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It is a new day for the New York Knicks. That was the collective message by the Knicks on Monday during media day at the team’s training center. Coming off a 2020-21 season in which New York compiled a 41-31 record and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13, the Knicks stumbled to a 37-45 mark last season and missed the playoffs. They believe the disappointment of last season could be a galvanizing force.

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The Phoenix Suns are bringing back most of their star players in an effort to win an elusive NBA title. One man who apparently won’t be along on the journey is team owner Robert Sarver. The Suns met in downtown Phoenix for media day less than a week after the embattled Sarver announced his intention to sell the team. Sarver was suspended one year and fined $10 million by the NBA over workplace misconduct that included racist speech and hostile behavior toward employees. All-Star Devin Booker, guard Chris Paul and coach Monty Williams all said reading the final report on Sarver's conduct was difficult.

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Seven punts, three turnovers and an inexplicable play when Jimmy Garoppolo stepped out of bounds in the end zone for a safety summed up the night for the San Francisco 49ers offense. Now they have to go forward for the next few weeks without perhaps their best offensive player. All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams suffered a high ankle sprain during San Francisco’s 11-10 loss to the Denver Broncos and will miss at least a few weeks. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that the injuries typically take four to six weeks to heel, but didn’t rule out an earlier return for Williams.

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It’s early but there is some clear frustration starting to show with the Seattle Seahawks and it has to do with a defense that is underperforming. It’s evident from the head coach. It’s obvious from some of the veteran players. And none of it has to do with what most outsiders expected to be Seattle’s biggest weakness entering the season, the quarterback. The frustration was elevated after Sunday’s 27-23 loss to Atlanta that saw the Seahawks waste a performance from quarterback Geno Smith that should be good enough to win most weeks. But it wasn't because of Seattle's defensive issues, mostly with stopping the run.

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Injuries have been a factor but there’s more to Tampa Bay’s scoring woes than a young offensive line and the absence of Tom Brady’s top receivers. Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles says talent has not been an issue in the team being limited to three offensive touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season. Bowles said the key to getting the offense going is players need to play better. During Sunday's 14-12 loss to Green Bay, Brady didn't get the Bucs into the end zone until just 14 seconds remained in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay's bid to force overtime with a 2-point conversion failed.

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JT Batson has been hired as the CEO and secretary general of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The 40-year-old is the cofounder of the advertising technology company Hudson MX. He replaces Will Wilson. Wilson is leaving on Oct. 31 after just 2 1/2 years. Batson will run the federation under President Cindy Parlow Cone, a former national team player, and the USSF board of directors.

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Dan Campbell still hadn’t forgiven himself 24 hours later for the Detroit Lions’ 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The coach decided to have his kicker try a 54-yard field goal with 1:14 left. It missed and gave Minnesota the ball at its 44 and needing only about 20 yards to have a shot at a tying field goal. Kirk Cousins hit K.J. Osborn for a pair of 28-yard gains, the second giving Minnesota the winning touchdown. What frustrated Campbell was that he changed his base philosophy to kick the field goal.

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The Chargers thought they had it all figured out. They believed they had all the right pieces in all the right places. They had drafted well. They had made all the moves they believed they needed to make, with one blockbuster trade and a string of quality free-agent signings.

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The Portland Trail Blazers’ new starting duo of Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons has been years in the making. Lillard started for years with CJ McCollum but behind the scenes the six-time All-Star was mentoring Simons. The relationship became important last season when Lillard was injured, McCollum was traded and Simons was pushed into a starting role. The bond should only grow as Lillard and Simons share the court this season.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will relocate football operations to the Miami area in preparation for next weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the potential impact of Hurricane Ian on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Buccaneers announced Monday night that the team will leave Tampa on Tuesday and relocate in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Buccaneers are expected to practice at the Miami Dolphins’ training complex in Miami Gardens, Florida, starting on Wednesday and continue through this week’s preparations, if necessary.