BALTIMORE (AP) — Tyler Huntley went 16 of 18 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their record preseason winning streak to 21 with a 23-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Rookie quarterback Malik Willis ran for a touchdown for the Titans, but Huntley gave Baltimore the lead to stay with a 14-yard strike off Shemar Bridges in the final minute of the second quarter.
Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry were among the stars who did not play.
Huntley was Jackson’s best replacement last season and made four starts. He was sharp in that first pre-season game, although his accomplishments were mostly short.
Willis, a third-round pick from Liberty, started the game for the Titans with Ryan Tannehill. Willis scored on a nifty 7-yard run in the second quarter, heading back toward the Tennessee sideline, then slipping between some Baltimore defenders near the goal line.
Willis went 6 of 11 for 107 yards and rushed for 38 yards on five carries.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady was excused from training camp on the first day of what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said was an 11-day planned absence from the team for settle “personal things”.
Bowles said the 45-year-old quarterback’s break from practice was arranged before camp began, adding that Brady wouldn’t return until after the Bucs’ preseason game at Tennessee on Aug. 20.
“Tom was excused today. … He’s going to take care of some personal business. It’s something we talked about before training camp started. We allocated that time because he wanted come in and have chemistry with the guys with two weeks of training camp knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two (preseason) games,” Bowles said after the Bucs wrapped up two days of scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins.
Tampa Bay opens the preseason Saturday night against the Dolphins. The Bucs will also travel to Nashville for two days of practice before their game against the Titans.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelling of alcohol when Las Vegas police found him in his damaged sports car and arrested him because he was suspected of driving while intoxicated, according to a public arrest report.
Lynch’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, responded in a statement that Lynch’s car was “safely parked and not running” when police arrived early Tuesday and a impaired driving charge drunk will not hold.
“Marshawn has not been arrested for a DUI,” the statement said. “We are confident that when all the evidence is presented, it will not be a DUI under Nevada law.”
The arresting officer, Kevin Barker, reported that Lynch’s black 2020 Shelby GT500 was “undriveable”, with one front wheel missing and the rear driver and front passenger side wheels badly damaged.
The arrest report says investigators found marks suggesting the vehicle “hit some sidewalks” before coming to a stop in an industrial section of downtown Las Vegas not far from Main Street.
“The driver slept behind the wheel with the driver’s door open, leaning back in the seat,” the report said, “with bloodshot, watery eyes and had one shoe and shoe removed.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Standing among rows of Iowa corn stalks, Nico Hoerner had Johnny Bench to his left and Billy Williams right beside him.
“Pretty amazing,” Hoerner said.
For sure. Even for a “Field of Dreams”.
Led by Drew Smyly and a 10-hit offense, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in Major League Baseball’s second “Field of Dreams” game.
Nick Madrigal had three hits for Chicago at a baseball stadium just steps from the main field for the 1989 film. Smyly (5-6) threw five scoreless innings and Ian Happ had two hits, including a double RBI who led Hoerner on a quick start for the Cubs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The proposed $24 million settlement between American soccer players and the sport’s governing body has been approved by a federal judge, who has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 5 for final approval.
U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted the motion for approval filed by the players.
“Most importantly, the unopposed settlement agreement achieves the plaintiffs’ litigation goal: equal pay,” he wrote. “The court is satisfied that the settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution.”
Players including Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan filed a lawsuit with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 2016. The players sued three years later, seeking damages- interest under the federal Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The parties settled the working conditions part in December 2020, dealing with issues such as charter flights, accommodation and playing surfaces.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rickie Fowler and Jason Day have faced enough stress just to make sure they get into the PGA Tour playoffs. Now that they are here, they want to continue.
Fowler switched caddies and putters and eventually started to see a few putts fall, but still not enough to his liking. Day recovered from a spike in fever and a burning sensation in his eyes and played bogey-free on Thursday at TPC Southwind. Both had a 5-under 65.
It wasn’t good enough to lead the FedEx St. Jude Championship, only to hope.
Si Woo Kim bore from 167 yards down the 18th fairway for the Eagle to cap a stunning 6-under finish over his final six holes, giving him a 62 and a share of the lead with JJ Spaun.
Sahith Theegala, who could make the case for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, hit a 30-foot putt on his final hole for a 63. Of those, Tony Finau had two straight wins. It was Finau’s 10th straight round to 68 or less, dating to a 66 in the last round of the British Open.
TORONTO (AP) — Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil beat top-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in windy conditions to reach the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open .
Haddad Maia, 26, beat a top player for the first time to become the first Brazilian woman to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA 1000 tournament. Back-to-back champion on grass in Nottingham and Birmingham, she is arrived in Toronto with a career-high 24th place in the world.
Swiatek committed nine double faults against one for Haddad Maia.
Haddad Maia will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the quarterfinals. Bencic followed up her win over Serena Williams on Wednesday night by beating eighth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-1, 6-3 late in the game.
MONTREAL (AP) — Fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open, beating No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Ruud is the highest seed remaining in the singles draw after No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped out on Wednesday.
Rudd held off Agut after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm delayed play by just over an hour.
Ruud will face sixth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 22-year-old Montrealer who beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4. Auger-Aliassime had 22 aces.
Eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland also advanced, ousting Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(3). Nick Kyrgios beat fellow Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-3.
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