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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on September 02, 2014 05:31 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- David Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit's three homers off Cleveland's Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 win on Monday to slow the Indians' climb in the standings.

Price (13-10) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings. The left-hander was coming off a troubling loss to New York in which he allowed nine consecutive hits in one inning and eight runs over two. Price called it "probably the worst game I've ever had in my life."

But he was more like himself against the sleepy Indians, who had won six of seven to get within 3 1/2 games of first in the AL Central.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third. Cabrera homered again in the eighth off rookie Bryan Price.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds plan to transfer right-hander Homer Bailey to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, ending his chances of pitching again this season.

Bailey hurt his right elbow and went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 16. The Reds initially expected to have him back in September.

The Reds were off on Monday before opening a three-game series in Baltimore. They plan to call up 10 players before the game, including right-handed reliever J.J. Hoover.

They also expect to add right-hander Carlos Contreras, right-hander Daniel Corcino, infielder Jake Elmore, left-hander David Holmberg, catcher Tucker Barnhart, first baseman Donald Lutz, outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, outfielder Jason Bourgeois and left-hander Ryan Dennick.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Receiver Marvin Jones walked through the Bengals' locker room on Monday still wearing that protective white boot on his left foot.

He's one of the few casualties of a favorable training camp.

Jones broke a bone in his foot but will miss only the first few weeks of the season. The defending AFC North champions are ready to start on Sunday in Baltimore at close to full strength.

The Bengals are trying to reach the playoffs for the fourth straight season, something they've never done. They're also aiming to end the sixth-longest playoff drought in NFL history: no postseason wins since 1990. They're 0-5 in the playoffs under coach Marvin Lewis.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 03, 2014 01:00 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Today's U.S. Open slate includes a breakthrough for a 28-year-old Chinese player and the ouster of the Williams sisters in doubles.

China's Peng Shuai (pehng shway) has reached the women's semifinals by downing Belinda Bencic (BEHN'-chihch) 6-2, 6-1. This is the first time in 37 tries that Peng has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event. Only five women have participated in more major tournaments before getting to a final four.

The Williams sisters were dispatched in the women's quarterfinals by Russia's Ekaterina Makaova (ma-kah-ROH'-vuh) and Elena Vesnina (vehs-NEE'-nuh) 7-6, 6-4. During the match, Serena had to call for a medical timeout for an issue with her right foot. She later indicated she just needed her ankle re-taped.

Serena is the top-seed and two-time defending champ who is still alive in the women's singles.

Frenchman Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') and Croatia's Marin Cilic (CHEE'-lihch) have advanced to the men's quarterfinals. Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') beat seventh seed Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 before Cilic knocked out Gilles Simon (see-MOHN') of France, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The top-ranked Bryan brothers try to stay on course for their 100th doubles title when they play in the quarterfinals. Bob and Mike haven't dropped a set as they try for a record 16th Grand Slam tournament title.

The two are still on course for their 100th doubles title and 16th Grand Slam championship. They reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero.

Second seed Roger Federer has begun his fourth-round match against No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOT'). Sixth seed Thomas Berdych (BUR'-dihch) is playing his fourth-ranked match versus Dominic Thiem.

The schedule concludes with women's 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) taking on No. 13 Sara Errani.


NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- The NFL has suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000 after his guilty plea to driving while intoxicated. In handing out the penalty, commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says owners, management personnel and coaches have to be held to a higher standard than players. The fine is one of the biggest the league has ever handed out.

The 55-year-old Irsay admitted in court that he was driving under the influence of painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was pulled over in March. He was placed on a year's probation and has to undergo drug testing for year. Irsay's driver's license was suspended for a year.

Also in the NFL:

-- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, although he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown. The league has outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial earlier this year.

-- A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.

-- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has reiterated that the team will not tolerate domestic violence. Harbaugh gave his comments and maintained a firm stance about the topic during his radio segment on KNBR-AM. That came two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges.


UNDATED (AP) -- The top four teams in this week's AP college football poll stayed the same, but some of them lost favor with voters following the first full weekend of football.

Top-ranked Florida State picked up 46 first-place votes following their tough win over Oklahoma State. No. 2 Alabama claimed just one first-place vote after failing to dominate against West Virginia.

Oregon is a close third, followed in order by Oklahoma, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Baylor. The ninth-ranked Aggies jumped 12 spots from last week after knocking off then No. 16 Clemson by 24 points.


UNDATED (AP) -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play for the 10th-ranked Bears Saturday against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back. He says he feels great, a day after an MRI revealed the issue. Bears coach Art Briles said Petty won't play if he's not 100 percent.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back on his first series of the season in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. Petty played only the first half, and was clearly in discomfort while throwing for 161 yards with two touchdowns.

In other college football news:

-- Southern California's Cody Kessler missed part of practice to undergo a procedure on one of his toes. But the Trojans starting quarterback says he'll be ready to go when the 14th-ranked Trojans visit No. 13 Stanford on Saturday.

-- Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely with an injured right shoulder, leaving Tanner McEvoy as the unquestioned starter for the 18th-ranked Badgers. Coach Gary Andersen says Stave needs to rest and has been dealing with the injury for a couple of weeks.


UNDATED (AP) -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be done for the rest of the season because of a strained lower back that was discovered through an MRI on Tuesday.

Rizzo was hurt on Aug. 26 and has been out of the lineup for a week. The 25-year-old All-Star is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Also in the majors:

-- New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) plans to throw a bullpen this week, the next step for the injured right-hander as he tries to overcome a recent setback. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka threw well Tuesday, and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad diagnosed the right-hander with arm fatigue. Tanaka is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

-- Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) will return to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation Thursday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, although manager Mike Matheny will limit him to around 60 pitches. Wacha was 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts this season before landing on the 15-day disabled list in June with a right shoulder stress reaction.

-- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez will be out of the lineup at least a week because of a sprained left wrist suffered in Sunday's loss at San Francisco. The Brewers say Gomez isn't going on the disabled list, although manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) admits the injury could potentially keep Gomez out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.


UNDATED (AP) -- The rosters have been completed for the upcoming Ryder Cup to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.

The U.S. Captain has added Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) and Webb Simpson to his squad. That means no Ryder Cup appearance for Chris Kirk, who finished ahead of Simpson in the Ryder Cup standings and won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

European captain Paul McGinley has picked veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, along with first-timer Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections. That left former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team after he was on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances.


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