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Last Update on August 01, 2014 05:37 GMT


MIAMI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds benefited from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.

With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Todd Frazier flied to right fielder Stanton whose throw to the plate easily beat Zack Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning. After a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because catcher Jeff Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate, tying the game 1-1.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.

Joe Beimel (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning while Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his AL-leading 30th save.

Carlos Santana drove in two runs for Cleveland, including a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that broke a 4-all tie.

Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer for the Mariners while Jason Kipnis hit a two-run shot for the Indians. Both home runs came in the third when the teams exchanged three-run rallies.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday.

The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base -- his likely position in Washington -- most recently in 2009.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out with a strained right hamstring, and regular second baseman Anthony Rendon has shifted over to third.

Cabrera is in the last year of a three-year contract and with top prospect Francisco Lindor at Triple-A Columbus, Cleveland had the flexibility to make the move.

Oft injured, Cabrera is a career .270 hitter, with 82 home runs and a .331 on-base percentage in eight seasons. He is batting .246 with 33 extra-base hits this season.

Walters, 24, has hit .234 with three home runs and six RBIs in 40 games for the Nationals over the last two seasons.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel says he's competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback.

Manziel said "it's really me versus the playbook right now." Following Thursday's practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland's offense. Manziel, though, believes he's making some progress.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland's coaching staff.

Hoyer said he's not worrying about his battle with Manziel as much as trying to make the Browns better.

Manziel has yet to work with Cleveland's first-string offense, but coach Mike Pettine said that will change soon.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are building their defense around linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a sign of how much he means to the franchise as he enters his third season.

The Pro Bowl linebacker is growing into the leader that coach Marvin Lewis has craved.

Burfict signed with the Bengals in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State, where his penchant for personal fouls made teams wary.

Last season, he made the Pro Bowl, led the team in tackles and was the AFC's defensive player of the week after an eye-opening game against Cleveland.

When Lewis was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, he had Ray Lewis leading the unit. He sees Burfict growing into a lead role in Cincinnati.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around.

Woods made six birdies Thursday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.

Justin Rose was among five players at 65, while 27 players in the 76-man field at this World Golf Championship broke par.

It was only a first step for Woods. He opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, and then made the cut on the number.

British Open champion Rory McIlroy made a late double bogey in his round of 69.


UNDATED (AP) -- Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll.

Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

Ohio State was sixth, UCLA seventh, Michigan State eighth, South Carolina ninth and Baylor 10th.

The Southeastern Conference had five of the top 13 teams in the poll, with No. 12 Georgia and No. 13 LSU joining Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Oklahoma received three first-place votes. Oregon, Ohio State and South Carolina received one first-place vote each.


DETROIT (AP) -- Minor league pitcher Evan Reed has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.

A not-guilty plea was entered Thursday for Reed, who appeared in court via video on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The 28-year-old right-hander plays for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A club.

Prosecutors say the woman was assaulted after meeting Reed at a bar in the suburbs. His lawyer says Reed and the 45-year-old woman had consensual sex.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 12.

Reed was with the Tigers when the alleged assault occurred on March 30, the eve of Opening Day.

He was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to Toledo in June.


Suspended Buckeye pleads to misdemeanor in brawl

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio State University football player has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge in a felony drug case against him.

The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram reports that Tracy Sprinkle pleaded Thursday to attempted failure to comply, a misdemeanor. He received a $500 fine, 30-day suspended jail sentence and two years' probation.

Sprinkle was charged after a brawl outside a bar in Lorain on July 4. He also was charged with drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse. Police say officers found cocaine in the back seat of the squad car that took Sprinkle to jail.

The redshirt freshman was suspended from the team.

Defense attorney Michael Duff says Sprinkle wants to keep playing at Ohio State and the plea was a good way to put the case behind hm.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 01, 2014 20:41 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The defending NBA champ San Antonio Spurs haves signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million starting in 2015.

Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season to help the Spurs to the franchise's fifth NBA title.

The 32-year old Parker is among the elite point guards in the league and has spent all 13 seasons of his career in San Antonio. He was due to make $12.5 million next season in the final year of his existing contract.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has defended the league against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his domestic violence incident.

Goodell maintains that the two-game suspension the Ravens running back got is consistent with other disciplines the league has handed out.

Goodell stresses that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault.

Rice allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife, on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


UNDATED (AP) -- A day after the flurry of high-profile trade deadline deals, major league baseball gets back to a sense of normalcy with a 15-game schedule, all under the lights.

The highlight is a showdown between NL Central leader Milwaukee and the second-place Cardinals in St. Louis. The Cards send out Adam Wainwright, who will be trying to become the first 14-game winner in the majors. He takes a 1.92 ERA into the start. The Brewers look to staff ace Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) to help protect their two-game lead. He takes a 12-6 mark into the series opener.

Chris Sale tries to ride his July success into August when he gets the starting assignment for the White Sox at home against Minnesota tonight. Sale blew through July giving up just three earned runs to lower his major league-leading ERA to 1.88. He's 10-1.

The NL West-leading Dodgers take a six-game winning streak into the start of their home series against the Cubs tonight. Dan Haren takes the mound for Los Angeles hoping to turn around his July performance. He went 0-4 last month to drop to 8-8.

Oakland continues to have the best record in the majors and hopes to keep it going tonight at home against Kansas City. Sonny Gray takes a six-game winning streak and 12-3 record into the start for the Athletics. He didn't give up more than one earned run in any of his five July starts to lower his ERA to 2.65.

Doug Fister has been nearly as good for Washington. He's scheduled tonight at home against Philadelphia. He will be looking to win his sixth straight decision. The 10-game winner is 5-0 in his last six starts, with a 2.21 ERA.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Justin Rose shot a 3-under 67 to move into the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Rose moved to 8-under par to take a one-shot lead over first round leader Marc Leishman who put up a 69.

Tiger Woods struggled to a 1-over 71 and fell seven shots off the pace.


RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Watney has widened his lead early in the second round of the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour. Watney has tallied eight points under the modified Stableford scoring system to give him a total of 26. That puts him six ahead of Jeff Overton and Bryce Molder.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Gary Hallberg, Mike Goodes, Gene Sauers and Bobby Wadkins all have a share of the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship after shooting 6-under 66's.

Two-time winner Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) is coming off a runaway victory in the Senior British Open last week that was his fourth major title on the 50-and over tour. He's still on the course.


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