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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.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 03, 2015 20:52 GMT


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."

And NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says that while the league is appealing the federal judge's decision," it isn't seeking an emergency stay. That frees Brady to play while an appeals court considers the case.

The Patriots open Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh

The surprise ruling by the judge came after more than one month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players' union. Many legal experts believed the judge was merely pressuring the sides to settle when he criticized the NFL's handling of the case at two hearings in August.

In his ruling Berman came out forcefully in Brady's favor, maligning 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.

The judge cited the following in his statement.

-- That Brady had no notice of his possible suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others.

-- That he had been given no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs

-- Brady was not given equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and didn't have a chance to examine one of two lead investigators.

In a statement Goodell said that an appeal is paramount to protect the integrity of the game and his office's responsibilities under the collective bargaining agreement with players.

After being informed of the league's decision, Judge Berman had a clerk forward the electronic case file to the appeals court, which also sits in Manhattan.


UNDATED (AP) -- This evening the Braves will attempt to snap an eight-game losing streak in Washington. Atlanta has dropped 19 of its last 22 games and is 25 games under .500 for the first time in 25 years. With a win, the Nationals would reduce their deficit behind the first-place Mets, who are idle, to six games.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants last night and in doing so extended their lead over the defending world champs to 6 1/2 games in the National League West. Tonight LA is playing in San Diego while the Giants, who trail the Cubs by 6 1/2 games for the final wild card berth, are in Denver facing the Rockies.

The final games feature the Pirates in Milwaukee and the Royals at home to the Tigers.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Tigers have activated left-hander Kyle Lobstein from the 60-day disabled list to start the opener of a weekend series against the Cleveland Indians. Lobstein was 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in eight starts before going on the DL in late May with a sore left shoulder.

Day 4

NEW YORK -- Women's second-seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open. Also winning on Day 4 was French Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah). The men's second seed, Roger Federer, has his second round match this evening.

Also today two-time major winner Lleyton Hewitt has his second-round match. He'll be facing fellow Australian Bernard Tomic (tahm'-ihk).

Each match is big for Hewitt, the winner of the event four years ago, as he has announced this will be his last U.S. Open. He plans on retiring following next January's Australian Open.


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.


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