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Last Update on September 22, 2014 05:33 GMT

TITANS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass -- the first Bengals quarterback to pull off that feat -- as Cincinnati stayed undefeated on Sunday, beating Tennessee 33-7 a few hours after the Titans got sad news.

The Bengals (3-0) head into their bye week with their best start in eight years.

A few hours before kickoff, the Titans (1-2) learned that kicker Rob Bironas had died overnight in a one-car crash in Nashville. He'd been released in March after his ninth season with Tennessee.

The Titans committed a safety for holding in the end zone on a punt, missed two field goal attempts, snapped the ball before Jake Locker was ready in shotgun formation, and whiffed on the game's defining play. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson let Dalton catch Mohamed Sanu's pass and go 18 yards for a score.

RAVENS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Tucker's boot capped another challenging week for the Ravens (2-1), who continue to be dogged by questions surrounding running back Ray Rice's domestic violence suspension.

Joe Flacco set up Tucker's game-winner with a 32-yard pass to Steve Smith with 1:28 left. The Ravens then ran the clock down before bringing in Tucker, who split the uprights and sent the Browns (1-2) to another tough loss. Both of Cleveland's losses have come on last-play field goals.

Flacco finished 19 of 31 for 217 yards with one touchdown.

Cleveland's Brian Hoyer completed 19 of 25 passes for 290 yards. The Browns failed to capitalize on several chances to put the Ravens away in the second half. Cleveland missed a field goal and had one blocked.

BROWNS-MANZIEL FAKE PLAY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel fooled Baltimore's defense with a trick play, but had his big gain called back by a penalty.

After replacing starter Brian Hoyer and handing off, Manziel ran toward the sideline acting as if he was leaving the field. He paused near the sideline and pretended to have an animated conversation with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan when the ball was snapped.

Manziel then caught a short pass from Hoyer and sprinted down Cleveland's sideline before he was shoved out of bounds.

The play worked to perfection but Browns rookie running back Terrance West was called for an illegal shift, negating the 39-yard pickup.

Manziel made his NFL debut last week against New Orleans, and the Browns are keeping a package of plays for him.

INDIANS-TWINS

Kluber strikes out 14; Indians beat Twins 7-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and the Cleveland Indians didn't lose any ground in the playoff chase Sunday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each had three hits for the Indians, who have won five of six.

Cleveland began the day 3 1-2 games behind Kansas City for the second Wild Card spot, and is home to the Royals for three-plus games beginning Monday. In addition to Monday's regularly scheduled game, the teams must complete the Aug. 31 game in Kansas City that was suspended in the middle of the 10th inning due to rain with Cleveland up 4-2.

Chris Herrmann and Danny Santana drove in the Minnesota runs.

The chance to score was rare against Kluber (17-9), who allowed seven hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 22, 2014 22:24 GMT

NFL-INJURIES

UNDATED. (AP) -- Week 3 took its toll on a number of standout NFL players.

Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL he suffered while celebrating a sack. Tulloch injured his knee in the first quarter of Detroit's 19-7 victory over Green Bay yesterday. He returned to action shortly after but was unable to continue playing.

In other NFL injury news:

-- Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a ruptured left Achilles and is done for the season. The three-time Pro Bowl player went down without being touched in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Defensive end Jason Hatcher injured a hamstring in Sunday's game but says he's confident he will play Thursday against the New York Giants in a short week for Washington.

-- San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy says running back Danny Woodhead has a broken lower right leg and will miss the rest of the season.

-- Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor underwent surgery Monday to repair the right forearm he broke in the third quarter of Sunday night's 37-19 win over Carolina, the most serious of a handful of injuries that tempered some of the joy of a dominant performance for the Steelers.

-- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert has a hairline fracture in his right leg and running back Jonathan Stewart has a severely sprained right knee. Rivera says Tolbert won't play Sunday at Baltimore and will be reevaluated on a week-to-week basis, while Stewart will be reassessed on Friday. The Panthers were already thin in the backfield with running backs DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker both held out Sunday night because of hamstring injuries.

-- Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker hurt his wrist in Tennessee's loss to Cincinnati. Coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) says Locker was sore enough at the end of the game that the quarterback could barely grip the ball. Whisenhunt says Locker had an MRI on his right wrist Monday morning, and whether Locker will be able to play Sunday at Indianapolis will be known later this week.

NFL-MARKETING

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has hired former LPGA board member Dawn Hudson as its chief marketing officer. Hudson replaces Mark Waller, who has moved back to his former job of overseeing the league's international interests.

NHL-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

TORONTO (AP) -- Amid the NFL's domestic violence scandals, Gary Bettman says the NHL has been proactive about off-ice conduct. Speaking at The Canadian Club of Toronto, the NHL commissioner did not specifically address football's problems but says hockey has tried to stay ahead of similar issues by educating players. Bettman says sports can be a "vehicle for positive social change."

RAVENS-RICE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (bih-SHAH'-tee) is criticizing a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

ESPN reported last week that the owner, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') for leniency for their star running back.

Bisciotti says, "Their accusations didn't jibe with what we know is fact."

The owner also said, "What's obvious is the majority of the sources work for Ray. ... They are building a case for reinstatement."

Rice was originally suspended two-games, but after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing the violent attack, he was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the league.

NFL-SCHEDULE

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Monday night football has the Chicago Bears at the New York Jets. Both clubs are 1-1. The Bears, coming off an impressive comeback win over the 49ers last Sunday night, play their second consecutive prime-time game.

MLB SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- As the final week of baseball's regular season begins much of the focus will be in the American League with three post-season spots still available.

Starting play today, Oakland and Kansas City are on top in the AL's wild card race. Seattle is 1 1/2 games out. Detroit leads the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over Kansas City. The Royals will first complete a suspended game at Cleveland today, then play the regularly scheduled contest. The Tigers open a series home to the Chicago White Sox, Seattle visits Toronto while the A's host the Los Angeles Angels.

The New York Yankees haven't quite been eliminated from playoff contention yet, but it certainly looks like Derek Jeter's final games are upon us. The Yankees wrap up their regular-season home schedule with a four-game series against Baltimore starting tonight, then head to Boston for three more at Fenway Park.

The other AL game tonight has Houston at Texas.

Over in the National League, if the season ended today, San Francisco and Pittsburgh would be the two wild cards, and with Milwaukee 4 1/2 games behind them, the Giants and Pirates appear headed to the postseason.

The main source of uncertainty is the NL Central race, where Pittsburgh could still conceivably catch first-place St. Louis. The Cardinals send Adam Wainwright to the hill against the Cubs in Chicago tonight. Wainwright is looking for his 20th win of the season, with a 19-9 mark.

The Pirates visit struggling Atlanta. The Braves have lost three straight and 8 of the last 10.

The Giants, who begin the night 4 1/2 games behind first place Los Angeles in the NL West, visit the playoff bound Dodgers.

The other NL game tonight has Colorado at San Diego.

The lone interleague contest has Arizona at Minnesota.

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