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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.

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Last Update on October 01, 2014 07:51 GMT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are in the American League Division Series after winning the wildest of Wild Card games.

Salvador Perez hit a walkoff single and the Royals scored twice in the bottom of the 12th to pull out a 9-8 win over the Oakland Athletics in Kansas City. The Royals rallied from deficits of 7-3 and 8-7 before earning the right to face the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS.

The last comeback occurred after pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) laced an RBI single for the A's following a walk, a bunt and a wild pitch. Oakland reliever Dan Otero got the first out in the bottom of the 12th before Eric Hosmer tripled and scored on an infield single by Christian Colon.

Colon moved up to second when catcher Derek Norris let a pitchout pop out of his glove, allowing Perez to come up with the winning hit.

Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking, three-run blast while the A's were building a 7-3 lead. The Royals scored three times in the eighth and forced extra innings on Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-keez) sacrifice fly.

The Royals stole six bases, leading to four runs. Five of those steals came off Derek Norris after Geovany Soto left the game in the third inning, two innings after he suffered a thumb injury during a play at the plate.

Neither starter was very sharp considering their reputations as big-game pitchers. A's hurler Jon Lester surrendered six runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. Royals ace James Shields was reached for four runs and five hits in five frames, including Moss' first-inning blast.

Jason Frasor picked up the victory despite allowing the tiebreaking single in the 12th. Otero was the loser.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says he's feeling better and is ready for the playoffs this week. The former AL MVP missed 21 of the Angels' final 22 regular-season games because of shoulder and other upper-body injuries. Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker also said he's feeling fine after being sidelined the last two weeks because of an oblique strain on his left side.


UNDATED (AP) -- Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) will be on the mound when Detroit opens its AL Division Series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Scherzer went 18-5 this season with a 3.15 ERA.

Manager Brad Ausmus will go with Justin Verlander in the second game and David Price in Game 3 when the series shifts to Detroit.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter will start Chris Tillman in Thursday's opener. Wei-Yin Chen (way yihn-chehn) starts Game 2 for the Birds, followed by Miguel Gonzalez at Comerica Park.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has undergone elbow surgery to remove a bone spur and loose pieces that limited his throwing ability for most of the 2014 season. The team says Beltran can start throwing and hitting in about six weeks and can play baseball in approximately 12 weeks.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan has announced changes to its injury protocol, admitting a mistake in handling quarterback Shane Morris' suspected concussion Saturday. The school blamed the problem on a "serious lack of communication" and "confusion" among the coaching staff.

Athletic director Dave Brandon says Michigan plans to have a medical professional in the press box or video booth at future football games.

Coach Brady Hoke has been criticized for not immediately sitting Morris for the rest of the game after he took a hard hit in the fourth quarter against Minnesota.

University President Mark S. Schlissel apologized to Morris, his family and teammates.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach to replace the fired Dennis Allen. Sparano takes over a winless team after four games.

He had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Linebacker Robert Mathis has agreed to a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts through the 2016 season. Mathis is the Colts' career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season.

He was suspended for the first four games of this season after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, and then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah (ab-DOO'-luh) should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception in Monday night's game. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression.

The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 41-14 victory over New England last night touched off a firestorm on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has apologized for his arrest early Tuesday on a DUI charge in Baltimore.

Officials say he was doing 84 miles per hour in a 45-mile-an-hour zone and that he failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over. Phelps says in a statement that he takes full responsibility for his actions.

This is Phelps' second DUI charge in Maryland. He faced the first charge in 2004.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian with 22 medals.


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