ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) On his 25th birthday, Brock Osweiler will make his first NFL start, replacing an injured Peyton Manning in the Broncos' much-anticipated game against the Chicago Bears.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak decided to make the switch in the aftermath of Denver's 29-13 loss to Kansas City in which Manning was picked off four times and had a rock-bottom 0.0 passer rating in 2 1-2 quarters of work. Osweiler relieved him and drove Denver to two late touchdowns.
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Kubiak was kicking himself for letting Manning play against the Chiefs after he'd been limited during the week by a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, a mysterious ribcage injury that announced itself over the weekend and a lingering sore throwing shoulder. Manning went for an MRI on his ribs Monday.
Manning wanted to gut it out again and see if he could practice during the week and play Sunday. But a day after Von Miller called Manning ''the Sheriff,'' Kubiak made it clear he was the one calling the shots.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes were coming to his sagging defense. He started by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen will assume Ryan's duties.
The move, announced on Payton's weekly radio show on WWL-AM, comes a day after the Saints allowed 526 yards in a 47-14 loss to Washington. The Saints rank last in the NFL in yards allowed per game with 424.7, yards allowed per play with 6.7 and points allowed per game with 31.5.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver safety T.J. Ward won't be suspended over his ejection from the Broncos' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ward was tossed for a blow to the head when receiver Jeremy Maclin took him out on Charcandrick West's 80-yard touchdown Sunday that put the Chiefs ahead 29-0 on their way to a 29-13 win.
Afterward, Ward said he was worried he'd be suspended like teammate Aqib Talib was for poking a player in the eye.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora, however, told The Associated Press any additional discipline of Ward would come ''as part of the standard review process.''
That means he could face a fine.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Leaders of the world anti-doping movement called for Russian track athletes to be banned from next year's Olympics, saying the nine-month window between now and the Games isn't enough to ensure the program and its athletes are clean.
The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) will send its declaration to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which holds its annual meetings this week in Colorado Springs.
The iNADO leaders are responding to last week's report by an independent commission that detailed corruption and rule-breaking inside the Russian track team and the country's anti-doping system.
The sport's governing body, IAAF, has provisionally suspended the track team.
While the Russian and International Olympic Committees negotiate the country's return, the iNADO leaders, who represented 16 countries, said the Russian track team hasn't demonstrated it can send a clean team to the Olympics.
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NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge rejected the requests of daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel for temporary restraining orders to block the state attorney general's attempt to shut them down.
In separate complaints filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, FanDuel and DraftKings first asked a judge for an injunction, arguing that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrongly characterized their businesses as illegal gambling operations.
On Monday, Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel asked Justice Manuel Mendez for an immediate restraining order to stop Schneiderman until they can present their case. Each said they face irreparable damage otherwise.
Schneiderman's lawyers told Mendez at a hearing late Monday that they hadn't done anything to actually prevent the companies from doing business in New York, and therefore he couldn't issue an order to stop it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Big expectations followed Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa from the moment each was drafted just a few years ago. It didn't take long for both to deliver.
Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Correa took the American League prize in a close vote by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The surprise top pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Correa recalled how some questioned whether he warranted that selection. But by June this year, he was starting at shortstop in the majors and leading the young Houston Astros toward the playoffs.
Bryant, chosen second overall by the Chicago Cubs in 2013, made his big league debut on April 17. The third baseman quickly became an All-Star on a rising team that also reached the postseason.
NEW YORK (AP) - North Carolina is No. 1 in the first regular-season men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press after opening with victories over Temple and Fairfield.
The Tar Heels were the preseason No. 1 for a record ninth time. They received 37 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel - 29 more than second-place Kentucky. Maryland is third with 14 first-place votes and Kansas is fourth with five first-place votes.
Defending national champion Duke is fifth and followed by Virginia, which had the other first-place vote.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lindsay Gottlieb wanted to challenge her young talented California early, so she took a trip across country to face Louisville. The Golden Bears came away with two wins and a Top 25 ranking in the process.
Cal entered The Associated Press women's basketball poll at No. 21 after beating then-No. 8 Louisville 75-71. The Cardinals fell eight spots to 16th.
The top of the poll remained the same with UConn still No. 1. The Huskies opened their season Monday night with a 100-56 win at No. 7 Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who lost to No. 2 South Carolina on Friday, dropped one spot.
Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor followed the Gamecocks to round out the first five.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Graeme McDowell ended one of his worst years with one of his best shots.
Fortunate to even get into a playoff, McDowell ended it quickly with a 5-iron that grazed the edge of the cup on the 18th hole and settled 3 feet away for a birdie to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
McDowell closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 18-under 266, and he had to make an 8-foot par putt on the final hole for that. It still looked as if it would only be good enough for second place when Russell Knox had a one-shot lead going to the 18th hole at El Camaleon Golf Club.
Knox pulled his tee shot into a bunker, came up just short of the green and his chip-and-run came up was 12 feet short. He missed the par putt and had a 66, to join McDowell and Jason Bohn in a playoff. Bohn made tough par putts on four of his last five holes for a 68.