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Lutz Is Good On Second Chance With 36-Yard Field Goal In Broncos’ 24-22 Win Over Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, New York (AP) – Wil Lutz of the Denver Broncos made good on his do-over field goal try, much like Denver has done in bouncing back from one of its most humiliating defeats in team history.

Lutz converted on a 36-yard field goal attempt as time expired to secure a 24-22 win over the sloppy, turnover-prone Bills on Monday night after missing wide right from 41 yards due to Buffalo being called for too many players.

Since a 70-20 setback at Miami, the Broncos (4-5) have won three consecutive and four of six. And they came out of their bye week riding the high of a 24-9 victory against Kansas City, which snapped a 16-game losing streak against their AFC West opponent.

“We have faith in one another.” “We believe in what we can accomplish,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “To beat the Chiefs, to beat these guys, it sets a standard of who we should be, who we can be, and who we are going to be.”

The Bills (5-5) are still out of the playoff race, losing four of their last six games. Instead of defending their AFC East crown for the fourth straight season, the Bills are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

“Yeah, I’m still optimistic. However, it is not a secret. The timer is ticking. “We’ve got to get some urgency now,” quarterback Josh Allen said after throwing two interceptions and fumbling.

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Lutz Is Good On Second Chance With 36-Yard Field Goal In Broncos’ 24-22 Win Over Bills

The clock may be ticking on offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey’s tenure after the Bills failed to score 26 points or more for the sixth consecutive game. It’s the worst stretch for Buffalo since Allen’s debut season 2018.

“I’m certain. When asked about Dorsey, coach Sean McDermott responded, “I believe we can be better simultaneously.”

And he had few answers for what it takes to turn around a club whose offense is sputtering, but the defense has held up well despite missing five starters due to injury.

“I think I need a little bit of time here after the game to assess that,” McDermott remarked. “Obviously I’m not real happy right now, so I’ll evaluate that in the next 24 hours here and see where that takes us.”

McDermott called the too many men penalty “inexcusable,” citing that the squad practices it at least twice weekly.

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Lutz was relieved.

“Extremely grateful that we get another opportunity, and you don’t get that opportunity every day,” he remarked. So, big win. I’m just glad I got another kick out of it.”

Lutz overcame his difficulties in a game in which he missed an extra point by hitting the left upright and could not get another extra-point tryoff because holder Riley Dixon bobbled the snap.

Javonte Williams scored on a 3-yard run, while Lutz hit four field goals.

After Allen scampered for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:55 remaining, Wilson replied by leading a 10-play, 57-yard drive that set up Lutz’s field goal for his 42nd career game-winning drive, the most among quarterbacks since 2012.

Facing an all-out blitz, Wilson heaved a long over-the-middle throw intended for Jerry Jeudy, who was definitely interfered with by defensive back Taron Johnson on third down and 10 from Buffalo’s 45.

Johnson was called for pass interference, giving Denver the ball at the Buffalo 17-yard line.

After allowing 181 points in their first four games, the Broncos have tightened up to allow 67 points in their last four. The Broncos have had 16 takeaways in their last five games.

Wilson completed 24 of 29 passes for 193 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown throw to Courtland Sutton. What seemed to be Wilson throwing the ball out of bounds instead landed in Sutton’s hands, allowing the receiver to get both feet in bounds. The play was first judged an incompletion, but it was reversed after a replay review.

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Two weeks ago, the Broncos forced five turnovers against the Chiefs.

“Winning feels so good, man.” “I’m sitting here thinking about the adversity that we faced and how everybody kind of answered the bell there,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said of the team’s up-then-down season. “You’re always going to face adversity, it’s just a matter of how you respond.”

Allen has turned the ball over in all but two games and has thrown an interception in six straight games, his longest streak of the season. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 177 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid.

On Buffalo’s opening play from scrimmage, Denver’s Ja’Quan McMillan ripped the ball out of the hands of running back James Cook, forcing a fumble. Allen then ended Buffalo’s second drive by having his hard pass over the middle bounce off the hands of receiver Gabe Davis, bouncing directly to Simmons for his 30th career interception.

Allen’s second interception came in the last minute of the first half, on the first play from scrimmage following Lutz’s 49-yard field goal that put Denver ahead 12-8.

Allen fluttered a throw along the left sideline, which Fabian Moreau easily intercepted, leading to Lutz’s 40-yard field goal to end the half.

SOURCE – (AP)

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

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Los Angeles — Taylor Wily, a former sumo wrestler best known for his role as confidential informant Kamekona Tupuola on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” died on Friday, according to a friend and a “Hawaii Five-0” producer. He was 56.

“Hawaii Five-0” executive producer Peter M. Lenkov announced his death to The Associated Press and posted numerous condolences to the actor on Instagram, adding, “I am devastated. “Heartbroken” was the caption for a photo of the two.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

KITV 4 in Honolulu was the first to report Taylor’s death on Thursday. Additional data concerning the cause are unknown. Lina Girl Langi, a TV and radio personality, said on the show “Island Life Live” that she broke the news “with a heavy heart,” because Wily was a friend.

Taylor’s longtime friend and partner, Lenkov, uploaded a second post later on Thursday with a video montage of images and clips with him. He commented, “You charmed me into making you a regular on the show and my life.” You were a family member. I’ll miss you every day, brother.”

In an extra statement to the AP, Lenkov said it was difficult to characterize Wily’s “special” qualities and praised the actor’s abilities.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

“Even though a lot of his ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Magnum’ scenes featured his comedy skills, he was also an incredible dramatic actor,” Lenvok pointed out. “I wrote a script for him a few years ago and hoped to cast him in my next production. I wanted to keep him near, both as a friend and as an artist. I’m devastated that I won’t get the opportunity.

Taylor played Kamekona on “Hawaii Five-0” from 2010 to 2020 and became a fan favorite. He reprised his role in the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” and had a noteworthy performance as a hotel worker in the 2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

Before becoming an actor, Taylor, born Teila Tuli, was a well-known sumo wrestler and UFC 1 competitor. In 1993, he became the first knockout victim in UFC history after opponent Gerard Gordeau’s kick knocked a tooth out of Wily’s mouth, ending the bout in 26 seconds.

Wily is survived by his wife, Halona, and two children.

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Yankees Cut González, Demote Marinaccio, Bring Up Bickford And Gómez In Bullpen Revamp

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NEW YORK — After losing consecutive series to AL East rivals Boston and Baltimore, the Yankees rearranged their bullpen, promoting right-handers Phil Bickford and Yoendrys Gómez, releasing left-hander Victor González, and demoting right-hander Ron Marinaccio.

New York’s bullpen pitched 7 2/3 innings in Thursday’s 17-5 loss to the Orioles and six innings in Wednesday’s 7-6 loss. The Yankees’ pitching staff entered Friday’s series opener against Atlanta with a 4.59 ERA in June, up from a major league-best 2.37 in May.

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Yankees Cut González, Demote Marinaccio, Bring Up Bickford And Gómez In Bullpen Revamp

“A major factor was the numbers game. “We’ve relied heavily on the bullpen the last two days, so we needed some coverage down there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “And talk about certain things to shake up and pay attention.”

Gleyber Torres, second baseman, was out of the starting lineup after departing Thursday’s game with right groin stiffness. Boone stated that an MRI was negative, and Torres would most likely be available over the weekend.

González was acquired by the New York Mets in December from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for second base prospect Jorbit Vivas and shortstop Trey Sweeney, the 20th overall pick in the 2021 amateur draft. González, 28, had a 3.68 ERA in 27 bullpen appearances, giving up 13 hits in 23 1/3 innings while walking 13 and striking out 11.

The Yankees designated him for assignment after allowing five runs (four earned), three hits, and two walks in his last three starts.

“That was difficult because I’d appreciated Vic. I respect him. “He’s had some success in the league,” Boone stated. “Hard getting him into a good role here, but definitely had some struggles with the strike throwing and not putting guys away a little bit and just felt like this was something over the long haul that we’re probably going to have to address.”

Yankees Cut González, Demote Marinaccio, Bring Up Bickford And Gómez In Bullpen Revamp

Marinaccio, 28, was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 13, demoted on May 10, then recalled on June 9. During his most recent big league appearance, he allowed five runs, four of which were earned, seven hits, and four walks over 6 1/3 innings.

Boone said Marinaccio handled the demotion “like a pro, but he’s not thrilled about it, obviously.”

Bickford, 28, was dismissed by the New York Mets in the final week of spring training and was paid $217,742 in termination money rather than the $900,000 salary he received as part of a non-guaranteed deal in salary arbitration. He signed a minor league contract with the Yankees and went 2-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 22 relief appearances for Scranton, striking out 35 and walking 12 over 27 2/3 innings.

His contract with the Yankees calls for a $1.1 million salary in the majors and $180,000 in the minors.

“Tough on the right guy,” Boone added. “He’ll give you some length.”

Yankees Cut González, Demote Marinaccio, Bring Up Bickford And Gómez In Bullpen Revamp

Gómez, 24, went 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 starts for the RailRiders, striking out 54 and walking 26 over 46 innings. He made his major league debut in September and has appeared in one game this season, striking out the side in the ninth inning of an 8-0 victory over San Diego on May 24.

“The couple of opportunities he has gotten up here, he’s done a nice job,” Boone stated. “He has a lot of talent. He’s still inexperienced and has had some injuries in his brief career.

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Lexi Thompson Shoots 68 To Take 1st-Round Lead At The Women’s PGA Championship

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SAMMAMISH, Washington – Lexi Thompson anticipated a question after shooting a 4-under 68 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Would winning a major title alter her decision to retire from full-time LPGA Tour play?

“I’m just taking things one day at a time. I made the announcement. I’m quite pleased with it,” Thompson stated. “Golf is a crazy game, so I’m not going to look too far ahead.”

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Lexi Thompson Shoots 68 To Take 1st-Round Lead At The Women’s PGA Championship

Thompson had six birdies on her way to a one-shot lead over Nelly Korda and Patty Tavatanakit.

Teeing off in the afternoon as temperatures soared into the 80s and dried up Sahalee Country Club, Thompson started strong with three consecutive birdies to begin her round, building on her loss in a playoff at the Meijer LPGA Classic the previous week.

Thompson, 29, who recently announced her retirement after the season, blasted a bogey-free 32 on the front nine, highlighted with a 6-foot birdie on the par-3 ninth. Thompson rallied from a bogey at No. 10 with birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 before another bogey at No. 16.

In June 2019, she won the ShopRite LPGA Classic, her last of 11 LPGA Tour victories. The 68 is her lowest major round since a 67 in the second round of the Women’s PGA at Congressional two years ago.

“My approach shots felt great,” Thompson added. “They felt really good last week, so just trying to simplify things and get in a rhythm with my swing.”

Korda shot 69 in the morning, while Tavatanakit tied it in the afternoon with a bogey-free round.

The top-ranked Korda missed the cut in her past two starts, the U.S. Women’s Open and the Meijer LPGA Classic, after winning six of seven events in a row, beginning with a record-tying five straight wins.

Korda started on the back nine, making four birdies in her first five holes. However, the Douglass fir, red cedar, and hemlock trees of Sahalee sometimes made it difficult for Korda. A double bogey on the par-4 fourth hole brought her back to two under.

“If you try and be aggressive when you’ve hit it offline, it just bites you in the butt,” according to Korda. “Overall, I played fairly well. I took my chances when I could and stayed safe for most of the round.

Korda took an early lead by making a 15-foot putt on the par-3 ninth hole, her final shot.

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Lexi Thompson Shoots 68 To Take 1st-Round Lead At The Women’s PGA Championship

Another group of players at two under included Allisen Corpuz, Celine Boutier, Charley Hull, and Leona Maguire. Maguire led this tournament after the third round last year at Baltusrol but shot 74 on the final day to finish four strokes behind the champion, Ruoning Yin.

Playing with Korda, Yin recovered from a slow start by shooting 33 on the second nine to finish 71.

“Fortunately, I hit it quite straight today. Hit several fairways and greens. But it does feel like a course where if you’re out of position, it’s difficult to get back on track,” said Corpuz, who has an outside chance of making the Olympics for the United States if he finishes well this week.

The third major of the year on the LPGA Tour returned to Sahalee, which had previously hosted in 2016. And the tree-lined course demonstrated its complexity.

Lilia Vu, who won last week on her comeback from a back injury, shot 75. Yuka Saso, who won the U.S. Open three weeks ago, hit four straight bogeys on the back nine and finished at 2-over 74. Brooke Henderson, who won in 2016, scored 73.

Lexi Thompson Shoots 68 To Take 1st-Round Lead At The Women’s PGA Championship

Korda got off to a much better start than her previous major, when she shot 80 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open three weeks earlier.

Korda’s early run of birdies included three straight between Nos. 13 and 15, and she finished in 33. She advanced to 4 under after birdieing the third hole, her 12th of the day, then dropped two strokes on the fourth.

“This entire golf course is so demanding,” Korda added. “I had to make some pretty good up-and-downs.”

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