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Last Update on October 01, 2014 05:35 GMT


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns starting running back Ben Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland's past two games with a sprained right knee.

Wearing a brace, Tate was on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 5 as the Browns returned from their bye week. Tate made hard cuts on his knee and looked quick during the portion of practice open to the media. He was injured in the first half of the Sept. 7 opener in Pittsburgh.

Tate was signed as a free agent in March after three seasons with Houston. He could return to the lineup this week when the Browns (1-2) visit Tennessee.

While Tate was out, rookie Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell filled in and performed well. West has rushed for 209 yards and Crowell has scored three touchdowns and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs is horrible but he still has faith the team will turn its season around.

The Patriots fell to 2-2 on Monday night in only the third game Bill Belichick has lost by at least 27 points in his 336 games as an NFL head coach.

The offense struggled to move the ball and the defense that had been stingy couldn't stop the Chiefs from reeling off long gains.

Now, the Patriots must prepare to face the AFC's only unbeaten team when Cincinnati visits on Sunday night. The Patriots will have one less day than usual to prepare, while the Bengals are coming off a bye.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

An attorney for 21-year-old Anthony Wunder entered the plea Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Wunder wasn't there. His attorney, Mark Collins, says he entered the plea to allow for thoroughly researching circumstances of the case.

Wunder was stopped and slammed to the ground by an assistant strength and conditioning coach Saturday during Ohio State's home victory over Cincinnati. The coach, Anthony Schlegel, is a former Buckeyes linebacker.

The big hit has been a sensation on social media.

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday he had a somewhat serious conversation with Schlegel about the hit and that the team has had fun with it.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland coach Randy Edsall is keeping quiet about who will start at quarterback against No. 20 Ohio State on Saturday.

No Maryland quarterback has started every game in a season since 2006, a streak that will continue if injured C.J. Brown can't go in the Terrapins' inaugural Big Ten home game.

Brown left Saturday's 37-13 win at Indiana with a sprained left wrist, and it's unclear if he will be recovered by Saturday.

Edsall says, "We'll find out on game day."

If Brown is unable to start, junior Caleb Rowe would assume control of the offense. Rowe came off the bench to complete 12 of 18 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana.

Maryland has won four of five. Ohio State is 3-1 heading into its conference opener.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 02, 2014 00:45 GMT


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are hosting the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game right now, with the winner heading to Washington to face the Nationals in the division series.

The Giants are gunning for their third World Series title since 2010 after going 56 years without a championship. The Pirates are in the postseason for the second straight year since a 21-year absence. The Bucs won last year's NL wild card game before falling to St. Louis in the division series.

The pitching matchup has left-hander Madison Bumgarner going for the Giants against righty Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz).

Bumgarner was 18-10 with a 2.98 earned run average this season, including an 11-4 mark and a 2.22 earned run average in 18 road starts. He's helped the Giants win the 2010 and 2012 World Series, going 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 2/3 innings over seven appearances, including six starts.

Volquez went 13-7 with a 3.04 this season, ending the campaign with a flourish. The right-hander was outstanding over his last 10 starts, going 5-0 with a 1.36 earned average. But he was shelled in his lone postseason appearance four years ago, allowing four runs in 1 1/3 innings for the Reds against the Phillies in the NLDS. That was the game in which Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he'll go with a rotation of Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series, which puts Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) in the bullpen.

The 23-year-old Wacha was the NL Championship series MVP last year, outpitching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. But he's struggled since coming back from a shoulder injury in September, recording a 5.40 ERA without going more than five innings in four starts.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn-ryoo) pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound today at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers say Ryu used all of his pitches at his normal velocity and had no problems with his left shoulder during the 45-pitch session. The 14-game winner faced several teammates.

Ryu will be examined by a doctor on Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for their game at Green Bay Thursday night. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over Atlanta. He was back on the sideline before the end of the game without crutches, and an MRI showed no major damage.

The NFL's definition of the questionable designation is a 50 percent chance of playing.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Fisher initially said that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. That has changed after Davis played well in his 2 1/2 games as a starter since replacing Hill during the season opener.

The 25-year-old Davis has sparked the Rams offense, throwing for 754 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, while completing 72 percent of his passes. His 93.1 quarterback rating is ninth-highest among NFC quarterbacks.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie receiver Marqise Lee for the third consecutive game Sunday against Pittsburgh because of a strained right hamstring.

Lee caught eight passes for 73 yards the first two weeks. Without him, fellow rookies Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have stepped up.

The Jags are expected to be without receiver Cecil Shorts III, who injured his left hamstring in last week's 33-14 loss at San Diego. Shorts missed the first two games with the same injury.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.

The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The deal is worth $20 billion over eight years, according to a person familiar with the contract.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand. Jenner was struck by a puck on Sunday. He had 16 goals and 29 points with a +6 in 72 games for the Jackets as a rookie last season.

He is the third top forward not with the club. Leading-scorer Ryan Johansen is in the middle of a contract dispute and last year's top free-agent signing, Nathan Horton, is not practicing due to a bad back.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years. He hit his stride in the summer and won the British Open and the PGA Championship, with a World Golf Championship in between. Those three straight wins catapulted him to No. 1 in the world.

McIlroy finished the PGA Tour season with three victories. He also led the tour with 12 finishes in the top 10, and he never finished worse than 25th. McIlroy also won the PGA Tour money title with $8.2 million, and he won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.

Chesson Hadley was voted as the rookie of the year.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Harrisburg, Pa., say they broke up a mail-order steroid ring whose participants included three prison guards, a probation officer and football player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year and was recently cut.

The state attorney general's office announced charges against 13 people. That includes undrafted free agent offensive lineman Brian Clarke, who was released by the Cowboys after suffering a groin injury. The charges against Clarke included the possession and delivery of anabolic steroids.

The prison guards and probation officer worked at county facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania.


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