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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 02, 2015 04:53 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Newly-acquired pitcher Cole Hamels left his Texas Rangers debut with a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning, but his bullpen wouldn't let him pick up the victory.

The Giants scored three times in the eighth before Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt hit solo homers in the 11th inning to lead the a 9-7 comeback over the Rangers. Pence singled home the tying run after Matt Duffy and Buster Posey laced RBI singles earlier in the eighth. Posey also homered and came within a triple of the cycle to help San Francisco stay 1 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hamels was charged with five runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings, one day after the Rangers acquired him from Philadelphia.

Also in the majors:

-- Clayton Kershaw gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings as the Dodgers handed the Los Angeles Angels their fifth straight loss, 3-1. Kershaw retired his last 15 batters and ran his shutout streak to 37 innings. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee GRAHN'-dahl) belted a two-run homer for the Dodgers.

-- The Astros hammered Arizona 9-2 to stretch their lead in the AL West to three games over the Angels. Hank Conger launched a grand slam and a solo shot, while Carlos Correa drove in three runs with a pair of homers. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) improved to 13-5 by yielding two runs and just two hits in six innings.

-- The Mets are within one game of the NL East-leading Nationals after New York erased an early 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 win over Washington. Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) led the comeback by hitting a pair of solo homers before lining a tiebreaking, RBI double in the eighth. Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') and the Mets' bullpen blanked the Nationals after Ian Desmond's RBI single in the top of the first.

-- St. Louis continues to lead the NL Central by 5 1/2 games following the Cardinals' 6-2 loss to Colorado. Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) belted a two-run homer and Ben Paulson added a solo shot and a two-run double. Jorge De La Rosa limited the Cardinals to two runs over 6 2/3 innings, including Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tahz) solo shot.

-- Eugenio (ay-yoo-HAY'-nee-oh) Suarez delivered an RBI double and a pair of sacrifice flies as Cincinnati downed Pittsburgh 4-3, preventing Gerrit Cole from notching his major league-leading 15th win. Raisel Iglesias (ry-SEHL' ih-GLAY'-see-uhs) picked up the victory by limiting the Pirates to a pair of runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

-- Anthony Rizzo crushed a three-run homer and Kyle Schwarber added a solo blast as the Chicago Cubs topped the Brewers 4-2 in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks worked seven strong innings, giving up one run and four hits with six strikeouts.

-- Ben Zobrist homered twice and Kansas City snapped a three-game skid by storming back from a 5-1 deficit in a 7-6 triumph at Toronto. Eric Hosmer collected three RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the Royals' three-run eighth. Jose Bautista hit two solo homers and Josh Donaldson added a two-run blast for the Blue Jays, who still trail the AL East by six games to the New York Yankees.

-- Kansas City's lead in the AL Central remains eight games over Minnesota after the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to knock off Seattle 3-2. Shane Robinson scored the tying run on a wild pitch before Kurt Suzuki won it with an RBI single. Nelson Cruz socked his 28th homer of the season to put the Mariners ahead 2-1 in the sixth.

-- The Yankees were clobbered 8-2 by the White Sox as Melky Cabrera smacked a three-run homer and Alexei Ramirez added a solo shot and two RBIs. John Danks gave up a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings to help Chicago halt a two-game skid and win for the seventh time in nine games. Brian McCann hit a solo homer for the Yanks.

-- Baltimore is within five games of the Yankees after Caleb Joseph provided a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Orioles' 6-2 triumph over Detroit. Manny Machado added a solo blast to back Kevin Gausman, who allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings. The Birds have won seven of eight.

--Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and four RBIs as Boston dumped Tampa Bay 11-7. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) also had a big day at the plate with four hits and three RBIs, and Rusney Castillo added three hits with three RBIs in the Red Sox's third straight win since a 2-12 skid.

-- Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored as San Diego beat Miami 5-3. Matt Kemp also had two hits and an RBI in the Padres' fourth straight win.

-- Philadelphia crushed Atlanta 12-2 behind three-run homers by Freddy Galvis and Cameron Rupp. Odubel (oh-DOO'-bul) Herrera smacked a solo shot and Aaron Nola worked five innings in the Phillies' 12th victory in 14 games since the All-Star break.

-- Aaron Brooks pitched well in Oakland's 5-1 win against Cleveland, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Sam Fuld belted a solo homer and Bill Butler was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.


Rockies place 2 on DL...Birds lose Wright...Sizemore back in bigs

UNDATED -- The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Kyle Kendrick and outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list, while recalling recalled right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Kendrick left Friday night's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals after one inning with shoulder inflammation. Dickerson broke two ribs while diving for Jason Heyward's line drive during Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.

In other major league news:

-- The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander rookie Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list because of a left calf strain. Wright worked one inning in Friday night's game for the O's after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

-- Veteran Grady Sizemore has been recalled by Tampa Bay from Triple-A Durham. The 32-year-old played in 15 games with the Rays before being demoted, hitting .235 with two homers and seven RBIs.

-- Larry Lucchino is stepping down this year as the Boston Red Sox's president and CEO, although a team spokesman says Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity. Lucchino was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002.


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

The Hall said Sydney Seau's remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers. The Hall of Fame also said Sydney will represent her father and be interviewed during the Thursday night Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner.

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


UNDATED (AP) -- It didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to suffer an injury. In their first practice in pads, defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee. Winn got hurt during an inside running drill and coach Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn) says the team will know more about the extent of Winn's injury following an MRI and X-rays.

Winn started five games last season and recorded a career-high 31 tackles and an interception.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

-- Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his right Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp. The fifth-year pro was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later.

-- Redskins coach Jay Gruden says cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee. The second-year pro was hurt during the second practice of training camp.


GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell are co-leaders through three rounds of the PGA's Quicken Loans National.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 that included 11 birdies and one bogey. Chappell fired a 4-under 67 to tie Merritt at 14-under, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler.

Tournament host Tiger Woods played himself out of contention with a 3-over 74 that puts him nine strokes back.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- South Korea's Jin Young Ko and Taiwan's Teresa Lu share the lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open. Each shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish play 8 under par.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot par and will start the final round one shot off the lead.


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