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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Much of the spotlight heading into the Patriots regular-season opener at Arizona has been focused on the big piece they will be missing on offense.Its anyones guess whether New England can duplicate its typical efficiency without Tom Brady. But having to lean on its defense against a Cardinals team that Bill Belichick says has as good a group of skill players that weve seen in a long time may not be the worst thing either.Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to have his full complement of weapons Sunday in receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. It will also be the first real look of what the Cardinals backfield tandem of Chris Johnson and second-year David Johnson can do together.Its a lot for any defense to deal with, and Belichick doesnt expect to truly know what kind of team he has until at least a month into the season. But he acknowledges his defense -- and particularly its veteran secondary -- might be the most cohesive group he has entering Week 1.(There are) a lot of things that we can do now that we wouldnt have been able to do at this time last year with that group of players because weve done them for a year, or we did them in different game plan situations last year, Belichick said.While several position groups were slowed by injuries at different times this offseason, the core secondary group of cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, and safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, has remained healthy.The same is true at linebacker, where starters Jamie Collins and Donta Hightower will be counted on to slow down Arizonas run game.In the secondarys case, its only helped to build more chemistry among a foursome that was on the field to start 13 of the Patriots 18 games last season. It also accounted for seven of their 12 interceptions.It helps as long as we play well. It doesnt matter if were all back and were not playing well, McCourty said of the continuity. So I think for us personally its great. We have a great group. We like being around each other, spending time off the field bonding and learning how to play on the field together. Its just grows.The secondarys production also figures to grow with the editions of cornerbacks Cyrus Jones, a rookie second-round draft pick, and undrafted rookie Jonathan Jones.Former college rivals at Alabama and Auburn, the duo has fit in seamlessly thus far.Cyrus Jones said hes anxious to get a crack at the Cardinals multi-pronged attack.We just gotta be ready for whatever, he said. Everybody knows what type of playmakers they have, but you just gotta focus on your responsibilities and trust the man next to you that hes gonna do his job and let the chips fall where they may.McCourty said the unknown also helps drive veterans on defense.In this league you dont always know if its gonna stay that same way, so I always preach to the guys to take advantage of the opportunity, he said.Game notes TE Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field after being absent on Sunday. ...WR Danny Amendola, who has been recovering from knee and ankle issues this preseason, said Tuesday that he feels he is ready to play despite sitting out all four of the Patriots preseason games. I feel strong. I feel fast. So Im ready to roll, he said. They have a plan, theyve always had a plan, and so have we. Im excited to be ready to go and looking forward to this weekend.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower Discount Ultra Boost China . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Authentic Ultra Boost . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. http://www.discountultraboost.com/ .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. Discount Ultra Boost . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Cheap Ultra Boost Clearance . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. FARMINGDALE, N.Y. --?Patrick Reed had a crystal trophy, a clear shot at the richest payoff in golf and a spot on the Ryder Cup team.All he could offer Rickie Fowler was best wishes to join him at Hazeltine.Reed picked up two victories Sunday at The Barclays. He rallied from an early two-shot deficit to win the FedEx Cup playoff opener and assure himself a clear shot at the $10 million bonus. And he secured a spot on the U.S. team at Hazeltine that will try to win back the Ryder Cup.Everyones been talking about the Ryder Cup, been talking about, Oh, youre in the eighth spot and youre on the bubble and all that, Reed said after his one-shot victory. If you go and win, it takes care of everything else. ... It takes care of everything.The way Fowler finished only leads to two weeks of uncertainty.Fowler needed only to finish alone in third place, which was the farthest from his mind as he battled Reed at Bethpage Black.I wasnt trying to get a decent finish, Fowler said. I was trying to win.Reed overcame an early two-shot deficit and built a big enough lead on the back nine that some nervous shots and sloppy play didnt keep him from winning for the first time since the 2015 opener at Kapalua. A bogey on the final hole gave him a 1-under 70 and a one-shot victory over Sean OHair and Emiliano Grillo.Its just been great to finally be able to close one off, Reed said.Fowler still hasnt won in four tries as a 54-hole leader on the PGA Tour, and this one might sting. He was still in contention, two shots behind with four holes to play, and at least figured to have one of the eight automatic spots locked up on the Ryder Cup team. Fowler needed to finish third to move past Zach Johnson into the eighth spot in the U.S. standings, and Johnson was two shots clear of OHair and Grillo.Fowlers tee shot into deep rough left of the 15th fairway led to bogey. From more rough on the 16th, he went into a bunker and took two shots to reach the green, making a double-bogey. After a 20-foot birdie putt kept alive his hopes, he promptly found more rough on the 18th hole and finished with a bogey for 74.Fowler tied for seventh and moved up one spot to No. 11 in the standings.Fowler still has a reasonable chance too be at Hazeltine on Sept.dddddddddddd 30 for the Ryder Cup because Davis Love III doesnt make his three captains picks until after the next two FedEx Cup playoff events. The fourth pick will be after the Tour Championship, so thats another month to audition.Reed, who finished at 9-under 275, wasnt the only player who felt like a big winner.OHair was among five players who moved into the top 100 in the FedEx Cup, advancing to the next playoff event at the TPC Boston that starts Friday. And he made a big move, closing with a 66 to tie for second. That moved him all the way up to No. 15, assuring two more playoff events and giving OHair a good shot at staying in the top 30 who qualify for the finale at the Tour Championship.Grillo birdied the final hole for a 69 and moved to No. 6.Defending champion Jason Day struggled all week with his accuracy and had to settle for a 69, tying for fourth with Gary Woodland (69) and Adam Scott (71).Reed had gone to 55 tournaments worldwide since starting 2015 with a victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. A bogey on the par-3 third hole put him two shots behind Fowler, but not for long. Reed made three birdies on the next four holes to tie for the lead, and he seized control early on the back nine.Fowler missed the 11th fairway and ended his streak of 55 consecutive holes without a bogey, losing the lead in the process. Reed holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the next hole for a two-shot lead, and Fowler never got any closer.Sung Kang matched the course record with a 64 to move from No. 122 to No. 88. John Huh, Tyrone Van Aswegan and Derek Fathauer also moved into the top 100, while Shane Lowry, Peter Malnati, Robert Streb, Lucas Glover and Jonas Blixt fell out and ended their season.The top 70 after next week advance to the third playoff event, with the top 30 going to East Lake for the Tour Championship.With his victory, which moves Reed to No. 9 in the world ranking, Reed goes to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup. He will be assured of being in the top five who have to win the Tour Championship to capture the $10 million prize. ' ' '

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