Quarterbacks...Sloane Stephens advances at US Open...NHL Panthers sign vet Brouwer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant will get the call as starting quarterback when No. 2 Clemson opens the season Saturday against Furman. Bryant is a senior who started last season and led Clemson to a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference and College Football Playoff appearance. But he was pushed this offseason by 6-foot-6 freshman Trevor Lawrence, who was considered the country’s second-best college prospect by ESPN. Coach Dabo Swinney says, no matter who starts, Lawrence will play this weekend.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t ready to answer the starting quarterback question. The defending national champions open the season Saturday night against Louisville in Orlando, Florida. Saban has praised how Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa have performed in practice and handled the monthslong competition, but says he hasn’t made a decision and isn’t even hinting whether both Hurts and Tagovailoa might see action.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts fans might have felt a jolt of anxiety today. Quarterback Andrew Luck missed practice with an injured foot. Coach Frank Reich says Luck was hurt during Saturday’s victory over San Francisco. But he calls it a minor injury and says Luck would play if the Colts had a regular-season game Sunday. Luck missed 26 of Indy’s past 45 regular-season games with an assortment of injuries, including a partially torn labrum that required surgery and kept Luck off the field all of last season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending women’s champion Sloane Stephens is into the second round of the U.S. Open. The No. 3 seed defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 6-1, 7-5. Stephens won her first Grand Slam title last year at Flushing Meadows when she beat fellow American Madison Keys in the final. Also advancing is No. 16 seed Venus Williams, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a matchup of past U.S. Open champions.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract. General manager Dale Tallon says Brouwer will add depth and provide leadership for Florida’s young core. Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his contract.