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Welbeck is set to line-up Arsenal shirt for the very first time against champions Manchester City at lunchtime today. The England striker was a surprise £16m signing from hometown club Manchester United on transfer deadline Jason Williams Jersey day. And if he needs any extra motivation to hit the ground running at the Emirates, it came this week from United boss Louis Gaal, who insisted he sold Welbeck because he simply wasn’t good enough to stay at Old Trafford. Plenty have questioned the decision to sell one of United’s homegrown stars to a title rival. I had him from when he was eight, nine years of age and I think the best of is yet to come Meulensteen Former United coach Meulensteen reckons his fellow Dutchman has got it wrong and has backed the 23-year-old to prove it for the Gunners. I had him from when he was eight, nine years of age and I think the best of is yet to come, said Sir Ferguson’s former right-hand-. He is a very versatile player and I’m 100 per cent sure he do very, very well for Arsenal. is a perfect match for Arsenal. He is such a versatile player. He is very good short, creative, combination play, showing for the ball, passing and moving, picking Luc Mbah a Moute Jersey up different positions. At the same time he has the pace and power to break away if they break from their own half. I think he is a really good match. The 23-year-old craves to be played the central striking role, he rarely got at Old Trafford and has promised goals if Arsene Wenger makes him his main up front. As if to reinforce the point Welbeck scored twice for England on Monday a 2 Euro 2016 win Switzerland. Asked if Ferguson would have sold Welbeck to a rival when he ruled the roost at Old Trafford, Meulensteen told talkSPORT: No, definitely not. You look back through the history of Sir Ferguson at Manchester United and we were always keen on bringing players through and giving them a. People keep saying about Welbeck not scoring enough goals but you have to look at the people with him and front of him and how has he really played his preferred position? Every player that wants to builds up his confidence needs a run of his position and when that happens you get a flow and you keep reproducing the same performances. That has not happened yet for unfortunately. Welbeck isn’t the only Gunner looking to fit. Midfielder Wilshere played for England at the base of a new-look formation. But although he coped the unfamiliar holding role, Wenger does not believe the position makes the most of his talents. I personally prefer a more advanced position than a deep-lying role as a midfielder, said Wenger. If it works, it works and I am very happy for him, but I think he is a capable of creating danger the final third. He is provocative his dribbling and I would like to use this quality. Meanwhile, Wenger insists Arsenal do have the stomach for lunchtime kick-offs. The Gunners kick-off at 12pm having suffered heavy defeats to the champions, Liverpool and Chelsea last term when they kicked off early. The dopey north Londoners conceded 17 goals the process, but Wenger reckons it is nothing to do with the early start. I never honestly thought it was the kick-off time that cost us the, he said. It was poor the performances and they were not linked with the kick-off times. We live a society where you need to find explanations for everything. Let’s not forget we are competitive people and sometimes when your opponent is better than you, you lose. It wouldn’t matter if we played at nine or 12 – they were better than us. On the day, we were beaten physically and terms of mobility. We were beaten last year because we were not aggressive enough those. We lost too challenges. As a unit, we were beaten all over the place.

SEXY Hannant could save taxpayers a fortune…by stopping traffic at the Notting Hill Carnival. Hundreds of thousands of pounds are spent every year on closing roads for the huge street party. But, judging by our sizzling snaps, could easily halt the revellers their tracks. And the babe – ­discovered by the Daily last year during our hunt for Britain’s sexiest student – is hoping to be there tomorrow. She confessed: I really, really want to go. I’ve never been, but it looks great fun. If I can get there then I. The carnival, which runs from today until tomorrow evening, is set to attract more than one million partygoers. And if, 19, doesn’t make it, she’s sure to put it her diary for next year. The 30D dazzler, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, revealed: I’m moving to London next month. I travel down several times a week it made sense to move. I can’t wait. I really love London and the party lifestyle. The beauty has put her sport and exercise science degree at University on hold for a year to pursue her blossoming career as a model. But unfortunately for all those lusty London lads hoping to impress, she now has a boyfriend. She met ex-Huddersfield Town footballer Taser Hassan – of The Business gangster movie actor Tamer Hassan – on a night out the capital. said: He’s playing for Portland and I’m going out to be with him soon. We’re really, really happy.

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When he need to throw a strike or needed to throw a pitch, he did

Menu The Padres have won 11 a row at Pittsburgh, but by facing Erik Bedard today they’ll be hard-pressed to complete a weekend sweep of the Pirates. The Padres have tied a -high with six straight wins. They haven’t captured seven a row since eight-game run from 16, 2010. Despite Bedard’s 6 this, the left-hander has sparkled over his career against the Padres and he’s coming off his best showing of 2012. Bedard allowed two hits over seven shutout innings a 4 win over Arizona on Monday. Over his career, Bedard has won all four of Avery Bradley Jersey his starts against the Padres while fashioning a 1. Ohlendorf opposes Bedard and hopes to have his team complete a three-game sweep. The righty, who turned 30 on Wednesday, threw six strong innings a 7 win over the Cubs on Tuesday. This be his second appearance versus the Bucs. Last night, Jason took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Padres won, 5. Travis Snider led off the seventh inning and rolled one back up the middle, which deflected off the mound and glove of for infield hit. gave up another hit the eighth, but still went the distance to notch his fifth career shutout., who has won five of his last six decisions, struck out four and walked one. He threw the ball well, Padres manager Bud Black said. I think right from the beginning you could the movement on the fastball. It was Bill Russell Jersey fundamental pitching. He made good pitches.

When he need to throw a strike or needed to throw a pitch, he did. Headley hit a solo and drove three, while Venable added two hits, on of which was a solo shot, and two runs scored for the Padres, who have won six straight games. Headley has three homers and eight RBI over the first two games of this series. You just get situations where you’re able to drive runs, and guys around me have been getting on base and giving me opportunities, Headley said. It’s nice when those times happen. A.J. Burnett suffered his first home defeat this, allowing five runs — four earned — on nine hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts for Pittsburgh, which has dropped three straight and four of its last five contests. Burnett was 7 with a 2 10 home starts coming. Besides the fact threw a great game, I missed some spots on my sinker, Burnett said. It hurt me. I had a good hook tonight. That’s probably all I had. San Diego’s victory string at PNC Park is the longest active winning streak for any time over opponent at their home ballpark. The Padres are 28 all- time at PNC Park and have never lost consecutive games the stadium. Additionally, the Padres have won 15 of the last 17 overall against the Bucs. Despite faltering this weekend, the Pirates remain tied with Atlanta for the top two wild card spots the NL. Pittsburgh is 4 2 games behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati.

Three goals six minutes stunned United as they received a blow their quest to finish the top four. Wright told : There is a distinct lack of belief the whole team. They clearly do not believe what manager Louis Gaal considers to be tactics and a winning philosophy. The energy levels and the half-hearted approach underlines that they do not believe him and that most of them MUST believe that he is on his bike the. If he isn’t then I’ll be extremely surprised and very disappointed for pals who support Manchester United. Most of them MUST believe that Gaal is on his bike the Wright Look at how much has fallen into Gaal’s lap since he took over. Players like Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-, Marcus Rashford and Fosu-Mensah. For all the criticism, the owners, the Glazers, have pumped plenty of money his way – cash for Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay. Wright believes Gaal has been given plenty of funds and had the luxury of quality youngsters coming through and should be doing a lot better. Related videos He added: There is a squad there with youngsters coming through and expensive signings. LVG has been given enough ammunition. Yet I watched disbelief when came on as a sub at Tottenham and immediately went to play at centre-forward. ‘s best games have been as a left winger or left wing-back for United every time. Martial was stuck out on the left instead.

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He showed average arm and decent range at shortstop a year ago

He showed average arm and decent range at shortstop a year ago, though he also was erratic that he mostly DHed down the stretch. If he can’t cut it at shortstop pro ball, Krieger still could make it as a second baseman or a utilityman. He’s average runner with savvy on the basepaths. Round 5 OF BLAZE KA’ AGE DOB: 21, 24 College: University of Kentucky BATS THROWS: L R HEIGHT WEIGHT: 5 185 Signed 6, who turned 21 on 24, led the Wildcats with a.375 average during his campaign. The 5 outfielder paced D.J. Swearinger Jersey the team doubles, RBI, total bases, and stolen bases. Was named firstteam All-SEC 2014, hitting.328 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, 3 homers, 41 RBI and 14 stolen bases 54 53 starts. His.373 league batting average 2014 fell just short of the SEC batting crown. Round 6 RHP AGE DOB: 17, Sept. 16 High School: Quartz Hill High School BATS THROWS: R R HEIGHT WEIGHT: 6 185 Signed 6 RHP was a 2015rd- Perfect Game High School Senior Preseason All- and a Perfect Game 1st- Preseason California Region All High School Senior. is committed to San State University. From on A nice jump velocity had scouts paying more attention to this, with his athleticism and arm strength sure to intrigue teams. The San State commit was touching as high as 96 mph on occasion and sitting the 90 mph range fairly consistently. A strong and raw athlete on the mound, is more of a thrower than a pitcher right now.

He’ll vary his speeds on his Dane Fletcher Jersey curveball, sometimes throwing a firmer one the 76 mph range, but at times dropping down to 70 mph. His low 80s changeup if fringe average with some split-like action to it and the for it to improve over time. have to improve his delivery to remain a starter, but if it all clicks, he has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Round 7 RHP LUKES AGE DOB: 20, July 12 College: Sacramento State BATS THROWS: L R HEIGHT WEIGHT: 5 185 Signed 6 Was one of just two Hornets to play all 60, hitting.345 with 7 homers and 38 RBI. The 20- year-old led Sacramento State batting average and RBI, and reached base safely 39 straight to start the. Earned All-WAC First for the second consecutive, ranking among league-leaders hits, total bases, doubles and home runs. his sophomore campaign, Lukes hit.347 with 26 RBI and 54 runs scored. The Antelope, California native tied the Sacramento State singleseason record with 28 multi-hit, and broke the single- record with 259 at-bats his 2014 campaign. Round 8 RHP GARZA AGE DOB: 21, 20 College: Cal State Fullerton BATS THROWS: R R HEIGHT WEIGHT: 5 170 Garza, 21, went 4 with a 3 and 53 strikeouts 65 innings of work 2015. The right-hander missed part of the due to a slight tear his UCL. The 5, 170-pounder spent the 2014 as a member of the USA Collegiate National, going 2 with a 1 over eight appearances and four starts.

his sophomore campaign, Garza went 5 with a 3 and 60 strikeouts against 14 walks 11 starts. Garza’s best collegiate year came as a freshman 2013, as the right-hander finished the with undefeated record of 12 17 starts. 2013, Garza was named All-American and the 2013 Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year. The, California native was originally drafted by the Indians the 26th round the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. From on Garza Teams evaluating Garza have to weigh three years of starting for a very good Cal State Fullerton program and a successful turn with USA last against his smaller frame, concern about shoulder issues and a torn UCL that required Tommy surgery. When healthy, there’s plenty to like about the right-hander beyond his resume. He has pretty good stuff across the board, starting with a fastball that sit the 91 range and flash 93 mph. He’s shown the ability to reach back for 95 the past, but not consistently. His slider has improved and could be at least a League average breaking ball and he has a very good feel for his changeup. Questions about his durability, with his narrow shoulders and slight build, had some foreseeing a career the bullpen, where his stuff might play up a tick. The elbow surgery might only intensify that projection. A team taking him, however, could rehab him and send him out as a starter to see what happens. Round 9 RHP DEVON AGE DOB: 22, Dec. 26 College: Canisius College BATS THROWS: R R HEIGHT WEIGHT: 6 184 Signed 6 The 22-year-old went 7 with a 3 16 starts his senior campaign.

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The life of Horror Show diva is being celebrated a play

The life of Horror Show diva is being celebrated a play. And she’s it. By Coveney Uplifting: with the cast of Saved Life. Photo: Murdo MacLeod , according to the press release front of me, is a lip-licking, devotion-inspiring, buffet-nibbling, ego-wielding, pelvic-thrusting, red mane-tossing, blackjack-dealing, first of fishnets. is best known as Magenta the cult movie The Horror Picture Show.

Jim Sharman, the Anthony McCoy Jersey film’s director, once said that always looks as though she’s arriving. And, indeed, she does – usually orange trouser suit, or a noisy ensemble from Versace, or something expensively discreet from Farhi. She is probably more arriving even than Collins, whom she resembles some ways – except that is a fine actress, and a rather under-used one.

But she has settled, if that’s the right word, for playing herself – or at least image of herself. And her image be all over the Edinburgh festival this year, where a Fringe play called Saved Life, by Carr, is already selling out and is set to disrupt the opening performances the first week of August by appearing as her partly good – but mostly naughty – self. Carr’s play, two girls get stuck a room at a Horror convention with three Magentas. Or three Quinns.

The first Magenta is the neat little maid of the movie white apron and black suspenders. The second is the glamorous Stephens – widow of the actor Bobby Wagner Jersey Stephens , a clinging white trouser suit and black boots. And the third is as a Playboy black leotard and fluffy tail. We meet the Primrose Hill flat where she has lived since the early 1970s. The drawing room is like a stage set: huge mirrors, big sofas, tall jars of lilies, deco statues.

A foot-high alabaster Michelangelo David has red lips and toe nails. The latest CD from Snow Patrol is playing – drummer Johnny is her nephew from her home town of Belfast. I was last here over 10 years ago, to her husband Stephens. Does she still him? Do you know, it’s terrible, but I don’t. was garrulous that people thought I never spoke. Since he died, I don’t think I’ve stopped talking!

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Vikings settle with Wells Fargo over signs placed near new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings will allow Wells Fargo to keep certain signs near the team’s new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports a mostly confidential settlement was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a legal dispute involving office-tower rooftop signs near U.S. Bank Stadium.

Under the settlement, the team allowed Wells Fargo to keep elevated — but not illuminated — signs on the rooftops of two office buildings next to the stadium.

With the Chiefs he was used mainly as a slot receiver on offense and had 172 catches in four seasons with Kansas City. He scored six touchdowns on offense, five as a receiver and one as a running back.

Woodhead led the Chargers in receptions (80), targets (100), receiving yards (755) and receiving touchdowns (six) in 2015.

But back to Cousins. The troubling aspect is his inaccuracy. Cousins will force passes — he has done that since the Redskins drafted him. He will throw interceptions like he did Sunday in the end zone where he’s showing not only poor fundamentals — body drifting, feet not pointed at the target, eyeing the target the whole way — but also made a bad decision. If a rookie does all that, OK. But he’s had enough starts to operate differently. Thing is, even this summer we’d see some forced throws — off his back foot under duress to the sideline — that made you scratch your head. OK, it was practice where you test yourself. But it was worth filing away, too. (Note: Even last summer before getting the starting job, he’d throw some picks in practice).

He must do that again if the Redskins are going to have any shot in the NFC East, where the Eagles’ and Cowboys’ rookie quarterbacks have been much more impressive thus far.

But Cousins’ sluggish start is a reminder that there’s a lot he still has to prove. The Redskins did not want to offer him more than $16 million per season for that reason. One line heard from people inside the building after last season: It was only nine good games. That wasn’t to discredit Cousins, but to show the reluctance to go much higher with their offer.

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Seahawks rookie guard Germain Ifedi injures ankle in practice

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks first-round pick Germain Ifedi left Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury.

“I did not see what happened,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. “I know that he went in, they took him in for a minute, but I didn’t see because I was down at the other end at another drill.”

Ifedi is in line to be the team’s starting right guard. He is listed as limited on the Seahawks’ official injury report.

The team’s other options at right guard would be Rees Odhiambo, J’Marcus Webb and Justin Britt.

Odhiambo and Webb are currently backups. Britt is the starting center, but he played guard last season. If Britt were to change positions, rookie Joey Hunt would be an option to replace him at center.

When the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Henry 45th overall, coach Mike Mularkey said that wouldn’t change his outlook on veteran running back DeMarco Murray.

Baltimore surprisingly cut Forsett on Saturday to open up a roster spot for either defensive tackle Carl Davis or safety Matt Elam so they could become candidates to be the one player designated for return at midseason. Forsett was released because he is a vested veteran and wouldn’t have to go through waivers.

Two days later, Forsett was back with the Ravens for the first practice leading up to the game against the Bills.

“I was very much in the loop,” Forsett said. “We decided to go with the trial separation. During that time, we realized that we’re better together, and we came back and made it work.”

Coach John Harbaugh praised Forsett for being a team player.

IN 1994, WHEN Colin Kaepernick was 7 years old, Congress gave the federal government the power to oversee local police departments. According to The Washington Post, when the Justice Department has exercised this power — in cities such as LA, Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Ferguson and 20 others that were assigned independent monitors — it found patterns of excessive-force violations in 64 percent of cases. Now Milwaukee, in such turmoil it once requested government assistance, is the latest under DOJ investigation.

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Panthers acquire Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in trade with Browns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers filled arguably the biggest hole on their roster Monday by acquiring three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

The Panthers gave up a 2018 fourth-round pick and punter Kasey Redfern in exchange for Lee and a 2017 seventh-round pick.

“There is some depth and some truth into what he was doing,” Sherman said. “I think he could have picked a better platform and a better way to do it, but every day they say athletes are so robotic and do everything by the book. And then when somebody takes a stand like that, he gets his head chopped off.”

Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece thought Kaepernick was “misunderstood” and brought up the late Muhammad Ali as an example of why critics should not be too harsh on Kaepernick’s message, even if they disagree with how he presented it.

“Muhammad Ali, who stood for so many things and was criticized for not wanting to go to [the Vietnam] war, turned into this legend and this civil rights activist and this immense figure, not only in black America but America, period,” Reece told ESPN.com on Monday. “[Kaepernick] is trying to use his platform to stand up for people who can’t necessarily stand up for themselves.

“But, at the same time, I think personally you have to have a little balance in your take on everything.”

Some Rams players made their own social statement in 2014, when the team played in St. Louis, in recognition of protests in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Five players — Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Jared Cook — came out of the tunnel with the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose prior to a home game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 30.

Discipline was not handed out, but the St. Louis Police Officers Association called for the players to be punished and for the NFL to apologize.

Fisher felt his players were “misunderstood.”

“They wanted to direct attention to the community of Ferguson because they felt the community needed help and they were helping them,” Fisher said Sunday. “… Obviously, you have compassion for the things that are happening in society, and players have the opportunity because they have a platform. There’s a place for it, and there’s not a place for it. … To a man, if you asked each one of them if they’d do it all over again, they probably would. I thought, from an organization standpoint, we dealt with it appropriately and with compassion and concern for what was taking place in Ferguson.”

The defending NFC champions had hoped veteran Mike Scifres would fill the void left by Brad Nortman, who signed with Jacksonville in free agency. However, Scifres, the former Chargers punter, injured his kicking (right) knee in Friday’s preseason game when a New England player ran into him on his first punt of the preseason.

Lee’s current contract runs through 2018. He has a salary cap figure of $2,833,000 in 2016, $3,433,000 in 2017 and $4,134,000 in 2018.

One of the reasons the Panthers didn’t keep Nortman was they didn’t want to compete with the four-year, $8.8 million deal he received from Jacksonville. That deal has a cap number of $2.15 million in 2016.

Carolina also wanted to become more efficient at directional punting. Nortman sometimes outkicked the coverage.

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Victor Cruz practices Tuesday, leaves teammates impressed

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz returned Tuesday from a groin injury with his heaviest workload and most productive practice of the summer. For the first time in weeks, there was reason for optimism.

The centerpiece of that defense: star pass rusher Von Miller, who piled up five sacks in three games and was named Super Bowl MVP. If Miller was the best defender in the postseason, the best defensive player of the 2015 regular season was otherworldly Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who led the league in sacks (17.5) and quarterback hurries (50). In addition to serving as helpful ambulatory examples of the word “disruptive,” Watt and Miller have something else in common: They were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.

We have a ways to go, but we may very well be watching the prime years of the best defensive draft class to ever play the game.

The 2011 class did deliver a certain MVP named Cam Newton, but the vast majority of the draft’s output has been from the other side of the line of scrimmage. In fact, forming a starting lineup from that 2011 class produces a terrifying defense. If you line them up in a 4-3, you can go with Watt at one defensive end spot across from the Rams’ Robert Quinn, who had a 19-sack season as recently as 2013. Jets end Muhammad Wilkerson would kick inside to play tackle alongside massive Bills nose tackle Marcell Dareus, forming a devastating two-way front four.

Now consider the back end. The AFC West came away from the 2011 draft with a pair of terrors at outside linebacker. We can slot Miller alongside Chiefs star Justin Houston, who has averaged more than one sack per game over the past three seasons. The interior isn’t quite as laden with talent, but we can move Seahawks cover linebacker K.J. Wright into the middle.

Throwing on this team? Good luck. Our cornerbacks are an NFC West tandem; Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and Seattle’s Richard Sherman are both capable of shutting down top talent. The lone weak spot comes at safety, where the likes of Da’Norris Searcy and Chris Conte would be competing for starting reps. But that’s not much of a complaint.

“It’s an old-time man-coverage beater where that guy’s going to snag right at the outside shoulder of the guy covering the slot,” Flinn said. “Number one [the outside receiver] has got to get himself turned, facing the line of scrimmage so he doesn’t get called for offensive pass interference. But that’s a classic pick route right there, try to get the defensive back to run over the top.”

Baldwin doesn’t run straight to the flat. He wants the defender to back off a little bit to give him room to operate.

“If [Baldwin] goes right to the flat, his guy can undercut the pick,” Flinn said. “Or it’s going to be a 1-yard out. If he goes up the field, freezes him, makes him run around the pick, now you have space to get the first down.

“Basically set your guy up and run him into the pick. Make him run over it. If he runs under it, you’re not deep enough. The quarterback’s got nowhere to throw the ball. The pick guy, you’re driving his near shoulder low to high and making him come around you. Ideally he runs into you, that’s great, then the guy’s wide open. But if he runs over the top, at least here you’ve got some separation and now you can catch that ball. Catch, tuck and turn, get up the field and get the first down.”

No wonder Nelson called it “hardly even a practice.”

By unofficial count, earlier in Monday’s practice Nelson caught 15 passes from Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks at the far end of the field while the rest of the team went through a special-teams period.

Nelson appeared to run closer to full speed in that drill, although never against a defender.

Nelson said he was more concerned about his conditioning than either of his knees — the reconstruction of his right knee after his ACL tear last year on Aug. 23 and his left knee that was injured earlier this summer during his rehab.

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Sammy Watkins expected to make preseason debut Friday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots released veteran running back Donald Brown on Tuesday. An early-camp injury ultimately doomed his chance of sticking on the roster at a position where the club is thin.

Brown, who signed a one-year, $965,000 contract with the Patriots in March, was competing for a backup spot behind LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis, the latter of whom will open the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list as he will undergo a second surgery on his left knee.

Buffalo has also held rookie quarterback Cardale Jones out of practice this week with shoulder soreness. Ryan did not know Tuesday whether Jones would play in Friday’s game.

It’s not often a college football team has to stare down a five-time Pro Bowl running back in practice.

But that’s exactly what happened when former California Golden Bears star Marshawn Lynch practiced with his alma mater Tuesday in Sydney. Cal opens the season against Hawaii on Saturday in Australia — or Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

“He came out to practice [Tuesday], watched practice, actually suited out and took a couple reps as the scout team running back,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said by phone from Sydney.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Lynch no longer has any NCAA eligibility.

“I wish he did,” Dykes said. “I told him, ‘If you had one game left, we’d give it to you 50 times.'”

The 30-year-old Lynch, who announced that he was retiring from the NFL in February, played at Cal from 2004 to ’06, rushing for 3,230 yards and 29 touchdowns and making 68 receptions for 600 yards and six TDs. He was a freshman on the 2004 Cal team that went 10-2 and finished No. 9 in the nation with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Lynch spent the last five-plus years of his pro career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted No. 12 overall in 2007 by the Bills, and spent his first four-plus NFL seasons with Buffalo.

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Steelers get ‘natural bone,’ practice in the Saint Vincent basketball gym

Players did not wear pads and the practice focused mostly on installation. This was the 12th practice, and the Steelers have avoided heavy rains for much of the first 11.

Several Steelers who were battling soft-tissue injuries participated, including cornerback Artie Burns, outside linebacker Bud Dupree and wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Tomlin is hoping to increase their work in the coming days.

The Steelers host the Eagles on Thursday night.

In other injury news, rookie offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins re-aggravated a shoulder injury in Friday’s preseason opener against Detroit. The Steelers say they are waiting for an update. This one could be serious. Hawkins wasn’t going to start, but he’s held his own in training camp. The fourth-rounder looks the part of an NFL left tackle.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Second-year running back Karlos Williams passed his physical and practiced Monday for the first time since reporting overweight to Buffalo Bills minicamp in June.

Williams spent the first two weeks of training camp on the active/non-football illness list. He is eligible to participate in the remaining three preseason games but is suspended for the first four games of the regular season after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

“Right now we feel good about where he’s at, and he’s able to do some good things without those [soft] tissue issues,” coach Rex Ryan said Monday. “He’s worked hard and we’ll see what happens.”

A fifth-round rookie, Williams averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season and scored nine touchdowns. He did not participate in organized team activities and arrived at mandatory minicamp in less-than-ideal physical condition.

“At the end of the day, no one will ask you anything else except if you won [gold],” Krzyzewski said. “While you’re approaching that winning the whole thing, you’re asked a whole bunch of other things.

“I think we’re getting getting better offensively and we have to get better defensively. Just a succinct comment in that regard.”

Translation: Coach K essentially just confirmed that this tournament has already been too tough to worry one whit about style points.

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