Monday Sports Minute: Football, Football and More Football

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th August Sports
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tonight's home game for the Washington Nationals features the Eastern Division leaders from both leagues. The Nats lead the N-L East by three and a-half games over Atlanta, while the nearby Baltimore Orioles have a similar margin over Toronto in the A-L East. Tonight's game is a makeup of an earlier rainout. CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton have worked out a multi-year contract extension. The six-year pact makes Dalton one of the highest paid signal-callers in the NFL. Dalton has passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of his last three seasons. He led the Bengals to an 11-5 record and the AFC North title last season. CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Jets coach Rex Ryan has announced that Geno Smith will start the team's preseason opener against the Colts. Ryan chose Smith over veteran Michael Vick, who signed in March with the club after five seasons with the Eagles. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have activated cornerback Alan Ball from the physically unable to perform list. He missed the first week of training camp with an ankle injury sustained during minicamp in June. The seventh-year pro started 15 games for Jacksonville last season, finishing with 47 tackles, a team-high 14 passes defensed and two interceptions. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The playing career of New York Giants' running back David Wilson is over because of a back injury. The 23-year old has been told by doctors that he would risk more serious problems if he were to keep playing. He missed the last 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.

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