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Friday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kris Bryant heard the ''MVP'' chants from the contingent of Chicago fans at Dodger Stadium. Inside the clubhouse, his teammates showered him with more of the same.

Bryant hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning to go with an earlier solo shot, lifting the Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in the series opener between NL division leaders.

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Bryant's NL-leading 35th homer capped a comeback from an earlier two-run deficit and extended the Cubs' winning streak to four games. Bryant heard the crowd's chants as he scored behind Dexter Fowler, who singled leading off.

Bryant went 2 for 4 and scored three runs to increase his major league-leading total to 107.

NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Sanchez's at-bats are becoming must-see events.

The 23-year old rookie homered for the eighth time in nine games and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-4 in the opener of their weekend series.

Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley also went deep for the surging Yankees, who moved five games over .500 for the first time this season and are 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.

Sanchez, who had three hits, is hitting .541 with eight homers and 14 RBIs over his last 10 games.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, was away from the team Friday following his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken driving charge.

The club placed Jeffress on the restricted list before a game against Cleveland, but general manager Jon Daniels said he expected the former Milwaukee closer acquired in a trade Aug. 1 to be back with the team Saturday.

Daniels said the AL West leaders were exploring the matter while Dallas police and Major League Baseball also conducted investigations.

NFL

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - After just two drives, Aaron Rodgers is ready to begin the season for the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco coach Chip Kelly still needs a bit more time to figure out who his starting quarterback will be once the games count next month.

Rodgers made the most of his only appearance of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers' 21-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Colin Kaepernick did not fare as well as he looked extremely rusty in his first game action since last November. He completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives. Blaine Gabbert led the Niners to a touchdown on one of his two drives/ Still, Kelly said he's not ready to pick a starter for the season opener against the Rams on Sept. 12.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Josh Gordon showed why the Cleveland Browns are so happy to have him back on the field.

The talented receiver with a history of suspensions for drug violations caught everything thrown his way in his preseason debut, scoring on a 43-yard reception and also hauling in another pass from Robert Griffin III for a 44-yard gain that led to a first quarter field goal in a 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Griffin completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards, one TD and no interceptions before being replaced by Josh McCown at the start of the third quarter.

Jameis Winston threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work for the Bucs.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets saluted the U.S. military by helping throw a green-and-white flag football game in Afghanistan.

Service members from the 10th Mountain Division, 518th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade and the 25th Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army took the field Friday at Bagram Air Base with custom-made jerseys donated by the Jets.

The green game jerseys had ''Resolute'' sewn on the back, while the white ones sported ''Support'' as part of the New York-themed sports day at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, which was dubbed ''Mission Resolute Support.''

The military service members competed in an 8-on-8 game. The Jets also provided footballs, coaching clipboards, kicking tees and awards for team MVPs.

GOLF

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Patrick Reed's place in the Ryder Cup is looking better with each round at The Barclays, and so are his prospects of winning.

Even with a careless finish Friday at Bethpage Black, Reed rode a fast start to a 3-under 68 and a two-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.

The Barclays is the final tournament for Americans to earn one of the eight automatic spots on the Ryder Cup team. Reed came into the week at No. 8. He had an 8-under 134 total.

Fowler and Grillo both shot 69. Ryan Moore (68) was three shots behind, while defending champion Jason Day (70) and Jordan Spieth (67) were four back.

PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) - Ariya Jutanugarn had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

A week after withdrawing from the Rio Olympics because of a left knee injury, the 20-year-old Thai star played 20 holes at Priddis Greens. She bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 68 in the completion of the delayed first round, then made eight birdies in her bogey-free second round.

South Korea's In Gee Chun and Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow were tied for second. Chun closed birdie-eagle for a 67. Meadow had a 69.

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Kirk Triplett.

Duffy Waldorf and Stephen Ames were a stroke back.

ARENA FOOTBALL

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Dan Raudabaugh threw six touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Soul won their second ArenaBowl title, beating the Arizona Rattlers 56-42.

Raudabaugh was 20 of 36 for 278 yards. Shaun Kauleinamoku was selected the game MVP after leading the Soul in receiving with eight catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

The game was played at Gila River Arena, home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, because the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury had a game at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Arizona's Nick Davila was 23 of 38 for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Maurice Purify had nine receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns.