Last Update on September 15, 2014 05:35 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Running back Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, turning short passes into big plays, and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Bengals won their home opener and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 despite losing several key players to injury, most notably Green.
The Pro Bowl receiver aggravated an injured toe on his right foot, which kept him out of practice last week. He left during the opening series and didn't catch a pass for the first time in his four-year career.
Cincinnati had more than enough left to handle the Falcons (1-1), who gave up nearly 500 yards for the second straight game. Matt Ryan was 24 of 44 for 231 yards with a touchdown, two sacks and three interceptions.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, giving the Cleveland Browns a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Cundiff's kick helped the Browns (1-1) snap a nine-game losing streak in home openers and gave rookie coach Mike Pettine his first NFL win. Cleveland had not won at home since 2004.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff's game-winner. Hoyer completed several big passes, none more crucial than his 28-yarder to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds to go.
The Saints (0-2) rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram's 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and moved one spot up the NFL's career passing list.
DETROIT (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series against Cleveland by beating the Indians 6-4 Sunday.
Kinsler went deep off reliever Bryan Shaw (5-5) to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Detroit added two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice.
Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the ninth, but Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save and eighth in a row. Reliever Phil Coke (5-2) pitched the seventh
J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer in the fourth and Detroit starter Justin Verlander left with two runners on and two outs in the sixth. Both came home against reliever Blaine Hardy, on an infield single and a hit batter.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Matt Clark hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee's five-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday.
Mark Reynolds added a solo shot in the eighth as the Brewers won for the fourth time in five games. Matt Garza (8-8) allowed one run and four hits in six-plus innings.
Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games back of Pittsburgh for the second wild card in the NL.
Todd Frazier hit his 26th homer in the sixth for Cincinnati, which has lost five of its last six games against Milwaukee. Mike Leake (11-12) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Last Update on September 16, 2014 03:04 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Baltimore/Washington corridor is another step closer to having both of its teams win division titles.
The Nationals reduced their magic number to two for capturing the National League East by downing the second-place Braves 4-2 in Atlanta. Stephen Strasburg struck out seven while allowing just five hits in seven scoreless innings. Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) hit a solo homer and scored twice in the Nationals' third straight win.
Washington can clinch the division crown as soon as tomorrow in Atlanta.
The Orioles are another win from taking the American League East after Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run homer and Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the sixth inning of a 5-2 verdict over the second-place Blue Jays. Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who moved the Blue Jays a step closer to playoff elimination.
The O's can wrap up their first division title in 17 years tomorrow versus Toronto.
Elsewhere in the majors:
-- Jordany Valdespin (johr-DAN'-ee VAL'-deh-speen) and Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY'-nee eh-sheh-vah-REE'-uh) hit two-run singles before Jeff Mathis supplied the tiebreaking, RBI single in Miami's 6-5 comeback win over the Mets in New York. Mets starter Jacob DeGrom tied a modern major league record by fanning his first eight hitters and left with a 5-3 lead after striking out a career-high 13 in seven innings.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) has received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to Miami in Philadelphia.
Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward booing fans after allowing four runs in the ninth to blow a save. The gesture caused umpire Joe West to eject him from the game before the two engaged in a heated argument.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn ryoo) has received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder and won't throw for at least four days.
The team said that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that was done in May.
Ryu left his start on Friday after one inning, complaining of tightness and pain in his shoulder. He is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) said through a translator that he felt "all right" after tossing five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in a simulated game today. Tanaka has been sidelined since July 9 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. If the Yankees think he is ready, Tanaka could start against Toronto this weekend during the team's final homestand.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ray Rice is preparing to battle the NFL through the aid of his union.
The NFL Players Association will appeal the indefinite suspension the league handed to the former Baltimore Ravens running back last week. A union spokesman told The Associated Press the appeal is expected to be requested before the Tuesday night deadline.
Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, but the ban was increased when videotape of that incident was made public.
Rice was allowed to enter a counseling program instead of facing trial in New Jersey. However, an Associated Press review of domestic assault cases in New Jersey from 2010 through 2013 shows that only 70 of the 15,000 people with domestic violence assault charges adjudicated in state Superior Court were allowed into pretrial intervention.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse saying he's sorry for hurting his child.
Peterson issued his statement a few hours after the Vikings reinstated him to the team. The star running back was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.
Peterson says he has met with a psychologist and has to live with the fact that the discipline caused an injury he never intended to happen.
Peterson says he's not perfect, but also says "without a doubt I am not a child abuser."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has sent a memo to teams announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as "senior advisers."
Goodell wrote that they will help lead and shape the league policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault. He has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL and the players' union are close to finalizing the drug policy changes they tentatively agreed upon last week. League and NFLPA attorneys and officials are reviewing the documents and could approve them this week. One key element is how the changes affect players currently under suspension, including Denver receiver Wes Welker's four-game ban and Browns receiver Josh Gordon's season-long punishment.
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