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Sports Report: Browns Best Bengals 24-3

NFL football

NFL:

The Cleveland Browns own a piece of the AFC North lead following a 24-3 stifling of the Bengals in Cincinnati. Ben Tate, Isiah Crowell and Terrance West had short touchdown runs as the Browns improved to 6-3 and ended a 17-game losing streak in division road games. Cleveland hounded Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who was just 10 of 33 for 86 yards and three interceptions.

Ray Rice's NFL suspension hearing has concluded after two days and testimony from the former running back and the head of the league in New York. Rice and his wife, Janay, left the hearing separately yesterday about three hours apart, after they each testified at the office of a neutral arbiter.

A former New York Giants player facing a sex assault charge in New Jersey has been released on bail. Luke Petitgout's attorney says the former offensive lineman was released from the Bergen County Jail yesterday. Petitgout was charged Tuesday with assault and sexual assault after an incident at his home in Woodcliff Lake.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. Kansas City is in Buffalo, then Pittsburgh faces the Jets at MetLife Stadium, then at 4:25 the Giants are in Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

The New England Patriots have a bye week.

NBA:

In the NBA, Houston beat San Antonio 98-81, and Portland bested Dallas 108-87.

NHL:

Over on the ice in the NHL, Boston bested Edmonton 5-2, Philadelphia won against Florida 4-1, the Islanders beat Los Angeles in a shootout 2-1, Pittsburgh edged Winnipeg in a shootout 4-3, Nashville skated past Dallas 3-2, Tampa Bay topped Calgary 5-2, Ottawa blanked Minnesota 3-0, St. Louis defeated New Jersey 4-3, Colorado trumped Toronto in a shootout 4-3, and it was Vancouver over San Jose 3-2.

MLB:

The Boston Red Sox have released their spring training schedule. Pitchers and catchers report February 20th, followed by the first workout February 21st. The Red Sox will face the Twins in Grapefruit League action March 5th. The next day, they will host the Marlins at JetBlue Park.

Catcher Johnny Monell has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets. The Bronx native hit .238 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 68 games last year with Triple-A Norfolk and Albuquerque.

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