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DOLPHINS-PANTHERS SCRIMMAGE

Panthers, Dolphins wrap up practices, move on from injuries

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers wrapped up a productive, injury-free joint practice — a welcomed change considering both teams lost starters to season-ending knee injuries the day before.

The Panthers began adapting to the difficult notion they’ll be without Kelvin Benjamin, their top playmaker in the passing game, leaving them without a clear No. 1 receiver. The Dolphins lost safety Louis Delmas, their emotional leader in the secondary, when he tore his right ACL just minutes after Benjamin left on a cart with a torn left ACL on Wednesday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he addressed Benjamin’s injury at a team meeting on Wednesday night, telling players not to lose faith in the season.

Rivera says, “It’s not about us being one player. It’s about us being a team.”

CLEMSON-LAKIP

Clemson’s Swinney suspends kicker Lakip 3 games

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip will sit out the first three games of the season because of an offseason drug arrest.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Lakip, who was indefinitely suspended since June, will miss games against Wofford on Sept. 5, Appalachian State on Sept. 12 and Louisville on Sept. 17. Swinney said Lakip could return when Notre Dame comes to Clemson on Oct. 3.

The 21-year-old Lakip was arrested on June 6 and charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession, driving under the influence and refusal to take a blood, breath or urine test.

Lakip made 21 of 28 field goals last season. He struggled early, going 1 of 4 in losses at Georgia and Florida State last season.

Swinney said walk-on Greg Huegel will be the starting kicker after outperforming scholarship sophomore Alex Spence in camp.

WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Woods opens Wyndham with his best round in 2 years

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods had his best round in more than two years Thursday, shooting a 6-under 64 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hoge shared the first-round lead at 62.

Morgan Hoffman, Jim Herman and Derek Ernst followed at 63, and Martin Kaymer, Davis Love III and Carl Pettersson joined Woods at 64s.

It was Woods’ lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

He and the others took advantage of a low-scoring day at what he called a “tricky” Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club that gave up bunches of birdies after morning showers softened the fairways and greens.

BRAVES-CUBS

Arrieta picks up 15th win, Cubs pound Braves 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th win, and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell homered to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak after winning nine straight and 15 of 16, with Arrieta (15-6) dominating on the mound and Rizzo and Russell supplying the power at the plate.

Rizzo’s three-run drive capped a four-run third inning that saw Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez get ejected.

Russell singled and scored in the third and added a solo homer in the fourth to make it 5-0. Chris Coghlan contributed an RBI single and a run-scoring triple and scored twice.

Arrieta improved to 9-1 in his past 12 starts. The right-hander gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.30.