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Bengals sign top pick John Ross to four-year deal

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed top draft pick John Ross and fourth-round selection Carl Lawson on Sunday at the conclusion of rookie minicamp. Ross, a receiver from Washington, got a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth season. The Bengals hope he can quickly develop into ...

Run for the Roses, Cincinnati style: Hamilton vs Ross in 40?

CINCINNATI (AP) — Now this could be a Run for the Roses, Cincinnati style. Shortly after racking up his 200th career stolen base, Reds speedster Billy Hamilton says he'd be willing to race recently drafted Bengals blazer John Ross in a 40-yard dash for charity. Ross, a wide receiver from ...

Votto, Adleman lead Reds over Pirates 4-2

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds don't play Pittsburgh again until August. They wish the wait wasn't that long. Joey Votto doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice, leading Tim Adleman and the Reds over the Pirates 4-2 on Thursday. Adam ...

Road sweet road: LeBron relishes away games in playoffs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James, traveling isn't a violation, but rather a delight. After showing his passport at the Canadian border, James will settle in and take inventory of his new surroundings in Toronto on Friday. The Cleveland Cavaliers star will ...

LeBron passes Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on playoff scoring list

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the No. 2 scorer in NBA playoff history. James entered Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Cleveland and Toronto needing 25 points to surpass the inimitable ...

Indians hold on for 3-2 victory over Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are still being aggressive with reliever Andrew Miller — and the tall left-hander is showing no ill effects from his impressive workload. Miller struck out four in two scoreless innings, and the Indians held off the ...

Unstoppable: LeBron scores 39, Cavs rout Raptors in Game 2

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Unstoppable. Untouchable. Undefeated. Back on the playoff stage, where he's starred so many times before, LeBron James is making things look easy. James scored 39 points, hopped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list and ...

Hamilton, Mesoraco end homer droughts, Reds beat Pirates 7-2

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton didn't even know how long it had been since he circled the bases. The Reds' speedy leadoff hitter ended one of the major leagues' longest home run droughts with a three-run shot, and Devin Mesoraco hit his first in more than two ...

Ohio city takes down basketball star’s signs after 2 stolen

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Signs featuring Duke University basketball star Luke Kennard have been taken down from the main entrances to his Ohio hometown after two were stolen. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/2p1TpWx ) reports the thefts prompted Franklin city officials to ...

Group urges Bengals to speak out against domestic violence

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — An advocacy group is urging the Cincinnati Bengals to speak out against domestic violence after the team drafted a player who punched a woman in the face. Women Helping Women called on the team to take a public stand against domestic violence ...

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 ...