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    A gun charge against a free agent NFL linebacker has been dropped because the man who said he gave him a weapon admitted he lied, the player's attorney said. The charges against Khaseem Greene were dismissed by a judge on July 17 after a request from prosecutors, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2wVi04v ) this week. His attorney, Joshua McMahon, provided an audio recording to NJ.com that includes the other man telling detectives in Elizabeth that he lied about Greene's involvement in a shooting outside of a nightclub in Elizabeth last December. Jason Sanders' admission came on the same day he told detectives that Greene was involved, but it wasn't included in a criminal complaint that alleged that Greene was seen on camera handing a gun to him, McMahon said. Sanders remains jailed on aggravated assault and weapons offenses after police say he fired into a crowd. McMahon said the audio recording proves that prosecutors moved forward with charges even though Sanders admitted he lied. The prosecutors' office said it couldn't comment on specifics of the case while the case against Sanders is pending. A spokesperson for Elizabeth's mayor and police department declined to comment. 'The prosecutor's office and police department worked in concert to repeatedly perpetrate at least two lies to the judge who they sought the initial arrest warrant from, and the grand jurors who returned the indictment,' McMahon told NJ.com. 'Specifically, police and prosecutors, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, falsely stated Greene was visible on a surveillance video recording handing a gun to another man, who then fired the gun into a crowd; and, second, that the alleged shooter, Jason Sanders, a self-admitted liar and multi-convicted felon, gave a statement to police claiming Greene handed Sanders the gun.' The Kansas City Chiefs released the linebacker on the same day the charges against him were first reported in May. Greene signed with the team in January. Greene, who starred at Rutgers University, last played a game in 2014 for the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons for Chicago. He had 60 1/2 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go with seven special-teams stops. Greene wore No. 52 for the Bears to pay tribute to his friend and former Rutgers teammate Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed while playing for Rutgers in 2010. Greene was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
  • Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died. He was 92. His son, Sven Birkerts, said his father died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Needham, Massachusetts. Birkerts was born in Riga, Latvia, on Jan. 17, 1925, but fled during World War II when he was in his teens. He made his way to Stuttgart, Germany, where he began studying architecture. In 1949, Birkerts emigrated to the United States. He was based in the Detroit area for much of his career and worked for several different architecture firms before he and a colleague, Frank Straub, founded Birkerts and Straub in 1962. He eventually went on to lead his own firm, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, for decades. He also taught architecture at the University of Michigan from 1959-1990. Birkerts was widely known for his use of light in his designs. Some of his other notable buildings include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the IBM headquarters in Sterling Forest, New York, and the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela. His final work, the National Library of Latvia in Riga, opened in 2014 and is now widely known as 'The Castle of Light.' The American Institute of Architects awarded the library its 2017 Library Building Award. Birkerts is survived by his wife, Sylvia, a fellow Latvian who he met in Germany and married in 1950, their three children and seven grandchildren.
  • Blake Bortles' career in Jacksonville could be nearing an end. Coach Doug Marrone opened up the team's quarterback job after Bortles' latest inconsistent performance Thursday night, giving Chad Henne a chance to start. 'I'm looking for someone who is going to lead this offense,' Marrone said. 'I'm not happy with the performance. I'm not going to sit here and BS anyone. Everyone saw it out there. Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position.' Bortles completed 8 of 13 passes for 65 yards in a 12-8 preseason loss to Tampa Bay and headed to the sideline after four possessions that ended with punts. He missed Allen Robinson on two plays, including a woefully underthrown ball down the seam. 'Just didn't make a whole lot of plays,' Bortles said. 'Missed a couple of throws down the field, and we were very stagnant as an offense.' Henne got some work with the first-team offense, fueling speculation that Bortles had lost his grasp on the job. Even though the move had been planned beforehand, it gave the appearance that Marrone and football czar Tom Coughlin had wavered in their commitment to Bortles. Marrone confirmed it after the game. 'We're going to figure this thing out,' Marrone said. 'It's just simple. I'm not going to try to make this thing complicated. I'm looking for the best person to lead our offense.' Marrone and Coughlin had publicly supported Bortles all year, even picking up the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. But Marrone pulled the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft last week following two interceptions. Marrone said Bortles' 'arm looked tired.' Bortles denied having any issues. Bortles doesn't have a touchdown or a turnover in two preseason games. 'It's hard to not hear people booing,' Bortles said. 'But if they're cheering or booing, it's kind of irrelevant, at least for me it is. I think you've got to treat adversity and prosperity the same way. They're not booing for no reason. They're booing because you didn't do your job.' Henne's first pass should have resulted in a touchdown, but Keelan Cole dropped it at the goal line. Henne finished 6-of-10 passing for 44 yards. The Jaguars also could have a kicking competition. Jason Myers missed a field goal and an extra point. He has missed three of four field-goal attempts in two exhibitions. The Jaguars don't have another kicker in camp, but that could change Friday. 'I think that's something that we'll talk about,' Marrone said. WINSTON SHINES Jameis Winston continued his solid preseason, completing 21 of 29 passes for 196 yards for Tampa Bay. Winston had two passes dropped, including what would have been a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans in the first quarter. The Buccaneers scored on their first three possessions, getting a short touchdown run from Doug Martin and two field goals from Nick Folk. Tampa Bay dominated Jacksonville in two quarters that featured mostly starters, outgaining the Jags 240-59 and looking like the much better team. 'We've got to finish,' Winston said. 'We've got to have touchdowns in the red zone.' Coach Dirk Koetter praised Winston's performance aside from an ill-advised throw that ended up being a sack. 'Other than that one play, he was extremely sharp,' Koetter said. 'But we have extremely high standards for him as he does for himself. He took us right down the field, had a lot of run checks, converted on third downs. He did the things that quarterbacks like him are supposed to do, except for one play. ... Elite quarterbacks don't make that play.' FOLK'S NIGHT Bucs kicker Nick Folk, who won the job last week after the team waived former second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo, had an extra point blocked by Calais Campbell. He also missed a 47-yarder wide right in the fourth quarter. SITTING OUT The Buccaneers played without two starters: cornerback Brent Grimes (leg laceration) and linebacker Devante Bond (sprained knee). The Jaguars were without rookie running back Leonard Fournette (foot), receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) and their top three cornerbacks. Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin did not dress. INJURIES Tampa Bay: Starting right tackle Demar Dotson left the game with a groin injury and did not return. Cornerback Josh Robinson injured a hamstring. Jacksonville: Running back T.J. Yeldon injured his left hamstring and did not return. Cornerback Charles Gaines injured his right eye. ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said Thursday night in a letter to a Washington Post columnist that he had cancer and had his left leg amputated. In the letter to columnist Barry Svrluga, the 63-year-old Lerner wrote: 'Thanks very much for your concern and good wishes. I know you recognize that only something really challenging would have kept me from my favorite seat at the ballpark these past months. In early January, they discovered Spindle Cell Sarcoma in my left leg above the knee. Radiation was completed in March and I had surgery in April to successfully remove the cancer. The radiation treatment eventually caused the wound not to heal properly. 'With my doctors and medical team, we decided that amputation of that leg was my best choice to maintain the active and busy lifestyle that I have always enjoyed. The limb was removed in early August and I'm healing well, cancer-free, and looking forward to my eventual new prosthetic. 'I've been very blessed with my wonderful wife Judy, who has never left my side, our great kids, amazing family and close friends. I really appreciate everyone respecting our family's privacy as we've gone through this. I'm not sure of the timeline yet, but you know I'll be at Nationals Park as soon as I possibly can. Hope all is well with you.' Lerner's family purchased the Nationals from Major League Baseball in 2006.
  • Of all the high-profile players making debuts in a new uniform, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was most impressive. Darby intercepted former teammate Tyrod Taylor's pass and returned it 48 yards and also broke up two passes in his first game since Philadelphia acquired him from Buffalo last week, and the Eagles beat the Bills 20-16 on Thursday night. 'They were running a lot of routes that looked similar, so I was being patient with everything and cutting them off,' Darby said. Alshon Jeffery, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver signed by the Eagles in the offseason, caught his first pass from Carson Wentz and finished with two receptions for 23 yards. Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines also had an interception in his first game since coming from the Rams in a trade last week. Gaines picked third-string quarterback Matt McGloin, who has struggled in two preseason games. Wideout Anquan Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowl pick recently signed by the Bills, caught one pass for 5 yards. The Eagles traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick for Darby. Matthews, a popular player in Philadelphia's locker room, didn't make the trip because of a chest injury. Both teams looked sloppy in a mistake-filled game. There were 23 penalties and seven turnovers, including Mitchell White's interception in the end zone on the final play to secure the win. 'One hundred percent unacceptable,' Bills coach Sean McDermott said. 'Good teams don't beat themselves. We've got a lot of work to do.' Wentz completed 6 of 9 passes for 56 yards. Taylor was 8 of 18 for 53 yards and two interceptions. After T.J. Yates tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Reilly late in the fourth quarter to give the Bills a 16-13 lead, Philadelphia's Byron Marshall ran in from the 1 for the go-ahead score. ANTHEM PROTEST Chris Long, the Philadelphia defensive end who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins as a show of unity while the safety stood with his right fist raised in the air as he's done since last season. Long was to his right with his left arm on Jenkins' shoulder. 'I think it's a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality,' said Long, who is white. QB WATCH Bills: Nathan Peterman was 10 of 20 for 167 yards. ... Yates finished 9 of 15 for 83 yards, one TD and one interception. Eagles: McGloin was 12 of 20 for 131 yards and one interception. He took most of the snaps because backup Nick Foles remains sidelined. ... Dane Evans completed 9 of 12 or 92 yards and one pick. PLAYER OF THE GAME Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks had a sack, interception and tackle for loss. Kendricks had asked for a trade in the offseason, but he's slated to be the starter at the outside spot. WELCOME BACK Bills RB LeSean McCoy, the Eagles' franchise rushing leader, had 21 yards rushing on four carries and still runs better than every running back Philadelphia has tried since former coach Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo in 2015. McCoy ordered cheesesteaks for the entire team after the game. ROOKIE WATCH Bills: WR Zay Jones, a second-round pick, had three catches for 42 yards. He made a nifty grab in the corner of the end zone late in the second quarter, but couldn't get both feet in. Eagles: DE Derek Barnett, the 14th overall pick, had another sack after getting two in the preseason opener. ... Undrafted RB Corey Clement had 34 yards rushing, including a 6-yard TD. INJURIES Bills WR Rod Streater was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter after injuring his foot. The entire Bills bench walked over to the cart to comfort Streater before he was driven to the locker room. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injury. ___ More AP NFL: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
  • Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen. That's the surgeon who fixed his right shoulder after his season with the Chicago Bears ended last December. Cutler's shoulder is just fine, and that's about all Miami had to cheer about. Ryan Mallett threw for 113 yards and a touchdown , Josh Woodrum ran for two more scores and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Dolphins 31-7 on Thursday night in the second preseason game for both teams. 'Dr. Bowen in Chicago, nice job,' Cutler said, with a thumbs-up for emphasis. Cutler played the first two series for the Dolphins, his debut as injured starter Ryan Tannehill's replacement in Miami. He was 3 of 6 for 24 yards , some of it in a no-huddle tempo, and his highlight play was one that didn't count. Facing a third-and-16, Cutler stepped up and found DeVante Parker for what would have been a 31-yard gain — one erased by a holding flag. 'Thought he was good,' said Dolphins coach Adam Gase, who also coached Cutler in Chicago. 'First time out. Looks like we really weren't apart for a year. His tempo was really good.' Cutler took a big hit on his last snap, courtesy of the Ravens' Za'Darius Smith. He got up without any problem, then switched his helmet for a baseball cap and headset. 'I was kind of glad to get that one out of the way,' Cutler said. Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco isn't expected to play until Week 1 of the regular season because of back woes, and Mallett played the entire first half. 'I thought he did good,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. 'He got out of trouble a few times. He made a few throws.' Mallett completed 13 of 22 passes, getting intercepted twice — both on passes intended for Quincy Adeboyejo. The first pick was by Xavier Howard on a ball lofted down the left sideline and overthrow, the other coming when Cordrea Tankersley ripped the ball out of Adeboyejo's hands after he had to reach back to make a catch on a quick slant. 'I think I played better,' Mallett said. 'There's still plays to be made.' Woodrum completed eight of 10 passes for 110 yards. 'He's got some poise, he can play the game,' Harbaugh said. Senorise Perry had an 11-yard touchdown run for Miami, but he also fumbled away a kickoff return — one of many Miami special-teams miscues. The Dolphins also had a punt blocked in the second quarter, setting up Mallett's 1-yard touchdown toss to Larry Donnell, and later had a hold on a kickoff return. Gase said Miami had 10 men on the field for the blocked punt. 'It's one of those unforced errors we can't have happen,' Gase said. TUCKER AUTOMATIC Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is automatic from 50 yards or more. Tucker connected on a 52-yarder for the Ravens' first points of the night. He also made a 59-yarder in Baltimore's preseason-opening win over Washington, and was 10 for 10 on tries from 50 yards or more last season. Tucker also recovered a fumble on a misplayed kickoff return, one of Miami's many special-teams issues. But Tucker also tried to scoop-and-score the fumble recovery, drawing serious ire from Terrell Suggs and others on the Ravens sideline. 'Suggs was about to strangle him when he came off,' Harbaugh said. Said Tucker: 'Obviously, I'm better with my feet than my hands.' QB WATCH Dolphins backup Matt Moore, like Cutler, was also done for the night by the time the first quarter was over. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 11 yards, before getting relieved by David Fales. Brandon Doughty came in for Miami in the second half. COMING HOME Baltimore's third quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis, was enjoying a homecoming. He played his high school ball at nearby Hialeah-Miami Lakes High. TOUGH START Dolphins offensive lineman Sam Young was flagged for holding on consecutive plays in the first quarter, including one that wiped out the Cutler-to-Parker play for 31 yards. MORE OF THE SAME The Ravens and Dolphins last met in December, with Baltimore winning that matchup 38-6. Baltimore is 25-9 in its last 34 preseason games. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ___ BROADWAY BOUND Giancarlo Stanton takes his home run show to the Big Apple when Miami visits the New York Mets. Stanton, who leads the majors with 44 homers, had gone deep in six straight games and 10 of 12 before San Francisco kept him in the ballpark Wednesday. 'He's hurt us enough in the past to know that he can be so dangerous,' Mets manager Terry Collins said. 'We've noticed a change in his approach at the plate. So we've got to make certainly some adjustments in how we're going to pitch him.' Stanton said he would enjoy facing new Mets closer AJ Ramos, traded by the Marlins late last month. The big slugger said his former teammate told him he's going to cool off his bat. 'It'll be funny facing him. We've been talking trash to each other,' Stanton said. FENWAY SHOWDOWN The AL East-leading Red Sox host the rival Yankees in the latest installment of their rivalry as they open a three-game weekend series. Boston, winner of 12 of 14, leads the division by four games over New York, which is coming off a four straight wins against the crosstown-rival Mets. Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz (12-4, 3.39 ERA) looks to extend his career-best six-game winning streak when he faces the Yankees' Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 3.94). SURGING ANGELS The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of eight games to vault into the second AL wild-card spot heading into a weekend series at Baltimore. Five of the victories have been comebacks as the Angels have improved to 62-59 and jumped over Minnesota, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Kansas City and the Orioles in a crowded AL wild-card race. Star center fielder Mike Trout has led the resurgence as he is batting .343 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs, 26 walks and 22 runs scored while helping Los Angeles go 17-12 since his return on July 14 after missing 39 games due to a thumb injury. INDIANS SURGING, TOO Cleveland looks to bounce back after a 4-2 loss at Minnesota in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday night snapped a six-game winning streak. The AL Central Division-leading Indians open a weekend series at Kansas City with Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.71) going against the Royals' Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.80). LAST-PLACE MATCHUP Philadelphia and San Francisco continue a four-game series between the two worst teams in the National League. The Giants, cellar-dwellers in the West, send Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71) against the major league-worst Phillies and Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76).
  • 1. WHERE AN ATTACKER DROVE A VAN INTO A CROWD The vehicle veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down, killing 13. 2. WHY TRUMP IS TWEETING ABOUT A WWI GENERAL The president is being criticized once again for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines at the turn of the last century. During the campaign, Trump told a widely discredited story that Pershing had halted Muslim attacks in the Philippines by shooting rebels with bullets dipped in pigs' blood. 3. TRUMP DIGS IN ON CONFEDERATE ICONS With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party. 4. WHO WANTS CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS PULLED DOWN Descendants of Confederate Civil War leaders Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson and Jefferson Davis are among the voices calling for monuments to their famous ancestors to be pulled down 5. WHY HATE CAME TO THE PROGRESSIVE ISLAND OF CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia college town where a weekend rally of white nationalists descended into deadly chaos is an island of progressivism in an otherwise conservative part of Virginia. For more than a year, the Charlottesville city government has also been doing public soul searching over its Confederate monuments. 6. AMERICAN JEWS STEP UP CRITICISM OF TRUMP Some Jews, including Republicans and Trump supporters, are outraged and frightened not only the march that drew neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, but also by Trump's reaction. 7. TILLERSON, MATTIS INSIST MILITARY OPTIONS REMAIN FOR NORTH KOREA America's diplomatic and defense chiefs sought to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Trump's top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief's warnings a bluff. 8. LEGAL DEAL OVER HARSH CIA INTERROGATIONS MARKS A MILESTONE Experts say a settlement in a lawsuit against two psychologists who helped design the CIA's harsh interrogation methods marked the first time the agency or its private contractors have been held accountable for the program. 9. SENIOR OFFICER ON DAMAGED SHIP TO BE RELIEVED OF COMMAND The captain of a U.S. Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said. 10. WHERE NOBEL WINNER SHOT FOR PROMOTING EDUCATION WILL STUDY Education activist Malala Yousafzai, shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15 for speaking out in her native Pakistan, has been accepted to the University of Oxford.
  • Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a draft report that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for more than half the children killed and injured in Yemen's civil war last year. The report, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, said the United Nations verified 1,340 casualties and attributed 683 — representing 51 percent — to attacks carried out by the coalition. It said nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals — 38 of 52 — were also carried out by the coalition. The draft report on children and armed conflict echoes similar findings from last year when the U.S.-backed coalition was put on a U.N. blacklist for violating child rights. It was removed by then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after Saudi Arabia and other coalition supporters threatened to stop funding many U.N. programs. But Ban said he stood by the report, which said the U.N. verified a total of 1,953 youngsters killed and injured in Yemen in 2015 — a six-fold increase compared with 2014. Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday that Virigina Gamba, the new U.N. special representative for children and armed conflict, intends to recommend that the Saudi-led coalition be added to the list of countries that kill and maim children. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Thursday that Guterres hasn't seen the draft report that was leaked. He said its contents are still under discussion and the decision of who will be on the blacklist is up to him. Haq said Guterres is scheduled to meet Gamba on Friday but the report isn't expected to be completed for another month. Saudi Arabia's U.N. Mission said in a statement that the coalition maintains its position 'that there is no justification whatsoever for including its name in the annex of the secretary-general's report on children and armed conflict.' 'We trust that the United Nations will make the appropriate decision on this matter,' taking into consideration an ongoing review with the U.N. and 'the positive exchange of information' on the coalition's activities, the statement said. Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi Shiite rebels swept into Sanaa and overthrew President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government. In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition began a campaign against Houthi forces allied with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in support of Hadi's government. Since then, the Iranian-backed Houthis have been dislodged from most of the south, but remain in control of Sanaa and much of the north.
  • Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with beating his sister's boyfriend last month, Los Angeles prosecutors said Thursday. The 30-year-old Smith is scheduled to be arraigned next month on assault and battery charges, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Prosecutors say Smith beat his sister's boyfriend and then stomped on the man's head in Pasadena on July 4. Court documents said Smith inflicted 'serious bodily injury.' Smith, from Pasadena, is in his second season with the Raiders. The former University of Utah star played for Miami from 2009-12 and Kansas City from 2013-15. He pleaded guilty in 2015 to a driving under the influence charge in Kansas City and was sentenced to two years of probation. Los Angeles County jail records showed Smith was being held Thursday night by Pasadena police on $80,000 bail. Smith is scheduled to be arraigned in Pasadena on Sept. 29. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. A spokesman for the Raiders did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.