BILLS MAKE TWO BIG TRADES; ONE SENDS WATKINS TO RAMS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

MI­AMI» The Buf­falo Bills’ off­sea­son over­haul con­tin­ued Fri­day when wide re­ceiver Sammy Watkins and cor­ner­back Ron­ald Darby be­came the lat­est play­ers to be sent pack­ing.

The Bills said good­bye to those starters in sep­a­rate block­buster trades to con­tinue re­shap­ing the ros­ter of new coach Sean McDer­mott.

Watkins was traded to the Los An­ge­les Rams, while Darby was sent to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. Buf­falo ad­dressed both po­si­tions by ac­quir­ing wide re­ceiver Jor­dan Matthews from Philadel­phia and cor­ner­back E.J. Gaines from the Rams.

The Bills also con­tin­ued look­ing to the fu­ture by fur­ther stock­pil­ing 2018 draft se­lec­tions. They ac­quired a sec­ond-round pick from L.A. and a third-rounder from the Ea­gles, while also send­ing a sixth-round pick to the Rams. Buf­falo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds next year af­ter ac­quir­ing the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round se­lec­tion in April.

• Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill will have surgery to re­pair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the en­tire sea­son.

Tan­nehill will be placed on in­jured re­serve, an NFL source said.

Tan­nehill missed the fi­nal four games of last sea­son with two sprained lig­a­ments in his knee and rein­jured it a week into train­ing camp on Aug. 3. The Dol­phins con­sulted with spe­cial­ists be­fore de­cid­ing surgery was the best op­tion.

• Dol­phins rookie line­backer Raek­won McMil­lan will miss the sea­son with a torn ACL in his right knee.

• Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton threw passes to re­ceivers dur­ing an in­di­vid­ual pe­riod early in prac­tice. New­ton, how­ever, con­tin­ued to be held out of team drills.

• Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco will soon re­turn to prac­tice, but he won’t play in a game be­fore Bal­ti­more opens the reg­u­lar sea­son Sept. 10 at Cincin­nati while he re­cov­ers from a back in­jury.

• The Pack­ers sub­mit­ted videos to the NFL of hits by Ea­gles play­ers that knocked out Green Bay’s Malachi Dupre and Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall on sep­a­rate plays.

L.A. mov­ing to­ward 2028 Games.

Los An­ge­les took an­other step to­ward bring­ing the 2028 Olympics to the city, de­spite ques­tions about fu­ture costs.

The City Coun­cil voted 12-0 to en­dorse doc­u­ments at the heart of L.A.’s plan to stage the Sum­mer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The con­tract out­lines L.A.’s fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in host­ing the Games, in­clud­ing cov­er­ing short­falls if the $5.3 bil­lion plan runs into the red. Also, a bud­get for the pro­posed 2028 Games hasn’t been com­pleted.

Morocco wants to host World Cup.

North Amer­ica has a late chal­lenge from North Africa in the con­test to host soc­cer’s 2026 World Cup.

Morocco also will bid for the tour­na­ment, its an­nounce­ment com­ing Fri­day — FIFA’s dead­line day.

Morocco’s last-minute move will take on the joint bid be­tween the United States, Canada and Mex­ico.

Buffs add English to hoops staff.

BOUL­DER» The Colorado men’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram added Kim English as an as­sis­tant coach. English re­placed Jean Pri­oleau, who be­came the head coach at San Jose State.

English spent his past two sea­sons on the men’s bas­ket­ball staff at Tulsa un­der Frank Haith, whom he played for as a se­nior at Mis­souri.

MICH.» Brad Ke­selowski BROOK­LYN, won the pole for this week­end’s NASCAR Cup Se­ries race, putting him­self in good po­si­tion to try for an elu­sive vic­tory at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. Ke­selowski is win­less in 16 ca­reer Cup races in his home state of Michi­gan. He does have eight top-10 fin­ishes there.

Erik Jones qual­i­fied eighth — and his Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing team­mate, Martin Truex Jr., qual­i­fied 13th.

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