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Last Update on July 24, 2014 05:33 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start, Oswaldo Arcia homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday.

Danny Santana scored after two of his three hits for the Twins, and five relievers totaled six strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Glen Perkins finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 27 tries.

When Kyle Gibson developed a sore back the day before, Swarzak (2-0) was summoned from the bullpen to replace him in the rotation. He threw 75 pitches, well over the limit the Twins had in mind, but the right-hander allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three. He was only in trouble once.

Trevor Bauer (4-5) finished six innings for the 11th time in 14 starts this season for the Indians, but he lost for the first time in five July starts.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.

Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.

Lohse (11-4) walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits, the last to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh.

Reynolds connected on a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Mike Leake (7-9) for his 15th home run of the season. Rickie Weeks was on with a double to start the sixth.

Reynolds' second home run came off reliever Jumbo Diaz in the eighth.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Browns have signed rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert, one of their first-round draft picks, to a four-year, $12.8 million contract.

Cleveland selected Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick in May's draft. He's expected to start on the opposite side from Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

Gilbert's deal was announced Wednesday as the former Oklahoma State standout and other rookies, including quarterback Johnny Manziel, reported for training camp. The Browns will have their first practice Saturday.

Gilbert impressed the Browns coaches during spring workouts. The 6-foot, 202-pounder said he was looking forward to putting on pads in training camp. First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine likes Gilbert's size and his ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Gilbert will compete in camp with Buster Skrine for a starting job.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine says he's not worried about rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field behavior carrying into the football season.

Manziel has made headlines with his partying during the offseason, and a recent photo and video of him brought more scrutiny. While he was on vacation recently, Pettine called Manziel and they had a "positive conversation."

Pettine believes Manziel understands he needs to concentrate on football, and "he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than he has ever been."

Manziel begins training camp behind Brian Hoyer on Cleveland's depth chart. The Browns selected Manziel, one of college football's most popular players, in the first round of the NFL draft. Pettine, though, said the team will not be influenced by "external pressure" to name its starting quarterback.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown is running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring and has sued a memorabilia dealer in New York.

The Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against and Lelands Collectibles Inc.

The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends Friday. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks Lelands founder Joshua Evans made about Brown.

Evans says Brown's claims "are entirely without merit."

The lawsuit says the ring is priceless to the former Cleveland Browns player. The bidding was around $59,000 Wednesday afternoon.

Brown rushed for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns in nine seasons before retiring at the peak of his career in 1965.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by a league rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.

If the Cavaliers trade Andrew Wiggins or the Bulls trade Doug McDermott, the deal could not become official until 30 days after each signed his contract. McDermott was signed on Tuesday while Wiggins is expected to sign later this week.

Both teams can negotiate during that window, but cannot officially make a trade.


HONG KONG (AP) -- LeBron James put on a demonstration of his basketball skills in Hong Kong, the midway stop on his tour through China.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star helped run some local fans through basketball drills in the former British colony on Wednesday. And then he showed off with a few moves of his own, including a dunk that, with the help of some special effects, was accentuated by two jets of smoke from behind the backboard.

The move drew huge cheers from the 1,500 fans packed into the court in Kowloon.

Earlier in the day, James made an appearance at a store that was mobbed by hundreds of fans.

James kicked off his Nike-sponsored five-day trip on Monday with a visit to Beijing. He is travelling to Taiwan on Thursday and Friday.


BATH, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star's Akron area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and police were called to direct traffic.

To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that "we are sorry for the chaos," adding that the James family is "so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you."

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UNDATED (AP) -- Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 rout of the Houston Astros.

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record in baseball at 63-38. The A's are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.

Samardzija is 2-1 with the Athletics since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. He gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) and then retired 10 straight before Carter's 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Scott Feldman took the loss, lasting 5 1/3 innings. He's 4-8.

In action around the majors:

-- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Toronto shutout the Red Sox 8-0. Shane Victorino's bloop single to lead off the seventh broke up the no-hit bid and was the only hit for Boston. Juan Francisco had the big day at the plate with four runs batted in. Stroman struck out seven and walked two in seven innings of work. The rookie right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

-- Brandon McCarthy delivered another strong pitching performance in the Yankees 4-2 win over Texas. He gave up a run on four hits in six solid innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA since being acquired from Arizona earlier this month. Fellow newcomer Chase Headley provided an RBI single in New York's sixth win in seven games.

-- Chase Utley's tie-breaking single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Philadelphia edge San Francisco 2-1. The win helped the Phillies avoid a four-game sweep at home. The NL West-leading Giants completed a 5-2 road trip.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but used him often at first base with Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs.

In other baseball news:

-- Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife. Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Running back Ray Rice of the Ravens has received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice was arrested following an altercation in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer.


EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- The threat of being cut hasn't served as a deterrent for suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He was arrested in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe says an officer detected a "heavy smell of marijuana" coming from the car, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked "a blunt" while driving and had another in his vehicle.

Blackmon is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Owner Shad Khan says Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with receiver Roddy White. He holds the team records for career receptions and yards receiving. White battled ankle and hamstring injuries last season that kept him out of three games.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. The Hall of Famer will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants' honorary captain when the teams face off in the first NFL preseason game.

Kelly, inducted into the hall in 2002, completed radiation and chemotherapy sessions in May to treat sinus cancer, which spread from his jaw.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation says. The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto and another in the suburb of Mississauga, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team.

Andy Bergmann, responsible for overseeing the Bon Jovi group's stadium plans, confirmed in an email to the AP that his company has conducted stadium studies, "but nothing related to any specific site." The studies included sites in Western New York and Southern Ontario.


MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens has avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract with the 25-year-old. Eller has 45 goals and 103 points in 286 games.

He was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. Eller reportedly asked for $3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.

The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen. But Griffin says he's putting all his offseason energy into preparing for the upcoming NBA season.


MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic (peh-TROH'-vihk) both shot 6-under 64 to grab the lead after the first round of the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley and amateur Taylor Pendrith is a shot back. Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) is among 11 players two shots off the lead.


OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (AP) -- Yani Tseng's birdie putt on the 18th hole gave Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the LPGA International Crown.

The U.S. team of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur), Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr was the only one of the eight teams to not earn a point on day one.

The Americans will take on Spain on Friday.


PORTHCAWL, Wales (AP) -- Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to lead after the first round of the British Senior Open. Langer holds a two-shot lead over Bob Tway. Fred Couples had a par-71 while Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie finished with a 1-over 72. Tom Watson opened with a 3-over 74.


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