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Lindor’s ankle injury to slow return

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss more time because of a sprained left ankle that has delayed his season debut. Lindor was making a steady recovery from a strained right calf when he injured his ankle running the bases during a minor league scrimmage ...

Pens can’t clinch; Blue Jackets trounced

DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins came up empty when they tried to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night. Tyler Bertuzzi led the way for the Detroit Red Wings once again. Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist, and Detroit beat Pittsburgh 4-1 for its sixth consecutive victory. The ...

Beckham calls trade to Browns surreal, blessing

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. looked at quarterback Baker Mayfield seated to his left, Jarvis Landry to his right and Myles Garrett at the end of the dais. “This can’t be real,” Beckham said, a tuft of bleached blond hair poking out from under his orange cap. This was no April Fools’ ...

Ogbah traded to Chiefs

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ draft class of 2016 is rapidly shrinking. As he continues to revamp Cleveland’s roster, general manager John Dorsey got rid of three former draft picks on Monday by trading defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to the Kansas City Chiefs and releasing safety Derrick ...

Walk this way

CLEVELAND — Once Mike Clevinger’s dominant day ended, he watched his teammates rally on TV. There was a leadoff walk, a fortunate error, a clutch hit and two bases-loaded walks in an eighth inning that seemed to have a little bit of everything. To Clevinger, it looked like 2016, when ...

Cardinals rally past sloppy Pirates in 11 innings

PITTSBURGH — Down four on the road late against a team feeding off the adrenaline of its home opener, the St. Louis Cardinals waited patiently for the buzz to wear off. When it did, they pounced. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to provide St. Louis with a much-needed spark, and the ...

Booker, Suns send Cavs to sixth straight loss

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 25 points after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 ...

Late goal propels Phantoms

YOUNGSTOWN — It looked like the Phantoms were going into overtime, but Trevor Kuntar pushed the puck past goaltender Noah Grannan for a 4-3 lead which gave Youngstown a victory Sunday at the Covelli Centre over the US National Team Development Program U-17 squad. “I realized there were ...

Indians’ bats still cold in loss to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly two years since his last time on a big league mound, Michael Pineda looked better than ever in his Minnesota Twins debut. Pineda was stellar in his first appearance since 2017, Nelson Cruz hit his first homer with the club and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 9-3 on ...

Williams sharp as Pirates beat Reds

CINCINNATI — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. “He was just efficient,” Pirates ...

Penguins beat Carolina; within two points of clinching

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It’s one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL’s oldest player — keeps coming back for ...

Bobrovsky leads Blue Jackets into first wild-card spot

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Don’t look now, but goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets are mounting yet another late-season surge to make the playoffs. Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots to earn his third shutout in five games and league-leading ninth of the season, and the Blue Jackets won ...

At Augusta

Haylee Harford watches it every year, the Masters. The pageantry, the quiet lull of the announcers’ voices, the eye-popping colors so vivid you imagine you are there. This year, the LaBrae High School graduate has an opportunity to be there. She is part of the inaugural Augusta National ...

Tribe nips Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Greg Allen and Brad Hand helped get the Cleveland Indians out of the cold and into the warmth of the clubhouse with their first victory of the season. Allen hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, and Hand escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of ...

Clippers clobber Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES — Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points, rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points and eight assists, and the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-108 on Saturday. The Clippers have won seven of eight and 12 of 14, and they moved within one-half ...

Jackets post 4th straight win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cam Atkinson scored twice and Artemi Panarin had four assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Boone Jenner also had goals, and Sergei ...

Crew blanks Atlanta, 2-0

COLUMBUS — Gyasi Zardes scored in his return from international duty to help Columbus beat Atlanta in a match slowed down by soggy field conditions. Zardes stopped from a full run and stepped back to create space in the penalty area to finish Robinho’s cross, making it 2-0 with a low shot ...

Tribe adds Maybin on minor league deal

CLEVELAND — Free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract. Maybin, who turns 32 next week, hit .163 with one RBI in 48 plate appearances during spring training with the San Francisco Giants, who released him on March 23. The Indians, ...

3 return after berth at state tennis

Armand Nannicola’s quick, concise ground strokes gave his sectional and district opponents some fits along the way last season. The John F. Kennedy High School junior was one of a handful of talented Mahoning Valley tennis players to make it to last year’s Division II boys state tennis ...

Nashville goalie stops 42 Pittsburgh shots

PITTSBURGH — Pekka Rinne’s difficulties against the Penguins, particularly in Pittsburgh, have been well documented. So, it felt good for the Nashville Predators’ star goaltender to put those questions to rest — at least for one night. Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Predators to ...