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GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s official: The Green Bay Packers will have their Nos. 4 and 5 cornerbacks starting against the NFL’s leading receiver on Sunday.

With the news Friday that Quinten Rollins was ruled out with a groin injury, it means the Packers will be without their top three opening-day cornerbacks against the Falcons’ Julio Jones on Sunday in Atlanta.

In addition to Rollins, the Packers already knew they would be without Sam Shields (who was placed on injured reserve earlier this month because of a concussion) and Damarious Randall (who underwent groin surgery last week).

It leaves second-year pro LaDarius Gunter, a former undrafted free agent, and third-year pro Demetri Goodson, a former sixth-round pick who was suspended for the first four games of this season. They will deal with Jones, who needs 170 yards to reach 1,000 at the midway point of the season.

In Jones’ last outing against the Packers in 2014, he caught 11 passes for 259 yards. About the only cornerback who had any success against Jones in that game was Davon House, who now plays for the Jaguars.

Gunter, who held Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery to three catches for 33 yards last week but struggled in the previous game against the Dez Bryant-less Cowboys, likely will match up against Jones. Gunter is the Packers’ biggest cornerback at 6-foot-2 and 201 pounds.

“I think that’s his strength,” Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said of Gunter’s size. “He has the length, he has very strong hands. He tries to get his hands on people.”

The Packers also listed four key players as questionable: receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), receiver/running back Ty Montgomery (illness), guard T.J. Lang (hip) and outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring).

The Packers don’t practice on Fridays, but coach Mike McCarthy estimated that Cobb would have been limited.

“Randall is doing well, progressing,” McCarthy said Friday. “There’s a plan for him moving forward.”

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CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago’s North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray.

He bled Cubs blue.

And he never once blamed Steve Bartman — they went to the same high school, by the way.

“We have a joke,” the Indians second baseman said, referring to the infamous fan vilified in Chicago for a failed attempt to catch a postseason foul ball. “The only thing I’m mad at Bartman for is missing an easy flyball.”

Kipnis wishes those Chicago fans who haven’t been able to let go would finally forgive Bartman and turn an ugly moment into something special.

“I would love to see him throw out a first pitch,” he said. “Everyone would go nuts.”

Kipnis was in high school when Bartman, innocently sitting in a front-row seat down the left-field field lane, became an unintentional celebrity in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2003. The slight man, wearing a Cubs cap and headphones so he could listen to the game on the radio, reached out and tried to catch a foul ball in the eighth inning as Cubs outfielder Moises Alou tried to close in.

The Cubs were derailed during the “Bartman Game,” blowing a big lead and losing, and then dropping Game 7 to the eventual world champion Marlins.

Kipnis lived close to Bartman and “very vividly” remembers seeing police staked out around his house to prevent any zealous fans from getting at him. There are Cubs fans to this day who hold a grudge toward Bartman. He has remained in hiding.

“He didn’t deserve that,” Kipnis said. “He never asked for all the stuff that probably happened to him afterward. I don’t think he deserved any of that. He was probably actually a pretty loyal fan and he wanted a ball, and it’s just the way events turns that turned him into this scapegoat.”

“The likelihood that he would return to throw out a first ball or anything like that is probably slim, none and no chance,” Frank Murtha, a longtime friend and spokesman for Bartman, told CNN Saturday.

Kipnis now finds himself in a unique situation in his first World Series, facing the team that helped shape his life. The Cubs are in his DNA. They’re the team he learned to love, the one that taught him the game and the one that often broke his heart. But while Kipnis’ family and friends intend to remain true to their Cubbies over the next week, his loyalties are not divided.

“There’s zero conflict at all,” he said Tuesday on the eve of Game 1. “Let’s be clear about that.”

Kipnis, though, said watching the Cubs wrap up their first NL pennant since 1945 on TV was emotional. Some of his friends were at Wrigley Field on Saturday night, and when the last out was recorded, part of Kipnis was there, too.

“I didn’t know how to handle it,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was happy, mad, sad. I was emotional. I was choked up, I was like, ‘Oh, no, what does this mean right now?’ But it’s nothing more than excitement for the games.”

He was 11 in that magical summer of 1998 when Sosa and Mark McGwire seemed to belt a home run in every at-bat. Baseball was bulked up and booming and Kipnis was under its spell.

As he reminisced during an interview session, the two-time All-Star seemed to remember every swing.

“That’s when I was really watching baseball closely and turning into a baseball fan,” said Kipnis, who is dealing with a sprained left ankle suffered in Cleveland’s ALCS celebration. “In the ’98 season, it was ‘Hey, Sammy’s up, get to a TV every time.’ And on WGN there were always recaps of the games. That’s pretty much what I grew up on.”

Despite his Second City roots, Kipnis knows he’ll be treated like a complete stranger — and sworn enemy — when the Series shifts to Wrigley for Game 3. He’s taking solace that there will be a few welcomed faces in the crowd.

But the Friendly Confines won’t be very friendly.

He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If they’re Cubs fans, they’ll boo as they should if you’re a baseball fan,” he said. “But I’ll have enough there that you’ll hopefully hear a couple cheers.”

Kipnis knows what a championship would mean to fans for both teams, who have gone a combined 174 seasons without celebrating a World Series title.

“They have the only drought that could make our drought look small,” he said. “They’ve got us by 40 years. Both franchises have been yearning for this championship, but it’s pretty neat one of them will come to an end.”

And Kipnis isn’t torn over which one he hopes continues.

“There’s not one part of me that doesn’t wish this curse would keep going,” he said.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks’ new starting five haven’t played together in the preseason. So Kristaps Porzingis knows that it will take time for the club to develop cohesion.

“It’s going to take us some time to figure this whole thing out,” Porzingis said on Sunday, two days before the Knicks open their season against the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers. “It doesn’t have to be in a week. It takes time.”

New point guard Derrick Rose was away from the team for more than two weeks this month during a civil trial in Los Angeles. And starting center Joakim Noah missed 10 days earlier this month because of a hamstring injury.

Both players’ absences have seemingly affected the Knicks’ chemistry during the preseason.

“I think we’re definitely a work in progress,” Noah said on Sunday. “We have a lot of work to do. We got to get better. We haven’t had a lot of time to play together. Overall, I felt [Sunday's practice] was a good day. But we definitely have … we have to get better.”

Rose returned to New York on Friday after a jury found he and two friends were found not liable in a civil lawsuit that accused them of gang-raping Rose’s ex-girlfriend. He met with coaches that day to go over elements of the offense that he had missed during his time in Los Angeles and practiced with his teammates Saturday and Sunday.

Porzingis said on Sunday that Rose looked strong during those weekend workouts.

“He’s been learning really fast. He picks up this stuff really quick,” Porzingis said. “I think with a point guard like Derrick, it’ll be easier for me. He will try to make plays for us, and he’ll try to make the game easier for us.”

Porzingis added, though, that the Knicks would need some time with Rose to develop strong timing on offense.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on us that we’re going to be really good right away,” he said. “It’s going to take some time.”

All teams develop cohesion and chemistry over the course of the season, of course. But the injury to Noah and Rose’s absence seem to have affected the Knicks’ development under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek, particularly on defense. New York ranked 25th among NBA teams in preseason defensive rating.

Noah said on Sunday that the Knicks had “a lot of work to do” on defense when he was asked about the subject after practice.

“We have to get better. Numbers don’t lie, and right now I feel a step slow defensively,” said Noah, who missed three preseason games because of the hamstring injury. “I have to do better. I have to do better for this ballclub. We all do.”

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Andrew Miller has been selected the MVP of the American League Championship Series after his latest splendid performance in relief helped the Cleveland Indians reach the World Series.

Miller pitched 2⅔ scoreless innings in a 3-0 win Wednesday over Toronto, capping a five-game series in which the 6-foot-7 lefty overpowered the Blue Jays. He struck out 14 of the 26 Toronto batters he faced in 7⅔ shutout innings, increasing his 2016 postseason punchout total to 21.

The ALCS concluded with Miller having registered three holds and one save, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks as the Indians won their sixth pennant and first since 1997. Cleveland won the series 4-1.

Miller, 31, was acquired from the New York Yankees in a July 31 trade — and Cleveland had an interesting idea of how to use him. Rather than restricting him to a closer role or using him only in the eighth inning, the Indians have been flexible with Miller, especially in the postseason.

Miller became just the fourth reliever ever to win the award, joining Dennis Eckersley (1988), Mariano Rivera (2003) and Koji Uehara (2013).

Cleveland overtook defending World Series champion Kansas City and topped Detroit to win the AL Central, then put an abrupt ending to Big Papi’s career, sweeping David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox in the AL Division Series.

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians expect pitcher Trevor Bauer to be ready to start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday in Toronto after scratching him from Saturday’s outing because of a freak injury to the tip of his right pinkie finger.

Josh Tomlin will start Game 2 at Progressive Field in place of Bauer, who cut his finger while doing routine maintenance on his drone. The free-spirited Bauer is a long-time drone enthusiast and has built and flown the devices for years.

General manager Chris Antonetti said the cut is on the outside of Bauer’s finger and shouldn’t affect his various grips. Bauer arrived at Progressive Field early Friday and lightly tossed all his pitches without incident. Manager Terry Francona said the biggest challenge for Cleveland’s medical staff will be making sure Bauer’s cut heals enough that the finger doesn’t start bleeding while he’s pitching.

“In the grand scheme of things, as long as Trevor is OK, all we’re doing is flip-flopping him with Tomlin,” Francona told reporters at his pre-game news conference. “We have to win four games anyway. And they were both going to pitch twice.”

Nevertheless, the bizarre nature of Bauer’s injury made for a chaotic day for the Indians. Francona first learned of the injury when he received a call from Antonetti on Friday morning.

“I was in the shower, and when I got out of the shower my phone was blowing up,” Francona said. “And Chris was like, ‘Call me.’ You could have given me a lot of guesses, and I wouldn’t have probably got this one.”

Bauer wasn’t available for comment before Friday’s ALCS opener.

The injury is the latest in a series of disruptions to the Cleveland starting rotation. Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar both went down with injuries in September, and Corey Kluber missed 10 days with a strained quadriceps before returning to beat Boston in the division series.

Francona said he was not angry or disappointed in Bauer, who has attracted attention at times for his quirky personality and unorthodox training regimen.

“We’ve been together four years and Trevor definitely has his own thoughts,” Francona said. “I think when it’s all said and done, some of it’s overblown. He actually has a lot of really good routines, to be completely honest.

“This was not malicious. He could have been opening a box in the kitchen. Things happen. I wish it wouldn’t have, but it wasn’t done maliciously. It wasn’t done by being silly. It just happened.”

Tomlin, who allowed 36 home runs during the regular season (third-highest total in the majors behind James Shields and Jered Weaver), pitched five effective innings at Fenway Park to beat the Red Sox 4-3 in the final game of the ALDS.

Rather than face J.A. Happ at home Saturday night, Bauer will oppose Marcus Stroman on Monday at Rogers Centre. In Bauer’s only regular-season appearance in Toronto, he pitched five shutout innings in relief of Tomlin on July 1. He earned the win in a 2-1, 19-inning Cleveland victory over the Blue Jays.

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MIAMI — Chris Bosh(Chris Bosh Jersey) has issued a response to those who might think he should abandon his hopes of playing in the NBA again in order to ensure he’s healthy to raise his five children.

His message: His children are why he wants to keep playing.

“I want my children to know that Daddy was a fighter and he just didn’t give up very easily,” Bosh said.

Bosh released the latest — and since it was called “Finale,” presumably the last — installment of his video series on LeBron James’ Uninterrupted platform Tuesday, parts of which were apparently taped on the day the Miami Heat began training camp in the Bahamas last month.

Bosh — who had his last two seasons cut short because of blood clots — remains on the Heat roster, though is no longer in the team’s plans going forward after he failed his preseason physical last month and wasn’t cleared to resume basketball activities. He’s owed nearly $76 million for the next three seasons, money that is guaranteed even if he doesn’t play.

“What I would say to the people who just see the money and kind of see my situation and say, ‘Hey, just walk away’ — I get it. I totally get it. I understand you. I hear you,” Bosh said. “But I’m not really thinking about money. I’m just thinking about where my heart is. I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.”

Bosh, 32, repeated that he plans to continue trying to play, and said he believes basketball is “just what I’ve been placed here to do.” He also said he wants his quest to play to serve as a reminder to people that giving up on a goal should not be done lightly.

“All I have to do is just leave and you’ll never hear from me again,” Bosh said. “I’ll probably just do other things and I’ll be fine — and that makes it confusing, because I know where my heart is. And I would just feel like I’m giving up if I just walked away, just easily like that.”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Jared Cook(Jared Cook Jersey) made news again Friday, and this time it had nothing to do the with the ankle injury that has kept him out of the Green Bay Packers’ lineup.

In fact, it didn’t have anything to do with football. This time, it was about chicken wings.

Or, in this case, a chicken head.

The Packers tight end caused a stir when he tweeted a picture of what he said was a chicken head that came in his takeout order earlier this week from the Buffalo Wild Wings just down the street from Lambeau Field.

“I had drove there, took it all the way home, got home, started eating the first wing,” Cook explained Friday. “As I was putting the bone back in the box, I saw the chicken head and immediately spit my food out.”

The restaurant chain issued a statement Friday: “Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation. We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information.”

Cook said he drove back to the restaurant, where he was given a refund and this explanation:

“They were just, like: ‘We’re sorry. Typically, this doesn’t happen. That just means your food was fresh,’” Cook said. “OK, that doesn’t make it any better.”

Cook said he eventually plans to become a vegetarian, and his latest experience might help push him in that direction.

“Seeing as how it’s one of my favorite foods, I don’t see how I can give that up,” Cook said. “My wife is a vegetarian, and she’s strongly encouraging I become one now.

“I think it’s good advice. Eventually, I will become one, but not right now.”

Before he returned his order, he had a little fun with it.

“In the picture, I don’t know if you noticed, but there’s a fork stuck in the bottom of it. The first thing I did was, I FaceTimed her and I pretended the chicken head was talking to her via FaceTime. So, she was pretty grossed out.”

Cook, 29, said he’s never had anything like this happen to him before.

“I’ve never had anything that could taste me back in my food ever,” Cook said.