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Will a Heisman longshot prevail for third straight season?
Preseason longshots the past two years have ended up winning the Heisman Trophy....

Bye, bye Bortles? Jaguars open up quarterback competition
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Blake Bortles may have started his last game in Jacksonville....

Chris Long supports Malcolm Jenkins during anthem protest
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chris Long, the Philadelphia defensive end who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins as a show of unity during the national anthem before the Eagles' exhibition game Thursday night against Buffalo....

Ex-Vanderbilt football player sentenced to 15 years in rape
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Vanderbilt University football player has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student....

Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way for David Ortiz
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to change what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub's history of racial intolerance....

Mazara homers, drives in 5 as Rangers top White Sox 9-8
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nomar Mazara keeps driving in runs, and it's helping the Texas Rangers climb in the AL wild-card race....

Zimmerman's homer lifts Nationals to 2-1 win vs Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With 33-year-old Edwin Jackson mostly frustrating the San Diego Padres for seven innings, Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of the Washington Nationals figured out a way to win on just four hits....

FANTASY PLAYS: Devers emerging as fantasy star in Boston
There is yet another fantasy rookie impressing this season, this time in Boston. Elsewhere, a pitcher has returned to dominate the league, a closer has hit the DL and a Yankees outfielder is struggling - and it's not Aaron Judge....

Can JT Barrett pass better for Ohio State in 2017?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Can Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett become a better passer?...

Gun charge against NFL linebacker Khaseem Greene is dropped
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -- A gun charge against an NFL linebacker has been dropped because the man who said he gave him a weapon admitted he lied, the player's attorney said....

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