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Yankees retire Torre's No. 6

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Torre lingered on the field at Yankee Stadium, hugging each one of the guests on hand Saturday to honor New York's four-time World Series winning manager.

If Torre's time with the Yankees always felt like a family affair why should the day his No. 6 was retired be any different?

"It's a long, long journey from the field to Monument Park," Torre said. "However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players."

The recently inducted Hall of Famer unveiled his number alongside those of 16 other retired numbers in Monument Park at the start of the ceremony. With No. 6 forever out of circulation, that leaves Derek Jeter's 2 as the only single digit number still being worn on Yankees pinstripes.

The Yankees captain, who is retiring after this season, escorted Soot Zimmer, the wife of the late Don Zimmer, onto the field to present Torre with a proclamation from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio naming Saturday Joe Torre Day.

Torre rode in a golf cart with Yogi Berra to the area in front of the mound, where the Yankees presented him with the 29th plaque to be placed in the area beyond the center field wall at the stadium. The team also gave Torre a flashy commemorative ring.

Torre, now an executive vice president for Major League Baseball, is the fourth member of the Yankees teams that won four World Series titles from 1996-2000 to be honored in Monument Park. Mariano Rivera was celebrated last season and Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill were give plaques earlier this summer. Bernie Williams will be recognized next year.

All but Rivera were on hand Saturday to pay tribute to the man who guided the Yankees to their first title since 1978 with a sense of calm and familial congeniality under George Steinbrenner, the combative owner.

"Joe's demeanor was always the same during the course of a game, during good times, bad times," said Joe Girardi, the Yankees current manager and catcher on three of Torre's World Series teams.

Torre, a Brooklyn native, took over as manager of the Bronx Bombers in 1996, and found instant success despite a losing record in 14 seasons at the helm of the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Yankees made the playoffs in each of Torre's 12 seasons, winning six AL pennants. He was 1,173-767-2 in the regular season and 76-47 record in the postseason.

"This group I had as far as nobody really cares who went to the All-Star game and nobody cared who got the headline in the newspaper - it was all about rolling up their sleeves and pretty much letting me decide on the direction we were going," Torre said. "I wasn't always right but they always respected the fact that it was my decision."

Torre left after the 2007 season after turning down a one-year contract, his relationship with the organization strained.

But when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in July, Torre said, "Let's cut to the chase, I'm here because of the New York Yankees."

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AP Freelancer Charles O'Brien contributed to this report.

Red Sox sign Cuban outfielder to 7-year deal

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox are hoping another touted Cuban outfielder can help them turn things around next season.

The team signed Rusney Castillo to a seven-year contract Saturday that begins immediately. Several reports indicated the deal is worth $72.5 million.

"You're trying to build a winning team as quickly as you can, and we feel Rusney can be a part of that," general manager Ben Cherington said during a news conference after the last-place Red Sox lost 7-3 to Seattle, their seventh straight defeat.

"There's obviously been some other high-profile guys coming out of Cuba," Cherington added. "We've had several scouts see him over the last couple of years."

Castillo will join fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes in Boston's new-look outfield. Trying to improve a weak lineup, the Red Sox obtained Cespedes from Oakland and Allen Craig from St. Louis at the July 31 trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have benefited from the strong play of another Cuban outfielder, Yasiel Puig.

"I have actually spoken to Cespedes a little about this and he made me aware that it's the same game we play down in Cuba and success comes with hard work," Castillo said through a translator.

Cherington said Castillo first needs to obtain a work visa, then he'll go to the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida, to get back into game shape. The club hopes to have him play in some games in the majors before the end of the season, but he'll likely be in the minors first.

"Our hope is once all these steps are completed that we'll see him in some major league games in September," Cherington said.

Castillo appeared at Fenway Park about 3 hours before the game wearing Red Sox shorts and a T-shirt. He wore No. 38 for a photo with Cherington, the same number pitcher Curt Schilling wore with the Red Sox.

"It's really a dream come true to have this opportunity to play, especially with the success of the recent Cuban players," Castillo said.

Castillo chatted with Mariners star Robinson Cano in front of the Seattle dugout.

During his pregame media session, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Castillo was going through the final stages of an exam and the completion of administrative paperwork.

"I talked to him this morning. He's glad to be here and glad the process has moved along to this point and excited to get started - when that day comes," Farrell said. "There's still some things to work through. He's obviously a strong athlete, a shorter version to Puig. What that means performance-wise, we'll see. We're confident in the athleticism and the overall strength."

The 27-year-old Castillo hit .324 in 2011 and .332 in 2012, his two best years in Cuba.

Rays protest game over timing of replay challenge

TORONTO (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon protested Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning after the umpires granted Toronto a replay challenge after the next play had begun.

Jose Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as Toronto beat Tampa Bay 5-4. Maddon, however, said afterward that he felt his grievance was "pretty cut and dried."

"I'd be really surprised if the protest is not upheld," Maddon said.

Rays designated hitter Wil Myers reached on a one-out single in the fourth and was called safe by first base umpire Bill Welke on Mark Buehrle's pickoff throw.

After Yunel Escobar stepped back into the batter's box and Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out and asked to challenge Welke's call.

Maddon came out to speak with crew chief and third base umpire Bob Davidson about the timing of the challenge. After Myers was called out following video review, Maddon spoke to Davidson again and indicated he was playing the game under protest.

"It was inappropriate for Bob to do what he did and permit that to happen," Maddon said. "I'm trusting that they're going to interpret the rule properly and get us back to that point in the game."

Davidson told a pool reporter that he saw Gibbons emerging from the dugout just as Escobar was stepping back into the box.

"(Escobar) was just about getting in, but I'm looking at Gibbons and he's coming out and he's not a speed merchant, and I thought, it's on time," Davidson said. "We want to get the play correct. That's what we're out here for."

Baseball's replay rules say any challenge must be made before the next play or pitch, which is said to begin "when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter's box." The rules also say, however, that the crew chief has "the final authority to determine whether a manager's challenge is timely."

The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest after Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp at Wrigley Field had not been properly put away after its previous use. The Giants were able to resume Tuesday's rain-shortened game that the Cubs thought they had won 2-0, eventually beating Chicago 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Chelsea secures 2nd straight win; Arsenal draws

LONDON (AP) Chelsea welcomed back club great Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge on Saturday but it was another striker who maintained the team's winning start to the Premier League season.

Scoring for the second straight game, Diego Costa set Chelsea on its way to a 2-0 home victory over Leicester to join Swansea with back-to-back wins after two rounds.

The Spanish league got underway with Malaga's eventful win over Athletic Bilbao and the German league was treated to its quickest goal ever.

Here is the best of the action from Europe's top leagues:

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ENGLAND

Diego Costa kept up the prolific start to his Chelsea career, scoring his team's first goal in the second half in the 2-0 win over Leicester.

The Spain striker scored on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Burnley on Monday and netted again five days later, breaking down Leicester's stubborn resistance at Stamford Bridge in the 63rd minute.

Belgium winger Eden Hazard's solo effort in the 77th ensured Chelsea has maximum points after two games against teams promoted from the second-tier League Championship. Didier Drogba was given a standing ovation when he came on as a second-half substitute for Costa for his first home match in his second spell at Chelsea.

Swansea is the only other side with back-to-back wins so far after beating Burnley 1-0, while Arsenal has four points after getting goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the final seven minutes to recover for a 2-2 draw at Everton.

West Ham won 3-1 at Crystal Palace while the games between Aston Villa-Newcastle and Southampton-West Bromwich Albion finished 0-0.

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SPAIN

Malaga held on to beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to kick off the Spanish league on Saturday and give new coach Javi Gracia a winning debut at La Rosaleda Stadium, although the game was marred by two red cards in the final minutes.

Malaga scored in the 34th minute when Luis Alberto converted the rebound from his own missed penalty after goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz blocked his spot kick.

Tempers flared near the end, when Malaga lost two players with direct red cards. Sergio "Duda" Barbosa was first sent off for shoving Bilbao's Iker Muniain to the turf in the 88th, and Vitorino Antunes compounded that error by earning his exit with a dangerous tackle to cut down Fernandez two minutes into stoppage time.

Also, 10-man Valencia salvaged a 1-1 draw at Sevilla, while Granada came from behind to beat visiting Deportivo La Coruna 2-1.

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GERMANY

Karim Bellarabi scored the quickest goal in the 52-year history of the Bundesliga to help Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the opening round on Saturday.

Bellarabi scored nine seconds after kickoff, beating the previous record of 11 seconds set by Giovane Elber for Bayern Munich in January 1998, Ulf Kirsten for Leverkusen in March 2002 and Paul Freier for Bochum in May 2003.

Bellarabi took a pass from Sebastian Boenisch, eluded Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter and slotted inside the left post from 12 yards.

Schalke let a one-goal lead slip by conceding twice in three minutes to lose to Hannover 2-1. Haris Seferovic's 15th-minute goal on his Bundesliga debut was enough for Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Freiburg 1-0 and Werder Bremen came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Hertha Berlin. Hoffenheim defeated Augsburg 2-0 at home.

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FRANCE

Bordeaux extended its perfect start to the season by rallying past Nice 3-1 on Saturday for a third straight victory in the French league.

Marseille beat Guingamp 1-0 to earn its first win of the season under Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, Lille kept a third straight clean sheet by defeating Lorient 2-0 and Bastia edged Toulouse 1-0 with a penalty from Ryad Boudebouz.

Promoted Caen stunned Reims 2-0 with late goals from N'Golo Kante and Herve Bazile, and Montpellier needed a free kick from Siaka Tiene and a header from Souleymane Camara to down promoted Metz 2-0.

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years.

One drought over. One to go.

On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Love to the Cavaliers, who capped a spectacular summer on Saturday by acquiring the All-Star power forward as another running mate for James to make them instant title contenders.

James didn't waste any time in making Love feel at home.

"Welcome to the Land (at)kevinlove!" the four-time league MVP posted on his Twitter account.

Yes, Cleveland, a city without a major sports championship since 1964, has another new superstar.

The Timberwolves receive a bountiful return for parting with Love, the disgruntled face of their franchise. They acquired No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from the Cavs and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers in the three-team deal.

"When it boils down to it, Kevin over his six years, he kept on saying `I want to win. I want to win,"' Timberwolves President Flip Saunders said. "Unfortunately over these last years, both him and the team haven't been able to do that. He felt it was best for him to go elsewhere.

"I was happy we were able to work with him and (agent) Jeff Schwartz and put him in a situation that he's going to have the ability to do that and we're going to have the ability for us to have an identity of where our team is at and continue to grow."

The Sixers received a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland - ironically, one of the ones the Cavs got from Miami for James in 2010 - and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves, who also receive a trade exception worth about $6.3 million.

The Cavs and Timberwolves had discussed a trade involving Love for months, long before James decided to end his magnificent run with the Heat and come back home to Ohio. The deal dragged through the summer, first because of Cleveland's unwillingness to include Wiggins, and then due to a rarely used league rule that prohibited it from being completed until 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract.

That bit of fine print in the collective bargaining agreement triggered an agonizing wait in both cities, more so in championship-starved Cleveland where generations of fans have longed for the Cavs, Indians or Browns to win it all.

But once the teams completed a conference call with the league on Saturday, there was nothing to prevent the planet's best player from aligning with the league's best power forward. Add in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and James is the ringleader of a trio as potentially devastating as the one with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh he broke up last month.

"Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA's elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team's vision for success."

Love's arrival caps a stunning two-month turnaround for the Cavs, who won just 33 games last season and haven't been to the playoffs since James left in 2010.

Cleveland locked up Irving, last year's All-Star Game MVP, to a maximum contract extension on the first day of free agency and then James rocked the league by announcing his return to bring a title to Northeast Ohio. Beyond that, Cleveland signed free agents Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones, veteran players with NBA titles on their resumes.

Love is the biggest piece. He's coming off of his best season, averaging career highs in points (26.1) and assists (4.4) while grabbing 12.5 rebounds per game and shooting 37.6 percent on 3-pointers.

"Welcome to Cleveland Wes," Irving tweeted at Love, alluding to a Sprite ad campaign the two players starred in where Love played a character called "Uncle Wes."

Despite his play, the Wolves finished 40-42, well out of the playoff chase in the demanding Western Conference, and he made it clear to the organization that he would opt out of his contract next summer and look for a contender.

"I want to personally thank Kevin Love for his six seasons with the Wolves," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. "On the floor, Kevin has worked hard to make himself a great player in the NBA. He also made it a priority to give back to the community ... we wish him nothing but the best in Cleveland."

The Cavs were initially reluctant to deal Wiggins, the super-athletic small forward who spent one year at Kansas. The Timberwolves entertained offers from several other teams for Love, who can opt out of his contract next summer. But they stayed patient, and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Taylor agreed last month in Las Vegas that Wiggins had to be included.

Adding Wiggins, Bennett and Young, an underrated seven-year veteran who will start in Love's spot, along with first-round draft pick Zach LaVine transforms the Wolves into a far more dynamic team around pass-happy point guard Ricky Rubio.

"We've all of a sudden become athletic, exciting and fast instead of being maybe a little bit slower and more plodding," Saunders said.

For Cleveland, Love could cure years of frustration.

The city's pained wait to celebrate a title may be nearing an end.

James and Love are together again, and the hope of ending so much sports heartbreak rests on their shoulders.

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AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski reported from Minneapolis.

Yankees pitcher Tanaka tests elbow against batters

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka took another positive step toward returning to help the New York Yankees make a run for a playoff berth, facing batters for the first time since he was sidelined six weeks ago with a partially torn right elbow ligament.

In front of several dozen reporters and photographers, the Japanese ace threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Saturday morning and reported no problems with his elbow. His control is expected to come later.

"I feel it's a little bit still rusty, but there were some good balls that I was able to throw," Tanaka said through a translator. "I want to keep moving forward."

Tanaka said he was cautious, thinking about his elbow with each toss, but it didn't prevent him from throwing all of his pitches, including his devastating splitter, while working against teammates Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler.

After watching the 25-year-old right-hander from behind the mound, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he thought Tanaka was on the right track. He felt his arm strength was good - about the same as it would be during spring training.

"I thought it was a good progression, as long as he's healthy," Rothschild said.

The Yankees will wait until Sunday before deciding on the next step. It depends on how Tanaka's elbow responds a day later.

The young ace got off to a blazing start after signing a $155 million, seven-year contract in January - New York also paid $20 million to his Japanese team - going 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts and earning an All-Star nod. But he was placed on the disabled list two days after a rough start July 8.

The Yankees have fallen eight games back of Baltimore in the AL East and 3 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card and could use some help for a rotation that has been ravaged by injuries.

Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will have to make some sort of rehab starts before he could return.

"I was pleased. He felt good, and that's the most important thing," Girardi said. "Big thing is we'll see how he feels tomorrow then we'll make a decision.

US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title.

The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Though team officials had previously said they might carry extra players when they left for Spain on Saturday, and final rosters aren't due until next Friday, the Americans decided there was no need to wait.

Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons also were cut, shortly after the Americans beat Puerto Rico 112-86 in their final home exhibition game.

"Since taking over the USA Basketball men's national team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we've gone through," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "I can't stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist.

"I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent - each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing."

The rest of the roster is: Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Andre Drummond, Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee.

The Americans can still change the roster in event of injury or withdrawal before Friday, a day before the World Cup opener, which is why they originally considered bringing extra players to Spain.

"We feel that it's better to go with 12 because that's really difficult on anybody if they're not going to be on the team to travel that far," coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game at Madison Square Garden.

Lillard, Drummond, Hayward and DeRozan didn't play in the game, but Krzyzewski stressed afterward the final decisions on the roster hadn't been made - and it turned out two got tickets on the plane.

"I'm excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team," Krzyzewski said.

Rose came off the bench and scored six points in 14 minutes. He had sat out the previous game and a couple of practices this week after feeling soreness following last Saturday's exhibition opener against Brazil, his first action since missing most of the last two seasons after a pair of knee surgeries.

But he proved he was healthy enough to make his second U.S. team, having played for the Americans when they won the former world basketball championship in 2010.

"These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back is to be around a group of peers," Krzyzewski said.

Curry scored 20 points, while Harden and Gay had 13 points apiece for the Americans, who will play a final exhibition game in Spain against Slovenia and open the World Cup next Saturday against Finland.

The U.S. led 52-47 after Thompson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of an entertaining first half before a divided crowd that included plenty of Puerto Rican fans. Knicks All-Star and two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Carmelo Anthony, who is part Puerto Rican, was in the front row along with golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Andy Murray.

The Americans lost a number of key players this summer but are still good enough to defend their world title with the roster that remains, though they are vulnerable, which Puerto Rico proved by staying right with them for 20 minutes.

But they can also turn close games into blowouts in a hurry, which they did by outscoring Puerto Rico 14-2 to open the second half, with some energetic plays from Faried on both ends, to open a 66-49 lead.

"The team is looking great," Puerto Rico guard Carlos Arroyo said. "A lot of young guys motivated to represent their country with a lot of pride and honor, and you've got to give respect to that."

Puerto Rico's veteran backcourt of Arroyo and J.J. Barea has loads of international and NBA experience, and they didn't wilt under relentless U.S. pressure the way so many other teams do. Former Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman also started for the Puerto Ricans, who play in Group B along with regional rival Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Senegal and the Philippines.

Barea scored 16 points and Arroyo had 15.

"Not every game is going to be pretty when we get to Spain, so this is a good test for us and a good experience for everybody on the roster," Curry said.

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Seahawks use big first half to rout Bears 34-6

SEATTLE (AP) Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Seattle Seahawks rout the Chicago Bears 34-6 on Friday night.

Already with a defense expected to be among the best in the NFL again, Wilson and the Seahawks can only hope the offensive efficiency of the past two weeks continues into the regular season.

Seattle scored touchdowns on its first four possessions, and Steven Hauschka hit a 59-yard field goal - what would be a franchise record in the regular season - on the final play of the first half. It was the ninth straight possession Seattle had scored with Wilson on the field.

Jay Cutler played the first half for Chicago and was 12 of 20 for 157 yards and an interception.

Green-Beckham to sit at OU after NCAA decision

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Dorial Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play for Oklahoma this season after the NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver that would have made the talented receiver eligible to play immediately.

"The University of Oklahoma has learned that the waiver request it entered on behalf of Dorial Green-Beckham has been denied by the NCAA," the university said in a statement released Friday night. "The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU."

Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma after being dismissed by Missouri in April after several run-ins with the law during his two years at the school.

NCAA rules require players to sit out a season when they transfer from one FBS school to another, but Oklahoma requested a waiver to allow Green-Beckham to play this season on the grounds he was "run-off" the team at Missouri.

Green-Beckham is a former five-star recruit from Springfield, Missouri, who was developing into one of the top receivers in the country last year as a sophomore. He caught 59 passes for 883 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

But his time at Missouri also was filled with off-field troubles.

Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession, and later pleaded guilty to trespassing.

He also was arrested along with two other men in January in his hometown of Springfield when police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case against Green-Beckham.

The last incident was an investigation into a suspected burglary, though Green-Beckham was neither arrested nor charged. A woman accused Green-Beckham of forcing his way into her apartment and pushing her down a few stairs.

Oklahoma has been criticized by some for adding the troubled star, but athletic director Joe Castiglione told The Associated Press earlier this month that the school did extensive interviews and research before making the decision.

"Those that knew him on a day-to-day basis spoke highly of him and his character, even acknowledging some of the judgment errors that he might have made," Castiglione said. "We had to review far beyond the hearsay, far beyond the limited amount of information that might have come out about some of those cases."

Green-Beckham could have transferred out of FBS and played immediately, but Sooners coaches decided to bring him to Norman and take a shot at getting him eligible.

"In his particular case, we felt he was deserving of the chance, assuming he would accept the conditions of his enrollment and participation as a student athlete here," Castiglione said. "He's been embracing them from the day he's stepped on campus. He's been very, very appreciative of this opportunity to be a part of the university and wants to make the most out of it and change people's perceptions of him and do it in a very positive way. He's committed to making that a reality."

No. 4 Oklahoma has a loaded team, but one of its few questionable spots is receiver, where the Sooners are short on proven talent. Green-Beckham had made quite an impression while practicing with the team.

"He's doing good and he's learning so much," receivers coach Jay Norvell said last week. "He's very, very good at certain things and certain things are really new to him. He's learning quickly and he's a really good player. Good players just adjust and learn the new terminology, and he kind of handles it like a real veteran guy."

Now the question is whether he'll ever play for the Sooners. The 6-foot-6 Green-Beckham has two years of college eligibility left, but he could also enter next year's NFL draft.

Rodgers has 2 TDs, Packers beat Raiders 31-21

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) With a stable of running backs now complementing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers offense could be as potent as ever this season.

Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Packers' opening drive and prized free agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in the Packers' 31-21 victory Friday night over the Oakland Raiders.

The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumb-up sign while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital.

The Raiders also lost two other defensive starters to head injuries in cornerback Tarell Brown and linebacker Nick Roach.

A first-team defense that allowed three touchdown drives in four possessions in the first two preseason games had its ups and down against Rodgers, who finished 9 of 20 for 139 yards playing into the second quarter.

Matt Schaub played into the third, finishing 13 of 27 for 110 yards for Oakland. Backup Matt McGloin threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Brice Butler, from 19 and 28 yards. McGloin finished 10 of 17 for 118 yards.

Lacy just played in the first series, but the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year had the Raiders on their heels. He finished with six rushes for 36 yards and the touchdown.

Backup running back DuJuan Harris added 56 yards on 12 carries, and added 42 yards on two catches. A Raiders defense that allowed an average of 89.5 yards over the first weeks allowed 78 in the first half.

The game inched along slowly by the middle of the third quarter with the Packers up by three scores and backups competing littering both lineups.

The Raiders' only touchdown came on their second series of the first half after a handful of missed tackles helped Maurice Jones-Drew dart 40 yards for a score to tie it at 7.

The Packers first-team defense, getting its more extensive playing time of the preseason, held Oakland scoreless from there.

Besides the sack, Peppers also stood up Raiders running back Darren McFadden in traffic for a short gain around the left end. It was just the kind of big-play production coach Mike McCarthy was hoping to get from Peppers when the Packers signed the former Chicago Bear as a free agent.

Green Bay did lose defensive lineman B.J. Raji to an arm injury. He remained on the sideline for much of the game with a black sleeve on his arm.

The Raiders again struggled to produce under Schaub, who was signed as a free agent from the Houston Texans. Oakland had four straight three-and-outs at one point in the first half, then turned the ball over at the Packers 26 late in the second quarter after Schaub fumbled on a sack by Nick Perry.

Schaub's best chance for a touchdown pass came in the third quarter, but backpedaling fullback Marcel Reese bobbled one pass away in the end zone before Jones' scoring grab was overturned.

Both Jones and safety Charles Woodson got ovations when the former Packers were shown on the video boards.

Jones, though, no longer has Rodgers throwing him the ball.

The 2011 NFL MVP's completion rate would have been higher if not for a handful of drops. He connected on touchdowns to tight end Andrew Quarless and receiver Jordy Nelson.

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Wiggins: rare No. 1 pick traded before rookie year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The wait is almost over.

The blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland will be completed on Saturday, making the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference and turning Andrew Wiggins into something of an anomaly.

When Wiggins is moved from the Cavs to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the deal, he will become just the second No. 1 overall draft pick to be traded without playing a game for the team that drafted him since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976.

The only other time it happened was in 1993 when the Orlando Magic traded Chris Webber to the Golden State Warriors for a package headlined by Penny Hardaway.

The Timberwolves will also get Anthony Bennett, the 2013 No. 1 pick, from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia in the three-team deal. The Sixers will get Miami's 2015 first-round pick from the Cavaliers and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves in the trade, which cannot be announced until Saturday due to a seldom-used NBA rule that prevents draft picks from being traded until 30 days after they sign their rookie contracts.

The Webber-Hardaway trade occurred on draft night, allowing both players and both teams involved to leave the venue that night with a clear picture of their respective futures.

Wiggins, on the other hand, has endured a much longer, more awkward process. He suited up for the Cavaliers at the Las Vegas summer league even as the rumors of his trade started to swirl. As the summer dragged on, the 19-year-old Canadian who spent one year at the University of Kansas even wore the Cleveland colors in a rookie photo shoot at the start of August.

Through it all, he side-stepped questions about where he was headed and steadfastly maintained the rumors didn't bother him.

"Anywhere, any team," he said earlier this month when asked about it at a promotional appearance. "I can play anywhere."

But Jayhawks coach Bill Self said that he thinks Wiggins has used the Cavaliers' decision to trade him as fuel.

"I think he's handled everything great. He's excited," Self said at a basketball camp earlier this month. "I think the whole thing that's been blown out of proportion a bit is that he's been in limbo. He's known since the summer that he'd be traded. It's OK. In some ways he's looking forward to going to Minnesota."

The vast majority of top picks since the merger either have never been traded or were shipped out after spending at least four seasons with the team that drafted them.

Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 who is headed from Cleveland to Minnesota with Wiggins, is unique in his own right in getting traded after just one year with the team that drafted him. He joins Pervis Ellison, who was traded from Sacramento to Washington after his rookie season in 1990, and Webber, who was traded from Golden State to Washington after one year, as the only No. 1s to be dealt that quickly.

That speaks to how highly the Cavaliers, and James in particular, think of Love. His versatility, shot-making, outlet passing and rebounding prowess will be a perfect fit for the James-led Cavaliers, just as it was when the two teamed up at the London Olympics with Team USA.

Love spent his first six seasons in Minnesota and has yet to make the playoffs. That lack of success caused him to inform management this summer that he intended to opt out of his contract next July and sign with a contender, so the Wolves started to entertain offers.

The Cavaliers jumped into the mix right after James decided to return home and shot to the top of the list of suitors when they decided to make Wiggins, a super-athletic, 6-foot-8 forward, available.

Now that he is coming to Minnesota with the added motivation of being an outlier is just icing on the cake in the Wolves' eyes.

They see two young players with the talent that made them No. 1 picks and the motivation to show the Cavaliers they shouldn't have given up on them this quickly, even if they were getting a three-time All-Star and one of the best offensive players in return.

"When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, `I hope I get traded,"' Self said. "And I'm like, `No you don't.' And he said, "Coach, I do. It's better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I'm forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they're going to be patient with me and I'm going to be a piece."

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Smith, Vick toss TDs in Jets' 35-24 loss to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith and Michael Vick each threw touchdown passes with the New York Jets' starting offense, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants' backups rallied for a 35-24 preseason victory Friday night.

Smith was 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro. Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and lost a fumble, he led an 11-play, 76-yard drive capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD to Eric Decker. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 34 yards in his two series for the Jets (2-1).

Manning, still adjusting to new coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense, struggled most of the way but hit Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left before halftime. Manning was 12 of 21 for 139 yards for the Giants (4-0).

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Nationals' 10-game win streak ends, Giants romp

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals' winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games Friday night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp.

Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to center field.

Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don't have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. During their success streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.

Hudson (9-9) allowed one earned run over 5 1-3 innings for his first since win July 19. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished the job for the Giants, who have won six of eight.

Doug Fister (12-4) threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers - Nos. 12 and 13 allowed this season.

The Nationals' winning run had become suspense baseball theater at its best, always with a happy ending for the team in red and white. The staff ERA over during the streak was 1.82, and there were regular Gatorade baths for the player who inevitably would get the game-ending hit.

Manager Matt Williams found himself having to answer to a promise he made to a television network earlier this season about doing his famous Babe Ruth impersonation if his team won 10 in a row. He says he'll do it eventually, but that the middle of a pennant race is not "the proper time."

Fister looked set to keep it going. He had a 1-0 lead and appeared in little danger when he retired the first two batters of the fourth. He then induced a chopper up the middle from Pablo Sandoval, but the ball bounced so high that it became an infield hit.

That was enough to start the game-turning rally. Michael Morse followed with a single, and Panik put the next pitch just right of the 402-foot mark to give the Giants a 3-1 lead.

Jayson Werth's solo homer led off the fourth to cut the Nationals' deficit to one, but Buster Posey matched him in the sixth to make it 4-2. Travis Ishikawa added insurance with a two-run double in the eighth, and the Giants pounded Ross Detwiler for four runs in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) was moved from the seven-day disabled list to the 15-day DL. He hasn't played since Aug. 6.

Nationals: OF Nate McLouth had surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder. "It went fine and it's all put back together," Williams said. The Nationals expect McLouth recover in time for spring training.

UP NEXT

San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (10-8, 4.48 ERA) faces Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.97) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series.

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AP Source: Machado 'probably' having knee surgery

BALTIMORE (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will "probably" have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee.

The person spoke to the AP on Friday under condition of anonymity because there was no official confirmation of Machado's plans. A decision was expected this weekend.

Yahoo! Sports first reported earlier in the day that the 22-year-old All-Star was likely done for the year.

The Orioles began the day with a nine-game lead in the AL East, the biggest division margin in the majors.

Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in 82 games. Slugger Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty also have played third base for Baltimore this year.

Machado sprained his knee while taking an awkward swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. He crumpled in the batter's box, limped off the field and was on crutches after the game.

Last year, Machado missed the final week of the season because of an injury to his other knee.

Before their 4-1 loss Friday to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Orioles said Machado wouldn't be ready to return when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 27.

Last season, Machado was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove and played in every Orioles' game until hurting his left knee. He had surgery and didn't play in a regular-season game this year until May 1.

Angels' Richards recovering following surgery

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards underwent surgery on Friday to repair the torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

Richards tweeted a picture of himself on a hospital bed before the surgery, then used social media to announce that the procedure was finished.

"I'm out. Surgery went great! Thank you everyone for your support and positive vibes. I will get through this," Richards posted on his Twitter account.

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year before getting hurt Wednesday while covering first base during the Angels' 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. He is on crutches and may rejoin the club next week in Anaheim.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Richards' surgery "went as expected." He added that the timetable for Richards' recovery remains six to nine months.

New, longer grass laid at 49ers' Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers re-sodded the field at Levi's Stadium from goal line to goal line and sideline to sideline with longer grass Friday and they expect no problems for Sunday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

Two high school games that had been scheduled for next Friday night in the $1.2 billion venue will instead be played in October or early November, giving the field plenty of time to be prepared for a Sept. 6 soccer match between Chile and Mexico.

"We're refitting, regrouping, retooling and the new field is going in," coach Jim Harbaugh said of the field. "What more can I say about it? We can count on our organization to always do things at the highest level. It's that simple. ... I'm sure the field is going to be good and playable. I think I've done well talking about grass."

49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido said the team, league officials and other experts and consultants are working to solve the issue and determine why the initial sod laid in April failed to hold up at least well into the regular season as was expected. There had been plans to re-sod at some point this season when it was deemed necessary.

"What we knew is the sod wasn't going to hold up for an NFL game. Obviously we didn't want to do it this early," Guido said. "It's unfortunate. In the circles of the NFL world, this wasn't big news. It's big in the fact we never planned to take it up this early."

Soil samples have been sent to a lab for evaluation. The new grass is 1 1/2 inches thick - and artificial turf wasn't considered.

"We feel very comfortable we can maintain great grass in this climate," Guido said. "This field will be perfect Sunday."

A workout that was open to the public Wednesday was cut short about an hour in and moved to the regular practice fields after players slipped. Guido said the team decided to re-sod the field and placed calls to the NFL and the Chargers.

After Sunday's game, the sod will be lifted and studied again to determine whether to keep the current grass or re-sod it again immediately.

"We're getting very close to the final solution," Guido said. "This will not be the longer-term solution."

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Chiefs OT Stephenson suspended for PEDs violation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season Friday for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, a massive blow to an already unsteady offensive line.

Stephenson remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's contest against Minnesota. He will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami and New England and be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 30.

The substance was not disclosed. The Chiefs said in a three-sentence statement that they were informed of the positive test on Friday and expressed disappointment in losing Stephenson, but declined further comment.

Stephenson said in a statement issued through the NFL Players' Association that he took a medication that requires a therapeutic-use exemption and failed to properly investigate it.

"The rules are strict, and without a TUE, the consequence is a four-game suspension," Stephenson said in the statement. "It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team and I will be ready to contribute to my team's effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return."

Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side this year, taking over for former No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher as he moved back to left tackle.

With perilously little depth, Stephenson's lost could result in plenty of shuffling.

Jeff Allen is expected to move from left guard to right tackle, filling in for Stephenson but creating a new hole. Ricky Henry and Jeff Linkenbach, who were fighting for a backup job, are now in a race to replace at Allen at starting left guard for the first four games of the season.

"We're rotating people around and we'll keep doing that," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "When we're satisfied with who the five best are we'll roll from there. I don't really care about positions right now. I just care about getting the five best out there."

The Chiefs have tried several permutations through their first two preseason games, and none of them has engendered a great deal of confidence. If they haven't been hit with false start and holding penalties, they've struggled to open holes and contain the pass rush.

"We don't make any excuses for them," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "Guys just have to focus in on detail. They get in the heat of the battle and sometimes they get a little fatigued and into the game, but they still have to concentrate and understand how we're snapping the ball, when we're snapping the ball. We need to eliminate those types of penalties, the holding penalties and obviously the sacks and turnovers."

The trickle-down of Stephenson's suspension could also impact the number of offensive linemen the Chiefs keep when they go through roster cuts. Teams must trim from 90 players to 75 by Tuesday afternoon, and final cuts to the 53-man roster limit are due Sept. 30.

The Chiefs were already without their top wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, for the season opener after he was suspended by the league for an incident involving marijuana last November.

They've also been dealing with a rash of injuries. Inside linebacker Joe Mays sustained a wrist injury that will require surgery and is likely to keep him out for the first few weeks of the regular season, and running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and wide receiver Junior Hemingway have all been dealing with nagging injuries during training camp.

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Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip

CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.

The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public.

Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland's huddle.

"I had words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week," Manziel said. "I should have been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game and the cameras were probably solidly on me, and I need to be smarter about that."

Manziel has never shied away from other gestures on the field, notably the finger-rubbing "money" sign he made famous while winning the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M.

Manziel expects the trash talk to keep heading his way.

"Since my name has grown bigger and people have known who I am, it just continues to go as the games continue to go on," he said following Cleveland's 24-23 loss to the Redskins. "I don't know if there is a single level of severity each game, but I know it's there and it's present every game. I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.

"I feel like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up."

His finger flipping didn't help his chances of winning Cleveland's starting job, which went to veteran Brian Hoyer.

Browns coach Mike Pettine felt Manziel should have known better than to react to Washington's insults. He wants his high-profile rookie - and Cleveland's other players - to make mature decisions on and off the field. Pettine said the 21-year-old's behavior factored into the team's decision in naming a starter.

"We talk about `Play like a Brown.' We want our guys to act like a Brown," Pettine said. "We want to be a first-class organization. We have hundreds, thousands of kids come to our training camp practices, and look up to our players. That type of behavior is unacceptable. It's something that's part of football that you have to maintain your poise and your composure, especially at that position, and he should know better than anyone that all eyes are on him."

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Angels' Richards out for season with knee injury

BOSTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run.

One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

"You're going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there," manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. "You might not be able to replace that, but it doesn't mean that we're not going to be able to reach our goal as a cumulative pitching staff."

General manager Jerry Dipoto said "we'll be open" about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.

Richards crumbled to the ground covering first base on a potential 3-6-1 doubles play against Boston. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was flown to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, where he had an MRI.

The Angels tweeted Richards will have surgery on Friday. The rehabilitation time should be six to nine months.

The Angels selected the contract of left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who pitched briefly for the New York Yankees earlier this season, from Triple-A Salt Lake. Richards was placed on the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

Foles, offense sharp as Eagles beat Steelers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles threw for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both played one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession shortly before Pittsburgh (1-2) traveled to Philadelphia.

Eagles All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy left the game with a right thumb injury after a 22-yard TD catch gave Philadelphia (1-2) a 7-0 lead. X-rays on McCoy's thumb were negative, but he didn't return. McCoy showed no effects of a toe injury that forced him to miss one practice earlier in the week.

The Eagles' first-team offense had only one touchdown on six drives in road losses to Chicago and New England. But this was more like last year's offense that set several franchise records.

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