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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on August 02, 2015 05:33 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Eugenio Suarez had a sacrifice fly and an RBI double off 14-game winner Gerrit Cole, and the Cincinnati Reds extended their home-field success over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.

The Reds have won five of six against their Ohio River rival at Great American Ball Park this season. They are 9-3 against Pittsburgh overall.

Cole (14-5) leads the majors in wins, but three of his five losses have come against the Reds, a team he has never beaten. Jay Bruce added a run-scoring double as Cole fell to 0-4 in six career starts against the Reds.

Suarez got his third RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning off newcomer Joe Blanton for a 4-2 lead.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Marcus Semien homered to back a strong outing by Oakland newcomer Aaron Brooks and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Brooks (1-0) allowed one run and five hits over 7-plus innings for his first career win. The right-hander, who joined Oakland as part of the June 28 trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City, struck out five and didn't walk a batter in his first start in more than 14 months.

Billy Butler and Sam Fuld had two hits apiece as the A's won for just the fifth time since the All-Star break.

Semien's home run off Cleveland starter Cody Anderson (2-3) in the seventh was his ninth of the season.

Lonnie Chisenhall homered off Brooks in the fifth for the Indians' lone run.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Cyle Larin scored twice to help Orlando City beat the Columbus Crew 5-1 on Saturday night.

Columbus (8-8-7) opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Justin Meram made a nice service in a crowded penalty area to a streaking Federico Higuain, who chipped it behind Tally Hall for his sixth of the season.

Orlando (7-9-6) evened it in the 18th. Servando Carrasco found Corey Ashe down the left wing. Ashe fed Larin in the center of the box and the rookie tapped it in for his 10th of the season.

Darwin Ceren gave Orlando a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute. His first attempt from the right side of the penalty area was knocked down, but he followed up with a strong right foot form the edge of the six-yard box to beat Steve Clark.

Larin, Aurelien Collin and Cristian Higuita added second-half goals for Orlando City.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak in an interview after his bust is unveiled next weekend.

"Sydney will be given a chance to share thoughts about her father immediately following the unveiling of his bronzed bust," the Hall of Fame said Saturday night in a statement. "The unveiling, which typically features just the presenter and enshrinee, will include Sydney and Junior's three sons. Her remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers."

Seau killed himself in 2012.

The Hall of Fame also said Sydney will represent her father and be interviewed during the Thursday night Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner, broadcast by the NFL Network.

"Our goal is to maintain our policy regarding enshrinement speeches, but also show compassion and understanding," Hall of Fame President David Baker said.

Hall policy does not allow live speeches during a posthumous induction.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- North Carolina center Stephanie Mavunga is transferring to Ohio State, leaving the Tar Heels without their entire four-player recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally in 2013.

The school announced the move Saturday. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for North Carolina and earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore last year.

She will enroll at Ohio State this fall and redshirt this season while fulfilling transfer requirements. Mavunga will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016-17. She joins Sierra Calhoun, who transferred to Ohio State this summer after playing 13 games at Duke as a freshman.

Ohio State lost to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 03, 2015 00:08 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Collin McHugh threw seven solid innings to earn his 13th win of the season in Houston's 4-1 victory over Colorado.

Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run, go-ahead single and Evan Gattis added a solo home run in the fifth.

McHugh improved to 13-5 with his fourth straight win. He gave up one run and eight hits with six strikeouts. The right-hander is now tied for the AL lead in wins with teammate Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kehl).

In other major league action;

-- Stephen Drew had three hits and four RBIs to lead the Yankees to a 12-3 win over the White Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira (teh-SHER'-uh) homered for the AL East leading Yankees who closed out a 6-4 road trip. Ellsbury drove in three. White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija was tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings to drop to 8-6.

-- Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer off of newly acquire Giants starter Mike Leake to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win over San Francisco. Martin Perez gave up just two hits in 8 1-3 innings to pick up his first win in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. In his previous start, failed to get out of the second inning and gave up eight runs in a loss to the Yankees.

-- Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run while R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings in Toronto's 5-2 win over Kansas City. The Blue Jays took three of four from the AL's top team. Both benches and bullpens emptied after Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for throwing at Kansas City's Alcides Escobar in the eighth. It was the climax of a game-long spat that began when Royals starter Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson on the left arm in the first.

-- J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first off of Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez and Detroit went on to a 6-1 win over the Orioles. Daniel Norris took a three-hitter into the eighth inning in his Tigers debut after being acquired from Toronto in the David Price deal Thursday.

-- Brandon Moss singled home Jason Heyward in the bottom of the ninth to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over Colorado. Randal Grichuk broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fifth for St. Louis. Ben Paulsen had a RBI single for the Rockies in the sixth and Colorado tied it later in the inning when Nolan Arenado scored on Steve Cishek's (SEE'-shehks) wild pitch. The Cards have won nine of 12 games.

-- Charlie Morton scattered five hits over seven innings and struck out a season-high seven to lead Pittsburgh to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Neil Walker homered and Starling Marte (mar-TAY') drove in two to help the Pirates earn a split in the series. Both benches cleared late in the game after Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutcheon and Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.

-- Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and scored on James Loney's single in the eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-3. The slumping Rays avoided a sweep by winning for just the fourth time in 17 road games. David Ortiz had an RBI for Boston, passing Hall of Famer Andre Dawson for 37th place with his 1,592nd RBI.

-- Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run home run off Brandon Maurer with one out in the ninth inning, and the Miami Marlins topped the San Diego Padres 5-2. Hechavarria's first walkoff home run came after the Padres Alexi Amarista tied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer.

-- Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run in Atlanta's 6-2 victory over Philadelphia. Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Lavarnway all had an RBI for the Braves, who snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak. The resurgent Phillies lost for just the third time in 15 games since the All-Star break.

-- Logan Morrison's RBI double in the 11th inning broke the tie and Austin Jackson added a two-run double as Seattle outlasted Minnesota 4-1.

-- Addison Russell homered and Kris Bryant drove in a run before leaving the game with an injury as the Cubs held off Milwaukee 4-3. Bryant was injured after sliding headfirst into second and appearing to get tagged on the head.

The Mets go for a series sweep and a share of the NL East lead when they host division-leading Washington tonight to wrap up a 15-game major league schedule. New York has eked out one-run wins in each of the series' first two games to pull to within a game of the Nationals.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt has earned his first PGA Tour win with a victory in the Quicken Loans National. The 29-year old closed out a 4-under 67 with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to wind up at 18 under par.

Rickie Fowler finished three shots back after shooting a 69.

Tournament host Tiger Woods closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 8-under par.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Top-ranked Inbee Park fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the Women's British Open. The victory makes her the seventh golfer to win four different majors. The LPGA is calling it a career Grand Slam, but Park hasn't won the Evian Championship since it became a major in 2013. Park won the tournament in 2012.

Park has now won seven majors and six of the last 14.

The victory is her fourth of the season.

Park started the day three shots back of Jin-Young Ko who finished second, three shots off the pace.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Kenny Perry successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship with a final round 4-under 68. Perry's 18-under total was four shots better than Bernhard Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono when Kyle Busch ran out of fuel on the final lap in an attempt to earn his fourth straight win.

Busch and Joey Logano were trying to conserve fuel late in the race in an effort capture the win. Logano went empty with three laps to go and Busch took the lead trying for his fifth win in six races. But Busch also didn't have enough fuel and helplessly watch as Kenseth tracked him down and roared by.

Brad Keselowski finished second with Jeff Gordon third. Logano was 20th and Busch wound up 21st.


LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Graham Rahal won the IndyCar race in his home state of Ohio, and made up considerable ground on series leader Juan Pablo Montoya with two events remaining in the season.

Rahal held off Justin Wilson on the final restart of the 203-mile race at Mid-Ohio. Wilson ended up finishing second, 3.4 seconds behind. Simon Pagenaud was third, followed by pole winner Scott Dixon.

Montoya finished 11th. He held a 42-point lead over Rahal heading into the race, but it's now down to only nine points.


RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seahawks have released veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to save salary cap space after signing quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to contract extensions.

The move will save the club between $2.5 and $3 million against the salary cap. McDaniel spent two seasons with the Seahawks, starting 29 of 32 regular-season games and five of six postseason games.


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