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Last Update on October 21, 2014 05:40 GMT


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James was the star attraction but Kyrie Irving stole the show with 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-98 win against the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game Monday night at Ohio State.

Irving had 20 points in the second half. James had 18 points in 31 minutes in his first game in Columbus since rejoining the Cavaliers this summer from the Miami Heat.

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 30 points.

Chicago was without guard Jimmy Butler (thumb). His replacement in the starting lineup, Kirk Hinrich, had two points in 16 minutes.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has no plans to bench starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel following Sunday's ugly loss at Jacksonville.

Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and threw a late interception as the Browns lost to the previously winless Jaguars. Pettine acknowledged Hoyer played poorly, but said he is not making a change, adding: "Brian is still firmly our starter."

Pettine said "we are not going to hit the panic button after one loss." Pettine says the coaching staff did not consider bringing in Manziel as a spark during the 24-6 defeat. Manziel has only been on the field for a handful of plays this season.

Hoyer dropped to 6-3 as Cleveland's starter. He missed several throws, including missing wide-open tight end Jordan Cameron in the end zone for an easy touchdown.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- As if the Oakland Raiders' defensive problems weren't bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety.

Usama Young left Sunday's 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and MCL in the knee and will miss the rest of the season.

With starter Tyvon Branch already out for the season with a broken foot, the Raiders (0-6) once again are forced to turn back to Brandian Ross, who struggled in that role last year after Branch got hurt.

Ross was released after training camp this summer and signed with Miami before returning to Oakland late last month.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- One week after the Baltimore Ravens' offense put up 38 points in the first half at Tampa Bay, the defense took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter against Atlanta.

It appears the Ravens can now rely on either unit to win a game.

Baltimore ranks second in the AFC in scoring and have allowed fewer points than any team in the league.

Special teams have been solid, too -- Justin Tucker is 14 for 14 in field goal tries inside 50 yards.

Playing well in all three phases of the game is more important to coach John Harbaugh than trying to figure which unit is playing the best.

Harbaugh says, "We're not going to say we want to be one thing or the other. We want to be everything."

The Ravens (5-2) play at Cincinnati on Sunday.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve and have added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

McElhinney, the backup to top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's game at Ottawa and is expected to miss at least one week.

The 21-year-old Forsberg, the Blue Jackets' sixth pick in the 2011 draft, is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have decided to replace third base coach Steve Smith. The rest of the staff is expected to return following a rough season.

Smith joined the Reds last season. He worked in the Mariners' system with Bryan Price, who was promoted to manager last season. The Reds did not announce his replacement on Monday.

Bench coach Jay Bell was a candidate for the managing job in Arizona, but the Diamondbacks gave it to third base coach Chip Hale. He'll return next for season.

The Reds lost 86 games this year and finished ahead of only the Cubs in the NL Central, their worst result since 2008.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Charles Barkley is coming to Times Square to tip off the NBA season.

Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson will host live pregame, halftime and postgame shows from the New York landmark Oct. 28 when TNT airs a doubleheader on opening night.

Two days later, TNT will televise a live pregame concert from Cleveland featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar before LeBron James makes his regular-season home debut in his return to the Cavaliers.

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Last Update on October 22, 2014 02:42 GMT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals could be headed for their first loss since the last weekend of the regular season.

Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence helped the San Francisco Giants build a 5-0 lead over Kansas City through six innings in Game 1 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Bumgarner held the Royals to two while striking out five over the first six frames. Pence belted a two-run homer that put the Giants ahead 3-0 in the first inning.

Pablo Sandoval opened the scoring with an RBI double before scoring on Pence's first homer of the postseason. Pence also scored an insurance run on Michael Morse's RBI single in the fourth.

It was a short evening for James Shields, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. Although his nickname is "Big Game James," Shields now owns a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 innings over 10 career postseason starts.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed right-hander Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in August. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams.


UNDATED (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks are heading home after dropping the last two games of what became a 2-2-1 road trip.

Seth Griffith and Gregory Campbell each scored their first goals of the season in the third period as Boston rallied to beat the Sharks 4-3. The Bruins grabbed a 2-1 lead on power-play goals by Brad Marchand and Torey Krug (kroog), but the Sharks surged ahead when Logan Couture and Joe Thornton scored 37 seconds apart late in the second period.

Krug finished with a goal and two assists, and Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) set up three goals to help the B's climb back to .500 at 4-4.

Also in the NHL:

-- The New York Rangers picked up their third straight win by beating New Jersey 4-3 on Kevin Klein's goal at 2:42 of overtime. Rick Nash tied it late in the third period with his league-leading eighth goal of the season.

-- Carey Price stopped 27 shots and David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') scored 56 seconds into overtime to lead Montreal past Detroit 2-1. The Red Wings enjoyed a 1-0 lead on Henrik Zetterberg's second-period goal, and they remained ahead until Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) scored with 3:09 left in regulation.

-- Phil Kessel scored twice while the Toronto Maple Leafs were netting four unanswered goals in the second period of a 5-2 win over the Islanders in New York. David Clarkson also tallied twice and James van Riemsdyk (van-REEMZ'-dyk) had a goal and an assist for the Leafs.


UNDATED (AP) -- People familiar with the situation say a hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity today because details of the hearing have not been made public.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad, causing the NFL's first openly gay player to find a third team since being drafted by St. Louis this year.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3. He went to Dallas four days after being released by the Rams, who selected him in the seventh round of the draft.

In other NFL news on Tuesday:

-- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been placed on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after having surgery to repair a collarbone injury. That means Spiller will have a chance to return by Week 16. Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury. The Bills filled Spiller's roster spot by signing Phillip Tanner, who spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

-- The Tennessee Titans have traded linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round selection, pending a physical on Ayers. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIH'-zehn-hunt) said on his radio show Tuesday night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. Ayers had been scratched five of seven games this season.

-- The Washington Redskins have signed linebacker Everette Brown and placed linebacker Brian Orakpo on injured reserve. Brown has appeared in 38 NFL games with three starts with the Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.

-- The New York Jets locked up reliable wide receiver Jeremy Kerley with a four-year contract extension. Kerley was due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

-- The Charlotte Panthers announced they've released longtime defensive back Charles Godfrey and signed guard Chris Scott. The 28-year-old Godfrey joined the Panthers as a third-round draft pick in 2008 and played in 82 games with 75 starts.

-- Running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were among the injured players who practiced for Philadelphia, though their status is uncertain for Sunday's game at Arizona. Sproles sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 27-0 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. Kendricks hasn't played since he injured his calf in a win at Indianapolis in Week 2.

-- The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay defensive end Da'Quan Bowers for two games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius has begun serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was taken away from court after being sentenced by the judge who had found him guilty of culpable homicide.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, shooting her through a closed bathroom door in his home. Pistorius maintained the shooting was an accident and he had mistaken his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

The reigning MVP had surgery on Oct. 16 and will be re-evaluated in about five weeks. Durant says he's never had surgery, so he doesn't know how he will respond to it, but he won't rush his return. He said the situation presents an opportunity for his teammates to grow, and he feels that the team will be better off in the long run as a result.

PARLIN, N.J. (AP) -- The Sayreville, New Jersey, board of education has suspended head football coach George Najjar (NAY'-jar) and four assistants following charges of sexual assault and hazing.

Seven members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team have been charged with crimes ranging from hazing to aggravated sexual assault over what happened last month. Their names haven't been released because they are under 18.

The school's football season has been canceled.


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