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Last Update on October 23, 2014 05:36 GMT

CAVALIERS-GRIZZLIES

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.

BACK TO THE BUNGLES

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.

COLTS-WALDEN FINE

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.

BROWNS-HOYER

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."

National Sports News

Last Update on October 24, 2014 14:44 GMT

WORLD SERIES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Game 3 of the World Series is set for 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.

If neither team sweeps the three games in San Francisco, the series will shift back to Kansas City for Game 6 next Tuesday.

T25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

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.

NHL-SCHEDULE

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.

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