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Daniels forces 49ers to alter plans

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – B.J. Daniels’ NFL preseason debut at quarterback has forced the San Francisco 49ers to alter their plans a bit. The former South Florida star was impressive while directing the winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter of San Francisco’s 15-13 victory at Kansas City on Friday night – the 49ers’...
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Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak ends

PHILADELPHIA – Ryne Sandberg’s first win as a major league manager came with some help from the opposition. Carlos Ruiz had four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies benefited from two ninth-inning errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday, giving Sandberg his first victory and ending Los Angeles’ 10-game winning streak....
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Seager takes Mariners past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas – Down 0-2 with two outs in the ninth against Texas closer Joe Nathan, Seattle’s Kyle Seager couldn’t afford to be choosy. Throwing caution to the wind, he took a pitch that was nearly in the dirt down the right field line for a game-winning RBI double in the Mariners’ 4-3 win over...
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Broncos’ Wolfe says he’ll be OK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Derek Wolfe says he’ll be back on the football field soon. The Denver Broncos hope fellow starters Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez and Stewart Bradley will be there with him. All of them were hurt in Denver’s 40-10 preseason loss at Seattle on Saturday night. Wolfe accompanied his teammates on their...
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Chiefs’ Smith gets to square off against ex team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up. After all, he’s with the Kansas City Chiefs now. No need to dwell...
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USC ready to bounce back from last season’s flop

LOS ANGELES – Southern California is nobody’s No. 1 team heading into this season, and the Trojans are eager for the chance to surprise everybody. High expectations shouldn’t bother any player who pulls on a USC jersey, coach Lane Kiffin figures. Yet the Trojans’ preseason top ranking hung over a program still laboring under NCAA...
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Rodriguez basking in Arizona warmth

TUCSON, Ariz. – He comes off without a hint of I-told-you-so. Well, maybe a hint. But Rich Rodriguez has gone on a career path that has labeled him from offensive guru and genius to idiot, and now, as Arizona’s football coach, back again. In fact, the University of Texas sent an assistant coach to his...
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Seattle’s Earl Thomas makes Seahawks defense work

RENTON, Wash. – Questions like this make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle’s star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively – even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It’s natural...
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QB Mariota set to add leadership to his skillset

EUGENE, Ore. – Marcus Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. Oregon’s softspoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle over the summer, says he’s ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year. ”I have really...
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Avril returns to practice for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. – First slowed by foot problems during offseason workouts, and then a hamstring, Cliff Avril was just happy to be feeling well enough to get on the field for a short time. ”Definitely not how I wanted to start out here,” Avril said. ”It’s part of football. Things happen. For me it’s just...
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