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 25, 2014 02:41 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are trying to take a two-games-to-one lead in the World Series. They carried a 3-2 lead over the Giants into the seventh inning at San Francisco.
The Royals built a 3-0 lead by scoring once in the first inning and two more in the sixth. Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar doubled on the first pitch from Giants starter Tim Hudson before coming home on Lorenzo Cain's RBI grounder. Kansas City padded its lead five innings later as Alex Gordon hit an RBI double and scored on Eric Hosmer's (HAHS'-murz) single.
Jeremy Guthrie carried a two-hit shutout into the sixth before Brandon Crawford singled and scored on Michael Morse's RBI double. Buster Posey's grounder plated the Giants' second run of the inning.
Guthrie is in line to pick up the victory after being charged with two runs and four hits in five-plus innings.
The Royals reached Hudson for three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season. Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: "We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015."
Maddon has managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. He led took Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times and won the AL pennant in 2008.
Also in the majors:
-- Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport. Konerko founded the "Bring Me Home Campaign," that assists foster children in Illinois, and Rollins developed JRoll's Aces in 2007 through The Rollins Family Foundation to provide tickets to children in disadvantaged areas who excel in academics.
-- The Detroit Tigers say slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture. Cabrera dealt with ankle problems during the Tigers season, which ended with the team eliminated from the AL Division Series by Baltimore.
-- St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has undergone what the team describes as minor elbow surgery that should not set him back for next season. The Cardinals say it was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow.
UNDATED (AP) -- The attorney leading the NFL players' union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case tells The Associated Press the league has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA's investigators, while the Baltimore Ravens have refused any cooperation. Attorney Richard Craig Smith is questioning the NFL's sincerity in calling for transparency, saying all parties should cooperate in both investigations. Commissioner Roger Goodell originally gave Rice a two-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, then made it an indefinite suspension once video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.
UNDATED (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not play in the team's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday because of an elbow injury. Wayne was initially listed as day-to-day before being ruled out today by coach Chuck Pagano.
Wayne has caught 38 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown this season.
In other NFL injury news:
-- Bengals receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss Sunday's big AFC North matchup against the Baltimore Ravens because of an injured right big toe. He's missed the last two games with the injury, suffered during a season-opening win in Baltimore. Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict was listed as probable with a strained neck after sitting out two games because of concussions.
-- New England Patriots sacks leader and defensive end Chandler Jones will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of a hip injury that is expected to keep him sidelined about a month. The third-year pro has 4 1/2 sacks this season after recording 11 1/2 last season.
-- Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin is in jeopardy of missing his second straight game because of a hamstring injury. The speedy second-year player has not practiced since getting hurt during practice last week.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Dallas Stars improved to 4-1-2 in the NHL season by beating the Devils in New Jersey.
Jamie Benn scored a power-play goal in regulation before netting the deciding shootout goal as the Stars downed the Devils 3-2. Benn and Patrick Eaves scored in the second period to put Dallas in front 2-1. The Devils earned a point in the standings on Damien Brunner's (BROO'-nurz) third-period goal before falling to 3-2-2.
Cory Schneider stopped 35 shots for the Devils on a night when the team honored former New Jersey goaltender and broadcaster Chico Resch (rehsh).
UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders each lost key regulars because of injuries suffered in the Isles' 3-2 win on Thursday.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (zeh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-ruh) tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks. General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Newsday is reporting that Islanders winger Josh Bailey will be out several weeks after suffering a broken hand in Thursday's game.
RIDGEWAY, Va. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray will start from the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway after posting a qualifying time of 99.905 mph.
Joey Logano will join McMurray in the front row, ahead of Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Logano and Kenseth are two of the eight drivers still in contention for the Sprint Cup championship.
Kevin Harvick will start 33rd, worst of all drivers still left in the Chase for the championship.
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- The United States women's soccer team has clinched a trip to next year's World Cup by earning a spot in the CONCACAF Women's Championship.
Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the Americans' 3-0 semifinal victory over Mexico. Lloyd tallied in the eighth and 30th minutes for the U.S., which takes on Costa Rica in Sunday's final.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- John Cook and Marco Dawson each shot 7-under 65s for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the season.
Scott Dunlap was a stroke back at TPC San Antonio. Nine others are at minus-5.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- Ted Bishop has been removed as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet directed at Ian Poulter.
Bishop was unhappy about comments Poulter made in his book about the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson last month. Bishop said Faldo's record stands by itself. Comparing it with Poulter's achievements, he referred to Poulter as "Lil Girl."
He had one month left on his two-year term.
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