Chiefs send OG Johnson to Bucs for S McCray
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have acquired safety Kelcie McCray from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson in a move that should bolster depth for both teams.
McCray entered the league with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State. He's appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons with the Dolphins and Buccaneers.
The Chiefs are desperate for help at safety, particularly with Eric Berry still dealing with a nagging heel injury. Undrafted rookie Daniel Sorensen has been pressed into a starting role.
Johnson has appeared in three games over parts of two seasons for Kansas City. He had slid down the depth chart after the Chiefs acquired several other linemen in the draft and free agency.
Heaps returns to Miami practice, QB race continues
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Jake Heaps was back at practice with Miami on Wednesday, after missing the Hurricanes' second scrimmage of training camp with an elbow problem.
Heaps says he was advised by team doctors and others to sit out the scrimmage, which was held Monday. The Hurricanes were off Tuesday.
Heaps transferred to Miami earlier this year after stints at BYU and Kansas and is competing with freshman Brad Kaaya for the starting job, which became a wide-open race this spring when presumed starter Ryan Williams tore a knee ligament.
The Hurricanes have not said when they will decide on starters for their Sept. 1 season- and Atlantic Coast Conference-opener at Louisville.
Florida State lineman Edwards poised to dominate
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's Mario Edwards Jr. has everything a coach wants in a defensive lineman — the combination of power and agility. Last year he was a third-team All-ACC selection after arriving in Tallahassee as the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 2012.
Now he needs to dominate on every down.
Edwards used the offseason to firm-up his 300 pounds. He's bench pressing 450 pounds, squatting 600 pounds and routinely runs down players 100 pounds lighter.
Bucky Brooks, NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout, says Edwards needs to consistently dominate his opponent. The Seminole lineman says that's the goal — along with double-digit sacks.
The defense needs Edwards to replace the production of Timmy Jernigan, a second-round 2014 NFL draft pick, if it is going remain a championship-caliber unit.
Byrd eager to test back, mesh with Saints defense
MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Saints safety Jairus Byrd has rarely been so eager to hit and be hit, if only to reassure himself that his surgically repaired back is a healed as doctors believe.
Byrd, the top free agent acquisition by New Orleans this offseason, has been cleared for contact this week, allowing him to practice with no limitations for the first time since he signed a six-year, $56 million contract in March.
Byrd says he plans to play his first preseason game Saturday night in Indianapolis, and that he'll spend the next couple weeks working to get in synch with the secondary he'll be expected to help lead.
The Saints hope Byrd will help them produce more turnovers. The three-time Pro Bowl safety has 22 interceptions in his first five NFL seasons.
Teens charged with trespassing at Ray Allen's home
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Seven teenagers accused of walking through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen have been charged with trespassing.
Police say the teens were attending a party next door when they entered the Coral Gables home last week. Allen's wife and children were sleeping upstairs. Allen's wife woke up and screamed, and the teens ran.
The 18- and 19-year-olds told police they thought the Allens had moved. Police initially released them because there was no forced entry and nothing was taken. At the time, the Allens' attorney said the couple was upset that charges weren't filed because a crime had been committed.
The teens were charged Wednesday.
Attorney Gregory Victor says the Allens are now satisfied that charges have been filed, and the teens will face consequences for their actions.
Jaguars sign FB Kettani, waive/injured TE Onobun
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Navy fullback Eric Kettani and waived/injured tight end Fendi Onobun.
If Onobun clears waivers, he will revert to Jacksonville's injured reserve. He hurt his knee in practice earlier this week.
The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Kettani was originally signed as a rookie free agent by New England in 2009. He left training camp that year for military commitments. He was reinstated to New England's roster in September 2011 and spent part of that season on the club's practice squad. He spent the entire 2012 season on Washington's practice squad and was with Kansas City for the 2014 offseason before being waived in May.
He ran for 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons at Navy.
Martinez, Rangers top Marlins, 5-4
MIAMI (AP) — Nick Martinez allowed two runs over six innings in his homecoming, Alex Rios drove in two runs and the Texas Rangers roughed up Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi early on the way to a 5-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.
Leonys Martin had three hits for Texas, which grabbed a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Martinez (3-9) allowed six hits and threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes. He was born in nearby Hialeah and pitched at Belen Jesuit Prep, about 12 miles from Marlins Park.
Miami rallied in the ninth with solo homers by Marcell Ozuna and pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia, both off Neftali Feliz. And with the tying run on first, Feliz closed out his fifth save in six chances by striking out Donovan Solano to end the game.
Eovaldi (6-8) gave up nine hits and five runs, four earned, in five innings.
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European soccer clubs opening US academies
MIAMI (AP) — As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.
European clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have long sent coaches to work at U.S. summer camps, but now some are opening year-round U.S. academies aimed at finding new talent while also expanding their fan bases and revenue opportunities in the states.
The expansion of such programs is part of a bigger trend, as major international clubs try to grow their brands in the U.S. to battle for the hearts and pocketbooks of Americans today and in decades to come.
Porcello pitches 3-hitter, leads Tigers over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout and Victor Martinez hit a grand slam, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Wednesday night.
The Rays lost their fourth in a row.
Porcello (14-8) moved into a tie for the league lead in wins, retiring 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist's double in the first.
Porcello walked none and struck out four in his first win since Aug. 2. He matched Miami's Henderson Alvarez for the major league lead in shutouts.
Martinez hit his fourth career slam, connecting off Kirby Yates in the seventh. Starter Jake Odorizzi (9-10) left earlier in the inning.
Wil Myers, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 3 in his return to the Rays' lineup after missing 70 games because of a broken right wrist.