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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 23, 2014 20:35 GMT

WORLD SERIES

UNDATED (AP) -- The World Series resumes play tomorrow night in San Francisco after last night's 7-2 win by the Royals. That victory evened up the best-of-seven series after the Giants won the opening game Tuesday night. Last night's game was tied at 2-2 before the Royals exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.

The pitching matchup for Game 3 has Tim Hudson scheduled to start for the Giants against Jeremy Guthrie.

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

MLB-BRAVES

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Cleveland and Texas general manager John Hart has been named president of baseball operations by the Atlanta Braves. He had been hired by the club as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It's unclear if Hart's new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager.

The club has announced that the 66-year-old Hart has agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County.

NFL-SCHEDULE

DENVER (AP) -- The teams vying for the lead in the NFL's AFC West are meeting tonight in Denver. The Broncos start the game with a record of 5-1 while the visiting Chargers are 5-2. Denver is of course led by record-breaking quarterback Peyton Manning while Philip Rivers is still in charge of the team from San Diego. Manning is the AFC's top quarterback with a 113.0 passer rating while Rivers is second. Manning has a 19-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio while Rivers' is 17-3.

The Broncos were held under 65 snaps just twice last season, both times by San Diego. On a Thursday night last year the Chargers shocked the Broncos 27-20 in Denver.

The game features the top tight ends in the NFL, Julius Thomas of the Broncos, who has nine TD catches, and Antonio Gates, who has seven.

NFL-TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) says the decision to go with Mettenberger will give the team an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do.

NFL-LONDON

WATFORD, England (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons are playing the Detroit Lions in London this Sunday and Falcons coach Mike Smith says he thinks the league will eventually have a franchise in London. Despite some of the logistical problems, time zone and travel issues, Smith says the league is working on making it happen and says, "it's probably going to happen sooner than later." He says "the NFL is in an expansion mode."

COLLEGE TOP 25

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- There's a Top-25 football game tonight in Greenville, North Carolina, as No. 18 East Carolina takes on Connecticut in an American Athletic Conference game. The Pirates enter the game with a record of 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play while the visiting Huskies are 1-5 and 0-3.

The 5-1 start is the best in 15 years for East Carolina and the national ranking is its first since 2008.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two four-win teams are facing off tonight in Boston as the Bruins entertain the Islanders. New York is 4-2 on the season while Boston is 4-4. This is the first of three games between the clubs this season. Last year the New Yorkers won two of three.

Two more four-win teams are meeting this evening in Nashville as the Predators take on the Blackhawks. This is their second meeting of the season with Chicago winning on Oct. 18 2-1 in overtime. The Preds a year ago won three of five from the 'Hawks.

The first of three this season between the Penguins and Red Wings is being played tonight in Detroit. Following this game they won't meet again until Feb. 11. The Pens took two of the games last season.

A year ago the Canucks swept all three games from the Blues. Tonight in St. Louis they play the first of three games this season.

Arizona is looking to snap a two-game losing streak tonight with a game at Minnesota. This is the first of their three meetings this season.

Carolina is winless this season. The Hurricanes enter tonight's game at Calgary with a mark of 0-3-2 while the Flames are 4-3-1.

In Los Angeles the Stanley Cup champion Kings are playing host to the Sabres and in San Jose the Sharks are entertaining the Blue Jackets.

NBA-SUNS

PHOENIX (AP) -- Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has a small crack in a bone in his left thumb. There is no timetable for his return. Warren, the 14th pick overall out of North Carolina State this year, has averaged five points and 12.2 minutes in preseason games.

PGA

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia (AP) -- There's a three-way tie for the early opening round lead at the PGA's McGladrey Classic in Georgia. Brian Harman, Michael Thompson and Erik Compton are all tied at 5-under after shooting 65's.

The field includes two members of the losing U.S. Ryder Cup team, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur).

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