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SANTA CLARA Josh Oliver Jersey , Calif. (AP) — A couple of late-game missed kicks proved to be the difference between making the playoffs and staying home last season for the Los Angeles Chargers.With a chance to end this exhibition season on a winning note, Roberto Aguayo delivered and made his case to be the Chargers kicker when the season starts.Aguayo kicked a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the exhibition season to lead Los Angeles to a 23-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.“To hit a game-winner, it counts,” Aguayo said. “I’m glad our team was able to get up close and give me a shot.”Aguayo is in a battle with Caleb Sturgis to win the kicking job for the Chargers (2-2) and got the opportunity for the winner against San Francisco. Coach Anthony Lynn had rotated his kickers during the game, with both making 36-yard field goals and extra points before Aguayo got the final chance after a 63-yard kick return by Detrez Newsome set up the winning drive.“Both guys have kicked extremely well the last couple of weeks,” Lynn said. “It’s been a healthy competition.”It was a sweet moment for Aguayo, who was a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2016 but quickly flamed out. He missed nine field goals as a rookie and then was waived by the Buccaneers last summer. He made all three field goals this preseason.“I feel like I’ve done great,” he said. “When I’ve had opportunities, I’ve done well. I’m really proud of myself from where I’ve come since last year. It’s been a long road and a long journey.”The kick spoiled a storybook night for San Francisco’s Jack Heneghan. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Dartmouth as a camp arm for the Niners (1-3), joining the franchise his father, Lal http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-au...-ii-jersey , used to work for as a lawyer.Heneghan got almost no snaps in team drills in practice this summer and didn’t play in the first three exhibition games. But with most of the regulars sitting out Thursday, coach Kyle Shanahan gave him a chance and Heneghan made the most of it. He went 8 for 9 for 58 yards and ran twice for 17 yards to lead the two TD drives.“I grew up watching the Niners, going to games back in Candlestick,” Heneghan said. “I’ve always been a big fan of the team. I would have been happy to have an NFL opportunity as a rookie anywhere. It was that much more exciting to do it at home in front of friends and family.”Jeff Wilson scored on a 2-yard run and Jeremy McNichols had a 6-yard TD run with 2:58 to play.Cardale Jones threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andre Patton , and Terrell Watson scored on a 4-yard run on the final play of the first half for the Chargers.CAMEO APPEARANCESWhile most of the regulars got the night off, two defensive starters got on the field for brief appearances for the 49ers. Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas had two tackles for losses on the opening drive before calling it a night. Thomas had missed time this summer with a concussion.Linebacker Reuben Foster, who left last week’s game with a concussion, played three series and knocked Detrez Newsome for a 6-yard loss after a catch. Foster will sit out the first two games with a suspension following two offseason arrests.UNDER PRESSUREChristopher Landrum had two sacks in the first half for the Chargers, including one that forced a fumble by Nick Mullens and set up a field goal for Los Angeles.ROSTER PUSHSeventh-round draft pick Richie James Jr. delivered another strong performance in his drive to make San Francisco’s roster as a reserve receiver. He caught seven passes for 80 yards and added a 23-yard punt return. He finished the preseason with 15 catches for 192 yards and a TD.“I’m a playmaker,” James said. “That’s what I do. I come in and make plays when I get the ball in my hands.”NATIONAL ANTHEMAll players on both teams appeared to stand during the playing of the national anthem.INJURIESChargers: WR Artavis Scott left with an ankle injury.49ers: FB Malcolm Johnson left with a foot injury.NEXT UPChargers: Host Kansas City for season opener Sept 9.49ers: Visit Minnesota for season opener Sept. 9. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joey Slye spent last season living in his parents’ basement without a full-time job.This year Ryquell Armstead Jersey , he’ll be kicking for the Carolina Panthers — and his late brother A.J.An undrafted rookie in 2018, Slye was thrust into a prominent and potential game-determining role when the Panthers placed veteran kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve on Friday.It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers signed Slye “on a whim” in early August when Gano experienced re-occurring pain in his plant leg during training camp. Slye was brought in as a short-term fill-in while Gano recovered.But Gano never did.Slye took advantage of his opportunity making 7 of 8 field goals during the preseason, including all three attempts from beyond 50 yards. His only miss was a 48-yarder that was blocked due to a protection breakdown.“It wasn’t what I was expecting coming in here,” Slye said, knowing that Gano was an established kicker who’d missed just three field goals for Carolina in the past two seasons.But Slye quickly shied away from any praise.He said all of that should be directed toward his brother A.J., a former Division III linebacker at Salisbury University who passed away in 2014 after a 14-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of blood cell cancer, at the age of 20.It was a devastating blow for Joey, who viewed A.J. as his closest friend. They talked sports continuously and dreamed one day of playing together in the NFL.On the field he honors his brother by raising six fingers to the sky after every made field goal and extra point. A.J. wore No. 6 when they played together at North Stafford High School in Virginia.“It gives me the understanding that he’s still there,” Slye said. “I find comfort in that. I like to do it because I want a lot of my recognition to go to him. I don’t need it. I don’t want it. I want my brother to be known for how he fought, what he fought for and the type of person he was. I just want to continue his legacy forever.”Off the field he helped start the SlyeStrong#6 Foundation http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-au...-ii-jersey , which is devoted to helping find a cure for adult/childhood cancer.Slye has some of his brother’s fight in him.He could have easily given up on his dream of playing in the NFL after being unable to land a job last year. But he wouldn’t look for a full-time “regular job” because he refused to give up on his dream — and because he promised A.J. he would make it to the NFL.So he kept on kicking.“I put all of my eggs in one basket, basically,” Slye said. “I knew other (kickers) were working on their skills. For a lot of guys in the special teams realm it’s about how long you are willing to keep fighting for that opportunity.”Slye is known for having a big leg — he made a 59-yard field goal in the preseason with plenty of room to spare — but his accuracy has always been a concern. He made only 72.2 percent of his field-goal attempts at Virginia Tech.But he’s been accurate in games and practice since his arrival in Carolina.Rivera said Slye is a true “feel good story,” but said it’s now time to see if he can produce amid the pressure of kicking in regular-season games, something Slye has never done before.“With everything he has gone through, he has weathered the storm,” Rivera said. “He’s shown us every reason to be confident in him. But we’ll see. That’s why you play on Sunday.”NOTES: Cam Newton took all of his reps at practice Monday and remains on target to start Sunday’s season opener against the Rams. … Greg Olsen did not practice but Rivera said “he’s fine” and that the veteran tight was “taking care of something.” … Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and backup offensive tackle Greg Little (concussion) did not practice.
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