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Last Update on October 21, 2014 05:40 GMT

BULLS-CAVALIERS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James was the star attraction but Kyrie Irving stole the show with 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-98 win against the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game Monday night at Ohio State.

Irving had 20 points in the second half. James had 18 points in 31 minutes in his first game in Columbus since rejoining the Cavaliers this summer from the Miami Heat.

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 30 points.

Chicago was without guard Jimmy Butler (thumb). His replacement in the starting lineup, Kirk Hinrich, had two points in 16 minutes.

BROWNS-UGLY LOSS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has no plans to bench starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel following Sunday's ugly loss at Jacksonville.

Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and threw a late interception as the Browns lost to the previously winless Jaguars. Pettine acknowledged Hoyer played poorly, but said he is not making a change, adding: "Brian is still firmly our starter."

Pettine said "we are not going to hit the panic button after one loss." Pettine says the coaching staff did not consider bringing in Manziel as a spark during the 24-6 defeat. Manziel has only been on the field for a handful of plays this season.

Hoyer dropped to 6-3 as Cleveland's starter. He missed several throws, including missing wide-open tight end Jordan Cameron in the end zone for an easy touchdown.

RAIDERS-SPARANO

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- As if the Oakland Raiders' defensive problems weren't bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety.

Usama Young left Sunday's 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and MCL in the knee and will miss the rest of the season.

With starter Tyvon Branch already out for the season with a broken foot, the Raiders (0-6) once again are forced to turn back to Brandian Ross, who struggled in that role last year after Branch got hurt.

Ross was released after training camp this summer and signed with Miami before returning to Oakland late last month.

SOARING RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- One week after the Baltimore Ravens' offense put up 38 points in the first half at Tampa Bay, the defense took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter against Atlanta.

It appears the Ravens can now rely on either unit to win a game.

Baltimore ranks second in the AFC in scoring and have allowed fewer points than any team in the league.

Special teams have been solid, too -- Justin Tucker is 14 for 14 in field goal tries inside 50 yards.

Playing well in all three phases of the game is more important to coach John Harbaugh than trying to figure which unit is playing the best.

Harbaugh says, "We're not going to say we want to be one thing or the other. We want to be everything."

The Ravens (5-2) play at Cincinnati on Sunday.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve and have added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

McElhinney, the backup to top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's game at Ottawa and is expected to miss at least one week.

The 21-year-old Forsberg, the Blue Jackets' sixth pick in the 2011 draft, is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season.

REDS-COACHES

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have decided to replace third base coach Steve Smith. The rest of the staff is expected to return following a rough season.

Smith joined the Reds last season. He worked in the Mariners' system with Bryan Price, who was promoted to manager last season. The Reds did not announce his replacement on Monday.

Bench coach Jay Bell was a candidate for the managing job in Arizona, but the Diamondbacks gave it to third base coach Chip Hale. He'll return next for season.

The Reds lost 86 games this year and finished ahead of only the Cubs in the NL Central, their worst result since 2008.

OPENING NIGHT-TIMES SQUARE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charles Barkley is coming to Times Square to tip off the NBA season.

Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson will host live pregame, halftime and postgame shows from the New York landmark Oct. 28 when TNT airs a doubleheader on opening night.

Two days later, TNT will televise a live pregame concert from Cleveland featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar before LeBron James makes his regular-season home debut in his return to the Cavaliers.

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