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Ohio State football | Inside the Beat: So just what does a 66-point win over Kent State mean?

Barbara J. Perenic | Dispatch

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?

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Browns: Defense bothers Brees by changing sets, players

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.

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Focused Bengals brush off injuries

Frank Victores | Associated Press

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.

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Bob Hunter commentary: Browns' Hoyer doesn’t offer flash, just wins

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.

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NFL: How former Buckeyes fared

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.

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Around the NFL: Gates fuels Chargers upset

Denis Poroy | Associated Press

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.

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Ohio State Football Insider: Questions follow despite rout

Barbara J. Perenic | Dispatch

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.

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Soccer: Rally kept Crew from suffering critical loss

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.

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Brewers 9, Reds 2: Five-run seventh leads to loss

MILWAUKEE — Mike Leake passed 200 innings yesterday for the first time in his major league career, and acknowledged that his right arm is fatigued.

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College football: Cincinnati's Kiel gets six TD passes in college debut

Al Behrman | Associated Press

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.

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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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