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October 13, 2018

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NFL:

DOLPHINS INJURIES

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a throwing shoulder injury that first bothered him last month. Tannehill was limited in Friday’s workout — the first time he has missed practice time because of the injury. He wasn’t on the injury report last week, but was during the week of Sept. 24.

BEARS-DOLPHINS PREVIEW

MIAMI — Last week, the Miami Dolphins resorted to eight-man pass protection, so desperate were they to slow an onslaught against quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And now they have to block Khalil Mack. By Steven Wine.

JAGUARS-JOE D

JACKSONVILLE — Nearly a decade later, Joe DeCamillis chuckles at the memory of wearing a neck brace and screaming into a bullhorn at practice. “It’s called stupidity,” he said. By Mark Long.

JAGUARS MOVES

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars placed long-snapper Carson Tinker on injured reserve for the second straight year because of a knee injury. Tinker injured his right knee in last week’s game at Kansas City. The teams says it’s not the same injury that sidelined Tinker all of last season, a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

JAGUARS-FLOWERS

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars have signed former New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers and placed left tackle Josh Wells on injured reserve with a groin injury. Flowers was waived by the Giants on Tuesday after he failed to live up to lofty expectations. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Flowers was moved from left to right tackle this season after the Giants signed Nate Solder, but lost that job to Chad Wheeler after just two games.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE RANKINGS

Many an NFL opponent has had a game plan waylaid by the speed, strength and instinct of Aaron Donald over his not-yet-five-full seasons in the league. The 6-foot-1, 280-pound kingpin of the Los Angeles Rams’ defense was a unanimous pick for the best defensive tackle in the NFL by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press in this week’s edition of the position rankings. By Dave Campbell.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

T25-MIAMI-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia’s last meeting with Miami looked like it was going to be a highlight of the Bronco Mendenhall Era — until it turned sour. The Cavaliers (3-2, 1-1 ACC) hope that if they get a lead this year against Miami, they will hold onto it when Virginia hosts the No. 16 Hurricanes (5-1, 2-0) on Saturday night. By Hank Kurz Jr.

T25-UCF-MEMPHIS PREVIEW

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis Tigers finally get the UCF Knights on their own field with a chance at a bit of payback for the double-overtime classic that cost them the American Athletic Conference title last season. The Knights pulled out a 62-55 win that preserved their undefeated season. By Clay Bailey.

NBA:

INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT-DONCIC

DALLAS — Luka Doncic is getting help from a variety of angles as the teenager makes the transition from European basketball to the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. The Slovenian rookie has mom to keep things settled at home, 40-year-old fellow Euro transplant Dirk Nowitzki to teach what it takes to become an NBA MVP and young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to share the burden of expectations for lifting a fading franchise. By Schuyler Dixon.

NBA-INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT

It was the final minute of a preseason game between Philadelphia and Dallas, the 76ers were up by four points with the ball, and thousands of fans were screaming “defense” at the top of their lungs. A common scene, with an uncommon detail: The game was in China. By Tim Reynolds.

NBA-INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT-RISING STARS

Luka Doncic was the top international name in the 2018 NBA draft. Next year, there will likely be many more international names trying to reach the NBA. Here’s a look at five of the possibilities: SEKOU DOUMBOUYA By Tim Reynolds.

NHL:

PANTHERS-HALEY

NEW YORK — Florida Panthers forward Micheal Haley has entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association assistance program. The NHL and union said Friday that Haley will be away from the team while taking part in the program.

SOCCER:

COLOMBIA-US

TAMPA — This loss did not sting for Michael Bradley, far different from the previous one. Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja scored second-half goals to lead Colombia over the United States 4-2 on Thursday night in an exhibition that marked the return of Bradley to the national team following a one-year absence. By Mark Didtler.

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