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    EAST RUTHERFORD Earl Mitchell Jersey , N.J. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are riding their defense once again, and hope it takes them beyond the AFC title game.

    Linebacker Myles Jack scored on a 32-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter and the Jaguars spoiled the New York Giants debuts of coach Pat Shurmur and second-overall draft pick Saquon Barkley, and the return of Odell Beckham Jr. with a 20-15 win on Sunday.

    Coming off a season in which they were ranked No. 2 overall and scored seven touchdowns on turnovers, the Jaguars’ defense showed no slippage — with the exception of a spectacular 65-yard run by Barkley . The had two sacks, six quarterback pressures, eight tackles for losses, stopped a 2-point conversion run Barkley and didn’t give up the lead late, stopping a New York drive with 1:55 to play.

    A season ago, the Jaguars blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead to the Patriots in the conference championship.

    “We feel we’re so talented on defense,” said Jack, who scored on a pass deflected by backup nose tackle Abry Jones and finished with a game-high 10 tackles. “We’ve got DBs that can score, linebackers can score. Even D-linemen who can strip sack fumbles and score. We don’t put any pressure on the offense. If the offense scores, it puts even more onus on us. We try to create points.”

    The Jags’ offense did just enough playing without top running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) most of the game.

    Blake Bortles John Ross Jersey , who was 18 of 33 for 176 yards, threw a short touchdown pass and led two other first-half field goal drives.

    The Jaguars gained 310 yards in total offense and didn’t score as a unit in the second half. The team also had 11 penalties for 119 yards.

    “Our defense bailed us out and played pretty well,” Bortles said. “For us to find a way to win is a good start.”

    The Giants, who were 3-13 last season, had their chances after falling behind 19-9 on Jack’s touchdown.

    Held in check much of the game, Barkley (18 carries for 106 yards) brought the sellout crowd to its feet less than a minute after Jack’s score with a spectacular run. He took an inside handoff, broke to the outside, got a great block by receiver Sterling Shepard and scored, getting New York within 20-15 with 10:39 to play. His 2-point conversion was stopped.

    It proved costly when passes of 19 and 21 yards to Beckham (11 catches for 111 yards in his first game since -October) got New York to the Jacksonville 34. Instead of attempting what could have been a tying fourth field goal from Aldrick Rosas, Eli Manning (23 of 37 for 224 yards) threw a fourth-down incompletion.

    A muffed punt cost the Giants a final possession in the last minute.

    “I’m encouraged just because I have seen the way we work and the men we have in this locker room,” Manning said. “The talent that we have and guys taking care of each other. Just encouraged by the whole situation. We can get things going and we can play at a high level. We will make it work.”

    The Jaguars led 13-6 at the half as Bortles methodically took his team on three scoring scores. Josh Lambo capped the first two with 39-yard field goals, and Bortles hit backup running back T.J. Yeldin from 1 yard for a 13-3 lead.

    Beckham, who broke an ankle on Oct. 8 and did not play in a preseason game, drew two pass interference penalties on the ensuing drive. Rosas closed the gap to a touchdown with a 31-yard field goal with :04 left in the half. He added a 44-yarder on the opening series of the third quarter on a drive helped by a ugly facemask penalty by Yannick Ngakoue against Barkley.

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    Manning targeted Beckham 15 times and connected on 11. The NFL’s highest-paid receiver also drew pass interference penalties of 30 and 15 yards late in the first half Authentic Phillip Gaines Jersey , setting up a Rosas field goal.

    NATIONAL ANTHEM

    Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey and LB Telvin Smith Sr. stood for the anthem. They stayed in the locker room in the preseason. Both teams stood.

    INJURIES

    Jaguars: Fournette was hurt in second quarter. He finished with 41 yards.

    Giants: Backup RB Wayne Gallman left in the second half with a knee injury. He said he was OK after the game.

    UP NEXT

    Jaguars: Home opener next Sunday against New England, the team which beat them in AFC title game.

    Giants: Visit Dallas for Sunday night game.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter has ranked in the top three in the NHL for time on ice in all six of his seasons with the Minnesota Wild, logging an average of 28 minutes per game.

    This year, he was forced to ponder the frightening question whether he’d be able to play at all.

    When Suter and his right leg crashed into the wall during a game at Dallas late in the regular season, he broke two bones. He needed surgery to repair the fibula and talus and was told by doctors that, if he played a different sport, his career could have ended. Even with the expectation the 33-year-old defenseman would fully heal and return to his All-Star form, the offseason recovery was daunting at least and excruciating at most.

    “It’s been a long process, a long summer, getting up every morning and dealing with that,” Suter said.

    When he first began to skate about two months ago, oh did his foot hurt.

    “I was thinking, ‘Oh man Womens Jared Goff Jersey , this might never get better again,’” Suter said.

    Now, the arduous rehab complete, Suter was cleared to skate with the Wild to start training camp. He passed coach Bruce Boudreau’s infamously grueling conditioning test earlier this week by special appointment, and took part in the first official practice with his team on Friday. Afterward, he said he “felt really good.”

    “I’m excited to be back playing for sure. You appreciate being healthy more. You appreciate being able to put your skate on and not having to limp around when you are healthy,” Suter said. “Just take every day to its fullest and have fun.”

    Suter said he doesn’t plan to wear any protective gear over his skate. With almost three weeks before the Oct. 5 opener at Colorado, he’s on track to play in the first game. No exhibitions necessary, just the intrasquad scrimmages.

    “The one thing about Ryan Suter is, experience-wise, he knows how to play,” Boudreau said.

    Suter’s friend and teammate, Zach Parise, was a natural confidant. Parise has had his own injury troubles in recent years http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dante-pettis-jersey , including a herniated disk in his back that kept him out for the first half of last season.

    “We all think that we’re professional athletes and we’re superhuman and we can rehab faster than everybody, but at the end of the day your body takes time to heal,” said Parise, who had 15 goals in 42 games. “We may think that we feel great, but it takes time. A lot of different parts of your body shut down, and it’s a long road back. You try to give him a little bit of advice: ‘Just be patient. You may think you’re feeling great, but at the same time there’s still some catching up to do.’ So I think that’ll be important for Ryan to remember.”

    While Suter was powering through all those painful exercises, Parise was finally enjoying a rehab-free summer after two straight years of injury trouble, and “trying to play catch-up and trying to get out of just feeling like garbage. So that itself was a lot less stressful, and just the general well-being was way better.”

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