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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on October 22, 2014 05:35 GMT

CAVALIERS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will complete their exhibition play Wednesday night at Memphis against the Grizzlies.

Lebron James played his fifth preseason game on Monday night in 107-98 win over the Chicago Bulls, and is not expected to play on Wednesday.

Cavs coach David Blatt says, "I want my guys coming in healthy and happy and if LeBron needs to sit another game, he'll sit another game." Blatt says that's the priority.

POWER RANKINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's almost unanimous: The Denver Broncos are still the top team in the NFL.

Denver received 11 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league.

The Broncos (5-1) are coming off a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Peyton Manning had 318 yards passing and four touchdowns, breaking Brett Favre's record for career TD passes.

Dallas (6-1) got the other first-place vote. The Cowboys topped the New York Giants 31-21 for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Philadelphia Eagles moved up a spot to No. 3, followed by the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals.

The Colts proved they're not just as good as Andrew Luck with a 27-0 shutout of the skidding Cincinnati Bengals.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 23, 2014 03:05 GMT

WORLD SERIES

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are trying to even the World Series at a game apiece before they head to San Francisco. They led the Giants 7-2 tonight heading into the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium.

The game was tied 2-2 until the Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning. 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 has two hits and an RBI, and Lorenzo Cain is 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Gregor Blanco belted a leadoff homer for the Giants.

Both starting pitchers are out of the game. Yordano Ventura won't get a decision after allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jake Peavy currently is the pitcher of record on the losing side after being charged with five runs and six hits in five-plus innings

Last night's game 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.

WORLD SERIES-RATINGS

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.

MLB-NEWS

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.

NBA-DRAFT LOTTERY

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.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Maple Leafs and Senators were scheduled to face-off tonight in Ottawa but because of shootings today in that city the game has been postponed. 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 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.

NHL-NEWS

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.

NCAA-UNC PROBE

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.

NFL-RICE APPEAL/GOODELL

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.

NFL-PETERSON

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.

NFL-REDSKINS

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.

NFL-COLTS

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.

Indianapolis, which led 10-0 at the time of the incident, beat Cincinnati 27-0 for its fifth consecutive victory.

T25-GEORGIA

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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