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AP source: LeBron speaks with Cavs as free agency opens

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before any decision, LeBron James had a discussion with the Cavaliers. James was in contact with the team when NBA free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press. Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. ...

So many dominoes: LeBron James can dictate free agency

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The rumor mill is in overdrive, with nuggets such as these: LeBron James has looked at schools in Los Angeles, he's not particularly fond of Houston and he's hugging restaurant diners in Miami. Ah, free agency is back. It technically ...

AP source: Cavs to make qualifying offer to Rodney Hood

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have some clarity with one of their free agent forwards. No, not that one. While waiting to see if they're in LeBron James' plans, the Cavaliers intend to extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to Rodney Hood, making him a ...

Encarnacion, Chisenhall HR; Bieber sharp as Tribe top Cards

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine. Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday ...

Gant, Ozuna spark St. Louis to victory over Cleveland

By WARREN MAYES, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Spot starter John Gant earned himself another turn in the rotation. Gant pitched one-hit ball over a career-high seven innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday ...

Albies wins it for Braves with solo homer in 11th inning

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Albies turned to teammate Danny Santana in the dugout and told him he was about to end the game with one swing. "It's time to go home right now," Albies said. "It's time to go deep. I went up there with one mentality, of hitting a home ...

Irving stays busy with knee to mend, movie to promote

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving doesn't have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he's got plenty to keep him busy for now. There's a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he's good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on ...

Houston’s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Third time was the charm for James Harden. The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA ...

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAREFUL Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second ...

Ciman, Diomande help LAFC to 2-0 win over Crew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman returned from a two-game absence and scored in the opening minutes to help Los Angeles FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday night. Ciman, the last player cut from the Belgian national team as it prepared for the World Cup, sent a free kick from 40 yards ...

Font, Rays shut down Yanks; DeSclafani slams Reds past Cubs

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 ...

Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins. Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday ...

NHRA: Clay Millican breaks Top Fuel track record in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Clay Millican broke the Top Fuel track speed record Saturday in rain-shortened qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Millican had a 3.750-second run at 332.67 mph in the lone qualifying session of the day. He has six No. 1 qualifiers this season. "Our ...

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEED A HAND The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians beat White Sox 6-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger has become a vital member of the Cleveland Indians' rotation. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night. Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the ...

Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message. The rookie right-hander was needed in the big leagues. Bieber capped a whirlwind few hours by pitching one-run ball into ...

Suarez homers, Votto drives in 2 as Reds edge Pirates 8-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Billy Hamilton is well aware of his struggles at the plate. The Cincinnati Reds centerfielder has tried to stay positive even as his average and his spot in the batting order dropped at an alarming rate, trying to focus on being a more ...

Mahle, Duvall lead Reds over skidding Royals 7-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Mahle is pitching well in June. Then again, most everyone is pitching well against the Kansas City Royals this month. Mahle allowed three hits while working into the seventh, Adam Duvall hit a ninth-inning grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds beat the skidding ...

Covey pitches White Sox past Bauer, Indians 3-2

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Covey has come a long way since his major league debut last year. All the way to an increasingly interesting prospect for the rebuilding Chicago White Sox. Covey carried a shutout into the eighth inning, continuing his impressive June and ...

Several things to watch as a busy NBA offseason begins

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly ...