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Bengals 33, Titans 7: Off to flying start

David Kohl | Associated Press

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard dives into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first half. He rushed for 47 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.

CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton, pass catcher? Why not? The way things are going for the Bengals, even the most risky play turns out right.

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Browns notebook: Penalty wipes out Manziel trick play

CLEVELAND — For a brief moment, Johnny Manziel was “Johnny Receiver,” and the rookie reserve quarterback’s 39-yard reception on a gadget-play pass from Brian Hoyer had the crowd of 67,407 Cleveland Browns fans rocking on the lakefront.

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Around the NFL: Steelers have their way in blowing out Panthers

David Maialetti | Associated Press

The Redskins’ Chris Baker, left, and the Eagles’ Jason Peters brawl late in the game. The fracas between the teams started after a blindside hit on Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles.

Steelers 37, Panthers 19: Ben Roethlisberger threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell ran for 147 yards, and visiting Pittsburgh routed Carolina last night.

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NFL: How former Buckeyes fared

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis: Had eight tackles and one assist in a 34-31 loss to Dallas.

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Bob Hunter commentary: Vibe with Bengals is different

Darron Cummings | Associated Press

Andy Dalton eludes Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson on his way to an 18-yard touchdown reception.

CINCINNATI — For the second week in a row, receiver Mohamed Sanu completed a pass. For the first time ever, a Bengals quarterback caught one for a touchdown. Fate rarely looks this way with anything besides disdain, but these are signs that something has changed. The Cincinnati Bengals are 3-0 for the first time since 2006, and they look like a team that has more than talent.

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Blue Jackets 4, Blues 3 (OT): Johansen absent, so others get auditions

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Prospect Kerby Rychel scored the Blue Jackets’ first goal in the opening period.

The Blue Jackets have had the same contract offer on the table for center Ryan Johansen since June: two years, $6 million, take it or leave it.

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Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 3: Productive line backs Forsberg in net


Blue Jackets goaltender Anton Forsberg makes one of his 29 saves against the Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Surprising as it seems, the Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno, Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson had never played on a line together before they ganged up on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena yesterday afternoon.

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Indians 7, Twins 2: Kluber keeps playoff hopes alive

MINNEAPOLIS — 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 yesterday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

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Reds 7, Cardinals 2: Four homers help prevent sweep

ST. LOUIS — The Reds are not going anywhere but home when the season ends. But winning a few games down the stretch would do wonders for the club’s collective psyche.

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Around college football: Winston gets job back

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced quarterback Jameis Winston was once again the starter shortly after the top-ranked Seminoles beat Clemson 23-17 in overtime.

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