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FOOTBALL

Cancer can’t keep Buddy Ryan from Cowboys vs. Jets

IRVING, Texas — Not even cancer can keep former NFL coach Buddy Ryan from being in the stands when his twin sons coach against each other Sunday night in the prime-time opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Monday his dad was diagnosed last week with cancer in his gland that spread to his neck.

Having already beaten melanoma in 1968 and ‘80, and another version of the disease earlier this year, Ryan, 80, said this was “less serious” except that “whenever you go under anesthesia, you never know what’s going to happen.”

So he told doctors to postpone the operation until he returns from being in the Meadowlands to see Rob and the Cowboys play against Rex and the Jets.

GOLF

Simpson wins in playoff at Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Webb Simpson finished off an amazing comeback with three clutch birdies, the final one on the second extra playoff hole Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his second win in three weeks.

On a day filled with big crowds and big moments appropriate to the FedEx Cup playoffs, Simpson delivered a stunning conclusion on the TPC Boston.

He looked as if he would be the runner-up until knocking in a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 65. That put him into a playoff when Chez Reavie, who had birdied the toughest holes on the back nine, made bogey on the easiest hole on the course at No. 18 for a 66. The finished regulation at 15-under 269.

On the 18th hole in the playoff, Simpson again looked to be out of luck when Reavie chipped to tap-in range for birdie. But Simpson rolled in a 15-foot putt to keep the playoff going, and then won with an 8-foot putt on the 17th hole.

Simpson won his first PGA Tour title three weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship, putting him in good shape for the FedEx Cup playoffs and the chase for a $10 million prize.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Navy’s Proctor, Teague garner weekly accolades

Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor and kicker Jon Teague earned player of the week honors as part of a first-year initiative to honor players from major-college independents.

Proctor rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns and added a touchdown pass in the Midshipmen’s 40-17 victory over Delaware. He shared the offensive player of the week honor with Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd. Teague connected on a school-record 54-yard field goal and was 4-for-5 on extra points.

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