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Last Update on September 03, 2015 05:34 GMT


CHICAGO (AP) -- Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning that was set up by third baseman Kris Bryant's two-out error, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Wednesday.

Bryant hit a two-run homer in the eighth that made it 4-all. The rookie has 22 home runs and 84 RBIs this season.

Cubs closer Hector Rondon (5-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth. Jason Bourgeois, who homered earlier, followed with a single.

Jay Bruce then hit a hard grounder that went through Bryant's legs for an error, and Votto connected for his 27th home run.

J.J. Hoover (7-0) got the win despite allowing Bryant's homer. Aroldis Chapman closed for his 27th save.

Tommy La Stella and Anthony Rizzo hit solo home runs for the Cubs.


TORONTO (AP) -- R.A. Dickey pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, Josh Donaldson had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Toronto won for the fifth time in six games, maintaining a 1 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees, who beat Boston 13-8.

Dickey (10-10) threw 92 pitches, including 68 strikes, in his second complete game of the season and 15th of his career. He's unbeaten in 10 starts, dating to a July 9 road loss against the White Sox.

Dickey set down 14 straight before Jason Kipnis hit a one-out single in the ninth. Francisco Lindor ended it by grounding into a double play.

Donaldson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, raising his ML-leading total to 111.

Trevor Bauer (10-11) gave up five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Terrelle Pryor may be down to his last chance to make Cleveland's roster.

The former Raiders quarterback trying to switch to wide receiver and prolong his NFL career is expected to finally take the field in an exhibition game on Thursday night when the Browns visit the Chicago Bears. Pryor has been slowed by a hamstring injury for nearly a month, keeping him on the sideline and unable to convince Cleveland's coaches he's worth keeping.

Pryor says he doesn't want to be handed anything, and intends to prove he belongs. Browns coach Mike Pettine has said Pryor's place on the team has not been guaranteed and the Browns are eager to see the gifted 6-foot-4, 225-pounder in action.

Pryor says he doesn't have his usual burst off the line and may have to "play on a leg and a half."


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers made the re-signing of guard J.R. Smith official.

Smith announced last month that he was returning for a second year with the Cavs, who acquired him last season along with Iman Shumpert in a trade with the New York Knicks. The 11-year veteran made 45 starts for Cleveland, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

He made four starts in the playoffs and averaged 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in helping the Cavs make the NBA Finals.

Smith had some solid postseason games but he wasn't the factor Cleveland needed in the Finals after Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sustained injuries.

Smith initially opted out of his $6.4 million contract for next season before signing a two-year deal that includes a player option for 2016-17.

Meanwhile, the Cavs remain in a stalemate with forward Tristan Thompson, a restricted free agent.


UNDATED (AP) -- Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones was taken to the hospital because of a headache, his mother told The Toledo Blade.

Florence Jones told the newspaper her son was taken to an emergency room in Columbus, Ohio, and that he should be fine.

Jones is competing with J.T. Barrett to be the top-ranked Buckeyes' starter when they open the season Monday night at Virginia Tech.

Jones took over as Ohio State's starter last year after J.T. Barrett broke his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. Jones helped the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game and Alabama and Oregon in the College Football Playoff to win the national title.

Ohio State had not yet confirmed that Jones was hospitalized.

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Last Update on September 04, 2015 02:50 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals broke out their bats in the opener of their crucial seven-game homestand. They rapped out 18 hits in handing the Atlanta Braves their ninth straight loss, 15-1. The Braves have lost 20 of their last 23.

Ryan Zimmerman has been as hot as the summertime weather in Washington. The Nationals first baseman had two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly in driving in four runs. He has 23 RBIs in his last 11 games.

The Braves tried to pitch around Bryce Harper, but it cost them. Harper drew four walks and scored four times. He joined Larry Doby (1951), Joe Morgan (1973) and Rickey Henderson (1989) as the only players to score four runs without an official at-bat since 1914, according to STATS.

In other games:

-- J.B. Shuck's pinch-hit, two-run triple in the seventh inning lifted the White Sox past Minnesota 6-4. Chicago rallied from three-runs down after Eddie Rosario hit a grand slam. The Twins drop 1 1/2 games back of Texas for the second AL wildcard berth.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The battle between the NFL and Tom Brady is not over. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says the league will appeal the decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that ruled in favor of Brady and erased his four-game suspension for "Deflategate."

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league will not seek an emergency stay of Berman's decision. That leaves Brady free to start the season while the appeals court considers the case.

The Patriots open Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh.

Brady's availability for the season opener already has affected business in Las Vegas. The Patriots were favored by three points when it appeared Brady wouldn't be available. Now that he's eligible to play, the Pats are favored by seven.

In his ruling, Berman came out forcefully in Brady's favor. The judge maligned the NFL for its handling of the scandal that erupted after the AFC championship game in January, when officials discovered during the first half that Brady used underinflated footballs. New England beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 then won the Super Bowl two weeks later.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady was not in uniform for the New England Patriots' final preseason game, against the New York Giants.

Several fans chanted "BRADY, BRADY," when the team came out of the locker room into the bowl of the stadium, but the quarterback was nowhere to be seen. One sign read: "Justice Prevails. Go Pats!" Another had: "Free Brady."

The Gillette Stadium speakers also played The Who's "I'm Free." From the rock opera "Tommy," of course.

Recently signed Ryan Lindley, a third-stringer at best, started the game.

In other news coming out of the final exhibition games before next week's season openers:

-- Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) threw two touchdown passes and an interception in his final opportunity to make Philadelphia's roster, and the Eagles fell to the New York Jets 24-18. Tebow is competing with Matt Barkley for the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback job.

-- Myles White made a case for a spot on the Packers' injury-stricken receiving corps with two touchdowns, and Green Bay finished the preseason with a 38-10 win over the New Orleans Saints.


DENVER (AP) -- Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward has been suspended for Denver's opener against Baltimore over a nightclub incident that happened more than 15 months ago.

Ward was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender at a Denver strip club in May 2014. Those charges were later dropped.

The incident came shortly after Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal in Denver.

Ward is the second Denver defender to get suspended. Derek Wolfe received a four-game ban for violating the NFL's drug policy.


Murray rallies from 2 sets down

NEW YORK -- Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open.

The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, dominating the last three sets.

Murray is 35-1 in Grand Slam second-round matches, with the only loss coming in his U.S. Open debut a decade ago.

It was the eighth time in his career Murray came back to win from two sets.

Women's second-seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh), the fifth seed, easily beat a second straight opponent ranked outside the top 100, pounding American Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes to reach the third round.

French Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) made it into the third round, but not without a battle. He was pushed to a 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over 19-year old Chung Hyeon.

Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open.

The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday, dominating the last three sets.

Lleyton Hewitt couldn't keep his last U.S. Open going a little longer. The 2001 champ rallied from two sets down and had a pair of match points but wasn't able to complete the comeback, losing to fellow Australian Bernard Tomic (TAHM'-ihk) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 in near 3 1/2 hours in a second round match. Hewitt has announced he plans on retiring following next January's Australian Open.

Men's second seed, Roger Federer, has his second round match this evening.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A drone buzzed over the court during a U.S. Open match in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday night and crashed into an empty section of seats.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured and that the New York Police Department was "conducting an ongoing investigation."

The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of 26th seed Flavia Pennetta's straight sets victory in a second-round match.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The owner of American Pharoah says the Triple Crown winner will run again before he is retired at the end of the year. Ahmed Zayat tweeted "The champ deserves another chance!"

After American Pharoah finished second in the Travers Stakes on Saturday Zayat said his "gut feeling" was retirement. But after a four-hour meeting with trainer Bob Baffert and others, Zayat decided to keep going.

American Pharoah has won eight of 10 races and earned nearly $6 million.


MONZA, Italy (AP) -- Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is giving serious thought to the possibility of closed cockpits, in the wake of the recent death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Wilson died a week and a half ago after being hit in the helmet by debris from another car. That came a month after F1 driver Jules Bianchi (bee-ANG'-kee) died following nine months in a coma from a massive head injury in a crash last October.

Hamilton says he knows after decades of open-wheel, open cockpit racing, it's tough to change minds.


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