DB Jordan Lucas traded by Dolphins to Chiefs

MIAMI (AP) — Reserve defensive back Jordan Lucas has been traded by the Miami Dolphins to the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick.

Lucas, a third-year pro, played mostly on special teams for Miami. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2016.

Lucas was listed as a third-team safety on the Dolphins’ depth chart during training camp.

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Payton not naming Saints’ starting QB

Payton not naming Saints' starting QB

Saints

Payton not naming Saints’ starting QB

Saints head coach Sean Payton is not tipping his hand at quarterback, refusing to name backup Teddy Bridgewater as the starter Sunday when New Orleans visits the Seattle Seahawks.

Before the team’s first practice of the week at the University of Washington, Payton said the team is considering options before taking on the 2-0 Seahawks without Drew Brees. Brees is out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Bridgewater entered last week’s loss at Los Angeles and played the second half as the Rams pulled away. With back-to-back West Coast games, the Saints flew north to Seattle on Sunday rather than returning to New Orleans.

Asked whether third quarterback and do-it-all offensive dynamo Taysom Hill would be limited in his other roles since he’ll be elevated behind Bridgewater, Payton scoffed: “You’re assuming he’s the No. 2.”

“We’ll approach this game with two quarterbacks,” Payton said. “We’ll have the right plan relative to what those guys are going to be doing.”

The Seahawks gave up big numbers to Andy Dalton in Week 1 at home and survived a late rally by the Steelers to win last week, 28-26.

The Saints scored only nine points at Los Angeles.

Bridgewater completed 56.7 percent of his passes and averaged 5.5 yards per attempt. He was 17 of 30 for 165 yards.

Hill has not attempted a pass this season. He has three receptions and a touchdown. Last season he was 3 of 7 passing for 64 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry (37 attempts, 196 yards).

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Brady all in on Patriots adding WR Brown

Brady all in on Patriots adding WR Brown

Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes

Brady all in on Patriots adding WR Brown

Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in New England’s Week 1 whitewash of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots are about to welcome Antonio Brown to their offense.

Brady, who guided the Patriots to a 33-3 victory on Sunday night, will work to get Brown acclimated in time to potentially play a role for the team at Miami on Sunday.

“I think everybody’s excited to add great players,” Brady said. “It helps everybody when you have great players that are sharing the burden of a tough football season. I think, like anything else, whether it was Josh (Gordon) last year or Phillip (Dorsett) when he got here a few years ago late, and then this year Antonio, how much can you learn and process and get in here? And we’re all going to work hard and try to get up to speed as fast as possible. But, we haven’t had a training camp together or that, so you’ve got to force a lot of information. We’re all excited to have him. All I could say is we’re just going to work as hard as we possibly can to get up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NBC Sports’ Al Michaels that Brady was “a million percent in” on signing Brown, who invited and even staged his share of drama with the Oakland Raiders and never played a regular-season snap with the team. Brown was traded to Oakland from the Steelers. Pittsburgh decided to cut ties with the Pro Bowl receiver after he bailed on the team prior to the 2018 regular-season finale.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Patriots coach Bill Belichick has rolled the dice on a player viewed as a problem child or outcast. Gordon was acquired after being suspended multiple times by the Cleveland Browns. Others in that category who produced for the Patriots include cornerback Aqib Talib, wide receiver Randy Moss and running back Corey Dillon.

Gordon said the first days acclimating to the “Patriot Way” might not go easily.

“For me, initially it was a culture shock. It was definitely different,” Gordon said. “I think as I grew in this environment and got to observe other young men move and organize and act professionally, expectations were high. It wasn’t anything more than what I think they knew that they could do was being asked of them. I was like, ‘Alright, this is the way it’s done here.’ I could either get with it, or look for a transition somewhere else. It’s tough, but if this is what you want to do, I think this is the best place to be.

“Antonio is Antonio. He’s going to have to figure out his own way, just like everybody else has.”

Brady said it will not solely be up to him to get Brown ready to play a key role for New England.

“I think all us players are trying to be the best player that we can be for the team. There’s a lot of things that play into that, but we’re all trying to reach our highest potential individually so that we can reach our highest potential collectively,” Brady said. “It doesn’t come together just because you say, ‘Oh, all you guys are going to come together.’ Antonio’s had a lot of production, Demaryius (Thomas) has had a lot of production, Julian’s (Edelman) had a lot of production, Josh has had a lot of production, Phillip had a great game tonight. So, the point is we’ve got a lot of players that are talented and we’ve just got to figure out how to make it all work. We’re going to work hard. It’s a long year. It’s the beginning of a long marathon and the NFL’s very competitive and it’s going to be a great challenge, but I think we’re all looking forward to it.”

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Goff tosses 2 TDs as Rams hold on, defeat Browns

Goff tosses 2 TDs as Rams hold on, defeat Browns

Goff tosses 2 TDs as Rams hold on, defeat Browns

Jared Goff passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Los Angeles Rams shook off a slow first half to earn a 20-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night to remain undefeated.

The Browns had a chance to tie the game after a Juston Burris interception of Goff with 2:54 remaining, but a potential 57-yard drive fell 4 yards short when Baker Mayfield’s pass on fourth down was intercepted in the end zone by Rams safety John Johnson with 27 seconds remaining.

The Rams (3-0) had just three first-half points and went into halftime trailing for the first time this season, but they opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive to get the offense back on track.

Goff hit Cooper Kupp on an 11-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter for a 10-6 lead, but the Browns answered right back to cap a 65-yard drive with Mayfield’s 2-yard TD pass to Demetrius Harris for a 13-10 advantage.

The Rams took the lead for good at 17-13 with 12:51 remaining when Goff hit Kupp on a 6-yard TD pass to cap a 72-yard drive. Greg Zuerlein added a 37-yard field goal with 6:40 remaining for a 20-13 advantage.

Mayfield was 18 of 36 for 195 yards and one touchdown as the Browns (1-2) have lost both of their home games this season. The Browns went toe-to-toe with the Rams for much of the game despite missing their entire starting secondary because of injuries.

Using a similar run-stopping defense to what the New England Patriots used when holding the Rams down in last season’s Super Bowl, Cleveland kept Los Angeles to a single Zuerlein field goal in the first half. They got two first-half field goals of their own from rookie kicker Austin Seibert for a 6-3 halftime lead.

Kupp picked up his first two touchdown passes of the season in his return from ACL surgery last year.

A week after compiling 161 receiving yards and a TD in a victory over the New York Jets, Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had six catches for 56 yards.

In a matchup of opposing Georgia running backs, the Rams’ Todd Gurley had 43 yards on 14 carries and the Browns’ Nick Chubb had 96 yards on 23 carries.

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Elliott avoids suspension for May incident in Vegas

Elliott avoids suspension for May incident in Vegas

Dallas Cowboys

Elliott avoids suspension for May incident in Vegas

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not be disciplined for an incident in May in Las Vegas in which he was handcuffed but not arrested, the NFL announced Wednesday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell determined there wasn’t a violation of the personal conduct policy, the league said.

The NFL said it conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into the May 18 incident at the Electric Daisy Carnival and spoke to security personnel and other witnesses with direct involvement. TMZ posted a video of the incident displaying Elliott leaning against a security guard, who fell to the ground when the metal railing behind him toppled over.

“Mr. Elliott acknowledged that he demonstrated poor judgment and committed to make better choices in the future,” the NFL statement said. “He volunteered to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally.”

Elliott and Goodell met on Tuesday and the Dallas star posted a note on hit Twitter account afterward, saying he needs to make better decisions. He also said he apologized to Kyle Johnson, identified as the security guard involved in the confrontation, at the time of the incident.

“I’ve worked hard to make better decisions and to live up to the high standards that are expected of me,” Elliott wrote. “I failed to do that here and I made a poor decision.

“I need to work harder to ensure I do not put myself in compromised situations in the future. I am rededicating myself to use all of the resources that the league has made available. But in the end, it is up to me and I am determined not to be in this position again.”

Elliott has had personal conduct issues in the past, most notably receiving a six-game suspension in 2017 due to allegations of abuse made by a former girlfriend.

Elliott, who turns 24 on July 22, rushed for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games last season. He also caught three touchdown passes.

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Cowboys put franchise tag on DE Lawrence

Cowboys put franchise tag on DE Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys are putting the franchise tag

Cowboys put franchise tag on DE Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys are putting the franchise tag on pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence for the second consecutive season, the team announced Monday.

The Cowboys and Lawrence have been talking about a long-term deal, but the sides were “not close,” according to multiple reports Sunday.

Dallas tagged Lawrence last season, when he made $17.1 million. He would earn $20.5 million under the franchise tag in 2019.

Lawrence, 26, has been clear in his desire not to play under the franchise tag, setting up a potentially contentious offseason. The deadline to sign a player to a multi-year deal after a franchise tag is July 15.

Lawrence is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal worth upward of that $20.5 million tag amount. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that if he does not receive an extension, he likely will skip the offseason program, minicamps, and perhaps training camp and some regular-season games. He also could delay the shoulder surgery he needs.

In the past two seasons, Lawrence has a combined 25 sacks, 49 quarterback hits and 122 tackles. The Cowboys selected the Boise State product in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Bears release LB Acho

Bears release LB Acho

The Chicago Bears released linebacker Sam Acho.

Acho, 30, played just

Bears release LB Acho

The Chicago Bears released linebacker Sam Acho.

Acho, 30, played just four games last season. He tore a pectoral muscle in late September and finished the season on injured reserve. The Bears will save more than $2 million against the cap, according to the reports.

Acho started 12 games for the Bears in 2017, compiling 45 tackles and three sacks.

Acho began his career with the Cardinals in 2011 and has recorded 17 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in eight seasons in the NFL.

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Tiger (neck) withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger (neck) withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger (neck) withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods will not play in this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing a “neck strain that I’ve had for a few weeks.”

Woods, who has eight victories at the event at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla., made the announcement Monday on Twitter.

“I’ve been receiving treatment, but it hasn’t improved enough to play,” he wrote. “My lower back is fine, and I have no long-term concerns, and I hope to be ready for The Players.”

“I’d like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans. Its connection to Arnold makes it one of my favorite tournaments and I’m disappointed to miss it.”

Woods, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, is hoping to be ready for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on March 14-17.

Woods, 43, has played in three events in 2019, with three top 20 finishes, including a 10th-place finish in his most recent event, the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, which ended Feb. 24.

The 14-time major winner won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

Woods made a charge in the event last year while in the early stages of his comeback from back surgery before settling for a tie for fifth. Woods has already set his sights on the April 11-14 Masters Tournament saying he is trying to be careful to not play in too many or too few events leading up to the first major of the year.

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Johnson, Park reclaim No. 1 world rankings

Johnson, Park reclaim No. 1 world rankings

Johnson, Park reclaim No. 1 world rankings

Dustin Johnson officially reclaimed the No. 1 spot from England’s Justin Rose in the official world golf rankings released Monday.

Both players were idle this week, but Johnson moved 0.0008 points ahead of Rose based on the two-year rolling system. Brooks Koepka moved past Justin Thomas for the No. 3 spot following his tie for second at the Honda Classic.

Rickie Fowler tied Koepka in the first event of the Florida swing, which allowed him to move past Xander Schauffele and Spain’s Jon Rahm to No. 7.

Koepka and Fowler were preparing for a three-way playoff at the Honda Classic until Keith Mitchell rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. Mitchell’s first career PGA Tour victory vaulted him 94 spots to a career-high 68th.

Only three of the top 20 players were in last week’s field. Tiger Woods, who has withdrawn from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain, remained No. 12.

Kurt Kitayama won the Al Mouj Golf tournament for his second victory on the European Tour this season, which moved him to a career-high ranking of 105.

–South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park reclaimed the top spot in the Rolex Rankings following her victory at the HSBC World Championship in Singapore. She moved past Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.

Australia’s Minjee Lee is followed by South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Inbee Park in the top five. Japan’s Nasa Hataoka moved up one spot ahead of Lexi Thompson, the top-ranked American at No. 7.

–Vijay Singh has decided to stay in Florida and play in this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational rather than defend his title at the Hoag Classic on the Champions tour.

Singh, 56, was in the final group at PGA National on Sunday, but his attempt to become the oldest winner on the PGA Tour fell short as he finished in sixth place. Singh won his first Champions event at the event in Newport Beach, Calif., last year, which then was known as the Toshiba Classic.

“We are extremely disappointed the defending champion is not coming back to play this year,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of Hoag Charity Sports and the Hoag Classic, per the Orange County Register.

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Report: Clemson DT Lawrence injures leg running 40

Report: Clemson DT Lawrence injures leg running 40

Report: Clemson DT Lawrence injures leg running 40

Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence injured his left hamstring running the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, ESPN reported.

After clocking a time of 5.05 seconds in his first 40, the 6-foot-4, 342-pound prospect suffered the injury on his second attempt and did not complete the workout.

NFL Network ranks Lawrence as the No. 31 player available in the 2019 NFL Draft.

On Saturday, he led all defensive linemen invited to the showcase with 36 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press.

As a junior in 2018, Lawrence registered 7.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks but was suspended for the College Football Playoffs after a failed drug test. The Tigers (15-0) went on to win the national championship.

Clemson’s pro day is scheduled for March 14.

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Auburn CB Dean is fastest at combine

Auburn CB Dean is fastest at combine

Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean ran

Auburn CB Dean is fastest at combine

Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, posting a time of 4.30 seconds Monday on the final day of the event in Indianapolis.

He edged out the 4.31 times of Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella and Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell.

Dean’s time is the fastest at the combine since Washington receiver John Ross ran the 40 in 4.22 seconds in 2017.

Dean has overcome multiple knee injuries — including a torn ACL in 2013 in high school — that were serious enough that he didn’t pass Ohio State medical evaluations after signing with the Buckeyes as a four-star prospect in the 2015 class.

He was cleared to play at Auburn by the famed Dr. James Andrews. Dean redshirted in 2015 and suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2016 preseason camp before making a total of 73 tackles in the past two seasons, with both of his interceptions coming as a redshirt junior in 2018.

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Alabama DL Williams clocks impressive 40 time

Alabama DL Williams clocks impressive 40 time

Alabama DL Williams clocks impressive 40 time

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds on Sunday in Indianapolis, the fourth-fastest time by any 300-pound player at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2003.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound prospect’s time trailed only Jaye Howard (4.82 in 2012), Luis Castillo (4.80 in 2005) and Tank Johnson (4.69 in 2004) among 300-pounders, per NFL.com.

Williams, a potential top-5 draft pick, tallied 8.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 15 games last season at Alabama.

The Crimson Tide standout ran faster than Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (5.04 seconds) this weekend.

Williams was also faster than previous Combine participants such as J.J. Watt (4.84 at 290 pounds in 2011), Geno Atkins (4.85 at 293 in 2010) and Daron Payne (4.90 at 311 in 2018), per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Report: Jaguars expected to sign QB Foles

Report: Jaguars expected to sign QB Foles

Report: Jaguars expected to sign QB Foles

The Jacksonville Jaguars “absolutely expect” to sign quarterback Nick Foles when NFL free agency opens on March 13, Les Bowen of philly.com reported Sunday.

No other teams have emerged as serious suitors since the Philadelphia Eagles announced they would not use the franchise tag on the former Super Bowl MVP, according to the report.

Foles, 30, was 6-2 in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs over the last two years as a replacement for injured starter Carson Wentz.

Jacksonville is expected to move on from quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014. The Jaguars slipped to 5-11 last season after reaching the AFC Championship Game after the 2017 season.

Jacksonville’s new offensive coordinator is John DeFilippo, who was Foles’ quarterbacks coach during the Eagles run to a Super Bowl LII title.

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Thomas calls out golf organizations on social media

Thomas calls out golf organizations on social media

Thomas calls out golf organizations on social media

The USGA has invited Justin Thomas to have a sit-down chat after the golfer criticized golf rules on social media.

On Saturday, golfer Adam Schenk received a two-stroke penalty for action on the 17th hole of Friday’s round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The penalty was for Schenck’s caddie standing behind him and was announced by the PGA Tour on Twitter.

Schenk’s bogey on the par-3 hole turned into a triple bogey.

Thomas retweeted the post, adding a brief sarcastic comment directed toward the USGA, and then engaged with golf fans and explained what he thinks of the new caddie rule.

“My problem with the rule is that unless a caddie is clearly lining a player up (which is very obvious), I don’t see how there’s any benefit to it. Doesn’t make the game any better in my eyes. That being said, we know the rule and have to be careful to go by it,” Thomas tweeted.

Eventually, the USGA public relations account responded to the 25-year-old Thomas, who is No. 3 in the world golf rankings, via this Twitter post:

“Justin, we need to talk. You’ve cancelled every meeting we’ve planned with you, but we are reaching out again. We were at the first 5 events, and tournaments last year, and your tour has had a seat at the table for 7 years. We’d love nothing more than to give you a seat. Call us.”

Thomas responded that he agreed, adding he hopes that “the USGA starts communicating with the current players to better the game and the sport. The rules are rules, no getting past that. Just hoping going forward, communication is had and ALL GOLFERS benefit from any changes.”

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Mitchell birdies 18 at Honda Classic for first PGA win

Mitchell birdies 18 at Honda Classic for first PGA win

Mitchell birdies 18 at Honda Classic for first PGA win

Keith Mitchell has never faced the kind of pressure he was up against over the final stretch of holes at PGA National Resort’s daunting Champion course on Sunday, but he hardly blinked, calling on his preparation and ball-striking prowess to end up where he’s never been before on the PGA Tour.

Mitchell calmly rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt on the closing hole to finish at 9-under-par 271 and garner a one-shot victory, his first on the PGA Tour, at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Mitchell, playing in the next-to-last group, fired a 3 under 67 that featured six birdies (four of them in the final seven holes) and three bogeys under wild and windy conditions at the home of the “Bear Trap,” holes 15-17, which is considered one of the toughest three-hole stretches on the circuit.

Reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending U.S. Open champion, fired a 66 on Sunday to finish at 8-under par and in a tie for second with Rickie Fowler, who carded a 67 in the final round.

“I was just trying to focus on what was going on,” Mitchell told NBC Sports after the win. “My mind started wandering a bit there toward the end, but I was trying to focus on the final putt itself and the read and to clear my mind of everything else.

“I’ve been close (in the past) and I’ve let my emotions take over,” Mitchell added. “I bogeyed the first two holes, but I told myself ‘I’m not letting this happen again.’ I wanted to stick it out, use what I’ve learned over the past couple of years. I was playing great down the stretch.”

Ryan Palmer carded a 63 early in the day to assume the lead in the clubhouse and then waited to see Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open winner, match his total about 90 minutes later after a 66. They both ended up in a tie for fourth, two shots in back of Mitchell.

Fiji’s Vijay Singh, who at the age of 56 was making a bid to become the oldest-ever winner on the PGA Tour, finished alone in sixth after an even-par 70. Third-round leader Wyndham Clark shot a 72 on Sunday and ended up tied with tied for seventh with Kyoung-Hoon Lee of South Korea (71) at 5 under.

The 27-year-old Mitchell, who was born in Tennessee and played collegiately at Georgia, is in his second season on the PGA Tour. Until this week, his best finish was a runner-up at last year’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Mitchell’s best result this season was at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea, where he tied for 14th.

Mitchell took the lead on the 15th hole with a three-foot birdie putt after a nerveless tee shot over the water on the first hole of the “Bear Trap.”

Koepka and Fowler eventually joined him at 8 under but had to settle for second as Mitchell laid up on his second shot on the par-5 18th after finding the bunker off the tee. He then wedged his approach to close range and rolled in the winner.

Koepka, who finished his round with a two-putt birdie on the par 5 closing hole, then waited about an hour as the final groups completed play to find out he finished second.

“I played good today, just left a couple putts short,” Koepka said. “I told myself I wasn’t going to do that, and it ended up costing me. Every tournament you’re in contention, you’re not concerned about anything else other than trying to get the job done. It felt like that. I came pretty close.”

Fowler, whose win at last month’s Waste Management Open was his fifth victory in his PGA Tour career, birdied three of the final four holes to post a 67 and into a short-lived tie for the lead.

“I’m proud of the way I kind of fought through things,” Fowler said. “I didn’t drive it quite that well today but hit some quality golf shots when I needed to, and nice to finish with three birdies in the last four.

“I knew what Keith was going through on the last, having been there, and it’s not easy, winning out here, especially your first. So seeing him make that putt, it’s cool.”

Mitchell was in awe seeing his name alongside Koepka and Fowler on the leaderboard.

“These guys are awesome, and I know Brooks is young and Rickie is young but they’ve been out here a long time,” Mitchell said. “I’ve watched them in junior golf and in college, and just having my name next to theirs is an honor.”

Jim Furyk (67), Jason Kokrak (68), and Spain’s Sergio Garcia (69) tied for ninth at 4 under.

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AAF roundup: San Antonio gives Birmingham first loss

AAF roundup: San Antonio gives Birmingham first loss

AAF roundup: San Antonio gives Birmingham first loss

Former Baylor defensive back Orion Stewart picked off a pass late in the fourth quarter, and the visiting San Antonio Commanders held on for a 12-11 win over the Birmingham Iron on Sunday afternoon.

Stewart, who spent time with several NFL teams including the Denver Broncos and New York Giants but never appeared in a game, sealed Birmingham’s first loss of the season when he intercepted quarterback Luis Perez. The turnover spoiled a comeback attempt by the Iron, which pulled within a point after a rushing touchdown by former NFL running back Trent Richardson and a successful two-point conversion from Perez to DeVozea Felton.

Quarterback Logan Woodside completed 11 of 25 passes for 106 yards for San Antonio (2-2) and Trey Williams rushed for the Commanders’ lone touchdown. Richardson rushed for 15 yards on eight carries for Birmingham (3-1).

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AAF roundup: Late field goal gives Atlanta first win

AAF roundup: Late field goal gives Atlanta first win

AAF roundup: Late field goal gives Atlanta first win

Kicker Younghoe Koo, who formerly kicked for the then-San Diego Chargers, booted a pair of field goals — including the game-winning 33-yarder with 1:03 remaining that gave the Atlanta Legends their first win of the AAF season in upsetting the host Arizona Hotshots 14-11 on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.

Legends quarterback Aaron Murray, a former fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014, completed 20 of 33 passes for 254 yards while rushing seven times for 54 yards. Atlanta’s lone touchdown came on a 9-yard run from ex-Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson, who ran for 43 yards on nine carries.

The loss dropped Arizona (2-2) into a first-place tie with the San Antonio Commanders in the Western Conference, while Atlanta (1-3) snapped its three-game losing streak to start its season.

Commanders 12, Iron 11

Former Baylor defensive back Orion Stewart picked off a pass late in the fourth quarter, and visiting San Antonio held on for a one-point win over Birmingham.

Stewart, who spent time with several NFL teams including the Denver Broncos and New York Giants but never appeared in a game, sealed Birmingham’s first loss of the season when he intercepted quarterback Luis Perez. The turnover spoiled a comeback attempt by the Iron, who pulled within a point after a rushing touchdown by former NFL running back Trent Richardson and a successful two-point conversion from Perez to DeVozea Felton.

Quarterback Logan Woodside completed 11 of 25 passes for 106 yards for San Antonio (2-2) and Trey Williams rushed for the Commanders’ lone touchdown. Richardson rushed for 15 yards on eight carries for Birmingham (3-1).

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NFL notebook: DLs Sweat, Banogu break records at showcase

NFL notebook: DLs Sweat, Banogu break records at showcase

Mississippi State's

NFL notebook: DLs Sweat, Banogu break records at showcase

Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat ran a blazing 4.41-second 40-yard dash Sunday to set a modern record (since 2003) for defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The previous mark was 4.44 seconds, shared by North Carolina State’s Manny Lawson (2006) and Isaac Hilton from Hampton (2004), per NFL Research.

Sweat ranked among the SEC leaders in sacks and tackles for loss in each of his two seasons with the Bulldogs, tallying a combined 22.5 sacks and 30.0 TFL in 2017-18. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Sweat’s time was faster than all but one of 23 running backs tested.

Sweat wasn’t the only prospect who broke a record in Indianapolis on Sunday. TCU’s Ben Banogu set a new event record for defensive linemen in the broad jump with a leap of 11 feet, 2 inches. Banogu ranked second in the Big 12 with 18.0 TFL in 2018, adding 57 tackles and 8.5 sacks for the Horned Frogs.

–Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence injured his left hamstring running the 40-yard dash at the combine, ESPN reported.

After clocking a time of 5.05 seconds in his first 40 attempt, the 6-foot-4, 342-pound prospect suffered the injury on his second try and did not complete the workout. NFL Network ranks Lawrence as the No. 31 player available in the 2019 NFL Draft.

On Saturday, he led all defensive linemen invited to the showcase with 36 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press. Clemson’s pro day is scheduled for March 14.

–Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds in Indianapolis, the fourth-fastest time by any 300-pound player at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2003.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound prospect’s time trailed only Jaye Howard (4.82 in 2012), Luis Castillo (4.80 in 2005) and Tank Johnson (4.69 in 2004) among 300-pounders, per NFL.com.

Williams, a potential top-5 draft pick, tallied 8.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 15 games last season at Alabama. The Crimson Tide standout ran faster than Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (5.04 seconds) this weekend.

–The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence are running out of time to work out a long-term deal and are “not close” as a March 5 deadline looms, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

If the Cowboys do not reach agreement by Tuesday, the deadline for franchise tags, they may be forced to use that option to keep him — albeit at a hefty price tag.

The Cowboys tagged Lawrence last season and he made $17.1 million. This year, under the franchise tag, he would earn $20.5 million. The following year under the tag would be worth nearly $30 million.

–New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers underwent a recent shoulder surgery that sources characterized as a “cleanup” procedure, ESPN reported.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent later this month, the 25-year-old pass rusher led the Super Bowl LIII champions in sacks for the third straight season with a career-high 7.5 in 2018.

Draft Analyst reported last week that the Miami Dolphins are the front-runners to sign Flowers. Miami hired former Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores as their head coach last month.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars “absolutely expect” to sign quarterback Nick Foles when NFL free agency opens on March 13, Les Bowen of Philly.com reported.

No other teams have reportedly emerged as serious suitors since the Philadelphia Eagles announced they would not use the franchise tag on the former Super Bowl MVP. Foles, 30, was 6-2 in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs over the last two years as a replacement for injured starter Carson Wentz.

Jacksonville expects to move on from starter Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014. The Jaguars fell to 5-11 in 2018 after reaching the AFC Championship game a year earlier. New Jacksonville offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was Foles’ quarterbacks coach during the Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl LII title.

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Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Former Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield has a partially torn pectoral muscle and ended the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine prematurely and wearing a sling.

Sheffield was hurt during a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine, but told NFL Network on Monday that he will not require surgery.

The injury occurred as defensive backs went through repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press Sunday in Indianapolis. Sheffield was on his seventh rep when he screamed out in pain.

At the 2018 combine, Ohio State center Billy Price also suffered a torn pec, but the Cincinnati Bengals made him the No. 21 overall pick of the draft.

Sheffield’s injury took him out of the mix for Monday’s defensive back workouts, including running the 40-yard dash, which would have allowed him to show off his speed. At Ohio State, he ran track last spring and set Ohio State’s record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.663. However, Sheffield returned from medical testing in a sling and cheered other NFL draft hopefuls from the sideline.

Entering the combine, Sheffield was projected as a middle- to late-round draft pick.

Sheffield started his career at Alabama but transferred to Blinn Junior College before playing two seasons at Ohio State, where he had 75 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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Report: Ex-Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Report: Ex-Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Report: Ex-Ohio State DB Sheffield tears pec at combine

Former Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield tore a pectoral muscle during a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine, per multiple reports Monday.

The injury occurred as defensive backs went through repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press Sunday in Indianapolis. Sheffield was on his seventh rep when he screamed out in pain.

At the 2018 combine, Ohio State center Billy Price also suffered a torn pec, but the Cincinnati Bengals made him the No. 21 overall pick of the draft.

Sheffield’s injury means he will miss Monday’s defensive back workouts, including running the 40-yard dash, which would have allowed him to show off his speed. At Ohio State, he ran track last spring and set Ohio State’s record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.663.

Entering the combine, Sheffield was projected as a middle- to late-round draft pick.

Sheffield started his career at Alabama but transferred to Blinn Junior College before playing two seasons at Ohio State, where he had 75 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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DLs Sweat, Banogu break Combine records

DLs Sweat, Banogu break Combine records

Mississippi State's

DLs Sweat, Banogu break Combine records

Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat ran a blazing 4.41-second 40-yard dash Sunday to set a modern record (since 2003) for defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The previous mark was 4.44 seconds, shared by North Carolina State’s Manny Lawson (2006) and Isaac Hilton from Hampton (2004), per NFL Research.

Sweat ranked among the SEC leaders in sacks and tackles for loss in each of his two seasons with the Bulldogs, tallying a combined 22.5 sacks and 30.0 TFL in 2017-18.

At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Sweat’s time was faster than all but one of 23 running backs tested.

Sweat wasn’t the only prospect who broke a record in Indianapolis on Sunday.

TCU’s Ben Banogu set a new event record for defensive linemen in the broad jump with a leap of 11 feet, 2 inches.

Banogu ranked second in the Big 12 with 18.0 tackles for loss in 2018 and added 57 tackles and 8.5 sacks for the Horned Frogs.

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