PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Ajayi (ah-JY'-ee) ran for two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles began their Super Bowl title defense by rallying for an 18-12 win against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles trailed 12-10 until Ajayi rushed 11 yards for a touchdown and cracked the end zone for the two-point conversion. The Falcons reached the Philadelphia 10 with 1:55 remaining but couldn't score.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa did not practice Thursday, leaving his status for the opener against Kansas City in doubt. Bosa was not in pads during the early portion of practice that is open to reporters after being listed as limited on Wednesday's practice report. The third-year player did not play in the preseason after he injured his left foot on Aug. 7.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has revived a lawsuit against the NFL by former players who claim the league illegally plied them with powerful prescription painkillers to keep them on the field. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the lawsuit is not pre-empted or superseded by labor agreements between players and teams. The NFL had argued that the players failed to exhaust the grievance procedures in those agreements.

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will take on Naomi Osaka in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final. Williams was broken in the first game and trailed 2-0 in the opening set before rolling to a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Anastasija Sevastova (an-ah-STAY'-zhah she-vah-STOH'-vah). Osaka saved all 13 break points she faced in defeating 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-4.

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Tiger Woods shares the lead at the BMW Championship following his lowest round in more than five years. He fired an 8-under 62 that leaves him even with Rory McIlroy through one round, one stroke ahead of Xander Schauffele (SHOW'-flee). Woods didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until the 14th hole of his best opening round in 20 years.