CINCINNATI (AP) - Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is moving into a bigger role for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are missing their top two cornerbacks and are giving the first-round draft pick a chance to become a mainstay on one of the NFL's top defenses.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is having a record run. With 774 yards receiving, Gordon set a league record for a four-game span. Although his performance on Sunday at New England wasn't his highest game statistically, it may have been Gordon's best as a pro.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has put to rest trade rumors involving right-hander Justin Masterson. Francona says he called Masterson and told him "whether he liked it or not, he's not getting rid of us."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points and Number 3 Ohio State pulled away early to beat Bryant 86-48 last night. Amir Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes. It was an early round game in the Blackrock Gotham Classic which will conclude on December 21st with the Buckeyes meeting Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Richaun Holmes had 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks to help Bowling Green defeat North Dakota 79-69 last night. The Falcons used a 6-0 run highlighted by a dunk from Holmes to open up a nine-point lead early in the second half.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spent much of their Orange Bowl news conference praising each other's teams. Meyer has led the Buckeyes to a 12-1 record this year, losing to Michigan State 34-24 on Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game. Clemson lost two games this season, to top-ranked Florida State and the regular- season finale to South Carolina.
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