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Last Update on August 28, 2014 05:35 GMT

CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Skip Schumaker drove in a pair of runs and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Jorge Soler's first-at-bat homer and an RBI single for a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Soler, a 22-year-old prospect from Cuba, got a nine-year, $30 million deal from the Cubs. He was called up on Wednesday, started in right field and batted fifth.

After Luis Valbuena led off the second inning with a homer off Mat Latos (5-3), Soler hit a 2-1 pitch into the Reds' bullpen in center field.

Soler also had an RBI single off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth, cutting it to 6-5. Latos pitched into the eighth and gave up four runs while fanning a season-high 10 batters.

Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 28th save.

Jacob Turner (4-8) made his first start for the Cubs and lasted only 3 2-3 innings.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Abreu hit a pair of run-scoring singles against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a season-high, seven-game losing streak.

Abreu put Chicago ahead for good in the seventh with his third hit of the game. Adam Eaton doubled with one out off Kluber (13-8) and advanced on Alexei Ramirez's groundout, and Abreu drove in his AL-high 96th run.

Hector Noesi (8-9) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 5-2 in eight starts since the All-Star break.

Javy Guerra allowed Jason Kipnis' one-out single in the ninth and hit Zach Walters with a pitch with two outs. Zach Putman relieved and retired Chris Dickerson on a flyout for his fourth save in five chances.

BEARS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns are beginning life without star wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Gordon's indefinite suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy was upheld on Wednesday, leaving the Browns without their top playmaker. That's devastating for Cleveland's offense, which has struggled during the preseason and enters Thursday night's final exhibition game against the Chicago Bears looking to gain some confidence.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start and is expected to play most of the first quarter as Cleveland's first-team offense tries to get its act together.

The Bears (2-1) are hoping for a better performance on defense after being routed 34-6 by the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last week.

BROWNS-GORDON SUSPENDED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.

The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon's case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.

COLTS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- There's no incentive for the Colts and the Bengals to play their starters much in the final preseason game. They've done so well that both teams are feeling good about the regular season.

The Colts (0-3) and the Bengals (1-2) will be looking mostly at competition for backup spots on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

It'll be the final time that Indianapolis linebacker Robert Mathis can be with the team. He'll start serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He claims he used a fertility drug to help his wife get pregnant.

Cincinnati Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who signed a three-year contract extension on Wednesday, is expected to sit out with a hamstring injury.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 28, 2014 10:49 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals continue to pad their division, even while local fans continue to stay away from Kauffman Stadium.

Fewer than 18,000 fans showed up on Wednesday to watch the Royals erupt for six runs in the eighth inning of a 6-1 comeback victory against Minnesota. Jarrod Dyson tied the game with a bunt single before Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) lined an RBI single to put the Royals in front. Billy Buttler added a two-run single and scoring on a two-run triple by Salvador Perez.

Wade Davis picked up the victory for the second straight night after Liam Hendricks held the Twins to a run and four hits in seven innings.

The win puts the Royals 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Detroit in the AL Central. Meanwhile, manager Ned Yost is imploring fans to show up for their remaining home games. Kansas City entered the game with the fifth-worst average attendance in the league.

The New York Yankees dropped the Tigers another game behind the Royals while pulling within six games of AL East-leading Baltimore.

The Yanks chased David Price with nine straight hits in an eight-run third inning that led to an 8-4 romp in Detroit. Derek Jeter doubled home the Yankees' first run and capped the outburst with a sacrifice fly.

Shawn Greene gave up just two runs and five hits while striking out eighth in seven innings.

Drew Smyly helped the Yankees by limiting the Orioles to two hits in seven innings of Tampa Bay's 3-1 win at Baltimore. He and the Rays' bullpen blanked the O's after Chris Davis homered in the second inning.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Gordon Beckham and Mike Trout each hit solo homers and drove in two runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat Miami 6-1 to keep their one-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Hector Santiago was effective over 5 2/3 innings, yielding just one run and three hits while striking out six.

-- Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer while the A's put together a three-run ninth to beat the Astros 5-4 in Houston. Fuld had three hits and Eric Sogard singled home the tying run in the ninth.

-- Clayton Kershaw is the majors' first 16-game winner after allowing no earned runs and six hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of the Dodgers' 3-1 triumph at Arizona. Matt Kemp hit a two-run double and Scott Van Slyke added a solo homer to help Kershaw improve to 16-3.

-- The Dodgers continue to pace the NL West by five games over San Francisco. Buster Posey ripped a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to complete the Giants' 4-2 win over Colorado. Posey had three hits and three RBIs for the Giants, who still own a 1 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh and Atlanta for the final NL wild-card berth.

-- Milwaukee still leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over St. Louis after the Brewers blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning of a 3-2, 10-inning loss at San Diego. Rene Rivera led the Padres to victory by leading off the ninth with a homer before delivering a walkoff single.

-- Ike Davis hit a big homer for the second straight game, a two-run blast in the second inning of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Cardinals. Jeff Locke (lahk) gave up a run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings to outpitch Adam Wainwright, who was trying to become the majors' first 16-game winner of the season.

-- Washington's lead in the NL East is down to 6 1/2 games over Atlanta after Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore belted two-run homers and Jimmy Rollins added a solo shot in the Phillies' 8-4 triumph over the Nationals. The Nationals had won 12 of 13 before they absorbed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia.

-- Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer and Julio Teheran allowed a run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of the Braves' 3-2 triumph over the New York Mets. Zack Wheeler lost for the first time in 11 starts despite allowing just two earned runs and four hits in seven innings.

--Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) struck out 10 over seven-plus innings as Cincinnati downed the Chicago Cubs 7-5. Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR') homered in his first major league at-bat.

-- In Seattle, Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') hit a third-inning grand slam and Colby Lewis tossed a seven-hitter as Texas clobbered the Mariners 12-4. Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nihs mahr-TEEN') smacked a two-run homer and had three RBIs, while Tomas Telis (toh-MAHS' TAY'-lees) added a three-run double as part of the Rangers' 11-hit attack.

-- The White Sox had dropped seven straight before Jose Abreu's (ah-BRAY'-ooz) second RBI single of the night put Chicago ahead to stay in a 3-2 victory against Cleveland. Winning pitcher Hector Noesi (noh-EH'-see) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings as the Pale Hose ended the Indians' three-game winning streak.

-- Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia smacked a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Toronto over Boston 5-2. Jose Bautista also homered to back Marcus Stroman, who allowed one earned run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-USC/SHAW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE'-zee-an) hasn't coached a game for Southern California, but he's already dealt with his first firestorm since leaving Washington after last season.

Trojans cornerback Josh Shaw has been indefinitely suspended by the team after admitting he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Sarkisian said that honesty and integrity must be at the center of his football program, and he believes Shaw will learn from this.

The school didn't explain in its statement how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story lauding Shaw's tale on their website Monday. Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC's defensive secondary.

NFL-BROWNS

UNDATED (AP) -- Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy again. He missed two games last season due to another violation of the policy but still let the team with 1,646 yards in receptions.

Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

The 23-year-old had appealed his yearlong suspension for marijuana use and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.

NFL-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina quarterback Cam Newton says he feels great and "there's no doubt" in his mind he'll be ready to play in the Panthers season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. The fourth-year quarterback is recovering from a hairline fracture to multiple ribs and says he's improving with each day.

Newton has never missed a start in three seasons of pro ball.

NFL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a three-year extension on that runs through the 2017 season and will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million. Burfict is entering the final year on his original deal that will pay him a salary of $570,000. Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer in salary and bonuses.

Burfict is the leader of a defense that finished third in the NFL last season in yards allowed.

Elsewhere;

-- Tennessee has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Multiple media outlets say it's for $36 million over four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed. Casey is coming off a career year with 10.5 sacks, 90 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures.

-- Arizona has signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots. The 33-year-old is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL but was playing with the Patriots' first-team defense this preseason before he was cut.

PLATINIA-FIFA

MONACO (AP) -- Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May.

Thorsteinsson says "we went for peace. I think it is the logical decision."

Platini was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a successful World Cup strengthened the FIFA president's position.

The UEFA president has long been favored to succeed Blatter, his mentor in football politics.

Blatter, who is 78 and has led FIFA since 1998, pledged to fight for a fifth term after previously promising UEFA he would step aside in 2015.

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