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Guadagni, Toledo roll over VMI 66-3 in season opener

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Mitchell Guadagni passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in leading defending Mid-American Conference champion Toledo to a 66-3 victory over VMI on Saturday night in a season opener. Guadagni, taking over for Toledo's all-time passing leader, Logan Woodside, was ...

Indians acquire former MVP Donaldson from Blue Jays

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson's rough season has taken a positive turn. The Indians are giving him a swing at October. The 2015 AL MVP was traded Friday night by Toronto to Cleveland, which is hoping a healthy Donaldson can bolster its lineup and help the ...

Backup QB Matt Barkley hurt as Bengals lose to Colts 27-26

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Bengals lost a backup quarterback in the final preseason game. Matt Barkley's left knee was injured by a low hit after he threw a pass during Cincinnati's 27-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, ...

Kipnis hits 3-run homer, sends Indians past Twins 5-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis kept watching and hoping. Kipnis' high drive barely cleared the right field wall for a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday. Usually, when it's close, Kipnis said he tries to study ...

Mayfield sharp as Browns roll over Lions 35-17

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first half for Cleveland, and the Browns wrapped up the preseason with a 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Mayfield completed a 41-yard pass to Devon Cajuste on the first play from ...

Kipnis’ inside-the-park HR sends Indians past Royals, 12-5

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Kipnis had been mired in such a batting slump that the Indians second baseman had resorted to watching old film of himself, trying to discover what had changed in the past couple years. He finally noticed a subtle, almost ...

Hendricks shuts down Reds, Cubs win 9-0 to complete sweep

By SARAH TROTTO, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — After dealing with ups and downs this season, Kyle Hendricks feels like he's in a groove. Hendricks allowed two hits in seven innings, David Bote and Kyle Schwarber homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 on Sunday to ...

Dalton enjoys warm welcome in Bengals’ 26-13 win over Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton doesn't believe he could have scripted a better visit to Buffalo on Sunday. The donation he made to Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute to open the day was special. The two standing ovations he ...

Price, Red Sox double down on Indians 7-0

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched eight shutout innings for his fifth straight win, backed by three bases-loaded doubles in Boston's six-run fifth inning on Thursday as the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 to split their four-game series. After losing ...

Ohio State experienced receivers embrace ‘elite’ challenge

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — During spring practice, coach Urban Meyer said Ohio State has failed to put an "elite" group of receivers on the field since the 2014 national championship squad that featured the likes of Devin Smith and Michael Thomas. This season's ...

Shaw, Yelich power Brewers past Reds, 5-2

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers overcome an early deficit, and Chase Anderson kept the ball in the ballpark when it mattered. Anderson settled in after giving up two early solo homers and the Brewers ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park. Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning ...

Gordon back with Browns, watches teammates practice

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was back at practice on Sunday — as a spectator. Gordon visited with teammates and Hall of Famer Jim Brown a day after ending his three-week absence from training camp and missing the first two exhibition ...

Balanced Reds sweep Giants with 11-4 romp

CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds closed out a nice weekend with another solid day at the plate. It was quite a response to a tough series against Cleveland. Suarez hit a two-run homer during Cincinnati's seven-run third inning, and the Reds swept the San Francisco ...

Josef Martinez ties MLS single-season record with 27th goal

ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday. Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair ...

Finally! Djokovic beats Federer for 1st Cincinnati title

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands. No need for mementos from this victory. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty. Djokovic finally mastered the one tournament that's eluded ...

Cabrera hits grand slam as Indians beat Orioles 8-0

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians showed off their power and pitching Sunday. Melky Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fourth inning, four pitchers combined on the team's AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August ...

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 ...