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Last Update on March 31, 2015 05:34 GMT

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

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.

INDIANS-ROSEN PATCH

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.

PADRES-REDS

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.

REDS-MAHOLM

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.

BROWNS-TEXTS

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.

NCAA-DAYTON-UCONN

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.

UCONN-MOSQUEDA-LEWIS NCAA RECORD

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.

WOODEN AWARD

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.

XAVIER-RANDOLPH

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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Last Update on April 01, 2015 02:46 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets reclaimed sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 111-106 for their season-high fourth straight victory.

The Nets moved back ahead of Boston and dealt a blow to the Pacers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn. The Pacers play the Celtics on Wednesday night.

In other NBA action:

---- Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95. The Pistons have won five of six.

NBA-DURANT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant has undergone what his doctors call successful bone graft surgery for a fracture in his right foot. The reigning NBA MVP is done for the season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in four to six months.

This is Durant's third surgery on the foot. He had the initial procedure last October, then had a screw replaced in February.

Durant leads the Thunder with an average of 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. It's the sixth time that Ovechkin has scored at least 50 in a season. He tied the Caps' team record with the 472nd of his career.

Only five other players reached the half-century mark at least six times: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy had nine such seasons, and Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO'), Marcel Dionne and Guy (ghee) Lafleur had six.

In other hockey:

---- Jack Johnson's backhander 56 seconds into overtime lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New Jersey Devils 3-2. That's the Blue Jackets' seventh straight victory.

---- Milan Lucic (mee-LAHN' LOO'-chich scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:09 left as Boston rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2. That gives the Bruins two valuable points as the try to hang on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

-- Nazem Kadri had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs played the role of spoilers in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lighting, who are two points back of the Rangers for the best record in the East.

---- The New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 road win at Winnipeg. Chris Kreider (KRY'-dur) scored the winning goal with 3:45 left.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.

Jones is the third player in Saban's program arrested in the last four days, and the second to be dismissed.

Tuscaloosa police say Jones was charged with possession of marijuana 2nd degree and released on $1,000 bond.

Saban announced his dismissal a few hours later. The coach had suspended Jones indefinitely on Feb. 10 "for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program."

Alabama safety Geno Smith and since-dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor were arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-PRO DAY

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston put on a show for the assembled NFL coaches, general managers and scouts assembled for Florida State Pro Day.

The Seminoles star threw passes for nearly an hour, demonstrating arm strength, accuracy and stamina while drawing cheers from the hundreds on hand.

His next public workout might be as the top pick in the NFL draft. Asked why Tampa Bay should select him with the No. 1 pick, Winston replied because he's the best player in the draft.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ST. JOHN'S-MULLIN

NEW YORK (AP) -- St. John's has announced that career leading scorer Chris Mullin has been hired as the Red Storm's new head coach. It's his first coaching job at any level.

Mullin succeeds Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week. Lavin took the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament twice in five seasons.

Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih will join Mullin as an assistant coach.

Mullin spent the last two seasons working for the Sacramento Kings as a senior adviser. He previously served five years as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has been hired to coach at Tennessee. The move comes just days after losing his position with the Longhorns last weekend. Barnes went 402-180 at Texas and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003.

Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall who was fired Friday after one season.

NIT-SCHEDULE

NEW YORK (AP) -- -- Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and short-handed Miami rallied to beat Temple 60-57 to reach the NIT championship game.

Already without point guard Angel Rodriguez, the Hurricanes lost center Tonye Jekiri to injury early on and trailed by 11 late in the first half.

The `Canes will meet the winner of tonight's Stanford-Old Dominion game in Thursday's NIT championship. Stanford raced out to a 15-0 lead in that game, but ODU has closed to within 33-27 at halftime.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, says he'll enter this year's NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Mickey blocked 113 shots this season.

The 6-foot-8 Mickey averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds this season.

NASCAR-NEWMAN-TIRE PENALTY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has imposed harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Newman was one of four drivers to have his tires taken by NASCAR after the March 22 race at Fontana. The tires were sent for an independent inspection, and NASCAR says that Newman's tires were found to been modified in violation of NASCAR rules.

Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each. That dropped Newman from sixth to 27th in the driver's standings.

Crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended for the next six races. Lambert was also placed on probation through the end of the year.

MLB-BASEBALL SALARIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM-HADEN

UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Haden posted on Twitter that he is the proud father of a gay son and that, "In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week."

Haden is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-member selection committee that picks the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff and compete for the national championship.

Also, UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week. He's abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law.

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