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NFL Capsule: Bills at Dolphins

NFL Capsule: Bills at Dolphins

BUFFALO (5-9) At MIAMI (6-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Dolphins by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 6-8; Miami 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 56-40-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 26; Dolphins No. 19

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Dolphins 19-14, Nov. 15

LAST WEEK - Bills lost to Seahawks, 50-17; Dolphins beat Jaguars, 24-3

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (6), PASS (25)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (30), PASS (15)

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (16), PASS (23)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (8), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - With win, Bills would sweep season series against Dolphins for first time since 2007. ... Dolphins minus-12 in turnover differential. Bills minus-10. ... Miami leads NFL with average of 28.3 yards on kickoff returns. Buffalo third at 27.7. ... Bills will miss playoffs for 13th consecutive season, extending NFL's longest active drought. ... Buffalo on pace to break franchise record for points allowed. ... With Buffalo, beleaguered coach Chan Gailey 3-13 against AFC East teams. ... Bills have allowed 5.1 yards per rush and 22 touchdowns on ground, both worst in league. Bills' Stevie Johnson needs 109 yards receiving to reach 1,000 milestone for third year in row. ... To stay alive in playoff race for another week, Dolphins must beat Buffalo while Steelers defeat Bengals. ... Dolphins lead NFL in red-zone defense, allowing average of 4 points on such possessions. ... Reggie Bush needs 105 yards rushing to reach 1,000 for second year in a row. ... Miami's Brandon Fields leads NFL with punting average of 50.6 yards. ... Dolphins have recovered three of 19 fumbles by the opposition.

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Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Bruins G Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs over COVID-19

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team's playoff run.

The Vezina Trophy finalist -- and winner of the top goaltender award in 2014 -- said in a statement Saturday morning before Game 3 of Boston's playoff series against Carolina that "at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family."

Rask led the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and was second in save percentage and shutouts. 

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Boston and Carolina are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. After a 3-2 loss on Thursday night, Rask said he complained that the NHL's fan-free playoffs lacked the usual intensity.

"It doesn't feel like playoff hockey out there. There's no fans, so it's kind of like an exhibition game," he said. "It just feels dull at times."

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Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

When the Baltimore Orioles swept the Phillies in a midweek series, several Philadelphians were not pleased. 

One Phillies analyst called the performance "lifeless" and now Bryce Harper is referring to the whole team's effort as "embarrassing."

Much to Harper's and the Phillies' pleasure, the team was able to respond in the series opener against the Mets with a walk-off to get back in the win column. 

"That's a big win for us right there," Harper told reporters postgame. "We have to start out the series after the embarrassment we put up against the Baltimore Orioles, that was pretty terrible. To be able to start this series off on the right foot, that's huge for us."

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In the three-game set, Baltimore scored 26 runs against Philadelphia. The first two games saw the Phillies starters post four earned runs each and the finale was a miraculous extra-inning comeback for Baltimore, where they scored 10 runs in the final five innings. It was more than an indictment of the team's pitching than anything else.

Many teams across the league believed the Orioles would be walkover team in a 60-game sprint to get the 2020 season complete. After one of the worst records in the sport's history over the past two seasons and no sign of things turning around, that was expected to carry over. An 11-8 record a third of the way through shows that is not the case. Baltimore has the fouth-best record in the American League. Even in a normal season, they would be in line for a Wild Card spot. 

Harper and the Phillies learned that the hard way. 

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