• In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo,Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The biggest defensive star in the Lone Star state is out. That's a void for the Houston Texans as big as, well, J.J. Watt's persona. Houston's best on D for now will  have to be Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    Texans’ loss of Watt could be boost for rest of AFC South

    The biggest defensive star in the Lone Star state is out. That’s a void for the Houston Texans as big as, well, J.J. Watt’s persona.

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

    A.J. Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals receiver A.J. Green followed his disappointing game with a dominating one — 173 yards and a touchdown — and the Cincinnati defense that was inspired by Vontaze Burfict’s return clamped down on the Miami Dolphins for a 22-7 victory Thursday night.

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia winds up in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Yankees eliminated despite Sabathia’s 5-1 win over Red Sox

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees spent most of the season trying to overcome an awful April. Even with a youth movement that produced a second-half spurt, the gap was too much.

  • Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto, right, is hit on the face with a ball while sliding into second for a double as the throw gets past St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Jedd Gyorko, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in St. Louis. Votto left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Votto leaves game with cut chin

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto left Thursday night’s game at St. Louis in the eighth inning after suffering a cut on his chin while sliding into second base.

  • In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict adjusts his helmet during an NFL football mandatory minicamp in Cincinnati. The Bengals think that they'll improve significantly with Burfict back at linebacker. They did last year in a similar situation. (AP Photo/File)

    Vontaze Burfict active for Bengals’ game vs Dolphins

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was active Thursday night for the Cincinnati Bengals’ game against the Miami Dolphins.

  • In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon practices before an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Cleveland. Gordon said in a statement Thursday, Sept 29, 2016, that he’s entering a rehab facility to “gain full control of my life.”  (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    Suspended Browns WR Gordon entering rehab on brink of return

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon isn’t going back on the field until he gets a tighter grip on his life.

  • North Carolina State's Omer Yurtseven, center, of Turkey, takes questions during the NCAA college basketball team's media day in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    NC State waiting on NCAA answer on Yurtseven’s eligibility

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For now, all North Carolina State freshman Omer Yurtseven can do is work on his game and be patient.

  • Thunder guard Cameron Payne injured during scrimmage

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Cameron Payne fractured a bone in his right foot during Tuesday night’s Blue-White Scrimmage.

  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    HRs by Difo, Severino help Nationals top Diamondbacks 5-3

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, the Washington Nationals would love to lock up home-field advantage in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. What Dusty Baker is more concerned about is getting ready for the playoffs, and that includes having pitcher Joe Ross ready to go, whether that’s as a starter or reliever.

  • Panthers RB Stewart out vs. Falcons with hamstring injury

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera says running back Jonathan Stewart will miss his second straight game this Sunday with a hamstring injury when the Carolina Panthers visit the Atlanta Falcons.