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  • Cowboys' QB Tony Romo will sit out entire preseason

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    ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio discusses the Cowboys' concerns about Tony Romo's ailing back. Jerry Jones says Tony Romo is one-hundred percent, yet the team will not play him in preseason. What's Romo's real status?

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  • What are Ryder Cup implications of Dustin Johnson's absence?

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    After a stellar season, Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence will officially keep him off the U.S. Ryder Cup team this fall.

    Johnson has a win and two runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour this season, and entering this week he was nearly a mathematical certainty to earn a spot at Gleneagles in September. Johnson was fifth in the American standings with 5,133 points, more than 1,600 points ahead of the ninth and final automatic qualifying spot.

    Players earn one point per $1,000 earned this week in Akron, and two points per $1,000 earned next week at the season’s final major.

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  • Tiger Woods 4 behind Marc Leishman at Firestone

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    Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

    Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.

    Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.

    Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, only to plunge down the leaderboard the rest of the week at Royal Liverpool.

    ''I hit a lot of good shots,'' Woods said. ''I dropped shots at three holes out there today (and) got it right back on the very next hole.''

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  • Bulls owner denies any rift between team and Derrick Rose

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    Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement Thursday night regarding a report in the Chicago Sun-Times about a “rift” between Derrick Rose and the organization.

    “I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”

    In the Sun-Times story, Rose seemingly acknowledged that there was tension between his camp and the Bulls.

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  • Jason Dufner: DJ the 'type of guy the PGA Tour needs'

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    Word of Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence spread quickly at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

    Johnson has a win and two runner-up finishes this season, but released a statement Thursday saying he will take an immediate and indefinite leave from the PGA Tour to “seek professional help for personal challenges.”

    While players had either completed their opening round or were in the midst of play at Firestone Country Club when Johnson made his announcement, many weighed in on what his absence will mean as the Tour’s season draws to a close.

    “Dustin and I are close, it’s tough to hear,” Jason Dufner said. “He’s the type of guy the Tour needs. He’s a guy’s guy. A lot of the guys love him out here.

    “Hopefully he’ll get it together and do what he needs to do to get back out here and be successful.”

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  • Speculation will lead to scrutiny of Dustin Johnson's leave

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    The timing of Dustin Johnson’s announcement that he was “taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately” surprised many, but it was the context of his statement that will likely draw the most scrutiny.

    In a two-paragraph release, Johnson referenced “personal challenges” that he was facing and his plan to commit “(t)he time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”

    Some PGA Tour observers have speculated that Johnson had violated the circuit’s anti-doping policy and his absence was Tour imposed, but neither Johnson nor the Tour indicated that was the case.

    In a statement the Tour would say only, “We have nothing to add to Dustin’s statement. But wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future.”

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  • Geno Smith has edge over Michael Vick in Jets' QB battle

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    PFT's Jon Ritchie and Kevin Gilbride discuss the quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick in New York. Gilbride believes that the Jets want Smith to have the job for the entire season and thinks he has a good chance to achieve that.

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  • Johnny Manziel struggling with Browns' playbook

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    Johnny Manziel is encountering plenty of change during his first NFL offseason, and one of the major catalysts of his growing pains has been the Browns' playbook. The rookie quarterback, who Cleveland took with the 22nd overall pick in the draft, freely admits that he's still uncomfortable with the new system. PFT's Jon Ritchie and Kevin Gilbride discuss Manziel's acclimation to an NFL offense as well as his competition with Brian Hoyer.

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  • Redskins rookie kicker gets arguably worst haircut of all-time

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    What happens when you're a rookie in training camp? You give humiliating renditions of your school's alma mater or perform silly skits in front of your teammates.

    If you choose not to participate? Well, that might not be the best decision. Just ask Redskins rookie kicker Zach Hocker about the mess that's hiding under the hat he's probably wearing.

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  • Dustin Johnson to take leave of absence for 'personal challenges'

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    Dustin Johnson, who finished tied for 12th at The Open Championship earlier in the month, has announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour effective immediately. From Golf Channel's Jason Sobel:

    Breaking news from Dustin Johnson: "I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately."

    More from Dustin Johnson: "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced."

    Statement from Dustin Johnson doesn't get into specifics, nor does it hint at how long his leave of absence will be.

    After his withdrawal from this week's event, Dustin Johnson's manager texted me with this vague explanation: "Just some personal stuff."

     As Sobel's last tweet notes, Johnson withdrew on Tuesday from this week's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone without explanation. The 16th-ranked player in the world, Johnson is the only player in the top 50 who is not participating in the World Golf Championship event.

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