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NFL Capsule: Dolphins at Bills

NFL Capsule: Dolphins at Bills

MIAMI (4-5) At BUFFALO (3-6)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Bills by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Miami 4-5; Buffalo 4-5

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 56-39-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 20; Bills No. 27

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Bills 30-23, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Titans beat Dolphins 37-3; Patriots beat Bills 37-31

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (19), PASS (21)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (5), PASS (28)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (25)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dolphins have won six of past eight meetings against AFC East rival Bills. They swept two-game season series last year for third time since NFL realigned divisions in 2002, and 20th time since rivalry began in 1966. ... Dolphins RB Reggie Bush had career-best 203 yards rushing, including career-best 76-yard TD in last season's game at Orchard Park. ... DE Cameron Wake's 36 1/2 sacks most among Dolphins players in first four seasons with team, and already ranks 10th on team career list. ... Despite allowing season-worst 177 yards rushing to Titans, Dolphins defense has been ranked in NFL's top six against run since Week 2. ... Dolphins did allow Titans RB Chris Johnson 126 yards rushing, ending Miami's streak at 22 games since allowing 100 yards rushing to one player. ... WR Brian Hartline ranks ninth in NFL averaging 82.3 yards per game and, with 741 yards receiving, is on pace to become only 17th Dolphins player to surpass 1,000 in one season. ... Bills 13-12 in night games, and have lost past seven - and outscored a combined 222-58 - since 13-10 win at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, 2001. They've not won prime-time home game since 2000 season-opening 16-13 win over Tennessee. ... RB C.J. Spiller leading NFL averaging 7.26 yards per carry, and will take on more of load with co-starter Fred Jackson out (concussion). ... Set franchise record with 35 first downs in loss to New England. ... Bills 481 yards offense and 33:50 time of possession against Patriots were season highs. ... Bills defense has 14 sacks and forced seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles) in three wins. In six losses, defense has six sacks and forced four turnovers (interception, three fumbles).

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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