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Last Update on July 30, 2014 05:34 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run -- a rare commodity for the Reds these days -- leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs -- by far the fewest in the majors over that span.

Leake (8-9) had a single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado that drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for 23rd save. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive appearances, a major league record for a reliever.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. He is 5-0 outside Seattle this season.

Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle's four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6). Mike Zunino homered in the fifth for the Mariners, one of six teams scrapping for the AL's second wild-card spot.

The Indians are 5-7 since the All-Star break and are trying to decide whether to be active before Thursday's trade deadline.


DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area prosecutor plans to talk to reporters about an investigation involving Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed and allegations of sexual assault.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she'll announce the results of her review at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Reed was with the Detroit Tigers when the allegations became public in April.

Messages seeking comment were left with Reed's attorneys Tuesday. In May, they said they were confident the case would be closed with no charges filed.

Reed was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games for the Tigers before being sent to Triple-A Toledo in June.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the NFL.

Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

ESPN first reported Suh's hiring.

Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy. While he awaits his hearing, the Pro Bowler has been at training camp with the Browns. He has declined interview requests.

Gordon was suspended for two games last season, but led the league in yards receiving. He reportedly checked into rehab following a recent DWI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Not too long ago, Miles Austin was on his way to becoming one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL.

But he struggled with multiple injuries, including a nagging hamstring, and he missed extended time. And after a disappointing 2013 season, he was let go by the Dallas Cowboys.

The two-time Pro Bowler has a fresh start in Cleveland. And he's making the most of it through the first four days of camp.

And if he can stay healthy, Austin could be a major part of the Browns' offense, as the team awaits wide receiver Josh Gordon's potential suspension from the league.

In his breakout 2009 season, Austin caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. He followed that performance in 2010 with 69 catches for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns while starting all 16 games.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- One of the jerseys Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Texas A&M will be auctioned off this week.

The No. 2 jersey, with an estimated value of $100,000, was worn for six games in 2012 by Manziel, the dazzling quarterback who became the first freshman to win college football's most prestigious award. It will be up for auction online starting on Aug. 6 through the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Manziel is in his first NFL training camp with the Browns. He's battling Brian Hoyer to win Cleveland's starting job.

The Browns selected Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick in May's draft.

Manziel's arrival in Cleveland has heightened interest in the Browns, who have been drawing large crowds to their training camp.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore County authorities say they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the gravesite of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

The man, who has so far been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month.

Modell and his wife, Patricia, are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a news release that he hopes the case will be a deterrent.

Shellenberger says the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served.

David Modell, Art Modell's son, says the family is thankful for the excellent work by Baltimore County police.


RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- As Walter Jones went through names to give his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he constantly came back to his son Walterius.

His son was with him in New York during Super Bowl week when Jones found out he'd be honored in his first year of eligibility, and just the third player having spent their entire career with Seattle Seahawks to be inducted. It felt only right to have the 14-year-old give the speech.

Regarded as one of the best offensive tackles to ever play, Jones will get his gold jacket Saturday night and add to a year that has seen the Seahawks reach the pinnacle of the NFL.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James' Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available Wednesday evening in response to the overwhelming demand.

Organizers aren't divulging how many tickets are being offered Wednesday or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It's unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.

James is returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Rory McIlroy has had his fun with the claret jug. Now it's time to put the British Open trophy away and get back to work.

McIlroy returns to competition this week at the Bridgestone Invitational. The final major of the year is next week at Valhalla. All he is thinking about is adding to what already has been a great year.

He wants to win a fourth major at the PGA Championship. He has never won a World Golf Championship. And he would like to get back to No. 1 in the world.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland says there is no temptation to celebrate the rest of the year. Based on his previous experience winning majors, McIlroy thinks this will lead to more victories this year.


NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux says he has recovered enough from a devastating knee injury that his goal is to be the Bearcats' starter when they open the season.

Legaux might be overly optimistic, but considering how far he has come since tearing two ligaments in his left knee during the second game of last season against Illinois, his positive attitude is understandable.

The senior from New Orleans with the memorable name and exciting game says he is about 90 back to normal. He's not cleared to play, but he can drop back and throw. He's not running as fast and able to change direction as quickly, but it's coming.

His approach is: "Let's see where this can go."

Legaux was at American Athletic Conference media day on Tuesday.

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Last Update on July 30, 2014 07:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics were able to pad their lead in the American League West by rallying for a victory in Houston while the Los Angeles Angels were losing in extra innings.

The A's erupted for six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Astros 7-4. Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) sparked the rally with a two-run single before Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and Brandon Moss added RBI singles to put the Athletics ahead. Josh Donaldson capped the rally with a two-run double as the A's moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Angels.

The Angels were 7-6 losers in Baltimore on Manny Machado's leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) hit a three-run homer and Adam Jones added a solo blast before the Orioles improved to 12-3 in extra innings.

The Birds blew a 6-4 lead before maintaining their 2 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.

The Blue Jays kept pace with the O's as Marcus Stroman held Boston to a run and six hits while fanning eight over seven innings of Toronto's 4-2 triumph at Fenway Park. Anthony Gose snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the fourth after Colby Rasmus homered.

Detroit's lead in the AL Central remains five games over Kansas City. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox blasted the Tigers 11-4 in Detroit. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double and Adam Dunn smacked a solo homer to help the Chisox deal the Tigers their fourth consecutive loss.

The Royals were held to no runs and two hits by Kyle Gibson over seven innings of Minnesota's 2-1 triumph at Kansas City. Brian Dozier's RBI single in the fifth put the Twins ahead 2-0.

The Tampa Bay Rays continued their torrid stretch while dealing the Milwaukee Brewers their third straight loss.

Alex Cobb struck out 12 while limiting the Brewers to a run and three hits in eight innings of the Rays' 11th victory in 12 games, 5-1 at St. Petersburg. Ben Zobrist (ZOH'-brihst) tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth before his RBI double triggered the Rays' four-run eighth. Logan Forsythe added an RBI double and scored on Brandon Guyer's two-run single.

The surging Rays are one game under .500 for the first time since April 23.

The Pirates are within one game of the NL Central-leading Brewers after Francisco Liriano struck out 11 and allowed just four hits over seven innings of Pittsburgh's 3-1 triumph at San Francisco. Josh Harrison hit a solo homer and Travis Snider added a two-run blast to help Liriano win his second consecutive start since opening the season 1-7.

The Cardinals' 3-1 loss at San Diego keeps St. Louis 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee. Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) singled home the tiebreaking run, Yangervis Solarte (yahn-JUR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) added a solo homer and Tyler Ross struck out seven in six innings to lead the Padres.

The Dodgers doubled up Atlanta 8-4 to stretch their lead in the NL West to three games over the Giants while keeping the Braves a half-game behind the NL East-leading Nationals. Matt Kemp led the Dodgers' 15-hit attack with a pair of two-run homers, and Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.

Miami's Henderson Alvarez surrendered just three hits in seven innings of a 3-0 shutout of Washington. Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the Marlins' sixth consecutive win.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer and was 4-for-5 with three runs scored as the New York Yankees won a 12-11 slugfest against the Rangers in Texas. Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) added a two-run homer and scored three times to help the Yankees overcome J.P. Arencibia's (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uhz) grand slam and solo homer.

-- Seattle was a 5-2 winner at Cleveland behind the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ih-wah-KOO'-mah), who surrendered two runs and six hits in seven innings. Dustin Ackley led the Mariners' offense with three hits, including a two-run double.

-- Mike Leake was sharp in Cincinnati's 3-0 blanking of Arizona, allowing five hits and striking out eight over 7 2/3 innings. Leake, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena furnished RBI singles as the Reds won for only the second time in 11 games to move back to .500.

-- Cole Hamels struck out eight while scattering six hits in eight innings of Philadelphia's 6-0 shutout of the New York Mets. The Phillies' runs came on homers as Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore hit solo shots before Chase Utley launched a grand slam.

--The Chicago Cubs won a marathon against Colorado, beating the Rockies 4-3 on Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly with two out in the bottom of the 16th. Cubs third baseman Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nah-FAH'-see-oh) came within a triple of the cycle, going 4-for-7 with a pair of solo homers.


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.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has obtained legal counsel familiar to the NFL as he tries to avoid an indefinite suspension for marijuana use.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week.

Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012 and will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person familiar with the decision.

ESPN first reported Suh's hiring.

According to the person who spoke to the AP, Gordon will contend failed test results were caused by secondhand marijuana smoke. Gordon's attorney also is expected to point out that Gordon only tested positive once despite being tested over 70 times, and even then two samples taken did not match.


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 Tuesday's other NFL training camp news:

-- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sat out a competitive practice for the first time at training camp, although coach Jason Garrett said it wasn't because of any setbacks from surgery for a herniated disk in late December. Romo said after the practice that camp was going as planned.

-- New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the team for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list following offseason back surgery. He was named to the Pro Bowl while with Buffalo last season and was one of New Orleans' most significant moves in free agency.


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 Tuesday 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.


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

The punishment means Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill 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, while Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were both docked 75 points in the driver and owner standings.


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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