Bjerregaard derails Woods in Match Play upset

Bjerregaard derails Woods in Match Play upset

AUSTIN, Texas — The anonymity of Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard echoed through the trees of windswept Austin Country Club on Saturday during the Dane’s match with Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.

“Who’s Tiger playing?” was the question that was being asked by those in the gallery, oblivious to anything that anyone was doing besides Woods.

“That beer guy,” was the answer, as most had no idea that Bjerregaard (pronounced “beer guard”) is a two-time winner on the European Tour, is ranked 52nd in the world and thrashed Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in the Round of 16 earlier in the day.

Maybe they’ll know about Bjerregaard now, especially after he made all the putts he needed down the stretch to post a come-from-behind 1-up win over Woods.

Bjerregaard advances to play Matt Kuchar in the semifinals on Sunday morning after posting the upset over Woods, a three-time winner of this event, winning on the final hole.

“We had a great match, and I really, really enjoyed playing with him today,” Bjerregaard said about Woods. “I’ve never played with him before, so it was a cool experience for me and obviously to say I’ve beaten Tiger, there’s not a lot of guys that can say that, so it’s up there.”

Francesco Molinari of Italy will face American Kevin Kisner, a finalist in this event in 2018, in the other semifinal, with the winners of those two matches squaring off for the championship on Sunday afternoon and the losers playing for third place.

Not only had Bjerregaard never played Woods before, he’d never met him before the first tee in the quarterfinals.

“It’s so different to what I’ve ever experienced before,” Bjerregaard said. “I’ve never heard so many yell his name and all the stuff all the way around. I actually thought it was really enjoyable. But it must be hard, as well, doing that every day. A lot of people were yelling my name as well and having a bit of fun with it.”

Woods lost the first hole to Bjerregaard’s birdie, but evened the match with a birdie on the third hole, took the lead with another on the fourth and moved 2-up with a third in a row on the fifth. Bjerregaard got one back on the seventh and squared the match with a birdie on the 10th.

Woods took the lead again on the 11th when Bjerregaard hit his tee shot on the par 3 into the lake fronting the green. That 1-up advantage held up until Bjerregaard canned a 29-foot putt on the 16th to tie the match.

Both golfers made lengthy putts on the 17th hole to keep the match tied and both hit drives on the 18th that left them within a short pitch uphill into the green.

Woods’ pitch landed in the bunker short of the putting surface while Bjerregaard’s reached the green 17 feet behind the hole. Woods then blasted out to five feet, and watched as Bjerregaard’s putt missed on the low side before conceding the par.

Woods’ putt to extend the match to a playoff was too hard at the left edge of the hole and lipped out, allowing Bjerregaard the victory.

“(Bjeeregaard) played well in tough conditions,” Woods said. “It was not easy out there, and we both hung around, we both kind of grinded away around the golf course. And he played the last three holes pretty solidly.”

Woods came into the week saying he was looking forward to getting in three good matches in preparation for the Masters in two weeks. He got that and more, playing five opponents over four days and nearly adding at least one more.

Molinari, the reigning Open Champion, cruised past Kevin Na 6 & 5 after building a 5-up lead on the strength of birdies on the third, fourth, fifth and seventh holes. Another birdie on the par-3 11th pushed Molinari’s lead to 6-up with seven holes to play, and he closed out Na at the 13th.

“I played great today, given the conditions — I would say a lot better than this morning (in a 5 & 4 win over England’s Paul Casey),” Molinari said. “It’s really important at this level, even if you’re 3- or 4-up early, to keep going because matches can turn very easily. I did that very well and I’m very happy with my performance.”

Kisner earned his spot in the semifinals opposite Molinari with a 2 & 1 victory over Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. That match went back and forth on the front nine and was all square going to the 10th hole, which Oosthuizen won with birdie to go 1-up. But Kisner squared the match with a par on the 15th, went up with a birdie on the 16th and won on the 17th when Oosthuizen hit his tee shot into the canyon and conceded the hole.

While much of the focus on Saturday afternoon was on Woods and Bjerregaard’s match, the battle between Kuchar and Garcia was just as contentious, if for different reasons.

Kuchar won the fifth hole to grab the lead, then won the par-3 seventh with a bogey when the Spaniard missed his putt for par and then flailed at the ball before Kuchar had a chance to concede the six-inch comebacker. Kuchar later told Tour officials that he had intended to concede the putt to Garcia but was told that it could not be done retroactively.

Kuchar then won the eighth hole with a par to go 3-up. Garcia responded with a birdie to win the 10th hole but gave that back with a bogey on the par-5 12th when he hit his approach into the water to the left of the green. The two players traded wins on holes 13 and 14, leaving Kuchar 3-up with four holes to play.

Garcia won the 15th with a birdie after a spot-on approach to cut Kuchar’s lead to 2-up and then added another birdie on 16 to pull to within one. Both players parred 17, meaning Garcia needed to win the 18th to extend the match. That hope ended when Garcia hit his approach into the front of the bunker next to the green.

–Field Level Media

Eagles add GM back to Roseman’s title

Eagles add GM back to Roseman's title

Howie Roseman is again general manager of

Eagles add GM back to Roseman’s title

Howie Roseman is again general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Roseman, executive vice president of football operations since 2015, was operating in a de facto GM role with the team. He formally held the position for four seasons but gave it up during Chip Kelly’s run as head coach.

Instrumental in constructing a Super Bowl roster in 2017, Roseman helped make the moves needed to draft Carson Wentz and last week signed off on the quarterback’s new contract. He also was vital in selecting head coach Doug Pederson as Kelly’s replacement.

On Thursday, Roseman’s GM title was restored as Joe Douglas left the Eagles to become general manager of the New York Jets.

Douglas was the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel.

Roseman has been with the Eagles for 20 years, starting in a salary-cap advisory role before blending into personnel.

“Joe Douglas did such an outstanding job for us and has such an outstanding reputation around the league that we knew we had to be prepared and we knew that we had to have a succession plan,” Roseman said Thursday, announcing Andy Weidl was promoted to help fill Douglas’ role.

“We want everyone here to see that there’s room for growth, that there is room for continued titles and promotions based on us winning and good things happening for the organization. We want the people in this organization to know that they have opportunities to grow within the areas of their expertise and expand their repertoire of knowledge while helping us win football games.”

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Rose ties Tiger’s U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

Rose ties Tiger's U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

Rose ties Tiger’s U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

England’s Justin Rose punctuated a day of record-smashing scoring by the field on Thursday, rolling in a birdie putt on his final hole to tie Tiger Woods’ all-time record at a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a 6-under-par 65.

Rose isn’t likely to pull away like Woods did in 2000 for a 15-stroke victory. His birdie on 18 put him one shot clear of Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Aaron Wise and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.

Rose needed only 22 putts Thursday, and was a perfect 15-for-15 from inside 10 feet. He rolled in three consecutive birdies to finish his round, and said he knew the final one was for something special when it dropped in while playing with Woods.

“The only reason that I knew is that, I think maybe Rickie (Fowler) had that putt (for the record) earlier today,” Rose told FOX Sports. “I was watching a little bit of the coverage … so on the last hole I thought, ‘This would be kind of cool to do it in front of the great man himself.'”

Rose hit only nine greens, but made a number of sand saves and relied heavily on the most improved aspect of his game. The 2013 U.S. Open champion at Merion entered the week ranked 11th on Tour in putting.

“Any U.S. Open, you have to manage your game,” he said. “The premium here isn’t necessarily about length, it’s about keeping the ball under the hole. But I don’t know if I did a good job of anything well today except scrambling. Which is nice, it’s nice to score like that and know there’s a little bit more in the long game.”

Scott Piercy, who was twice at 5 under during the morning wave, bogeyed his final hole to drop to 4 under, where he is tied for sixth place with Nate Lashley. A group of eight players another shot off the pace includes Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka reached 3 under before suffering his lone bogey of the day at the par-3 17th. He is tied for 16th along with Matt Kuchar, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and amateur Viktor Hovland.

“I felt really comfortable right out of the gates and struck it nicely,” said Koepka, who has won four of the past nine majors. “Unfortunately, I didn’t hit it as well on the back nine. And if you don’t hit greens out here, you’re not going to score. You can shoot yourself out of it today, and I didn’t do that.”

Woods battled an inconsistent iron game throughout his first round. Like his playing partner Rose, Woods used a bevy of hard-earned scrambles for par to get into the clubhouse in a tie for 28th at 1 under.

Playing in the morning wave, Fowler carded six birdies against a lone bogey. He pulled his approach shot left on the par-5 18th hole, and his birdie putt slid right of the cup, preventing Fowler from beating Rose to the punch in tying Woods’ Pebble Beach record.

“I thought I made it as soon as I hit it, just didn’t really react the way I thought it would,” Fowler told FOX Sports. “To be honest, I felt like that was about as bad as I could have shot. I thought there was more out there.

“It was just a fun day, it’s nice when you can shoot a stress-free 66 and get off to a good start for the week.”

Fowler was alone atop the scoreboard when he left the course, but he soon was joined by Schauffele and Oosthuizen, who chipped in for eagle on his second hole of the day and holed out from a green-side bunker on No. 9 to finish it.

Schauffele also had an eagle, but did it in dramatic fashion on the 18th hole after ricocheting his drive off the rocks along the ocean. He went on to cap off a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

“My round was solid, but I feel very fortunate just because of that late eagle,” he said. “I hit two really bad shots and a great putt, and that’s how that 3 occurred there.”

McIlroy carded a 3-under 68 in the morning wave despite failing to birdie any of the three par-5s.

“I think I did what I wanted to do,” McIlroy told FOX Sports with a sigh. “I feel like I just did everything you need to do in a U.S. Open. I stayed patient. I bogeyed the first hole, then played really, really solid golf after that.

“I did what you’re supposed to do at a U.S. Open — made a lot of pars, chipped off the birdies when you can … and I thought it was a good day’s work.”

Fowler’s day included six birdies against a lone bogey. Most important, he hit 13 fairways — his most on Tour this season.

“It definitely helps everything out from there. Driving the ball well frees you up a bit. I feel like I’m swinging it well throughout the bag. You gotta get the ball in the fairway to allow yourself to use the rest of your game to your advantage. If you don’t drive it in the fairway, you’re just playing catch-up.”

McIlroy was candid earlier in the week how important he felt getting off to a fast start would be. It has been five years and 17 starts since his last major victory, but McIlroy has also gone on to win the past three majors in which he opened with a 68 or better.

“Especially trying to get back to winning these big events, you know, it is important,” McIlroy said of Thursday’s start. “The first two majors of the year, I think I shot 73 at Augusta and I shot over par at Bethpage (in the PGA Championship) as well. It’s so hard to chase, especially when the golf courses are so hard.

“To get off to a good start like this today … you’re right in the tournament from the start, which is a nice position to be in.”

NOTES: World No. 2 Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 71. He is one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. … Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (2-under 69), the winner of the last U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach in 2010, put together his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship at Bellerive. … Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard carded a 6-over 11 on the 18th hole Friday, the highest score on a single hole in a U.S. Open since John Daly’s 14 on 18 at Pebble Beach in 2000. Bjerregaard hit his first two tee shots left into Pacific Ocean and his third out of bounds.

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Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

The

Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension on Thursday, with NFL Network reporting that the deal is worth five years, $20.3 million.

Butker confirmed the contract extension on Twitter, saying he was “proud to announce that I’ve signed an extension” and that he is “excited to be a part of this team for the next six years.”

In his second year with the Chiefs in 2018, Butker, 23, was 16 of 16 on field-goal attempts under 40 yards. He ended the regular season 24 of 27 on all field-goal attempts, and was 65 of 69 on extra-point attempts, with both totals leading the NFL.

The Georgia Tech product, who was previously signed off the Carolina Panthers practice squad, was 2 of 2 on field-goal attempts in two playoff games last season. Including bonuses, Butker could make as much as $21.5 million on the deal.

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Reports: Lions C Ragnow’s injury a minor one

Reports: Lions C Ragnow's injury a minor one

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow sustained a

Reports: Lions C Ragnow’s injury a minor one

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow sustained a minor right ankle sprain in Friday night’s loss to the Buffalo Bills, NFL Network reported.

A more serious injury was feared when Ragnow’s leg was rolled over by a Bills player and he subsequently was assisted from the field.

The Free Press reported Saturday that Ragnow is expected to miss only “minimal time” but that he was scheduled to undergo an MRI to confirm the injury.

Ragnow, the No. 20 overall pick of the Lions in 2018, started all 16 games of the season at left guard but is moving to center this season.

There was no update about the condition of middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, who suffered a right leg injury on the second play from scrimmage. He was tripped up by a teammate, linebacker Devon Kennard, as they pursued a Buffalo ball carrier. Davis was helped off the field, then driven to the locker room on a cart.

Lions head coach Matt Patricia was scheduled to speak to the media via conference call later Saturday.

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Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton’s return

Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton's return

Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton’s return

Cam Newton might be in jeopardy of missing the Carolina Panthers’ opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 8.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said “there is no timetable” for the quarterback’s return, two days after Newton suffered a left mid-foot sprain in apreseason game against the New England Patriots. Newton exited the stadium in a walking boot and X-rays detected the sprain.

General manager Marty Hurney expressed hope Newton will play in the opener. Rivera wouldn’t go that far, only declaring he is “cautiously optimistic” that Newton will soon be on the practice field.

“There really isn’t any timetable, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it’s right and ready to roll,” Rivera said after Saturday’s practice. “What we’re going to do is take it day by day because there is no timetable. So we’ll begin to focus in on what we need to as time progresses.”

The Panthers returned to the practice field on Saturday but Newton remained inside for treatment on his foot.

“The doctors feel the more we keep him off of it, the more we keep it elevated, we’re expecting it to take care of itself quickly,” Rivera said.

Rivera said Newton would have missed the preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday regardless. Newton had offseason shoulder surgery and Rivera has been mindful of the amount of throwing he does leading up to the season.

“Things are going great with his shoulder,” Rivera said. “So the best part is he’s getting a chance to rest. We’re putting the positive spin on it.”

Kyle Allen, who started one game last season, ran first string in the Saturday quarterback rotation. Will Grier, a third-round pick out of West Virginia, received an even amount of work, and Taylor Heinicke, who played in six games (one start) last season, also saw action.

Rivera said the club won’t work out any unsigned quarterbacks.

“We feel really good about what we have,” Newton said. “We like what we’re seeing. There have been some good things about decision making that have been pretty good. The progress you see, especially in practice — I know it’s not a game — but you see the growth.

“That’s what we’re trying to do is develop the one or two guys that are going to be here a while with Cam.”

Allen said that he is preparing to the starter.

“I always prepare that way,” Allen said. “If you don’t prepare that way you’re going to be underprepared. Whether or not Cam is going to be ready — hopefully, he’s going to be ready — but ready or not I’m going to be prepared.”

The 30-year-old Newton completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games last season. He missed the final two contests due to the shoulder injury.

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49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

In an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explained the controversial hiring of Chris Foerster after word of the move involving the former Miami Dolphins offensive coach was first reported by ESPN on Friday night.

“He is still in a consulting role because I understand the seriousness of this matter,” Shanahan said in Kansas City in advance of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chiefs.

Shanahan said Foerster came aboard last year to serve as an out-of-town consultant responsible for helping the staff with advance scouting reports.

“This year we took it a step forward,” Shanahan offered. “We brought him in part time, but still a consultant. He is in the office at times. He’s able to do things like watch film with us, but he’s still in a consulting role.”

Foerster, 57, resigned from the Dolphins after a video went viral that showed him allegedly snorting cocaine. On Oct. 9, 2017, Foerster announced his resignation, and went to get professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

He previously was an assistant with the 49ers in 2008-09 and 2015, and also worked with the Washington Redskins from 2010-14. Shanahan was the Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-13.

Foerster served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line coach in 1996-2001 when 49ers general manager John Lynch played there.

“We’re trying to ease him back in. I understand how big of a problem he did have,” Shanahan said. “I also understand what he is doing in committing to fix that problem. We’re trying to give him a chance to get back on track.”

Also on Shanahan’s staff are John Benton, in his third season as offensive line coach, and Zach Yenser, an assistant offensive line coach in his first season.

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Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

The Minnesota Vikings started their third preseason game with a bang Saturday, and ended with one, too, defeating the visiting Arizona Cardinals 20-9 in Minneapolis.

Running back Dalvin Cook set a team preseason record with an 85-yard run for a touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead with 7:10 left in the first quarter. His only other carry was a 3-yard gain.

Veteran starting quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled, finishing 3-of-13 passing for 35 yards with a passer rating of 39.6. He was sacked twice after the offensive line had not allowed him to be sacked in the first two exhibition games. But backup Kyle Sloter came to the rescue in the fourth quarter, engineering two scoring drives, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback Khari Blasingame on fourth-and-2 with 50 seconds to go.

Sloter completed 6 of 7 passes for 102 yards for the Vikings, who are 3-0 during the preseason. Sean Mannion went 6-of-9 passing for 57 yards for Minnesota, which did not toss an interception.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, completed 14 of 21 passes for 137 yards, but could only lead Arizona to field goals during his first half of action. The Cardinals are 1-2 in the preseason.

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Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

New England Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks was suspended for the first game of the regular season without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Kendricks will miss New England’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 8. He is eligible to return to the active roster the next day.

Kendricks is allowed to play in New England’s final preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Kendricks has caught 241 passes for 2,505 yards and 19 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons with the Rams (2011-16) and Packers (2017-18). He had 19 receptions for 170 yards and one score last season for Green Bay.

Kendricks signed with the Patriots last month as a free agent.

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LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

Linebacker Paul Worrilow, signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, told coach John Harbaugh on Saturday that he is retiring.

Worrilow, 29, missed last season with the Philadelphia Eagles because of a torn ACL. The Eagles released him earlier this month, and the Ravens picked him up to provide depth at the position.

“I spoke to him last night, and he was great — all ready, excited to go, so I was surprised, you know,” Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday. “I assume he’s trying to figure things out, work things out, what he wants to do, he and his family. Every person has a right to do that.”

Worrilow was an All-American at Delaware and signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent four seasons. He moved on to the Detroit Lions in 2017.

In his career, he has 413 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 72 games (52 starts).

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Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Rickie Fowler narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole that would have tied the U.S. Open scoring record at Pebble Beach, settling for a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to share the lead with Xander Schauffele and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen after the morning wave.

With players taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions along the Monterrey Peninsula, it was the first time there were three scores of 66 or better in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach — and the afternoon wave was just starting.

Fowler carded six birdies against a lone bogey. He pulled his approach shot left on the par-5 18th hole, and his birdie putt slid right of the cup, preventing Fowler from tying Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open course-record 65 from the first round in 2000.

“I thought I made it as soon as I hit it, just didn’t really react the way I thought it would,” Fowler told FOX Sports. “To be honest, I felt like that was about as bad as I could have shot. I thought there was more out there.

“It was just a fun day, it’s nice when you can shoot a stress-free 66 and get off to a good start for the week.”

Fowler was alone atop the scoreboard when he left the course, but he soon was joined by Schauffele and Oosthuizen, who chipped in for eagle on his second hole of the day.

Schauffele equaled the feat, but did it in dramatic fashion with an eagle on the 18th hole after ricocheting his drive off the rocks along the peninsula. He went on to cap off a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

“My round was solid, but I feel very fortunate just because of that late eagle,” he told FOX Sports. “I hit two really bad shots and a great putt, and that’s how that 3 occurred there.”

Scott Piercy was the first to reach 5 under for the tournament with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. He went 1 over the rest of the way, missing a par putt on No. 18 to fall to 4 under, which he called a “kick in the stomach.”

Piercy finished with the eagle, five birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

“I thought it was set up really fair,” Piercy said of the course. “If you hit a good shot, you got rewarded for it. If you miss, which I did a couple of times, you really had to scramble.”

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was among a group of four players another shot off the pace. He carded a 3-under 68 despite failing to birdie any of the three par-5s.

“I think I did what I wanted to do,” McIlroy told FOX Sports with a sigh. “I feel like I just did everything you need to do in a U.S. Open. I stayed patient. I bogeyed the first hole, then played really, really solid golf after that.

“I did what you’re supposed to do at a U.S. Open — made a lot of pars, chipped off the birdies when you can … and I thought it was a good day’s work.”

Fowler’s day included six birdies against a lone bogey. Most important, he hit 13 fairways — his most on Tour this season.

“It definitely helps everything out from there. Driving the ball well frees you up a bit. I feel like I’m swinging it well throughout the bag. You gotta get the ball in the fairway to allow yourself to use the rest of your game to your advantage. If you don’t drive it in the fairway, you’re just playing catch-up.”

McIlroy was candid earlier in the week how important he felt getting off to a fast start would be. It has been five years and 17 starts since his last major victory, but McIlroy has also gone on to win the past three majors in which he opened with a 68 or better.

“Especially trying to get back to winning these big events, you know, it is important,” McIlroy said of Thursday’s start. “The first two majors of the year, I think I shot 73 at Augusta and I shot over par at Bethpage (in the PGA Championship) as well. It’s so hard to chase, especially when the golf courses are so hard.

“To get off to a good start like this today … you’re right in the tournament from the start, which is a nice position to be in.”

NOTES: World No. 2 Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 71. He is one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. … Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (2-under 69), the winner of the last U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach in 2010, put together his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship at Bellerive.

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49ers’ Bosa says injury shouldn’t keep him from camp

49ers' Bosa says injury shouldn't keep him from camp

Rookie Nick Bosa said the hamstring injury

49ers’ Bosa says injury shouldn’t keep him from camp

Rookie Nick Bosa said the hamstring injury that forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp shouldn’t keep him off the field when the San Francisco 49ers open training camp next month.

“I think I’m going to be just fine,” Bosa told NBC Sports Bay Area. “I’m going to get this hammy perfectly right, and I think there will be plenty of time to play football and get the reps that I need.”

The defensive end was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain on May 23.

“I was worried when it happened,” Bosa said. “I was pretty down on myself that I couldn’t stay on the field but once I got with the guys and just had some of the older guys talk me up a little bit, it’s been super helpful.”

Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, hasn’t played in a game since September, when he injured his core muscle playing for Ohio State.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the hamstring isn’t all to watch with Bosa. He still hasn’t signed his rookie contract, and that could be delaying the signing of pick Nos. 3-6 , who have yet to agree to contracts.

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Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, lifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 13-12 preseason win over the visiting Cleveland Browns on Friday.

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert exited early in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury. He hit on 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards before leaving.

Austin Seibert went 4-for-4 on first-half field goals, including a 54-yarder, to account for all of Cleveland’s scoring.

Both starting quarterbacks played the entire first half, but neither was particularly effective.

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield led three field-goal drives, but he completed just 10 of 26 passes for 72 yards. He threw an interception on a long pass on the final play of the half.

Browns backup quarterback Drew Stanton went 3 of 6 for 37 yards.

Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston completed 9 of 19 passes for 88 yards. He was followed to the field by Gabbert and then Ryan Griffin (11 of 17, 121 yards and a TD).

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2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

The Lions lost their preseason game Friday, 24-20 to the visiting Buffalo Bills, but of bigger concern to Detroit was the loss of two players to right leg injuries.

Linebacker Jarrad Davis got hurt on the second play from scrimmage. He was tripped up by a teammate, linebacker Devon Kennard, as they pursued a Buffalo ball-carrier. Davis was helped off the field, then driven to the locker room on a cart.

In the second quarter, Lions center Frank Ragnow had his leg rolled over by a Bills player. He also was assisted from the field.

As for the game action, Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the first half and guided two touchdown drives. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 49 yards. Matt Barkley went 12 of 14 for 142 yards and a touchdown off the bench.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in for the majority of the first half, and he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ty Johnson. Stafford finished 12 of 19 for 137 yards.

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Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has been hired by the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Friday night.

The new role remains unclear as Foerster, 57, who resigned from the Dolphins after a video linked publicly showed him allegedly snorting cocaine, will assist the “coaching staff with game-planning,” according to two sources who spoke with ESPN. His hiring has not been officially announced, though Foerster has been with the team throughout the offseason.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Foerster announced his resignation, and went to get professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

He completed a 60-day drug and alcohol treatment program and, in the midst of a 24-day, inpatient rehabilitation program in January 2018, told NFL.com that his public downfall was “divine intervention.”

“I was to the point where I was just praying to God, I want this stuff out,” Foerster told NFL.com in 2018 while spending time in a South Florida sober-living facility. “Not like exposed, but I want this out of my life. I can’t do this anymore. All this (stuff) I had going on outside of work, I don’t want to do this anymore. I don’t want to drink anymore. I don’t want to use anymore. And sure enough, two weeks later, the video came out.”

Foerster checked into a rehab facility three days before his 56th birthday after he was forced to step down following the release of an online video that showed him snorting a white powder at the team’s training facility. He said the video was filmed during a stretch when he used cocaine every day for eight or nine consecutive days.

Foerster’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1982. His other NFL jobs include coaching the offensive line with the 49ers (2008-09, 2015), the Washington Redskins (2010-14) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), when 49ers general manager John Lynch was a member of the team.

–Field Level Media

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Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Friday during Tampa Bay’s 13-12 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

It was not known if Gabbert would require surgery, but coach Bruce Arians said the Bucs would sign a quarterback ahead of their Thursday preseason finale against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Starter Jameis Winston will not play next week, while third-string QB Ryan Griffin is expected to take limited snaps. Rookie Nick Fitzgerald is out while recovering from a hamstring injury.

“His shoulder popped out,” Arians said of Gabbert, who was a starter for five games in 2017 with Arians’ Arizona Cardinals. “He was hurting pretty good, but (I told him), ‘Good thing it’s not your throwing shoulder. You’ll be all right.'”

The injury occurred in the third quarter as a scrambling Gabbert was brought down around the ankle by Browns linebacker Adarius Taylor. Awkwardly landing on his arm, Gabbert called for the training staff while clutching his left wrist. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards without a touchdown or interception.

“It was tough (watching), but Blaine’s a soldier, and it was a great opportunity for Griff to step in and do a great job. He’s been doing a great job this entire preseason,” Winston said.

Griffin, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown but was sacked twice, has not played in a regular-season game. He received a vote of confidence from Arians after showing “poise.”

“He’s moved our team up and down the field just like he did again tonight,” Arians said.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

The Indianapolis Colts and Kenny Moore agreed on a four-year contract extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid slot cornerback in terms of guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.

Moore reportedly is assured of $18 million, more than the $16 million guarantee that the Detroit Lions gave Justin Coleman in March.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Moore’s extension includes $30 million for 2020-23, with a maximum value of $36 million. ESPN reported that the extension could rise to $40 million total with escalators.

Per Rapoport, the last year on Moore’s existing contract, 2019, was worth $645,000.

Moore, who played at Valdosta State, signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2017. The Patriots placed him on waivers before the start of the season, and he was claimed by the Colts.

He had a breakout season in 2018. In 15 games, all starts, Moore made 77 tackles and had three interceptions, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.

–Field Level Media

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Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine ‘targeted minorities in leadership’

Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine 'targeted minorities in leadership'

A former Houston Texans employee accused the

Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine ‘targeted minorities in leadership’

A former Houston Texans employee accused the team of discrimination in a federal complaint, alleging recently fired general manager Brian Gaine “targeted” African-American employees, USA Today reported Thursday.

Jeff Pope was the team’s security coordinator until he was fired on May 8. In a 4,500-word filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he alleges he is one of nine African-Americans fired by Gaine since the team named him GM in January 2018.

The Texans abruptly fired Gaine last Friday. Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said Gaine was being let go after “a thorough evaluation of our football operations.”

Amy Palcic, a team spokeswoman, told The Houston Chronicle that Pope’s complaint “was not a factor in the recent decision to relieve Brian Gaine from his job as general manager.”

The team also issued a statement: “We have just been made aware of Mr. Pope’s claim. We do not comment on pending litigation. The Houston Texans do not tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.”

Pope, in his filing, pointed the finger at Gaine.

“It appeared, and I believe, that he was targeting all minorities in leadership positions and was set to replace them with non-African-Americans. Which he did,” Pope wrote in the complaint, which was obtained by USA Today.

–Field Level Media

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Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Brooks Koepka birdied the final hole to move into the lead through the second round of the Tour Championship on Friday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Koepka shot a 3-under-par 67, leaving him with a net total of 13 under based on the weighted scoring system implemented for the FedEx Cup playoff finale.

He is up one shot on Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who birdied the final two holes, and Justin Thomas.

McIlroy shot a 67 while Thomas posted a 68.

For the round, Thomas was 3 under through eight holes, but he proceeded to make all pars the rest of the way other than a bogey on No. 17, and he finished with a 68.

Koepka also was 3 under after eight holes. He made his lone bogey at No. 13 before recording a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

The PGA Tour is using a new scoring format for the Tour Championship, so players began at varying levels under par based on their standing prior to the event.

Xander Schauffele (69) made a late push in an up-and-down round. His birdie on No. 17 was followed by an eagle at No. 18, so he stands at 11 under, alone in fourth place.

Schauffele, who had the best round Thursday with 64, tumbled a bit Friday with three bogeys during a four-hole stretch (Nos. 8-11).

Schauffele began the tournament six strokes behind Thomas, the points leader entering the week.

England’s Paul Casey (67) is within striking distance at 9 under, good for fifth place.

More than half of the 30-golfer field posted an over-par score Friday.

Play was suspended for more than an hour late in the afternoon because of weather concerns. The leaders had just passed the midway mark of the round.

Australia’s Adam Scott made putts of 66 and 72 feet on the back nine, helping him to a 68 and moving to 5 under for the tournament. He is in 10th place.

Chez Reavie posted the best score of the day, a 64. Coupled with his 71 on Thursday, his tournament total is 6 under, leaving him tied for seventh place with Patrick Reed. Patrick Cantlay is in sixth at 7 under.

Reavie played the front nine in 5 under, capped by a hole-in-one on the ninth hole. The ace came on a 230-yard hole, with the ball bouncing on the front of the green and rolling to the cup. It was his fifth hole-in-one in PGA Tour play.

–Field Level Media

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Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expects to be 100 percent at the start of training camp next month.

Kelce said he’ll be fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery when the Chiefs take the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

“I’m ready to go,” Kelce said. “It’s kind of been a little bit of an experience just not being able to really go out there and train for the upcoming season quite yet. I don’t know if I’ve had an injury that hasn’t allowed me to get on the field, at least a little bit in the offseason, outside of my knee surgery my first year.”

Kelce, 29, was named All-Pro in 2018 — he caught 103 passes for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns — and described the offseason as “frustrating.” The Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, and Kelce has spent the entire offseason as an observer.

“Right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent,” Kelce said.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

The

Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans and the league opened an investigation, according to multiple reports Wednesday, regarding Houston’s attempts to hire New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio as its new general manager.

The Texans fired former GM Brian Gaine on Friday, 17 months after giving him a five-year contract and one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. According to multiple reports, new Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby — the Patriots’ former team chaplain — was at Thursday’s ring ceremony, as was Caserio.

Asked Tuesday if he or Easterby had contact with Caserio or his representatives before Gaine’s firing, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters, “I would say that the answer to that is no relative to contact about anything having to do with the Houston Texans. No.”

The Texans have formally requested permission to interview Caserio, just as they did in January of 2018, when the Patriots denied the request and the Texans moved on to hire Gaine.

Caserio, 43, has held his position since 2008 as the top personnel man for Bill Belichick, who has final authority on personnel decisions. He is also close with O’Brien, who coached in New England from 2007 to 2011.

Caserio has turned down numerous overtures for GM jobs in the past, though he was allowed to interview with the Miami Dolphins in 2014. He is widely considered the favorite for the Texans’ job if he is interested.

Houston has reportedly interviewed San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew — the former Detroit Lions GM — and former Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer for the opening.

–Field Level Media

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