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May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (71) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (71) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Tiger Woods earned his 73rd PGA tour victory. The Boston Celtics, after giving up an 18-point lead to the Miami Heat to force overtime, win by two with LeBron James watching from his court-side seat. Both conference finals in the NBA are tied at two games a piece. Jimmie Johnson ties a track record at Dover for most career victories, while Kurt Busch continues being a dick. It was the weekend in sports. Despite all of that the Cincinnati Bengals didn't rest. They never rest. Here's our stories from the weekend that was.

+ The Bengals coaching staff is using OTAs to "clean up" A.J. Green's routes.

+ Our own Brennen Warner offers up a surprising breakout player of the year, designed to promote the unexpected though not entirely unreasonable.

+ ESPN, needing to fill the football fix, project statistical seasons for A.J. Green and Andy Dalton -- but more about Green than Dalton.

+ Vegas odds on the Bengals appear somewhat lacking.

+ Nick Crago writes that Jordan Shipley will have a lot to prove this year, mostly regarding his injured knee and how he bounces back from that injury.

+ Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton chatted with Sports Radio 97.1 in Columbus.

+ ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect sophomore quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Cam Newton to struggle this year after sensational rookie seasons.

+ The Cincinnati Bengals put a waiver claim on Korey Lindsey, who was awarded to the Indianapolis Colts.