Ohio Sports

Browns’ Bitonio willing, not eager to move to left tackle

By BRIAN DULIK, Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The retirement of Joe Thomas left a gaping hole at left tackle for the Cleveland Browns. Left guard Joel Bitonio is willing, but not necessarily eager to succeed his close friend at the position. "If they want me to do that, like, cool, ...

Gennett homers to back Castillo, Reds beat Phillies, 4-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Philadelphia's hopes of breaking out of a mini-slump ran smack dab into a quietly hot Luis Castillo. The Cincinnati right-hander allowed four hits in a season-high seven innings, Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer and the Reds wrapped up their long home stand with a third ...

Browns owners remain committed to 1-win coach Hue Jackson

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Two miserable seasons. One measly win. Still, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson continues to have the "unwavering" support of owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who believe his third year will bring out the best in him — and the Browns. "I think we ...

JaCoby Jones’ 2-run HR lifts Tigers to 2-1 win over Indians

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Blaine Hardy refuses to let the lack of a defined role rattle him. He gave up only one run in a spot start and JaCoby Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the third inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday ...

Mullins, Mensah help Crew beat Red Bulls 3-2

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Mensah scored his first goal of the season to help the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Saturday night. Zack Steffen had four saves, including a diving stop on Aaron Long's header, for Columbus ...

QB RV: Mayfield, Browns quarterbacks hanging out in camper

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland's quarterbacks are "camping" at training camp. And Baker Mayfield is paying for it. The Browns QBs are hanging out between practices in an RV equipped with a TV and other amenities being financed by Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy ...

Olympic champ Biles triumphs in return to competition

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The jitters were obvious and unmistakable. A step out of bounds on floor exercise. A hop back on vault. An uncharacteristic slip off the uneven bars. Simone Biles needed them. Maybe deep down, the Olympic gymnastics champion wanted them ...

Reds make it 2 straight over Phillies with 6-2 win

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds didn't exactly smash the ball, but they didn't have to while again beating first-place Philadelphia. Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a sharp single that glanced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez's glove, helping Cincinnati to a 6-2 victory ...

Rodriguez, Marte power Pirates past Reds 12-1 after delay

CINCINNATI (AP) — Time on the disabled list did as much for Sean Rodriguez's bat as it did for his leg. Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 rout of the ...

Indians win in 11th at Texas after debuting new relievers

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Both of Cleveland's new relievers got into the game before the Indians closer had a rare blown save. Manager Terry Francona had to go deep into his bullpen — using seven relievers after All-Star starter Trevor Bauer's early exit ...

Indians bolster bullpen with All-Star Hand, rookie Cimber

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco ...

Peraza’s 5 hits lead Reds past Cardinals, who fire Matheny

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. ...

Double trouble: Indians botch Romine’s double as Yankees win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. "Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York's backup catcher came all the way around ...

Indians C Yan Gomes finds out he’s an All-Star while batting

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star. Gomes will replace Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos in Tuesday's game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars. Gomes said he wrestled with ...

Ramirez homers twice as Indians rattle Reds 19-4

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez is skipping the Home Run Derby. He's not missing much else right now. Ramirez homered twice to match Albert Belle's club record for home runs before the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians took out some frustrations ...

Ex-athletes: Creepy people, lewd atmosphere at Ohio State

By MARK GILLISPIE, JOHN SEEWER and MITCH STACY, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was no secret that a team doctor now being investigated for sexually abusing male athletes decades ago at Ohio State University liked to linger in the showers alongside those athletes. But he wasn't the ...

NFL player Pacman Jones attacked by employee at airport

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was attacked during a run-in with a facility-service employee at the airport in Atlanta. Atlanta Police spokesman Jarius Daugherty says Jones confronted ABM Industries employee Frank Ragin after Ragin made a ...

LEADING OFF: Bryant returns to Cubs, Indians seek relief

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: BRYANT BACK WITH CUBBIES Kris Bryant flew to the Bay Area on Tuesday night and is hoping to play in the Cubs' series finale against the Giants. Bryant has been out since June 23 with inflammation in his left ...

Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Reds 7-4 after Bauer’s gem

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians bullpen wasted a gem from Trevor Bauer in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after ...

Bases-loaded walk in 10th gives Cubs 6-5 victory over Reds

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — In registering a string of comeback wins, the Cubs have come through with big hit after big hit late in games. On Sunday, they produced a rally without the benefit of a hit. David Bote drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk ...