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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 05, 2015 02:48 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Just a half-game separates the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees in the American League East.

The Yankees shaved a game off their deficit by downing the Rays 5-2. Luis Severino won his third straight start, limiting Tampa Bay to a run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Yankees collected just four hits, but three were home runs by Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann and rookie Greg Bird. A-Rod put the Yankees ahead with his 681st career round-tripper, a two-run blast in the second inning.

The Blue Jays were clobbed by Baltimore as Chris Davis belted his major league-leading 39th and 40th homers in the Orioles' 10-2 rout in Toronto. Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) and Adam Jones also went deep to back Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh HIH'-meh-nehz), who gave up just one earned run despite six walks and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Josh Donaldson collected his major league-high 112th RBI for the Jays.

In Friday's other major league finals:

-- Andy Rizzo belted a grand slam while the Cubbies were erupting for eight runs in the fifth inning of a 14-5 drubbing of Arizona. Addison Russell had the first two-homer game of his brief big league career and finished with three RBIs. Javier Baez added a two-run blast and three ribbies to help the Cubs win for the third time in five games since a four-game skid.

-- Washington beat Atlanta 5-2 on Michael Taylor's three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Bryce Harper also went deep for the Nats, who were one out from a 2-1 loss until Matt den Dekker hit an RBI single in the ninth. The Braves have their first 10-game losing streak since 2006.

-- Josh Tomlin tossed a four-hitter and Jerry Sands smacked a two-run homer as Cleveland ripped Detroit 8-1. Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall provided a two-run double for the Indians, who also scored on a hit batsman and a bases-loaded walk.

-- Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) had two RBIs and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in Boston's 7-5 win over Philadelphia. Winning pitcher Joe Kelly held the Phillies to a pair of runs and five hits in six innings.

-- The Brewers and Reds were rained out in Cincinnati. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.


UNDATED (AP) -- New York's chances of catching the Blue Jays in the American League East have taken a hit. First baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right shin suffered when he fouled a ball of the leg on Aug. 17. Teixeira leads the Yankees with 31 home runs and is hitting .255 with 79 RBIs in 111 games.

The Yanks 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.

Also in the Bronx, CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) has pitched a simulated game Friday without any pain and could rejoin their rotation next Wednesday.

Also in the majors:

-- 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 even more difficult as they began the day six games back. Kluber is just 8-13 this season but 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 suffered on a checked swing during batting practice on Wednesday. The left-handed hitter hopes to be in the lineup Monday when Chicago opens a three-game series at St. Louis.

-- The Baltimore Orioles have placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, retroactive to August 31. Right-hander Mike Wright has been activated off the 15-day DL and will start for Baltimore against Toronto on Saturday.


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."

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft says the team wouldn't have gone through with raising its Super Bowl 49 championship banner if Brady weren't playing. The son of owner Robert Kraft added that 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.

In other NFL news:

-- A person familiar with the contract talks says the Seahawks and free-agent running back Fred Jackson have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal. The eight-year veteran became a free agent when the Bills cut him on Monday.

-- The Indianapolis Colts acquired linebacker Sio Moore from the Raiders for a late-round draft pick next year. Moore had 140 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks in 26 games in two seasons with Oakland.

-- 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 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 picked up veteran guard Andy Levitre from Tennessee for a sixth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick in a future year. Levitre started all 96 games in six seasons with Tennessee and 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, who have replaced him by acquiring Brad Wing in a trade with Pittsburgh. Weatherford was a key member of the Giants' Super Bowl champions in February 2012. Wing's departure means Jordan Berry is the Steelers' new punter.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams is still in line for a calendar slam, although she had to rally to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Friday.

The No. 1 seed was one game away from a straight-sets loss before pulling out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 triumph over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Williams has dropped the opening set in eight matches this year and won them all. She is trying to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same season.

Next up for Williams is fellow American Madison Keys, who beat 15th seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHS'-kah rad-WAHN'-skah), 6-3, 6-2.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) and No. 9 Marin Cilic (CHEE'-lihch) have advanced to the fourth round. Djokovic was a 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 winner against No. 25 Andreas Seppi, and Cilic needed five sets to reach the Round of 16.

No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHN'-gah) took his third-round match in straight sets, but 10th seed Milos Raonic (MEE'-lohs ROW'-nihch) was a straight-sets loser against No. 18 Feliciano Lopez. 14th seed David Goffin had to retire during the fourth set of his match, and No. 26 Tommy Robredo was beaten by Benoit Paire.

Third-round winners on the women's side include 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova and No. 23 Venus Williams, who was a 6-3, 6-4 winner against 12th seed Belinda Bencic (BEHN'-sihch). No. 25 Eugenie Bouchard (yoo-JEE'-nee boo-shahrd) dispatched Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH'-vah) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

Meanwhile, a high school science teacher has been arrested after a drone plummeted into empty seats and caused a scare at the Open on Thursday night. Police say Daniel Verley was arrested on reckless endangerment and other charges in the drone crash during a women's singles match won by Flavia Pennetta (FLAH'-vee-uh peh-NEH'-tuh). The drone broke into pieces upon landing, and the match was briefly interrupted between points while police and fire department personnel went to look at the device.


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