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Last Update on September 04, 2015 05:37 GMT


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tom Obarski made a 28-yard field goal with 2:49 left in Thursday night's preseason finale and the Bengals defense kept Indianapolis out of the end zone for a 9-6 victory.

Cincinnati won for the third time in four weeks, while the Colts, at 1-3, finished with their 12th consecutive non-winning preseason.

The game was marred by a fan who was injured at halftime. Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward said a woman was hit by falling debris when the retractable roof opened. Ward said she walked to a nearby first-aid station.

But with both teams' biggest stars sitting out, the game was devoid of excitement.

The Bengals took a 6-0 halftime lead on two Mike Nugent field goals.

Indy got inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line three times in the second half, but got only two field goals from Adam Vinatieri -- before Obarski won it.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A woman was injured when she was hit by falling debris at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night.

Colts chief operating officer Pete Ward confirmed that at least one person was hurt in the incident. He said she walked to a nearby first-aid station.

The injury occurred while the roof was opened at halftime of the traditional preseason finale between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

Ward said that at least one person was hurt and that he did not have any additional details.

Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts' home field, hosted the Super Bowl in February 2012. The fan accident is the second in two years.

In September 2013, a railing collapsed in the lower bowl of the stadium and two men fell into a tunnel near the field.


MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Derrius Vick completed 13 of 16 passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns to help lead Ohio to a 45-28 victory over Idaho in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.

Brendan Cope had 129 yards receiving on four catches, including a game long 65-yarder, and a touchdown. Daz'mond Patterson added 84 yards rushing and a score for the Bobcats.

Ohio scored the first three touchdowns, highlighted by a 29-yard interception return by Jovon Johnson, to take a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter. Idaho cut the lead to 38-28 late in the fourth on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Linehan to Deon Watson, but that's as close as the Vandals would get.

Linehan finished with 285 passing, a touchdown, and two interceptions for the Vandals.

The game was just the fourth meeting all-time between the schools, and the first since 1976.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The season opening contest between Stony Brook and Toledo was canceled due to severe weather on Thursday night.

The first-half weather delays totaled three hours and, after a shortened halftime, the game was stopped just before the third-quarter kickoff. It was called off after midnight.

According to a Toledo release, "The game will not be replayed and is officially listed as `no contest.' Stats from the game will not count."

Toledo held a 16-7 lead after two quarters.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois is about to open its football season and, after months of turmoil, the team says it couldn't be more ready to go play.

That turmoil led to the firing of coach Tim Beckman last week over his alleged interference in player medical decisions. He's denied wrongdoing.

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit becomes interim coach as Illinois gets ready to face Kent State on Friday.

Cubit doesn't expect much to change. Illinois' offense will still be his and it will still revolve around quarterback Wes Lunt.

Offensive lineman Teddy Karras believes the adversity could give the team a boost.

Kent State coach Paul Haynes agrees. He says teams facing trouble tend to unite.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 04, 2015 20:38 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- There are three games in Top-25 action this evening. The highest ranked school with a contest is fourth ranked Baylor as the Bears are at SMU. The ranking is the highest ever for the Bears, who will be without defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart who were suspended for the game after violating unspecified team rules. Both were All-Big 12 selections last season.

Fifth-ranked Michigan State opens its season against in-state opponent Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference, and 23rd-ranked Boise State is playing host to Washington's Huskies.


UNDATED (AP) -- If the Pirates are going to catch the Cardinals in the National League Central, they pretty much need to sweep all three games in St. Louis this weekend. At the start of play, the Bucs will be 6 1/2 games back of Cards and following this series the clubs have just three games left between them. That three-game set will take place in Pittsburgh Sept. 28-30.

There hasn't been any change for a while in the American League East as the Blue Jays continue to lead the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. This evening, Toronto is home to Baltimore, a team desperate for a win as the Orioles have all but fallen out of contention in both the divisional and wild card races. New York is home to Tampa Bay, a team clinging to a thread in its hopes for a wild card berth.

The lead for Houston over Texas in the American League West is now just two games. This evening the Astros are entertaining a Minnesota team that is just 1 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card spot, while the Rangers are in Anaheim to play the Angels, a team still alive in both the AL West race and AL wild card battle.

The Nationals are now six games back of the Mets in the National League East with a huge three game series between the two clubs starting Monday in Washington. Tonight, the Nats are home to the Braves while the Mets are in Miami.

Your remaining games this evening feature the Tigers home to the Indians, Philadelphia at Boston, the Reds hosting Milwaukee, Kansas City entertaining the White Sox, the Giants at Colorado, the A's home to the Mariners and the Dodgers in San Diego.


UNDATED (AP) -- New York's chances of catching the Blue Jays in the American League East have taken a hit as first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right shin. Teixeira leads the Yankees with 31 home runs and is hitting .255 with 79 RBIs in 111 games. He was hurt Aug. 17 when he fouled a ball off himself. New York began the day 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the division lead. The Yankees hold the top AL wild-card spot, four games ahead of Texas.

-- Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) of the Indians has a strained right hamstring. His absence makes the Indians quest for a wild card berth all that more difficult. Kluber has pitched much better than his 8-13 record as the Indians have not provided him much offensive support. He leads the league with 200 1/3 innings and is third with 219 strikeouts.

-- Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss three to five days because of a mild rib cage strain. He hurt himself on a checked swing during batting practice before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. The left-handed hitter hopes to be in the lineup Monday when Chicago opens a three-game series at St. Louis.


UNDATED (AP) -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) was his usual understated self when asked how it felt to have Tom Brady back for the first four games of the season. The coach simply said, "he never left."

Patriot's president Jonathan Kraft, the son of team owner Robert Kraft, says the team wouldn't have gone through with raising its Super Bowl 49 championship banner if Brady weren't playing. Kraft said the club may have raised a banner without Brady but that it would not have been their championship banner.

And a Dunkin' Donuts shop in Maine is offering free coffee for life to the federal judge who lifted Brady's suspension.

-- The player that broke the jaw of Jets' quarterback Gino Smith is jobless. Two people familiar with the decision have told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have released IK Enemkpali (EYE'-kay ehn-ihm-PAH'-lee) three weeks after acquiring the linebacker. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the Bills have not released a list of players they have cut.

The Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers on Aug. 13, a day after he was cut by the Jets for punching Smith during a locker room altercation.

-- The Atlanta Falcons have worked out a trade with the Titans. Veteran guard Andy Levitre goes to the Falcons for a sixth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick in a future year. Levitre, who started all 96 games in six seasons with Tennessee, is working under a six-year, $46.8 million contract that was signed in March 2013.

-- Punter Steve Weatherford has been released by the New York Giants. To replace him they acquired Brad Wing in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Weatherford, a key member of the Giants' Super Bowl champions in February 2012, was released hours after punting in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), the two No. 1 seeds at the U.S. Open, are back at today. Williams, who is gunning for a sweep of the four Grand Slam tournaments this year, is on court this evening against fellow American Bethanie Mattek (MAT'-ihk)-Sands, while Djokovic has a match this afternoon against 25th-seed Andreas Seppi of Italy.

In early afternoon results on the men's side ninth-seed Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) advanced as did 19th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh). For the women No. 23 Venus Williams won her match.


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