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Former NFL executive Tom Heckert dies at 51

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Tom Heckert, a former personnel executive for the Denver Broncos who also served stints as general manager for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles, has died following a long illness, the Broncos said. He was ...

McNeil homers, gets 3 hits as Syndergaard, Mets top Reds 6-4

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — These terrific at-bats by rookie Jeff McNeil, maybe it's the bat. A most unusual bat. Swinging a strange-looking stick with no knob, McNeil homered in getting three more hits to lead the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Monday ...

Bauer strikes out 11, Indians hit 4 HRs in 10-0 win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland's right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston's ...

LEADING OFF: Injuries mounting for Astros; Phils vs D-backs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: INJURIES MOUNTING The Houston Astros are hoping for good news on All-Star outfielder George Springer, who exited Sunday's loss to the Dodgers after hurting his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It's unclear how long ...

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday ...

Browns trade disappointing WR Coleman to Bills for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns dropped Corey Coleman. After two disappointing, injury-slowed seasons, Coleman was traded Sunday night to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman has been a bust with the Browns, who selected him with ...

Justin Thomas wins in Firestone’s WGC finale

By The Associated Press AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season. Sweeter ...

Encarnacion, Ramirez lead Indians past Twins, 6-2

By TYLER MASON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Bauer is his own toughest critic — even when victorious. The Cleveland right-hander had some choice words to describe his performance Tuesday against Minnesota. Though Bauer struggled by his standards, he pitched deep enough to ...

Boyd throws 8 scoreless innings, Tigers beat Cincinnati 2-1

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Once Matthew Boyd escaped a couple early jams, the Detroit left-hander found a groove. "Early in the game, he had a couple guys on and it got real slow," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He picked up the pace." Boyd allowed four hits ...

Big Ten Preview: Rugged East race; Wisconsin flexes in West

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast previews the Big Ten this week, with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network . In the East ...

Indians rout Tigers 8-1, lead AL Central by 9

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Terry Francona sounds confident that Corey Kluber will have another big second half for the Cleveland Indians. Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion all homered for Cleveland, and Kluber pitched into the eighth inning in an 8-1 ...

Alexander Rossi runs away with IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio

By CRAIG MERZ, Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Alexander Rossi took a gamble Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that paid off with his second IndyCar victory of the season and fourth overall. Starting from the pole and using a two-stop strategy while the rest of the field pitted ...

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 ...