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Celtics’ Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn't allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise's rich history. He was too busy trying to figure out how ...

Miller returns but allows Perez HR as Royals beat Indians

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Miller returned Friday night, but the tough times for the Cleveland Indians' bullpen aren't over. The reliever, activated from the disabled list before the game, gave up Salvador Perez's two-run homer in the seventh inning and the ...

Harvey debuts for Reds in 6-2 win over Dodgers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April ...

Gennett powers Reds’ offense in 4-1 win over Dodgers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitching close to home, Tyler Mahle wanted to give his family and friends something worth the drive from Orange County. Early on, the Dodgers were running his pitch count high enough that Mahle figured he'd be gone. "That would have been ...

Out of uniform and not managing, Baker relishes watching son

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Darren Baker walks through the California dugout shortly before first pitch, finds his famous father in the last row of the stands, smiles and points. Dusty Baker nods and gives his college freshman son and second baseman the ...

Red alert: Harvey starts Friday for Cincy at Dodger Stadium

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds aren't wasting any time showing off their new acquisition. Matt Harvey will start for Cincinnati on Friday night in the second game of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Interim manager Jim Riggleman said ...

Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be. The Eastern Conference's top two teams have been intertwined for more than a year — from a summer blockbuster trade, ...

Oops! Mets bat out of turn, Reds rally for 2-1 win in 10th

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — First-year manager Mickey Callaway knew something was badly wrong when Wilmer Flores went to the plate for the first time. At that point, it was too late to change the Mets' mistake. New York wasted a first-inning rally by batting out of turn, ...

Carrasco fans 14, goes distance as Indians down Brewers 6-2

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Carrasco said he didn't feel confident in his command. The results said otherwise. "For the first three innings, I didn't find myself," Carrasco said. Carrasco struck out 14 while pitching his second complete game of the season as ...

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on ...

Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath. He carries one city, crushes the other. With mind-blowing ease, James can take over a quarter, a game, a series, a season and make it his own. His terms. After ...

Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri $25,000 for walking onto the court at halftime of Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to verbally confront officials for reversing a call. The league announced the fine Sunday. It stems from an incident that occurred ...

Torres HR in 9th, Yanks top Indians 7-4; 15 wins in 16 games

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Mickey Mantle. Gleyber Torres is the latest Yankees phenom earning his pinstripes right off the bat. On a day when hits were hard to come by in the Bronx, the rookie second baseman became the youngest Yankees player to hit ...

Marlins beat Reds 8-5 for fourth straight series win

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Don Mattingly isn't expecting his Miami Marlins to put together a startling streak of wins. He's happy with the patient approach they've adopted. Starlin Castro drove in three runs for the second straight game, Cameron Maybin added two ...

Mayfield confident QB competition won’t divide Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide. Although drafted by the win-starved Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, Mayfield said Friday he plans to be a leader from the outset even if he ...

Andujar, Torres and streaking Yankees top Indians 7-6

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — By the time his teammates tracked him down for a postgame dousing, Miguel Andujar was standing close to where his winning hit landed. Andujar flared an RBI single to right field with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees, ...

Suarez extends streak with homer, Reds beat Marlins 4-1

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez surprised everyone by missing only 16 games because of a broken right thumb. His hitting spree since his return has been just as impressive. Suarez hit a three-run homer that extended his surge, and Sal Romano made another ...

Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what's happening again to the Toronto Raptors. The fadeaway. With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits ...

Former Ohio, Western Carolina hoops coach Larry Hunter dies

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Former Ohio and Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter has died. Western Carolina spokesman Daniel Hooker said Hunter's wife Mary told him the coach died Friday at a Cary hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. He was 68 and had stepped down at Western Carolina ...

Indians cut INF Urshela, add RHP Ogando, send back Plutko

NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have designated infielder Gio Urshela and left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment and put righty reliever Alexi Ogando on the major league roster. The Indians made the moves before playing Friday night at Yankee Stadium. They also sent right-hander Adam ...