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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Darren Clarke won the Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions victory of the season, beating K.J. Choi with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Clarke, the 53-year-old major champion from Northern Ireland, closed with a 5-under 65 at Minnehaha Country Club, birdieing the par-4 18th to match Choi and Steve Flesch at 12-under 198.

“It’s nice to get back in the winner’s circle again,” Clarke said. “In the playoff you never know what’s going to happen, anybody can make birdie and luckily it was my day today.”

Clarke won the TimberTech Championship in November for his first senior title and took the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January on his next tour start.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Sioux Falls,” Clarke said. “The fans have been brilliant. I’ve had maybe a little beverage with one or two of them in the past, so it’s been nice to have that atmosphere and that support. It’s always wonderful.”

Choi, the second-round leader, finished with a 69. He had only one birdie, on the par-4 13th.

“Playoff, in the second hole, hit the tree at the left,” Choi said. “Is disappointing, but good finish. ... Everything is very great this week.”

Flesch, eliminated with a bogey on the first extra trip down 18, also bogeyed the hole in regulation for a 66.

“I played well, I’ve been playing well,” Flesch said. “I just wish I could have played that 72nd hole over. I picked an aggressive line and made kind of a tentative swing with the 3-wood and it got me. You know, that 18th hole, it’s playing tough. Straight downwind, it’s hard to get the ball on the right level.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 2020 winner, was two strokes back along with Rod Pampling (69). U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker (67) was 9 under. Stricker will lead the United States against Europe next week at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Retief Goosen (69) was 8 under with Alex Cejka (71), John Senden (65) and Steven Alker (67).

Jin Young Ko wins rain-shortened Cambia Portland Classic

Published in Golf
Sunday, 19 September 2021 12:01

WEST LINN, Ore. — Jin Young Ko won the rain-shortened Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her second victory in her last three LPGA starts.

Making her first start since the Tokyo Olympics, the second-round South Korean player closed with a 3-under 69 at Oregon Golf Club for a four-stroke victory over Jeongeun Lee and Su Oh. Ko finished at 11-under 205.

Play was washed out Saturday because of rain and the event was cut from 72 to 54 holes. Ko took the lead Friday with a 67.

Ko also won the Volunteers of America Classic in Texas in early July. The two-time major champion has nine LPGA Tour victories.

Lee and Oh each shot 69. Perrine Delacour was fourth at 5 under after a 69. Patty Tavatanakit (69) was 4 under with Esther Henseleit (70) and Carlota Ciganda (73).

Gemma Dryburgh, a stroke behind Ko entering the round, had a 76 to drop into a tie for eighth at 3 under.

The tournament was shifted from Edgewater Country Club to Oregon Golf Club in June because of safety concerns about a homeless encampment bordering Edgewater.

Mourinho suffers first defeat as Roma boss

Published in Soccer
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:28

Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat since returning to coach in Italy as his AS Roma side were beaten 3-2 by Hellas Verona in a thrilling Serie A encounter on Sunday.

A stunning volley from Verona captain Marco Faraoni proved decisive, ending Roma's 100% start to the Serie A season while earning his side their first win of the campaign.

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Roma appeared to be on course for another three points in the pouring Veneto rain after Lorenzo Pellegrini had given the visitors a halftime lead with a sublime back-heel flick.

However, the game swung in the home side's favour early in the second half as goals from Antonin Barak and Gianluca Caprari edged Verona 2-1 in front.

Ivan Ilic's own goal as he beat Roma striker Tammy Abraham to a cross levelled things up in the 58th minute, before Verona again took the lead five minutes later through Faraoni.

Roma piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but Mourinho's men were left frustrated to sit second in the standings on nine points, with third-placed AC Milan playing Juventus later on Sunday.

"We didn't play very well, we didn't adapt well to their way of playing." Mourinho told DAZN. "We lost many individual duels. I need the videos, I need a few hours to better understand what happened."

Verona moved out of the bottom three and up to 14th as new coach Igor Tudor got off to winning start after replacing Eusebio Di Francesco in midweek.

Messi subbed on home debut in late PSG win

Published in Soccer
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:28

Lionel Messi was substituted late on during his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain before Mauro Icardi grabbed a last-gasp goal to secure a 2-1 win over Lyon.

With the score at 1-1, Messi was brought off after 74 minutes and looked on in shock as he passed PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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However, PSG secured all three points in stoppage-time through substitute Icardi's header.

Neymar's penalty had cancelled out Lucas Paqueta's opener in the second half.

Messi has still not contributed a goal or assist in all competitions since joining PSG on a free transfer from Barcelona this summer.

Lyon, who made a stuttering start to the season, are ninth with eight points while Marseille moved up to second on 13 points from five games after a convincing 2-0 victory against Rennes.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino opted for an attacking lineup with Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria in front of a two-man midfield featuring Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera while Gianluigi Donnarumma started his second Ligue 1 game after Keylor Navas featured in the Champions League.

"It's a really important victory against a very good Lyon side," said Pochettino. "The team showed their character after conceding the goal and that's the most important thing tonight.

"Now we need to work a lot to find our balance."

Messi looked more lively than against Club Brugge on Wednesday, forcing Anthony Lopes to a great save with a low crossed shot on 32 minutes after a clever backheel from Neymar.

Four minutes later, his 25-metre curled free kick crashed onto the bar.

Lyon went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Karl Toko Ekambi played Paqueta through for the Brazilian to beat Donnarumma at the end of a late run into the area.

It spurred PSG back into action and Neymar, who was closer to his best than in any other game this season, was brought down in the box.

The Brazil forward coolly slotted the ball past Lopes to convert the resulting penalty in the 66th minute.

Messi looked puzzled when he was replaced with fullback Achraf Hakimi, whose runs down the right flank were sorely missed by PSG.

Vinicius, Benzema goals as Real rally for win

Published in Soccer
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:28

Real Madrid forwards Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema scored within the space of three minutes deep in the second half to propel their side to a 2-1 win at Valencia in LaLiga on Sunday after being outplayed for most of the game.

The hosts went ahead in the 66th minute with a thumping low strike from forward Hugo Duro, who spent last season on loan with Madrid.

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Real levelled with a deflected strike from Vinicius in the 86th minute and then the Brazilian turned provider, crossing for Benzema to head home the winner in the 88th.

Valencia would have gone top of LaLiga had they held on for the win but instead Carlo Ancelotti's Real side lead the standings with 13 points from five games.

"It's never easy to come here especially when you concede the first goal but we never gave in, we kept working and kept persisting," said Vinicius.

"We've got a great result here thanks to the work of the whole team and things are coming off for us right now."

The win was on the back of another Real late show in midweek when Brazilian forward Rodrygo struck in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 victory at Internazionale in their first Champions League group game.

Valencia had made a strong start to the season under new coach Jose Bordalas but suffered a setback in the build-up to kick off when captain Jose Gaya was ruled out injured.

More problems followed as midfielder Carlos Soler, who scored a hat-trick of penalties in last season's fixture against Real, came off injured in the 15th minute while right back Thierry Correia soon followed him in hobbling off in the 23rd.

But Bordalas' side still managed to outrun and overpower their opponents for most of the game and took a deserved lead when Duro swivelled to send a bouncing ball beyond the reach of keeper Thibaut Courtois and into the net.

Valencia continued to cause Real problems but eased off in the final 10 minutes and the visitors made the most of their deadly firepower, Vinicius scoring his fifth goal of the season and Benzema netting a sixth after bagging a hat-trick against Celta Vigo last week.

"We know what Real Madrid are like, we know they can turn the game around at any stage," said Duro.

"We had a tough game, we got two early injuries but still managed to go ahead then the victory escaped from our grasp and they made us pay in two isolated moves. We were very unlucky to not at least get a draw today."

Ancelotti added: "I have a squad who fight all the time, always, playing well or playing badly. It's a team that keeps believing to the end, that's the feeling I have today.

"What we did well was the counterattacks in the first half. But we didn't have aggression at the back. It can happen, you sit back, and they score. After that the reaction was good, Valencia worked hard in the first half, they ran a lot, I put some fresh players on the pitch and we won the game.

"The subs did well, they came on with motivation and enthusiasm, that changed the game."

Solskjaer mocks Man Utd sack claims after win

Published in Soccer
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:28

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to answer questions about Manchester United's title hopes following their victory over West Ham instead joking about the turnaround in mood at Old Trafford following defeat in the Champions League to Young Boys.

Solskjaer was on the end of heavy criticism for his role in the 2-1 defeat in Switzerland on Tuesday only for a 2-1 win at the London Stadium on Sunday - - thanks in part to Jesse Lingard's last-gasp winner and an even later penalty save from David De Gea - - to prompt questions about the Premier League title.

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"You're not gonna get me on that one now," Solskjaer said. "It's five games into the season. I was probably down and out and lost my job yesterday. That's the way it is at Man United.

"We deserved three points [against West Ham]. It's a hard place to come, here. Hopefully these points can make a difference. Let's see [about the title] when we get towards April and May."

Despite watching Lingard score in the 89th minute and De Gea save Mark Noble's penalty in stoppage time, Solskjaer wasn't completely happy.

United went a goal behind thanks to Said Benrahma's deflected effort before Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in three games to equalise, and the Norwegian was critical of his team's defending.

"We have to defend better," Solskjaer said. "We have to make it harder to break us down. For their goal the structure was wrong for whatever reason and we'll have to work on it."

United play West Ham again on Wednesday when their Carabao Cup campaign kicks off at Old Trafford.

Match-winner Lingard, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the London Stadium, is set to start with Solskjaer expected to make a host of changes.

"Jesse was quite clear he wants to fight for his place and be part of a Man United team that is going places," Solskjaer added.

"I can't speak for Jesse now but he's really contributing. He'll play on Wednesday as I'll make a few changes."

8/10 Vinicius Junior turns defeat into victory at Valencia

Published in Soccer
Sunday, 19 September 2021 16:03

Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema scored late on as Real Madrid came from a goal down to beat Valencia 2-1 at Mestalla on Sunday.

A goalless first half of few chances saw key Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler go off injured, before Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was also forced to withdraw. The best opportunity fell to the home side, as Thibaut Courtois was forced to save Gabriel Paulista's header.

After the break, Valencia stayed on top, Courtois saving from Hugo Duro and Goncalo Guedes shooting over the bar. Duro put the hosts ahead on 65 minutes, firing low past Courtois after finding space at the far post. Madrid chased an equaliser and found it when Vinicius' effort was deflected in, before Benzema gave them the win two minutes later, redirecting Vinicius' cross into the net with his shoulder.

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Positives

Vinicius. He's been a positive all season, and this strike -- with a slice of good fortune about it, given the deflection -- made it five goals in five LaLiga games in 2021-22. A player who was once derided for his inconsistent finishing now seemingly can't miss. Part of that comes down to confidence, while coach Carlo Ancelotti deserves some credit too.

This was another night where Madrid were far from fluent, and frequently outplayed, but dug deep and somehow found a way to get the win. It's been a trait often associated with them over the years, and it's a hallmark of teams that go on to win trophies, too. If this season is to be a successful one, these three points will be remembered come its end.

Negatives

Carvajal played just 13 league games last season, his lowest ever total, thanks to an endless run of injuries. The defender was for better luck this campaign, and his departure from the pitch with 25 minutes on the clock was a real blow. Lucas Vazquez is an able deputy but there's no doubt that when fit, Carvajal is one of the best full-backs around. He just hasn't been available often enough lately.

Valencia created too many chances here, and Madrid could easily have lost this match if things had gone differently. There's plenty for the team to improve on, especially in defence -- although injuries and constant changes haven't helped -- but it didn't cost them this time.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- In his 800th game as a top-level coach, Carlo Ancelotti made just one change from the team that beat Inter 1-0 on Wednesday in the Champions League. Eden Hazard came into the team for Vazquez. For much of the match this was a far from fluid Real Madrid performance, as they were frustrated by Valencia. When Madrid went behind, Ancelotti threw on Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic and Isco, but crucially left on Vinicius and Benzema. That was the right call, as they eventually got the goals.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 -- Followed a stellar display in midweek with another solid showing. One very good first-half save from Gabriel and another from Duro when he could have been caught cold after the break.

DF Dani Carvajal, 6 -- Didn't last half an hour before pulling up with an injury. Carvajal has missed far too many games in recent seasons, and Real Madrid will be hoping this latest absence is brief.

DF David Alaba, 7 -- His smart positioning helped clear two dangerous first-half crosses. Growing into a leadership role at the back.

DF Eder Militao, 6 -- Lost Goncalo Guedes in the first half, and was lucky that Courtois was on hand to intervene.

DF Nacho, 6 -- Had a tough time up against the tricky Yunus Musah when he came on. Still looks a lesser player at full-back compared to in the middle.

MF Casemiro, 7 -- Booked before half-time for sliding in on Guillemon. Gave the ball away on the edge of the box later, to give Valencia a chance. Did well in the latter stages.

MF Fede Valverde, 7 -- Seems increasingly comfortable in this right-sided role, although it still feels like it won't be his position long-term. Got forward and delivered some good crosses.

MF Luka Modric, 7 -- A little below par against Inter, but was really important here. Modric will never lose his gift of receiving the ball under pressure and somehow finding a way into space.

FW Eden Hazard, 7 -- Started after not getting a single Champions League minute in midweek. One clever turn to find space in the box early on.

FW Vinicius Junior, 8 -- Flashes of danger before his deflected equaliser, and then grabbed an assist too. Valencia had clearly been instructed to get tight to the winger and not allow him to get up to top speed.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 -- It had been quiet night for Real Madrid's top scorer and assist provider -- up against a well-organised Valencia defence -- until he scored, with his shoulder, to give them a vital three points.

Substitutes

DF Lucas Vazquez, 7 -- Replaced the injured Carvajal at right-back and, dependable as ever, did a decent job.

MF Eduardo Camavinga, NR -- Couldn't match his previous appearances off the bench, but did pick up a yellow card.

FW Rodrygo, NR -- His 150th game as a professional, at just 20 years old, but was quiet.

FW Luka Jovic, NR -- A rare outing as Madrid chased the game.

Danni Wyatt sets about finding new niche in style

Published in Cricket
Sunday, 19 September 2021 15:24

In her 200th game for England, Danni Wyatt set about finding her new niche with a middle-order performance that sealed Player of the Match honours and an unlikely victory for her team.

Wyatt's aggressive style makes her a natural T20 opener but, having struggled to get an ODI game this summer, she came in to No. 7 to replace the resting Katherine Brunt with devastating effect in the second of five 50-over matches against New Zealand in Worcester.

Her 63 not out included a record 10th-wicket stand of 51 with Tash Farrant and helped lift England from 85 for 5 to what proved to be a surprisingly defendable 197 all out when Charlie Dean took four wickets in just her second game to bowl New Zealand out well short of their target of 183, revised on the DLS method.

"I had a lot of time out there and had to get my head down and bat for the team," Wyatt said. "I thought, 'I've just got to knock it around, build partnerships and bat long', which is what I talked about with batting coach Jon Lewis just before I went in so I'm really chuffed with how it went today."

It was Wyatt's 78th ODI but her first since England's winter tour to New Zealand in February, when she opened alongside Tammy Beaumont. Since then, Lauren Winfield-Hill has partnered Beaumont at the top of the order in ODIs against India and New Zealand.

In fact, Wyatt was struggling for T20I runs until her series-sealing 89 not out in the final match against India at Chelmsford in mid-July, her first fifty in the format in 19 innings going back to December 2019.

In ODIs, Wyatt has played 30 innings batting in the middle order - most recently during the 2019 Ashes - scoring 519 runs in all at an average of 22.56. That compares to 465 runs in 23 innings as an opener at 20.21 and her overall tally of 1109 runs at 20.16.

As an allrounder, Brunt's return changes the balance of the side and, in Thursday's opening ODI, she played a match-turning role of her own with bat and ball. Asked whether her own knock on Sunday posed a selection headache, Wyatt was circumspect.

"It's not down to me but all I want to do now is keep scoring runs whenever I'm out there in the middle feeling in good nick," she said. "I've changed a few things technically and it seems to be going well at the minute so hopefully it continues.

"I've been training really well and been speaking a lot with Jon Lewis and [head coach] Lisa Keightley about my game and possible role in the team, which is middle-order now... it was really good to get some runs and show everyone what I can do in the middle order."

Wyatt admitted she "didn't run well" in a mix-up that saw she and Winfield-Hill stranded at the non-striker's end, the latter unfortunate to be run out for 39 when bowler Leigh Kasperek threw the ball to wicketkeeper Katey Martin after Wyatt had retreated halfway through a second run.

"I didn't think too much, I just went out there and batted, just hit the bad ball and ran well, although I didn't run well with Lauren," Wyatt said, having told Sky Sports she'd given her team-mate a hug in apology.

Sophie Devine, the New Zealand captain, said the defeat was tough to take but praised Wyatt's efforts. Having been 111 for 4 when rain stopped play, the White Ferns were all out for 169 as England won by 13 runs with 18 balls to spare.

"We need to have an honest look at ourselves and at how we're going to win games like that because I back the side to win that sort of chase nine times out of 10," Devine said.

"You've got to give a bit of credit to their batters, they went all right. Danni Wyatt was a bit of a pest for them, working with their lower order. That's one of the things we're going to have to have a look at in terms of how we're going to kill off games like that. We were close, we just obviously weren't close enough."

In the opening match in Bristol, Amy Satterthwaite got New Zealand within reach of England after a top-order collapse had the tourist staring down a much heavier defeat.

Devine has moved down the order to No. 5 in this ODI series, a position she hasn't played since 2018. She said there was no likelihood of her playing a floating role after her side struggled again with the bat.

"I'm a solid No. 5," Devine said. "We've spoken at length as a leadership group and the coaching staff as well around what's best for this team and for me that's batting at No. 5.

"I guess we haven't shown it yet because we haven't been able to piece it all together, but I'm really comfortable and confident in batting at No. 5. I'm really excited about the opportunity and I think with the rest of the squad that we've got, it makes for a greatly balanced side."

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

Wentz injures right ankle in Colts' loss to Rams

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:30

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo further evaluation on his right ankle after injuring it in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz suffered the injury when he tried to scramble and was taken to the ground by Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald on third down with less than eight minutes left in the game. Replays showed Wentz's right ankle severely twisting as he went down. He said he could feel it twisting under the pile right away. Wentz was slow to get up and then limped to the sideline.

"He rolled it up pretty bad," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "I had a sense when he walked off the field. It didn't look good. Sometimes if you go back in right away when it's still warm you can maybe gut out a few more plays. The longer we were off the field, it stiffened up and he tried, but there was no chance."

Wentz was clearly frustrated while the training staff tended to his ankle. He threw his helmet at one point. Wentz didn't return to the game, as second-year quarterback Jacob Eason played the Colts' final two series. Eason threw an interception on his second pass attempt after entering the game.

"Felt it right away. Tried to tape it up and do everything I could to finish the game," Wentz said. "... I've sprained my ankle probably 100 times since I was a kid. This one I just couldn't play on it."

Injuries have been a significant part of Wentz's career. He has played a full season just twice in the first five years of his NFL career. His most serious injury was a torn ACL suffered late in the 2017 season, also against the Rams. Wentz missed three weeks of training camp this year after undergoing left foot surgery on Aug. 2. Eason took the majority of the first-team snaps in Wentz's absence. He'll likely start against Tennessee in Week 3 if Wentz is out for an extended period of time.

The belief was that Wentz, who the Colts acquired from Philadelphia during the offseason, would have an opportunity to stay healthy while playing behind what had been a good offensive line in previous seasons. Wentz is 45-of-69 for 498 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while showing a knack for being able to extend plays with his feet this season. At the same time, though, he has also been hit way too many times. Wentz has been sacked six times and hit an additional 21 times through the first two games.

"When you have a running quarterback who gets hurt, everybody says, there you go," Reich said. "Half the quarterbacks around the league play like Carson plays, extending plays. Trying to do things like that. I'm encouraged with how he's playing."

The Colts, who are 0-2 for the first time under Reich, are about to start a three-game road trip. Indianapolis hasn't started a season 0-3 since 2011.

Payton: Saints' woeful offense 'starts with me'

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:30

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New Orleans Saints' offense set a new low for yardage in the Sean Payton era. And Jameis Winston posted the worst passer rating of his career while throwing his first two interceptions of the season.

But Payton and his players refused to place any blame for their dismal 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers on the fact that they were missing eight assistant coaches because of COVID-19 protocols, nine starters because of injuries or suspensions, and have been displaced for three weeks in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

"Offensively, in particular, that's as poor as we've been in a long time around here, and that starts with me," Payton said. "We've gotta do a better job going in. Our protection plan wasn't good enough. But it had nothing to do with us being short-handed with coaches or us being away or the COVID [situation].

"All of those would be excuses. They played better than us today and deserved to win the football game."

Running back Alvin Kamara concurred after the Saints were held to 128 total yards -- a stunning flop just one week after they dominated the Green Bay Packers 38-3 in the season opener.

"It wasn't about anybody not being here. I think it was our responsibility to still come out and play without coaches being there," Kamara said after being held to 5 rushing yards on eight carries.

"There's no handicap. We don't get an extra second on the play clock because we don't have coaches; we don't get an extra down because there's no coaches. It is what it is. There's still a game to play. The whole coaching staff could've been gone -- they wasn't gonna cancel the game. You gotta keep going. "[Now] you've got some adversity and you've gotta find a way to react and respond. It's on us. It's our responsibility to do better."

The Saints were without eight assistants Sunday after they had tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the week: receivers coach Curtis Johnson, tight ends coach Dan Roushar, running backs coach Joel Thomas, defensive line coaches Ryan Nielsen and Brian Young, offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle and special teams assistant Phil Galiano. Offensive line coach Brendan Nugent missed the week of practice before being cleared to return Saturday.

The Saints also lost a whopping total of five starters because of injuries between Week 1 and Week 2 (center Erik McCoy, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, defensive end Marcus Davenport and linebacker Kwon Alexander).

And they have been training in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than three weeks because of power outages in the New Orleans area and other issues caused by Hurricane Ida.

But the problem that plagued them most Sunday, according to Payton and the players, was their lack of communication and lack of an effective plan for Carolina's relentless blitzing.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Panthers pressured Winston on 18 of his 28 dropbacks (64%), which was the third-highest pressure rate for any defense since ESPN began tracking pressure in 2009.

When pressured, Winston was 4-of-13 for 54 yards with two interceptions and four sacks.

"We didn't handle the communication well enough, we didn't handle the pressures well enough, and we didn't coach it well enough," Payton said. "We had seen it on tape, and obviously we got more of it and didn't handle it well.

"So we clearly didn't work on it well enough and effectively enough, and it kind of bit us in the butt today."

Winston also blamed himself for not communicating well enough with the line -- which is a work in progress considering former Saints quarterback Drew Brees used to handle the protections before injured center McCoy took over the lion's share of protection calls this year.

Second-year Saints offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz (a college center) did a solid job filling in for McCoy last week after sliding over from right guard. But nothing went right for the Saints' offense in Week 2.

Both of Winston's interceptions were desperate heaves down the field late in the first half and late in the game, when the risks made some sense. But he didn't use that as an excuse.

"Still gotta make good decisions," said Winston, who completed just 11 of 22 passes for 111 yards and a passer rating of 26.9. "They came at inopportune times. I don't want to have us in that position in the first place, but still have to take care of the football."

The Saints will play at the New England Patriots in Week 3 before finally returning home to New Orleans to practice and host the New York Giants in Week 4.

"Just keep fighting," Winston said of his postgame message. "We have to put this one behind us. We will get better. We will pick up our tempo. I will get better from a communication standpoint and get more efficient on first and second downs."

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Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
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