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K-HEART SPORTS - FRIDAY - 08/10/18 - MORNING EDITION

The Green Bay Packers began the pre-season schedule hosting the Tennessee Titans last night...

     GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Marcus Mariota looked sharp orchestrating yet another new offensive system for the Tennessee Titans.  Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams needed just one series to show he was in midseason form.  They had impressive preseason debuts before the Packers pulled away in a matchup of the backups for a 31-17 win on Thursday night.
 
     Mariota was 2 of 3 for 42 yards with a 4-yard scoring pass to Darius Jennings on the opening drive of Mike Vrabel's first preseason game as Titans coach. Mariota also had one carry for 7 yards before leaving after the nine-play series.  It was a nice, if brief, start for Mariota. He's picking up a new scheme under his third head coach in four seasons.
 
     Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of many Packers starters to sit out. But backup Brett Hundley showed glimpses of improvement under center, going 6 of 8 for 95 yards and an 8-yard score to running back Jamaal Williams on the drive after Tennessee's score.
 
     Hundley did his best impression of Rodgers by hitting Adams in stride down the left sideline for a 48-yard completion. The Packers' No. 1 receiver had a step on new Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler before getting pushed out at the 3, setting up Williams' score two plays later.
 
     Hundley also threw an interception. But It was a promising outing overall for him after the Packers struggled to move the ball through the air when Hundley was under center while Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone in 2017.
 
     Hundley, who is competing with DeShone Kizer for the backup job, got the start and played well into the second quarter. Kizer went 9 of 18 for 134 yards, hitting rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 51-yard gain to the Titans 11 in the third quarter.
 
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     EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings say left guard Nick Easton's neck injury has put him on the injured reserve list. It likely ends his season. Coach Mike Zimmer says Easton has a bulging disc in his neck. He has not practiced since Aug. 3. Easton started 12 games in 2017.
 
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     OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland's stellar bullpen.
 
     The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-handed Rodney has 325 career saves, 17th most in baseball history.
 
     Oakland acquired former Mets closer Jeurys Familia last month to go along with Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino in one of baseball's deepest bullpens.
 
     The 21-year-old Chalmers pitched five scoreless innings in two games for Class A Beloit this season. He is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in four minor league seasons with Oakland.
 
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     CLEVELAND (AP) - Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single has given the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota. This is Cleveland's second straight walk-off victory against the Twins. Brantley grounded a 2-1 pitch off Addison Reed (1-6) past a diving Miguel Sano at first base to score Greg Allen. A day earlier, Francisco Lindor's three-run homer in the ninth sent Cleveland to a 5-2 victory.
 
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     LAS VEGAS (AP) - Maya Moore scored 34 points, Sylvia Fowles broke her own franchise single-season rebounding record and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 89-73 on Thursday night to clinch their eighth straight playoff spot.
 
     Moore was 12-of-19 shooting, with five 3-pointers, for her second straight 30-plus game and Fowles had 10 points and 19 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season. Fowles topped her rebounding total of 354 from last season.
 
     Tanisha Wright added 16 points off the bench for Minnesota (17-13). Danielle Robinson made her second straight start in place of the resting Lindsay Whalen, but played just 12 minutes after injuring her ankle. Rebekkah Brunson also missed the game.
 
     Moore had 16 points in the first half, Fowles grabbed 12 rebounds and the Lynx led 43-37. Fowles' 11 defensive rebounds were a franchise record for any half. Minnesota had a 57-51 lead with 3:20 left in the third quarter before closing on a 13-4 run as the Aces were held without a field goal.
 
     Las Vegas (12-18) has lost five straight - including a forfeited game at Washington. The Aces are 2 1/2 games back of eighth-place Dallas.
 
     A'ja Wilson scored 18 points, with 10 straight makes at the free-throw line, for the Aces. Tamera Young scored 11 of Las Vegas' 21 first-quarter points and finished with 16 points.
 
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     ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gary Woodland started slowly before taking the first-round lead at the PGA Championship in St. Louis. He fired a 6-under 64 that gives him a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler. Woodland was 1-over before making birdie at the par-5 eighth. He also birdied the next hole and added five more on the back nine to pass Fowler, who emerged as the early leader.
 
     Brandon Stone and Zach Johnson are two shot back and one ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who was tied atop the leaderboard before faltering late in his round. Tiger Woods is six off the pace following an even-par 70.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The first two picks in this year's NFL draft looked pretty good in their professional debuts at the Meadowlands.
 
     First overall choice Baker Mayfield was 11 of 20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants, 20-10. He finished his debut with a completion on a 54-yard slant and run to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway.
 
     Giants running back and second overall pick Saquon Barkley took a handoff from Eli Manning on the opening play from scrimmage and turning no apparent hole into a 39-yard run down the sideline in front of the Giants' bench. The Penn State running back finished with 43 yards on five carries.
 
     Callaway played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license last weekend.
 
     In other NFL news:
 
     - The Minnesota Vikings say left guard Nick Easton's neck injury has landed him on the injured reserve list, likely ending his season. Coach Mike Zimmer says Easton has a bulging disc in his neck. He hasn't practiced since Aug. 3. Easton started 12 games in 2017.
 
     - Three Seattle Seahawks players ran into the tunnel leading to the team's locker room prior to the national anthem. Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it concluded.
 
     - Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before their exhibition game against the Buccaneers. Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.
 
     - In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers wasted a great opportunity to inch closer to first place in the NL Central.
 
     The Brewers led 4-2 yesterday until Corey Knebel, Joakim Soria and Jacob Barnes combined to allow six runs in the ninth inning of an 8-4 loss to the Padres. Hunter Renfroe delivered a go-ahead grand slam off Soria, one batter before Franmil Reyes went deep against Barnes.
 
     Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run double and came around to score on Lorenzo Cain's single later in the fourth inning, putting the Brew Crew ahead, 4-1.
 
     The outcome drops the Brewers two games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs.
 
     Checking out yesterday's other major league action:
 
     - The Dodgers' 8-5 win at Colorado puts Los Angeles in a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rockies. The game was tied 5-5 in the ninth until Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered. Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy also went deep for the Dodgers, who trailed 5-3 following Chris Ianetta's two-run blast in the seventh.
 
     - The Phillies' lead in the NL East is one game over Atlanta following the Braves' 6-3 loss at Washington. Gio Gonzalez allowed one run and six hits over seven innings for his first win since May 28, helping the Nats pull within 5 1/2 games of the NL East lead. Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy each had two hits and an RBI as the Nationals gained a split of the four-game series.
 
     - Mitch Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura homered off Justin Verlander while the Mariners built a 6-0 lead over the first two innings of an 8-6 victory at Houston. James Paxton pitched into the sixth inning and helped Seattle get within 2 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth. Marwin Gonzalez and Tyler White drove in two runs apiece for the Astros, whose lead in the AL West is 4 1/2 games over Oakland.
 
     - Randal Grichuk slammed a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Blue Jays ended the Red Sox's six-game winning streak, 8-5. Teoscar Hernandez also homered and Justin Smoak was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to help Toronto stop a three-game skid. J.D. Martinez belted his major league-leading 35th home run and Mookie Betts hit for the cycle, but Boston's lead in the AL East dropped to eight games over the Yankees.
 
     - Neil Walker hit two of the Yankees' five home runs in their fourth consecutive win, 7-3 against the Rangers. Giancarlo Stanton slammed his 28th home run, Aaron Hicks hit his 20th and Miguel Andujar added his 16th. J.A. Happ came off the disabled list and allowed three runs and four hits while striking out nine over six innings to improve to 12-6.
 
     - Michael Brantley's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Indians a 5-4 victory over Minnesota and an 11-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. Francisco Lindor had three RBIs for Cleveland, one night after his three-run, walk-off homer completed a 5-2 win against the Twins. Jorge Polanco tied the game with a three-run blast in the sixth inning of his first game since completing an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug program.
 
     - David Freese crushed a three-run homer and Ivan Nova allowed two runs over six innings of the Pirates' 10-5 drubbing of San Francisco. Pittsburgh also received second-inning homers by Elias Diaz and Josh Bell in earning its third straight win and moving four games behind Atlanta for the second NL wild-card berth. Joe Panik and Steven Duggar drove in two runs apiece for the Giants, who have dropped three straight and 13 of 20 since getting within three games of the NL West lead.
 
     - Jake Bauers provided a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh to lift the Rays over the Orioles, 5-4. Bauers had three RBIs and Ji-Man Choi homered after Baltimore grabbed a 3-0 lead.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is scheduled for more tests after going to a Denver hospital for an irregular heartbeat before yesterday's game against the Rockies.
 
     Jansen has dealt with an irregular heartbeat in the past. Manager Dave Roberts said the right-hander will visit his cardiologist in Los Angeles, adding that the team is holding out hope that Jansen's condition isn't serious.
 
     In other MLB news:
 
     - Seattle's Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in the rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start. Hernandez has a career-high 5.73 ERA this season and is 0-4 in his last five starts. He surrendered a career-high 11 runs - seven earned - on eight hits over six innings during Tuesday's start against the Rangers.
 
     - Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a non-baseball condition. Martin became sick Tuesday night and didn't play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. Martin is batting .333 with two home runs and four RBIs in six games since being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline.
 
     - The Red Sox have moved struggling left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen and will keep right-hander Brian Johnson in the rotation once ace lefty Chris Sale returns from the disabled list. Pomeranz is 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA this season and is winless in eight starts since a May 2 victory over Kansas City. Johnson worked a season-high seven innings in winning his second straight start last night in Toronto.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - Nashville Predators general manager David Poile headlines the class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Poile has run an NHL team the past 36 seasons, including 15 with the Washington Capitals and 21 with the Predators. He has the most victories of any GM in league history.
 
     Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, star forward Natalie Darwitz, retired NHL referee Paul Stewart, and the late Leland "Hago" Harrington will be inducted on Dec. 12 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
     In other hockey news:
 
     - The Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year, $26.7 million extension through the 2024-25 season. The 22-year-old Dvorak was Arizona's third-leading goal scorer with 15 last season and fifth in points with 37.

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     UNDATED (AP) - Police say a Wake Forest assistant basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his car window thinking it was his Uber ride. Police say Jamill Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. They say the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk. The 35-year-old Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with assault before pleading not guilty.
 
     Elsewhere in college basketball
 
     - Michigan assistant coach Saddi Washington says coach John Beilein is doing well in his recovery from a double-bypass heart procedure. Washington didn't give too many details about Beilein before Thursday's practice. Washington is serving as interim coach for the time being. Beilein's operation took place Monday at the University of Michigan's Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center.
 


 

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