Bengals dominate second half to stay unbeaten

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history following a dominant performance by Andy Dalton and some outstanding defense in the second half of a 31-10 win over Cleveland.

Dalton was 21 of 27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns to Tyler Eifert. Dalton also was the lead blocker on Mohamed Sanu's reverse for a 25-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati led just 14-10 at halftime before holding the Browns to 32 yards and two first downs the rest of the way.

Johnny Manziel threw a first-half touchdown pass but finished 15 of 33 for 168 and no interceptions. He also carried four times for 31 yards.


Shakeup in Motown

UNDATED (AP) — Nearly 60 years after their last NFL championship, the Detroit Lions are heading back to the drawing board once again.

The Lions have fired president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew in a move announced by owner Martha Firestone Ford. Lewand was in his 20th season with the Lions, and his sixth as president. Mayhew became the team's general manager when the team fired Matt Millen early in the 2008 season.

Sheldon White will be the team's acting general manager, reporting directly to Ford.

Detroit is an NFC-worst 1-7 this season and has a bye this week.

In other NFL news:

— The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones in hopes of giving their special teams a boost. The 31-year-old Jones was released by San Diego earlier this week after averaging 21.4 yards per kickoff return for the Chargers. The 2012 Pro Bowler has returned five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career.

— Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has posted on Twitter and Instagram that he has been released from a Dallas hospital following surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck. Lockette was injured Sunday in Seattle's 13-12 win over Dallas on a hit from Cowboys safety Jeff Heath during a punt return. Lockette was knocked out and laid motionless on the field for several minutes before he was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field.

— New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has started running again and hopes to play this season. The 29-year-old Cruz ran on Thursday for the first time since aggravating a calf injury in late September. Cruz has not played in a game since he sustained a major knee injury in the sixth game of the 2014 season in Philadelphia.


Baylor still perfect

UNDATED (AP) — A new quarterback couldn't stop Baylor from keeping their perfect season intact.

Jarrett Stidham looked great in his first start for the second-ranked Bears, throwing for 419 yards and three TDs in a 31-24 triumph at Kansas City. Stidham also ran for a touchdown in the Bears' first game since quarterback Seth Russell suffered a season-ending injury. Corey Coleman had 11 catches for 216 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to help Baylor improve to 8-0 for only the second time in school history.

The other top-25 game on Thursday had Dak Prescott throwing for four touchdowns to lead No. 24 Mississippi State to a 31-13 win at Missouri. Prescott went over the 10,000-yard plateau in total offense for his career, completing 27 of his 40 passes for 303 yards and leading the Bulldogs with 47 yards on 14 carries.


Bulls keep Thunder in the distance

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bulls had two days to prepare for the Oklahoma City Thunder following an ugly 130-105 loss in Charlotte. The Bulls bounced back nicely as Derrick Rose finished with 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 104-98 triumph over the Thunder. Rose scored 10 points over the final 3 1-2 minutes to lift the Bulls after they blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler set a career-high with 21 first-half points on his way to a 26-point performance.

The Thunder suffered their third straight loss since a 3-0 start despite Kevin Durant's 33 points. Russell Westbrook shot just 7-for-18 but finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double, providing 20 points and 10 assists.

Meanwhile, the Hornets have followed their lopsided victory against Chicago with a 108-94 triumph at Dallas. Al Jefferson was 15-for-18 while delivering a game-high 31 points and nine rebounds. Marvin Williams added 17 points for the Hornets, who opened the season 0-3 before their back-to-back victories.

Also in the NBA:

— Dwyane Wade scored 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting as Miami downed Minnesota 96-84. Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while helping the Heat hold the Timberwolves' starting front court of Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Garnett and Karl-Anthony Towns to eight points on 4 of 17 from the field.

— Gordon Hayward scored seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz pull away in a 96-84 win at Denver. Trevor Booker added 13 points and Rudy Gobert had eight points and 16 rebounds for Utah.

— Portland went 15-for-30 from beyond the arc and whipped Memphis 115-96. Damian Lillard shot 7-for-11 from 3-point range on his way to a 27-point night. CJ McCollum was 4 of 6 from downtown to finish with 20 points.


Carlisle extended through 2021-22

DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have signed coach Rick Carlisle to a five-year contract extension that could keep him in Dallas until at least 2022.

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Mavs' all-time leader in coaching victories is getting a five-year, $35 million extension that will kick in after the team option year in 2016-17.

The 56-year-old Carlisle has gone 621-433 in a 14-year NBA coaching career with the Pistons, Pacers and Mavericks.


Habs make it a dozen wins

UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are now five points clear of the rest of the National Hockey League.

The Habs have 25 points at 12-2-1 after they scored three times in the third period to beat the New York Islanders 4-1. It was a 1-1 game until David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored 93 seconds apart early in the final period.

Dale Weise scored his eighth goal of the season, and Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist to help Canadiens backup netminder Mike Condon improve to 5-0-1.

Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who mustered just 18 shots in losing for the fourth time in five games.

In other NHL action:

— Nashville pulled out a 3-2 win at Minnesota on Cody Hodgson's unassisted goal with 4:21 remaining. Mike Fisher and Roman Josi also tallied as the Predators improved to 8-2-2 and within two points of Dallas for the Western Conference lead.

— Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots and Alex Ovechkin notched his seventh goal of the season as Washington dealt Boston its first road loss, 4-1. John Carlson had a goal and an assist to help the Capitals improve to 9-3-0, matching the best 12-game start in franchise history.

— The Lightning had dropped five of six before first-period goals by Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov carried Tampa Bay past Buffalo 4-1. Andrey Vasilevskiy made 20 of his 30 saves in the second period and blanked the Sabres after Jack Eichel scored 4:21 into the middle stanza.

— Nicklas Grossmann produced the first two-goal game of his 11-year NHL career to help Arizona send Colorado to its seventh loss in nine games, 4-2. Tobias Rieder and Jordan Martinook also scored to support Mike Smith's 26-save effort.

— Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 5-2 verdict over Florida. Alex Stalock turned back 31 shots in helping San Jose improve to 7-6-0.

— Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-winner and set up Cam Atkinson's power-play goal as Columbus topped Los Angeles 3-2. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who've won four of six since an 0-8 start.

— Ottawa coughed up a 2-0 lead before scoring on all three of their shootout attempts in a 3-2 decision over Winnipeg. Bobby Ryan scored once in the second period and once in the shootout to help the Senators win for just the second time in seven home games.

— Calgary beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Mikael Backlund's goal 35 seconds into overtime. Kari Ramo stopped 26 shots to help the Flames hand the Flyers their sixth consecutive loss.


Kane cleared

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has avoided criminal charges in a rape investigation, with prosecutors ending a bizarre three-month ordeal that put one of hockey's biggest stars at the center of intense speculation and criticism.

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against Kane because of a lack of credible evidence in a case "rife with reasonable doubt." Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence "tend to contradict" the accuser's claim that she was raped on Aug. 2 at Kane's offseason home outside Buffalo.


M's Rays in 6-player swap

SEATTLE (AP) — In the first significant trade of the offseason, the Seattle Mariners have sent infielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

Morrison played in a career-high 146 games last season, hitting .225 with 17 homers. Miller was moved between the middle infield and outfield, playing in 144 games. Karns likely jumps into Seattle's rotation after starting 26 games last season for the Rays, going 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA while leading American League rookies in innings pitched and strikeouts.


Fielder and Harvey are winners

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award and Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder has earned the AL honor. Returning from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the 2014 season, Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts to help New York reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.

Fielder hit .305 with 23 homers and 98 RBIs for Texas, which won the AL West for the first time since 2011. He played in 42 games in 2014, when his season ended in mid-May because of a herniated neck disk that needed surgery.


Granderson has surgery

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has had surgery on a ligament in his left thumb. The club says he was hurt while stealing a base in Game 3 against the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Granderson hit .250 with three homers and five RBIs in the five-game loss to Kansas City.


News from around the game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a $3 million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes.

Davis took over as the closer when Greg Holland required Tommy John surgery late in the season. He wound up saving four games in the playoffs, and recorded the final out in the 12th inning of Game 5 against the New York Mets to wrap up the World Series.

Escobar, a Gold Glove finalist, was MVP of the AL Championship Series.

In other baseball:

— Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell has exercised his $6.25 million player option for 2016 rather than test the free agent market. Howell went 6-1 with a 1.43 ERA this year after leaving the Rays for the Dodgers.

— The Rangers have hired former reliever Doug Brocail as their pitching coach and Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach. Brocail was Houston's pitching coach from 2011-13, then a special pitching adviser for the Astros in 2014. He was pitching coach at Double-A Corpus Christi last season.


Kenseth loses appeals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth's two-race suspension will stand.

The driver lost appeals hearings in front of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel and the panel's final appeals officer. Kenseth will miss upcoming races at Texas and Phoenix before he's eligible to return for the Nov. 22 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kenseth was punished for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over the weekend during the race at Martinsville. NASCAR says it punished Kenseth harshly because his decision to wreck Logano altered the outcome of a race and that is never supposed to happen. Kenseth maintains he was exacting retribution after Logano wrecked him three races earlier, damaging his chances to advance in NASCAR's playoffs.


Castro leads after his best PGA round

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Roberto Castro shot a 10-under 62 for a two-stroke lead through one round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. Castro carded 10 birdies en route to his lowest score on the PGA Tour. Aaron Baddeley and Bryce Molder are tied for second, one shot ahead of Adam Hadwin and Brian Davis.


End of season event

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bernhard Langer is the leader through 18 holes of the Charles Schwab Championship, the final event on the Champions Tour schedule. The 58-year-old German star began the week third in the Charles Schwab Cup race, 66 points behind Colin Montgomerie and 27 behind Jeff Maggert. Montgomerie opened with a 70, and Maggert carded a 72.