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Last Update on August 31, 2015 05:34 GMT

ANGELS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Almonte's fifth-inning homer off Jered Weaver broke open a close game and sent Cleveland to its fifth straight win.

Weaver (6-10) didn't get much help from his defense. Center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Kole Calhoun lost catchable fly balls in the sun, leading to five Cleveland runs.

INDIANS-SHAPIRO

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Indians president Mark Shapiro is leaving the team to take the same job with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shapiro, who has been with Cleveland since 1992, will replace Paul Beeston, Toronto's CEO and president who is retiring. The teams will make the announcement Monday, said the person who spoke Sunday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the sides were still working through some details.

CBSSports.com first reported the deal.

Shapiro served as Cleveland's minor league director and general manager before becoming Cleveland's president following the 2010 season. Shapiro has twice been named baseball's executive of the year.

The Indians have operated with one of baseball's lowest payrolls. That won't be the case in Toronto as the Blue Jays have pumped money into the roster, hoping to end a postseason drought dating to 1993.

INDIANS-MINORITY OWNER

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians owner Paul Dolan hired an investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority investor for his franchise.

Dolan secured Allen & Co., a New York-based firm, to search for a minority owner, a team spokesman confirmed Sunday. The New York Post first reported the deal on Saturday.

The Dolan family bought the Indians in 1999 from Richard Jacobs for $322 million. The club has had one of the lowest payrolls in the major leagues and attendance at Progressive Field has dropped dramatically in the past few seasons.

Dolan has said he has no interest in selling his majority controlling interest in the Indians.

Meanwhile, team president Mark Shapiro could possibly leave the team for a similar role with the Toronto Blue Jays. Shapiro served as the club's general manager from 2001-10.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 31, 2015 14:45 GMT

NFL-DEFLATGATE

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have arrived early for a court appearance in New York for the "Deflategate" case.

The two arrived separately about an hour and a half before they were scheduled to appear before Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan.

The judge had ordered both to show up for a final conference before he rules on whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during a playoff game last season.

The NFL wants Berman to agree it handled the case appropriately while the NFL Players Association wants the suspension nullified.

Berman has said he hopes to rule by Friday. That would give Brady enough time to prepare for his team's season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

US OPEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Open begins play today in New York with all eyes on Serena Williams. The top-ranked player in the world is shooting for history, as with another Grand Slam championship she would equal Steffi Graf's (grahfs) professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. And a title in the final major of the year would give her the calendar Grand Slam, a sweep of the four major tournaments in one year. She has already won the Australian and French Open titles as well Wimbledon.

The last person to win a calendar Grand Slam was Graf in 1988. The last man to achieve it was Rod Laver in 1969. Overall, just five players have won all four majors in one year.

Williams is an amazing 48-2 with a tour-leading five championships in 2015.

She begins play this evening with a match against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.

Men's top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) starts play today as well.

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