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Last Update on March 31, 2015 05:34 GMT

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Trevor Bauer struck out seven, working solidly into the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians connected for three home runs Monday in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Bauer gave up four hits, including a home run to Tyler Flowers, in 6 1-3 innings. He fanned Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche three times apiece but walked his first batter of the spring, Adam Eaton.

Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer to the right field bullpen off Hector Noesi in the fourth. The homer was the first of the spring for Zimmer, an outfielder who was Cleveland's first-round pick -- 21st overall -- in last June's draft.

Veteran catcher Brett Hayes followed Zimmer's long ball with his third of the spring, a long drive over the bullpen in left.

Noesi went 5 1-3 innings and gave up five hits, walking two and striking out five.

Jerry Sands also homered for the Indians, off Zach Duke.

INDIANS-ROSEN PATCH

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians will honor the late Al Rosen this season by wearing his No. 7 jersey number on their jersey sleeves.

The AL's MVP in 1953, Rosen died on March 13 at 91. He spent his entire career with Cleveland (1947-56) and went on to have a successful career as a baseball executive with Houston, the New York Yankees and San Francisco.

In his MVP season, Rosen batted .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBIs. He just missed winning the Triple Crown as Washington's Mickey Vernon hit .337.

Rosen is the only person to have earned the MVP honors as a player and executive of the year as a member of a front office.

He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team, but only played in five games. He took over as Cleveland's everyday third baseman in 1950.

PADRES-REDS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani -- a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation -- and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday.

Kemp hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for his fourth homer of the spring.

Clint Barmes added a solo shot, and Yangervis Solarte had a three-run homer during the fifth inning. DeSclafani gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings. The Reds got him from Miami in an offseason trade for Mat Latos and are counting on him to fill one of three openings in the rotation.

San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy pitched six scoreless innings. Kennedy will start the Padres' home opener against the San Francisco Giants.

REDS-MAHOLM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Left-hander Paul Maholm has been released from a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Maholm agreed to the deal Jan. 28 and had a 2.19 ERA in five spring-training games, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in 12 1-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Cincinnati, which announced the decision Monday, originally envisioned Maholm competing for a rotation spot after the Reds traded Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, but the Reds told Maholm in mid-March he was under consideration for a bullpen role.

Under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Reds had until Tuesday to give Maholm written notice he would be on the opening-day roster, pay a $100,000 retention bonus or release him. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a one-year contract calling for a $1.5 million salary in the major leagues and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: $100,000 each for 10 and each additional five through 30.

Maholm was 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA in eight starts and 22 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year. He injured his right knee covering first base against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 1 and missed the rest of the season.

BROWNS-TEXTS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The NFL has suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer for four games for sending text messages to the sideline last season during games.

Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages, which is prohibited under league rules.

The league's punishment handed down on Monday includes a $250,000 fine on the Browns. But the league spared stripping the team of any draft picks.

NFL executive Troy Vincent says there's no evidence that Browns ownership or other team executives knew about the texts. He says the team changed its procedures to prevent future violations.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has remained supportive of Farmer, who was promoted to general manager in February 2014.

Farmer has expressed remorse in sending the texts but has not divulged any specifics of the messages.

The Browns went 7-9 last season, ending the year on a five-game losing streak and with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel struggling in two starts.

NCAA-DAYTON-UCONN

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the Final Four for an eighth straight season.

Unlike the first three games of the tournament when UConn won by an average of nearly 48 points, the Huskies got all they could handle from the seventh-seeded Flyers, who weren't intimidated by the top seed, for the game's first 20 minutes.

Trailing at the half for the first time in two seasons, UConn scored the first nine points of the second half during a 15-3 run to take a 58-47 lead with 13:56 left.

A little more than a minute later, Mosqueda-Lewis hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game giving her 393 in her career to break the NCAA record for 3s. That made it 62-49.

Dayton couldn't get within seven the rest of the way.

UCONN-MOSQUEDA-LEWIS NCAA RECORD

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis broke the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers during the Huskies' 91-70 regional final win over Dayton on Monday.

The senior guard came into the game with 388, but made five of her first seven attempts from behind the arc to set the mark with 393.

She added two more and now has 395 for her career. She made seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts and had a team-high 27 points against the Flyers.

She broke the record with a shot from left of the key that gave the Huskies a 62-49 lead with 12:32 left in the game.

The former record of 392 had been held jointly by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State, who set the mark in 2005, and Heather Butler of Tennessee-Martin, who tied it last season.

Mosqueda-Lewis also leads the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting better than 49 percent of her shots from behind the arc.

WOODEN AWARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.

The trio, who are all participating in this week's Final Four, along with Jerian Grant of Notre Dame and D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State have been invited to Los Angeles, where the winner will be announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 10.

The other finalists announced Monday are Ron Baker of Wichita State, Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa, Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga and Delon Wright of Utah.

They were selected by a panel of nearly 1,000 national college basketball media and the award's former winners. Voting was from March 16-23 and included the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The finalists for the women's Wooden Award are Nina Davis of Baylor, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina, and Connecticut teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, who finished third in last year's voting.

The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented to Steve Fisher of San Diego State on the same night.

XAVIER-RANDOLPH

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sophomore point guard Brandon Randolph is transferring from Xavier after his playing time diminished during the Musketeers' Sweet 16 season.

Randolph made six starts during his two seasons at Xavier, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 assists. He had a career-high 12 points during a win over Gardner-Webb during his freshman season.

Senior Dee Davis was the starting point guard both seasons. Randolph lost the role of primary backup to freshman Larry Austin Jr. as this season went along.

The Musketeers beat Ole Miss and Georgia State in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last eight years. They lost to Arizona in a regional semifinal. They lose Davis and senior center Matt Stainbrook.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 31, 2015 20:35 GMT

NBA-DURANT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has undergone what his doctors call successful bone graft surgery for a fracture in his right foot. The reigning NBA MVP is done for the season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in four to six months.

This is Durant's third surgery on the foot. He had the initial procedure last October, then had a screw replaced in February.

Durant appeared in just 27 games this season, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of the teams involved in the quest for the final playoff berth in the NBA's Eastern Conference are squaring off tonight in New York as the Nets entertain the Pacers. At the start of play the Nets, who have won three straight and seven of 10, hold a half-game lead for the final spot. The Pacers have been struggling of late with losses in seven of their last 10 games.

The winningest team in the league has won its last nine games. Golden State is tops in the NBA with 60 wins against just 13 defeats and tonight they are visiting the Clippers in Los Angles.

The other games feature the Hawks, the top seed in the East with a record of 56-18, in Detroit and the Spurs in Miami.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has landed a new job, just days after losing his position with the Longhorns. Barnes, who was fired over the weekend by Texas, has been named the new head coach at Tennessee. With Texas Barnes went 402-180 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003. His departure was announced by the school Sunday, saying it was a mutual decision. Barnes said he was given the choice of firing his staff or being fired himself.

The 60-year-old is 604-314 in 28 seasons overall with stops at George Mason, Providence and Clemson. He replaces Donnie Tyndall (TIHN'-dihl), who was fired Friday after one season amid an NCAA investigation of his tenure at Southern Mississippi.

His new contract with the Volunteers is for six years at $2.5 million a season.

NIT-SCHEDULE

NEW YORK (AP) -- The semifinals are being contested in the nation's oldest postseason men's basketball tournament this evening. The first of the NIT games in Madison Square Garden features Miami against Temple while the second contest has Old Dominion going against Stanford.

The semifinals in the NCAA Tournament will be this Saturday in Indianapolis with Kentucky playing Wisconsin and Duke going against Michigan State.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, says he'll forego his final two year with the Tigers and enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Mickey blocked 113 shots this season, with 107 blocks in 30 regular season games and six more in LSU's opening-round NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina State.

Along with the blocks, Mickey averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds this season.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- As a new day of play gets underway in the NHL Montreal remains the top team in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division with 102 points. Right behind are Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers and this evening the Canadiens are idle, which means the Rangers and Lightning can make their move.

A check of the schedule shows Tampa Bay skating in Toronto while the Rangers are in Winnipeg. Both Tampa Bay and New York start play with 101 points so change could be in the offing if either or both win tonight.

In the Western Conference, Nashville has a chance to edge closer to first place as the Predators are home to Vancouver. The Preds begin play with 102 points, three back of idle Anaheim.

On the other end of the standings, Boston starts the day holding down the final playoff berth in the East and tonight the Bruins are home to Florida.

The rest of the games feature Carolina at Washington, New Jersey at Columbus and Ottawa at Detroit.

MLB-BANKS

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and their fans will honor the late Ernie Banks during the team's season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The Hall of Famer known as "Mr. Cub" died in January at the age of 83.

A pregame ceremony and moment of silence are planned along with other tributes throughout Sunday night's game at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have announced that the team will wear No. 14 patches on their home and away jerseys all season.

MLB-RAYS

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have released infielder Alexi Casilla (KUH'-see-uh). The veteran infielder, who signed a minor league contract with the team in February, was batting .267 in 17 spring training games. The 30-year-old is a .247 hitter in nine big league seasons with Minnesota and Baltimore.

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