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Browns’ Taylor faces Bills; Mayfield-Allen spicy subplots

By The Associated Press Cleveland has no quarterback competition. The Browns have made it clear that the starting job is Tyrod Taylor's, but that hasn't quieted the buzz around Baker Mayfield, who had a dazzling preseason debut last week. The No. 1 overall pick will follow Taylor on Friday ...

Soaked! Djokovic’s match suspended in rainy Cincinnati

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic's quest for his first Western & Southern Open title ran into a different obstacle Thursday night, with batches of rain forcing his match against defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to be suspended overnight. Roger Federer's ...

Browns, Bryant meet as sides try to see if there’s a future

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday. ...

Tent collapse injures 12; speaker Lou Holtz unhurt

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank's shareholders' event. WBMA-TV says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for ...

Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed ...

Indians OF Martin recovering from serious infection

By JEFF WALLNER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is recovering from a bacterial infection that team president Chris Antonetti described as "life-threatening." Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. Antonetti provided an update on ...

Indians pull away from Reds for 10-3 win

By JEFF WALLNER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona turned to Yandy Diaz in a big spot, and he delivered. Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland's seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 ...

Anthony DeSclafani shuts down D-Backs in Reds’ 3-0 win

CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani was a baseball triple-threat against Arizona on Friday night. DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine to outduel Clay Buchholz and singled before scoring one of Cincinnati's two runs on Billy Hamilton's suicide-squeeze bunt to help the Reds beat the ...

Palka leads off 9th with homer, White Sox beat Indians 1-0

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After striking out three times, Daniel Palka finally connected when it counted. Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox ...

Austin stadium vote could trigger Crew move to Texas

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it. Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew , has been ...

Browns rookie WR Callaway had bullets, gun part in car

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway stood by, a police officer said he "got real nervous" when he found bullets and a gun part while searching the rookie's vehicle. Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a ...

Lindor’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Indians 5-2 win

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. Lindor, who struck out with the ...

Bills counting on Coleman to leave Browns’ baggage behind

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Before making the five-hour drive from Cleveland to Buffalo's training camp, receiver Corey Coleman was advised to leave behind the baggage of his two seasons with the Browns. The injuries, dropped passes, and constant reminders of how ...

Former NFL executive Tom Heckert dies at 51

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Tom Heckert, a former personnel executive for the Denver Broncos who also served stints as general manager for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, has died following a long illness, the Broncos said. He was ...

McNeil homers, gets 3 hits as Syndergaard, Mets top Reds 6-4

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — These terrific at-bats by rookie Jeff McNeil, maybe it's the bat. A most unusual bat. Swinging a strange-looking stick with no knob, McNeil homered in getting three more hits to lead the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Monday ...

Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland's right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston's ...

LEADING OFF: Injuries mounting for Astros; Phils vs D-backs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: INJURIES MOUNTING The Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday's loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It's unclear how long ...

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday ...

Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with ...

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone’s WGC finale

By The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season. Sweeter ...