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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Report: Washington RB Peterson to be healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Report: Washington RB Peterson to be healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Report: Washington RB Peterson to be healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career for Sunday’s opener at the Philadelphia Eagles, according to an NFL Network report.

Another NFL Network report suggested several of the team’s veteran players were unhappy with the decision.

Head coach Jay Gruden said Thursday a decision hadn’t been made on how many backs would be active, or if Peterson — who doesn’t play special teams — would be one of them.

“We’ve got a lot of ‘ifs’ we’ve got to worry about,” Gruden told reporters. “We’re just going to go (out) tomorrow see who’s active, see who can play, and then we’ll make the determination come Sunday.”

Derrius Guice, a 2018 second-round draft pick who is healthy after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, is slated to start. Chris Thompson is listed behind Peterson on the depth chart but is the team’s top third-down back, with Wendell Smallwood the other back on the roster.

Peterson, 34, joined Washington after Guice’s injury last August and rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns while starting all 16 games, his most productive season since 2015. He re-signed with the Redskins on a two-year, $5.03 million deal this offseason.

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Redskins’ Peterson healthy scratch; Gruden defends decision

Redskins' Peterson healthy scratch; Gruden defends decision

Washington Redskins running

Redskins’ Peterson healthy scratch; Gruden defends decision

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career for Sunday’s opener at the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I don’t think I’ve kind of grasped it yet,” Peterson told The Washington Post afterward.

“It’s my first time ever being inactive, a healthy scratch. It was tough, of course. I’m a super competitor. … So it was tough not being out there, so I just have to make the best out of the situation, and in that way, I just become a coach on the sideline. Helping the guys out as much as I could, and cheering for the guys as well.”

Several of the team’s veteran players were unhappy with the decision, according to an NFL Network report.

“On game day, we’re punting to Darren Sproles about five or six times,” head coach Jay Gruden told reporters afterward. “We need as many guys that can cover. We had to get the linebacker up for special teams, and obviously (fourth-string running back/special teamer Wendell) Smallwood. So it had to be done.

“If I can have the luxury of dressing four running backs or three, some other time if I have enough special team guys, I’ll do that.”

Gruden elaborated further, suggesting that sitting Peterson will be the norm moving forward.

“He’s a first- and second-down back. So is Derrius (Guice),” Gruden said. “So, really, what do we have? About 20 first downs a game. Probably eight of those are passes, 12 of those might be runs, and Derrius can handle those 12 …

“So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get him up.”

Guice, a 2018 second-round draft pick who is healthy after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, started Sunday and totaled 18 yards on 10 carries and 20 yards on three catches in the 32-27 loss. Chris Thompson — listed behind Peterson on the depth chart but the team’s top third-down back — had seven catches for 68 yards and three carries for 10.

Peterson, 34, joined Washington after Guice’s injury last August and rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns while starting all 16 games, his most productive season since 2015. He re-signed with the Redskins on a two-year, $5.03 million deal this offseason.

Elsewhere Vernon Davis started at tight end, replacing Jordan Reed, who also was listed as inactive for the Week 1 game. Davis, 35, had four catches for 59 yards, including a highlight-reel, 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

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Washington RB Peterson a healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Washington RB Peterson a healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Washington Redskins

Washington RB Peterson a healthy scratch vs. Eagles

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career for Sunday’s opener at the Philadelphia Eagles.

Several of the team’s veteran players were unhappy with the decision, according to an NFL Network report.

Head coach Jay Gruden hinted Thursday that Peterson could sit, telling reporters a decision hadn’t been made on how many backs would be active, or if Peterson — who doesn’t play special teams — would be one of them.

“We’ve got a lot of ‘ifs’ we’ve got to worry about,” Gruden said. “We’re just going to go (out) tomorrow see who’s active, see who can play, and then we’ll make the determination come Sunday.”

Derrius Guice, a 2018 second-round draft pick who is healthy after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, is slated to start. Chris Thompson is listed behind Peterson on the depth chart but is the team’s top third-down back, with Wendell Smallwood the other back on the roster.

Peterson, 34, joined Washington after Guice’s injury last August and rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns while starting all 16 games, his most productive season since 2015. He re-signed with the Redskins on a two-year, $5.03 million deal this offseason.

The team also announced Sunday that Vernon Davis would start at tight end, replacing Jordan Reed, who also was listed as inactive for the Week 1 game.

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Rams sign P Hekker to extension

Rams sign P Hekker to extension

Rams sign P Hekker to extension

The Los Angeles Rams and punter Johnny Hekker agreed on a one-year contract extension through the 2023 season, ESPN reported Saturday.

Hekker will receive $4.25 million via the extension, including $3 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.

Hekker will earn $3.25 million in base salary this season.

Hekker, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has a 47.0 career average in 112 games over seven seasons. The average is second all-time behind Shane Lechler (47.6 from 2000-17).

The 29-year-old Hekker averaged 46.3 yards on 43 punts last season.

The Rams often use the former high school quarterback on fake punts. He’s 11-of-19 passing for 156 yards and one touchdown during his NFL career.

The Rams open the season Sunday at the Carolina Panthers.

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Patriots sign CB Jones to 3-year extension

Patriots sign CB Jones to 3-year extension

The New England Patriots

Patriots sign CB Jones to 3-year extension

The New England Patriots agreed to a three-year extension with cornerback Jonathan Jones, ESPN reported on Saturday.

The deal is worth $21 million with bonuses that can increase the amount, according to ESPN. Jones now is under contract through 2022.

Jones is earning $3.095 million in base salary this season after signing a restricted free-agent tender in the offseason. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season.

The 25-year-old Jones had a career-best three interceptions in 16 games (five starts) last season. He also had 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Jones has 98 career tackles and four interceptions in 48 games (10 starts).

The Patriots open the season on Sunday against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Pats’ odds strengthen with Brown on board

Pats' odds strengthen with Brown on board

Pats’ odds strengthen with Brown on board

Antonio Brown had yet to physically arrive at the New England Patriots’ facility Saturday, but agent Drew Rosenhaus confirming his client’s signing with the Super Bowl champs helped strengthen their odds to repeat.

The Patriots entered training camp as 6.5-1 favorites to repeat by PointsBet, but were co-6-1 favorites with the Kansas City Chiefs by Caesars Sportsbook before the Brown signing. After news of Brown’s signing broke on Saturday, the Patriots’ odds moved to 4-1 at Caesars and 5-1 at PointsBet.

The Chiefs remained 6-1 at Caesars and are 7-1 at PointsBet.

The Patriots have a +300 moneyline to win the AFC Championship by PointsBet, slightly ahead of the Chiefs (+320).

At Caesars, New England’s win total moved from 11 to 11.5 following the Brown news.

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Report: Vikings WR Diggs expected to play vs. Falcons

Report: Vikings WR Diggs expected to play vs. Falcons

Report: Vikings WR Diggs expected to play vs. Falcons

Minnesota Vikings standout receiver Stefon Diggs is expected to play despite being listed as questionable for the club’s season-opening game against the visiting Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Diggs has been bothered by a hamstring injury. He sat out Wednesday’s practice before being a limited participant the next two days.

Assuming Diggs returns, he joins Adam Thielen in the starting lineup as they look to build on a historic 2018 season.

Diggs set career highs last season with 102 receptions for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games. He and Thielen (113 receptions) became the first Vikings teammates to both eclipse 100 receptions in the same season.

They also both eclipsed 1,000 yards (Thielen had 1,373), a first for a Vikings duo since Randy Moss and Cris Carter did it in 2000.

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Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, DE Sheard out vs. Falcons

Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, DE Sheard out vs. Falcons

Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, DE Sheard out vs. Falcons

Indianapolis Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard (concussion) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (knee) have been ruled out of Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Frank Reich announced Friday.

Leonard suffered the concussion last weekend against the Tennessee Titans and was placed in the league’s concussion protocol and didn’t pass, missing a full week of practices.

As a rookie in 2018, Leonard, a second-round pick (36th overall) out of South Carolina State, led the NFL in tackles with 163. He has a team-leading 18 tackles and one sack in two games this season.

Adjusting to replace Leonard, the Colts are expected to give rookie Bobby Okereke the start at middle linebacker and move Anthony Walker from the middle to the outsidet.

“[Okereke looks] like he needs more playing time. He’s that kind of guy,” Reich said. “… He’ll get some more time this week.”

Sheard practiced Wednesday, as a limited participant, for the first time in almost two months. He underwent a minor surgical procedure after feeling “soreness and swelling” on July 25, the team’s first training camp practice.

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Muirfield to welcome women for first time

Muirfield to welcome women for first time

For 275 years, Muirfield in Scotland has welcomed only male members. Next month, that will change.

Muirfield to welcome women for first time

For 275 years, Muirfield in Scotland has welcomed only male members. Next month, that will change.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which includes Muirfield, said 12 female members will be admitted next month as part of an extensive makeover of the grounds. The club voted two years ago to welcome women, after declining in 2016 to expand membership from men-only status.

The Royal and Ancient, which operates the Open Championship, ruled the Open rotation would not include male-only clubs.

That forced Muirfield into a second vote in 2017, when members of the club voted in favor of admitting women by more than 80 percent.

“This marks a milestone in the Club’s illustrious history, and we look forward to welcoming all of our new members to share in the great values and traditions of our club,” Alistair Campbell, captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, said in a statement.

Located in Gullane, Scotland, Muirfield first staged the Open in 1892 and 16 times overall. There was no announcement Thursday about when the Open might return to the site of Phil Mickelson’s victory in the 2013 Open.

R&A awarded the next three Open Championships to Royal St. George’s (2020), The Old Course at St. Andrews in 2021 and Royal Liverpool in 2022.

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Mayfield, Elliott look like value plays in ’19 MVP field

Mayfield, Elliott look like value plays in '19 MVP field

Mayfield, Elliott look like value plays in ’19 MVP field

Patrick Mahomes started one NFL game before his MVP season in 2018, but the flashes of greatness were evident to the Kansas City Chiefs — so much so that

Andy Reid and Company parted with Alex Smith in an offseason deal with the Washington Redskins and set the stage for Mahomes 2018 Breakout Tour. It was a smashing success.

Prior to the 2018 season, Mahomes was a serious longshot to win the league’s MVP award, anywhere from off the board to 100-1 entering training camp.

Once he put up his first aerial show in the preseason, Mahomes climbed to 25-1 at sportsbooks Bovada and Westgate.

The moral to this story: Find your NFL MVP value, play now and let it ride.

Mahomes took home the trophy and is the favorite to win MVP in 2019 at Westgate.

Superbook USA has Mahomes at 4-1 ahead of Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers at 8-1, and Drew Brees and Carson Wentz at 10-1.

Here’s where you should start to like the value.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady comes in at 12-1, with Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson 14-1.

With the Los Angeles Chargers, Rivers has one of the best – arguably the No. 1 group – defenses in the NFL backing him. I think Wilson is closer to 20-1 and would pass here.

Brady might be inching closer to 50 but he just bagged another Lombardi Trophy and won his third MVP award just two years ago in 2017.

If I’m not investing in Brady and Rivers, then dollars and hollers to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. His ascension would not be unlike Mahomes’ as a second-year breakout star. Mayfield is a household name, of course, but with two Pro Bowl receivers and a team on the climb, the playoffs are a real possibility in Cleveland again.

Should the Browns win 11 or 12 games, Mayfield is easily a top three MVP candidate. His current odds? Twenty-five to 1 … 25-1!

That’s on the same line as Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

Two other quarterbacks and one running back I’d be willing to take a flier on:

Mitchell Trubisky is 200-1. I’m not saying he’s the best quarterback in his division, but he might be on the best team in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears. And if the Bears are 13-3 or 12-4, Trubisky has just put up some video game numbers in Matt Nagy’s offense.

Jimmy Garappolo is 80-1 and coming off of ACL surgery, but the San Francisco 49ers are a sneaky good pick out of the West if the Rams can’t shake the typical Super Bowl runner-up hangover.

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is 60-1 and playing for a long-term contract. The Cowboys are tweaking their offense with Randall Cobb to assist Amari Cooper, and Elliott could approach 400 touches running and receiving.

Adrian Peterson won the award in 2012 with the Vikings and is the last non-quarterback to claim the hardware. All he had to do was clear 2,097 yards.

Other options from the longshot bin we’d consider:

Saints WR Michael Thomas, 100-1

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, 100-1

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell, 100-1

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, 100-1

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, 100-1

Giants RB Saquon Barkley, 80-1

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Bills DE Lawson to pay for funeral of slain girl

Bills DE Lawson to pay for funeral of slain girl

Bills DE Lawson to pay for funeral of slain girl

Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson will pay for the funeral of 11-year-old girl who was killed this week when gunshots hit her home in Anderson, S.C.

“It could have been my little sister,” he told the Greenville News late Wednesday. “I’ve got a little sister around that age, and it could have been one of my family members.”

Ja’Naiya Scott was killed after someone fired more than 35 gunshots at her home about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Greenville News reported. A bullet entered through her shoulder, severing her subclavian artery, the county coroner’s office reported.

Lawson, who played at Clemson, was raised about 20 miles north of Anderson in Central, S.C. He said he contacted the child’s mother, Marshella Rice.

“I felt like any way I could possibly help out, I was going to do that. It hit my heart,” Lawson, 25, said.

Ja’Naiya’s 11-year-old cousin was wounded in the incident and is in critical condition. Her 18-year-old sister, also shot, remains hospitalized.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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Ravens TE Hurst says foot problems behind him

Ravens TE Hurst says foot problems behind him

Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden

Ravens TE Hurst says foot problems behind him

Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst said he has recovered from the foot fracture that slowed him last year, has gained weight and is ready for the start of his second season.

“Kind of felt it all last year, was never really at 100 percent,” Hurst said during an interview with 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. “Obviously, you kind of have the aches and pains of a screw being in my foot. But I’m good to go now, all healthy, don’t feel it and feel 100 percent.”

Hurst, a South Carolina product, was the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but his season never gained traction. He suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot in training camp that cost him the first four games of the season, and he wound up catching just 13 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown in 12 games.

He said he felt as if he were “pushed around a little bit on the field” and added 15 pounds of muscle to put him over 260 pounds.

“I just feel strong. When I’m in and out of cuts and guys are on me at the top of my routes, I’m able to get separation better,” said Hurst, who turns 26 in August. “Obviously I’m able to hold the point of attack better blocking and stuff, so that’s going to be fun. I’m just excited. It’s going to be a really good year.”

The Ravens will open training camp July 24 at Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md.

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Panthers QB Newton (foot) officially out of Sunday’s game

Panthers QB Newton (foot) officially out of Sunday's game

Panthers QB Newton (foot) officially out of Sunday’s game

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton officially is out of Sunday’s road game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Second-year QB Kyle Allen will start in Newton’s place.

The announcement was expected as Newton missed practice all week after aggravating a mid-foot sprain in Week 2’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He sustained the left foot injury in the third preseason game.

Newton, a former MVP, has completed 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Panthers’ 0-2 start. His passer rating of 71.0 is among the league’s worst.

Allen, 23, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., started Carolina’s regular-season finale in 2018, completing 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and two scores in a 33-14 win at New Orleans.

Newton has not thrown or run for a touchdown in his last four games dating to last season when he was plagued by shoulder injuries.

The Panthers listed defensive lineman Kawann Short (shoulder) and tight end Greg Olsen (back) as questionable. Rashaan Gaulden (groin), Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and Brandon Greene (neck) were listed as out.

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Chargers K Badgley doubtful vs. Colts

Chargers K Badgley doubtful vs. Colts

Chargers K Badgley doubtful vs. Colts

The Los Angeles Chargers downgraded kicker Michael Badgley to doubtful for the club’s season opener, the team announced Saturday.

Punter Ty Long may be summoned to handle the kicking duties for Sunday’s game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts in place of Badgley, who injured his groin during practice this week.

Long is no stranger to pulling double duty in regard to assuming both kicking and punting responsibilities, having done so with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for the past two seasons.

Badgley, 24, made 15 of 16 field-goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra-point tries in 10 games last season.

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Cowboys lift snaps limit for RB Elliott

Cowboys lift snaps limit for RB Elliott

The

Cowboys lift snaps limit for RB Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys are taking the restrictions off Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott’s action was measured in the Cowboys’ first two games after the running back missed the preseason holding out for a new contract.

No more, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said.

“This is our third game,” Moore told the Dallas Morning News. “I think he’s at that point where we’re pretty much playing this thing out at this point. It was good those first two weeks just to be aware of it and then also trust Zeke’s response and how he feels and all those things and just balancing that stuff out.”

Elliott, who signed a six-year, $90 million contract earlier this month, played about half the snaps in Week 1 and 75 percent in Week 2. Overall, has 36 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys (2-0) host the Miami Dolphins (0-2) on Sunday.

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Dolphins OL Davis receives three-year extension

Dolphins OL Davis receives three-year extension

The Miami Dolphins signed offensive lineman

Dolphins OL Davis receives three-year extension

The Miami Dolphins signed offensive lineman Jesse Davis to a three-year extension, the team announced Saturday.

ESPN reported that the deal is worth $15 million, attributing the amount to Davis’ agent, Collin Roberts. The contract, which runs through 2022, includes $8.5 million in guarantees.

Davis has played guard and tackle in 32 games (26 starts) over the last two seasons. He didn’t miss an offensive snap in 2018.

Davis was slated to play right tackle this season but worked at left tackle all week after the trade of Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans. The Dolphins play the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s season opener.

The 27-year-old Davis was undrafted in 2015 after finishing his college career at Idaho.

Davis was cut by the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets (twice) before eventually catching on with the Dolphins’ practice squad late in the 2016 season. He emerged as a key player the following season.

Davis is making $645,000 this season.

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Report: BMW ends sponsorship of PGA Tour playoff event

Report: BMW ends sponsorship of PGA Tour playoff event

Report: BMW ends sponsorship of PGA Tour playoff event

BMW will sponsor an event in the PGA Tour playoffs for the final time this summer, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

The BMW Championship has been on the schedule since the tour began a postseason format in 2007, with Tiger Woods winning the inaugural edition in Lemont, Ill. This year, the tournament is scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

The event replaced the former Western Open, a longtime Midwest event that was staged in the Chicago area annually from 1962-2006. The Western Golf Association (WGA) still runs the BMW Championship.

“We are thankful for the impact BMW has made,” PGA Tour chief competitions and tournament officer Andy Pazder said, according to the Tribune. “Beyond 2019, the PGA Tour and WGA are in active discussions with several companies and are very confident we’ll have a long-term agreement in place starting in 2020.”

From 2007-18, the BMW Championship was the third of four playoff events, following The Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays) and the Dell Technologies Championship (formerly the Deutsche Bank Championship) and preceding the Tour Championship.

This year, the PGA Tour playoffs are down to three events, The Northern Trust, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, which will be played in August, a change from previous editions that were held in the fall.

The BMW Championship has exited the Chicago area for editions in Missouri (2008), Indiana (2012 and ’16) and Pennsylvania (2018).

Keegan Bradley is the reigning champion, having won at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia last year. Woods (2007, ’09) and Dustin Johnson (2010, ’16) are the only two-time BMW Championship winners.

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Report: Accuser tells NFL that WR Brown sent ‘threatening’ texts

Report: Accuser tells NFL that WR Brown sent 'threatening' texts

Report: Accuser tells NFL that WR Brown sent ‘threatening’ texts

The female artist who leveled claims earlier this week that New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown made unwanted sexual advances before firing her contacted the NFL Thursday saying that Brown sent her “intimidating and threatening” texts, Sports Illustrated reported.

Already facing a civil lawsuit brought by his former trainer Britney Taylor over sexual assault allegations, Brown was accused by the artist’s attorney of sending text messages to the artist that were “intimidating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”

The letter from lawyer Lisa J. Banks to the NFL stated that her client was “understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her.” Banks also denied that the artist planned to be seeking money “to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.”

According to the SI report, the NFL reached out to Banks within an hour of receiving her complaint to coordinate a phone call between league investigators and the artist’s counsel.

Per the SI article earlier this week in a story detailing multiple domestic violence allegations against the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, Brown met the artist at a 2017 charity softball game and invited her to his house to create another piece of artwork. Per her claim, the unnamed artist, who requested anonymity before speaking about Brown, “was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals.” The artist continued painting, but “after that, it all ended abruptly,” she told SI.

The report indicated the artist received $2,000 from Brown, who didn’t contact her after the incident. The woman did not plan to file charges or receive renumeration, though Brown’s behavior troubled her, SI reported.

Thursday’s report alleged that the artist was included on a group text with three other unidentified phone numbers that seemingly came from the same number she was originally given by Brown two years ago. Among other texts claiming she was a “super broke girl” and prompts to “look up her background history,” the texts reportedly included an accusation that she was lying about her 2017 claim in order to extort money out of Brown, 31.

“This sort of intimidation and harassment is the reason victims are often so reluctant to step forward in these cases,” Banks told SI Thursday. “We have confidence the NFL and the Patriots will step in and end this behavior.”

After Monday’s report was published, Brown’s attorney Darren Heitner wrote on Twitter, “Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities. There will be no further comment at this time.”

Regarding the Taylor civil suit, the league has interviewed her and continues to investigate, but it is not known whether the league will interview Brown.

Taylor claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions, including once in Pittsburgh, where the wide receiver played for the Steelers for nine seasons, and twice in Florida.

ESPN also has reported that Brown, who hired Taylor as a trainer after they attended Central Michigan at the same time, turned down a $2 million settlement before the suit was filed.

–Field Level Media

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Minshew, defense carry Jaguars to victory over Titans

Minshew, defense carry Jaguars to victory over Titans

Minshew, defense carry Jaguars to victory over Titans

Gardner Minshew threw two first-quarter touchdowns Thursday night and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense took it from there, stifling the error-prone Tennessee Titans for a 20-7 win at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville (1-2) struck first, taking the lead less than two minutes into the game and never letting go. Minshew, starting his second NFL game in place of the injured Nick Foles, completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards with no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 108.2.

It was a completely different story for Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota, who suffered nine sacks for 55 yards and couldn’t find any traction against the aggressive Jaguars’ defense. Mariota hit 23 of 40 passes for 304 yards, 81 of those on a meaningless final drive, with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Jacksonville also shut down Derrick Henry, who tied an NFL record with a 99-yard run in the teams’ last meeting last December and set a franchise single-game record with 238 yards. Henry managed only 44 yards on 17 attempts.

Minshew hit tight end James O’Shaughnessy with a 7-yard touchdown pass just 1:58 into the game for a 7-0 lead, one play after Titans punt returner Adoree’ Jackson tried to field a bouncing punt inside the 20. He couldn’t corral it and Leon Jacobs recovered it, returning it to the 7.

The Jaguars made it 14-0 at the 6:36 mark of the first when Minshew connected with DJ Chark on a 22-yard scoring strike to polish off a 62-yard drive. Josh Lambo upped the margin to 17-0 with 7:54 left in the third quarter by connecting on a 40-yard field goal.

Henry’s 1-yard run with 12:04 left in the game pulled the Titans within 17-7, but Lambo tacked on a 48-yard field goal with 7:34 remaining for the final points.

Calais Campbell finished with three sacks for Jacksonville, while Josh Allen and Dawuane Smoot bagged two each.

–Field Level Media

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Redskins TE Reed ruled out vs. Eagles

Redskins TE Reed ruled out vs. Eagles

Redskins TE Reed ruled out vs. Eagles

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will sit out the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Saturday.

Reed will miss Sunday’s game in Philadelphia because of a concussion sustained on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal on Aug. 22. The hit drew a penalty and later a $28,075 fine.

The 29-year-old Reed has a history of concussions, with at least three during his time in Washington.

Reed has recorded 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns in six seasons with the Redskins, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2016. He had 54 catches for 558 yards and two scores in 13 games (eight starts) last season.

–Field Level Media

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