would be when he arrived with the New York Giants following a tumultuous tenure with the Jets. He used his final preseason game to show just how much he wants to have a role with ...

As US Open’s 3rd round begins, 5 women still chasing No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Five women still remain in contention for the No. 1 ranking as the U.S. Open's third round begins. Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza are among them and try to reach the fourth round by winning Friday. Two of the others, current No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and Elina ...

NFL: Goodell aware of dissent before suspending Elliott

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell was aware of one of his lead investigator's view that Ezekiel Elliott shouldn't be disciplined before the Dallas running back was suspended for six games in a domestic violence case. League spokesman Brian ...

Bills’ Mudge puts milking goats aside to pursue NFL dream

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Mudge isn't sure what he would be doing had the Buffalo Bills not called out of the blue in March to invite the offensive lineman in for a tryout. Maybe he'd be playing a fifth season in some arena league. Perhaps Mudge ...