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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) works against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
August 16, 2019 - 10:21 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Josh Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-14 on Friday night. Allen, who was 5-6 as a rookie starter last season, led a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) in the first half of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL has conditionally reinstated Gordon. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, that on Sunday, Gordon can rejoin the team for meetings and conditioning and individual workouts. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:41 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon's winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again. He's getting yet another opportunity. The NFL conditionally reinstated the...
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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 16, 2019 - 3:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the nature of the injury says New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson has a torn knee ligament that will sideline him for the season. Williamson injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the team's 22-10 preseason win...
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August 16, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 16, 2019 - 1:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin walked in after the game and had a little fun, "Coors Field tonight, huh?" Oakland's manager joked. It sure felt like it the way balls were flying out. Matt Chapman hit two home runs for the second straight day, connecting for the tiebreaking shot in the eighth...
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Cody Kessler (2) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
August 15, 2019 - 11:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cody Kessler's return to Jacksonville lasted seven plays and ended with a slow walk to the visitors' locker room. Philadelphia's third-string quarterback was knocked out of the team's 24-10 preseason victory against the Jaguars on the opening drive Thursday night...
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur bump fists during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
August 15, 2019 - 7:10 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be held out of Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens because of back tightness. The Packers made the announcement on Twitter , saying the decision to keep him on the sideline "is precautionary." Rodgers was poised to...
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Jay-Z appear at a news conference at ROC Nation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in New York. A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. (Ben Hider/AP Images for NFL)
August 14, 2019 - 9:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. The Grammy winner...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during an NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:39 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III is considering taking legal action against the doctor who prescribed a fertility drug that led to his four-game suspension at the start of the season. The suspension will cost Tate $1.2 million in salary. He did not identify...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. The NFL and Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneur’s company to “strengthen community through music and the NFL's Inspire Change initiative.” (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. The Grammy winner...
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