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Play ball! Things to know about NCAA baseball regionals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 19. Some of the top story lines: WHO'S ...

Rookie Ashcraft tosses another gem, Reds beat Nationals 8-1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds rookie starter Graham Ashcraft delivered another gem, and he's only been in the majors less than two weeks. The 24-year-old right-hander had his cutter and sinker working in the upper 90s again, inducing ground balls and holding the Washington Nationals to one run and ...

Howard Katz honored with Rozelle Radio-TV Award

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Howard Katz, who has been involved with NFL media for nearly two decades and has helped drive the popularity of the league to new heights, was selected Thursday as the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. The Pro Football Hall of Fame presents the award ...

Matsuyama disqualified for too much paint on his 3-wood

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was disqualified Thursday when officials determined he had too much paint on the face of his 3-wood that he was using for alignment. It was the first time Matsuyama, who won the Memorial in 2014 for his first PGA Tour victory, had ...

Cameron Young stays hot and shares early lead at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Just being at the Memorial was a reminder how far Cameron Young has come in the last year. Being part of a six-way tie for the lead Thursday was another reminder how well he is playing. In his first start since challenging at the PGA Championship, Young finished with two ...

Nationals take road skid into matchup with the Reds

The Washington Nationals will look to break their four-game road skid in a matchup against the Cincinnati Reds. Washington Nationals (18-35, fifth in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (18-32, fifth in the NL Central) Cincinnati; Friday, 6:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Josiah ...

Guardians look to continue win streak, play the Orioles

The Cleveland Guardians are looking to keep a three-game win streak alive when they play the Baltimore Orioles. Cleveland Guardians (22-24, second in the AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (22-31, fifth in the AL East) Baltimore; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Shane ...

Pilkington gets first major league win, Guardians sweep KC

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Konnor Pilkington struck out eight in five innings for his first major league win and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Pilkington, making his third career start and sixth appearance, worked out of a ...

Whitlock and Bradley Jr. help Red Sox beat Reds 7-1

BOSTON (AP) — Garrett Whitlock pitched six strong innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in four runs to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday night. "Good," Whitlock said of his outing. "A lot of quick outs, and me and (catcher Christian Vázquez) were on the same ...

Pulisic critical of level of US support at win over Morocco

CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. captain Christian Pulisic was critical of the level of American support from the crowd of 19,512 at TQL Stadium during a 3-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday night in the first of four World Cup warmup matches in June. "For whatever reason, I'm not super happy with ...

End game: Browns sign TE Njoku to 4-year contract extension

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — David Njoku has gone from wanting out of the Cleveland Browns to locking in with them. Cleveland announced Njoku's four-year, $56.75 million contract extension on Wednesday, a deal that could take the tight end through the 2027 season. A first-round draft pick in 2017, ...

Rahm ready to start over and get another chance at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm is ready to start over at the Memorial as tempting as it is to look back. That last shot he hit at Muirfield Village was tapping in for par on the 18th hole that gave him a six-shot lead and a place in the tournament record book for sharing the lowest 54-hole ...

Browns star Garrett keeping open mind about Deshaun Watson

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Aware of the public's perception, Myles Garrett has made up his own mind about Deshaun Watson. Garrett has focused on how the embattled quarterback has conducted himself with the team since joining the Browns while facing serious legal consequences and possible NFL ...

Names listed for Saudi golf league, battle lines drawn

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The first Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational has Dustin Johnson and 12 other PGA Tour members as part of its 48-man field next week outside London. The next move falls to the PGA Tour, which must decide whether to allow them to come back. The first fallout after the rival ...

Cavaliers hire former Lakers coach Luke Walton as assistant

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton as an assistant under J.B. Bickerstaff. The 42-year-old Walton finished his 11-year NBA playing career with the Cavs in 2012 before getting into coaching. He spent nine years playing for the ...

Hedges’ three-run homer helps Guardians beat Royals 8-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a three-run homer and rookie Oscar Gonzalez doubled in two runs, sending the Cleveland Guardians to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Hedges' third-inning drive, which barely cleared the 19-foot wall in left, scored Ernie Clement ...

Browns QB Watson facing lawsuit from 23rd massage therapist

CLEVELAND (AP) — Another massage therapist has filed a civil lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, raising the number of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct to 23. Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all the women, filed the latest lawsuit Tuesday in ...

Castillo, Votto lead Reds to 1st Fenway win since ’75 Series

BOSTON (AP) — Luis Castillo struck out 10 while pitching six innings of one-hit ball, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Boston 2-1 on Tuesday night for their first victory at Fenway Park since Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Joey Votto twice doubled off the top of the outfield wall — once to ...

PGA Tour in Ohio, US Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles

A big week in golf features another strong field Jack Nicklaus has assembled for his Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Women's Open in North Carolina. Seven of the top 10 in the world are at Muirfield Village playing for a $12 million purse. That includes Jon Rahm, who last year had a six-shot ...

Asian Tour makes first stop in England with new series

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — With all the attention on the debut (and the field) for the LIV Golf Invitational outside London next week, the Asian Tour heads to England for its second "International Series" event at Slaley Hall west of Newcastle. That's part of the $300 million infusion from LIV Golf ...