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Bills place trust in Dorsey to drive high-powered offense

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — While most are focused on how the Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen-led attack will function under Ken Dorsey, the newly promoted offensive coordinator can be found pacing the sideline at practice. Dorsey is a man in constant motion during team drills. Stopping long enough to ...

Titans have competition for backup QB job thanks to Willis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have a competition for the job backing up Ryan Tannehill, and coach Mike Vrabel has made it very clear they want rookie Malik Willis throwing more. Vrabel pulled Willis two plays into Tennessee's first drive of the third quarter after the ...

Sabbatini gets another year on tour with help from LIV Golf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rory Sabbatini can get a full PGA Tour card for next season, courtesy of the players who have signed up with Saudi-funded LIV Golf and have been suspended. The circumstances evolve from the PGA Tour's decision to make sure suspended players do not affect the eligibility ...

Browns’ Watson apologizes ‘to all the women I have impacted’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson apologized Friday "to all the women I have impacted" after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Watson, who is facing a potential year-long NFL suspension, spoke before Cleveland's exhibition opener ...

Pats rookies Strange, Thornton solid in preseason debut

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — With most of their starters watching from the sideline after being given the night off, the Patriots used their first exhibition outing on Thursday night to evaluate the newest faces on their roster. After struggling to find productive contributors via the draft in ...

Marlins end Phillies’ 7-game streak; Schwarber strains calf

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber coped with a nagging calf injury through the last few weeks — "the old grind of baseball," he said — and still helped the Phillies reel off a near-perfect homestand and a run at an NL wild-card spot. But as his right calf felt "tighter, tighter, tighter" ...

Guardians top Tigers in 10 innings, extend win streak to 5

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Oscar Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Guardians extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday. Gonzalez's hit off Gregory Soto (2-7) allowed the Guardians to escape ...

Valdez throws 7 scoreless, AL-best Astros beat Rangers 7-3

HOUSTON (AP) — After moving one-half game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees for the AL's best record with a win over the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros were already looking ahead to their next challenge. They are determined to play better against the visiting Athletics this weekend ...

Greinke helps Royals beat Cease, White Sox 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zack Greinke worked out of trouble to hold Chicago scoreless into the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Dylan Cease and the White Sox 5-3 on Thursday. Greinke allowed nine hits but didn't walk a batter, striking out five while throwing 95 pitches in 6 ...

Rodgers, McMahon go deep, Rockies top Goldschmidt, Cards 8-6

DENVER (AP) — Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon hit back-to-back home runs in a six-run seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 on Thursday to secure their first series win since the All-Star break. The Rockies overcame three more hits from Paul ...

Diamondbacks blow open close game in 7th to beat Pirates 9-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Emmanuel Rivera homered and hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help blow open a close game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Thursday. Rivera started the season with Kansas City before being traded to Arizona at the deadline for ...

Hosmer’s double in sixth sends Red Sox past Orioles, 4-3

BOSTON (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning just after Baltimore rallied to tie it, and the Boston Red Sox held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Tommy Pham and Alex Verdugo also had RBI doubles for Boston, ...

Late FG gives Giants, Daboll 23-21 victory over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New York Giants hired Brian Daboll in the hopes he could get more production out of quarterback Daniel Jones and the offense. The first preseason game of Daboll's tenure revealed signs they may be heading in the right direction. Graham Gano hit a 24-yard field ...

Ravens top Titans 23-10 for 21st straight preseason win

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tyler Huntley went 16 of 18 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their record streak of preseason victories to 21 with a 23-10 win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Rookie quarterback Malik Willis ran for a touchdown ...

Smyly stars as Cubs beat Reds in 2nd ‘Field of Dreams’ game

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Standing among rows of Iowa cornstalks, Nico Hoerner had Johnny Bench on his left and Billy Williams right next to him. "Pretty incredible," Hoerner said. For sure. Even for a "Field of Dreams." Led by Drew Smyly and a 10-hit attack, the Chicago Cubs beat the ...

USA Basketball picks roster for August World Cup qualifiers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next year's event. Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and ...

Vikings’ Kendricks builds rapport with new LB partner Hicks

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks, a decade of playing next to Anthony Barr made it easy to be on the same page with his close friend and former roommate — simply with a knowing glance. Kendricks and Barr, first at UCLA and then with the Vikings, developed a sense ...

Houston’s Baker back after missing 5 games with COVID-19

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker returned Thursday for the finale of a series against the Texas Rangers following a five-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19. The 73-year-old Baker said he never felt bad and had only mild symptoms that he attributed to seasonal ...

Chiefs’ Mahomes to buck NFL trend, play preseason opener

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes will start the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason opener in Chicago on Saturday, bucking a trend across the NFL of coaches sitting their starting quarterbacks for the first of their three exhibition games. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday he would stick ...

Johnson contends for backup job in Denver, his 14th NFL team

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson has been signed, released and signed again so often over his NFL career that he's lost count. For the record: 27 signings/re-signings to go with 17 releases/cuts spanning 14 different teams, according to his lengthy ...