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Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City. Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the ...

USC quarterback Darnold visiting Browns, who have No. 1 pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns' visitation list this week. That doesn't mean he might not be their No. 1 choice. Southern Cal's gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland's coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team ...

Steele knows Xavier’s next goal: Reach a Final Four

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Travis Steele knows the clear expectation as Xavier's next basketball coach. "It's the elephant that's in the room: Go where Xavier has never gone in the NCAA Tournament," Steele said. The Musketeers have never reached a Final Four. They had ...

Ohtani homers again, Cozart lifts Angels over Indians in 13

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani really didn't think his long drive to center field at Angel Stadium would get out of the park, so he sprinted around first base while it soared over the fence for his second homer in two days. Ohtani made the same sprint ...

Reds farmhand Joel Bender suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds left-hander Joel Bender has been suspended 50 games without pay under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive drug test. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Bender, currently on the roster of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos of ...

Encarnacion’s inside-park HR highlights Indians’ 6-0 win

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians loved the sight of 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion chugging around the bases on his way to a standup inside-the-park home run. "I knew he had wheels, but ..." starter Mike Clevinger said with a laugh. "You see ...

Reds get parade, edge Cubs 1-0 on 2-hitter for their 1st win

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Four days into the season, the Reds finally got their opening-day parade — and a win, too. The Cubs? Still trying to locate their offense. Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias fanned Anthony Rizzo with the ...

Ogunbowale puts stamp on thrilling women’s hoops season

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale put an exclamation point on a thrilling women's college basketball season. Her off-balance 3-pointer in the title game capped a record comeback by Notre Dame and an incredible weekend for the sport. The Final Four ...

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James believes Alabama's football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted "ideas, concepts and format" from a program on "Uninterrupted," the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with ...

Edler scores in OT to lift Canucks past Blue Jackets, 5-4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Thatcher Demko couldn't stop grinning the whole game in his first NHL start despite giving up the tying goals before the Vancouver Canucks won it in overtime. Alex Edler scored 1:21 into the extra period and Demko finished with 26 saves in the Canucks' wild ...

Yonder Alonso’s grand slam leads Cleveland over Mariners 6-5

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — A little of the pressure to contribute right away with his new club has been lifted from Yonder Alonso. Hitting a grand slam in just the second game of the season will take away some stress. "After this game, doing something for the team, I ...

Overtime survivors: Bulldogs, Irish meet for women’s title

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State Bulldogs carry a constant reminder of how far they went in the women's NCAA Tournament last year, and what must still be done. It's right there, engraved on the side of their runner-up rings: ...

News and notes from the NCAA women’s Final Four

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — So how do they top that? The two national women's semifinal games Friday night were packed with drama, lead-changes, emotion and huge shots that sent the games into overtime. Mississippi State's Roshunda Johnson hit the tying 3-pointer ...

Eaton has 5 hits including HR, Nationals beat Reds 13-7

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Eaton rounded second base on his homer, glanced toward the stands and spotted his parents, brother, wife and former college teammates cheering. He pointed his right index finger toward them, his way of sharing the big day. Eaton had solo ...

LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught — and passed — Michael Jordan on one list. James broke Jordan's NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, a streak the Cavaliers superstar could ...

UConn-beaters Mississippi State, Notre Dame play for title

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale swished her jumper with a second left and jumped to celebrate. In one joyous moment, she knew exactly how Mississippi State's Morgan William felt one year earlier. It's an incredible feeling to beat the best in ...

Scherzer fans 10, pitches Nationals over Reds 2-0 in opener

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Max Scherzer put on quite a performance for his new manager. Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings and the Washington Nationals made Dave Martinez's dugout debut a success, opening with a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. "The ...

Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation's best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his ...

Love returns to Cavaliers following concussion

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is back in Cleveland's starting lineup against New Orleans after missing one game with a concussion. Love, who recently returned from a broken left hand, sat out Wednesday's game at Charlotte. He had ...

Browns sign free agent QB Drew Stanton to 2-year contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns continued their quarterback makeover, signing free agent Drew Stanton to a two-year contract. The veteran is expected to back up Tyrod Taylor, recently acquired in a trade with Buffalo. Cleveland is also expected to ...