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Wallner’s 3 RBIs help Twins send Sox to 8th straight loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Wallner's late-season call-up to his home state team has been a September for the 24-year-old to remember, even if the Minnesota Twins have fallen out of contention. Wallner drove in a career-high three runs, and Gio Urshela and Jake Cave each had three hits as the ...

Chubb, Browns face ‘heavyweight’ run test against Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons coach Arthur Smith knows what to expect from a Cleveland Browns offense that revolves around Nick Chubb's powerful runs. "They're coming to mash you," Smith said. Smith wants Atlanta's rushing attack led by Cordarrelle Patterson to mash back. Chubb, the NFL's leading ...

NFL teams use new rights to jockey for fans, revenue in UK

LONDON (AP) — The "J-E-T-S" chants gave way to British-accented berating of quarterback Joe Flacco at the London sports pub where fans watched the Cincinnati Bengals ease to victory last week. Sebastian Randazzo is optimistic, though. The young Englishman who founded a Jets fan club said ...

Saints QB Winston held out of 2nd straight practice in UK

LONDON (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston had said "I'll be out there" for practice on Thursday. He wasn't. Winston was held out of a second straight practice because of a back injury, raising questions about whether he'll be able to play against the Minnesota Vikings on ...

Pats’ visit to Lambeau offers rare Rodgers-Belichick matchup

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is about to face a Bill Belichick-coached team for just the third time in his 15 seasons as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback. While the two haven't matched up very often, they gained plenty of respect for each other from afar. They'll meet ...

Chiefs keenly aware that rough running often leads to defeat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's often easy to forget amid the highlight-reel throws and jaw-dropping stats from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes over the years that nothing in the Kansas City offense works quite right without a good ground game. Until you see it bottled up like last Sunday in ...

Pederson hopeful of happy homecoming in Philadelphia return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Years passed in Philadelphia with sports fans around the globe howling, how could the city erect a statue of Rocky Balboa but not one for real boxing Hall of Famer and famous resident Joe Frazier? The answer: The statue was nothing more than a movie prop left behind once ...

Garrett back with Browns, cited for speeding following crash

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro Myles Garrett returned to the team's headquarters but didn't practice Thursday while recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash earlier this week, when police said he lost control speeding on a rural road. Garrett veered his Porsche off the ...

Jackson, Allen make Ravens-Bills a star-studded affair

Lamar Jackson was drafted at the very end of the first round in 2018. Josh Allen was taken higher, but of all the quarterbacks selected that year, he may have been considered the biggest risk. The doubters are a lot quieter now. "I think it's as simple as we're doing what's asked of us," ...

NFL rushing champs vie for crown in Titans-Colts clash

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Derrick Henry last visited Indianapolis, a third straight rushing crown seemed like a lock. A broken foot and the rapid ascension of Jonathan Taylor ended Henry's two-year reign. Now, as the Tennessee-Indianapolis rivalry resumes Sunday, two of the league's star ...

Seahawks’ DK Metcalf not impressed by Lions CB Jeff Okudah

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have been encouraged by cornerback Jeff Okudah's play after the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft missed significant time his first two seasons with injury. Watching the tape, Seattle receiver DK Metcalf isn't so impressed. "There's a safety over the top ...

Watt now? Steelers defensive warts exposed in star’s absence

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The solution for much of what is ailing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is right there hiding in plain sight on the practice field most days, simultaneously close at hand and tantalizingly out of reach. T.J. Watt's legs are fine. The status of his left pectoral muscle, ...

Saints coach Allen gets 2nd chance in London against Vikings

LONDON (AP) — Get to London early in the week, bond as a team, then try to snap a losing streak. New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen has been here before, in 2014 when his then-Oakland Raiders lost 38-14 to the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. They slipped to 0-4 and it was their 10th ...

Jets’ offense will be ‘a hair different’ with Wilson back

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Changes are coming to the New York Jets' offense. Nothing too drastic or radical, but Zach Wilson's return as the starting quarterback allows the team to do some things it simply couldn't with Joe Flacco under center. "Certain aspects, for sure," offensive ...

Bears’ defense refocuses on tackling to stop Giants’ Barkley

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — While the Chicago Bears have experienced more trouble passing the ball than any team in coach Matt Eberflus' first season, they've found playing defense far less frustrating. Despite switching to a 4-3 scheme from a 3-4, the Bears quickly seemed to solve one major ...

Mayfield’s transition to Carolina anything but smooth so far

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Baker Mayfield's transition to the Carolina Panthers hasn't been a smooth one. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 is near the bottom of the league in quarterback rating and completion percentage. And despite coming off their first win of the season, the Panthers' passing ...

Rush leads Cowboys again as Wentz tries to right Commanders

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All signs point to another start for Cooper Rush at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, which means no NFC East reunion for Dak Prescott and Washington's Carson Wentz. While Prescott continues his recovery from a fractured thumb, Wentz is trying to get the Commanders ...

Rams WR Ben Skowronek thriving in unlikely new fullback role

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — At 6-foot-3 and a slim 224 pounds or so, Ben Skowronek looks like an NFL player. He just doesn't look much like a fullback. That's because he's a receiver playing an unlikely role these days for Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. Skowronek was a major ...

Brady, Bucs look to get offense going vs. Mahomes, Chiefs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three touchdowns in three games hardly qualifies as getting the job done offensively. Tom Brady knows he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to be better moving forward, beginning with a highly anticipated matchup Sunday night against Patrick Mahomes and the high-scoring ...

49ers LT McKivitz undaunted by replacing Williams

Colton McKivitz is undaunted by the big void he must fill on San Francisco's offensive line. With All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams sidelined for at least a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, McKivitz will be thrown into the starting lineup on Monday night for the 49ers' showdown with the ...