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Last Update on September 17, 2014 05:32 GMT


HOUSTON (AP) -- Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians halted their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros last night.

Kluber (16-9) allowed one run and seven hits to earn his third straight win. His previous high for strikeouts was 13 against the Chicago White Sox on May 4.

Yan Gomes' two-run homer off Darin Downs in the sixth increased Cleveland's lead to 4-1.

Cody Allen got the last out in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Michael Bourn scored on Carlos Santana's groundout in the first, and the Indians went up 2-1 in the fourth when Lonnie Chisenhall scored on an error by Robbie Grossman after Gomes singled to left field.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Arrieta (9-5) struck out 13 and walked one in his first major league complete game. He was five outs from the first no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 42 years when Phillips drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left-center, just beyond the desperate dive of center fielder Matt Szczur on the warning track.

It was the third time this season Arrieta has flirted with a no-hitter.

He carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against Cincinnati on June 24 before Billy Hamilton singled. In his next outing, the right-hander held Boston hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor says suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina.

Acting Wake County district attorney Ned Mangum says Gordon received a 60-day suspended jail sentence and one year of unsupervised probation Tuesday.

The Pro Bowler is serving an NFL imposed season-long suspension for a failed marijuana test, though that could be reduced under proposed drug policy changes .

For his DWI, Gordon must comply with any treatment recommended through the substance-abuse assessment, pay a $100 fine and court costs, and perform community service. His driver's license was also suspended.

Gordon's attorney, Trey Fitzhugh, entered the plea on Gordon's behalf on a charge of driving while impaired from a July arrest in Raleigh.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put tight end Alex Smith on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and cutting deeper into Cincinnati's depth at the position.

Smith hurt his left biceps during a 24-10 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Bengals (2-0) also are missing tight end Tyler Eifert, who is out for at least eight games with an elbow injury.

The Bengals signed free-agent tight end Kevin Brock to fill Smith's spot. The second-year player opened camp with Cincinnati and was waived on Aug. 26. He has played in six games with Buffalo and Kansas City.

The Bengals also released tight end Ryan Otten from the practice squad and signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary, a first-year player waived by Oakland last month.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- A 10-story tall LeBron James could tower over downtown again.

Sherwin-Williams Co. has asked the city for approval to hang a new banner of James on its headquarters across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.

The banner is similar to the iconic one that was in place for years before being taken down after James signed with the Miami Heat in 2010.

The city's planning commission released an image of the banner, which has a likeness of James, his arms outstretched and wearing a jersey that says "Cleveland" on the back, beneath a cloud of chalk dust, which he tossed into the air as part of his pregame ritual when he previously played for the Cavs. There is also a Nike logo in the upper right corner.

James re-signed as a free agent with the Cavs this summer.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 17, 2014 15:21 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The California Angels of Anaheim can clinch the American League West with a victory tonight against the Seattle Mariners and a loss by the Oakland A's against Texas. C.J. Wilson is looking for a third straight victory for the first time this season. The left-hander got 23 runs of support in his past two wins. The Mariners thumped the Angels last night 13-2.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- The Detroit Tigers are looking to extend their one-and-a-half-game lead on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. The Tigers take on the Twins in Minnesota tonight. The Twins won last night and are 7-7 against the Tigers this year. Detroit didn't lose any ground because the Royals lost to the Chicago White Sox.

-- The Baltimore Orioles send Bud Norris to the mound tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays in Baltimore. The Orioles clinched the American League East title last night.

-- The Washington Nationals are in Atlanta tonight, looking for a three-game sweep on the road against the Braves. The Nationals clinched the National League West title last night and are looking to secure home field advantage by finishing with the best record in the league.

-- The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for a sixth victory in seven games as they face Adam Wainwright and the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Milwaukee is four games back of St. Louis in the division and a game and a half behind Pittsburgh for the second wild card.

Also tonight in baseball, Miami at the New York Mets, the New York Yankees at Tampa Bay, Cincinnati at the Chicago Cubs, Boston at Pittsburgh, Cleveland at Houston, Philadelphia at San Diego, San Francisco at Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Football League has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing-drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing.

The league says under the new rules, three previously suspended players -- the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick and Rams' Stedman Bailey -- will be eligible to return to their teams this week.

Testing for HGH was originally agreed upon in 2011, but the players had balked at the science in the testing and the appeals process for positive tests. Under the new deal, appeals of positive tests in the PED program will be heard by third-party arbitrators jointly selected by the NFL and union.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The owners of the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to address their middle-of-the-night decision to put Adrian Peterson on hiatus.

The Vikings say owners Zygi (ZIHG'-ee) Wilf and Mark Wilf will lead off a news conference at team headquarters.

The organization has reversed course by using an NFL exemption to take Peterson off the active roster while he tends to a child-abuse charge in Texas. Just a day and a-half earlier, the Vikings declared the star running back would rejoin the team.

Adrian Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.


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