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Zeke and Dak on top again – in NFL player merchandising

By The Associated Press Here's more proof that the 2016 season was a superb one for rookies: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott topped NFL player merchandise and products sales. The Dallas Cowboys running back who led the league in rushing and the quarterback who was the Offensive Rookie of the ...

Cabrera returns with homer in Tigers’ 5-2 win over Indians

By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera went from the disabled list to rounding the bases with the 450th home run of his career. In the star slugger's first game since being sidelined, the Detroit Tigers weren't taking any chances with his health. Cabrera was activated ...

Hail to the king: Raptors coach says team can’t watch LeBron

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James dazzled with soaring dunks, outside shots and even a beer chaser in Game 1. And he did it all — 35 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and an amusing sideline exchange with the "beer lady"— at the expense of the Raptors, who ...

Major hops: LeBron scores 35, grabs beer as Cavs top Raptors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James resisted drinking some beer. He downed the Raptors again instead. James grabbed a bottle of beer on the sideline while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following ...

Crosby, McDavid and Bobrovsky are Hart Trophy finalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are finalists for the NHL's Hart Trophy. The award is given annually to the league's most valuable player. Crosby is a two-time Hart Trophy ...

Tyler Collins’ 3-run homer helps Tigers top Indians 7-1

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have figured out how to beat the Cleveland Indians after failing miserably against them last year. Tyler Collins hit a three-run homer and Daniel Norris gave up only one run, helping Detroit beat Cleveland 7-1 on Monday ...

Hamilton lifts Reds to 4-3, 10-inning win over Pirates

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds took advantage of some sloppy play by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. The Pirates managed just three hits while being charged with two errors, both of which led to unearned runs in the Reds' 4-3 victory in 10 innings. Tucker Barnhart walked with ...

We meet again: Cavs, Raptors back together in postseason

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — We The North vs. We Are The Champions. One round earlier than a year ago, Toronto and Cleveland are meeting again in the NBA playoffs. On the way to winning their first title last season, LeBron James and the Cavs took care of the Raptors ...

Votto, Duvall lead sagging Reds over Cardinals 5-4

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall is not about to reveal his secret. The slumping Cincinnati outfielder hit three doubles and a single Sunday, helping the Reds to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Duvall began the day in a 4-for-35 skid. He spent several ...

Brantley, Lindor spark 8-run 3rd as Indians rout Mariners

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor knows what a big inning can do for a team. Lindor and Michael Brantley had the key hits in an eight-run third, and the Cleveland Indians rolled to a 12-4 victory over the weary Seattle Mariners on Sunday. "We needed ...

The ins and outs of how some teams handled 2017 NFL draft

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With 253 selections over three days, and a couple hundred thousand people on hand, the NFL draft seems as complex an operation as exists. Don't believe it, at least not for the teams. All the hard work had been done in the previous ...

Mural honors Cincinnati Reds Joe ‘Ol’ Lefthander’ Nuxhall

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Joe "Ol' Lefthander" Nuxhall is being honored with a vibrant mural on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store. The mural design features a younger Nuxhall outstretching his arm with an autographed baseball in his hand with an older image of him in the ...

Browns follow miserable, 1-win season with solid draft

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — For three days, the Cleveland Browns were decisive, aggressive and precise in the NFL draft. Who are these guys? Ridiculed for years for making major mistakes while on the clock, they picked the consensus best player, landed a potential ...

Bengals getting backlash over drafting RB Joe Mixon

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals are facing a backlash over their decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma. Cincinnati added to its reputation for embracing players with troubled histories when it took Mixon in the ...

Harrison, Herrera lead NYCFC to 3-2 win over Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jack Harrison scored twice, 19-year-old Yangel Herrera added an assist and his first MLS goal and New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Saturday night. Harrison's second goal capped the scoring in the 76th minute. Herrera swooped in to steal a pass near the top ...

Salazar, bullpen hold Seattle hitless in last 8, Indians win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar appeared to be in for a short outing Saturday. Instead, the Seattle Mariners ended up having a tough day. Salazar got off to a rocky start, then combined with two Cleveland relievers to hold the Mariners hitless over the ...

Browns get defensive, draft Garrett at No. 1 and pass on QB

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns didn't mess around with the No. 1 pick. They didn't find their franchise quarterback either. Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, Cleveland wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft ...

Lindor’s 2-run blast in 7th leads Indians past Astros 4-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor has added game-changing power to his long list of skills. Lindor's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. The 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski (1-1) ...

Different Deron: Williams turns it on for Cavs in playoffs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of ...

NFL prospect to meet with police Monday on rape accusation

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for former Ohio State star Gareon Conley says the NFL prospect plans to meet with detectives and give a DNA sample after the NFL draft to counter accusations that he raped a woman earlier this month. The cornerback projected as a first-round pick in the NFL draft ...