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Last Update on March 31, 2015 05:34 GMT


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Trevor Bauer struck out seven, working solidly into the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians connected for three home runs Monday in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Bauer gave up four hits, including a home run to Tyler Flowers, in 6 1-3 innings. He fanned Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche three times apiece but walked his first batter of the spring, Adam Eaton.

Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer to the right field bullpen off Hector Noesi in the fourth. The homer was the first of the spring for Zimmer, an outfielder who was Cleveland's first-round pick -- 21st overall -- in last June's draft.

Veteran catcher Brett Hayes followed Zimmer's long ball with his third of the spring, a long drive over the bullpen in left.

Noesi went 5 1-3 innings and gave up five hits, walking two and striking out five.

Jerry Sands also homered for the Indians, off Zach Duke.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians will honor the late Al Rosen this season by wearing his No. 7 jersey number on their jersey sleeves.

The AL's MVP in 1953, Rosen died on March 13 at 91. He spent his entire career with Cleveland (1947-56) and went on to have a successful career as a baseball executive with Houston, the New York Yankees and San Francisco.

In his MVP season, Rosen batted .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBIs. He just missed winning the Triple Crown as Washington's Mickey Vernon hit .337.

Rosen is the only person to have earned the MVP honors as a player and executive of the year as a member of a front office.

He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team, but only played in five games. He took over as Cleveland's everyday third baseman in 1950.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani -- a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation -- and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday.

Kemp hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for his fourth homer of the spring.

Clint Barmes added a solo shot, and Yangervis Solarte had a three-run homer during the fifth inning. DeSclafani gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings. The Reds got him from Miami in an offseason trade for Mat Latos and are counting on him to fill one of three openings in the rotation.

San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy pitched six scoreless innings. Kennedy will start the Padres' home opener against the San Francisco Giants.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Left-hander Paul Maholm has been released from a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Maholm agreed to the deal Jan. 28 and had a 2.19 ERA in five spring-training games, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in 12 1-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Cincinnati, which announced the decision Monday, originally envisioned Maholm competing for a rotation spot after the Reds traded Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, but the Reds told Maholm in mid-March he was under consideration for a bullpen role.

Under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Reds had until Tuesday to give Maholm written notice he would be on the opening-day roster, pay a $100,000 retention bonus or release him. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a one-year contract calling for a $1.5 million salary in the major leagues and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: $100,000 each for 10 and each additional five through 30.

Maholm was 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA in eight starts and 22 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year. He injured his right knee covering first base against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 1 and missed the rest of the season.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The NFL has suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer for four games for sending text messages to the sideline last season during games.

Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages, which is prohibited under league rules.

The league's punishment handed down on Monday includes a $250,000 fine on the Browns. But the league spared stripping the team of any draft picks.

NFL executive Troy Vincent says there's no evidence that Browns ownership or other team executives knew about the texts. He says the team changed its procedures to prevent future violations.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has remained supportive of Farmer, who was promoted to general manager in February 2014.

Farmer has expressed remorse in sending the texts but has not divulged any specifics of the messages.

The Browns went 7-9 last season, ending the year on a five-game losing streak and with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel struggling in two starts.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the Final Four for an eighth straight season.

Unlike the first three games of the tournament when UConn won by an average of nearly 48 points, the Huskies got all they could handle from the seventh-seeded Flyers, who weren't intimidated by the top seed, for the game's first 20 minutes.

Trailing at the half for the first time in two seasons, UConn scored the first nine points of the second half during a 15-3 run to take a 58-47 lead with 13:56 left.

A little more than a minute later, Mosqueda-Lewis hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game giving her 393 in her career to break the NCAA record for 3s. That made it 62-49.

Dayton couldn't get within seven the rest of the way.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis broke the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers during the Huskies' 91-70 regional final win over Dayton on Monday.

The senior guard came into the game with 388, but made five of her first seven attempts from behind the arc to set the mark with 393.

She added two more and now has 395 for her career. She made seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts and had a team-high 27 points against the Flyers.

She broke the record with a shot from left of the key that gave the Huskies a 62-49 lead with 12:32 left in the game.

The former record of 392 had been held jointly by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State, who set the mark in 2005, and Heather Butler of Tennessee-Martin, who tied it last season.

Mosqueda-Lewis also leads the nation in 3-point shooting, hitting better than 49 percent of her shots from behind the arc.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.

The trio, who are all participating in this week's Final Four, along with Jerian Grant of Notre Dame and D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State have been invited to Los Angeles, where the winner will be announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 10.

The other finalists announced Monday are Ron Baker of Wichita State, Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa, Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga and Delon Wright of Utah.

They were selected by a panel of nearly 1,000 national college basketball media and the award's former winners. Voting was from March 16-23 and included the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The finalists for the women's Wooden Award are Nina Davis of Baylor, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina, and Connecticut teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, who finished third in last year's voting.

The Legends of Coaching Award will be presented to Steve Fisher of San Diego State on the same night.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sophomore point guard Brandon Randolph is transferring from Xavier after his playing time diminished during the Musketeers' Sweet 16 season.

Randolph made six starts during his two seasons at Xavier, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 assists. He had a career-high 12 points during a win over Gardner-Webb during his freshman season.

Senior Dee Davis was the starting point guard both seasons. Randolph lost the role of primary backup to freshman Larry Austin Jr. as this season went along.

The Musketeers beat Ole Miss and Georgia State in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last eight years. They lost to Arizona in a regional semifinal. They lose Davis and senior center Matt Stainbrook.

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UNDATED (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have regained the NBA's Southwest Division lead and moved back into second place in the Western Conference standings.

The Grizzlies halted a three-game skid as Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jeff Green added 16 in a 97-83 rout of Sacramento. Memphis hit its first five shots of the second quarter and led by as many as 16 in the period before cruising the rest of the way.

The Kings played without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins and finished the game without Rudy Gay, who had 24 points before taking an inadvertent elbow to the head in the third quarter.

The outcome puts the Grizzlies a half-game ahead of the Houston Rockets, who were 99-96 losers at Toronto. DeMar DeRozan had an outstanding performance for the Raptors, scoring a career-high 42 points and tying his career best with 11 rebounds. DeRozan was 14 of 27 from the floor and 12 of 17 at the free throw line.

In other NBA finals:

-- Portland has clinched a playoff spot after Damian Lillard scored 19 points through the first three quarters of the Trail Blazers' fourth straight win, 109-86 against Phoenix. LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 31 points before the starters sat out the fourth quarter.

-- DeMarre Carroll scored 23 points and the East-leading Atlanta Hawks improved to 56-18 by stopping Milwaukee 101-88. Kyle Korver hit four consecutive long jumpers in a 65-second span of the third quarter to help the Hawks turn a five-point edge into a 67-51 lead.

-- Avery Bradley's 30 points and eight rebounds led Boston to a 116-104 triumph over the Hornets in Charlotte. Evan Turner had 15 points for the Celtics, who climbed percentage points ahead of Brooklyn for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Jordan Clarkson capped his 26-point night by hitting the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past Philadelphia, 113-111. Jabari Brown finished with 22 points for the Lakers, and Wayne Ellington contributed seven of his 20 in OT.

-- Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and reserve Trey Burke had 19 in Utah's 104-84 pounding of Minnesota. The Jazz scored the first 14 points of the second half.


HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. He injured the wrist during the Rockets' win over the Indiana Pacers on March 23. He had averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games for the Rockets this season.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons have been disciplined by the NFL.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games next season for sending text messages to the sideline during games. Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages. The Browns were fined $250,000.

The Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited. Atlanta team president Rich McKay has been suspended from the from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director are calling on the NCAA to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. The governor on Monday signed an executive order banning state spending on travel to Indiana and says the NCAA would be wise to move the tournament.

Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel tells The Associated Press he finds the law unacceptable. He says he hopes the state of Indiana rectifies the situation before UConn or any other institution considers a boycott of the 2016 Final Four.


UNDATED (AP) -- St. John's and George Mason have found new basketball coaches.

A person with knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that Chris Mullin is returning to St. John's, this time as head coach.

Mullin led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four and is the school's all-time leading scorer. He replaces Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week after five seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances.

This is Mullin's first head coaching job.

George Mason has hired Dave Paulsen as its men's basketball coach. Paulsen was a three-time Patriot League coach of the year at Bucknell, recording a 134-94 record and taking the Bison to the NCAA Tournament twice.

The announcement comes two weeks after the school fired Paul Hewitt, who went 66-67 in four seasons.


UNDATED (AP) -- Three players heading to the Final Four head up The Associated Press men's basketball All-America team. The starting five is led by Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Duke's Jahlil Okafor (juh-LIHL' OH'-kuh-for).

The 7-foot Kaminsky was a unanimous choice, while Okafor received all but one first-team vote following an outstanding freshman season.

Rounding out the first five are Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell.

Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky and Okafor also are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bearcats coach Mick Cronin has been cleared to resume coaching after missing most of the season because of a problem with a blood vessel in the back of his brain.

The 43-year-old wasn't permitted to coach games or practices after the problem was detected in December. Assistant Larry Davis took over and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Kentucky in their second game.

Cronin had more tests recently that found the issue has been resolved.


ATLANTA (AP) --Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter says he's entering the NBA draft.

The move was expected after he won his second straight Sun Belt Conference player of the year award and led the Panthers to their first NCAA appearance since 2001, while playing for his father, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Connecticut Huskies are back in the women's Final Four for the eighth straight season.

UConn rolled to a 91-70 win against Dayton as the Huskies pulled within two victories of their third straight national championship. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (kah-LEE'-nah mahs-KAY'-dah loo-ihs) scored 27 points for Connecticut, which trailed at halftime for the first time in two seasons before a 15-3 run put the Huskies ahead 58-47 with 13:56 remaining.

Connecticut's semifinal opponent will be No. 1 seed Maryland, which is in the Final Four for the second straight year following a 58-48 stifling of Tennessee. Lexie Brown scored 13 of her 15 points during the second half of the Spokane regional final, and Brionna Jones finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Terrapins' 28th consecutive win.


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