CINCINNATI (AP) Dre Kirkpatrick returned Peyton Manning's third interception of the game for a touchdown in the closing minutes on Monday night, completing a rain-soaked rally for a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos and a spot in the playoffs.
The Bengals (10-4-1) secured a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season, a franchise record. They'll play in Pittsburgh next Sunday night, with the winner taking the AFC North title.
And then, Cincinnati will get yet another chance to break one of the longest playoff droughts in NFL history - no postseason victory since the 1990 season. First, they go to Pittsburgh to determine when and where they'll play.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions will be short-handed when they face Green Bay for the NFC North title.
Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended for one game after he stepped on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson on Sunday. The punishment was handed down by Merton Hanks, the NFL's Vice President of Football Operations. The league said this was Raiola's sixth rules violation related to player safety since 2010. Raiola can appeal the suspension.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday.
The woman told authorities she has no memory of an encounter she claims took place in McDonald's San Jose house, which police say occurred Dec. 14 a few hours after the 49ers returned from a 17-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle. The court papers quote McDonald as saying in a text message he believed the encounter was consensual. McDonald also told police the entire incident was captured ''on his internal video system and was on his DVR in his room.''
CLEVELAND (AP) - Perhaps fitting, Johnny Manziel's final play was a 1-yard loss. He didn't get very far in his rookie season.
Manziel will sit out Cleveland's finale with a hamstring injury he sustained during Sunday's loss to Carolina in his second career start. Manziel's injury, coupled with a shoulder injury to Brian Hoyer, could force the Browns to start undrafted rookie quarterback Connor Shaw, who spent the season on the team's practice squad, in the season finale at Baltimore.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The lawyer for Jameis Winston's accuser says ''the fix was in'' when Florida State cleared the star quarterback of violating the school's code of conduct.
Baine Kerr, one of the woman's lawyers, said the university did not conduct a fair hearing earlier this month.
''I don't want to impugn the proceeding as corrupt, but I think it was biased and the fix was in,'' Kerr said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. ''It's all about a football game 10 days from today. It turned out to be just a predetermined whitewash to keep a guy playing football.''
A two-day hearing was held this month to determine whether the 2013 Heisman winner violated sections of the conduct code- two for sexual misconduct, two for endangerment.
MIAMI (AP) - They battled for 60 minutes, then again for two overtimes and literally fought after the final play.
And for Memphis, the end result was a win 76 years in the making.
Paxton Lynch threw four touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores, Jake Elliott kicked a 54-yard field goal to end the first extra session and Memphis wasted a pair of double-digit leads before rallying to beat BYU 55-48 in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl on Monday. Some players from both sides brawled after the final play.
TEMEP, Ariz. (AP) -Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Strong made the announcement through a new release issued by the school on Monday.
Strong had an immediate impact on the Sun Devils last season after transferring from Pierce College, finishing with 75 catches for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns.
This season, Strong had 75 catches for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns to become a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He also was first-team all-Pac-12 and made five All-America teams.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A person with knowledge of the private negotiations of the purchase of the Milwaukee Bucks tells The Associated Press that the new ownership group has committed another $50 million toward the construction of a new arena.
The move was confirmed Monday by a person who requested anonymity because that person was not authorized to disclose details.
Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens pledged at least $100 million after purchasing the team in April from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who also pledged $100 million for a new arena. The additional money increases the new owners' pledge for a new arena to $150 million.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported the new pledge. The new owners have said it could take at least $400 million for a new home.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for elbowing Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas in the face.
Dalembert received a flagrant 2 foul and was automatically ejected after elbowing the Raptors counterpart with 10:59 left in the third quarter of the Knicks' 118-108 loss on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that.
The Twins and the 28-year-old right-hander agreed Monday to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19.
Hughes went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and led the major leagues among qualifying pitchers with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He had been scheduled to make $8 million each of the next two seasons as part of a $24 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent after leaving the New York Yankees.
Freddy Adu is leaving Serbia's Jagodina after appearing in just one game. The 25-year-old attacker said Monday on Twitter that he's departing following the expiration of his deal.
Adu tweets: ''Easy guys I signed a 6 month contract. And it's done now. I didn't get `released'. Knew I was leaving a few months ago.''
Adu made his only appearance when he entered late in the second half in a cup match against second-tier Borca on Sept. 24.
A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, Adu has struggled since making his debut at age 14 for D.C. United in 2004, the youngest player in Major League Soccer history.