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METAIRIE, La. -- The mere opportunity to drill a tackling dummy with the full force of his 6-foot-2, 305-pound frame represented an invigorating change of pace for New Orleans Saints first-round draft choice Sheldon Rankins.The defensive tackle hopes hell be menacing offensive linemen in games that count in just a couple more weeks.Rankins practiced on Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his fibula in his left leg during training camp. He emerged from practice eager to talk about how good he felt.I definitely was kind of anxious to go through that, Rankins said. Little things like tackling drills and hitting sleds and football movements was fun for me today, just to see how my body would react to it, how my leg would react to it. It was good.Drafted 12th overall out of Louisville in last springs NFL draft, Rankins was a projected starter. Coaches have raved about not only Rankins ability to stuff the run, but also to make quarterbacks uncomfortable on pass plays by destabilizing the front of the pocket.After getting hurt in August, he started the regular season on injured reserve, but coach Sean Payton said Rankins would be the one player this season that the team is permitted to designate for return in midseason. Under NFL rules for players with such a designation, they may start practicing in Week 7 but may not play until Week 9. This season, that means Rankins will return at the earliest when New Orleans travels to San Francisco on Nov. 6.Barring any setbacks, I think were on schedule for that timeframe, Rankins said.Rankins did not appear limited physically in the portion of practice open to reporters. In one drill, he accelerated to his left while keeping his hips low and then drove his shoulder through a large, soft, wheel-shaped tackling target that coaches were rolling across the field. Rankins leveled the target, crashing down upon it. He then sprang to his feet and trotted back to the players in his position group to prepare for the next drill.Still, Rankins said he sees the logic in NFL rules allowing him to practice a couple weeks before he is eligible to play, figuring hell need a couple weeks to get his timing, technique and conditioning as refined as it should be for live action.Timing is everything, Rankins said. And conditioning -- being able to run to the ball, play hard, things like that. I think those are the real things these few weeks are going to allow me to do and be a big help.New Orleans, which ranked second-to-last in the NFL defensively the past two seasons, made bolstering its defense a priority this offseason, and Rankins was a central piece of that.In his last two seasons at Louisville, Rankins registered 14 sacks and 26 + tackles for losses.He was showing so much potential on the interior rush. We were looking forward to having him, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said. When you have a rookie who is not trying to find himself, thats something that you automatically find special. He came in being a good push in the interior. ... He could get off blocks, great with his hands, great with his feet. He just knew who he was.But Rankins absence has been one of several to regulars on the Saints defense, which continues to rank 31st, allowing with 419.4 yards allowed per game. New Orleans also is allowing a league-worst 33.6 points per game.Thanks to the elite production of quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints passing game, New Orleans has managed to win two straight after a 0-3 start, but Brees predicted Rankins return would be tremendous for the team.Rankins will not only add depth, obviously, but hes an explosive player, Brees said. 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Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. NEW YORK -- A record six teams are paying baseballs luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million.Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioners office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.The Yankees are paying for the 14th straight year since the tax began, raising their total to $325 million. New York has said it hopes to get below the threshold by 2018.Los Angeles owes for the fourth consecutive year and like New York pays at a 50 percent rate on the amount above the $189 million threshold. The Dodgers paid a record $43 million for 2015, and their four-year total is $113 million.Boston and San Francisco pay at a 30 percent rate as offenders for the second straight year, and Detroit and the Cubs -- a first-time payer -- are at 17.5 percent.The number of teams over the threshold topped last years mark of four. This years total tax was $74 million.Major League Baseball negotiated the luxury tax in an effort to slow spending by large-market clubs and combined with revenue sharing has helped increase the competitive of small-market teams and those in the middle.The threshold increases to $195 million next year under the new labor contract, and tax rates go up, too. There will be additional surtaxes, raising the rate to as much as 95 percent for the amount above $235 million, with the increase to be phased in for 2017 at the midpoint between the old and new rules.Los Angeles lowered its payroll from a record $291 million last year to just under $255 million, which topped the major leagues for the third straight year. 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