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Last Update on August 27, 2014 05:35 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 victory over Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.

Cincinnati was shut out for the 12th time this season. Cueto (15-8) struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings in his second straight loss after winning seven consecutive decisions.

Wood (8-11) struck out five and walked one.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals waived second-year linebacker J.K. Schaffer as part of their moves to get down to the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday.

Schaffer grew up in Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati. He suffered a concussion during the second preseason game. If he clears waivers, he'll revert to the Bengals' injured reserve list.

Rookie cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks also was waived with a thumb injury and will revert to the team's injury list if he clears waivers.

In addition, the Bengals waived second-year tight end Kevin Brock, first-year receiver Jasper Collins, rookie linebacker James Davidson and first-year quarterback Matt Scott.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner has seen the two-quarterback system work in the NFL.

With Johnny Manziel serving as the backup quarterback for the Browns, coach Mike Pettine has hinted at developing an offensive package for him. The idea is not unlike what the San Francisco 49ers did in 2012 with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

Whitner was on the 49ers at the time and said that even if the package isn't used much in a game, simply making sure an opposing team has to prepare for it can be an advantage.

Pettine agreed. He was the defensive coordinator for the Jets when they played the 49ers in 2012.

New York spent time preparing for both Kaepernick and Smith before losing 34-0. Kaepernick threw one incomplete pass, but rushed for 50 yards and a score.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The attorney for Josh Gordon says the Cleveland Browns receiver's hearing on a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina has been rescheduled for November.

Gordon was due to appear in Wake County court Tuesday on charges of driving while impaired and speeding. Attorney Trey Fitzhugh says Gordon had a waiver to miss the pretrial appearance and the case is continued until Nov. 18.

Gordon was arrested July 5 in Raleigh after being pulled for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

He is still waiting to hear from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the upcoming season for violating the league's substance-abuse program. The Pro Bowler led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving last year.


Kevin Love say he's committed long term to Cavs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Kevin Love says he's committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers -- however long it takes.

The All-Star forward was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, who acquired Love last weekend in a blockbuster, three-team trade that instantly turned Cleveland into an NBA championship favorite. The deal also gives the team a star-powered trio in Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Love spent his first six seasons with Minnesota. He can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. Love says he intends to stay with the Cavs, saying, "I'm committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that's to win championships."

Love said shortly after James announced he was re-signing with Cleveland that the four-time league MVP called and asked him to join him.

Love said he told James, "I'm in."


UNDATED (AP) -- Four of the eight neutral-site games the first week of the college football season involve Big Ten teams.

Rutgers plays its first game as a Big Ten member against Washington State in Seattle on Thursday.

On Saturday, Ohio State plays Navy in Baltimore, Wisconsin faces LSU in Houston and Penn State and UCF meet in Dublin, Ireland.

The games will produce varying amounts of money for the participants. Wisconsin earns the most, at $2 million. Each of the teams hope the exposure helps in recruiting.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said playing LSU will allow him to find out right away how his young team stacks up against a high-caliber opponent.

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Last Update on August 27, 2014 22:45 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy again. He missed two games last season due to another violation of the policy but still let the team with 1,646 yards in receptions.

Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

The 23-year-old had appealed his yearlong suspension for marijuana use and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina quarterback Cam Newton says he feels great and "there's no doubt" in his mind he'll be ready to play in the Panthers season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. The fourth-year quarterback, who is recovering from a hairline fracture to multiple ribs and, says he's improving with each day.

Newton has never missed a start in three seasons of pro ball.


UNDATED (AP) -- Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a three-year extension on that runs through the 2017 season and will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million. Burfict is entering the final year on his original deal that will pay him a salary of $570,000. Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer in salary and bonuses.

Burfict is the leader of a defense that finished third in the NFL last season in yards allowed.


-- Tennessee has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Multiple media outlets say it's for $36 million over four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed. Casey is coming off a career year with 10.5 sacks, 90 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures. His sacks were the second-highest total in franchise history for a defensive tackle behind only Ray Childress' 13 sacks in 1992.

-- Arizona has signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots. The 33-year-old is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL but was playing with the Patriots' first-team defense this preseason before he was cut. The Cardinals were in the market for a tackle after Darnell Dockett went down with a season-ending knee injury.


UNDATED (AP) -- Ike Davis' mammoth 2-run homer helped Pittsburgh beat St. Louis 3-1 and hand Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright his ninth loss of the season. Davis's blast off of Wainwright traveled an estimated 433 feet.

Wainwright failed to become the first 16-game winner in the majors.

The Pirates win moved them to within a game of San Francisco for the second National League wildcard spot.

In other action;

-- Rougned Odor (ROOG'-ned oh-DOR') hit a grand slam and Leonys Martin homered and drove in three runs to lead Texas to a 12-4 win over Seattle. Tomas Tellis opened the scoring for the Rangers with a bases-clearing double in the four-run second inning. Odor's slam came an inning later.

The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw gets his chance to become baseball's first 16 game winner of the season tonight. The National League West leaders are on the road for a game with the Diamondbacks.

The tightest race in baseball is the American League West as the Angels top the Athletics by just a game. Tonight the Angels are home to the Marlins while the A's are visiting Houston.

The AL Central is tight as Kansas City leads Detroit by just 1 1/2 games. The Royals continue their home stand with a game against the Twins tonight while the Tigers are home to the Yankees.

Washington's Nationals have the biggest lead in any division, 7 1/2 games over Atlanta in the National League East. This evening the Nats are in Philadelphia while the Braves are in New York to play the Mets.

The rest of tonight's schedule has Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the Jays home to the Red Sox, Chicago's Cubs at Cincinnati, the White Sox hosting Cleveland, Milwaukee at San Diego and Colorado at San Francisco


NEW YORK (AP) -- Women's fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) has been shown the exit at the U.S. Open. She was ousted by China's Peng Shuai (sh-WAY'), 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament in which Radwanska has failed to reach the quarterfinals.

-- 21st-seed Sloane Stephens has been knocked out in a second round by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

-- Second seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp), No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber and ninth-seed Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) moved into round three.

-- Sixth-seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in second action.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In his first big move since taking over ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer has worked out a new contract with coach Doc Rivers. The pact keeps the former Boston bench boss in L.A. for another five years, through 2019.

Rivers joined the team in June 2013 and added president of basketball operations to his responsibilities two months ago.

He guided the Clippers to the best record in franchise history at 57-25 and a second straight Pacific Division title last season.


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