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  • 19 Jul
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This summer during training camp, New England Patriots fans never missed an opportunity to let Tom Brady know they were thinking about him.He was weeks away from the start of his four-game Deflategate suspension, and every time he stepped on the field he was showered with cheers and serenaded with Brady! Brady! Brady! chants.After a successful regular-season debut at Cleveland last week, Sunday is Tom Terrifics homecoming.I think well see how it plays out, Brady said. But yeah, I know theyre expecting a good crowd. Well be fired up, too. I mean were playing a great team. Were 4-1, its not great, but were in a decent position.It will also be the latest challenge for a Bengals team that has had very limited success against Mr. Brady.Cincinnati (2-3) is coming off a 28-14 loss at Dallas last week and is trying to avoid its first 2-4 start since 2010, when it finished 4-12 -- its worst season under Marvin Lewis. The Bengals also would match their regular-season loss total from 2015, when they tied the club record with a 12-4 mark.Brady enters Sunday 5-1 overall and 3-0 at home against Cincinnati, which has never beaten the Patriots since they moved into Gillette Stadium in 2002.Bengals receiver Brandon LaFell, released by the Patriots in March after two seasons in New England, said he knows they will get Brady at his best.He doesnt lose in that stadium hardly ever, so its going to be hard, he said.The Bengals havent won at New England at all since 1986, dropping their last six, including 43-17 loss in 2014.That meeting came a year after Cincinnatis 13-6 win at home, in which Brady had a streak of 52 straight games with at least one touchdown pass ended. Otherwise, Brady has had his way with the Bengals, throwing for 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his five wins against them.It ultimately comes down to how well youre playing as a team, he said. Its never where you play, its really how you play.Here are some things to watch for in Sundays game:FLATTENED BENGALS: Cincinnatis defense has been roughed-up, allowing three touchdown passes of more than 40 yards and a 60-yard touchdown run in the last three games. Dallas ran for 180 yards its win last Sunday against a defense that allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL last year. Even with linebacker Vontaze Burfict back from a three-game NFL suspension, the defense has suffered from regular breakdowns.Obviously having Brady back helps out their offense a lot, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. It will be the hardest challenge probably that we have all year from our side of the ball.LAFELLS RETURN: LaFell played two seasons in New England before signing with the Bengals as a free agent to replace Marvin Jones. LaFell caught his first two touchdown passes of the season in Dallas, an indication hes starting to settle into the offense. With teams trying to clamp down on A.J. Green, the Bengals need another consistent threat at receiver.Hopefully we can continue to build on that and continue to connect more, and more so in crucial moments of the game, not when the game is out of hand, LaFell said.DALTON GOES DOWN: Andy Dalton has been sacked 17 times, tied for second most in the NFL. Hes on pace to eclipse his single-season record of 46 sacks in 2012, his second year in the league, Dalton was sacked only 20 times in 13 games last season. The sacks have put the offense in tough spots and contributed to a significant decline in scoring. In 2015, the Bengals scored at least 24 points in each game while starting 5-0. This season, they have yet to score 24 in any game.GRONKS HEALTH: After missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski played in a season-high 81 percent of the offensive snaps and had five catches for 105 yards in last weeks win at Cleveland. I felt like myself last week, just getting into the groove now. Every single week, week in and week out now, just got to stay in a routine, stay in a groove. ...Im out there now, Im rolling now, so theres no excuses.OCTOBER FEST: The Patriots are an NFL-best 50-17 in the month of October since the 2000 season. They are 29-5 at home during that span in October, and 21-12 on the road.---AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.---Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower Lorenzen Wright Jersey . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. Custom Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. http://www.grizzliesbasketballpro.info/Jaren-Jackson-Jr-Grizzlies-Jersey/ . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. Bryant Reeves Jersey . Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored shootout goals, and backup goalie Cam Talbot earned his second win in two nights as the Rangers shook off a late tying tally and beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 Monday night. Kyle Anderson Jersey .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. CHICAGO -- Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball and settled for his second complete game of the season, helping the sizzling Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Friday to move a season-high 40 games over .500.Hunter Pence ended Lesters bid for a second no-hitter with a homer to left on a 1-2 cutter. Brandon Crawford followed with a double, and Lester (15-4) got Eduardo Nunez to line to third and worked around Trevor Browns one-out double in the eighth.Lester allowed three hits and walked two. The Cubs have won five straight to improve to 87-47.David Ross and Dexter Fowler had RBI hits in the second off Albert Suarez (3-3).Pences second homer in two days ended a 12 2/3-innings hitless streak for the San Francisco. The Giants are a major league-worst 15-29 since the All-Star break.Lester walked Buster Posey with two outs in the first inning and followed by setting down 18 straight by getting some help.Third baseman Kris Bryant made a diving, backhand grab of Crawfords liner to lead off the fifth and Dexter Fowler made a sliding catch of Kelby Tomlinsons liner in center an inning later.The 32-year-old Lester threw a no-hitter on May 19, 2008, for Boston against Kansas City. That came less than two years after he was diagnosed with cancer.ORIOLES 8, YANKEES 0BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 41st homer to cap a six-run second inning, and Baltimore peppered New York with four long balls.Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis hit two-run homers in the second inning and Manny Machado added a two-run shot in the fourth. Baltimore leads the majors with 213 home runs, including 117 at home.When Alvarez went deep, the Orioles became the 19th team in big league history to have six players hit at least 20 in the same season. Alvarez joins Trumbo, Machado (33), Davis (33), Adam Jones (24) and Jonathan Schoop (21).Dylan Bundy (8-5) allowed two hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. Rookie Chad Green (2-4) yielded four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings before leaving with right elbow pain.NATIONALS 4, METS 1NEW YORK -- Bryce Harper hit two doubles and became the latest player to steal a base against Noah Syndergaard, helping A.J. Cole post his first major league win as Washington beat New York.Washington won its fourth in a row and increased its NL East bulge over the wild card-contending Mets to 10 1/2 games.Like a lot of teams, the Nationals came out running on Syndergaard (12-8), swiping four bases in the early innings. Tall and slow to the plate, hes had 45 runners steal with him on the mound -- the most against any pitcher since Hideo Nomo in 2001, ESPN Stats & Info said.Trea Turner led off the game with a single, stole two bases and scored on Harpers sacrifice fly. Harper doubled with one out in the fourth, stole third with two outs and came home on a single by Wilson Ramos. Harpers double set up Anthony Rendons two-run single in the ninth.Cole (1-1) gave up one run and three hits in six innings.Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the sixth time in eight games, sending a drive over the right-center wall in the Mets fourth.Mark Rzepczynski, Koda Glover, Oliver Perez and Mark Melancon combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Melancon closed for his 38th save.INDIANS 6, MARLINS 2CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 while pitching scoreless ball into the eighth inning, and Cleveland beat Miami.Carrasco (10-7) had the 10th double-digit strikeout gamee of his career and the third this season.dddddddddddd The right-hander allowed six hits and walked one in 7 1/3 innings, leading AL Central-leading Cleveland to its fourth straight victory.Cleveland scored three times in the first and once in the second off Andrew Cashner (4-11). Abraham Almontes two-run double pushed the lead to 6-0 in the fifth.J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer off Jeff Manship in the eighth for Miami.RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 3.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb went five solid innings during his first start in two years, Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and Tampa Bay beat AL East-leading Toronto.Cobb, coming back from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs and four hits in his first appearance since Sept 28, 2014, at Cleveland. He struck out seven, walked one and retired his final 10 batters.Morrison put the Rays up 4-2 in sixth on his 12th homer off Marcus Stroman (9-6).Luke Maile hit a solo homer and Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI triple off Francisco Liriano before Brad Miller added a two-run shot against Ryan Tepera in a four-run seventh that made it 8-2.Danny Farquhar (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win.REDS 3, CARDINALS 2CINCINNATI -- Eugenio Suarez singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, rallying Cincinnati past St. Louis.Seung Hwan Oh (4-3) walked Zack Cozart on four pitches to open the ninth, and Brandon Phillips followed with a single. After Scott Schebler singled one out later to load the bases, Suarez got his first career game-ending hit. The Reds had loaded the bases in the seventh and eighth and failed to score.Raisel Iglesias (1-1) gave up a walk in the ninth.Yadier Molina and Randal Grichuk connected for an early lead off Anthony DeSclafani, who has been tough against St. Louis during his career. The right-hander is 3-1 in six starts against the Cardinals with a 2.25 ERA.BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 4PHILADELPHIA -- Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth, Matt Kemp had four RBI and Atlanta beat Philadelphia.Ender Inciarte and Adonis Garcia started the ninth with consecutive singles off closer Jeanmar Gomez (3-3). Freeman then lined a double to left to put the Braves up 5-4. Kemp followed with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield. Kemps three-run homer in the fifth tied it at 4.Nick Markakis added an RBI double in the ninth and Tyler Flowers had a sacrifice fly.A.J. Ellis hit a three-run homer for the Phillies.Braves starter Joel De La Cruz allowed four runs and six hits in five innings and remained 0-7. Mauricio Cabrera (3-0) struck out three straight batters in the eighth.BREWERS 1, PIRATES 0PITTSBURGH -- Six Milwaukee relievers picked up the slack when starter Junior Guerras return from the disabled list lasted less than four innings, leading the Brewers past Pittsburgh.Guerra left after 70 pitches over 3 1/3 innings in his first start since going to the disabled list with right elbow inflammation on Aug. 8. Milwaukees bullpen limited Pittsburgh to just two hits the rest of the way as the Brewers dealt the Pirates their fourth consecutive loss.Blaine Boyer (2-3) pitched a scoreless fifth to pick up the win. Tyler Thornburg worked the ninth for his seventh save. Scooter Gennett drove in Milwaukees only run with an RBI-double in the sixth off Pittsburghs Jameson Taillon (3-4). ' ' '