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Last Update on July 29, 2014 05:32 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.

Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.

Ahmed's single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.

Oliver Perez (1-1) gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances.

Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine did more than watch his team practice. He listened as well.

Cleveland's players worked out in full pads for the first time in training camp on Monday. Under cloudy skies and in October-like temperatures, the Browns got a lot more physical than during their first two days on the field.

Pettine said he was pleased with the contact, which included a few loud shoulder-pad-to-shoulder-pad pops that excited another large crowd on the fields behind the Browns' training headquarters.

Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas said he still gets "butterflies" before the first full-contact practice "because this is real football. If you mess up, somebody's going to get smacked.

Pettine wants the Browns to be tougher this season, and linebacker Karlos Dansby believes Cleveland has several players with a nasty streak.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 29, 2014 04:49 GMT


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 purchase 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 can still fight the decision through the appeals process. However, an unusual provision of the ruling bars him from seeking a court-ordered delay of the sale as he appeals. His lawyers plan to seek permission from an appellate court to file an appeal.

Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical exams and has vowed to fight the NBA until his death.


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.


UNDATED (AP) -- A six-run cushion wasn't enough for the Washington Nationals on Monday as they watched their lead in the NL East shrivel to a half-game over Atlanta.

Miami completed its comeback by scoring four times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Nats 7-6. Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY'-nee eh-chah-cah-REE'-uh) tripled home the tying run and scored on Jeff Baker's two-out, walkoff single to push the Marlins to their fifth straight win.

The Marlins picked up their fifth straight win by scoring seven times over the last three innings after the Nationals built a 6-0 lead. Washington had been 30-1 when scoring at least six runs this season.

The Braves cut their deficit with a 2-0 shutout of San Diego. Ervin Santana tied a career high with 11 strikeouts while scattering five hits in eight innings. Evan Gattis snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh with his first homer in more than a month before adding an RBI single in Atlanta's third straight win.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central is down to 1 1/2 games over St. Louis after Jake Odorizzi (oh-doh-REE'-zee) allowed three hits in seven innings of Tampa Bay's 2-1 win over the Brewers. Troy Loney hit a two-run single in the sixth to send the Rays to their 10th victory in 11 games.

-- Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez all homered in the sixth inning of Houston's 7-3 triumph against Oakland, which cuts the Athletics' lead in the AL West to 1 1/2 games over the Angels. Chris Carter opened the Astros' power assault with a three-run blast in the third and scored on Castro's tiebreaking, two-run shot.

-- Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and had five RBIs, while Ryan Goins went 4-for-5 with four ribbies in Toronto's 14-1 laugher at Boston. R.A. Dickey pitched the Blue Jays to their third straight win, yielding just a run and three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings.

-- J.P. Arencibia (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uh) hit a tiebreaking, two-run single while Texas scored four times in the fifth inning of a 4-2 comeback win over the New York Yankees. Yu Darvish worked seven innings and improved to 10-6 despite giving up a pair of solo homers by Brett Gardner.

-- Arizona outlasted Cincinnati 2-1 on Nick Ahmed's RBI single in the 15th inning. The Reds are a game under .500 at 52-53 following their ninth loss in 10 games.

-- Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored as the New York Mets thumped Philadelphia 7-1. Juan Lagares (lah-GAH'-rehs) added two hits and two RBIs to back Bartolo Colon, who surrendered 10 hits but just one run over 7 2/3 innings.

-- The Cubs were 4-1 winners against Colorado as Tsuyoshi Wada (soo-YOH'-shee WAH'-dah) allowed five hits in seven innings for his first major league victory. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) scored twice for Chicago.


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.


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