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• In Thursday Night Football action - featuring the regular officials, as opposed to the replacement referees who took their place during a lock-out by NFL officials - the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-16.

• As a point of personal privilege, I'd like to point out that R.A. Dickey, the knuckleball-throwing pitcher for the often-hard-to-watch New York Mets, won his 20th game of the season yesterday with a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the first Mets pitcher in 22 years to win 20 games.

The New York Times writes that Dickey, an "author, mountain climber, (and) journeyman turned ace," has become "baseball’s most unlikely star — a 37-year-old reclamation project who throws the only knuckleball in the majors, speaks more like a professor than an athlete, wins game after game on a bad team and has increasingly turned his career into an American sports fable."
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