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Fine line between longevity, Brady and a Sayers-like career

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There's a fine line between a Tom Brady and a Gale Sayers. Whether a player is a seven-time Super Bowl champion who plays well into his 40s like Brady or all-time great running back knocked out of football during his prime like Sayers there's an element of luck to ...

Kane Fitzgerald taking over NBA’s replay center operations

The NBA Replay Center has a new leader. Kane Fitzgerald, who spent 13 years working as an NBA referee, has been announced as the league's new vice president of referee operations and replay center principal. He's replacing another former referee in Jason Phillips, who left the job after three ...

Ohio State test gives Mertz chance to show how far he’s come

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has a new offensive coordinator and a mostly new group of receivers this season. It turns out the Badgers also might have a new version of quarterback Graham Mertz. Mertz has increased his efficiency and decreased his mistakes in his third season as a starter ...

Dallas Wings decline team option with coach Vickie Johnson

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Wings aren't picking up the team option on coach Vickie Johnson's contract, cutting ties after two seasons with the first coach to win a playoff game since the franchise moved to Texas. Wings president and CEO Greg Bibb said Monday the decision was "the ...

Trio of title-winning Aces headline US World Cup roster

SYDNEY (AP) — A'ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum won't have much time to recover after leading Las Vegas to the franchise's first WNBA championship. The trio will board a plane to Australia to try and help the U.S. win a fourth consecutive women's basketball World Cup. They will be in ...

Celtics add No. 6 in parquet paint to honor Bill Russell

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have painted Bill Russell's No. 6 in the free throw lanes of their parquet floor as part of a season-long tribute planned for the Hall of Famer, who died this summer. "The team has added the number 6 to both lanes to pay homage to Bill Russell's dominant play ...

O-line improvement key in bounce-back win by Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots center David Andrews had only one thought as his team held a 17-14 lead over the Steelers and faced third down late in the fourth quarter. "You are going back to the huddle thinking, 'Oh man, I hope they call a run here,'" he recalled. Andrews got his ...

Rodgers, Packers lean on Jones, take care of Bears 27-10

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Jones made sure the Green Bay Packers' promise to get him the ball more often paid off. Jones rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught a scoring pass from Aaron Rodgers, who continued his domination of the Chicago Bears by leading Green Bay to a 27-10 ...

Goff throws 4 TD passes, Lions beat Commanders 36-27

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions waited until Week 13 of Dan Campbell's debut season to win last year. Desperate to avoid another slow start, Jared Goff threw two of his four touchdown passes to Amon-Ra St. Brown to help Detroit beat the Washington Commanders 36-27 Sunday. "That was a good ...

Tagovailoa, Dolphins rally from 21 down to beat Ravens 42-38

BALTIMORE (AP) — Down by three touchdowns, Tua Tagovailoa and his speedy Miami receivers raced past the Baltimore Ravens in a stirring fourth-quarter comeback. Even Lamar Jackson couldn't keep up. Tagovailoa threw for 469 yards and six touchdowns, four of which came during the final period, ...

Colts no-show in return to Jacksonville, get blanked 24-0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts waited eight months for a return trip to Jacksonville, a chance to prove last year's season finale was a fluke and a chance to end a head-scratching and embarrassing skid in the AFC South series. They openly welcomed the opportunity to bury ...

Giants 2-0 for 1st time in 6 years, beat Panthers 19-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With Brian Daboll as their coach, the New York Giants are doing something they haven't done for more than five years: They're finding ways to win consistently. Graham Gano kicked a 56-yard field goal with 3:34 to play, and the Giants ignored being booed off the ...

Brady’s temper flares as Bucs snap skid vs Saints, 20-10

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It certainly looked like the Saints were in Tom Brady's head when the Buccaneers quarterback threw a tablet in the bench area and later jawed with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a drive-stalling incomplete pass. How quickly a game can change when emotions ...

Browns collapse in final minutes of 31-30 loss to Jets

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. felt the need to apologize. "Sorry," he said, surrounded by reporters in a corner of Cleveland's quiet locker room. "Still in shock." He wasn't the only one. Anyone inside FirstEnergy Stadium or watching on TV was just as stunned after ...

Patriots rely on defense to edge Watt-less Steelers 17-14

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New England Patriots don't panic. It doesn't matter the year, the opponent or even the quarterback. A sometimes lifeless loss to Miami in their opener was just that, an opener. A starting point the Patriots knew would in no way define their season. The response was a ...

Sacked Burrow, Bengals 1st AFC champ to start 0-2 since ’99

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, like his coach, talked about how there is still a lot of season to be played and that every team will go through a two-game losing streak. "Unfortunately for us, it's the first two games of the season," coach Zac Taylor ...

Maher kick lifts Rush, Cowboys over Burrow, Bengals, 20-17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cooper Rush had no choice but to smile as he embraced offensive coordinator Kellen Moore after the winning kick for the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott's backup now has a 2-0 career record filling in, with winning drives on his final possession both times. That was ...

Seahawks fall flat vs. 49ers after emotional Week 1 win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Pete Carroll knew it wouldn't be easy for the Seattle Seahawks to follow up their emotional, season-opening win with another inspired performance. Boy, was he right. Six days after knocking off former quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, almost ...

Russell Wilson leads sloppy Broncos past Texans 16-9

DENVER (AP) — Russell Wilson overcame a slow start and a cascade of boos in his Denver debut Sunday to lead the bungling Broncos past the Houston Texans 16-9 for rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett's first NFL win. For much of the day, it was just as unsightly as Wilson's return to Seattle six ...

Raiders’ huge second-half collapse spoils home opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) — On the same day one of Mark Davis' two professional teams made franchise history in championship fashion, the other did so in a brutal manner. For the first time, the Raiders lost a game they led by 20 or more points when Las Vegas blew a 20-0 halftime lead and fell to the ...