New Eagles wideout Golden Tate is up on Cowboys rivalry

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It didn’t take Golden Tate long to learn his new team’s biggest rival.

Tate, the playmaking wide receiver acquired from Detroit last week, will make his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) against the Dallas Cowboys (3-5) on Sunday night.

“I’ve read my social media, so our fans have expressed the passionate dislike of the Cowboys,” Tate said. “It’s going to be a great game. I’m happy that my first game gets to be at home against such an intense opponent.”

Tate had his best game this season against the Cowboys, catching eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns on Sept. 30.

“I think it gives me an advantage,” Tate said. “I’ve seen those guys. They are going to run the same defense, and I’m on another team with a completely different playbook.”

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are coming off a bye week and trail the Washington Redskins (5-3) in the NFC East. The Cowboys are reeling following a 28-14 loss at home to Tennessee on Monday night.

“One hundred percent, it’s a must win,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “Being a division game, that makes it that much more important. Must win.”

Here are some things to know about the Cowboys-Eagles prime-time matchup:

DAK & CARSON

When Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record in 2016 while fellow rookie Carson Wentz was 7-9 with the Eagles, some thought Dallas got the better franchise quarterback — and in the fourth round. The Eagles traded a slew of draft picks to move up and select Wentz at No. 2 overall.

But Prescott is 12-12 since with 32 TDs, 18 interceptions and an 87.4 passer rating. There are even questions whether he’s going to be the long-term answer in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Wentz is 14-5 with 46 TDs, only nine picks, and a 104.5 rating in the past two seasons, though he missed last year’s playoffs after tearing his ACL. He’s undoubtedly the present and future in Philadelphia despite having to watch Nick Foles lead the team to its first NFL title since 1960.

O-LINE WOES

The difficulties continue for Dallas’ once-vaunted offensive line, which has surrendered 28 sacks of Prescott, just four shy of his career high halfway through the season. Rookie left guard Connor Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery after getting hurt in the loss to Tennessee and will miss at least one game.

The Cowboys appear set to leave Joe Looney at center. He’s been there all season in place of four-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick, out with a nerve disorder. If Looney stays put, left guard will be filled by either Adam Redmond or Xavier Su’a-Filo.

DALLAS VS. DALLAS

Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert will face the team he was named after for the first time.

Philadelphia traded up in the second round and moved ahead of the Cowboys to select Goedert, who would’ve helped replace retired Jason Witten in Dallas. Goedert has 18 receptions for 188 yards and three TDs while teammate Zach Ertz ranks first among tight ends with 61 catches.

Goedert will hear plenty of “Dallas stinks!” chants and worse. He knows fans won’t be referring to him.

PASS RUSH PUZZLE

The Cowboys are awaiting the return of defensive end Randy Gregory, who had knee surgery similar to Williams before the bye week and missed the last game. He was listed as limited in practice early in the week. Taco Charlton injured a shoulder against Tennessee and didn’t practice to start the week. Defensive tackle David Irving, out the first four games on a substance-abuse suspension, is likely to miss a second straight game with a sprained ankle.

DeMarcus Lawrence, who tied for second with 14½ sacks last season, stopped a three-game sackless streak against the Titans. Daniel Ross and Tyrone Crawford had a sack apiece, while Caraun Reid and rookie Dorance Armstrong shared one.

NEW PUNT RETURNER

The Eagles released DeAndre Carter, who was returning punts during Darren Sproles’ absence. Sproles is expected to play after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. He has seven career TDs on punt returns. Tate also could be used in that role, though he hasn’t done it much recently.

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AP Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.

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Todd, Taylor, Weir earn berths in U.S. Open

Todd, Taylor, Weir earn berths in U.S. Open

Todd, Taylor, Weir earn berths in U.S. Open

Brendon Todd and Canada’s Nick Taylor each shot 10-under-par 131 on Monday to top the pack of 10 players who advanced to the U.S. Open from sectional qualifying in Dallas.

The event drew 102 players to par-71 Bent Tree Country Club and par-70 Northwood Club.

Also earning a spot in the U.S. Open was Canada’s Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion.

Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (8 under) and Argentina’s Julian Etulain (6 under) came in third and fourth, respectively. Weir tied for fifth at 5 under with Scottie Scheffler, Brian Davis and Australia’s Matthew Jones.

Three players finished the 36 holes tied for the last two qualifying spots at 4 under, forcing a three-man playoff. Charles Danielson and amateur Austin Eckroat edged out Dallas native Cody Gribble, who will be the first alternate.

Todd was cruising in his second round of the day until he triple-bogeyed the par-4 15th hole. However, he immediately bounced back to make eagle on the par-5 16th hole.

Taylor was steady in his two rounds, making 10 birdies and no bogeys.

The next sectional U.S. Open qualifier is scheduled for Kuwana, Japan, on May 27. Then on June 3, sectional qualifiers will be held in Surrey, England; Milton, Ontario; and eight spots in the United States: Newport Beach, Calif.; Streamsong, Fla.; Ball Ground, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Purchase, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio; and Walla Walla, Wash.

The 119th U.S. Open will be held June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The reigning champion is Brooks Koepka, who shot 1-over par to win by one stroke last year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

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Gase disputes belief he undermined fired GM Maccagnan

Gase disputes belief he undermined fired GM Maccagnan

Adam Gase doesn't agree with

Gase disputes belief he undermined fired GM Maccagnan

Adam Gase doesn’t agree with the overriding perception that he undermined recently fired general manager Mike Maccagnan.

The New York Jets coach addressed the issue on Monday for the first time since Maccagnan was stunningly dismissed last Wednesday as reports insist the two had a relationship filled with heavy friction.

“I disagree with that, as far as a power struggle,” Gase, the current interim GM, told reporters. “Because whoever is getting hired (as the new GM) is going to have the same role — control of the roster. I will coach the football team. That’s what I’m going to do. Nothing is changing in that structure.”

Gase was hired to coach the Jets in January so the working relationship with Maccagnan lasted barely four months.

Both mean denied there was friction as reporters percolated. Multiple reports claimed prior to the NFL draft that Gase was upset over personnel decisions made by Maccagnan.

Other reports say Gase pulled a power play to get Maccagnan fired. But Gase is maintaining he was surprised when Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger were dismissed by CEO Christopher Johnson.

“He told me. That’s what it was,” Gase said. “He’s the owner. In this business, (expletive) like that happens all the time. It happened to me last year (in Miami). That’s what it is. I work for him. We’re aligned, as the head coach and the GM both report to the owner. That’s the way it is.”

Johnson said Gase had no influence on the decision, but he did cite the two weren’t clicking the way he had hoped.

One of the transactions Gase reportedly disagreed with was the signing of free-agent running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million deal. Gase reportedly was not keen on spending top dollar for a running back.

Gase went 23-25 in three seasons as Dolphins’ coach before being fired after last season.

Maccagnan became New York’s GM in January of 2015.

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Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

The Gerald McCoy saga is over as the Tampa

Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

The Gerald McCoy saga is over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that they released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who spent the past nine seasons with the organization.

McCoy, the third overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft, had three years left on his contract which called for him to make $13 million in base pay this season. The original contract was for six years and $95.2 million.

“These decisions are very difficult, personally and professionally,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Over the past nine years, Gerald has been a cornerstone of this franchise and a leader in our community. Parting ways with a player and person such as Gerald is one of the toughest responsibilities of this job. We wish Gerald, along with his wife, Ebony, and the entire McCoy family continued success and thank them for everything they have meant to our organization and community.”

After the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud originally reported the news, ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that the Bucs tried for two months to find a trade partner, but when it was clear there was none, the two sides “mutually parted ways.”

The 31-year-old McCoy has been a pillar on otherwise subpar defenses for most of his career in Tampa.

Earlier this month, McCoy voiced his displeasure with trade rumors while skipping voluntary workouts.

“I will be playing football somewhere,” McCoy told a local reporter at the time. When asked where that would be, McCoy said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

First-year coach Bruce Arians didn’t get to coach McCoy but wished him well.

“I know Gerald has done a lot of good things on and off the football field in Tampa during his time here,” Arians said in a statement. “You hate to see good football players go, but this is a decision that we felt needed to be made in order to allow us, and Gerald, the ability to move forward. Gerald is a class act and I wish him the best.”

Drafted out of Oklahoma in 2010, McCoy has 296 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 140 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 123 career games.

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Reports: Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

Reports: Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

The Gerald McCoy-Tampa Bay Buccaneers saga appears to

Reports: Bucs release six-time Pro Bowl DT McCoy

The Gerald McCoy-Tampa Bay Buccaneers saga appears to be finally be over, as multiple outlets reported Monday that the team is releasing its six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

McCoy, the third overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft, has three years left on his contract which called for him to make $13 million in base pay this season. The original contract was for six years and $95.2 million.

After the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud originally reported the news, ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that the Bucs tried for two months to find a trade partner, but when it was clear there was none, the two sides “mutually parted ways.”

The 31-year-old McCoy has been a pillar on otherwise subpar defenses for most of his career in Tampa.

Earlier this month, McCoy voiced his displeasure with trade rumors while skipping voluntary workouts.

“I will be playing football somewhere,” McCoy told a local reporter at the time. When asked where that would be, McCoy said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Drafted out of Oklahoma in 2010, McCoy has 296 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 140 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 123 career games over nine seasons.

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Roethlisberger: I went too far in criticizing Brown

Roethlisberger: I went too far in criticizing Brown

Roethlisberger: I went too far in criticizing Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he went “too far” in his criticism of former teammate Antonio Brown.

Roethlisberger spoke publicly for the first time about his falling out with the All-Pro receiver — traded to the Oakland Raiders in the offseason — in an interview with Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate, KDKA.

Roethlisberger referenced comments he made following a 24-17 loss at the Denver Broncos on Nov. 25. Roethlisberger attempted to throw toward Brown on third-and-goal from the 2 in the final minute, but the pass was intercepted.

Roethlisberger went on his weekly radio show and said Brown needed to run his route “flat” on that play, and that he wished he had thrown to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and not Brown, after the Steelers had first-and-goal.

“I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him. I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I go to far after that Denver game? Probably. …,” he told KDKA.

“That’s the thing about media and social media, As soon as you say ‘sorry’ it only goes so far. You can’t take it back. And I wish I could because if that’s what ruined our friendship and relationship, I’m truly, genuinely sorry about that.”

At the time, Brown called Roethlisberger’s comments “constructive criticism,” but the relationship deteriorated from there. Brown reportedly threw a football at Roethlisberger when they had a disagreement during Week 17, and he tweeted in February that the two lacked “mutual respect.”

“No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth,” Brown said in his tweet.

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Redskins LB Foster carted off field with torn left ACL

Redskins LB Foster carted off field with torn left ACL

Washington Redskins

Redskins LB Foster carted off field with torn left ACL

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field Monday with a season-ending torn left ACL, according to multiple reports.

The Redskins sent Foster for an MRI exam after the injury, coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the first workout of the team’s offseason program.

“Reuben, the type of player that he is, the type of energy that he brings, he wouldn’t be laying down unless something was wrong. We’ll hope for the best right now until we get the results, but very concerning for sure,” Gruden said after the workout.

“I’ll just have to wait and see before I get too emotional about it.”

Foster was emotionally distraught as he was assisted to the cart and into the locker room with an air cast on his left knee.

Foster crumpled to the ground on the third play and immediately was tended to by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and team president Bruce Allen. Allen was observing the workout from nearby.

Gruden said Foster, in a non-contact drill while going about three-quarters speed, stepped on guard Tyler Catalina’s foot and “landed funny on his left leg.”

“Very disappointing what happened,” Gruden said. “His first rep as a Redskin, he runs through the gap and gets injured. … He’s devastated. He’s obviously guarded right now. He felt something happen in his leg. But he’s very upset about it.

“I don’t know how to process it really. We’ve had some bad luck over here for the past couple of years, but this one here takes the cake.”

The Redskins claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker last season. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 25, was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017 (31st overall). He has played in 16 of a possible 32 games in his career.

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Cowboys RB Elliott cuffed, not arrested after altercation

Cowboys RB Elliott cuffed, not arrested after altercation

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys RB Elliott cuffed, not arrested after altercation

Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed after knocking a security guard to the ground at a Las Vegas music festival, but he was not arrested.

TMZ posted a video on Monday showing events that reportedly took place early Saturday at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival in the city.

The two-minute video begins with Elliott engaged in a tense conversation with a young woman, and as she walks away, he follows her. The interaction does not turn physical with the woman. He then encounters event security guards and says to one of them, “You got something to say?” He elbows the guard, who hits a metal rail and falls.

A Las Vegas policeman then handcuffs him.

Elliott’s attorney, Frank Salzano, told TMZ that “security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation.”

“He was cuffed as a precautionary measure. He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his (youth football camp in Dallas) on Sunday,” the attorney said.

While the Cowboys have not issued an official statement, Mike Leslie of WFAA in Dallas tweeted this:

“#Cowboys front office source says they are aware of this incident involving Ezekiel Elliott being handcuffed at EDC Vegas after knocking a man to the ground, and says they are gathering information right now.”

The NFL likely will want to review the tape.

Elliott served a six-game suspension in 2017 after he was investigated following domestic violence allegations. Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment after a yearlong probe concluded that Elliott and former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson had several physical confrontations. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, where Elliott went to school at Ohio State, declined to prosecute.

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Patriots bring back DT Shelton

Patriots bring back DT Shelton

The New England Patriots re-signed free agent defensive

Patriots bring back DT Shelton

The New England Patriots re-signed free agent defensive tackle Danny Shelton on Monday.

The Patriots acquired Shelton, a 2015 first-round pick, in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in March 2018. Shelton played in 13 games (one start) last season, making 21 tackles. The 6-foot-2, 345-pounder is expected to continue in his role as a run-stuffing rotational player in the middle of the line.

Shelton started 44 of 46 games with the Browns, making 128 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

Shelton, who visited with the Cincinnati Bengals early in the free agency period, signed a one-year deal, according to the NFL Network. Terms of the contract were not announced.

The Patriots released offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp to make room for Shelton.

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Redskins LB Foster carted off field with left knee injury

Redskins LB Foster carted off field with left knee injury

Washington Redskins

Redskins LB Foster carted off field with left knee injury

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field Monday with an apparently leg injury.

Foster was emotionally distraught as he was assisted to the cart and into the locker room with an air cast on his left knee.

Not long after the first on-field workout of the Redskins’ offseason program began Monday, Foster crumpled to the ground on the third play and immediately was tended to by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and team president Bruce Allen. Allen was observing the workout from nearby.

The Redskins claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker last season. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 25, was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017. He has played in 16 of a possible 32 games in his career.

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Koepka clear favorite to win U.S. Open

Koepka clear favorite to win U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka's fourth major

Koepka clear favorite to win U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka’s fourth major title in two years vaulted the new No. 1 player in the world into the position of the favorite to win next month’s U.S. Open.

Despite seeing his seven-shot lead shrink to one shot on Sunday, Koepka battled to defend his title at the PGA Championship. The winner of four of the past nine majors overall, Koepka is now listed at +550 by Bovada and +600 by Sportsbook.com to earn a U.S. Open three-peat at Pebble Beach.

Koepka won the tournament last year at Shinnecock Hills in New York and in 2017 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The last player to three-peat a major came more than a century ago when Scotland’s Willie Anderson won the U.S. Open from 1903-05.

Dustin Johnson, who nearly caught Koepka at Bethpage Black on Sunday, is +700 by Sportsbook.com and +800 by Bovada. Tiger Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, but is the third favorite at +1000 by both books and Rory McIlroy (+1200), who rallied for his ninth T10 in 10 starts this year, is next.

Bovada is more bullish on Jordan Spieth (+1400) than Sportsbook.com (+1800), while both list Justin Rose at +1600.

Looking for an unlikely payday? Bovada is offering 50,000-to-1 odds on Nicolai Hojgaard, the Danish amateur ranked 1,127 in the world who posted a T29 at last year’s Open Championship. He also finished T10 in the Nordic Golf League’s Lumine Hills Open in March.

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Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Quarterback Chad Kelly will get

Colts sign QB Chad Kelly

Quarterback Chad Kelly will get another chance in the NFL.

Kelly, 25, signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. He last played for the Denver Broncos and was released in October 2018 on the heels of an arrest for criminal trespass.

Englewood (Colo.) Police Department said a man had entered a residence on South Lincoln Street shortly after 1 a.m. An occupant at the residence chased the man out, and a search ensued. Kelly had been attending a Halloween party at teammate Von Miller’s house prior to the late-night incident.

At the time, he was the Broncos’ No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum.

Kelly has no guarantee to be more than a training camp arm. The Colts are locked into their top two quarterbacks, Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett, and Phillip Walker is currently listed behind them on the depth chart.

Myriad off-field issues caused Kelly to be drafted much later than his talent might have suggested. The final pick in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kelly ran into disciplinary issues at Clemson. He was dismissed from Clemson in April 2014 for conduct detrimental to the program.

In December 2014, he was arrested following an altercation outside a bar in Buffalo, N.Y., and avoided criminal charges after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and being ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

He finished his college career at Mississippi.

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Eagles QB Wentz has ‘no limitations’ for OTAs

Eagles QB Wentz has 'no limitations' for OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will have

Eagles QB Wentz has ‘no limitations’ for OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will have “no limitations” when the team begins organized team activities Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Wentz, 26, is coming back from a stress fracture in his back that forced him to miss Philadelphia’s last three regular-season games and both playoff contests.

“The team will be smart with him, of course, but he’s expected to be involved in the majority of all work,” Rapoport tweeted.

Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is 23-17 through three seasons with 10,152 passing yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He finished third in MVP balloting in 2017, although he missed the Eagles’ Super Bowl run because of a torn ACL.

“I get it. I get it,” Wentz said last month about concerns of his durability. “I’m looking forward to putting those behind me. I understand it’s a part of this league; it’s a physical league and things happen. Some of those things are out of my control and I look forward to putting that behind me.”

His health is more imperative in 2019 because his former backup, Nick Foles, is now the starter with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Eagles late last month exercised the fifth-year option on Wentz for the 2020 campaign. Wentz will make more than $20 million in 2020, although exact figures for fifth-year options won’t be firmed up until a later date.

Wentz returned from the ACL injury to play in 11 games last season, passing for 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

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Giants coach Shurmur: ‘We have a starter in Eli’

Giants coach Shurmur: 'We have a starter in Eli'

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Giants coach Shurmur: ‘We have a starter in Eli’

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t impress on the first day of organized team activities on Monday, completing just 1 of 6 passes with two interceptions, but his performance did nothing to change coach Pat Shurmur’s mind about his QB depth chart.

“Eli Manning looks really good. … He’s throwing the ball well and looks strong physically,” Shurmur said.

The Giants also got a look at rookie Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft.

“At the quarterback position, we have a starter in Eli and we have guys behind him, specifically Daniel Jones, who need to do everything they can to be ready to play Week 1. That’s where we’re at,” Shurmur told reporters.

Shurmur said Jones will get reps with the second and third-string offense, but that Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta also will have some chances. Tanney was Manning’s backup most of last season.

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Koepka holds on for second straight PGA Championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA Championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka clutched the trophy and figured even the anxious moments were worth it Sunday.

Koepka withstood a shaky back-nine stretch and held on to win the PGA Championship for the second year in a row.

“That was a stressful round of golf,” Koepka said. “I’m glad to have this thing (Wanamaker Trophy) back in my hands.”

Koepka’s lead shrunk to one stroke on hard-charging Dustin Johnson before steadying himself for what became a 4-over-par 74 final round at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

His 8-under 272 total was good enough for a two-shot edge on Johnson, who shot 69 on Sunday.

Koepka has won a major championship in three consecutive years and has four total major titles. With those four coming in an eight-tournament stretch of majors, it puts him in more elite company.

This took a different vibe than last year’s PGA Championship title for Koepka at Shinnecock, though he said the approach is the same.

“I’m trying to win a golf tournament,” he said. “I’m not focused on anything else other than hitting a good shot or a good putt.”

Koepka, 29, became the first golfer to successfully defend titles in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. He’s the fifth wire-to-wire winner in the PGA Championship. He will try for his third consecutive U.S. Open title June 13-16 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, Calif.

Johnson marveled at Koepka’s accomplishments.

“He’s one of the guys that I look for that I have to beat,” Johnson said. “He’s one of the best players out here, so he’s always somebody that I’ve got my eye on.”

After three days of Koepka appearing to be in an invincible position, there were signs of drama approaching when the gap on the field dipped to four shots.

“I’m just happy we didn’t have to play any more holes,” Koepka said after the round.

Johnson played the front nine in 32, cutting the margin to four strokes on Koepka. The advantage fluctuated until it was at one shot after Koepka’s consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Amid that, Johnson posted a birdie at No. 15. Moments after Koepka’s bogey streak reached four holes, Johnson gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 16 and then another on the next hole, when he missed the green on the par-3 17th. Johnson saved par on the final hole while playing out of a bunker.

Johnson said at key moments he encountered trouble contending with wind gusts, just like the other golfers.

“It was the most wind we’ve had all week,” Johnson said.

Koepka bogeyed the first hole Sunday, and then appeared to be in total control until the 11th.

“I knew if I could get off to a good start, which I did, that I could maybe put a little bit of pressure on him,” Johnson said. “… Obviously I knew starting seven back that it was going to be a big feat to catch Brooks. You know, I definitely gave him a run, though, so I was happy with that.”

Nobody has ever led by as many as seven shots entering the final round of a major and failed to win. Koepka was up by six strokes with eight holes to play.

Yet his final-round score was 11 shots off the 63 he posted in Thursday’s first round.

Jordan Spieth (71), Patrick Cantlay (71) and England’s Matt Wallace (72) all were at 2 under to tie for third place. Luke List (74) was alone in sixth place at 1 under.

Spieth said he made good headway during the tournament on a course that’s not suited for his game. It marked his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year.

“Bethpage, just when the rough is up this high, obviously I can’t pick a course that’s probably further away from it being for me,” he said.

It wasn’t an easy round for any of the golfers on the course.

“I played really well. I hit a lot of good shots,” Cantlay said. “I actually hit some good shots that didn’t end up in good spots. Caught gusts. I’m sure everyone was catching gusts out there.”

Harold Varner III, who was Koepka’s playing partner in the final pairing, birdied the first hole in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory. He soon tumbled out of contention, shooting an 11-over 81 on the final day.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one at No. 17. His shot bounced once and then into the cup for the only ace of the tournament.

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Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Koepka holds on for second straight PGA championship

Brooks Koepka withstood a shaky back-nine stretch and held on to win the PGA Championship for the second year in a row Sunday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Koepka’s lead shrunk to one stroke on hard-charging Dustin Johnson before steadying himself for what became a 4-over-par 74 final round.

His 8-under 270 total was good enough for a two-shot edge on Johnson, who shot 69 on Sunday.

Koepka has won a major championship in three consecutive years and has four total major titles.

After three days of Koepka appearing to be in an invincible position, there were signs of drama approaching when the gap on the field dipped to four shots.

Johnson played the front nine in 32, cutting the margin to four strokes on Koepka. The advantage fluctuated until it was at one shot after Koepka’s consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Amid that, Johnson posted a birdie at No. 15. Moments after Koepka’s bogey streak reached four holes, Johnson gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 16 and then another on the next hole, when he missed the green on the par-3 17th. Johnson saved par on the final hole while playing out of a bunker.

Koepka bogeyed the first hole Sunday, and then appeared to be in total control until the 11th.

Nobody has ever led by as many as seven shots entering the final round of a major and failed to win. Koepka was up by six strokes with eight holes to play.

Jordan Spieth (71), Patrick Cantlay (71) and England’s Mike Wallace (72) all were at 2 under to tie for third place. Luke List (74) was alone in sixth place at 1 under.

Harold Varner III, who was Koepka’s playing partner in the final pairing, birdied the first hole in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory. He soon tumbled out of contention, shooting an 11-over 81 on the final day.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one at No. 17. His shot bounced once and then into the cup. It was the only ace of the tournament.

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Eagles DE Long announces apparent retirement

Eagles DE Long announces apparent retirement

Eagles DE Long announces apparent retirement

Longtime defensive end Chris Long appeared to announce his retirement from the NFL in a Twitter post Saturday night.

Long, 34, published a picture in which he raised a red plastic cup toward a mountainous horizon.

“Cheers,” wrote Long in his Twitter post. “Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up.”

The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long quickly set himself apart as a player and humanitarian during his career. He finished with 70 sacks and won a pair of Super Bowl rings, including one with the 2016 New England Patriots and one with the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2017, Long supported teammate Malcolm Jenkins as he raised a fist during the national anthem.

“If you don’t see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don’t think you’ll ever see it,” Long said at the time.

Long also organized hikes during the offseason to provide clean water for people in Africa. He was named as the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Long entered the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 draft. He maintained a relationship with the fans of St. Louis even after the franchise moved to Los Angeles. He spent eight years in St. Louis, one year in New England and two years in Philadelphia.

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C Swanson retires from NFL

C Swanson retires from NFL

Free agent

C Swanson retires from NFL

Free agent center Travis Swanson, who made 53 starts in the NFL, announced his retirement from the NFL at age 28.

An Arkansas product, Swanson was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2014, starting 42 games over the next four seasons before signing with Miami last season. He started 11 games for the Dolphins after starting center Daniel Kilgore was injured.

Swanson made his announcement on Instagram, citing family reasons for stepping away from football.

“This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I,” Swanson wrote. “When my daughter Kendyl was born and I first saw her, my heart expanded and completely changed my priorities. I will always love football, but the love for your child is a level of love that has no comparison.

“I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe.”

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Koepka maintains seven-stroke lead at PGA Championship

Koepka maintains seven-stroke lead at PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka kept a steady

Koepka maintains seven-stroke lead at PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka kept a steady hand on the lead in the PGA Championship by shooting even-par 70 in the third round Saturday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

That left him at 12-under 198 for the tournament, holding a seven-shot advantage as he goes for a repeat of the title in Sunday’s final round.

After his lead dipped to five strokes, Koepka birdied the par-5 13th to answer, and he is leaving few questions this weekend.

The final rounds of the tournament already lacked some buzz with Masters champion Tiger Woods missing the cut. There wasn’t a golfer showing the capability of making a sustained charge.

Koepka’s two-round total of 12 under set a record for any major, also giving him a seven-stroke lead, which he maintained through 54 holes.

Dustin Johnson (69) is tied with three others at 5 under. Johnson took a bogey on No. 18.

Luke List (69) had bogeys on the last two holes, dipping to 5 under and into a second-place tie with Johnson, Harold Varner III (67) and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (67), who tied for the low round of the day.

Jordan Spieth, who played in the final pairing with Koepka, shot 72 and is tied for eighth at 3 under. He shot 38 on the front after double-bogeying No. 9.

Koepka made it clear early he wasn’t about to fade. He posted a birdie on the second hole, then dumped an approach on the fifth hole — which has played as one of the most difficult on the course — just a few feet from the pin for what became another birdie, reaching 14 under.

But consecutive bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10 put a halt to the momentum.

Yet none of the other golfers made a sustained run. Janewattananond, Johnson and List all popped into second place at times.

Johnson played the front side in 3 under, then had four bogeys in a 2-over backside.

List played a nine-hole stretch in 4 under before his late-round troubles. He recorded three consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-14 as part of his temporary charge.

Of the 82 golfers who made the cut, only 17 shot under par in the third round.

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Rumors: Jets target Peyton Manning as next GM

Rumors: Jets target Peyton Manning as next GM

New York

Rumors: Jets target Peyton Manning as next GM

New York Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said he is looking for a general manager who is a “great strategic thinker” and can work with head coach Adam Gase.

After the Jets dismissed Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and handed Gase the interim GM tag, Johnson said he was not looking for a traditional general manager.

Rumors immediately began circulating around the NFL that Peyton Manning could check both of those boxes.

“I want a great strategic thinker. It’s more than a talent-evaluation guy,” Johnson said. “I want a great manager, a communicator, someone who can collaborate well with the building. I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”

Manning, 43, periodically has been linked to management openings since retiring after the 2015 season.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said Gase “would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.”

Manning was the starting quarterback in Denver for the last four seasons of his legendary career, working with Gase for three seasons as quarterbacks coach (2012) and offensive coordinator (2013-14).

During their 2013 campaign together, Manning broke the NFL single-season records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns.

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Woods misses cut by one at PGA Championship

Woods misses cut by one at PGA Championship

Woods misses cut by one at PGA Championship

There will be no repeat of the Masters magic for Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.

Woods, who stunned the sports world when he won the Masters last month for his 15th career major and first since 2008, failed to make the cut Friday, missing it by one stroke at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y.

When Woods’ bump-and-run birdie chip from just off the 18th green rolled left of the hole, he was left with a short par putt, which he knocked down. But that left him with a 3-over-par 73 for his round, and at 5-over 145 through two rounds, one off the 4-over par cut line.

“Unfortunately, I just made too many mistakes,” Woods told reporters after the round. “I didn’t do the little things I needed to do. I had a couple three putts, I didn’t hit wedges close, didn’t hit any fairways today. I did a lot of little things wrong. … I just didn’t play well.”

Sitting three majors short of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18, Woods came to Bethpage with high hopes — and expectations. But he also entered the tournament having not played competitively since winning at Augusta.

While acknowledging there was a quick turnaround between the two majors, and rust and rest could have been a factor, Woods also made it clear it will take more than one missed cut to bring him down from his Masters high.

“I’m the Masters champion at 43 years old, and that’s a pretty good accomplishment,” he said.

After shooting a 72 in Thursday’s opening round, Woods opened the second round with a bogey at the par-4 second. He birdied the par-4 sixth to get back to even for the day, then went bogey-par-birdie to end the front nine even for the day.

But Woods opened the back nine with three straight bogeys, responded with a birdie at No. 13, and bogeyed once more to reach 3 over for the day. He parred out from there.

It is his ninth missed cut at a major as a professional, according to the PGA Tour.

In a stark contrast, playing partner Brooks Koepka birdied No. 18 for a second-round 65 and a two-day total of 12-under 128. The 128 total equaled the 36-hole low in major tournament history and was good for a seven-stroke lead heading into the weekend.

Last year, Koepka topped Woods by two strokes to win the PGA Championship.

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