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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on July 01, 2015 05:35 GMT

INDIANS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings and the Cleveland Indians backed him with three home runs to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Tuesday night.

Jason Kipnis, Giovanny Urshela and David Murphy homered for the Indians, driving in all six runs.

Salazar (7-3) retired the first 15 batters, the third time in the last six games that's happened to the Rays. Indians rookie Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh Monday night and Toronto's Marco Estrada was perfect through the seventh last Wednesday.

Salazar walked Asdrubal Cabrera to open the sixth. After a double play, Curt Casali broke up the no-hit bid with a double.

Erasmo Ramirez (6-3) lost for the first time in six starts.

TWINS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Torii Hunter homered again after a long delay at the start of the game, and Phil Hughes got his third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute because a storm was headed toward the ballpark. The storm dissolved on the way.

Hunter got the Twins going by hitting a solo homer in the first inning off Anthony DeSclafani (5-6), his fourth homer in the last four games. He later singled and doubled.

Eduardo Nunez had three hits, including an RBI single while Kurt Suzuki drove home two runs with a single during a four-run seventh inning as the Twins evened the interleague series.

BLACKHAWKS-BLUE JACKETS TRADE

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal.

The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season.

The Blackhawks also sent forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft.

The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season.

CAVALIERS-MOVES

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers those players get from other clubs this summer.

Thompson is of particular importance to the Cavaliers, who went to the NBA Finals this past season. He has appeared in 308 consecutive games, has averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds over his career and saw his stock soar by averaging 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in this year's playoffs.

Dellavedova had big playoff moments, with seven double-figure games. Shumpert started 16 playoff games for the Cavs, who lost the finals to Golden State 4-2.

Also Wednesday, the Cavaliers said forward Mike Miller exercised his $2.85-million option for next season. Miller averaged 2.1 points in limited action this season.

NBA JERSEYS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the first time Tuesday. With teammates Klay Thompson ranking fifth and Draymond Green at No. 15, the Warriors also led the team-merchandise sales list during the playoffs.

James, who held the top spot at the end of the regular season, dropped to second. Chicago's Derrick Rose is third and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is fourth.

Following the NBA champion Warriors on the team-merchandise sales list are the Cavaliers, Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

The league based the rankings on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 01, 2015 14:42 GMT

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

MONTREAL (AP) -- The U.S. women's World Cup team will face the winner of tonight's England-Japan semifinal match for the championship this Sunday in Vancouver.

The Americans advanced with a 2-0 win Tuesday night over Germany as Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O'Hara's first international goal late in the victory. Goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout before a crowd of 51,176 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

By the way, when the U.S. faces the winner of tonight's other semifinal, Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer's governing body won't be on hand. Blatter's organization, FIFA (FEE'-fuh), is under investigation in the U.S. for corruption.

WIMBLEDON

LONDON (AP) -- Men's top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets win over Jarkko Nieminen (YAR'-koh NEE'-mih-nin). The two-time Wimbledon champ is now 6-1 lifetime against the Fin.

Women's No. 1 Serena Williams is also back in action today as is her sister Venus, the 16th seed. The women's fourth seed, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), has won her second match to reach the third round.

A check of Americans playing in London shows CoCo Vandeweghe advancing with a win along with Madison Keys. On the men's side of things three of the four remaining Americans are playing today, including 17th-seed John Isner (IHZ'-nur) and 52nd-ranked Steve Johnson.

The men's fifth seed, Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR'-ee), has withdrawn from the tournament with an injured left calf which he first injured two weeks ago at a tournament in Germany.

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