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Dalton, Bengals Agree to Contract Extension

CINCINNATI - The Bengals today signed QB Andy Dalton to a contract extension running through the 2020 season. His original contract had run through 2014.A second-round Bengals draft choice in 2011, Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his three previous seasons, including an AFC North Division championship in 2013. In ’13, he set franchise season records for passing yards (4293) and TD passes (33). “Andy is being rewarded for his accomplishments with a significant contract,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice-president, “and we are pleased to have a deal in place that will make him a key part of our team for a number of years.” “Andy is not only a fine player, I think he is an exceptional person,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “Nobody has more respect in our building than he. I would tell you that of all the quarterbacks we have had, he is respected by his teammates as much as any of them.”Dalton in 2013 won two AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. He joined S David Fulcher as the only Bengals to win three AFC weekly or monthly awards in a season.“It’s stating the obvious that this is a key move for the ongoing success of our team,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, “I congratulate our front office, and Andy and his representatives, for coming together to make this happen in a constructive way for the football team. Andy is still a young player (26), he has led us to the playoffs three straight years, and by far we have not seen the best of him yet.”“It’s great that the Bengals have shown this confidence in me,” Dalton said. This is only a beginning. We have higher goals than just making the playoffs, and it’s my job to lead us there.”Dalton is one of only five starting QBs in the Super Bowl era (1966-present) to pilot playoff seasons in his first three years. This season, he’ll bid to join Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only QBs to reach postseason in each of their first four campaigns.Dalton has not missed a start in his Bengals career, and his 30-18 regular-season record gives him the best winning percentage (.625) of any Bengals QB with 10 or more starts. Dalton has joined Peyton Manning and Cam Newton as the only NFL passers to top 3000 yards in each of their first three seasons. Not only has Dalton been a high-reward player, he’s been low-risk, with only three career interceptions on snaps inside the red zone. He has 56 career red-zone TD passes, and his TD-INT ratio of 18.7-to-1 is third-best among active QBs, trailing only Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.Dalton’s passing touch has helped WR A.J. Green reach 260 receptions in his first three seasons, the most for a player in years 1-3 in NFL history. Green’s 3833 receiving yards rank second in league annals for a third-year player.“Andy’s our guy,” Green said. “We have a lot of confidence in Andy as a player and a leader. In tough times, he’s unflappable. He’s going to take us to that next level.”Dalton, Bengals Agree to Contract Extension

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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