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Banged-up Pats host Geno and the Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Jets and Patriots get the NFL weekend off to an early start tonight in Foxborough, both coming off last-second wins in their season openers.

New England could be without two of their most productive weapons from their 23-21 win over Buffalo. Receiver Danny Amendola is doubtful with a groin injury. He caught 10 passes and had two touchdowns against the Bills.

Running back Shane Vereen broke his left wrist in the Patriots' win after rushing for 101 yards. Stephen Ridley is expected to get the start.

Rookie Geno Smith gets his second start at quarterback for the Jets after having what coach Rex Ryan called a solid game in the one-point win over Tampa Bay Sunday.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Wildcard scramble

UNDATED (AP) — The race for the last American League wildcard spot is turning into a late-season free-for-all. Five teams are separated by just two games for the position currently held by Tampa Bay.

The Rays have seen their lead dwindle to just a game over the Yankees, thanks to a 13-loss-in-17-games run. Tampa Bay hopes to the find the answer in their home series finale against AL East-leading Boston tonight.

Jeremy Hellickson gets the start for the home team after an extra day between starts. He's coming off his first win in nearly six weeks. Fellow 11-game winner Jake Peavy is scheduled for Boston.

The Yankees wrap up a series in Baltimore tonight which has been highlighted by some Bronx Bombers power. New York has tagged Orioles pitching for eight home runs in the first three games of the series. Baltimore is just 11-2 games back in the wildcard race.

Same thing with the Indians who open a series in Chicago against the White Sox. Kansas City is two back and has the day off.

Two of the three teams battling for first in the NL Central are in action tonight.

The Cardinals are just a game in front heading into the last game of their three-game set with Milwaukee. St. Louis turns to dependable Joe Kelly to help protect the lead. He's won five straight starts and is 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 11 appearances since getting the fifth spot in the rotation in late June.

Pittsburgh has won three in a row, but still trails St. Louis by a game heading into tonight's home game against the Cubs.

Cincinnati trails the Cardinals by two games, but has the day off.

T25-TCU-TEXAS TECH

Horned Frogs on the road

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — No. 24 TCU hits the road to take on Texas Tech in a Big 12 match-up tonight. The Horned Frogs will start sophomore Trevone Boykin at quarterback since Casey Pachall is out indefinitely after surgery on his left arm. TCU dropped its season opener to LSU before rebounding with a win over Southeastern Louisiana.

The 2-0 Red Raiders go with walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield at quarterback. He wanted to go to TCU, but wasn't offered a scholarship.

GOLF-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

First round on tap

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Henrik Stenson is the one to catch heading into the start of the BMW Championship today. The Swede vaulted into the lead in the FedEx Cup standings with his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago. Stenson enters the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events with a 14-point lead over Tiger Woods.

They'll be able to keep a close watch on each other playing in the same group today, along with Masters champ Adam Scott.

LPGA-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

First day of play washed out

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — The first day of play at the Evian Championship has been washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the newly-designed French course.

Players were on the course for less than one hour before being forced to come off, and organizers decided to restart the round on Friday with Thursday's scores annulled.

Officials still hope to complete the tournament on time by playing 36 holes on Sunday.

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