SEATTLE - Seahawks fans have been spoiled by a quarterback who makes the magical look routine, who makes something out of nothing and turns fourth-quarter deficits into thrilling come-from-behind victories. That has been the lore of Russell Wilson. And then Lamar Jackson showed up. On Sunday, the Seahawks got their first up-close glimpse of Jackson, Baltimore's dynamic second-year QB who stole ...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An already flustering season for the Los Angeles Chargers reached a new low Sunday when they lost by inches and seconds to the Tennessee Titans, 23-20. The game was decided when Melvin Gordon fumbled into the end zone when trying to score from inside the one-yard line in the final 10 seconds. The Chargers had nearly scored twice before that play but both were ruled ...

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ATLANTA - Everyone knew Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was fluid, but who knew he'd be so fluent? After two practices with his new team, he slipped right into the starting lineup Sunday, and - going against All-Pro receiver Julio Jones for the first time - needed no interpreter for the coded language that job entails. "Honestly, I was impressed he understood what I was saying ...

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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp announced safety Jamel Cook was dismissed from the team after an arrest Friday night. "I really don't have any other comment," Muschamp said. Cook was arrested on Friday night and booked early Saturday morning on a domestic violence charge. According to a police incident report: "Cook is accused of physically assaulting a female several times about ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Pushing up pace is a logical thing for the Charlotte Hornets to explore this season. But only if playing faster doesn't bleed into playing recklessly. Coach James Borrego has coaxed faster pace - essentially looking to run more off defensive stops and get into offense faster - and new point guard Terry Rozier is tasked with implementing that. The Hornets did play faster this ...

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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers have ruled out Kyle Kuzma for Tuesday's season-opening game against the Clippers as he recovers from a stress reaction in his left foot. Kuzma sustained the injury during the summer while he was with Team USA in Australia. He was cleared to do noncontact practices after the Lakers returned from China last week. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he wants to see ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs without Patrick Mahomes is a little like fireworks without a fuse. And for as long as this is the new reality the franchise must act accordingly. Long term, here is the important part: Initial tests indicate no significant damage to the tendons around his kneecap, and with second opinions pending the hope is that Mahomes could return in three or four weeks, ...

The last World Series game the Yankees played was in November of 2009. Derek Jeter had three hits at the new Stadium, on the night when the Yankees brought all their winning over to the north side of 161st St. Andy Pettitte was the starter and the great Mariano Rivera was the closer and Jorge Posada was behind the plate. The Yankees won their 27th Series that night against the Phillies. Once ...

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PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers have, by far, the greatest shots advantage in the NHL in the early part of the season. They are averaging 36.2 shots per game (third in the NHL) and allowing just 26 (first), an averaged of 10.2 more shots than their opponents. No matter. They are just 2-3-1 and have lost four straight. In their last two games, losses to Edmonton and Dallas, they have outshot their ...

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Dan Woike looks at how the Western Conference teams stack up (with predicted order of finish): 1. Houston 2018-19: 53-29 (4th; eliminated 4-2 in semifinals by Golden State) HELLO: Russell Westbrook (trade), Tyson Chandler (FA). GOODBYE: Chris Paul (trade). James Harden gets a new backcourt partner in Westbrook, who doesn't shoot nearly as well as Chris Paul but who is better suited to attack ...

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LOS ANGELES - The way the NBA's summer went, the 2019-20 season looked like it would play out almost biblically. Two by two, they'll march toward the end goal. In Los Angeles, there will be the one-browed big man and the King in one Staples Center locker room and a pair of rangy two-way wings in the other. In Houston, it'll be the patient scorer with an offensive arsenal as full as his beard ...

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MIAMI - Erik Spoelstra didn't need a 40-point performance from Kendrick Nunn to validate his view of the 24-year-old guard. But the Heat coach got one anyway. "That game didn't move the needle any more or less for me," Spoelstra said following Sunday's practice, referring to Nunn's 40-point outing in Friday's preseason finale against the Rockets. "We've been in the gym with him since early ...

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y - Christian Wilkins had a quick day at the office. Wilkins, the Miami Dolphins' 2019 first-round pick, was ejected after the second play of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills for striking an opposing player. Wilkins struck Bills rookie right tackle Cody Ford with a right hand during Miami's opening defensive series and was quickly flagged for the penalty. He was replaced ...

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MIAMI - The Miami Heat's zero-tolerance policy for violations of team rules and of the team's "Heat Culture" code will have guard Dion Waiters away from the team for Wednesday night's season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena. And the differences between the team and the 27-year-old guard might not end there. In the wake of threats of dropping the hammer for ...

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So much for FAU coach Lane Kiffin's proclamation to not criticize the officiating. Nearly 24 hours removed from the Owls' 36-31 loss to Marshall on Friday at FAU Stadium, Kiffin used Twitter on Saturday evening to express his thoughts on officiating. He tweeted a blind-referees meme and tagged Conference USA's official Twitter account in the post. Kiffin commented "exactly" when an account ...

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CHICAGO - The Cubs are moving closer to settling on a manager, three weeks after severing ties with Joe Maddon. Joe Espada, the Houston Astros bench coach, was headed to Chicago on Sunday for his second interview. Espada's trip was first reported by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The 44-year-old interviewed last week with Cubs executives, and a major-league source said the Cubs have warmed quickly ...

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LANDOVER, Md. - Their white jerseys muddied amid Sunday's steady rain, the 49ers celebrated their 9-0 win over Washington by doing head-first slides all over FedEx Field, with Nick Bosa leading the way after his game-ending sack. "I looked back and saw the guys sliding. It was a pretty good ending," Bosa said. Coach Kyle Shanahan enjoyed it, too, and even considered joining the slip-and-slide ...

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ATLANTA - The Rams made new, and significantly happier, memories Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Eight months after losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the Rams ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the hapless Atlanta Falcons, 37-10. Jared Goff passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey made his debut for the team as the Rams forced ...

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CINCINNATI - They gave up an embarrassing 285 yards rushing two weeks ago against Carolina. They couldn't score a touchdown last week against the Saints. But the Jaguars came to Cincinnati Sunday and got back on track, proving they can successfully move on for good without disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who made his debut with the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in Atlanta. Every team this ...

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DETROIT - The Vikings are one game away from the halfway point of the three-year, $84 million contract they gave Kirk Cousins in March 2018, in an effort to add the quarterback they believed could augment a championship-caliber roster. The efficacy of that contract still is an open question, but performances like the one Cousins delivered on Sunday at Ford Field are precisely what the Vikings ...

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Good teams win. Bad teams lose. And despite how much progress they've made and how good they looked for three quarters Sunday, the Dolphins remain a bad team. Their latest way to lose: Play your best first half of the season, and then turn the ball over twice in the second, including a pick at the end zone. And for good measure: Allow an onside kick to be returned for a ...

Quarterback Derek Carr had a stellar first half come undone with a bad decision while scrambling and then Aaron Rodgers took over as the Raiders fell 42-24 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Carr, as he did against the Dallas Cowboys two seasons ago, lost the ball out of bounds while reaching for the pylon, resulting in a touchback for the Packers instead of a score for the Raiders. ...

Mitch Trubisky is active Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints following his nearly two-game absence with the dislocated left shoulder he suffered on only the game's sixth snap of the Bears' Week 4 win over the Minnesota Vikings in their most recent game…

CHICAGO - Six people - nearly all teenage children - were shot in two separate attacks that happened about a mile apart Saturday night on the West Side. The first shooting unfolded in the Lawndale neighborhood. Three people, including two teenage boys, were struck by bullets from multiple shooters, according to Chicago police. About 8:30 p.m., they were standing in front of an apartment when a ...

Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez, who moved into a relief role this past season because of recurring soreness and weakness in his right shoulder that he felt limited him as a starter, had a procedure last last week to address the discomfort and help encourage healing in the area.