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Last Update on October 06, 2015 05:33 GMT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine insists his team is making improvements and he's not planning any major changes to a disappointing defense.

San Diego rolled up 438 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Browns, who committed 12 penalties, including an offside on the final timed play, giving the Chargers a second chance to make a game-winning field goal.

Cleveland gave up 468 yards last week and missed a slew of tackles against Oakland.

Pettine had a positive meeting with his players and believes the Browns are making positive strides. He said the team is "not going to hit the panic button" after four games.

Pettine says he doesn't feel the need to get more involved with Cleveland's defense and expressed faith in coordinator Jim O'Neil.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer returned to the team Monday after serving a four-game suspension for texting to the sideline last season.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 07, 2015 00:37 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's postseason is under way with the American League wild card game between the Yankees and Astros in the Bronx.

This is the Yankees' first playoff game since 2012, the team's longest drought since a 13-year absence from 1981 through the canceled 1994 postseason. The Astros are in the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2005 National League pennant.

The Astros barely won the season series from the Yankees 4-3, but they outscored New York 36-17. That included a 15-1 rout of the Yankees in the Bronx.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch sent 20-game winner Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) to the mound against Masahiro Tanaka. Keuchel didn't allow a run in his two starts versus the Yankees this year, going 2-0 and allowing just nine hits and one walk in 16 innings. Tanaka was rocked in his lone start against the Astros, surrendering six runs and seven hits over five innings on June 27.

Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was left out of the starting lineup. Ellsbury has slumped to a .220 average with five homers and 23 RBIs since the All-Star break, and the left-handed hitter would have been facing a lefty in Keuchel. Brett Gardner moved over to center, with Chris Young starting in left.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez was in the Astros' starting lineup. He missed the Astros' final regular-season series at Arizona because of a strained left chest muscle.

The winner of the game advances to the American League Divisional playoffs with a date against the Royals in Kansas City Thursday night. KC manager Ned Yost has announced that Yordano Ventura will be his Game 1 starter. Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3.

The National League wild card game is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh with the Pirates taking on the Cubs. It'll be a great pitching matchup as 22-game winner Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET'-uh) gets the ball for the Cubs against 19-game winner Gerrit Cole.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Pitcher Matt Harvey missed the Mets' mandatory workout at Citi Field today and apologized to the team for arriving late.

Harvey was not on the field as the Mets went through drills from around noon to 2 p.m., and he declined to give a reason for his absence. Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Harvey called and said he got stuck in traffic, although Collins also told others that his Game 3 starter lost track of time.


MIAMI (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki will get a chance to collect his 3,000th major league hit.

The Marlins have signed the outfielder to a one-year, $2 million package after he batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314. He is tied for 33rd on MLB's hits list with 2,935 after amassing 1,278 in Japan.

Ichiro turns 42 later this month.

Also in Miami, Marlins President David Samson says he regrets moving general manager Dan Jennings into the dugout. Jennings will return to his former job as general manager after an awkward 124-game stint as a first-time manager. Samson says candidates to replace Jennings in the dugout include former major league managers Manny Acta, Larry Bowa and Bo Porter.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have shifted their front office following the departure of president Mark Shapiro (shuh-PY'-roh) to Toronto. The club has promoted general manager Chris Antonetti to president of baseball operations and named Mike Chernoff their new general manager.

Shapiro is leaving Cleveland after 24 seasons to take the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Antonetti had been the Indians GM for the past five years with Chernoff his assistant since 2010.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL has asked the Browns why Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was inactive for Sunday's game against San Diego after being listed as probable on the team's injury report. Haden sat out with a broken right ring finger, an injury he sustained a week earlier against Oakland. Haden also hurt his ribs but was able to practice on a limited basis all week and was listed as probable, a 75 percent chance of playing, on the week's final injury report.

However, after testing his hand during a pregame workout, Haden decided not to play.

Also in the NFL:

-- Colts coach Chuck Pagano said quarterback Andrew Luck looked good as he threw some passes at today's practice. Pagano said Luck took most of the snaps while Matt Hasselbeck sat out due to illness. Although Luck increased his workload, it remains uncertain if he'll play Thursday at Houston after sitting out Sunday's overtime victory because of a right shoulder injury.

-- Chicago Bears center Will Montgomery will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken left fibula. The team placed Montgomery on injured reserve. He broke his leg early in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.

-- Greg Hardy has returned from a four-game suspension over his role in a domestic violence case. Hardy answered almost every question about the episode in North Carolina last year with a reference to football.

-- Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he doesn't want the Lions to be distracted by more discussion of Calvin Johnson's fumble on Detroit's final possession in Monday's 13-10 loss to Seattle. The ball was knocked out of the back of the end zone by the Seahawks' K.J. Wright, who could have been flagged for illegally batting the ball. Instead, officials ruled the play a touchback that gave the ball to Seattle with 1:45 remaining.

-- Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he has traded linebacker Gerald Hodges to the San Francisco 49ers for rookie center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges had been the starting middle linebacker in the base defense after serving as a backup outside linebacker in Minnesota's 4-3 scheme his first two seasons. Easton was acquired by the 49ers in a deal with the Baltimore Ravens last month.

-- The Buffalo Bills report that running back Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Giants, prompting the team to ink free-agent Dan Herron. Williams is following the NFL's concussion protocol and must pass a series of tests before being cleared to play. The rookie was making his first start filling in for LeSean McCoy, who is out indefinitely because of a hamstring injury.

-- The Atlanta Falcons have placed wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester on injured reserve-designated to return with a turf toe injury. Hester will be able to return at Tampa Bay on Dec. 6. Hester, who earned his fourth Pro Bowl berth in 2014, has not played this season because of the injury.

-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed kicker Connor Barth for a third stint with the team. Barth's signing was announced one day after rookie Kyle Brindza was released after going 2 for 7 on field-goal attempts with two missed extra points the past two games.


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