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Jonathan Stewart: No one can cover Christian McCaffrey 1-on-1

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Christian McCaffrey has received a lot of praise since the Carolina Panthers selected him with the eighth pick of the NFL draft, but none higher than he got Sunday from his backfield mate. “He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield and running routes,” Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart said. “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him one-on-one. “He’s a special player.” The Panthers took McCaffrey in the first round because of his versatility as a running back and receiver. He’s shown throughout the first week of training camp few can stay with him in open space. He already has gotten the best of Pro Bowl linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis with open-field moves. Kuechly said the former Stanford star has “shakes.” “He’s very precise with his movements,” Kuechly said. “He’s in and out of breaks quick....

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Royals get Melky Cabrera from White Sox for two prospects

The Chicago White Sox traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for two prospects. Chicago received right-hander A.J. Puckett and left-hander Andre Davis from Kansas City. The Royals also received cash considerations in the deal. Cabrera is making $15 million this season and will become a free agent after this season. Davis is the 13th-ranked player in the Royals’ farm system, while Puckett is No. 22, according to MLB.com. Cabrera, 32, is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs in 98 games (428 plate appearances). The Royals entered Sunday’s game with a 54-48 record and are in second place in the AL Central, three games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians.? Kansas City holds the second wild-card spot by 2? games over Tampa Bay. The Royals had their season-high nine-game winning streak snapped by Boston on Saturday night — 9-8 in 10 innings. The trade marks...

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Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes reaches top extension for cornerback

MANKATO, Minn. — Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Sunday. The Vikings did not disclose the terms of the deal, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the six-year, $78.126 million extension is one of the largest?ever given to a cornerback. The new contract includes $41 million guaranteed and pays more than $42 million over the first three years, the source said. Rhodes becomes the third-highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of per-year salary behind Trumaine Johnson and Josh Norman. Rhodes tweeted about his new contract Sunday afternoon. It’s the second time in as many weeks that the Vikings have locked up a defensive starter. Last week, the Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year, $58 million extension. The two deals could keep both players under contract through the 2022 season. Rhodes is scheduled...

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Matt Ryan: Don’t read too much into comments on Kyle Shanahan

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said people are reading too much into a statement he made about the plays coming in too slow from former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. In the original article on CBSSports.com, Ryan, breaking down his team’s collapse, said Shanahan was taking a bit too long to get the plays in during the Falcons’ 34-28 overtime loss in which they blew a 28-3 lead. Shanahan, the new San Francisco 49ers coach who was heavily criticized for opting to pass in critical moments, countered by telling reporters that his offenses over the years have had little trouble getting the calls and getting the ball snapped before time expires.? Ryan, who vowed at the beginning of last month to move beyond any Super Bowl talk, tried to clarify the matter when he addressed the media Sunday. “I think sometimes the headlines of articles can...

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