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Indians send struggling outfielder Óscar Mercado to minors

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Óscar Mercado won't start the season in Cleveland's outfield — or even with the Indians. Struggling in exhibition play, Mercado was optioned to the team's depth camp on Sunday, continuing his slide after a promising rookie season. Mercado ...

Infant son of Browns WR Ryan Switzer back in hospital

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer said his infant son underwent a blood transfusion on Sunday and has more tests ahead to try to determine why he has been bleeding. Switzer's 9-month-old son, Christian, is back in the hospital for ...

Sexton scores 36, Cavs hand Raptors eighth straight loss

BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 23 of his 36 points in the second half, Jarrett Allen had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto 116-105 on Sunday night, handing the Raptors their eighth straight loss. Dean Wade scored 16 points ...

Reds star Votto back after COVID-19, unsure when he’ll play

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to camp Sunday after sitting out with COVID-19, but when he might be able to play again is still uncertain. The 37-year-old Votto left camp after a positive test on March 10 and has been isolated since. After ...

Overlooked Pac-12 teams making noise in NCAA Tournament

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer After living on the fringes of the rankings during the regular season, Pac-12 teams are making a statement in the NCAA Tournament. All five Pac-12 schools in the bracket advanced to the round of 32, including UCLA winning two games already. The 11th-seeded ...

AP source: Browns signing S Johnson, edge rushers elusive

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Weakened by injuries and lacking experienced depth, the Browns' secondary was a major problem throughout last season. John Johnson III should help fix it. A dependable playmaker for the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson agreed Monday to sign a ...

AP source: QB Fitzpatrick agrees to sign with Washington

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington has agreed to sign veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal cannot be official until the new league ...

Collins, Gallinari lead streaking Hawks past Cavs, 100-82

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins scored 22 points, Danilo Gallinari had 20, including a 3-pointer that helped Atlanta extend its lead in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-82 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive win under ...

No. 3 Illinois beats No. 9 Ohio State to take Big Ten title

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 3 Illinois accomplished one major goal. The next one will be even more difficult. As the Fighting Illini celebrated their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2005 with a 91-88 overtime victory over No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday, they ...

No. 7 Houston takes AAC tourney with 91-54 win over Cincy

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kelvin Sampson and No. 7 Houston are going to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament, this time with an American Athletic Conference tournament title after finally getting past Cincinnati in the championship game. The Cougars ...

Radulov’s SO goal lifts Stars to 2-1 win over Blue Jackets

By NICOLE KRAFT Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alexander Radulov returned after missing 15 games and scored in the third round of the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars over the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Sunday night. The victory, which snapped a two-game skid, came a day after ...

Ohio beats Buffalo for first MAC title since 2012, NCAA bid

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Last March, the Ohio Bobcats were on the floor warming up for their quarterfinal opener when they were told the tournament was cancelled. Nothing stopped them this year. Jason Preston scored 22 points and Ohio dominated from the start to win ...

No. 9 Buckeyes edge No. 4 Michigan, make Big Ten title game

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. just wanted a second chance at his home-state team. On Saturday, the former Michigan prep star made sure it counted. Washington had 24 points, six rebounds and four assists, helping the No. 9 ...

Werenski scores in final seconds of OT, Columbus tops Stars

By NICOLE KRAFT Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Werenski scored with 4.5 seconds in overtime and Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 Saturday night. Werenski's game-winner, his first goal since Jan. 23, came off the ...

Indians tell OF Hamilton he won’t make roster, seeking trade

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Outfielder Billy Hamilton won't make Cleveland's roster, and the Indians are trying to find him another team this spring. Manager Terry Francona said the club told Hamilton on Thursday that he wasn't part of their plans. The Indians will try ...

Longtime Cavaliers broadcaster Joe Tait dead at 83

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Tait, a longtime Cleveland sports broadcaster and voice of the Cavaliers for more than four decades, died Wednesday. He was 83. Tait had recently gone into hospice care following a lengthy battle with kidney disease and liver cancer. "A ...

3 share Big East Player of the Year honors for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in the 42-year history of the Big East Conference, three players will share the league's player of the year award. Seton Hall's Sandro Mamukelashvili and Villanova's Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Collin Gillespie tied in the voting by the league's coaches, who ...

Reds star Joey Votto out after positive COVID-19 test

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is out for an indefinite period after testing positive for COVID-19 at spring training, the team said Wednesday. The Reds put Votto on the injured list and he gave the team permission to announce he was sidelined because he had ...

Harris sinks game-winning FTs, Butler ousts Xavier in OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Harris was clutch for Butler, drilling a straightaway 3-pointer and then sinking the game-winning free throws with three seconds left in overtime as the tenth-seeded Bulldogs ousted Xavier 70-69 in the Big East tournament on Wednesday night. The win moves Butler (10-14) ...

Indians’ Ramirez, Reyes isolated after COVID-19 violations

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For the third time in less than a year, the Cleveland Indians are having to isolate players because they broke COVID-19 protocols. Third baseman José Ramírez and slugger Franmil Reyes are being kept away from their teammates at spring ...