Last Update on October 23, 2014 05:36 GMT
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.
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.
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.
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."
Last Update on October 23, 2014 07:49 GMT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have evened the World Series at a game apiece, thanks to a huge sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants.
The game was tied 2-2 until the Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth. Billy Butler broke the stalemate with his second RBI single of the night. Salvador Perez followed with a two-run double before Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) smacked a two-run homer.
Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar had two hits and an RBI, and Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Gregor Blanco belted a leadoff homer for the Giants.
Kelvin Herrera picked up the victory by tossing shutout ball for 1 2/3 innings. He came in for starter Yordano Ventura, who gave up two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Losing pitcher Jake Peavy was reached for four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
The series moves to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday. Tim Hudson is scheduled to start for the Giants against Jeremy Guthrie.
Game 1 set a World Series record-low TV rating for the second time in three years. The fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research say the game drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers last night on Fox. That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Didn't stay up for Game One of the World Series? Don't worry. You were hardly alone.
The World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.
According to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research, San Francisco's 7-1 win over Kansas City drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers Tuesday night on Fox.
That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Phil Plantier (plan-TEER') is the latest hitting coach to be fired by the San Diego Padres, dismissed after three years on the job.
The Padres hit .226 last year, worst in the big leagues. They were hitting .210 on June 30.
Plantier had been the sixth hitting coach since the Padres began playing in spacious Petco Park in 2004.
In other baseball news:
-- L.A. Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. The Dodgers say it was a 30-minute procedure on Haren's non-throwing shoulder to clean out bursitis and the AC joint, and he should be good to go by spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 13-11 record with a 4.02 ERA this season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners have voted down proposed changes to the league's draft lottery system, thus keeping the existing system in place for now.
The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth. Earlier in the week there appeared to be enough support for reforms that would make it more difficult for teams with the worst records to secure the top pick in the draft.
UNDATED (AP) -- Wednesday's shootings in Ottawa led the National Hockey League to postpone the Senators' game against the visiting Maple Leafs. The NHL said the date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
A gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital, then entered Parliament, where dozens of shots rang out, according to police and witnesses. The gunman was later killed.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game against Philadelphia in tribute to the soldier, corporal Nathan Cirillo . A sell-out crowd belted out the Canadian national anthem as the Canadian flag was flashed on the scoreboard and projected onto the ice.
The Flyers were the winners in Pittsburgh as R.J. Umberger and Matt Read scored two minutes apart in the third period of a 5-3 triumph over the Penguins. Umberger and Sean Couturier (koo-TUR'-ee-ay) each finished with a goal and an assist.
Elsewhere on ice:
-- Anaheim has a six-game winning streak after Corey Perry recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 triumph against Buffalo. The Sabres were in danger of their third straight shutout loss until Tyler Ennis scored with 5:06 to play.
-- Washington became the last Eastern Conference team to suffer a regulation loss as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nikita Nikitin (nih-KEE'-tihn) scored second-period goals to rally Edmonton past the Capitals 3-2. Justin Schultz also scored, Teddy Purcell (PUR'-sul) had two assists and Ben Scrivens stopped 32 shots in the Oilers' second straight win since an 0-4-1 start.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capitals defenseman John Erskine has had surgery to repair a disk in his neck. The team says Erskine is scheduled to start his rehabilitation program in the next few weeks.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman has not appeared in a game this season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- An investigation released Wednesday says the scale of an academic scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was far more widespread than previously reported. The investigation says the scandal included about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades. Most of the athletes involved were football players or members of the school's cherished basketball program.
The report says about 3,100 students enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for in what was deemed a "shadow curriculum" within the former African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department from 1993 to 2011. Nearly half of those students were athletes.
The NCAA reopened an academic-misconduct probe at UNC in June because new information was available. The new investigation said it was done in cooperation with the NCAA.
UNDATED (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') could participate in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.
A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that Goodell should testify. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public.
Since this isn't a criminal case, it's uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify in a private arbitration.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 and released by the Baltimore Ravens for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games, and the players' union argues that Rice should not be punished twice.
CONROE, Texas (AP) -- A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been denied.
Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case will remain on the case following a recusal hearing on Wednesday in suburban Houston. Retired Tarrant County District Judge Jeff Walker denied a request by prosecutors, who had accused Case of being biased against them.
Peterson is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. He is on paid leave and Case has set a tentative trial date of Dec. 1.
ASHBURN, VA. (AP) -- Redskins' coach Jay Gruden (GROO'-dehn) says there's a chance that injured starting quarterback Robert Griffin III might be able to play in Monday night's game with Dallas. For now, Colt McCoy will start the game but Gruden says Griffin is a "wild card."
Gruden says Griffin still needs to be cleared for full contact and satisfy the coaches that he's ready in order to play.
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 was trying to move around umpire Bruce Stritesky and that he didn't mean to bump into him.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated. The SEC's leading rusher has been suspended for the last two games while Georgia investigated allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits. Georgia said in the statement released this morning it "hopes for and expects" a prompt ruling by the NCAA, although it is unclear if the university has filed the request.
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