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Last Update on July 28, 2014 06:26 GMT

INDIANS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit two more home runs, giving him six in six games, and the Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City 10-3 Sunday to end the Royals' winning streak at five.

Santana hit a pair of two-run homers. He has connected in three straight games.

Santana went 3 for 3 and reached base in all five plate appearances. He homered in a four-run fifth inning and hit another drive in ninth for his fifth career multihomer game and his second of the series.

In his past six games, Santana is 14 for 23, including three doubles and 10 RBIs.

Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes also homered for the Indians, who had lost six straight at Kauffman Stadium.

NATIONALS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Doug Fister took advantage of facing the slumping Cincinnati Reds to extend the best season-opening start by any Washington pitcher in a 4-2 Nationals' win Sunday.

Fister (10-2) allowed just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in seven shutout innings to reach 10 wins in 14 starts, one fewer than any previous Washington pitcher. Gio Gonzalez reached 10 wins in 15 starts in 2012, and Jordan Zimmerman duplicated him last season. The Nationals moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

Adam LaRoche drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single in the ninth to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in nine games since the All-Star break. They are hitting .178 (50-for-281) in that span.

Devin Mesoraco's two-run double in the ninth off Rafael Soriano allowed the Reds to avoid their 11th shutout loss. Soriano regrouped to get the final three outs for his 200th career save.

BROWNS-MINGO

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is banking on bigger being better after a rookie year that started fast than sort of fizzled.

He's been bulking up, ready to fit in with the faster and stronger NFL.

As the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Mingo made an instant impact for the Browns, flying all over the field and registering a sack in each of his first three games. But just as quickly, he disappeared from the stat sheet, recording only two more sacks the rest of the season.

Mingo, who now weighs in in the high 230s, says he learned a lesson last year that will make him a better player in 2014.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 29, 2014 01:00 GMT

NBA-CLIPPERS/STERLING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Donald Sterling's ship has sailed.

The Los Angeles Clippers are about to belong to Steve Ballmer after a judge ruled against Sterling, clearing the way for the record-breaking $2 billion sale of the NBA team by the former Microsoft CEO. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the league for making offensive remarks about blacks.

Shelly Sterling sought the court's approval for the deal she negotiated after taking control of a family trust. She removed her husband as a trustee after two doctors found he had Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs.

Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams.

Sterling has vowed to fight the NBA until his death and is expected to continue to wage court battles to stop the sale.

NBA-LAKERS/SCOTT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Is Byron Scott the new coach of the Lakers or not?

The former Lakers guard has told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee) resigned April 30. Scott thanked general manager Mitch Kupchak and team owners Jeanie and Jim Buss for the opportunity to run the Lakers.

However, the club continues to insist that no deal has been reached.

NBA-TIMBERWOLVES/WILLIAMS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent guard Mo Williams have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. Williams averaged 9.7 points last season, his lowest total since his rookie year in 2003-04. He turns 32 in December and gives the Wolves some much-needed experience behind starting guards Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin.

MLB-SCHEDULE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Ervin Santana and Evan Gattis helped the Atlanta Braves win this afternoon's lone major league game.

Santana tied a career high with 11 strikeouts while scattering five hits in eight innings of the Braves' 2-0 shutout of San Diego. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 32nd save and close out Santana's 10th win.

Gattis snapped a scoreless tie with a solo shot in the seventh, his first homer in more than a month. He added an RBI single in the eighth to help Atlanta get within one game of the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, pending the outcome of the Nats' game at Miami this evening.

The loss went to Jason Lane, a 37-year-old former major league outfielder making his first big league start as a pitcher.

MLB-RAYS-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have a little more infield depth following their deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs have shipped second baseman Darwin Barney and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named. The move comes six days after he was designated for assignment by the Cubbies.

Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he hit just .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this year.

Also in the majors on Monday:

-- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to Kansas City for infielder Danny Valencia. The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for the Royals.

-- Tampa Bay has reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment. Peralta went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA before missing nine games with an illness. Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts.

-- The Oakland Athletics have put outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch Sunday in Texas. The A's filled the roster spot by promoting outfielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland.

NFL-PANTHERS-BENJAMIN

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- An MRI shows that Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has a bruise on his left knee. The first-round draft pick will miss a few days of camp. Benjamin bumped knees with another player during practice Sunday.

Benjamin has been working with the starters and is having an outstanding camp. The Former Florida State standout was the 28th player taken in the draft.

In other NFL training camp news:

-- The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAH'-muh-kahng soo) until after the season. Suh becomes a free agent after the season, and the Lions could still keep him by using their franchise tag on him. Suh has 27 1/2 sacks since being taken by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

-- Kyle Rudolph signed a new five-year contract extension to match the significant value the Minnesota Vikings tight end has provided their offense. Rudolph has 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns over his three-year NFL career.

-- Broncos top receiver Demaryius (deh-MEHR'-ee-uhs) Thomas has returned from bereavement leave but missed practice because his his flight from Georgia didn't get back in time for him to participate in practice. Thomas missed the first five days of training camp for the AFC champs following the death last week of his grandmother in Georgia.

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