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Jordy Mercer hits grand slam, Pirates hold off Brewers 5-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning that started with two errors by Milwaukee third baseman Jonathan Villar, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 5-3 win on Friday night over the Brewers.

Villar bobbled a bouncer by Andrew McCutchen to open the sixth, then threw wildly to second after making a diving stab on Gregory Polanco's hard shot.

Starling Marte followed with an RBI double off starter Matt Garza (4-6) to break a scoreless tie. Three batters later, Mercer cleared the bases with his homer to left-center.

The Brewers rallied in the bottom of the sixth behind a three-run shot from rookie shortstop Orlando Arcia, his first in the big leagues.

Pittsburgh's problematic bullpen barely held on from there to back starter Ryan Vogelsong (3-3). Domingo Santana popped out to end the game with the potential tying run at second.

Tony Watson escaped the jam for his ninth save. He had allowed a two-out single to Ryan Braun and a walk to Chris Carter, and they pulled off a double steal.

A pair of veteran right-handers, Vogelsong and Garza, kept the bats quiet over the first five innings.

The hitters got busy in the sixth.

The Pirates got help from Villar, the Brewers' starting shortstop until a few weeks ago when top prospect Arcia was called up from the minors.

Villar, who has 50 steals, is still working on the glove at third. Arcia, known for his defensive prowess, got a huge confidence boost at the plate. He was hitting .182 coming into the night.

Vogelsong won for the second time in three outings, allowing four hits in 5 2-3 innings while striking out six and walking four. He has a 2.48 ERA in five August starts.

Garza had a season-high nine strikeouts but stomped off the mound after Mercer's two-out blast.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) was scheduled to make his next rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (elbow) was scheduled to make on rehab start before returning to the team, likely when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Manager Craig Counsell said the team will likely move to a six-man rotation when Guerra returns. ... 3B Will Middlebrooks (right leg) will start a rehab assignment at Double-A Biloxi this week.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (3-3) has a 2.25 ERA over his last eight starts, going at least six innings in each game.

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (7-13) is 5-2 in seven career starts against the Pirates with a 2.55 ERA.

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Sports

Aubameyang gets Dortmund off to winning start in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first goals of the season gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win over Mainz while Schalke lost its opening Bundesliga game at Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 on Saturday.

Aubameyang, who told Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski ''the race is started'' after the latter's hat trick on Friday, got off the mark in the 17th minute when Andre Schuerrle produced a brilliant floated cross for the Gabon striker to head inside the far post.

The goal spurred Mainz into a response and the visitors went close - forcing Roman Buerki into action - shooting over, then drawing another save from Buerki before Dortmund recovered.

Christian Clemens missed a good chance to equalize after the break, but Aubameyang sealed the result with a penalty in the 89th after Karim Onisiwo pulled Schuerrle back.

Yoshinori Muto claimed Mainz's consolation in injury time.

''The result is important, especially because we weren't in the best form on the day,'' said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who has seen key players leave to be replaced by young talents this offseason.

Much is expected of Schalke but the side got off to a poor start in Frankfurt.

Alexander Meier's 13th-minute strike was enough for the home team, which had already hit the post. Schalke didn't have an attempt on goal until just before the break.

''When you start like that you shouldn't be surprised when you leave the pitch as the loser,'' Schalke sports director Christian Heidel said.

Meier should have made it 2-0 but Ralf Faehrmann saved his weak penalty effort in the second half.

Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky produced an outstanding save to deny Klaas Jan Huntelaar an equalizer from a clever free kick after last defender Michael Hector was sent off for bringing the Dutch striker down.

Lars Stindl scored late for Borussia Moenchengladbach to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the evening game, where goalkeeper Bernd Leno frustrated the home side for long periods and Leverkusen hit the post and crossbar.

`Gladbach forward Andre Hahn finally made the breakthrough just before halftime, racing through after Jonathan Tah failed to deal with Christoph Kramer's quick free kick and slotting past Leno.

Substitute Joel Pohjanpalo equalized in the 79th, heading into the empty net after Karim Bellarabi kept the ball in play.

But Stindl secured all three points with five minutes left, sweeping the ball home after a fine ball from substitute Thorgan Hazard.

Hamburger SV could only draw with visiting Ingolstadt 1-1 despite forward Bobby Wood scoring on his Bundesliga debut.

Wood, who joined Hamburg from Union Berlin in the offseason, blasted the ball inside the right post after holding off a defender to Rene Adler's long kick-out.

Lukas Hinterseer equalized for Ingolstadt late, leading to whistles from unhappy home supporters.

''It's very disappointing. The fans also expected more,'' Hamburg defender Matthias Ostrzolek said.

Wolfsburg won at Augsburg 2-0, and Cologne beat visiting Darmstadt 2-0 in a game interrupted by a storm in the second half.

Bayern opened its title defense with a 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen on Friday.


Sports

Hope Solo takes indefinite leave from Seattle Reign

Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden.

The move was announced Saturday by the Reign, saying that the Olympic goaltender has been granted personal leave. The team did not say how long Solo would be away.

It's been a rough time for the record-breaking goalie. On Wednesday, she was suspended after calling the Swedes ''cowards'' for their defensive style of play after the U.S. lost the Aug. 12 match on penalty kicks.

Solo was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, and won't be eligible for selection to the national team until February.

Meanwhile, the Reign made their announcement hours before Saturday night's match against the Portland Thorns. Seattle signed goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski to replace Solo.


Sports

Rashford's stoppage-time goal keeps Man U's perfect start alive

Manchester United maintained their perfect start to the season Saturday against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium thanks to a last-gasp winner from Marcus Rashford.

It was a cruel ending for Hull, as deep into stoppage time Rashford bundled home after Wayne Rooney had gotten the better of Ahmed Elmohamady on the left flank.

The first half was well-matched with United (3-0-0) often pressing forward but finding no way through a stubborn Hull defence, championed by Curtis Davies, who crucially intercepted countless passes.

Rooney went closest when he followed up Juan Mata's parried effort, but his shot was hacked off the line. Hull (2-0-1) looked to have nullified United's threat for much of the second half, despite almost never venturing out of their own half.

But the visitors turned up the heat in the final 10 minutes, with Rashford's introduction giving the Old Trafford outfit a new lease of life. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also contributed massively after his second-half substitution, certainly bidding for a starting place in United's next outing.


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HRs by Correa, Gattis give Houston 5-4 win over Rays

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis knows he probably shouldn't have taken a swing at a shoulder-high pitch from Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome in the ninth inning on Friday night.

Considering what happened next, he's glad he did.

Carlos Correa and Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

''I tried not to swing at that pitch,'' Gattis said. ''But it worked out good.''

Mikie Mahtook's first homer this season, a towering shot with two outs in the ninth inning, had put the Rays on top before Houston's dramatic comeback.

Correa connected on the first pitch in the ninth inning from Colome (1-4) on a home run to the seats in right field to tie it 4-4.

Gattis then fought through eight pitches before sending the ninth to right field for his 21st homer that gave Houston the win.

''He had one of the best at-bats of the night, not because he hit the homer but how he got there,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''I'm not even sure the home run was a strike, it might have been neck high for all I know. There was a calmness to him as well being able to take those pitches.''

He bounded through the celebration at home plate before ripping off his jersey Superman-style and continuing the celebration bare-chested.

''Embarrassing,'' he said of his celebration. ''But whatever. A little out of character.''

Colome's tough night ended a stretch of 11 straight scoreless appearances. It was just his second blown save of the season and the first time he had given up a run since his other blown save on July 23 against Oakland.

''It was just one of those nights. All the great closers have them,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''Hopefully, he gets an opportunity to go back out there tomorrow. When he gets the ball and we have a lead, we couldn't feel any more confident that we're going to have success.''

Corey Dickerson hit a career-high three doubles, drove in a run and scored twice on wild pitches to help Tampa Bay come back from an early 3-0 deficit.

The game was tied 3-3 with two outs in the ninth when Mahtook sent a pitch from reliever Ken Giles (2-3) onto the train tracks atop left field.

Jake Marisnick homered in the second inning to help Houston build an early lead.

Rays starter Drew Smyly allowed three hits and three runs - two earned - while striking out eight in six innings.

Houston's Mike Fiers yielded six hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Jose Altuve drove in a run on a force out in the first. He then went from first to third on an error by first baseman Brad Miller when he missed the throw on a pickoff attempt. The Astros took a 2-0 lead when Altuve scored on a single by Gattis with one out.

Marisnick's homer with one out in the second extended Houston's lead to 3-0.

Smyly settled in after that, retiring the next 14 batters. The Astros didn't have another baserunner until Yulieski Gurriel singled off Kevin Jepsen with no outs in the seventh.

Dickerson doubled in the third inning and took third on a wild pitch with two outs. The Rays cut the lead to 3-1 when Dickerson scored on another wild pitch.

Dickerson opened the fifth inning with another double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bobby Wilson. After that, another pitch got away from Fiers and Dickerson scored for the second time on a wild pitch to get Tampa Bay within 3-2.

Dickerson's third double of the night came with one out in the seventh to drive in a run and tie it 3-3.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 2B Nick Franklin played in a rehab game at Class-A Charlotte on Friday night and was activated from the seven-day concussion list after the game.

Astros: OF Colby Rasmus worked out on the field on Friday for the first time since having surgery to remove a cyst in his ear on Aug. 10. Rasmus said he's finally starting to feel normal again, but isn't sure when he'll come off the DL.

JENNINGS TO BE RELEASED

The Rays will release OF Desmond Jennings on Saturday. The team announced the impending move before Friday's game.

''It was time,'' Cash said. ''Best for him. Best for us going forward ... unfortunately it just didn't work out. Couldn't quite get him on the field as much as we would have liked. We had to make a decision.''

Jennings has been on the DL with hamstring and knee injuries for all but five days since July 4. He is currently on the 15-day DL with a bruised left knee.

UP NEXT

Rays: Blake Snell (4-6, 3.17) is scheduled to start for Tampa Bay on Saturday. Snell has struggled with control in his last three starts, walking 13 batters in that span, including a career-high five in his last outing.

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (8-12, 4.64) will start for Houston on Saturday. Last year's AL Cy Young Award winner allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings of a 5-3 win over Baltimore in his last start.


Technology

'Dark twin' of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

Dragonfly 44 went unnoticed until last year

(CNN) - Welcome to the dark side of the universe. In a direct contrast with the beautifully bright Milky Way galaxy, a "dark twin" called Dragonfly 44 has been discovered 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation, according to a new study.

But don't cue "Star Wars' " Imperial March theme music or Darth Vader breathing just yet (even if the closeup image looks like a slightly creepy emoji). Although it's massive and mysterious, Dragonfly 44 is really just misunderstood.

Dragonfly 44 went unnoticed until last year because, when regarding the darkness of space, this galaxy resembles a virtually indistinguishable blob. But by looking at it with some of the world's most powerful telescopes, including the Dragonfly telescope array designed and built by study authors Pieter van Dokkum and Roberto Abraham, researchers realized something else. It is named for the telescope that found it.

Dragonfly 44 is an incredibly large but diffuse and dim galaxy. Encircling its core is a halo made up of clusters of stars, much like what we see in the Milky Way. But this galaxy is only 0.1% stars. The Milky Way has more than a hundred times that. The researchers knew that something had to be holding those few stars in place.

"We knew as soon as we discovered the galaxy that it would be so tenuous if it was just made up of stars and no dark matter, that it would quickly disrupt and disappear," said van Dokkum, lead study author and Yale University astronomer.

A huge amount of gravity was working to hold those stars in place, and once researchers used star velocity to measure how much mass the galaxy contained, they realized that the other 99.9% is dark matter.

To put this in perspective, Dragonfly 44 is comparable in size to the Milky Way, which is 100,000 light-years wide. Mostly it is just unseen because it is cloaked in darkness.

"It's very exciting because we thought we had sort of figured out what the relationship is between galaxies and dark matter," van Dokkum said. "This discovery turns that on its head. Now, you can have a hundred times fewer stars in the galaxy with the same amount of dark matter as the Milky Way. That was entirely unexpected, and that means that there is something missing in our description of galaxy formations, and there are physics that we don't yet understand in that process."

This newly observed galaxy could hold the secrets to understanding dark matter, the hypothesized ingredient that makes up 90% of the universe. Given the fact that we know next to nothing about it, this find could open the door to our discovery and understanding of the mysterious building block.

"One of the things we are after are finding galaxies like this that are even closer to us, ideally 30 or 50 million light-years away so we could study them in detail," van Dokkum said. "We could be looking for the dark matter particle itself. Currently, people are looking at tiny dwarf galaxies that circle the Milky Way to search for the dark matter particle with X-ray and UV telescopes, but nothing has been found yet. These galaxies are a million times more massive, so we have a higher chance of detecting a dark matter signal if we find one close enough to us.

"But dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries in science. We don't even know if it is a particle or not. It's a bunch of steps from where we are now. For us, it's finding the best candidates. It would be incredibly exciting if it helps the search in that way."

The invention and building of the Dragonfly telescope came out of a dinner conversation between the two men, that led to a bet in 2011. It has grown from one lens in a parking lot to an array of 48 lenses with a coating that enables them to do special imaging of these faint galaxies.

Abraham, a professor of astronomy at the University of Toronto, is credited with putting the telescope together. Van Dokkum also has a background in photography, which enabled him to help with selecting the lenses.

As it happens, in his spare time, he uses his photography skills to capture images of the underappreciated dragonfly. He calls it a "strange confluence of work and hobby," considering the name of the galaxy and telescope.

Using their Dragonfly telescope, van Dokkum and Abraham will continue their research by surveying a random large batch of the sky rather than targeting of particular galaxies or groups of galaxies, as they had been doing.

"We built this telescope to try to uncover what's out there," van Dokkum said. "What other things have we missed that are right above us?"


Sports

In wake of cousin's fatal shooting, Dwyane Wade speaks out

CHICAGO (AP) NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

Nykea Aldridge's famous relative, who grew up in Chicago's south suburbs, tweeted to his nearly 6 million followers about her death, saying Friday it was an ''act of senseless gun violence'' and posting Saturday morning that Chicago needs ''more help& more hands on deck.'' Wade ended both days of tweets with the hashtag ''EnoughIsEnough.''

The 32-year-old mother of four recently relocated to an area on the city's South Side, her family said. She was near the school, which is about a mile and a half southwest of the University of Chicago, when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man but hit Aldridge in the head and arm. She wasn't the intended target, police said.

Police are questioning witnesses in the shooting but had no suspects in custody.

Chicago has been plagued by gun violence for years, especially in a few South and West Side neighborhoods. This July alone, there were 65 homicides - the most that month since 2006.

Wade, whose charitable organization, Wade's World Foundation, does community outreach in the Chicago area, signed with the Chicago Bulls in July after 13 years with the Miami Heat. He and his mother, pastor Jolinda Wade, participated Thursday via satellite in a town hall meeting in Chicago on gun violence hosted by ESPN.

''My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. (hash)EnoughIsEnough,'' he tweeted Friday.

Wade also tweeted Saturday morning: ''The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!'' adding in a following tweet, ''These young kids are screaming for help!!! (hash)EnoughIsEnough.''

Outside the emergency room where Aldridge was pronounced dead, Jolinda Wade clutched her sister and spoke for the family as mourners stood in a circle holding hands and praying. She said she'd participated in the town hall meeting ''never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would actually be living and experiencing it.''

''We're still going to try to help and empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head,'' Jolinda Wade said. ''We're going to try to help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction.''

It is not the first time Dwyane Wade's family in Chicago has been affected by gun violence. His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012 but recovered.

Chicago had recorded 381 homicides by the end of July, up 30 percent from the same period of 2015. Its murder rate is higher than the more populous cities of New York and Los Angeles.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has spoken about the city's violence , and used Aldridge's death as a chance to tweet about it Saturday morning. He posted: ''Dwayne (sic) Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!''

Family members are caring for Aldridge's baby, who wasn't hurt.


Sports

Rashford scores late, earns Man United 1-0 win at Hull

HULL, England (AP) Marcus Rashford scored two minutes into stoppage time to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win at Hull and a third straight victory to open the English Premier League on Saturday.

Rashford capped an impressive cameo as a second-half substitute by tapping in from close range after Wayne Rooney cut in from the left and sent across a low ball.

After previous wins over Bournemouth and Southampton, United was on course to drop points for the first time this season in the face of an obdurate defensive performance by promoted Hull, which also won its first two games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's three-match scoring run came to end, but United was saved by another striker at the opposite end of his career. The 18-year-old Rashford burst onto the scene in the second half of last season, earning a place in England's European Championship squad, but has been displaced by Ibrahimovic under new coach Jose Mourinho.

United joined Chelsea on maximum points after three games.


World

Turkey flexes muscle in northern Syria

Unclear who Turkey military was targeting

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (CNN) - Turkey flexed its military muscle across the border in war-torn Syria this week by helping rebels retake the border town of Jarablus from ISIS, marking a decisive win for the Free Syrian Army.

On Saturday, the air force pounded more targets in the region. But in the bloody 5-year-old conflict, replete with many power players and varying loyalties, it was unclear whether the latest airstrikes targeted ISIS or its other foes -- Syrian Kurdish fighters.

"The Turkish role here will be to protect the region," Faheem Issa, who commands the Sultan Murad brigade -- a Syrian Turkmen unit. "Because of the world's indifference and insufficient backing for the Free Syrian Army, Turkey is providing that support."

Villages seized, "terror" HQ pounded

Turkey launched airstrikes that injured civilians in Al Amarneh in eastern Jarablus, according to Manbij Military Council Cmdr. Shirvan Darwish. It struck areas to the south of the town, destroying an ammunition dump and the headquarters of a "terror organization," according to military sources speaking to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

And, a spokesman for a Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army group called the Sultan Murad Brigade said its fighters have seized a series of villages to the west of Jarablus. The villages -- Tal Shair, Hamir al-Ajaaj, and al-Helwaniah -- are near a key border crossing, Bab al-Salama, but it is unclear from whom they were seized.

In comments televised by CNN Turk, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus referred to Turkey's fight against "terrorist groups operating in Marea-Jarablus line," an area running along the border between Bab al-Salama and the town of Jarablus. That suggests Turkey aims to control a long stretch of the border as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.

"We will cleanse the area from ISIS and other terrorist groups. The swift and result-oriented operation continues successfully. We are in coordination with international organizations. We use our right of self-defense that international law gives us."

Turkey views both ISIS and Kurdish rebels as foes and its allegiances have complicated its relationship with the United States.

Kurdish fighters have been a key ally of the United States in the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but the Turkish government views those fighters -- the People's Protection Units in Syria, also known as the YPG -- as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a pro-separatist group that Turkey has been fighting for years.

Getting back to normal

In Jarablus on Saturday, shops were being restocked, street life appeared to be getting back to normal and the Red Crescent was seen distributing aid.

That comes after the Free Syrian Army rebels drove ISIS out of that city in a key military victory on Friday. The FSA took control of the town in less than 24 hours with the help of Turkey's potent and huge military -- the second-largest in NATO after the United States.

"For now, our focus is on ISIS," said Issa, the commander of the Sultan Murad brigade.

At the same time, he doesn't deny that his fighters have battled US-backed Kurdish militias, which, Turkey insists, must withdraw east of the Euphrates River.

The United States has spent millions of dollars arming and training Syrian rebels, with little to show for it. In contrast, American officials regard Kurdish fighters as far more effective in fighting ISIS.

US aircraft did strike ISIS targets during the push on Jarablus, but the boots on the ground are Turkish. Turkish involvement, not American support, helped provide these Syrian fighters with a rare victory.

Officials said one of the goals of this operation is to set up a "terror-free" zone -- in effect a buffer zone -- to ensure the safety of Turkish citizens living along the border.

"We came to rid this area of ISIS," Issa said.


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Infrared camera used in Bierney Creek Fire west of Lakeside

MISSOULA, Mont. - Fire managers will be using an infrared camera today to locate spots in the fire that are still holding heat.

Some hot spots are no longer producing smoke, so it can be difficult to identify the areas.

The infrared camera can detect those hot spots and give firefighters the information they need to continue to cool down the burn.

Crews will continue mopping up and strengthening the fire line.

Officials say that work has been completed in advance for the windy conditions that are expected for Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

The fire is 60 percent contained.


Sports

Duke QB Sirk out for season after reinjuring Achilles tendon

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after tearing the Achilles tendon he first tore in February.

Coach David Cutcliffe said Saturday that the redshirt senior will have surgery to repair the partial tear in his left Achilles tendon.

This marks the third injury to an Achilles tendon since 2013 for Sirk, who led Duke in rushing and passing last season and was the co-MVP of the Blue Devils' Pinstripe Bowl victory over Indiana.

He tore the tendon during an offseason conditioning workout on Feb. 9. He reinjured it during practice Thursday night, and was evaluated Friday.

Cutcliffe has said redshirt freshman Daniel Jones has been taking most of the first-team snaps during practice.

Sirk passed for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns and added a team-best 803 yards rushing and eight TDs during his first season as Duke's starter. He missed the 2013 season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon that April.

The Blue Devils begin the season Sept. 3 against North Carolina Central of the FCS


Sports

Juventus beats Lazio in game dedicated to earthquake victims

ROME (AP) Juventus won 1-0 at Lazio on Saturday in a Serie A match dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in central Italy.

Fans held aloft banners to mourn the nearly 300 people killed in Wednesday's quake, and a minute of silence was observed before kickoff.

Also, Lazio's shirts featured a message that read ''Noi con voi'' - ''We're with you'' - including an image of the clock tower in the hardest-hit town of Amatrice, which was stopped at 3:36 a.m. when the quake hit.

Amatrice and other towns affected are in the Lazio region.

In the 66th minute, Sami Khedira took a pass from Paulo Dybala and scored with an angled shot inside the far post as Lazio's defense appeared distracted by prized Juventus signing Gonzalo Higuain, who came on a minute earlier.

Khedira also scored in Juve's season-opening 2-1 win over Fiorentina last weekend.

Later, AC Milan was visiting Napoli, Higuain's former squad.

There was a two-minute heat timeout at the Stadio Olimpico during the first half, with the temperature 32 degrees (90 F) in the capital.

Higuain started on the bench for the second consecutive match since becoming the most expensive transfer in Italian football history at 90 million euros ($99 million) but again made an impact, this time merely with his presence.

Winger Marco Pjaca, another new Juventus player, also impressed when he came on for the final few minutes. Pjaca dribbled by a defender in stylish fashion before unleashing a powerful shot that went directly at goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

Lazio's first shot on goal didn't come until an effort from Marco Parolo less than five minutes from the end.

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Valencia loses 2 straight to start Spanish season

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Valencia slumped to a second consecutive loss to start the Spanish league after falling at Eibar 1-0 on Saturday.

This latest defeat comes with the club close to selling Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal, and Barcelona negotiating to sign away striker Paco Alcacer. Neither player was on Valencia's team at Eibar.

New Eibar midfielder Pedro Leon finished off the rebound of his own penalty in the 62nd minute after Valencia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan blocked his initial spot kick. Aymen Abdennour conceded the penalty after handling the ball in the area.

Valencia lost its home opener to Las Palmas 4-2 last weekend.

Elsewhere, Real Sociedad won at Osasuna 2-0 thanks to Juanmi Jimenez's goal in first-half injury time and a late own goal by Unai Garcia.


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Redskins' Kelley has roster spot, not starting job, on mind

The dominoes couldn't have fallen any better to give undrafted rookie running back Robert Kelley an opportunity to show the Washington Redskins what he could do.

Starter Matt Jones and third-down back Chris Thompson were out of the Friday preseason game against the Buffalo Bills with injuries, and Kelley got the start. Fellow rookie Keith Marshall, a seventh-round pick, sprained his left elbow on his first carry of the game, making it Kelley's stage the rest of the first half with the starters.

Kelley ran for 51 yards on 12 carries, and the Tulane product looked every bit like a player capable of filling the top job Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers if Jones' separated shoulder hasn't completely healed by Sept. 12.

''He looked good,'' left tackle Trent Williams said. ''He found the creases, he moved forward. Obviously there are some things we can clean up, but I think it was a good outing for him.''

Kelley stood out to everyone, except maybe himself. The 23-year-old thought he did well running and protecting quarterback Kirk Cousins but wasn't ready to express confidence in himself as the No. 1 running back if called upon.

He's still approaching it like he has to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

''Once I get on this team, then we can start going on to other ventures,'' Kelley said after Washington's 21-16 victory. ''Every time I get up there I try to put myself in a better situation to make the team, take advantage of the opportunity.''

The opportunity was certainly there given the injuries to Jones, Thompson and then Marshall, but Kelley appeared to impress coach Jay Gruden early in training camp. Gruden gave Kelley rave reviews before players put on the pads and with contact liked more of what he saw from the 6-foot, 228-pounder who can shift direction without wasting energy.

Kelley made decisive runs against the Bills and fell forward to gain extra yards. Gruden said Kelley ran hard and well, but he was also looking to see what the young running backs could do in pass protection.

Kelley was strong in that department, too, taking care of plenty of Buffalo blitzes, though he acknowledged room for improvement.

''There's probably blocks I could've gotten more of his body or something like that, but for the most part I think I did pretty good in picking up protection with the O-line,'' Kelley said. ''I thought I did a good job, especially out there with Kirk. There's not too much thinking because he's pointing everything out there to you, so you're kind of getting the answers to the test.''

Kelley has passed each test so far in the preseason and feels he has most improved on special teams. Throw in the blocking and it's probably enough to show he should be ahead of second-year back Mack Brown on the depth chart and could be an every-down runner if required.

''A lot of guys can run the ball, but it's what you do when you don't have the ball: Can you help out the O-line? Can you protect that quarterback?'' Kelley said. ''I think all of us can run the ball well, so it's what you can do when you don't have the ball in your hand.''

Kelley, a New Orleans native, has impressed Cousins with his runs, blocks and overall approach.

''I think he showed a lot of confidence tonight as he got going, and he's a talented football player,'' Cousins said. ''I think when you're a rookie and undrafted and you're in that position, what you need is belief. You need people around you to believe in you and have confidence in you because he does have the talent and he can run the football well. You just have to continue encouraging him.''

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Falcons give workout to former Redskins S Dashon Goldson

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have given a workout to veteran free-agent safety Dashon Goldson, the former Redskins starter.

The Falcons will be without rookie safety Keanu Neal, the projected starter, for at least the first two regular-season games with a right knee injury.

Coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that backup Kemal Ishmael would fill in for Neal as the starting strong safety even if the team signs Goldson, 31. General manager Thomas Dimitroff says Goldson also has interest from other teams.

The Falcons cut nine players, including backup quarterback Sean Renfree, to reach the roster limit of 75 players on Saturday.

The Falcons also released safety Sergio Brown and waived offensive lineman Michael Huey, running back Gus Johnson, wide receiver Jordan Leslie, tight end Arthur Lynch, linebacker Ivan McLennan, cornerback Ryan White, and defensive lineman Brandon Williams.

Renfree, a seventh-round pick in 2014, played in two games last season. Veteran Matt Schaub was signed in the offseason as Matt Ryan's backup.

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Man arrested in fatal stabbing of 2 nuns in Mississippi

Rodney Earl Sanders faces two murder charges

Man arrested in stabbing deaths of nuns

(CNN) - A man has been arrested in the stabbing deaths of two nuns whose bodies were found in their home in rural Mississippi, authorities said.

Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, failed to show up for work Thursday at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state's poorest counties.

Authorities believe the killer took the victims' car, a blue Toyota Corolla, which was later found on an abandoned road less than a mile from their home. But nothing was taken from the house, according to a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation.

Clinic workers called police when the pair didn't arrive at the clinic, said Maureen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

When authorities arrived at their home in Durant, 13 miles away from the clinic, they saw evidence of a break-in and found their bodies, she said.

Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killings, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said early Saturday.

"Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation," said Lt. Col. Jimmy Jordan, director of MBI.

After an investigation that included the sheriff's department and the attorney general's office, "this heinous crime has been resolved," he said.

He did not provide additional information on the arrest.

Sanders appears to have been released from prison last December after serving nine months for a felony conviction for driving under the influence, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He also did prison time from the mid 1980s to early 1990s for armed robbery, records show.

Shortly after the women's bodies were found, authorities said the motive for the killings remained unclear, adding that calling it a "robbery would be premature."

The victims' religious orders -- the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and School Sisters of St. Francis -- thanked investigators Saturday.

"There is still much we do not know about the suspect and the circumstances that led to this brutal and senseless crime," the School Sisters of St. Francis said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Those who knew the two nuns described them as outgoing and compassionate.

"They were sweet, very loving ... easy to get along with," Patricia Wyatt Weatherly, who lived next door to the victims, told CNN affiliate WLBT-TV. "They didn't bother anybody."

The Rev. Greg Plata of St. Thomas Catholic Church, where they attended Mass, said they were "just good women, women of prayer."

The sisters were loved by the doctors and residents in the area, and were the primary caregivers at the clinic, he said.

Plata's parishioners mourned their passing Thursday night at the church.

"We basically cried and told our stories about them and talked about how important they were to us," he said.

Merrill was a nurse practitioner in Mississippi for more than 30 years and had been at the Lexington Medical Clinic since 2010. The clinic tends to thousands of patients, many poor and uninsured.

"Many people have no health insurance because they can't afford the premiums," Merrill said in an interview posted on the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth website. "They make minimum wage."

Held moved to Mississippi in 1983, and had lived in Durant for 13 years, officials said.


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Man arrested in stabbing deaths of two nuns

Nurses found dead in Durant home Thursday