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College football: Florida State benches Jameis Winston for first half of Clemson game

Stephen M. Dowell | McClatchy

Jameis Winston's latest questionable off-field decision-making lack comes when Florida State is under scrutiny.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston has made lewd comments about women and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he is deciding whether to bench the Seminoles' quarterback for his "derogatory" remarks. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus yesterday and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.

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NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

Evan Vucci | Associated Press

This deal could reduce Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon's season-long ban.

NEW YORK -- The NFL said today that its new performance-enhancing drug policy will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field this week. The deal with the players association also adds human growth hormone testing, ending several years of wrangling between the league and the union.

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Ohio State athletics | Ask the Experts: After an expected rout, let's talk about the band

Barbara J. Perenic | Dispatch

Raise your hand if you want more TBDBITL and less talking heads when watching the Buckeyes on TV.

Got a question about anything related to sports and the Scarlet & Gray? The Dispatch's team of sports reporters and editors and show hosts from Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan are ready to provide answers. Leading off this week's column: Should Urban Meyer should change his recruiting philosophy regarding quarterbacks?

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NFL: Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

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Adrian Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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Sports report: Browns’ Josh Gordon pleads guilty to drunken driving

Matilde Campodonico | Associated Press

Playing a head above the rest: Diogo, left, of Uruguay club Penarol elevates to head the ball away from Luis Mosquera of Colombia club Deportivo Cali during a Copa Sudamericana match. The teams tied 2-2.

A prosecutor in Raleigh, N.C., said yesterday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina. Acting Wake County district attorney Ned Mangum said Gordon received a 60-day suspended jail sentence and one year of unsupervised probation yesterday.

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Ohio State football: Bearcats QB Gunner Kiel gets Urban Meyer’s attention

Al Behrman | Associated Press

Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel finished with 418 yards and six touchdowns on 25-of-37 passing, with no interceptions vs. Toledo.

Urban Meyer watched Gunner Kiel’s debut from Ohio State’s team hotel last Friday night with more than dispassionate interest. The Buckeyes’ coach saw Kiel and the Cincinnati Bearcats slice through Toledo’s defense, well aware that Meyer’s alma mater would be next on Ohio State’s schedule after his team dispatched Kent State.

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Browns: Columbus bids for training camp

Columbus might talk Buckeyes football 365 days a year, but it would love to be home to the Browns for three weeks every summer. A prominent Columbus business leader with ties to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told cleveland.com his organization has submitted a bid to become the team’s new training-camp home.

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Blue Jackets: Ryan Johansen’s absence creates new chances

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Blue Jackets management might view the contract impasse with top-line center Ryan Johansen as an unnecessary distraction on the eve of training camp. But the club’s top prospects at forward see an opportunity.

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Indians 4, Astros 2: Corey Kluber strikes out 14, ends Tribe’s skid at 4

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber keeps giving the Indians strong starts when they need them. The right-hander struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Cleveland halted its four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros last night.

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Cubs 7, Reds 0: Johnny Cueto roughed up as Reds dodge no-hitter

CHICAGO — The Cincinnati Reds have had this feeling before against Jake Arrieta. The right-hander flirted with a no-hitter against the Reds for the second time this season last night, taking his bid into the eighth inning during a 7-0 shutout for the Chicago Cubs.

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Around baseball: Orioles, Nationals win division titles

DAVID TULIS | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nationals players celebrate their second National League East title in three years after a win over the Braves.

The Baltimore Orioles won their first American League East crown since 1997 before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards, and the Washington Nationals wrapped up their second National League East title in three years by beating Atlanta, the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.

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Around the NFL: NFL players’ union appeals Ray Rice penalty

Rick Osentoski | Associated Press

The NFL, mired in player scandals, has received flack lately from major sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s, Visa and Campbell Soup Co.

The NFL Players Association appealed Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension last night. Rice was handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

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Around college football: Coach says Clemson is no underdog to FSU

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Coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson will try to avenge last year’s 51-14 shellacking by Florida State.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has seen too many underdog success stories to worry about what others think of his team’s chances at top-ranked Florida State this week.

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Sports roundup: Texas basketball prospect Mitchell recommits to Ohio State

Mickey Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 forward from Plano, Texas, who rescinded his commitment to Ohio State three weeks ago, announced on his Twitter account that he has recommitted to the men’s basketball program.

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