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Longtime kicker Dawson signs contract to retire with Browns

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Phil Dawson spent his first 14 seasons with the Browns and is the only kicker in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl. In announcing his retirement Friday, the 20-year veteran will forever be a member of the team. General manager ...

Meyer texts: Alabama offered Zach Smith job after ’17 season

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith. On Friday, Ohio State released thousands of ...

Puig, Clevinger lead Indians to 7-3 victory over Angels

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona knows Yasiel Puig's presence brings an extra buzz to the ballpark. "If I was a fan that would be one of the guys, if I was hungry I'd wait until he hit because you want to see what he's going to do," Francona ...

Votto, Wood power Reds past Braves

By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — It had been nearly a year since Alex Wood pitched into the seventh inning, and the oft-injured starter was feeling better than he has all season. "That felt like me tonight," Wood said. "I was happy to throw well against a really good ...

Browns owners confident, optimistic about season

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jimmy and Dee Haslam purchased the Cleveland Browns in 2012. After five coaching changes and zero winning seasons, both are confident this is finally their year. "I think the expectation is to win," Dee Haslam said. "I think that is ...

Barnhart RBI single leads Reds to 3-2 win over Rockies

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart is making up for lost time. The Cincinnati catcher hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Sunday. Barnhart improved to 4 for 5 in two games since returning on Friday after missing 22 games with a right ...

Scott Dixon races to 6th victory at Mid-Ohio

By CRAIG MERZ Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Scott Dixon's victory Sunday was a lot closer than his previous five at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Scott Dixon held off rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist by 0.0934 seconds in the Honda Indy 200 to put himself back in contention to ...

Long toss: Bauer heaves ball over CF wall, KC beats Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Back in the clubhouse, Trevor Bauer calmly and profusely apologized. It was quite the contrast from his emotional outburst earlier in the game. In a startling scene, Bauer suddenly heaved the ball from just past the mound over the center field wall while being taken ...

Altidore scores in Toronto FC’s 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati

TORONTO (AP) — Jozy Altidore scored for the fourth straight game and Toronto FC beat expansion FC Cincinnati 2-1 on Saturday night. Altidore made it 2-0 in the 50th minute, curling a shot from outside the penalty box past a diving Przemyslaw Tyton. Altidore has nine goals in 13 games this ...

Bauer strikes out 10, Indians win 11th straight over Tigers

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer tipped his cap after receiving a standing ovation when he walked to the dugout after being removed in the seventh inning. It might have been the right-hander's final appearance at home with the Cleveland Indians. Bauer struck ...

Suárez, Puig homer, Reds jump on Cubs errors to win 6-3

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The last-place Cincinnati Reds keep finding ways to beat the top team in their division. Eugenio Suárez and Yasiel Puig each hit his 22nd home run of the season, and Cincinnati rallied past Chicago 6-3 on Monday night. Jesse Winker raced ...

Mercado breaks tie with 2nd homer, Indians beat Tigers 8-6

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians wanted to bounce back from a disappointing series against the Minnesota Twins. Oscar Mercado made certain they did. Cleveland's rookie outfielder hit his second home run of the game — a leadoff blast in the seventh ...

Oops! All-Star scoreboard has rough night in Cleveland

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The only errors on the scoreboard at the All-Star Game were by the scoreboard. At least one player noticed — and wasn't too pleased. The giant board at Progressive Field was filled with mistakes Tuesday night, including a couple of ...

Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes after break

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down José Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, ...

Lodeiro’s stoppage-time goal lifts Sounders over Crew 2-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nicolás Lodeiro scored his second goal in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to lift the Seattle Sounders over the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday night. Seattle's Kelvin Leerdam hit the crossbar on a free kick in the 94th minute and then Lodeiro headed a ...

All-Stars Beiber, Lindor lead Indians over Reds 7-2

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — In a foreboding tone, manager Terry Francona called Shane Bieber to his hotel room to deliver some important news on Cleveland's day off. The faked sternness soon yielded to tears of joy — the second-year pitcher was going to be an ...

Suarez homers early, Reds hold on for 8-6 win over Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) — With July 4 still a few days off, Eugenio Suarez got an early jump on the fireworks. Suarez ended his slump with Cincinnati's longest homer of the season, Anthony DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings and the Reds held off the Chicago Cubs 8-6 Sunday. Phillip Ervin and ...

Bieber, Indians turn tables on Orioles with 2-0 shutout

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Coming off successive lopsided defeats to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians turned to Shane Bieber to pull the team out of its inexplicable collapse. Bieber did his part, restoring the pecking order between the two teams ...

Kipnis hits walk-off homer in 10th as Indians edge Royals

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis spun as he approached home plate and deftly avoided being soaked with ice water by teammate Francisco Lindor. Right now, Kipnis and the Indians are making all the right moves. Kipnis homered leading off the 10th inning as ...

Blue Jackets at center of attention as NHL free agency looms

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Where many express concern, Jarmo Kekäläinen says he sees only opportunity regarding the uncertain state of the Columbus roster a week before NHL free agency. To Kekäläinen, the fear of possibly losing stars such as Matt ...