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Last Update on July 03, 2015 05:31 GMT


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Aviles homered on the first pitch of the 10th inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 victory and four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

Corey Kluber struck out 14 over eight innings. Brian Shaw (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and Cody Allen struck out the side in the 10th to earn his 15th save in 16 opportunities.

Aviles homered off Xavier Cedeno (1-0), extending Tampa Bay's losing streak to five games. Michael Brantley had a RBI single and sacrifice fly for the Indians, who also got run-scoring singles from Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto FC's Damien Perquis, Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain, New England's Kelyn Rowe and Real Salt Lake's Demar Phillips have been fined by MLS for infractions.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee fined the players undisclosed amounts on Thursday.

The infractions occurred in matches played last week -- Perquis (embellishment) against D.C. United; Higuain (simulation) against the Revolution; Rowe (hands to neck) against Columbus; and Phillips (failing to leave the field in timely manner after red card) against the New York Red Bulls.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.

The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter.

Late last month, the team picked up the $5 million option on his contract for next season.

The 7-foot-1 center was acquired in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

Mozgov transformed the Cavs on defense, giving them a rim-protecting big man after Anderson Varejao was lost for the season.

Mozgov, who will turn 29 in mid-July, averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 regular-season starts. He became a needed offensive option during the postseason, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20 postseason starts.

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Last Update on July 03, 2015 21:05 GMT


LONDON (AP) -- Serena Williams had a tough time in her third match at Wimbledon. The world's top-ranked player had to hold off Britain's Heather Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the second week of play. The partisan Centre Court crowd roared throughout the match but Watson fell short of becoming the first British woman to beat a No. 1 since Sue Barker defeated Chris Evert in Boston in 1979.

Williams will now face her big sister Venus who is back in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.

The women's fourth-seed, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), didn't have difficulty in advancing as she was a straight sets winner.

Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) hasn't faced much of a challenge so far in defending his title. The world's top-ranked player has played three matches, won all in straight sets, and never dropped more than four games in any set.

He's breezed into the second week of play with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Bernard Tomic (TOH'-mihch) as he continued his bid for a third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship.

And French Open champion and Wimbledon fourth seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) has advanced to the fourth round at the All-England Club with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco of Spain. The match took less than two hours to complete.

In results involving Americans CoCo Vandeweghe (VAN'-duh-way) defeated 22nd-seed Sam Stosur 6-2, 6-0, while Bethanie Mattek-Sands was eliminated by 30th-seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5, 7-5. This marks the first time the 47th-ranked Vandeweghe has reached the second week of play at a major. The news wasn't good for Sloan Stephens as she was ousted by sixth-seed Lucie Safarova.

And for the men wild-card entry Denis Kudla extended his surprising run at Wimbledon by reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Prior to Wimbledon, Kudla had won just two tour-level matches this year.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Royals and Minnesota continue their big mid-season series in Kansas City tonight. The Twins, who are just 3 1/2 games back of the first place Royals in the American League Central, won the opener last night 2-0. At the beginning of the season, not many people would have bet that this early July series would feature the two teams leading a division that includes Detroit. The Tigers are six games out of first and this evening face the Blue Jays in Detroit.

Two of the teams battling for the top of the AL East are meeting tonight in New York as the Yankees entertain the Rays. The Yankees share first place with Baltimore while the Rays, who have lost five straight, are a game back. Baltimore is playing in Chicago against the White Sox tonight.

Josh Hamilton is facing the Angels for the first time tonight since the abrupt April 27th trade that sent the former five-time All-Star back to Texas after two injury-plagued seasons in Los Angeles. He has only been able to play in nine games with the Rangers because he spent a month on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The game is being played in Arlington, Texas.

The remaining games tonight feature the Nationals entertaining the Giants, Cleveland in Pittsburgh, the Red Sox home to Houston, the Brewers in Cincinnati, the Braves home to the Phillies, San Diego in St. Louis to face the Cardinals, Oakland's Athletics entertaining the Mariners, Colorado at Arizona and the Dodgers home to the Mets.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees have settled their dispute over a marketing payment the team declined to give him, agreeing the club will make $3.5 million in charitable contributions. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing deal that called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments.

That included A-Rod's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

The team will now split the agreed upon amount with several charities.

-- The Yankees have had to place Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique muscle. The Yankees already are missing starting centerfielder Jacoby (juh-KOH'-bee) Ellsbury, who has been slow to heal from a knee injury that has kept him on the disabled list since May 20.


UNDATED (AP) -- The No. 1 overall pick in the recent NHL draft, 18-year old Connor McDavid, has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton.

The center had 120 points on 44 goals and 76 assists in 47 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters.

McDavid helped Canada win gold at the world junior hockey championship this year.

-- In other NHL news, the Buffalo Sabres have signed newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension worth $52.5 million. O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract. He was scheduled to make $6.2 million next season.

-- Forward Andrew Desjardins (day-zhar-DAN') has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons.


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