Raekwon McMillan pressures Kent State quarterback Nathan Strock.
As expected, Ohio State got well against the team expected to be the weakest on their entire schedule -- and given the Big Ten's weakness, that's saying something. The biggest question about the Buckeyes' 66-0 rout of Kent State is whether it was mainly a reflection of how woeful the Golden Flashes are or indicative that Ohio State has truly found its footing after a shaky first two games?
CLEVELAND — The New Orleans Saints do not have what could be called a conventional offense. They like to play with a tight end split wide more often than not. They will throw in two halfbacks at times, and even mix it up with three tight ends or four wideouts.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard dives into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He rushed 27 times for 90 yards and had five catches for 79 yards.
CINCINNATI — There is a high level of performance expectation shared among the Cincinnati Bengals that stems from their 30 victories and three playoff appearances in the previous three seasons.
CLEVELAND — There are lots of reasons to root for Brian Hoyer, including the most obvious one: He’s not Johnny Manziel. With all due respect to the party-centric, Heisman Trophy-winning rookie quarterback the Cleveland Browns took with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft, there’s something to be said for rooting for the underdog — especially one like Hoyer, who grew up in Cleveland.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Arizona: Returned two punts 76 yards, including a 71-yarder for a touchdown, and returned two kickoffs 28 yards in a 25-14 win over the New York Giants.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates stretches to grab a touchdown pass in front of Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.
Chargers 30, Seahawks 21: Antonio Gates had three touchdown catches and host San Diego upset Seattle yesterday.
Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas made the most of his two catches against Kent State, turning both into touchdowns, including a 63-yarder.
25 words or fewer: As the Buckeyes go bye after three games, they are an enigma to fans and pollsters. Perhaps Cincinnati will make sense of it all.
Trailing 2-0 at the half against the Houston Dynamo, the Crew seemed set to take a blow to its postseason hopes, losing on the road to a team still with a game in hand. Instead, the Crew scored two second-half goals to forge a tie that coach Gregg Berhalter said overall felt like a successful effort.
MILWAUKEE — Mike Leake passed 200 innings yesterday for the first time in his major league career, and acknowledged that his right arm is fatigued.
Toledo returner Kishon Wilcher fumbles while being hit by Cincinnati’s Rod Moore in the first half.
CINCINNATI — Finally able to begin their season, the Cincinnati Bearcats looked like a circus act shot out of a cannon after spending the past two weeks watching the rest of the nation play college football.
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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