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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on August 31, 2015 05:34 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Almonte's fifth-inning homer off Jered Weaver broke open a close game and sent Cleveland to its fifth straight win.

Weaver (6-10) didn't get much help from his defense. Center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Kole Calhoun lost catchable fly balls in the sun, leading to five Cleveland runs.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Indians president Mark Shapiro is leaving the team to take the same job with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shapiro, who has been with Cleveland since 1992, will replace Paul Beeston, Toronto's CEO and president who is retiring. The teams will make the announcement Monday, said the person who spoke Sunday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the sides were still working through some details. first reported the deal.

Shapiro served as Cleveland's minor league director and general manager before becoming Cleveland's president following the 2010 season. Shapiro has twice been named baseball's executive of the year.

The Indians have operated with one of baseball's lowest payrolls. That won't be the case in Toronto as the Blue Jays have pumped money into the roster, hoping to end a postseason drought dating to 1993.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians owner Paul Dolan hired an investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority investor for his franchise.

Dolan secured Allen & Co., a New York-based firm, to search for a minority owner, a team spokesman confirmed Sunday. The New York Post first reported the deal on Saturday.

The Dolan family bought the Indians in 1999 from Richard Jacobs for $322 million. The club has had one of the lowest payrolls in the major leagues and attendance at Progressive Field has dropped dramatically in the past few seasons.

Dolan has said he has no interest in selling his majority controlling interest in the Indians.

Meanwhile, team president Mark Shapiro could possibly leave the team for a similar role with the Toronto Blue Jays. Shapiro served as the club's general manager from 2001-10.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 31, 2015 20:42 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving judge Richard Berman to decide the fate of "Deflategate."

Berman announced after a conference in Manhattan that both sides tried hard to reach a deal during the morning meeting but failed.

He says he expects to rule as early as Tuesday whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the playoffs last season.

Goodell upheld the suspension in July, saying Brady colluded with two Patriots ball handlers to deflate balls before New England routed the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game. The NFL Players Association wants the suspension nullified.


UNDATED (AP) -- Robert Griffin III won't start the season as the Washington Redskins starting quarterback. Coach Jay Gruden (GROO'-den) says the starter will be Kirk Cousins. Gruden says he feels "Cousins gives us the best chance to win."

Griffin, who has struggled since tearing his right ACL and MCL in a January 2013 playoff loss to Seattle, was slated to start last Saturday's preseason game at Baltimore before being scratched the previous day in the wake of a concussion suffered on Aug. 20 against Detroit.

-- The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who has won the starting job after a three-way quarterback competition. Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl), a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.

-- The Bills have released 34-year old running back Fred Jackson. With nine seasons in Buffalo, Jackson had been the second-longest serving active player and one of the team's most popular players among fans. Buffalo acquired LeSean McCoy in a trade with Philadelphia in the off season to take over the No. 1 spot.

-- The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded longtime kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham and then Graham Hartley to preseason injuries.

-- The Denver Broncos traded offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston, released veteran linebacker Reggie Walker and placed rookie tight end Jeff Hauerman on injured reserved. The Clark trade for a seventh-round pick in 2016 is contingent on his passing a physical. The moves were just a few the team made to reduce its roster.

-- Safety Stevie Brown is back with the New York Giants. After playing for the team three seasons Brown signed with Houston as a free agent. He was released by the Texans Saturday night paving the way for a return to the Big Apple.

-- Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the NFL on Monday.

Bryant had 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns last season after being drafted out of Clemson in the fourth round of the draft.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Officials at LSU say football coach Les Miles had to go to the hospital Monday morning as a precaution after not feeling well. The 61-year-old Miles did not show up for his media luncheon afternoon and about 30 minutes after the scheduled start, the athletic director announced Miles' hospital visit.

Miles returned to LSU's football operations building early in the afternoon.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Play in the U.S. Open has begun in New York with all eyes on Serena Williams. The top-ranked player in the world is shooting for history, as with another Grand Slam championship she would equal Steffi Graf's (grahfs) professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. And a title in the final major of the year would give her the calendar Grand Slam, a sweep of the four major tournaments in one year. She has already won the Australian and French Open titles as well Wimbledon.

The last person to win a calendar Grand Slam was Graf in 1988. The last man to achieve it was Rod Laver in 1969. Overall, just five players have won all four majors in one year.

Williams is an amazing 48-2 with a tour-leading five championships in 2015.

She begins play this evening with a match against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.

In early results, women's seventh-seed Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova (doh-mih-NEE'-kuh see-bool-KOH'-vuh), a former top-10 player and Australian Open runner-up. Cibulkova won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the tournament's first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

On the men's side, fourth-seed Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR'-ee) was ousted in his first round match. A year after reaching his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, Nishikori was eliminated by the 41st-ranked player in the world, Benoit Paire (behn-WAH' PEHR').

And Mardy Fish advanced with a four-set win. Fish, who has struggled with anxiety disorder, announced earlier in the year that he would retire at the end of the U.S. Open.


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