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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 23, 2014 03:21 GMT

MLB SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers' lead in the American League Central is down to one game over Kansas City with six to play.

Chris Bassitt pitched into the eighth inning and Tyler Flowers belted a two-run homer as the Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers 2-0 in Detroit. Bassitt held the Tigers to six hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings for his first major league victory. He kept the White Sox ahead after Flowers belted a two-run shot in the second inning.

The Royals won one and lost one in Cleveland, dropping their completion of their August 31 suspended game before taking the nightcap.

The Indians took the suspended game 4-3. The game resumed in the bottom of the 10th, moments before Alex Gordon homered to pull the Royals within a run. Kansas City put the tying run on second before Scott Atchison closed out the victory for Cleveland.

Danny Duffy led the Royals to a 2-0 shutout of the Indians in the regularly-scheduled game, allowing six hits in as many innings. Eric Hosmer and Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar hit RBI singles as Kansas City moved 3 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland with six games left.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Jose Bautista was 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto ripped Seattle 14-4. Kevin Pillar (PEE'-lahr) and Anthony Gose also homered against the Mariners, who have dropped nine of their last 13 to fall two games behind Kansas City for the final AL wild-card berth.

-- Pittsburgh has opened a five-game lead over Milwaukee in the battle for an NL wild-card berth by blanking the Braves 1-0 in Atlanta. Andrew McCutchen hit a sixth-inning homer to back Francisco Liriano, who struck out seven while surrendering just three hits in six innings.

-- Derek Jeter had three RBIs and Michael Pineida combined with three relievers on a one-hitter as the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 5-0. Pineida struck out eight over 7 1/3 innings and had a no-hitter until J.J. Hardy hit a one-out single in the fifth.

MLB-METS/ALDERSON

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy Alderson is keeping his current job.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the New York Mets and their general manager have agreed to a multiyear contract. Alderson replaced Omar Minaya before the 2010 season, signing a four-year contract with a club option for 2015. Rather than just exercise the option, the Mets are giving him a new deal that keeps him under contract longer.

CBSSports.com reported Monday that Alderson and the Mets agreed to a three-year deal that runs through 2017.

BRAVES-WREN FIRED

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have fired general manager Frank Wren, less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the National League playoff race.

Former major league executive and MLB Network analyst John Hart has been named as the team's interim general manager.

Wren was in his 15th season with the Braves and his seventh as the club's general manager.

The Braves have been one of baseball's biggest disappointments this season. A half-game behind the Washington Nationals for the NL East lead on July 29, Atlanta plummeted out of contention by winning just 18 of its next 49 games.

RAVENS-RICE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (bih-SHAH'-tee) kept a low profile when running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL earlier this month. However, he was front and center following an ESPN report that suggested he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') for leniency for Rice.

Bisciotti criticized the report at a news conference today, saying that the majority of sources work for Rice and are building a case for reinstatement.

Rice initially received a two-game suspension in July, five months after he was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. The punishment was increased to an indefinite suspension two weeks ago, after a second and more revealing videotape of the incident was released by TMZ. The Ravens released Rice the same day the second tape was released.

Bisciotti said there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens, but added that the team did not do all it should have done, and no amount of explanation can remedy that. He said the team should have worked harder to gain access to the second videotape.

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 on Sunday. He returned to action shortly after but was unable to continue playing.

In other NFL injury news:

-- Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has undergone season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated right hip. The injury occurred in Sunday's game against Cleveland, when Pitta went down without being touched and had to be removed from the field on a cart.

-- 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.

-- 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.

-- Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker hurt his wrist in Tennessee's loss to Cincinnati. Coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) says Locker had an MRI on his right wrist Monday morning. Locker's availability for Sunday's game at Indianapolis will be known later this week.

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