Bengals and Bears, oh my!: The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to challenge for the AFC Central Division title. Some have even mentioned the Super Bowl. Andy Dalton and Co. begin their quest 1 p.m. Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The last time these two teams met, Carson Palmer threw five touchdowns in a 45-10 win at home in 2009. The Bengals haven’t played in Chicago since 2005. They won that one, too, a 24-7 victory.
Browns look to squish the Fish: Cleveland plays host to the Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. Sunday. QB Brandon Weeden looks to improve on his 5-11 rookie season. It would help if he could kick. The Browns broke camp with a 53-man roster that didn’t include a kicker as of Saturday, but should have one soon.
Not your average Joe: The Great Eight are coming to Great American Ball Park. To help celebrate Joe Morgan’s statue dedication, members of the 1975-76 World Series champions will all be at GABP this Friday and Saturday. Morgan, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr. and Cesar Geronimo are scheduled to participate in post-game ceremonies on Friday and pregame ceremonies on Saturday.
On top of the World: Iowa’s Brian Birkhofer was a World beater in 2012. Who will be on top of the World 100 this year? That will be answered Saturday night when Eldora Speedway hosts one of dirt late model racing’s crown jewels. The event starts Thursday and runs through Saturday, capped by the 100-lap feature around the half-mile oval in Darke County. Racing is just part of the action. Souvenir haulers, post-race parties and corn hole tournaments are among the festivities. And as the Eldora crowd will tell you, it’s not racing if you don’t get dirt in your beer.
Lunch with Lopez: Ever dreamed of golfing off with Nancy Lopez? Here’s advanced notice of your chance. The golf legend visits Dayton on Sept. 9 (next Monday) to promote the USGA women’s state team championship at NCR’s South Course later in the month. Lopez will play a round of golf on the South Course on Sept. 9. A dinner follows where Lopez will share stories of her career. Visit wstc-ncrcc.org for more info.