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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 24, 2014 04:41 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

DENVER (AP) -- What, you thought Peyton Manning would suddenly stop tossing TD passes just because he's the all-time record-holder in that department?

Manning, who broke Brett Favre's (farvz) career TD passing record last Sunday night, tossed three more TDs in leading the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 35-21. All three of Manning's TD passes went to Emmanuel Sanders, who caught nine passes for 120 yards. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson added two TD runs for Denver.

Even with a short week of preparation, Manning was in midseason form. Manning was 25 of 35 for 286 yards. He led the Broncos to 77 points in a span of 96 hours this week.

The Broncos improved to 6-1 while the visiting Chargers fell to 5-3. The AFC West-leading Broncos enter a stretch where four of their next five games are away from Mile High.

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."

T25-SCHEDULE

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The 18th-ranked East Carolina Pirates started slowly but beat 1-6 UConn 31-21 with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Pirates QB Shane Carden completed 38 of 64 passes for 445 yards and two TDs. Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns

East Carolina's 6-1 start is its best in 15 years.

WORLD SERIES

UNDATED (AP) -- The World Series resumes Friday night in San Francisco after Wednesday 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. Game 2 was tied at 2-2 before the Royals exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-sih-kuhm) was sent for an MRI of his tight back to determine whether he can remain on the active roster when the World Series resumes at AT&T Park.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by athletic trainer Dave Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco's 7-2 loss in Game 2 when his left lower back tightened. Lincecum retired five straight before exiting during Salvador Perez's at-bat.

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-NEWS

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.

In other baseball news:

-- The New York Mets hired Kevin Long as hitting coach. The 47-year-old Long spent the last eight seasons as the Yankees' hitting coach. The Mets also added Dustin Clarke as major league strength and conditioning coach.

-- The Phillies and Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract, not counting performance bonuses. Sizemore would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series. Sizemore split the 2014 season between the Red Sox and Phillies, hitting .233 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 combined games.

-- The Arizona Diamondbacks added Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as professional scouting coordinator.

-- Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate.

NBA-LAKERS/NASH

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A freak back injury has put the career of 40-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash in limbo. The two-time NBA MVP has been ruled out for the season after suffering this latest injury a few days ago carrying his bags.

The Lakers and Nash announced their joint decision Thursday, less than a week before the start of what would have been Nash's 19th NBA season. He played in just 15 games last year with nerve root irritation, but hoped for a comeback season after several months of rehabilitation.

Instead, the Canadian point guard played in just three preseason games before feeling more back pain.

Nash has played in just 65 games since the Lakers traded four draft picks for him in 2012. He is due $9 million this season.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- On NHL ice, the Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara (ZAY'-noh CHAH'-rah).

The 2009 Norris Trophy winner left in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn't return. Coach Claude Julien (ZHOO'-lee-ehn) said after the game he had no update, but inside the Boston locker room, Chara's teammates seemed resigned to a long absence.

Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period for the Isles.

In other hockey:

-- Detroit nipped Pittsburgh 4-3. Justin Abdelkader's (ahb-dehl-KAY'durz) goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally. The Red Wings scored twice with their goalie pulled in the final 2:39 of regulation, tying the game on Niklas Kronwall's goal with 38.9 seconds to play.

-- James Neal scored a natural hat trick on his bobble head night, and the Nashville Predators edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 to become the last NHL team still unbeaten in regulation this season.

-- Ryan Miller made 31 saves in his return to St. Louis and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the third period to beat the Blues 4-1.

----Minnesota blanked Arizona 2-0. Darcy Kuemper (KEHM'-pur) made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season for the Wild.

-- Calgary blanked Carolina 5-0. Jonas (YOH'-nahs) Hiller got the shutout with 16 saves.

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