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    Arizona's Kliff Kingsbury said he didn't even bother to watch Matt Bryant's extra point attempt near the end of the fourth quarter. The Cardinals coach was too busy trying to figure out what his offense was going to run during the minute and 53 seconds left in the game. The way it worked out, Kingsbury could have relaxed. Bryant missed the extra point, and Arizona escaped with a 34-33 win over the Falcons on Sunday behind Kyler Murray's 340 yards passing and three touchdowns. 'That's the way it goes sometimes,' Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. 'I feel like today we had some things that went our way.' Fitzgerald was talking about several close calls that went in favor of the Cardinals, who have now won two straight games. Damiere Byrd looked like he might have fumbled after a 58-yard catch, but the call was upheld after a review. Murray ran for a first down on the game's final drive on a play that was close to being short of the marker, but that review was also confirmed. Even with those advantages, Atlanta could have tied the game with 1:53 left after Matt Ryan hit Devonta Freeman on a 12-yard touchdown pass. But the 44-year-old Bryant missed left on the extra point, and the Cardinals ran out the clock from there. Ryan — who threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — didn't blame his kicker. The Falcons erased a 17-point deficit in the second half. 'These kinds of games never come down to one play,' Ryan said. 'Everybody in the locker room can look at four or five things they did throughout the game that we could have done better, that we would have been in a different situation at the end of the game.' The Cardinals (2-3-1) took a 34-27 lead with 5:12 remaining on David Johnson's 14-yard touchdown catch from Murray. Johnson made a great adjustment to his route on the slightly underthrown ball, catching the ball between two defenders. The Cardinals won at home for the first time since last Oct. 28. 'It's been a while,' Fitzgerald said. 'Nice to get back on the right track.' After showing flashes during the season's first five games, Arizona's offense put together the complete performance it expected after bringing in coach Kliff Kingsbury and Murray during the offseason. 'Guys are understanding what we can be if we play together as a team and hopefully we can take it into next week,' Kingsbury said. The Falcons (1-5) have lost four straight games. The way this one ended was a stunner. Bryant had missed just three extra points over the past 11 seasons before Sunday. After the miss, the kicker took off his helmet and walked off the field with his head down. 'The only thing that matters is how the game ends,' Bryant said. 'I have gotten a lot of support but it doesn't take away from the feelings of being depended on to do my job and coming up short.' Arizona scored on a 20-yard touchdown from Murray to Maxx Williams early in the third quarter to take a 27-10 lead and looked like it might turn the game into a blowout. Atlanta responded with a field goal and then a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Freeman to pull within 27-20 by the fourth quarter. The Falcons tied the game at 27 with 10:50 left in the fourth quarter after Ryan's 6-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper. Hooper finished with eight catches for 117 yards. The Cardinals were productive on offense in the first half and this time had some success in the red zone, which was a problem in previous games. Chase Edmonds scored on a 2-yard pass from Murray and Johnson ran for a 1-yard score as Arizona built a 20-10 halftime lead. Murray showed off his arm strength and touch on a few big plays, including the 58-yard pass over the middle to Byrd and a 38-yard completion to Trent Sherfield down the left sideline. LONG, FRUITLESS TRIP Atlanta was trying to bounce back after a 53-32 loss at Houston last week. The Falcons stayed on the road, flying directly to Phoenix and practicing for a week in the desert before Sunday. It looked like the strategy might work until Bryant's miss. Atlanta jumped to a 7-0 lead early on Ryan's 9-yard pass to Calvin Ridley that capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive, but the Falcons managed just 50 yards the rest of the first half. Ryan completed 30 of 36 passes and the Falcons slightly outgained the Cardinals with 444 total yards. ANOTHER ONE Arizona's Chandler Jones had arguably the biggest defensive play of the game when he sacked Ryan and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. The Falcons recovered, but the play forced a punt and stopped Atlanta's momentum. COMPLETE PERFORMANCE Murray is the first NFL quarterback to have at least 20 completions in his first six career games. UP NEXT The Falcons return home to face the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. The Cardinals travel to face the New York Giants next Sunday. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Los Angeles Rams ran the ball on their first seven consecutive plays, marching straight through San Francisco's defense for 65 yards and a touchdown. 'That definitely hits you on a personal level,' 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. 'I'm pretty sure a lot of guys took it personally.' The Niners' defense vowed to spend the rest of a memorable Sunday making up for that embarrassment. And with a fourth-down stop on the goal line several minutes later, San Francisco completely changed the direction of this NFC West rivalry. Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 243 yards and ran for a touchdown, and San Francisco remained unbeaten with a dominant defensive performance in a 20-7 victory over the struggling Rams. George Kittle had eight catches for 103 yards for the Niners (5-0), but their tenacious defense did most of the work. San Francisco held Los Angeles' once-unstoppable offense to 157 yards in coach Kyle Shanahan's first victory over Rams coach Sean McVay in a game in which both California rivals were playing their starters. 'LA has gotten after us a lot the last couple of years, so it was a game for us to come out here and just show that we are back and for real,' Niners defensive lineman Solomon Thomas said. These rivals are going in opposite directions after this one-sided showdown at the Coliseum. San Francisco stayed alongside New England as the NFL's only unbeaten teams, while the Rams (3-3) are on their first three-game losing streak of McVay's 2½-year tenure. After enduring two miserable seasons while the Rams reached Super Bowl heights, the Niners were eager to reassert themselves in this classic NFL rivalry. San Francisco won a defense-dominated game by thoroughly throttling the defending NFC champions' once-impressive passing game. Jared Goff went 13 of 24 for a career-low 78 yards while failing to get comfortable behind a porous offensive line, and the Rams didn't manage a completion longer than 12 yards while going 0 for 9 on third down and 0 for 4 on fourth down. 'We were running the ball so well early, and we were trying to stick with that,' Goff said. 'We just never really got in a rhythm. Their defense was able to settle in, and that's part of it.' The game was still up for grabs when the Rams reached the San Francisco 1 on third down shortly before halftime, but the Niners smothered two straight running plays up the middle. 'It sparks everybody,' Garoppolo said. 'Coaches, players, everybody is hollering on the sideline.' Tevin Coleman rushed for an early touchdown for San Francisco, while Garoppolo was mostly effective despite two turnovers. The Niners didn't score a touchdown in the final 27 minutes, but they're off to their fourth 5-0 start in franchise history, and their first since 1990. With Todd Gurley sitting out to rest his bruised thigh, Los Angeles couldn't move the ball in its least productive performance of McVay's tenure. Robert Woods rushed for a touchdown on the opening drive for the Rams, who then managed 48 net yards on their next seven drives combined. 'We came out and started fast, but it comes back to consistency,' Woods said. 'We look like a good offense sometimes, (and then) we look like a bad offense. We're just not being consistent.' The Niners' offense wasn't significantly better during a first half in which both teams turned the ball over at the opponents' 1, but San Francisco capitalized on Rams rookie Darrell Henderson's fumble on the opening snap of the second half for a short go-ahead TD drive capped by Garoppolo's sneak. San Francisco then took control, moving the ball deliberately and thoroughly shutting down the Rams. Garoppolo's fumble was returned to the San Francisco 36 with 8:40 to play, but the Rams promptly turned it over on downs. 'After that, I had a feeling that if we just don't turn it over, we'll win this game,' Shanahan said. 'I haven't had that feeling very much in my career, and the defense definitely gave it to me the whole game.' SLOW START San Francisco answered the Rams' opening TD drive with Coleman's TD run capping a 75-yard drive. The Niners drove to the Rams 1 again, but Garoppolo's atrocious throw at the goal line was easily intercepted by Marcus Peters. KEY FUMBLE Henderson, a third-round pick with one career carry before this game, dropped a pitchout from Goff on the opening play of the second half, and Arik Armstead recovered at the Rams 17. San Francisco easily scored on the short field. INJURIES 49ers: They played without both of their starting offensive tackles, Mike McGlinchey and Joe Staley. ... CB Richard Sherman left the game with a stinger in the second half, but was OK. Rams: LG Joe Noteboom was taken to the locker room on a cart during the first quarter after he injured his right knee. The second-year pro didn't return. ... S John Johnson was ruled out with an injured shoulder in the second half. ... Gurley missed his first game of the season, as did LB Clay Matthews, their sacks leader. CB Aqib Talib sat out with bruised ribs. UP NEXT 49ers: Visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Rams: Visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Atl_Ridley 9 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 9:23. Ari_FG Gonzalez 39, 5:41. Ari_Edmonds 2 pass from K.Murray (Gonzalez kick), 13:02. Ari_D.Johnson 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 9:02. Atl_FG Bryant 29, 3:37. Ari_FG Gonzalez 22, :04. Ari_M.Williams 20 pass from K.Murray (Gonzalez kick), 11:25. Atl_FG Bryant 44, 7:46. Atl_Freeman 7 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 1:02. Atl_Hooper 6 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 10:50. Ari_D.Johnson 14 pass from K.Murray (Gonzalez kick), 5:12. Atl_Freeman 12 pass from Ryan (kick failed), 1:53. A_60,140. ___ ___ RUSHING_Atlanta, Freeman 19-88, Ryan 2-7, I.Smith 3-6, K.Smith 1-2. Arizona, Edmonds 5-34, D.Johnson 12-34, K.Murray 11-32, Cooper 1-2. PASSING_Atlanta, Ryan 30-36-0-356. Arizona, K.Murray 27-37-0-340. RECEIVING_Atlanta, Hooper 8-117, J.Jones 8-108, Ridley 4-48, Freeman 3-30, Sanu 3-29, Graham 1-21, Gage 1-6, Stocker 1-0, McGary 1-(minus 3). Arizona, Fitzgerald 6-69, D.Johnson 6-68, M.Williams 3-34, Cooper 3-16, Byrd 2-60, Edmonds 2-33, K.Johnson 2-14, Clay 2-8, Sherfield 1-38. MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.
  • The Dallas Cowboys with their top-ranked offense will look to stop a two-game skid without its two starting tackles against the New York Jets. Right tackle La'el Collins is inactive with a knee injury, while left tackle Tyron Smith is out with an injured ankle. Rookie Brandon Knight will start in place of Collins, while Cameron Fleming is in for Smith. The Cowboys also will be without wide receiver Randall Cobb after he injured his back and hip in practice earlier this week. The Jets will be without linebacker C.J. Mosley for the fourth straight game after he injured his groin in the season opener against Buffalo. New York gets quarterback Sam Darnold back after missing three games recovering from mononucleosis. Linebacker Brandon Copeland is also active after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers. The Los Angeles Rams will be without three key starters in Todd Gurley (bruised thigh), cornerback Aqib Talib (bruised ribs) and linebacker Clay Matthews (broken jaw) against San Francisco, and the 49ers will be missing both starting offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchy as expected. At least the 49ers have tight end George Kittle active despite a groin injury limiting him this week. The Titans will be without the pass rushing services of linebacker Cameron Wake for a second straight game. Wake hurt his right hamstring in the Titans' 24-10 win at Atlanta on Sept. 29. Wake's 98 sacks from 2009-18 were tied with Broncos linebacker Von Miller for most in the league. ___ SAN FRANCISCO-LOS ANGELES RAMS 49ers: OT Joe Staley, OT Mike McGlinchey, FB Kyle Juszczyk, QB CJ Beathard, WR Jordan Matthews, DL Jullian Taylor, CB Ahkello Witherspoon. Rams: RB Todd Gurley, CB Aqib Talib, LB Clay Matthews, CB David Long, C Coleman Shelton, OT Bobby Evans, DT Tanzel Smart. ___ ATLANTA-ARIZONA Falcons: P Matt Wile, CB Desmond Trufant, RB Brian Hill, RB Qadree Ollison, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, T Matt Gono, DT Deadrin Senat. Cardinals: WR Christian Kirk, S Charles Washington, LB Dennis Gardeck, LB Ezekiel Turner, OL Lamont Galliard, OL Brett Toth, DL Zach Allen. ___ TENNESSEE-DENVER Titans: CB Chris Milton, RB Rod Smith, OLB Sharif Finch, G Aaron Stinnie, G/T Kevin Pamphile, Wake, DE Matt Dickerson. Broncos: WR Juwann Winfree, CB Duke Dawson Jr., CB Bryce Callahan, T Ja'Wuan James, T Calvin Anderson, TE Troy Fumagalli, DE Adam Gotsis. ___ DALLAS-NEW YORK JETS Cowboys: RT La'el Collins, LT Tyron Smith, WR Randall Cobb, WR Devin Smith, DE Joe Jackson, C Adam Redmond, DT Trysten Hill. Jets: LB C.J. Mosley, DE Henry Anderson, LG Kelechi Osemele, RB/KR Trenton Cannon, CB Nate Hairston, LB Frankie Luvu, OL Conor McDermott. ___ HOUSTON-KANSAS CITY Texans: QB Alex McGough, WR Kenny Stills (hamstring), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hip), LB Tyrell Adams, OL Greg Mancz (concussion), TE Logan Paulsen. Chiefs: OL Eric Fisher (groin), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring), LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring), OL Andrew Wylie (ankle), DL Chris Jones (groin), LB Anthony Hitchens (groin), OL Greg Senat. ___ NEW ORLEANS-JACKSONVILLE Saints: CB Ken Crawley, S Saquan Hampton, G Nick Easton, OL Ethan Greenidge, QB Drew Brees, DE Trey Hendrickson, WR Tre'Quan Smith. Jaguars: CB Jalen Ramsey, WR C.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, LB Austin Calitro, OL Brandon Thomas, TE Josh Oliver, DT Dontavius Russell. ___ WASHINGTON-MIAMI Redskins: QB Colt McCoy, S Deshazor Everett, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, CB Aaron Colvin, G Wes Martin, TE Vernon Davis, WR Cam Sims. Dolphins: WR Jakeem Grant, CB Johnson Bademosi, CB Xavien Howard, RB Myles Gaskin, FB Chandler Cox, C/G Chris Reed, C/G Keaton Sutherland. ___ SEATTLE-CLEVELAND Seahawks: WR Gary Jennings, WR John Ursua, RB Rashaad Penny, CB Akeem King, T Duane Brown, G. D.J. Fluker, DB Branden Jackson. Browns: WR Taywan Taylor, WR Damion Ratley, CB Denzel Ward, CB Greedy Williams, DE Genard Avery, Austin Corbett, T Kendall Lamm. ___ CINCINNATI-BALTIMORE Bengals: QB Jake Dolegala, DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Ryan Glasgow, WT A.J. Green, OT Andre Smith, DE Kerry Wynn, OT Cordy Glenn. Ravens: WR Marquise Brown, LB Patrick Onwuasor, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Anthony Averett, DT Daylon Mack, QB Trace McSorley, G Ben Powers. ___ PHILADELPHIA-MINNESOTA Eagles: WR DeSean Jackson, CB Ronald Darby, CB Avonte Maddox, RB Darren Sproles, DE Shareef Miller, C/G Nate Herbig. Vikings: LB Kentrell Brothers, LB Ben Gedeon, G Josh Kline, G Dru Samia, T Oli Udoh, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts. ___ CAROLINA-TAMPA BAY Panthers: QB Cam Newton, OT Greg Little, DE Christian Miller, DB Natrell Jamerson, G Trai Turner, TE Chris Manhertz, CB Donte Jackson, LB Bryan Cox. Buccaneers: T Demar Dotson, G Alex Cappa, LB Jack Cichy, WR Breshad Perriman, LB Noah Dawkins, DL Patrick O'Connor, TE Tanner Hudson. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Latest on the NFL's Week 6 (all times EDT): ___ 7:25 p.m. The NFL is down to just a pair of winless teams with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins finally getting their first victories of the season. Washington won the battle of winless teams by edging Miami 17-16 with the Redskins smothering a 2-point conversion by the Dolphins inside the final minute. The Jets got Sam Darnold back at quarterback, and they held off Dallas 26-24 to give coach Adam Gase his first victory with New York. That leaves Cincinnati 0-6 under rookie head coach Zac Taylor and the Dolphins at 0-5. Miami hosts Cincinnati on Dec. 22. ___ 6:40 p.m. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota has been replaced by backup Ryan Tannehill late in the third quarter with the offense struggling. With Mariota running the show, the Titans managed just six first downs and 88 total yards trailing Denver 13-0. Mariota's numbers into the third quarter: 7 of 18 for 63 yards passing. Mariota also was intercepted twice for his first turnovers of the season. Denver sacked Mariota three times after he was sacked 22 times through the first five games. Tannehill was acquired by the Titans in a trade with Miami in March to back up Mariota, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2015 draft. ___ 6:15 p.m. Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been ruled out for the second half against Tennessee with a knee injury. Sanders had one catch for no yards in the first half. The 32-year-old Sanders has 24 receptions for 298 yards and two touchdowns this season in his comeback from left Achilles tendon surgery and an operation on his right ankle. ___ 6 p.m. Dallas kicker Brett Maher has tied his own franchise record by kicking a 62-yard field goal — with plenty of room to spare — as the first half ended cutting the Cowboys' deficit against the New York Jets to 21-6. It was also the longest field goal ever made against the Jets. Maher also booted a 62-yarder against the Eagles last December. Denver's Matt Prater holds the NFL record for longest field goal, kicking a 64-yarder in 2013. — Dennis Waszak reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey ___ 5:40 p.m. Broncos kicker Brandon McManus broke a streak of seven straight misses from 50 or more yards when he connected from 53 late in the first half against Tennessee. He also made a 31-yarder in this low-scoring affair. The Broncos were out of sorts on special teams most of the first half. They had to call timeout before a Tennessee punt in the first quarter because they had only 10 players on the field. Then, right before McManus' 53-yard attempt, they had to call another one with the play clock to avoid a delay of game penalty. ___ 5:30 p.m. Two high-flying offenses have made big mistakes in the first half of a defensive struggle between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco and Los Angeles are tied 7-7 at halftime after both teams committed turnovers at their opponents' 1. Jimmy Garoppolo threw a terrible interception to Marcus Peters to kill a strong drive by San Francisco. The Rams then got stopped for no gain on two running plays from the Niners 1. San Francisco is struggling to establish a running game without both of its starting offensive tackles, while the Rams have just 27 yards passing even though they're missing star running back Todd Gurley. ___ 5:28 p.m. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals are flying through Atlanta's defense. Murray has hit 16 of 19 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown, helping the Cardinals build a 20-10 halftime lead over the Falcons. Atlanta opened the game with an 80-yard drive, capped by Matt Ryan's 9-yard TD pass to Calvin Ridley. Matt Bryant also kicked a late 29-yard field goal. Murray hit Chase Edmonds on a 2-yard TD pass and David Johnson scored on a 1-yard run. Zane Gonzalez kicked his second field goal, from 22 yards, in the final seconds of the half. ___ 5:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is questionable to return against the New York Jets with a quadriceps injury. Cooper left the game late in the first quarter and was on the sideline without his helmet early in the second quarter. He had one catch for 3 yards. The Cowboys' leading receiver was limited at practice last week with ankle and quad ailments. Cooper was coming off a career-high 226 yards receiving against Green Bay. He has 33 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns this season. — Dennis Waszak reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey. ___ 4:30 p.m. Richard Sherman made sure nobody would question his pregame handshake etiquette this week. The San Francisco 49ers cornerback gave humorously exaggerated handshakes to the Los Angeles Rams' captains during the coin toss before their meeting at the Coliseum. Sherman claimed last week that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn't shake his hand before the game, even though he did. Sherman used the imagined slight as motivation in the 49ers' Monday night victory. ___ 3:15 p.m. Injuries are mounting for the Texans in their game against Kansas City. Right tackle Tytus Howard was carted off the field on the opening possession of the second half with a knee injury. A few plays later, cornerback Bradley Roby left with a hamstring injury. Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham left in the first half with a knee injury. Meanwhile, the Texans' Ka'imi Fairbairn has missed a field goal, and Kansas City has answered with Tyreek Hill's second TD catch of the game, giving the Chiefs a 24-23 lead late in the third quarter. — Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri ___ 2:45 p.m. The Texans lead the Chiefs 23-17 at halftime of a punt-free foul-fest in Kansas City. The teams have combined for 14 penalties for 114 yards, the most fouls in any half of any NFL game this season. That doesn't include another six penalties that were offsetting, overruled or declined. Deshaun Watson has touchdowns throwing and rushing for the Texans, who closed the first half by scoring 20 unanswered points. They punctuated it with a strip-sack of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with 23 seconds remaining that set them up for Watson's short TD run. — Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri. ___ 2:43 p.m. The Minnesota Vikings have used two long touchdown passes by Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs to take a 24-10 halftime lead on the Philadelphia Eagles. Diggs scored on plays covering 51 and 62 yards, becoming the first Vikings player since Randy Moss in 2000 to post two touchdown receptions of 50-plus yards in one game. Cousins has three touchdown passes and 209 yards at the break. In three home games this year, the Vikings have outscored their opponents in the first half by a combined score of 66-17, — Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis ___ 2:40 p.m. The Denver Broncos are honoring their two latest Hall of Fame inductees at halftime of the game against the Titans. Hall of Fame president David Baker will present the Hall of Fame rings to Champ Bailey and family members of the late Pat Bowlen. Also, Bailey is being inducted as the 33rd member of the Broncos' Ring of Fame. Bailey unveiled his 8-foot bronze pillar outside the stadium Friday night. He becomes the first Bronco inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the team's Ring of Fame the same year. — Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver. ___ 2:35 p.m. The NFL wanted to make kickers work harder to make extra points, and it's working. Three extra points already have been missed by halftime for a total of 24 missed PATs for the season. That's a new high through six weeks since the NFL moved the spot for extra points back. The previous high was 22 last year and also in 2016. Two extra points were missed in Cleveland with Seahawks kicker Jason Myers missing the extra point after Russell Wilson ran for a 16-yard TD for Seattle in the first quarter, then Browns rookie Austin Seibert missed the extra point in the opening seconds of the second quarter leaving Cleveland's lead at 20-6. Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Texans missed the third extra point and his fourth this season after a touchdown pass by Deshaun Watson, leaving Houston trailing Kansas City 17-9. Fairbairn missed only two extra points all last season when he led the NFL in scoring. ___ 1:50 p.m. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been taken off the field on a cart after hurting his left knee late in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens. Kirkpatrick was injured while making a sideline tackle on tight end Mark Andrews. Kirkpatrick came into the game ranked sixth on the team in tackles and with one of Cincy's six sacks. His return is questionable. — Dave Ginsburg reporting from Baltimore. ___ 1:15 p.m. Welcome back, Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs' two-time All-Pro outjumped Texans cornerback Phillip Gaines and safety Justin Reid to haul in a 46-yard touchdown reception to punctuate Hill's first drive since Week 1. Hill had been sidelined with a broken clavicle sustained against the Jaguars. The Chiefs were penalized four times on their opening drive, which started at their 9-yard line. So by the end of the drive, Patrick Mahomes already had thrown for 116 yards and the touchdown. — Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri. ___ 1:10 p.m. The early games have started off with a burst. Literally. Brandon Wilson took the opening kickoff in Baltimore 92 yards for a touchdown, giving Cincinnati a 7-0 lead over the Ravens. Wilson and the Bengals made Baltimore pay for a rare kickoff that Justin Tucker didn't put out of the end zone. That's the first opening kick returned for a touchdown in the NFL in two years. Pharoh Wilson did it with a 103-yard return in a Rams' win over the Jaguars in Week 6 in 2017. In Cleveland, Dontrell Hilliard didn't reach the end zone on Seattle's opening kickoff. But Hilliard went 74 yards down to the Seahawks 23, and Nick Chubb scored three plays later with the Browns taking advantage of the big return. ___ Noon The New Orleans Saints got an unexpected — and probably unintentional — backer for their game at Jacksonville. Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, included the Saints' Twitter logo in a tweet Sunday morning — one New Orleans football fans took as a good omen for their team. 'Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession,' the Pope tweeted after canonizing five new saints at a mass at Vatican City. The hashtag and capitalization of Saints added the Fleur de Lis, the emblem associated with the Saints and worn on the team's helmets. People certainly noticed as one person wrote, 'Who Dat, father?' At least one Saints player took the tweet as a good sign: 'Wow, are we blessed or what?!??' — Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida. ___ 11:15 a.m. Carolina's Joey Slye missed a 60-yard attempt on a rare free kick for a field goal at the end of the first half against Tampa Bay. Slye got his opportunity after the Panthers called for a fair catch at midfield with 1 second left in the half. Tampa Bay had false-started three straight times before the punt. The Panthers chose the option of a free kick. That allowed Slye to kick from the 50 with the Bucs players forced to remain 10 yards back. The kick went wide right and Carolina's lead remained 17-7 at the break. The Panthers used a franchise-record tying six first-half sacks, three takeaways and two Christian McCaffrey touchdowns to take a 17-7 halftime lead in London against the Bucs. — Josh Dubow reporting from London ___ 10:20 a.m. The Carolina Panthers have taken a 10-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thanks to a short drive and a long one. Carolina's James Bradberry intercepted Jameis Winston on the first play from scrimmage. The Panthers lost 2 yards before settling for a 49-yard field goal from Joey Slye. Carolina then drove 99 yards for a touchdown after Bradley Pinion's punt was down at the 1. Kyle Allen went 5-for-5 for 68 yards on the drive and Christian McCaffrey capped it with a 1-yard run on fourth down. That was just the second 99-yard drive for Carolina in the past 12 seasons. The Panthers had one last year against Baltimore. The Buccaneers hadn't allowed a 99-yard drive since Nov. 7, 2010, against Atlanta. — Josh Dubow reporting from London ___ 9:30 a.m. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the NFL off to an early start with their meeting in London. The two NFC South rivals are playing Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the second of four games this season in London. Carolina made defensive Efe Obada an honorary captain for the game. The Nigeria native arrived in England as a 10-year-old after being trafficked with his sister from the Netherlands. Now he's back here as an NFL player and a star attraction after first picking up the sport of American football at age 22. This marks the Panthers' first regular-season game outside the United States. That leaves the Green Bay Packers as the only team not to have played an International Series game. Some of the key games in Week 6 after the early start in London include Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans visiting Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and an NFC West showdown between the undefeated San Francisco 49ers and the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Seahawks were supposed to be continuing their retool this year, one season after their remake helped get them back into the playoffs. Instead, they have one of the NFL's best records. The Browns were pegged (hyped?) to be a budding powerhouse with all of the improvements in talent, plus the predicted maturity of Baker Mayfield in his second pro season. Instead, they are perhaps the most inconsistent team in the league, with Mayfield struggling. Seattle (4-1) is at Cleveland (2-3) in a most intriguing matchup Sunday. A Seahawks victory, combined with a 49ers loss to the Rams, would put Seattle on top of the tough NFC West. But it's difficult to figure out which Browns squad they will face: Will it be the team that won in Baltimore, or the team that was blown out last Monday night in San Francisco? 'I don't think it was my best assignment as a teacher,' Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of telling his players to watch Browns-49ers. 'The game didn't work out. I was hoping it was going to be a real battle. The game kind of got lopsided, so it wasn't as beneficial. It's still really good to see the guys. You hear the stories about the players and the backgrounds. The guys will come in here today are much more familiar with them because of that. In that regard, it's always helpful. Too bad it wasn't a better game.' Will it be a better performance by the Browns on Sunday? 'We have done it before,' running back Nick Chubb said. 'After every loss we have, we came back harder. That is what I expect this team to do every time. Hopefully, we can stack some wins, but I know when we do face adversity, we bounce back harder.' Week 6 began with the New England Patriots' 35-14 victory over the New York Giants. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and the Giants (2-4) kept it close, trailing by a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, but a forced fumble by Jamie Collins led to a TD that gave the Patriots a cushion. New England forced four turnovers, and Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list. The reigning Super Bowl champions are 6-0 for the first time since 2015. Off this week are Buffalo (4-1), Chicago (3-2), Oakland (3-2) and Indianapolis (3-2). San Francisco (4-0) at Los Angeles Rams (3-2) The other two contenders out west; isn't that delightful for this long rivalry? The Rams have lost two in a row as their defense has sprung holes. The Niners came off their bye and routed Cleveland. San Francisco is off to its first 4-0 start since 1990. The only 5-0 starts for the franchise since joining the NFL are 1990, 1984, 1952. The 49ers won the NFL championship in the 1984 season. A key for the Rams' defense is stopping the 49ers early in the second half; they have scored a touchdown on the first possession in all four games this season. Slowing down the running game would help: San Francisco ran for 275 yards vs. Cleveland and lead the NFL with 200 yards rushing per game. For LA, the most efficient offense has come through the air. The Rams are the only team with three receivers with 325 yards receiving: Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Kupp is second in the NFL with 41 catches and ranks fourth with 505 yards and four TDs. Houston (3-2) at Kansas City (4-1) The scoreboard might blow up from all the points these two could produce. Houston scored the second-most points (53) in franchise history last week against Atlanta. Deshaun Watson, possibly the second-most exciting quarterback in the league behind KC's Patrick Mahomes, has perhaps the most thrilling receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. No slouches on defense, the Texans have forced a turnover in 18 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. But Mahomes has thrown 202 consecutive passes without an interception. Alex Smith has the franchise record of 312. Chiefs coach Andy Reid needs one win to reach 200 regular-season victories. He has 211 overall. Carolina (3-2) vs. Tampa Bay (2-3) at London An early riser (9:30 a.m. EDT) in their second matchup of the season. The Bucs won in Carolina. This is the first overseas regular-season match for the Panthers. If British fans were looking forward to seeing Cam Newton, Kyle Allen has been a superb replacement. Allen has won all four career starts, three this season, with seven TDs, no interceptions, making him the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win his first four starts with no INTs. And the Bucs allowed more than 300 yards passing in each of the past four weeks. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's 866 yards from scrimmage are the second most through five games in NFL history to Jim Brown's 988 in 1963. Pretty good company there. Philadelphia (3-2) at Minnesota (3-2) Not quite the same as the Eagles' previous trip to Minnesota, when they beat the Patriots for their first Super Bowl title on Feb. 4, 2018. Main matchup here is the NFL's No. 3 rushing offense, led by No. 2 rusher Dalvin Cook, against the best run defense. Cook trails only McCaffrey. Last week against the lowly Jets, Philly became the first team in NFL history with 10 sacks and two defensive TDs in a single game. New Orleans (4-1) at Jacksonville (2-3) They are not chanting 'Drew Who?' in the Big Easy. At least not yet. But Teddy Bridgewater has stepped in for Drew Brees (thumb surgery) and quarterbacked the Saints to three straight victories. Two were against 2018 playoff teams, the Cowboys and the hated Rams, who, helped by a major officiating gaffe, beat New Orleans to get to the Super Bowl. He has a passer rating or 100 or higher in two of his past three road starts. It helps to have the most productive receiver, Michael Thomas, with 45 catches and 543 receiving yards. Jacksonville also is missing its veteran starter, Nick Foles. Rookie Gardner Minshew is one of three QBs in the Super Bowl era with a 100-plus rating and no interceptions through his first four career starts. RB Leonard Fournette seeks his third consecutive 100-yard performance. He had runs of 48, 81 and 69 yards the past three weeks. Cincinnati (0-5) at Baltimore (3-2) The only division with a single winning team, and the Ravens came up with a big one in overtime last week at Pittsburgh to grab the AFC North lead. Lamar Jackson's 11 TD passes rank second in the NFL behind Seattle's Russell Wilson (12), and Baltimore's 961 yards rushing are second most in franchise history after five games. The Bengals still are looking for a first win under coach Zac Taylor. They're 0-5 for the seventh time since 1990, most in the NFL over that span. This is their worst start since Marvin Lewis' team went 0-8 in 2008. Atlanta (1-4) at Arizona (1-3-1) Kliff Kingsbury got his first victory as Cardinals coach in Cincinnati. But Arizona ranks 24th in pass defense, while Atlanta is third in yardage throwing the ball. Worth watching are Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Falcons WR Julio Jones, who have combined for 100 games with at least 100 yards receiving. Jones has 51, Fitzgerald 49. The Cardinals and Falcons are tied for No. 1 with 11 forced fumbles. Tennessee (2-3) at Denver (1-4) Speaking of turnovers, Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback to start every game in 2019 and have no turnovers. The Titans are the sixth team since the 1970 merger to have just one turnover through their first five games. They do have nine fumbles, but recovered eight, a lost muff on a punt return by Adoree Jackson is the only blot. Denver has lost both home games on last-second field goals. One way to turn that around would be for star LB Von Miller to start getting to quarterbacks. Miller has 10½ sacks in his past 10 home games but just two sacks this season. Dallas (3-2) at New York Jets (0-4) Sam Darnold returns from mononucleosis, and the Jets were inept on offense in the three games he missed. They have played some tough teams (Philly, New England, Buffalo) and were not competitive since the opening half against the Bills in Week 1. This is a matchup of the top-ranked offense against the worst. The Cowboys are averaging 453 yards per game to 180 for the Jets. But the Cowboys have allowed two straight opponents to rush for more than 100 yards. It has been two years since three straight opponents reached triple digits on the ground against Dallas, and New York does have Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh (1-4) at LA Chargers (2-3) Pittsburgh has dropped its past three and eight of its past nine on the West Coast. The Steelers will start rookie free agent QB Devlin Hodges, the all-time passing leader in FBS at Samford (14,584 yards). Hodges was 7 of 9 for 68 yards after coming in against Baltimore when Mason Rudolph left with a concussion after a hard hit by Earl Thomas. Chargers QB Philip Rivers did not direct a TD drive last week for only the ninth time in 224 starts. Yet Austin Ekeler had a career-high 15 catches in the loss to Denver and leads the AFC in receptions with 39. WR Keenan Allen is second with 38. Detroit (2-1-1) at Green Bay (4-1), Monday night The Lions come off a bye, while the Packers come off perhaps their most impressive win in years. They ran all over Dallas, led by a different Aaron than quarterback Rodgers — Aaron Jones — who rushed for 107 yards and four TDs. 'All my family was up in the stands,' said Jones, who grew up a Cowboys fan about 600 miles away in El Paso, Texas, and played for the hometown UTEP Miners. 'I could see my brother right there. I threw him one of the balls when I scored. That was pretty cool. Just being back in Texas.' Detroit is a mere 30th against the pass, so the usual heroic Aaron in Green Bay could be flinging plenty of footballs. Washington (0-5) at Miami (0-4) Not a bad opponent for Bill Callahan to face as he takes over as Redskins coach. Yes, the Dolphins are coming off a bye, but all that seems to mean with the way they have been performing with a weak roster is they didn't lose. The loser in a way is a winner, taking the lead in the race for the top overall draft pick next April. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting cornerback Desmond Trufant and punter Matt Wile for Sunday's game at Arizona. Both players were ruled out Friday, along with second-string cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Trufant is slowed by a toe injury, Wile is sidelined by an ailing right quad, and Wreh-Wilson can't go because of an injured groin. The loss of Wile will force the Falcons (1-4) to switch to their third punter of the season. Matt Bosher is already on injured reserve. Atlanta is expected to activate Kasey Redfern to handle the punting and kickoff duties. He came in for a tryout Thursday at Arizona State University, where the struggling team practiced this week instead of returning home after an embarrassing 53-32 loss at Houston. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday that a recent Twitter statement critical of SpaceX was a signal to all the space agency's contractors about realistic development timelines. Bridenstine addressed the issue during a press conference with SpaceX founder Elon Musk after touring the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Bridenstine said NASA has programs that have been in development for years. 'What we're trying to do is get back to a day where we have realistic cost and schedules. So I was signaling — and I haven't done it just to SpaceX but to all of our contractors — that we need more realism built into the development timelines,' he said. SpaceX is developing a capsule under NASA's commercial crew program to launch astronauts to the international space station so that the U.S. does not have to rely on Russian rockets and spacecraft. But last month Musk staged a big event to show off a prototype of an unrelated rocket he calls the Starship. Bridenstine tweeted ahead of time that the commercial crew program is years behind schedule and NASA 'expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American people. It's time to deliver.' Musk responded during his Starship reveal that SpaceX resources are overwhelmingly focused on the Dragon crew capsule and the Falcon rocket that will launch it. During the press conference, Musk said SpaceX was within 1% of the commercial crew program budget. 'The NASA request for commercial crew for several years was substantially reduced by Congress, I think in some cases by 50%,' Musk said. 'It's pretty hard to stay on schedule if you've got half as much money, but we didn't spend more money, it just took longer.' Boeing is also developing a capsule called Starliner under the commercial crew program.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are looking for any way to get one of the NFL's worst pass rushes going, whether it's with a four-man rush, stunting or sending blitzes. Their task gets a little more complicated this weekend. In facing the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Falcons not only need to find a way to pressure quarterback Kyler Murray but also to keep tabs on him when he tucks the ball and runs. 'You've got to balance it,' Atlanta linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich said. 'At times, you've got to pressure him and make him feel uncomfortable. At times, you've got to devote a guy to potentially spy on him, at times you've got to go into max coverage from the standpoint they do have so much spread, so much space out there. A little bit of all that.' Among the Falcons' many faults during a 1-4 start to the season is the lack of a pass rush. Atlanta enters Sunday's game with five sacks, tied with the Dolphins and Broncos for worst in the NFL. The Falcons have none in the past two weeks and they hit Deshaun Watson one time in last week's 52-32 loss at Houston. Instead of heading home after the loss to the Texans, the Falcons headed further west to practice at Arizona State's football facility. The early arrival was designed as a bonding experience, but also a chance to get a head start on figuring out how to slow Murray and Arizona's quick-hitting offense. 'It's really a challenge to see some of the unique things that he brings based on his feet,' Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. 'A lot of people can run a read-option, but it's definitely different when somebody who has real gas is back there.' The Cardinals used the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft on Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, hoping he'd be a good fit for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense. Kingsbury sort of eased Murray into his rookie season, limiting the number of designed runs as he got acclimated to the NFL game. The designed runs have increased the past few games and Murray ran for 93 yards — with 253 passing — in last week's 26-23 win over Cincinnati, the most by a Cardinals quarterback since 1958 and third-most in franchise history. Murray is the first player in NFL history with at least 1,300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in his first five career games. He already has two of the top six single-game rushing totals by a quarterback in franchise history and his 206 yards rushing are 107 short of the franchise record. 'I don't think there's any (quarterbacks) like him,' Falcons linebacker Deion Jones said. 'He's fast. He's short, but he's moving around a lot and they have a lot of movement plays where he's moving around, but he's got the ball and it's something you've got to account for.' Murray may be mobile, but he's not uncatchable. Teams that have had success against Arizona have been able to pressure Murray into sacks and mistakes, like the eight-sack, one-interception performance he had against Seattle's defense in a 27-10 Seattle win on Sept. 22. Arizona has allowed 21 sacks, third-most behind the Jets (23) and Titans (22), so the Falcons know Murray can been caught. 'We have to be prepared for both versions of that offense, when he drops back and is traditional and the times where they do have the designed runs, we have to account for that as well,' Ulbrich said. How the Falcons handle Murray and the Cardinals will go a long way in determining whether they turn around a difficult season or keep spiraling downward. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons are two football teams with a lot of similarities: productive offense, problems with the defense, and not a lot of wins. At least the Cardinals have some momentum. Arizona (1-3-1) is coming off its first win of the season, a 26-23 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals had a 23-9 lead midway through the fourth quarter before giving up two quick touchdowns, but salvaged the game thanks to a 31-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez as time expired. Now that the initial victory has been achieved for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, they'd like to earn their first winning streak. 'We cleaned things up,' Murray said. 'We played better, but at the same time you, can't really dwell on it because we've got another game this weekend.' Atlanta (1-4) has spent a week in the desert after getting beaten by the Houston Texans 53-32. The Falcons didn't go home after the loss, flying directly from Houston to Phoenix and practicing on Arizona State's campus. The Falcons are getting a lot of production through the passing game — quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones are on track for big seasons — but the running game has struggled and the defense has had issues, particularly last week. Atlanta is hoping for a win against the Cardinals before a tough three-game stretch against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints. 'It's all 11 of us doing our job for four quarters,' Ryan said. 'There's been some good things, too. There's been time when we've moved the ball effectively and we've been able to score points, but we haven't been able to put a complete game together where we've played for four quarters of consistent football.' RED-ZONE WOES There have been two versions of the Arizona offense this season: The one that looks great in the middle of the field and the one that bogs down in the red zone. Arizona ranks eighth in the NFL with 22 scoring drives this season. The problem is that 14 of those drives ended with field goals instead of a touchdown. 'I'm open to suggestions if you have any,' Kingsbury said with a grin. 'I saw improvements. I know it didn't look like it, but I saw improvements in what we're trying to do. We just have to keep getting better, coaches and players, in that area. GUARDING JULIO Atlanta's Jones is on track for another big season. He's caught 26 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns. The two-time All-Pro will go against an Arizona secondary that includes several rookies such as cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., and safeties Deionte Thompson and Jalen Thompson. Star cornerback Patrick Peterson can't return until next week because of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers. Advantage: Atlanta. 'Any time you're trying to stop him, no matter who you have, it's going to be a tall task,' Kingsbury said. 'He's phenomenal. Watching the tape from this season, I've always watched him from afar, but watching it on tape and really studying him, he's an absolute freak. He plays hard every snap. You can tell he's passionate about the game and does everything right.' BIG-PLAY DEFENSE Arizona's had its issues on defense this season, but is still getting production from veteran pass rushers Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs. The Cardinals are tied for the NFL lead with 11 forced fumbles. Jones has forced three while Suggs and linebacker Jordan Hicks both have two. Jones has four sacks while Suggs has 3 1/2. 'Their edge players are guys who have been productive in this league for a long time and are disruptive in what they do,' Ryan said. KYLER'S PROGRESSION Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, has had a promising start to his career. He's thrown for 1,324 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions while also running for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He's the first player in NFL history with more than 1,300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing through his first five career games. Murray and Kingsbury both said they continue to grow in understanding what works for the offense. 'The more that the season goes on, and the more we spend time with each other, that trust and that bond will continue to grow,' Murray said. DEFENSIVE BOUNCE BACK Atlanta's defense needs to play much than it did last week, when it gave up 53 points and 592 yards to the Texans. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said making Murray uncomfortable in the pocket is a must for that to happen. 'It's a huge emphasis for us, rush, pressure, the whole thing that we can affect the quarterback,' Quinn said. 'Sometimes that's with four, sometimes that's with five, six, however it takes, it has to happen and is certainly is our mindset heading into this week. ___ AP Sports Writer John Marshall contributed to this story. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • A black woman was watching her 8-year-old nephew when she was fatally shot by a white police officer inside her Texas home. >> Read more trending news  A Fort Worth police officer did not announce that he was an officer before firing a single shot striking Atatiana Jefferson, who was inside the room with the boy, Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O’Neil said at a news conference Sunday.  “What the officer observed and why he did not announce ‘police’ will be addressed as the investigation continues,” O’Neil said in a statement. “The members of the Fort Worth Police Department share your very real and valid concerns, as do the members of this city and people across the country. This tragic loss of life has major ramifications for all involved, especially the family of Ms. Atatiana Jefferson.” O’Neil declined to answer reporters’ questions and said Fort Worth police Chief Ed Kraus plans to conduct a more in-depth news conference Monday. The family also confirmed Jefferson was watching her nephew at the time. The two typically lived with an older woman who’s been in the hospital. Jefferson’s family is seeking answers. “It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” said Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr. “You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back.” Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said the officer never had time to perceive a threat.  “You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” Merritt said. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.” Neighbor James Smith called a nonemergency line Saturday for a welfare check after noticing the lights were on and a door was open. Fort Worth police released bodycam footage soon after the incident Saturday.  Video shows officers with flashlights and guns drawn scanning the perimeter of the home. The front door appears to be open although the screen door is closed. As officers continue to walk through the property, one of them sees a person standing at a dark window and yells: “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” before firing a single shot.  Police located a gun in a bedroom when they entered the house. Investigators did not indicate if Jefferson was holding the firearm. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with the department since April 2018. He is scheduled to be interviewed by investigators Monday.  The shooting comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean’s. Merritt also represents Jean’s family. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Kenny Dixon, the longtime drummer for Georgia-raised country music star Kane Brown was killed in a car accident, the band confirmed Sunday. >> Read more trending news  Dixon was from Dalton, Georgia. It's unclear where the crash happened but his bandmates say he died Saturday. 'It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic car accident,' the band wrote in a statement. 'Kenny was a member of our family from the very beginning, and our hearts are with his fiancée Sarah, his son and everyone who knew and loved him. He was truly one of the greatest and kindest people on and off stage we’ve ever known.” Dixon's fiance, Sarah Hendrick, also confirmed the musician's death in an Instagram post on Sunday. 'I’m at a loss of words. I don’t even know how to write this or ever thought I would have to. Kenny passed away last night in a car accident. I know I have to be strong for Levi and God is gonna pull us through this. We have a forever guardian angel watching above us now. Please keep Levi, my family, and Kenny’s family in your prayers,' she wrote. Dixon and Hendrick were set to wed Nov. 30 in Dalton, according to the couple’s wedding website on The Knot. They were parents to a son, Levi. Brown also commented on the drummer’s death on social media.
  • A former University of Georgia student pleaded guilty Friday to running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors, including fellow students and their families, from his Athens fraternity house. >> Read more trending news  Syed Arham Arbab, 22, of Augusta, admitted to defrauding 117 people in a scheme that attracted about $1 million from investors, prosecutors said. A news release said Arbab spent funds on clothes, shoes, adult entertainment and gambling trips to Las Vegas. “The defendant engaged in a pattern of deceit to gain the trust of unwitting investors who gave him their hard-earned money for what they believed was a sound investment,” Charlie Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said in the release. From May 2018 to May of this year, Arbab sought investors for Artis Proficio Capital Management and Artis Proficio Capital Investments. Prosecutors said Arbab issued false account statements and misrepresented the size of the funds and returns. Among his false claims, prosecutors said, Arbab said a former UGA athlete and NFL star was among his investors. Arbab pleaded to a single count of securities fraud. He is scheduled for sentencing in January. In late May, the Securities and Exchange Commission initiated a civil complaint against Arbab, which is pending. In June, a federal judge froze Arbab’s assets and those of his investment funds. At the time, the SEC alleged Arbab defrauded at least eight investors of $269,000, but warned that the size of the scheme could be larger. In text messages, Arbab allegedly told investors his firm was “different because we target young investors/college kids,” and he charged lower commissions, the SEC complaint said. Arbab allegedly told investors he guaranteed investments of up to $15,000. The SEC said Arbab also sold “bond agreements,” which were like loans. Instead, Arbab allegedly deposited funds in his bank account and used new proceeds to pay off previous investors who sought money. A bio on the website for Artis Proficio stated that Arbab graduated cum laude from UGA with a degree in cellular biology, and that at the time, he working on a masters of business administration at UGA’s business school. Prosecutors said Arbab had in fact been rejected from the MBA program at UGA’s Terry College of Business.
  • When Stoneham firefighters arrived at a two-alarm fire around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman living at the single-family home was on her roof overhang escaping the flames. >> Read more trending news   Stoneham police officers instructed her to jump from the overhang, and she was caught by Stoneham police officers Stephen Aprile and John Burton. She was the only person at the home at the time of the fire. 'Today marks the last day of Fire Prevention Week and the theme for this year covered how important it is for people to have an escape plan to get out of their home,' says Stoneham fire Chief Matthew Grafton. 'The resident who was at home at the time of (Saturday's) fire is an excellent example of someone who knew to find an available escape route and got herself safely out of the house as quickly as possible.' The fire was in the kitchen on the first floor and smoke was billowing from all windows. Crews from the Woburn, Melrose, Wakefield, Winchester and Reading fire departments helped on scene while Saugus, Medford and Malden firefighters helped with station coverage. Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the rest of the house, but the home sustained heavy damage from smoke and water, estimated at $150,000 to $200,000. The family of six who lived at the home is being helped by family and friends in the area. One dog was rescued and taken to a vet for evaluation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • The final day of the Atlanta Air Show is canceled after a pilot ejected from a plane Sunday afternoon. The airshow began Saturday and was scheduled to continue Sunday afternoon at Tara Field near the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.  >> Read more trending news  Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, a pilot with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, ejected from his aircraft shortly before the squadron was due to perform, the Snowbirds announced on Twitter on Sunday.  Domon-Grenier’s CT-114 Tutor crashed prior to the show’s opening, Airshow officials said. He made it safely to the ground and is OK, the CF Snowbirds said.  Nobody was injured when the plane crashed in an unpopulated area, according to the Snowbirds.
  • New Birth Missionary Baptist Church plans to redirect a donation it received from rap artist Kanye West to Atlanta’s Morris Brown College, officials said.  Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant on Sunday announced a financial contribution to the HBCU’s general scholarship fund, according to a New Birth spokesman.  The announcement came during the 9:30 a.m.  church service. Bryant, senior pastor of New Birth in Stonecrest, said the funds  will be used to make a financial contribution in honor of the Grammy Award-winning artist’s late mother Donda West, who previously served on the faculty at Morris Brown.  The size of the donation wasn’t immediately announced. Morris Brown College has struggled financially since losing its accreditation in 2002. Only a few dozen students attend the college, down from as many as 2,700 in the mid-1990s. Among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, it is the only one in Georgia founded by African Americans. Kevin James, the college’s interim president, told New Birth’s congregation Sunday that Morris Brown was approved Friday as a higher learning institution by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. He called it a “major step” toward accreditation.  “When you lose your accreditation, you close,” James said during the Sunday service. “But for some reason, for the past 17 years, Morris Brown College has been able to survive. We will be the first historically black college in history ... since 1837 to actually come back and be fully accredited under these circumstances.”   Kanye West visited New Birth Sept. 15 for a popup Sunday performance as a part of his “Sunday Service” series. Lines waiting outside New Birth began forming several hours before the service. RELATED: Kanye West brings ‘Sunday Service’ to Atlanta West has been making such appearances on Sundays this year, including one in Dayton, Ohio, to help that community in the wake of a mass shooting and on Easter Sunday to bring a message of faith to those attending the music festival Coachella. The announcement from New Birth came a day after West brought his Sunday Service series to Howard University, a prestigious HBCU in Washington, D.C.  It also came weeks after West defended his endorsement of President Donald Trump, whose support of HBCUs has been mixed.  MORE: HBCUs and Trump: up and down relationship “I went into prayer, and it dawned in me in prayer that Dr. Donda West, who was the mother of Kanye West, is a former professor at Morris Brown College,” New Birth’s Bryant said during Sunday’s service.  Donda West started her teaching career at Morris Brown College as an English instructor in the 1970s, and later became the department chair, according to an obituary. “I know what Dr. Donda West represented while at Morris Brown, and her mind for African American literature, was to empower, equip and engage students to be something radical that can change community and change society,” Bryant said.  In other news: