JETS NAME MCCOWN THE STARTER Josh McCown will start at quarterback in the Jets’ regular-season opener at Buffalo, beating out Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Coach Todd Bowles announced his decision, ending a strange training-camp competition.
McCown, 38, was the assumed starter the moment he signed a one-year, $6 million deal in March, and that never changed despite the fact he has played in just one series in a preseason game. Hackenberg, a second-round pick last year, had an increase in practice snaps and had started the last two games. But he struggled mightily and made no real push to win the job. Petty was considered the third option, and was solid in the preseason but left Saturday’s game against the Giants with a sprained knee.
GIANTS DEFENSIVE END BARRED FOUR GAMES The Giants backup defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the N.F.L.’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Also, with his fellow defensive tackle Jay Bromley suddenly nursing an injured left knee, Dalvin Tomlinson, a second-round draft pick out of Alabama, will probably line up beside Damon Harrison in the season opener in Dallas on Sept. 9.
BRONCOS LOSE LYNCH TO SPRAINED SHOULDER Just one week after calling off their five-month competition, the Denver Broncos may have to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster after losing the backup Paxton Lynch for several weeks to a sprained right (throwing) shoulder sustained in Denver’s 20-17 preseason win over Green Bay on Saturday night.
DEPLETED BILLS SIGN A QUARTERBACK The Buffalo Bills signed Keith Wenning to address their injury-depleted quarterback position entering their final preseason game. Buffalo turned to Wenning because the starter, Tyrod Taylor, and the third-stringer, T. J. Yates are being evaluated for concussions sustained Saturday in a 13-9 preseason loss at Baltimore.
Scherzer, in Return, Stops the Marlins
Max Scherzer overpowered Giancarlo Stanton, Howie Kendrick hit a three-run triple and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins, 11-2, in Washington. Scherzer (13-5) allowed one run and five hits and had 10 strikeouts in his return from the 10-day disabled list. Jayson Werth had a two-run homer off Jose Urena (12-6) in his first game with the Nationals since he sustained a left foot contusion June 5.
JONES STARS AS ORIOLES WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT Adam Jones hit a milestone home run, Welington Castillo had three hits and two R.B.I., and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners, 7-6, in Baltimore for their fifth straight victory. Jones’s solo home run in the fifth gave him 25 for a team-record seventh consecutive season.
RED SOX END FOUR-GAME SKID Christian Vazquez had four hits, including a two-run homer, Eduardo Nunez added a solo shot and the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, in Toronto, snapping a four-game skid.
Ratelle’s and Lindros’s Jerseys to Be Retired
The Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 and the Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’s No. 88 this season. The Rangers will raise Ratelle’s number to the rafters before their Feb. 25 game against the Detroit Red Wings, and the Flyers will honor Lindros before their Jan. 18 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ratelle played parts of 16 seasons with the Rangers and is second on their franchise goals list with 336 and third in assists with 481 and points with 817. Lindros, who won the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in 1995, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.
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