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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on July 29, 2014 05:32 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.

Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.

Ahmed's single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.

Oliver Perez (1-1) gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances.

Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine did more than watch his team practice. He listened as well.

Cleveland's players worked out in full pads for the first time in training camp on Monday. Under cloudy skies and in October-like temperatures, the Browns got a lot more physical than during their first two days on the field.

Pettine said he was pleased with the contact, which included a few loud shoulder-pad-to-shoulder-pad pops that excited another large crowd on the fields behind the Browns' training headquarters.

Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas said he still gets "butterflies" before the first full-contact practice "because this is real football. If you mess up, somebody's going to get smacked.

Pettine wants the Browns to be tougher this season, and linebacker Karlos Dansby believes Cleveland has several players with a nasty streak.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 29, 2014 22:40 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Giants are reeling right now and part of the problem is they can't win at home.

San Francisco heads into game two of their home series with Pittsburgh on a five-game losing streak. They have dropped 20 of their last 26 at home.

The Giants start the day two games back of the Dodgers for first in the NL West, while Pittsburgh has moved to within a game-and-a-half of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.

The Dodgers open at home with Atlanta. The Braves have climbed to within a half-game of Washington for first in the NL East.

A couple of 11-game winners are scheduled as part of the 15-game major league slate.

Jered Weaver goes after his fifth straight win and second in a row over the Orioles when he puts his 11-6 mark on the line at Baltimore.

Lance Lynn is 11-7 heading into the Cardinals' series opener in San Diego. Lynn has allowed just five earns runs in 25 2-3 innings over his last four starts.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list before the second game of a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team did not provide details to honor Bruce's privacy. Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami.


CHICAGO (AP) -- The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit.

The Associated Press has learned that the organization will create a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football and other contact sports.

A filing today in U.S. District Court in Chicago says college sports' governing body also has agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows. The NCAA has been accused of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games.

This deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. Instead, athletes can sue individually for damages, and the NCAA-funded tests to gauge the extent of neurological injuries could establish grounds for doing that.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham fell asleep inside a car on a suburban Atlanta highway and was arrested last month on DUI charges.

Brookhaven police say the 36-year-old Abraham was driving a car that had stopped in the road's center lane the afternoon of June 29. Police say Abraham smelled of alcohol and failed voluntary sobriety tests -- including reciting a portion of the alphabet.

Abraham told investigators he was coming from a local strip club and the person who was supposed to pick him up hadn't arrived.

Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks and is ninth on the league's all-time sacks list.

In other NFL training camp news:

-- Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practice.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill were both suspended through the Sept. 6 race at Richmond. They are not eligible to return until the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Sept. 14 at Chicago.

Grubb was also fined $125,000.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Byron Scott is getting some high-profile help in the challenge of trying to restore his former team to respectability in the NBA's Pacific Division.

Scott was introduced as the new coach of the Lakers today. Scott is taking over the Lakers with the vocal support of his fellow Showtime greats.

Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes attended the introductory news conference for Scott, the 25th head coach in franchise history.

He takes over for Mike D'Antoni, who resigned in April after a frustrating two years with the club. D'Antoni went 67-87 after taking over the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season, including 27-55 last season. That was the Lakers worst campaign in more than 50 years and the second-worst winning percentage in franchise history.

Scott spent 11 seasons playing with the Lakers during some of their championship seasons.

The 2008 NBA Coach of the Year has a record of 416-521 as a head coach for New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, reaching two NBA Finals with the Nets.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.

Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote.

The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013.


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