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FRISCO, Texas — Tyler Seguin showed up in Dallas five years ago mired in a Twitter-fed mess and vowing to show fans he could be one of the faces of the only NHL franchise in Texas. The high-scoring forward has nearly 80 million ways to prove he pulled it off. The Stars avoided any lingering questions about the future of Seguin by signing the five-time All-Star center to a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension that goes through the 2026-27 season. General manager Jim Nill announced the deal before the Stars flew to Boise, Idaho, for training camp. The team posted a Mario-inspired video on its Twitter account celebrating the news. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 640 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Predators captain Roman Josi heard about San Jose trading for Erik Karlsson just before talking with reporters at the start of Nashville's training camp. Yep, the Predators haven't even raised the banner yet for winning the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season, and it's already ancient history — at least in the arms' race that is the Western Conference. Even with all the trades last season and more deals and signings during the offseason, the pace has only quickened as NHL teams prepared to open training camps. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.




FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott heard the assessment from New York Giants safety Landon Collins on how to beat his Dallas Cowboys. Stop running back Ezekiel Elliott, put the ball in Prescott's hands and "I think we'll have a better shot at winning," Collins said a few days after the Carolina Panthers illustrated as much in the opener. "Challenge accepted," the Dallas quarterback said. "Challenge accepted." By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After catching 11 passes and being targeted 15 times in his first game since breaking an ankle 11 months ago, New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. was admittedly sore. The NFL's highest-paid receiver was also happy about his game, optimistic about the future, and even a little impish in dealing with his nearby locker room buddy, Saquon Barkley. For a night, the 25-year-old Beckham walked off with the ball the No. 2 overall draft pick carried on his first NFL touchdown, a 68-yard run against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 20-15 loss. When asked about the ball, Beckham kept the joke going. "No, that's at my house. It's gone already," he quipped as the Giants continued preparations for a Sunday night game in Dallas. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 710 words, photos.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley are friends from their days as foes at Ohio State and Penn State. Now that they're set to share the field for the first time as pros, the running back of the Dallas Cowboys remembers his only college encounter with Barkley, the promising rookie of the New York Giants. To wit, the matching hurdle plays that Elliott recalls when Barkley was a freshman for the Nittany Lions and outgained the reigning offensive MVP from the first championship game in the four-team playoff era a season earlier. Elliott's Buckeyes got the bigger prize, a 38-10 win. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved in advance for weekend use.


HOUSTON — J.J. Watt got better as the day went on his first game since breaking his leg last October in Houston's opener on Sunday. After getting through that game, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is looking to make more of an impact this week when the Texans visit Tennessee. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 570 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have limited Marcus Mariota at practice and given more work to backup Blaine Gabbert, and coach Mike Vrabel says they want to evaluate which quarterback will give them the best chance against the Houston Texans. Mariota practiced fully Wednesday after an injured elbow knocked him out of Tennessee's 27-20 opening loss in Miami, and Vrabel said the quarterback should play Sunday in the home opener barring any setbacks. Mariota's snaps were pared back, leaving him limited in practice. Vrabel said Mariota remains the starter. SENT: 280 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Vrabel knows Houston coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans pretty well after spending the past four seasons working as an assistant, his last as defensive coordinator. Now Vrabel has his own team in Tennessee, and the rookie is about to square off with his former boss looking for his first victory. Vrabel hopes his familiarity with Houston helps in the Titans' home opener. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 770 words, photos. Moved in advance for weekend use.



MONTREAL — A healthy Johnny Manziel is wondering why he's isn't starting for the Montreal Alouettes. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has returned to practice and asked out loud if the club had lost faith in him. The 25-year-old said he had been healthy and available to play for the previous two weeks, fully recovered from the concussion he suffered in his second start for the Als — a 24-17 loss to Ottawa on Aug. 11. SENT: 820 words.



COLUMBUS, Ohio — After waiting in the wings during a redshirt year and then sitting as the backup to J.T. Barrett last season, Dwayne Haskins Jr. is getting his chance to run the Ohio State offense as the starter. So far, so good. In the first two games, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Maryland product has thrown for 546 yards and nine touchdowns, with just one interception. A clash between the No. 4 Buckeyes and No. 15 TCU this Saturday will be a good measuring stick of whether Haskins can continue the torrid pace against better defenses. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 670 words, photos.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The 10-point lead for Arkansas in the fourth quarter at Colorado State might have felt secure in some places. Not so much to those familiar with the Razorbacks under coach Bret Bielema. Sure enough, the Rams scored 17 unanswered points to earn its first win of the season, 34-27, and drop Arkansas to 1-1. By Andrew Epperson. SENT: 560 words, photos.


— FBC--TEXAS-HUDSON-HEAT ILLNESS — Texas sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and returned to class a week after heat illness at practice sent him to intensive care. SENT: 150 words.



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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The son of a former Michigan State University athletic director said it's a "fabrication" that his father would have covered up a rape allegation made against Larry Nassar in 1992. Pat Perles told ESPN that allegations in a lawsuit filed Monday against MSU seem to be aimed at getting a "quick payday." Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane Does who said they were sexually assaulted by the campus sports doctor. Some assaults were reported to have occurred at a U.S. National team training camp at the Karoyli Ranch in the Sam Houston Forest north of Houston. SENT: 380 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


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