Last Update on October 23, 2014 05:36 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Marc Gasol scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Kosta Koufos tallied eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-92 Wednesday night.
Quincy Pondexter added 15 points for Memphis and Zach Randolph had 11 points. Mike Conley, Nick Calathes and Jon Leuer each finished with 10 points for the Grizzlies.
The Cavaliers, who played without LeBron James, were led by 16 points from Kyrie Irving, while starting backcourt mate Dion Waiters added 15 points. Kevin Love finished with 12, while Joe Harris added 10 off the Cleveland bench.
The loss was only the second of the preseason for Cleveland, which finished its exhibition season with a 5-2 record.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Receiver A.J. Green didn't suit up for practice again on Wednesday, leaving the Bengals without their best receiver heading into a pivotal game in a season that could be quickly slipping away.
A 3-0 start stamped them as an up-and-coming team. They've come apart in the last two games, taking a pair of losses and a tie while slipping behind Baltimore (5-2) in the AFC North. The Ravens visit on Sunday.
Cincinnati (3-2-1) has been hit hard by injuries, but that's not the whole story. A defense that returned virtually intact has been shredded for three games in a row, giving up 500 yards in two of them.
Another loss on Sunday would give the Ravens control of the division.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Colts linebacker Erik Walden has been fined $27,562 after being ejected for making contact with an official during Sunday's victory over Cincinnati.
Walden says he didn't mean to bump umpire Bruce Stritesky late in the first half. Instead, Walden says he was trying to move around Stritesky so he could hear and see which Bengals player was talking to him.
Walden acknowledged he was surprised when the flag came out. He also showed reporters the letter he received from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Indianapolis (5-2), which led 10-0 at the time, beat Cincinnati 27-0 for its fifth consecutive victory.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer says he's never felt worse after a loss in his career and understands that criticism "comes with the territory."
Hoyer played poorly in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville, completing just 16 of 41 passes. His shaky performance sparked buzz among some fans and analysts that popular rookie backup Johnny Manziel should take over, but Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team is "firmly" behind Hoyer.
Hoyer appreciates the support and trusts Pettine. Hoyer says he was difficult to be around the past few days and joked even his wife didn't want to be near him.
Hoyer's teammates are confident he'll rebound this week against winless Oakland. Wide receiver Miles Austin said it was unfair for Hoyer to be the main target for criticism, saying, "to put a loss on any one individual is absolutely crazy."
Last Update on October 24, 2014 22:42 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Game 3 of the World Series is tonight in San Francisco with the Royals and Giants tied at one-all after a split in KC. While the Royals send Jeremy Guthrie to the hill, the Giants go with Tim Hudson, who at age 39 makes it to baseball's biggest stage for the first time. That's after 16 years, 214 regular-season wins and seven failed trips to the postseason.
Guthrie has also had a long wait just to get to the playoffs. He made his first postseason appearance at age 35 when he allowed one run in five innings of a no-decision against Baltimore in Game 3 of the ALCS. That start is Guthrie's only outing the past four weeks; he did not pitch in the division series sweep against the Angels.
And there's been a lineup change for KC. Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has been moved from center field to right to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki is not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth.
There's no DH because the game is in the National League city. So that means Billy Butler, normally the Royals' designated hitter, rides the pine for at least this game and perhaps for all three games at AT&T Park.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season. Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: "We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015."
Maddon has managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. He led took Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times and won the AL pennant in 2008.
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers say slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture. The team announced Friday that the surgery was performed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cabrera will be reevaluated in three months.
Cabrera dealt with ankle problems during the Tigers season, which ended with the team eliminated from the AL Division Series by Baltimore.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has undergone what the team describes as minor elbow surgery that should not set him back for next season.
The Cardinals say it was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks.
Wainwright went 20-9 with a career-low 2.38 ERA in 32 starts this season.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- There's a top-25 college football game tonight with number-six Oregon at California. The 6-1 Ducks have won their last two. They are also in first place in the Pac-12 North and positioned to make a serious run at their first conference title since 2011. The Bears are 4-3.
Five games on the way
ANAHEIM (AP) - There are five games on the NHL schedule including Columbus at Anaheim. The Ducks are off to a great start with six wins in their first seven games. The Blue Jackets are 3-2.
The only team without a win is Carolina. The Hurricanes limp into Edmonton with a 0-4-2 mark. The Oilers have two wins in seven games so far. The rest of the lineup has Dallas at New Jersey, Winnipeg home to Tampa Bay and Vancouver on the road at Colorado.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (zeh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-ruh) tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks. General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin is in jeopardy of missing his second straight game because of a hamstring injury. The Bills, with a 4-3 mark, have listed Goodwin as doubtful to play against the 1-6 New York Jets Sunday. The speedy second-year player has not practiced since getting hurt during practice last week.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not play in the team's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday because of an elbow injury. Wayne was initially listed as day-to-day before being ruled out today by coach Chuck Pagano.
Wayne has caught 38 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown this season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS's new Thursday night NFL package drew big audiences despite a string of blowouts.
The Broncos' 35-21 win over the Chargers on Thursday was the last of seven straight games to air on CBS, with simulcasts on NFL Network. The broadcasts now switch to NFL Network only.
Five of the matchups were decided by at least two touchdowns, including three by more than 30 points.
The seven games still averaged 16.5 million viewers between CBS and NFL Network, the networks said Friday, nearly double the 8.5 million for last year's games that aired on NFL Network with simulcasts on local channels in each team's home market.
That 16.5 million, by the way, is more than double the average TV rating baseball got for the first two games of the World Series.
PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') says he will have season-ending appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP finals in London.
Nadal announced the decision after losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in a sub-par performance in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. He said he will undergo surgery on Nov. 3, and that his 2014 season is over.
Paris Masters organizers had earlier said Nadal pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons."
The Spaniard needed treatment for appendicitis this month in Shanghai.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray pulled off a surprise at Martinsville Speedway with a pole-winning run in qualifying.
McMurray is not one of the eight drivers qualified to race for the Sprint Cup title. His qualifying record of 99.905 mph nudged six championship-eligible drivers in the final round of qualifying.
Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, who are both in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, qualified second and third.
Non-Chase driver Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by title contenders Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- Russell Henley, playing for the first time since Sept. 14 at the Tour Championship, is the clubhouse leader after 36 holes at the McGladrey Classic.
Henley one-putted 10 greens on the Seaside course at Sea Island and tied his personal best on the PGA Tour with a 7-under 63 to take the lead among early starters in the second round.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- Ted Bishop has been removed as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet directed at Ian Poulter.
Bishop was unhappy about comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month. Bishop said Faldo's record stands by itself. Comparing it with Poulter's achievements, he referred to Poulter as "Lil Girl."
He had one month left on his two-year term.
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