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Tannehill leads Dolphins past Jaguars 24-3

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Tannehill leads Dolphins past Jaguars 24-3

MIAMI (AP) Throwing, running and sliding, Ryan Tannehill left the Jacksonville Jaguars reeling.

Tannehill made the most of his mobility, passing for 220 yards - often on rollouts - and running for 52 Sunday to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Jaguars 24-3.

``His ability a couple of times to scramble really helped,'' coach Joe Philbin said.

Tannehill carried twice on read-option keepers, sliding to the turf before a defender arrived to level him.

``It was good to see him do a little running,'' teammate Reggie Bush said, ``and thankfully he learned how to slide.''

The multi-threat rookie quarterback led an offense that mounted clock-eating drives of 76, 60, 64 and 85 yards on the Dolphins' first four possessions of the second half to help them pull away.

While Tannehill threw for two scores and had a season-high passer rating of 123.2, counterpart Chad Henne failed to reach the end zone playing in Miami for the first time since he departed as a Dolphins bust last offseason.

Tannehill went 22 for 28 for 220 yards with no interceptions. Bush rushed for 104 yards, including a 53-yarder, while Dan Carpenter kicked field goals of 53, 30 and 31 yards.

Miami (6-8), ranked near the bottom of the league in points and yards, had a season-high 26 first downs and won for only the second time in the past seven games.

``It feels good to go out and execute the game plan, have some fun, have some long sustained drives and convert third downs,'' Tannehill said. ``It was a lot of fun.''

The Jaguars (2-12) tied the franchise record for losses, set in their inaugural 1995 season.

``We were not as disciplined as we have been - or we will be,'' coach Mike Mularkey said. ``Every time we take a step forward, we take two steps back. I take total blame for that.''

Miami held a 10-3 lead at halftime, when Tannehill discarded the left knee brace as a protective measure since Week 8.

``It definitely felt good to move around a little bit without it,'' he said.

The Dolphins totaled 280 yards in the second half, with 43 coming on five carries by Tannehill. He also hurt the Jaguars on rollouts, the last coming on a 2-point conversion when he swung right and then threw back to the left to a wide-open Anthony Fasano in the end zone.

``We knew this guy was very athletic,'' Mularkey said. ``We can't let him get out of the pocket and let him make the plays with his legs that he did.''

With the score tied, an illegal-substitution penalty cost Jacksonville a touchdown in the second quarter. Henne threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Justin Blackmon, but the play was negated because Guy Whimper had entered the game as a third tackle - as he had done five times earlier - without reporting as an eligible receiver.

Whimper said he did report, but the officials apparently failed to understand him.

``He reported to the offense a hundred times this year, and 400 times in practice,'' Mularkey said. ``Today, for some reason, I was told he didn't report. He said he reported, but the official has to confirm it.''

Instead of the score, the Jaguars retreated to their 25 and eventually lost possession when Henne was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 sneak.

``That turned the whole game around,'' Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby said.

Jacksonville had another touchdown taken off the board in the final two minutes. Cecil Shorts' 4-yard scoring reception was instead ruled incomplete when a replay review determined he failed to come down in bounds.

On the next play, Henne threw incomplete on fourth down.

``It was one of those days where it was tough,'' Henne said. ``There are some plays out there I wish I could have back.''

NOTES: Miami CB Nolan Carroll (left knee) and TE Charles Clay (right knee) were hurt in the second quarter. ... The 1972 Dolphins, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their perfect season, were honored at halftime. ... Blackmon had six catches to increase his season total to 51, the most by a Jaguars rookie.

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Interested teams have begun reaching out to John Carlson

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Interested teams have begun reaching out to John Carlson

Free agency does not start until July 1, but John Carlson's agent is already taking calls from other interested teams.

The interview period began at 12 a.m. on Sunday morning, which means teams are now able to reach out to any potential free agents, but no contracts can be signed until July 1. While Brian MacLellan said Friday that a new deal with Carlson to keep him in Washington was "really close," Carlson's agent, Rick Curran, has made it clear there was no deal in place yet as of Sunday.

So does this mean Carlson now has one foot out the door?

Not necessarily.

At this point in the negotiation, Carlson has a major advantage and that advantage is time. Sunday's interview period is just another way to hold the Caps' feet to the fire. The closer we get to July 1, the more pressure the team is under to get a deal done.

But the Caps still have some leverage too.

“I love it here and all that,” Carlson said during on breakdown day. “I want to stay here, but there's more to it than that.”

By rule, as his current team, the Caps are the only team that can offer Carlson an eight-year deal.

So Carlson may have turned up the heat a few degrees on the Caps, but it's not time for fans to worry just yet.

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Nationals look to avoid sweep against Phillies on Sunday night

Nationals look to avoid sweep against Phillies on Sunday night

WASHINGTON -- Having already won their first series at Nationals Park since April 2016, the Philadelphia Phillies will go for the sweep of Washington on Sunday night.

Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.08 ERA) faces Nationals right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66).

Pivetta was drafted by the Nationals in 2013 and went to the Phillies in 2015 as part of the Jonathan Papelbon trade.

After struggling for three straight starts -- giving up 13 runs in 14 innings -- Pivetta allowed two runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals last time out, striking out a career-high 13 batters.

"That's some of the best stuff I've seen him have all year," catcher Andrew Knapp told mlb.com. "The curveball was electric."

Pivetta got 11 swings and misses with the curveball.

"It was nice to have it back," Pivetta told mlb.com. "It all started with my delivery. I was staying up through it, not trying to rush too much and it worked out."

It his first start -- and second big-league appearance -- the 24-year-old Rodriguez picked up a win against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. He allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.

Rodriguez and Satuday's losing pitcher, Erick Fedde, are filling in for injured starters Stephen Strasburg and Jeremy Hellickson.

The Phillies have outscored the Nationals 17-5 in the fist two games of the series. On Saturday, Maikel Franco had four hits and Carlos Santana homered to back Aaron Nola in a 5-3 victory.

"That was just a tremendous all-around baseball game," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Franco. "It's so interesting how we've been looking for him to be not just a hitter but a defender and a baserunner and an all-around athlete."

Franco drove in a run and scored twice, including the go-ahead run when he scored just ahead of the tag on Jesmuel Valentin's sacrifice fly.

The Phillies, who have won six of seven, pounded out double-digit hits for the second day in a row in Washington.

"They have a lot of patient hitters," Fedde said of the Phillies. "I think that's what makes it tough. Guys aren't swinging at bunch of junk, so you have to attack them."

The Phillies have now won four straight series for the first time since May 2016 and are 2-0 in what will be a stretch of 10 games against the Nationals and the New York Yankees.

Anthony Rendon homered and Daniel Murphy had a two-run single for Washington, which has lost three of four while scoring nine runs.

"Look, I've got all the confidence in the world we're going to start hitting," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We'll start scoring some runs. Right now, the bullpen is a little beat up. We've got to get them going again."

Rendon is doing his part. In his las 15 games, he is batting .382 with seven doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs.

Hellickson (right groin strain) will make a rehab start Sunday for Class A Potomac and then is expected to rejoin the Nationals' rotation.

Hernandez said first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (right oblique strain) is about a week from beginning a rehab assignment.