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AP sources: Seahawks close to landing Clowney from Texans

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are on the verge of acquiring standout pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans, two people with knowledge of the deal said Saturday. Such a move would bolster one of Seattle's biggest needs heading into ...

Unhappy with kickers, Falcons recall 44-year-old Matt Bryant

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back 44-year-old kicker Matt Bryant after failing to find his successor during preseason. The team has agreed to terms with Bryant, who made 20 of 21 field-goal attempts in 2018. Bryant holds the franchise record with 1,122 points ...

Coroner: Angels’ Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas said in a report released Friday. The ...

Packers defeat Chiefs 27-20 in preseason finale

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One play stood out during the Packers’ 27-20 win over the Chiefs on Thursday night in the teams’ preseason finale. It happened on a dead ball in the fourth quarter. After Packers running back Dexter Williams scored the deciding touchdown with 6:24 to play and Sam ...

Packers agree to trade OLB Reggie Gilbert to Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have agreed to send outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a conditional 2020 draft pick. The move is pending a physical. Gilbert played all 16 games for Green Bay last season and had 15 quarterback pressures ...

Teammates mourn slayings of pitcher’s family in Va. town

KEELING, Va. (AP) — Blake Bivens was inconsolable as the 24-year-old minor league pitcher flew from a road trip back to southern Virginia, where his wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law were slain. “It was awful,” said Montgomery Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg, who traveled with ...

Luck-less Colts finish preseason with win over Bengals

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Colts wrapped up an unsettling preseason Thursday, moving on from Andrew Luck with a 13-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in a game missing starters and fans. Luck retired a week earlier after a 27-17 loss to Chicago, frustrated by ...

Darlington throwback: Keselowski relishes NASCAR celebration

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski can't wait to get to Darlington Raceway — and it's not just because he won the last time NASCAR's best showed up. This the fifth year the Southern 500 is NASCAR's throwback weekend, kind of an Old Timer's Day for ...

Big Ten brotherhood: Family ties run deep across conference

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Football players often refer to their teammates as brothers. In the Big Ten, a lot of them truly are. On Nebraska's defensive line, twins Carlos and Khalil Davis are starting ends and Darrion Daniels and little brother Damion are the top two nose ...

No. 2 Alabama’s defense absorbs tough hits before opener

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The hits keep on coming for Alabama's defense in 2019. The latest blow to the second-ranked Crimson Tide defenders was Tuesday's knee injury to star middle linebacker Dylan Moses that likely sidelined the defensive play caller and ...