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Last Update on July 02, 2015 05:35 GMT

INDIANS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians' first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis' glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

For the third straight night, the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.

Washington's Max Scherzer lost his perfect game with one strike to go on June 20 but finished with a no-hitter, the second in the major leagues this season.

Carrasco walked Astrubal Cabrera leading off the ninth, then hit pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with a pitch. Grady Sizemore, also pinch hitting, grounded into a force play and Kevin Kiermaier struck out to bring Butler to the plate with a crowd of 11,394 at Tropicana Field on its feet.

Butler lined an 0-2 pitch over Kipnis, who jumped high in the air to make an attempt at the ball and fell flat to the ground as the line drive landed cleanly in the outfield. Carrasco smiled, clapped into his glove several times and pointed at the second baseman in appreciation of his effort.

TWINS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow, allowing four hits in eight innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday to take their interleague series.

The game started 12 hours after the Twins' 8-5 win on Tuesday night following a long weather delay. Minnesota played several rested backups in the quick turnaround, with Torii Hunter among those out of the lineup.

Cincinnati took two of three in the series.

Cueto (5-5) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in six starts since he returned from an inflamed right elbow. He struck out eight, walked one and gave up an RBI groundout to Eddie Rosario.

Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.

CAVALIERS-LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Kevin Love is staying in Cleveland and it's going to be for the long term.

Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.

Love came to Cleveland from Minnesota last summer in a trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves.

Love injured his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and missed the rest of the Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 03, 2015 00:45 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of the Rays in Tropicana Field with a 5-4, 10 inning victory. Mike clinched it with a lead-off home run in the 10th. The Rays set a team record by striking out 19 strikeouts. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) went eight and left with 14 K's and no decision.

-- Jose Fernandez pitched for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery after his last appearance in May, 2014 as Miami beat the Giants 5-4 to complete a three-game sweep. He went six innings to get the win and helped his cause with a home run.

-- Jonathan Herrera drove in three runs with a squeeze bunt and home run in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Mets in New York. The win gave Chicago a three game sweep and wins in all seven games played against the New Yorkers this season.

-- Neil Walker drove three runs to help Pittsburgh complete a sweep of Detroit with an 8-4 win. The Pirates first baseman tormented the Tigers all week, going 10-for-17 in the series with 7 RBIs.

MLB-TRANSACTIONS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Right-hander Aaron Harang has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Phillies because of a foot injury. Harang, who is 4-11, lost his eighth straight start on Wednesday night to become the first Phillies pitcher since Jim Nash in 1972 to lose eight in a row. The Phillies have the worst record in the majors at 27-53.

-- Houston outfielder George Springer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist. He was injured when he was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning of Houston's win over Kansas City on Wednesday night. Springer is hitting .264 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs.

NBA-TRANSACTIONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's great news for fans of the San Antonio Spurs as Tim Duncan has informed the San Antonio Express-News that he's coming back for a 19th season. Until the announcement there was speculation that he might call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Duncan will start the season as a 39-year-old.

In other moves in the NBA. All these moves are not official, because they cannot be announced until July 9. But the news is a

result of people with knowledge of the deals informing The Associated Press:

-- Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth more than $120 million. The full value of the contract could wind up ranging between $125 million and $129 million and won't be determined until the salary cap is established. That makes it the richest contract in NBA history for a guard.

-- After 12 years with Miami, Dwyane (DWAYN) Wade is staying with the Heat. Wade accepted a $20 million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency.

-- The New York Knicks are reuniting Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) with Carmelo Anthony. The two played together with the Nuggets and a person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, $16 million offer from the New Yorkers.

-- The Pelicans are keeping their front line intact. Center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met. The 7-footer started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season.

-- The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man as the agent for free agent center Greg Monroe says his client has chosen the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers. Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons last year and was one of the most coveted big men on the market.

-- Monta Ellis is leaving Dallas for Indianapolis. He has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth $44 million. Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with the Mavericks last year.

NHL-TRANSACTIONS

UNDATED (AP) -- Veteran forward Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis made the announcement roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. The 40-year old had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Lightning and Rangers.

In other NHL news:

-- Nashville forward Gabriel Bourque (bork) has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250. The 24-year-old has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. The Predators also announced the signings of forward Max Reinhart and free-agent defenseman Conor Allen to one-year, two-way contracts worth $575,000 when they're in the NHL and $80,000 when they're in the American Hockey League.

-- The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defensemen Cameron Schilling and Michael Liambas. The two-year contract for Schilling runs through the 2016-17 season and Liambas is a one-year deal for next season.

-- New Jersey's Devils have signed free agent defenseman John Moore. He helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the recent World Championships and that performance has landed him a three-year, $5 million contract.

-- Free agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points.

NFL-SUSPENSIONS

UNDATED (AP) -- Some star NFL players will be a getting a longer-than-usual offseason.

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.

Gates' suspension is over the league's ban on performance-enhancing drugs. Richardson and McClain will be sidelined under the substance abuse policy. The suspension of Richardson means the Jets are losing the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Green Bay defensive end Datone Jones will have to sit out the season opener for a substance abuse violation. All the suspensions, announced by the league Thursday, are without pay.

WIMBLEDON

LONDON (AP) -- Following the hottest day in Wimbledon history, the start of play on Day 4 was held up at most of the courts for 45 minutes by rain.

Once things got going second-seed Roger Federer looked as good as ever on the grass-courts in London. He beat American Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in a second round match. The seven-time champion struggled with Querrey's serve in the first set before breaking for a 5-4 lead, and then dominated the last two sets.

Men's third seed Andy Murray won his second round match in straight sets, while the woes of tenth-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') continued. The two-time winner at Wimbledon was upset by qualifier Dustin Brown of Germany, the 102nd-ranked player in the world, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It's the fourth year in a row that Nadal leaves the All England Club early. He lost in the second round in 2012, first round in 2013 and fourth round last year, with none of his opponents ranked higher than 100th.

For the women, second-seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) advanced to the third round with a straight sets win in less than an hour.

And American Madison Keys, the 21st seed, advanced to the third round with a win over an unseeded Russian.

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