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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A.J. Green scored three touchdowns in the first 17 minutes, and the Cincinnati Bengals hung on for a 34-23 victory over the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, Sept. 13, to take an early AFC North lead. After trailing 21-0, Baltimore got within 28-23 in the fourth quarter. However, Cincinnati added a field goal before Shawn Williams strip-sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and Jordan Willis recovered with 2:42 left to all but ice it. Bengals kicker Randy Bullock added one more field goal for the final margin.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back homers to highlight a four-run sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, Sept. 13, at Kauffman Stadium. Perez also doubled and Rosell Herrera had two hits and scored a run for Kansas City (50-96). Alex Gordon reached base three times, walking twice and getting hit by a pitch, and also drove in a run for the Royals.
Aaron Rodgers didn't practice Thursday and isn't guaranteed to play Sunday in a key early season NFC North matchup, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "This is no layup," McCarthy said. "That's why it's a day-to-day situation." Green Bay (1-0) will host Minnesota (1-0) at Lambeau Field. Rodgers injured his left knee in the season opener against the Chicago Bears but returned to lead the Packers to a come-from-behind victory.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will work out with rehabbing players on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as head coach Mike McCarthy decides whether his star will be able to play in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Detroit Lions waived running back Zach Zenner off the injured reserve list Wednesday, two weeks after he suffered a back injury in the preseason finale. Zenner, who turns 27 on Thursday, played the last three seasons with the Lions after signing as an undrafted free agent from South Dakota State in 2015. A fan favorite in Detroit, Zenner appeared in 28 games and rushed for 420 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 207 yards and was a key contributor on special teams.
Predictability killed the cat in Detroit on Monday night, according to New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee. Lee, who intercepted a Matt Stafford pass and returned the pick for a touchdown as part of the 48-17 shellacking of the Lions on "Monday Night Football," said the Jets were able to identify "everything" Detroit's offense attempted to throw at them in the season opener.
MINNEAPOLIS—Gary Sanchez hit a long homer in the sixth inning, J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the seventh inning of a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Monday, Sept. 10, at Target Field. Sanchez hit his second home run since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1 due to a groin injury and his 16th homer of the season.
INDIANAPOLIS—Brad Keselowski bumped his way past Denny Hamlin with two laps to go on Monday, Sept. 10, and went on to win the rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard on Monday afternoon. The victory, which gave team owner Roger Penske his first in a stock car race victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning 17 times there in Indy cars, was the second of the year for Keselowski. He also won last week at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
DETROIT—Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes in his NFL debut, and the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia's head-coaching debut and thump the host Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night. Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 on his first pass attempt. The 21-year-old rookie completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards. Jets running back Isaiah Crowell gained 102 yards on 10 carries and scored twice.
Veteran forward Luol Deng agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, according to multiple reports. The two-time All-Star met with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who doubles as president of basketball operations, on Monday, according to reports from ESPN and The Athletic. The Athletic reported the deal was worth $2.4 million, pending results of a physical.