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Bills offense gets last preseason test vs Lions

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:46 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills defense can take a break.

Quarterback EJ Manuel and Buffalo's sputtering starting offense isn't expected to get much rest in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Coach Doug Marrone's concerns on offense come after Manuel and company were booed off the field while trailing 24-0 at halftime of an eventual 27-14 preseason home loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Xabi Alonso retires from international football

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:34 PM

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain's dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, says he is retiring from international football.

The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had been "an enormous honor" to play for Spain for 11 years.

The former Liverpool midfielder scored 16 goals in 114 Spain appearances. He started every game at the 2010 World Cup, helping Spain win the tournament for the first time.

Many ACC teams set to open with unproven QBs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:28 PM

There's plenty of buzz around the Atlantic Coast Conference with the addition of a new team, the latest Heisman Trophy winner and the reigning national champion.

Top-ranked Florida State's run to the national title and the arrival of fast-rising Louisville have raised the ACC's national profile.

But the strength of the league as a whole this season could depend on the arms of numerous unproven commodities at quarterback — besides Jameis Winston, the Seminoles' Heisman winner, of course.

Sloane Stephens upset in US Open 2nd round

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:17 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens lost before the third round for the first time in four trips to the U.S. Open, upset by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson.

Down a set and a break, Larsson rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round Wednesday. The 26-year-old Swede had lost her opening match in four appearances at Flushing Meadows before this year.

2 California preps added to Derby, Oaks qualifiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier.

Churchill Downs announced Wednesday that the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity to be run on Dec. 20 will award qualifying points.

The 1 1/16-mile race was run under different names at the now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park in California from 1981-2013. It produced six Kentucky Derby winners.

Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:53 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.

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POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:52 PM
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for entire 2014 season for violating substance-abuse policy.

Cam Newton says he'll be ready to play in Week 1

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:52 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton expects to be ready for the Panthers Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay.

"There's no doubt in my mind.," Newton said Wednesday. "I'm going to worry about things that I can control and come in and get in as much treatment as possible so that my body will be 100 percent."

Chiefs sign veteran offensive guard Mike McGlynn

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:51 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk.

McGlynn, who was released by Washington on Tuesday, played for Chiefs coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10. He spent one year with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two seasons with the Indianapolis colts.

The former fourth-round draft pick has started 48 of the 57 games he's played in the NFL.

Wisconsin, LSU playing QB games before opener

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:49 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four quarterbacks could be in play in the season opener Saturday night between two power conference programs.

No. 14 Wisconsin meets No. 13 LSU in Houston in a prime-time matchup.

The Badgers appear to have settled on dual-threat junior Tanner McEvoy as the starter, though coach Gary Andersen won't officially name one. Andersen has said both McEvoy and last year's starter, Joel Stave, will be ready no matter what.

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