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Sports Report: Bengals No Longer Undefeated



On Monday Night Football, Houston beat Cincinnati 10-6 ending the Bengals pursuit of a perfect season.

New York Giants veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz needs season-ending surgery to repair a small tear in his left calf. A date for the procedure has not been set. Cruz has not played in a game since tearing a patellar tendon against Philadelphia in October of 2014.

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says Peyton Manning won't suit up Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of various health ailments. That means Brock Osweiler will start this weekend, with rookie Trevor Siemian serving as the backup. A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that Manning is dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his foot as well as a sore right shoulder and a ribcage injury.

A Massachusetts judge has denied a request by a friend of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to have his murder indictment dismissed. Lawyers for Ernest Wallace cited lack of probable cause and impairment of the integrity of the grand jury proceedings. Hernandez, Wallace and Carlos Ortiz were charged in the 2013 killing of Odin (OH'-dihn) Lloyd. Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz are from Bristol, Connecticut.

Also in the NFL:

— There's a new starting quarterback in St. Louis after Rams coach Jeff Fisher decided to go with Case Keenum over Nick Foles Sunday at Baltimore. Foles has just one touchdown pass in his last four games and was 17 of 36 for 200 yards in Sunday's 37-13 home loss to Chicago.

— There was a coaching shakeup in New Orleans as defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired and replaced by senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen. The Saints rank last in the NFL with 425 yards allowed and 31.5 points allowed per game this season.

— Denver safety T.J. Ward won't be suspended over his ejection from Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but he still faces a fine. Ward was assessed a personal foul and ejected after it appeared he went down swinging after he was blocked by receiver Jeremy Maclin. Ward was fined a total of $23,150 last week for a hit on Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton and for having his jersey untucked.

— Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has been released from a Pittsburgh hospital after sustaining a concussion on Sunday against the Steelers. Hawkins spent the night under observation following his second concussion in three weeks.


In the NBA, Boston topped Houston 111-95, Chicago edged Indiana 96-95, Dallas won against Philadelphia 92-86, Memphis bested Oklahoma City 122-114, San Antonio trumped Portland 93-80, and it was Phoenix over the Lakers 120-101.

A California appeals court has rejected former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's attempt to reverse the $2 billion sale of the team. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that Sterling failed to show any legal error by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who approved the sale last year to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The 81-year-old billionaire sued his wife of six decades for seizing the family trust that owned the team after two doctors found he had signs of Alzheimer's.


In the NHL, the Islanders bested Arizona 5-2, Anaheim topped Carolina 4-1, Montreal won against Vancouver in overtime 4-3, Florida skated by Tampa Bay 1-0, Detroit beat Ottawa in overtime 4-3, and it was St. Louis over Winnipeg 3-2.

The Montreal Canadiens share the NHL's best record with the New York Rangers at 30 points apiece after the Habs erased a 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 overtime win against Vancouver. Tomas Fleischmann tied the game with 3:08 left in regulation before setting up David Desharnais game-winner at 3:25 of OT. Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH'-tee) also scored for the Canadiens, who are 14-3-2.


In top 25 women’s college basketball, No. 1 UConn beat No. 6 Ohio State 100-56.

In college men's basketball, Boston University beat Albany 69-64 last night. John Papale made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points. Nathan Dieudonne and Kyle Foreman added 15 points apiece for BU. Foreman also had seven rebounds and five assists.


Major League Baseball has announced this year's rookies of the year. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant captured National League honors after hitting .275 with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs. The American League Rookie of the Year is Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, who batted .279 with 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 14 steals.

Mike Harkey is returning to the New York Yankees as bullpen coach after two seasons as Arizona's pitching coach. Harkey was fired by the Diamondbacks after the season and the Yankees announced his hiring Monday. Harkey was New York's bullpen coach from 2008-13 and was replaced by Gary Tuck, who held the job for two seasons. First base coach Tony Pena is adding the additional role of catching instructor.

Fantasy Sports:

A New York judge has rejected requests of daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel for temporary restraining orders to block the state attorney general's attempt to shut them down.

In separate complaints in state Supreme Court in Manhattan filed Friday, FanDuel and DraftKings asked a judge for an injunction, arguing that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrongly characterized their businesses as illegal gambling operations.

On Monday, Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel asked Justice Manuel Mendez for a restraining order to stop Schneiderman until they can present their case. DraftKings says it has 375,000 New Yorkers among 2.5 million players.

FanDuel says it has over 1 million users, with "hundreds of thousands" in New York whose deposits it's been unable to process since Friday. They return to court Nov. 25.


Graeme McDowell birdied the first playoff hole to beat Russell Knox and Jason Bohn at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. McDowell parred the last hole of regulation to complete a 5-under 66 that left him 18-under. He and Bohn made it into the playoffs when Knox bogeyed 18 to complete his 66.

Medal of Freedom:

Baseball legends Willie Mays and the late Yogi Berra will be honored with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They are among 17 people who will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a Nov. 24 ceremony.


The IAAF has announced the rest of the five-person panel that will monitor Russia's efforts to win reinstatement of its track and field federation.

The IAAF provisionally suspended the Russian federation on Friday after the country was accused of operating a state-sponsored doping program in a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.

The IAAF announced Friday that Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen would lead the inspection team.

The other panel members were announced Tuesday: IAAF Council members Abby Hoffman of Canada, Anna Riccardi of Italy, Frank Fredericks of Namibia and Geoff Gardner of Norfolk Island.

Andersen says "it's on behalf of the innocent athletes who are Russia's athletics future that we begin our task to ensure that fair and honest competition is guaranteed."

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