Dak controls Cowboys at camp, quite a switch in a year

Jul 25, 2017 7

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott climbed the stairs to the VIP tent that once served as Tony Romo’s perch for interviews at training camp, facing a phalanx of cameras similar to the one his predecessor and the longtime Dallas starter used to see.

It’s Prescott’s job now, and the second-year star quarterback has the attention to prove it.

“Last year I came in and I was just trying to figure everything out,” Prescott said on the opening morning of camp in California.

“Everything I do (now) they’re watching. Not just you guys but my teammates, the coaches as well. But that’s fun to me. That’s something that I embrace.”

An afterthought this time a year ago as a fourth-round pick and third-teamer behind Romo and Kellen Moore, Prescott’s outlook first changed when Moore broke an ankle in a training camp practice. Then Romo went down with a back injury in the third preseason game.

Prescott answered with one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, leading the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC at 13-3 before a divisional playoff loss to Green Bay.

Romo was relegated to the backup job when he was healthy again, and is now preparing for his debut in the TV booth as the lead analyst for CBS after Dallas released him. The Cowboys went 1-11 without an injured Romo in a last-place 4-12 season the year before Prescott arrived.

“A lot more comfortable than I ever thought I would be this time last year or beyond not having Romo,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who gave Romo the first $100 million contract in franchise history four years ago. “So that has everything to do with the year that Dak had and more importantly the way Dak is approaching this year.”

Last year, Prescott bristled at the idea of “vanilla defenses” when he was coming off two strong preseason showings — the week before Romo got hurt. This year, he figures to hear the term “sophomore slump.” He’ll shrug at that, too.

Prescott won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors over backfield mate and NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott because he led the Cowboys to a franchise-record 11 straight wins.

The former Mississippi State standout, the first drafted quarterback in seven years for Dallas, tied Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie record of 13 wins and set rookie marks in passer rating (104.9) and fewest interceptions (four, to go with 23 touchdowns).

“He’s got an insatiable appetite to want to be the best, to improve,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “I can assure you there are 16 teams on our schedule this year that have watched every play that Dak ran and they are going to have all sorts of things that are going to challenge him. He knows that.”

Receiver Dez Bryant, a 2014 All-Pro when Romo led the Cowboys to just their second playoff win since their most recent Super Bowl 22 years ago, is growing weary of Romo questions, declaring the Cowboys are “Dak’s team.”

Bryant raves about Prescott’s leadership skills, illustrated when he coaxed Bryant and Elliott into film rooms for extra study during the offseason at the team’s new practice facility in suburban Frisco.

“I just like the way he handles his business,” Bryant said. “That’s why he’s a great football player, just because of who he is as a person. The thing that he’s got, you can’t teach. We respect that. We’re going to follow that.”

Prescott’s busy offseason included cheering with unbridled joy when the Mississippi State women’s basketball team ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak at the Final Four in Dallas.

He signed several endorsement deals and headlined youth camps in his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana, and the Dallas area. But with off-field issues dominating headlines for the Cowboys, Prescott quietly wrapped up the offseason by working out in Florida.

“There’s a lot that went on in the offseason, but it means absolutely nothing,” he said. “The only thing that matters is what I do and this team does next.”

And it’s his team, not Romo’s.

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Dak controls Cowboys at camp, quite a switch in a year

Jul 25, 2017 9

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott climbed the stairs to the VIP tent that once served as Tony Romo’s perch for interviews at training camp, facing a phalanx of cameras similar to the one his predecessor and the longtime Dallas starter used to see.

It’s Prescott’s job now, and the second-year star quarterback has the attention to prove it.

“Last year I came in and I was just trying to figure everything out,” Prescott said on the opening morning of camp in California.

“Everything I do (now) they’re watching. Not just you guys but my teammates, the coaches as well. But that’s fun to me. That’s something that I embrace.”

An afterthought this time a year ago as a fourth-round pick and third-teamer behind Romo and Kellen Moore, Prescott’s outlook first changed when Moore broke an ankle in a training camp practice. Then Romo went down with a back injury in the third preseason game.

Prescott answered with one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, leading the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC at 13-3 before a divisional playoff loss to Green Bay.

Romo was relegated to the backup job when he was healthy again, and is now preparing for his debut in the TV booth as the lead analyst for CBS after Dallas released him. The Cowboys went 1-11 without an injured Romo in a last-place 4-12 season the year before Prescott arrived.

“A lot more comfortable than I ever thought I would be this time last year or beyond not having Romo,” said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who gave Romo the first $100 million contract in franchise history four years ago. “So that has everything to do with the year that Dak had and more importantly the way Dak is approaching this year.”

Last year, Prescott bristled at the idea of “vanilla defenses” when he was coming off two strong preseason showings — the week before Romo got hurt. This year, he figures to hear the term “sophomore slump.” He’ll shrug at that, too.

Prescott won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors over backfield mate and NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott because he led the Cowboys to a franchise-record 11 straight wins.

The former Mississippi State standout, the first drafted quarterback in seven years for Dallas, tied Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie record of 13 wins and set rookie marks in passer rating (104.9) and fewest interceptions (four, to go with 23 touchdowns).

“He’s got an insatiable appetite to want to be the best, to improve,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “I can assure you there are 16 teams on our schedule this year that have watched every play that Dak ran and they are going to have all sorts of things that are going to challenge him. He knows that.”

Receiver Dez Bryant, a 2014 All-Pro when Romo led the Cowboys to just their second playoff win since their most recent Super Bowl 22 years ago, is growing weary of Romo questions, declaring the Cowboys are “Dak’s team.”

Bryant raves about Prescott’s leadership skills, illustrated when he coaxed Bryant and Elliott into film rooms for extra study during the offseason at the team’s new practice facility in suburban Frisco.

“I just like the way he handles his business,” Bryant said. “That’s why he’s a great football player, just because of who he is as a person. The thing that he’s got, you can’t teach. We respect that. We’re going to follow that.”

Prescott’s busy offseason included cheering with unbridled joy when the Mississippi State women’s basketball team ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak at the Final Four in Dallas.

He signed several endorsement deals and headlined youth camps in his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana, and the Dallas area. But with off-field issues dominating headlines for the Cowboys, Prescott quietly wrapped up the offseason by working out in Florida.

“There’s a lot that went on in the offseason, but it means absolutely nothing,” he said. “The only thing that matters is what I do and this team does next.”

And it’s his team, not Romo’s.

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Anthony Davis, Pelicans are 'tired of losing'

Jul 25, 2017 11

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are “tired of losing” and have the roster to do something about it.

That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions.

“We can’t wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West,” Davis said Tuesday afternoon while promoting a youth camp he’ll host in early August.

“We’re doing everything, whether it’s signing players, trading players … whatever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a winning organization,” he added. “We have the tools right now to be successful. … Right now, I think we look good on paper. So we’ve just got to figure it out.”

The Pelicans will likely need the right scheme, good chemistry and good health to contend in the Western Conference, which features defending champion Golden State as well as Houston, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

Davis is optimistic that could happen. He’s been working out this offseason with fellow All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, and he fully endorsed the recent signing of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.

Davis said Rondo’s savvy play-making and defensive acumen will strengthen the New Orleans on both ends while also allowing Jrue Holiday to become more of a scoring threat from the shooting guard spot.

When the Pelicans re-signed Holiday to a five-year, $126 million contract to open free agency, general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry mentioned the possibility of playing Holiday off the ball more, and the acquisition of Rondo should allow that, Davis said.

“When I first heard about Rondo, I thought it was a good situation for us,” Davis said. “He knows when to get guys involved, when to make that pass.”

Davis said Rondo and Holiday also will be a formidable defensive tandem along the perimeter, meaning the Pelicans’ All-Star big men should have more chances to protect the rim and rebound. He said Rondo’s long arms and big hands help him disrupt drives and passes as well as rebound.

“They’re going to give a lot of guards, this year, problems,” Davis said. “It’s always good when you can add a guy who knows how to play defense.”

By the time Davis hosts his clinic for kids Aug. 7-8 at the University of New Orleans, he’ll have spent a considerable portion of the offseason working out with Cousins, who was acquired in a trade after last season’s All-Star game.

As the fellow All-Stars prepare to enter their first full season together, Davis said Cousins is trying to adapt and further develop his game. Coaches and teammates have complemented Cousins this summer on how he looks after committing to a conditioning program than has helped him shed some weight and improve his endurance.

“We know we’re going to be the big focal points on every team’s scouting report, so we just wanted to get together and work at it together and figure out the things we like to do,” Davis said. “He’s trying to adapt. He wants to win for sure and we didn’t have that much time last year. … He’s trying to do whatever the team asks him to do.”

Davis said he’s supposed to meet with new assistant coach Chris Finch soon to start discussing the offensive scheme he envisions when New Orleans’ top two front-court stars are playing together. Finch could be a good fit because of his recent experience on Denver’s staff helping versatile young big men Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic play effectively as teammates.

Davis said the Pelicans want to emulate “how they ran their offensive package with those two bigs who are very skilled.”

Anthony Davis, Pelicans are 'tired of losing'

Jul 25, 2017 0

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are “tired of losing” and have the roster to do something about it.

That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions.

“We can’t wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West,” Davis said Tuesday afternoon while promoting a youth camp he’ll host in early August.

“We’re doing everything, whether it’s signing players, trading players … whatever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a winning organization,” he added. “We have the tools right now to be successful. … Right now, I think we look good on paper. So we’ve just got to figure it out.”

The Pelicans will likely need the right scheme, good chemistry and good health to contend in the Western Conference, which features defending champion Golden State as well as Houston, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

Davis is optimistic that could happen. He’s been working out this offseason with fellow All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, and he fully endorsed the recent signing of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.

Davis said Rondo’s savvy play-making and defensive acumen will strengthen the New Orleans on both ends while also allowing Jrue Holiday to become more of a scoring threat from the shooting guard spot.

When the Pelicans re-signed Holiday to a five-year, $126 million contract to open free agency, general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry mentioned the possibility of playing Holiday off the ball more, and the acquisition of Rondo should allow that, Davis said.

“When I first heard about Rondo, I thought it was a good situation for us,” Davis said. “He knows when to get guys involved, when to make that pass.”

Davis said Rondo and Holiday also will be a formidable defensive tandem along the perimeter, meaning the Pelicans’ All-Star big men should have more chances to protect the rim and rebound. He said Rondo’s long arms and big hands help him disrupt drives and passes as well as rebound.

“They’re going to give a lot of guards, this year, problems,” Davis said. “It’s always good when you can add a guy who knows how to play defense.”

By the time Davis hosts his clinic for kids Aug. 7-8 at the University of New Orleans, he’ll have spent a considerable portion of the offseason working out with Cousins, who was acquired in a trade after last season’s All-Star game.

As the fellow All-Stars prepare to enter their first full season together, Davis said Cousins is trying to adapt and further develop his game. Coaches and teammates have complemented Cousins this summer on how he looks after committing to a conditioning program than has helped him shed some weight and improve his endurance.

“We know we’re going to be the big focal points on every team’s scouting report, so we just wanted to get together and work at it together and figure out the things we like to do,” Davis said. “He’s trying to adapt. He wants to win for sure and we didn’t have that much time last year. … He’s trying to do whatever the team asks him to do.”

Davis said he’s supposed to meet with new assistant coach Chris Finch soon to start discussing the offensive scheme he envisions when New Orleans’ top two front-court stars are playing together. Finch could be a good fit because of his recent experience on Denver’s staff helping versatile young big men Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic play effectively as teammates.

Davis said the Pelicans want to emulate “how they ran their offensive package with those two bigs who are very skilled.”

Jaguars reportedly make Brandon Linder one of NFL's highest-paid centers

Jul 25, 2017 9

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have made Brandon Linder one of the NFL’s highest-paid centers.

Linder signed a five-year contract extension worth a little more than $50 million Tuesday, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The deal came on the eve of the Jaguars reporting for training camp.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars do not disclose contract details.

“Brandon has proven on the field that he is capable of highly productive performances, and this is a high-performance business,” said Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.

“We look for his continued leadership development as an anchor of our offensive line. Brandon has earned this new contract and the high expectations that go with it.”

Linder’s $10 million average salary is the most of any center in the league, and the deal includes more than $20 million guaranteed. NFL Network reported the guaranteed money at $24 million. Atlanta’s Alex Mack and Dallas’ Travis Frederick are the only NFL centers with more guaranteed money.

Linder, a third-round draft pick from Miami in 2014, has started 31 games in three seasons. He missed two games because of knee and ankle injuries last season. He also sat out one game as a rookie and missed 13 in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. He made the switch from guard to center in 2016, and the Jaguars clearly believe he’s capable of playing at an All-Pro level.

“It means the world to me,” Linder said. “I’d love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city, and we have big things coming — changing the culture. … I couldn’t think of a better place to play my career.”

Linder is the first draft pick to re-sign with Jacksonville during general manager Dave Caldwell’s four-year tenure. Receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Telvin Smith are expected to be next in line for extensions.

Jaguars reportedly make Brandon Linder one of NFL's highest-paid centers

Jul 25, 2017 7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have made Brandon Linder one of the NFL’s highest-paid centers.

Linder signed a five-year contract extension worth a little more than $50 million Tuesday, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The deal came on the eve of the Jaguars reporting for training camp.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars do not disclose contract details.

“Brandon has proven on the field that he is capable of highly productive performances, and this is a high-performance business,” said Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.

“We look for his continued leadership development as an anchor of our offensive line. Brandon has earned this new contract and the high expectations that go with it.”

Linder’s $10 million average salary is the most of any center in the league, and the deal includes more than $20 million guaranteed. NFL Network reported the guaranteed money at $24 million. Atlanta’s Alex Mack and Dallas’ Travis Frederick are the only NFL centers with more guaranteed money.

Linder, a third-round draft pick from Miami in 2014, has started 31 games in three seasons. He missed two games because of knee and ankle injuries last season. He also sat out one game as a rookie and missed 13 in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. He made the switch from guard to center in 2016, and the Jaguars clearly believe he’s capable of playing at an All-Pro level.

“It means the world to me,” Linder said. “I’d love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city, and we have big things coming — changing the culture. … I couldn’t think of a better place to play my career.”

Linder is the first draft pick to re-sign with Jacksonville during general manager Dave Caldwell’s four-year tenure. Receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Telvin Smith are expected to be next in line for extensions.

Royals get pitchers Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres

Jul 25, 2017 13

DETROIT (AP) — After scrambling back into contention in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals are gearing up to make another bid for a postseason spot.

The Royals acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres on Monday, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter. Kansas City sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz to the Padres and will pay more than $7.25 million to San Diego — covering the difference between’s Wood pay and the big league minimum. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

Kansas City entered Tuesday night’s game at Detroit 6 first-place Cleveland by only 1 games, and the Royals are also right in the mix for a wild card.

“We wanted to move sooner than later,” general manager Dayton Moore said.

The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap. Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year.

Kansas City won the World Series in 2015 and the American League pennant the year before that. The Royals fell back to .500 last year, and after they went 7-16 this April, it looked like 2017 might be the end of their chance to contend with this core of players. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain can all become free agents after this season.

The Royals are back over .500 now, though, and they entered Monday on a five-game winning streak.

“We’re very excited. We’ve always felt good about this team,” Moore said. “We’re certainly very much in the thick of a pennant race in our division.”

Moore said the Royals did their due diligence on Cahill, who missed time earlier this season with shoulder issues. Eleven different pitchers have started for Kansas City this year, with unimpressive results aside from Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy.

Kansas City’s bullpen, meanwhile, looks a lot different than it did during its 2014-15 peak. Greg Holland and Wade Davis are no longer on the team. Kelvin Herrera is the closer, and Joakim Soria and Mike Minor have been solid this year.

Maurer and Buchter can now pitch more meaningful innings than the Padres have been playing. San Diego is in fourth place in the NL West.

As part of the trade, the Royals will give San Diego $7,261,475, of which $1,306,475 is due this year in equal payments on Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, and $5,955,000 is owed next year in equal installments on the 15th of each month during the regular season. The money is the difference between Wood’s salaries of $4 million this year and $6.5 million next year and the major league minimums of $535,000 this season and $545,000 in 2018.

Wood’s contract includes an $8 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1.5 million buyout, and the Royals would pay the Padres $750,000 if that option is exercised or declined.

The Padres are in deep rebuilding mode and don’t expect to contend for a few years. Many observers and fans figured the first player to be traded would be reliever Brad Hand, San Diego’s only All-Star.

“It’s tough in the sense that you’re losing three guys that you love and appreciate and have poured themselves out for the club,” manager Andy Green said. “You actually enjoy the guys a lot. The three of them have been great teammates, great contributors. Losing two back-end pieces and a starter that statistically has been your best starter all year, those things are tough.

“But we’re excited about what we’re getting in return, excited about the future prospects, even though a couple of them won’t play for us this year. But we see high upside and with Travis Wood we get some other help to stabilize things. I think he’s going to have an opportunity to kind of re-establish himself in the National League,” he said.

The 25-year-old Strahm went 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA for the Royals this year in 24 appearances — 21 in relief. Kansas City had been high on the young lefty but ended up using him to help acquire what figures to be more immediate help.

Wood was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA this year for Kansas City. The 18-year-old Ruiz has put up good numbers with the bat at the low levels of the minors.

Kansas City also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha for Monday’s game and designated right-handers Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell for assignment.

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AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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Royals get pitchers Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres

Jul 25, 2017 0

DETROIT (AP) — After scrambling back into contention in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals are gearing up to make another bid for a postseason spot.

The Royals acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres on Monday, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter. Kansas City sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz to the Padres and will pay more than $7.25 million to San Diego — covering the difference between’s Wood pay and the big league minimum. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

Kansas City entered Tuesday night’s game at Detroit 6 first-place Cleveland by only 1 games, and the Royals are also right in the mix for a wild card.

“We wanted to move sooner than later,” general manager Dayton Moore said.

The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap. Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year.

Kansas City won the World Series in 2015 and the American League pennant the year before that. The Royals fell back to .500 last year, and after they went 7-16 this April, it looked like 2017 might be the end of their chance to contend with this core of players. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain can all become free agents after this season.

The Royals are back over .500 now, though, and they entered Monday on a five-game winning streak.

“We’re very excited. We’ve always felt good about this team,” Moore said. “We’re certainly very much in the thick of a pennant race in our division.”

Moore said the Royals did their due diligence on Cahill, who missed time earlier this season with shoulder issues. Eleven different pitchers have started for Kansas City this year, with unimpressive results aside from Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy.

Kansas City’s bullpen, meanwhile, looks a lot different than it did during its 2014-15 peak. Greg Holland and Wade Davis are no longer on the team. Kelvin Herrera is the closer, and Joakim Soria and Mike Minor have been solid this year.

Maurer and Buchter can now pitch more meaningful innings than the Padres have been playing. San Diego is in fourth place in the NL West.

As part of the trade, the Royals will give San Diego $7,261,475, of which $1,306,475 is due this year in equal payments on Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, and $5,955,000 is owed next year in equal installments on the 15th of each month during the regular season. The money is the difference between Wood’s salaries of $4 million this year and $6.5 million next year and the major league minimums of $535,000 this season and $545,000 in 2018.

Wood’s contract includes an $8 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1.5 million buyout, and the Royals would pay the Padres $750,000 if that option is exercised or declined.

The Padres are in deep rebuilding mode and don’t expect to contend for a few years. Many observers and fans figured the first player to be traded would be reliever Brad Hand, San Diego’s only All-Star.

“It’s tough in the sense that you’re losing three guys that you love and appreciate and have poured themselves out for the club,” manager Andy Green said. “You actually enjoy the guys a lot. The three of them have been great teammates, great contributors. Losing two back-end pieces and a starter that statistically has been your best starter all year, those things are tough.

“But we’re excited about what we’re getting in return, excited about the future prospects, even though a couple of them won’t play for us this year. But we see high upside and with Travis Wood we get some other help to stabilize things. I think he’s going to have an opportunity to kind of re-establish himself in the National League,” he said.

The 25-year-old Strahm went 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA for the Royals this year in 24 appearances — 21 in relief. Kansas City had been high on the young lefty but ended up using him to help acquire what figures to be more immediate help.

Wood was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA this year for Kansas City. The 18-year-old Ruiz has put up good numbers with the bat at the low levels of the minors.

Kansas City also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha for Monday’s game and designated right-handers Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell for assignment.

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AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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Suns' Brandon Knight tears ACL, expected to miss all of 2017-18 season

Jul 25, 2017 11

PHOENIX — Suns guard Brandon Knight suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last week while playing basketball in Florida.

Suns team physician Dr. Tom Carter determined that Knight will require surgery, and he is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

Knight, 25, averaged a career-low 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 54 appearances in 2016-17, his sixth NBA season and third with the Suns. He is under contract for the next three seasons at approximately $44 million.

Suns' Brandon Knight tears ACL, expected to miss all of 2017-18 season

Jul 25, 2017 8

PHOENIX — Suns guard Brandon Knight suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last week while playing basketball in Florida.

Suns team physician Dr. Tom Carter determined that Knight will require surgery, and he is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

Knight, 25, averaged a career-low 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 54 appearances in 2016-17, his sixth NBA season and third with the Suns. He is under contract for the next three seasons at approximately $44 million.