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Last Update on September 15, 2014 05:35 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Running back Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, turning short passes into big plays, and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bengals won their home opener and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 despite losing several key players to injury, most notably Green.

The Pro Bowl receiver aggravated an injured toe on his right foot, which kept him out of practice last week. He left during the opening series and didn't catch a pass for the first time in his four-year career.

Cincinnati had more than enough left to handle the Falcons (1-1), who gave up nearly 500 yards for the second straight game. Matt Ryan was 24 of 44 for 231 yards with a touchdown, two sacks and three interceptions.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, giving the Cleveland Browns a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Cundiff's kick helped the Browns (1-1) snap a nine-game losing streak in home openers and gave rookie coach Mike Pettine his first NFL win. Cleveland had not won at home since 2004.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff's game-winner. Hoyer completed several big passes, none more crucial than his 28-yarder to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds to go.

The Saints (0-2) rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram's 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and moved one spot up the NFL's career passing list.


DETROIT (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series against Cleveland by beating the Indians 6-4 Sunday.

Kinsler went deep off reliever Bryan Shaw (5-5) to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Detroit added two more runs on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice.

Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the ninth, but Joe Nathan earned his 32nd save and eighth in a row. Reliever Phil Coke (5-2) pitched the seventh

J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer in the fourth and Detroit starter Justin Verlander left with two runners on and two outs in the sixth. Both came home against reliever Blaine Hardy, on an infield single and a hit batter.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Matt Clark hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee's five-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday.

Mark Reynolds added a solo shot in the eighth as the Brewers won for the fourth time in five games. Matt Garza (8-8) allowed one run and four hits in six-plus innings.

Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games back of Pittsburgh for the second wild card in the NL.

Todd Frazier hit his 26th homer in the sixth for Cincinnati, which has lost five of its last six games against Milwaukee. Mike Leake (11-12) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings.

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Last Update on September 15, 2014 07:51 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers have bounced back from their season-opening loss at Arizona by beating the defending Super Bowl champs.

Philip Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Chargers outscored the Seahawks 30-21. Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a pair of eight-yard touchdowns while the Chargers were scoring 17 straight points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead. Gates finished with three scoring grabs.

Russell Wilson had two touchdown passes for the Seahawks, who took their only lead on Percy Harvin's 51-yard run late in the opening period. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had just six carries for 36 yards.

Both teams are 1-1.

In other NFL finals:

-- Peyton Manning added three more touchdown passes to his career total, hitting Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme (TAM'-ee) and Demaryius (deh-MAR'-ee-uhs) Thomas for scores in Denver's 24-17 win over division rival Kansas City. The Chiefs led 10-7 until Manning threw two scoring strikes during a 6:10 span late in the third quarter.

-- The Jets built a 21-3 lead before Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in the Packers' 31-24 win over New York. The game was tied at 24 until Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for an 80-yard touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Rodgers completed 25 of his 42 passes for 346 yards and no interceptions. Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw for two interceptions after running for a touchdown and throwing for another to give the Jets a 14-0 lead just over 6 1/2 minutes into the game.

-- The Vikings missed star running back Adrian Peterson in their 30-7 loss to New England. Matt Asiata could only muster 36 rushing yards in place of Peterson, who was inactive after being indicted on child abuse charges Friday. Minnesota wasn't helped by four interception of Matt Cassell. Stephen Ridley led the Patriots with 101 rushing yards and Chandler Jones blocked a field goal and returned it for a score just before halftime.

-- Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Washington's 41-10 romp over Jacksonville. Cousins came in after starter Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter. The Redskins also finished the game without DeSean Jackson due to a sprained shoulder, but Cousins still completed his first 12 passes and helped Washington mount a resounding 449 to 148 yardage advantage.

-- Running back Giovanni Bernard rushed for 90 yards and turned some short passes into big plays to help Cincinnati top Atlanta 24-10. Bernard helped make up for the loss of Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green early in the game to a toe injury. The Bengals defense limited Matt Ryan to 22 of 44 passing for 231 yards and three interceptions.

-- Cam Newton threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in his season debut to lead the Panthers past Detroit 24-7. The Carolina quarterback missed the season opener with a rib injury. The Panthers defense had three takeaways and four sacks to help get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008.

-- Cleveland has its first win over coach Mike Pettine (PEHT'-ihn) after Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Browns a 26-24 win over New Orleans. Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff's game-winner. The 0-2 Saints rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram's 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.

-- The Bills are 2-0 for the first time in three years after C.J. Spiller returned a kick-off 102 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to sparking Buffalo to a 29-10 win over Miami. Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo. Miami fell to 1-1 and lost running back Knowshown (NOH'-shawn) Moreno to an elbow injury on his first carry of the game.

-- Drew Stanton led Arizona on three long scoring drives in his first regular-season play since 2010, leading a 25-14 win over the Giants. Stanton was subbing for injured starting quarterback Carson Palmer and guided the Cardinals to their ninth win in 11 games. Ted Ginn, Jr. returned a punt 71 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Cardinals improve to 2-0.

J.J. Watt grabbed a one-yard touchdown pass on Houston's opening drive before the Texans completed a 30-14 rout of the Raiders in Oakland. Arian Foster ran for 138 yards and a TD to help the Texans race out to a 27-0 lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of TD's while going 14 of 19 for 139 yards.

-- DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown to pace Dallas to a 26-10 win over Tennessee. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals to help the Cowboys avoiding their first 0-2 start since 2010.

-- St. Louis pulled out a 19-17 win over Tampa Bay on Greg Zuerlein's (SWUR'-lynz) 38-yard field goal with 38 seconds left. The winning kick came less than five minutes after Patrick Murray drilled a 36-yard field goal to put the Buccaneers ahead 17-16, giving fans hope for a first victory for Bucs coach Lovie Smith. Zac Stacy ran for a two-yard TD, Zuerlein finished with four field goals and Austin Davis was 22 of 29 for 235 yards and no interceptions.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to bench defensive end Greg Hardy before their game against Detroit.

Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy inactive by saying the "climate has changed" in the NFL and the team "has to get this right." Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats, a ruling that he's appealing.

Rivera said he wouldn't rule out Hardy playing this season but refused to put a timetable on that decision.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers were able to tack another game on their lead in the American League Central.

Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep by beating the Indians 6-4. The victory, coupled with Kansas City's loss to Boston, increased the Tigers division lead to 1 1/2 games over the Royals.

In Kansas City, Daniel Nava hit a grand slam to lead Boston to an 8-4 win over the Royals. Xander Bogaerts (BOH'-garts) added a three-run homer to help the Red Sox win three of four from Royals.

In other major league finals:

-- Clayton Kershaw picked up his major league-leading 19th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a three-game lead in the NL West by beating the second-place Giants 4-2 in San Francisco. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to back Kershaw, who's 19-3 with a major league-best 1.70 ERA after yielding two runs and seven hits in eight innings.

-- Oakland strengthened its hold on a wild-card berth by blanking Seattle 4-0 as Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter. Sam Fuld and Brandon Moss hit solo home runs for the Athletics, who hold a 1 1/2-game advantage over Kansas City and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Mariners.

-- The Angels' 10-game winning streak is over after being no-hit by Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) for six innings of Houston's 6-1 triumph at Anaheim. Gregorio Petit hit a three-run homer and Robbie Grossman added a two-run single in the Astros' ninth win in 13 games.

-- Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Kelly Johnson doubled as the Baltimore Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2. The rally trims the Birds' magic number for winning the AL East to three over Toronto and two over the Yanks.

-- Washington won with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound for a ninth straight start in a 3-0 win over the Mets. The right-hander improved to 11-5 with his sixth consecutive win. Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help the Nationals reduce their magic number for clinching the NL East to five.

-- Josh Harrison started a triple play and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning as the Pirates rallied past the Chicago Cubs 7-3. The triple play was the first for the Pirates at home in 21 years. Edinson Volquez upped his record to 12-7 and 4-0 in his last 10 starts.

-- Matt Clark hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee's five-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat Cincinnati 9-2 to stay 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the final NL wild-card berth. Mark Reynolds added a solo shot in the eighth as the Brewers won for the fourth time in five games.

-- Rookie Marco Gonzales struck out nine and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Sunday for their third straight win. Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals who held onto their 3 1/2-game NL Central lead over Pittsburgh.

-- Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs to pace Texas to a 10-3 win over Atlanta, completing the Rangers' first series sweep in nearly five months. The Braves completed a 2-7 road trip that leaves them four games behind Pittsburgh for the National League's second wild card with 13 games left.

-- Rookie Trevor May struck out ten in six innings to lead Minnesota to a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) hit his 35th home of the season for the Sox.

-- Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon made a lewd gesture to fans and was ejected after giving up four runs in the ninth inning during the Phillies' 5-4 loss to Miami. Papelbon allowed five of his first six batters to reach.

-- Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning to give Tampa Bay a 6-5 win over Toronto. The loss is a blow to the Blue Jays wildcard chances. They entered the day four games back.

-- Zeke Spruill allowed one hit in three shutout innings of long relief to pick up his firts major league victory in Arizona's 8-6 verdict over San Diego. The Diamondbacks took advantage of three fielding blunders to score five times in the third inning.


JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski has won the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, a victory that automatically advances him into the second round.

As Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick staged a hold-your-breath, side-by-side race for the lead following a restart with 19 laps remaining, Keselowski charged through the middle to grab control of the race. He easily pulled away from the field while Harvick and Larson had their hands full trying to hold off Jeff Gordon, who finished second. Larson was third, followed by Joey Logano and Harvick.

The Chase this year will eliminate four drivers after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. Keselowski already was the top seed in the Chase after picking up his fourth win of the season last week at Richmond.


MADRID (AP) -- Kyrie Irving drained all six of his three-pointers and scored 26 points as the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the Basketball World Cup.

James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half.

The Americans have won 63 straight games and are automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career by winning the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus.

He closed with a 2-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship and the biggest Sunday payoff in golf.

Horschel's career earnings were $4.5 million coming into the year. He was No. 69 when the playoffs began a month ago. No one had ever won the FedEx Cup starting lower than No. 19.


EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim overcame a one-shot deficit on the final hole to beat Australian veteran Karrie Webb by one shot to win the Evian Championship. Kim becomes the third-youngest major winner at 19 years, two months.

Kim trailed the 39-year-old Webb by one shot heading into the final hole. But she turned the tables with a superb birdie from 12 feet out, and Webb then missed a chance to force a playoff when a difficult attempt for par from the same distance drifted left of the hole.


GENEVA (AP) -- Roger Federer has taken Switzerland to its first Davis Cup final in 22 years, beating Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 for a winning 3-1 lead in their semifinal.

Switzerland will play at France in the final on Nov. 21-23.


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