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Last Update on August 21, 2014 05:33 GMT

INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Wednesday night.

Rookie Zach Walters hit his sixth homer. It was his third home run in eight games with the Indians since he was acquired from Washington on July 31 in a trade for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

House (2-3) gave up four hits while striking out five and walked three. The Indians extended Minnesota's scoreless streak to 17 innings.

Ricky Nolasco (5-9) gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings.

INDIANS-SWISHER SURGERY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season.

Swisher has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He's having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he'll need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.

The Indians said Dodgers' physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed Swisher has chronic medial knee discomfort as a result of wear and tear. Swisher is expected to make a full recovery.

Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 10. Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.

REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings.

The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins.

Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis.

Lynn (14-8) gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing.

Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.

BROWNS-QB DECISION

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel hopes the hype around him calms down.

Beaten out by Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter, the Browns rookie quarterback Manziel said Wednesday that he's disappointed he won't be on the field against Pittsburgh in the season opener on Sept. 7. Manziel knows he didn't do enough during training camp and the preseason to win the job over Hoyer, who overcame a serious knee injury and then held off the first-round draft pick to keep the job.

Manziel believes the focus should be on Hoyer, saying, "I'm the backup quarterback, I shouldn't be in the spotlight."

Manziel said he wouldn't change anything about his offseason. He was widely criticized for some weekend partying, but insists "I'm still going to continue to have fun in my life and continue to live my life."

BENGALS-BURFICT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012.

Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed or announced by the team.

Burfict became ill between practices on Wednesday and was sent home. He could sign the deal on Thursday or Friday when he's better.

HALL OF FAME-TINGELHOFF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement Wednesday.

Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot, but the endorsement from the Hall of Fame's senior committee was a big step toward enshrinement for the six-time Pro Bowl pick. Tingelhoff went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962, yet became a starter as a rookie and kept the job his whole career until retiring after the 1978 season.

Tingelhoff never missed a game and was a key part of Vikings teams that won 10 division titles and reached four Super Bowls.

Senior nominees are players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-US

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.

James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points.

Rose sat out, with team officials saying coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to be able to look longer at other players with cuts coming soon. The Americans have 16 players on the roster and have to get down to 12 before the upcoming Basketball World Cup.

BLUE JACKETS-ECHL AFFILIATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season.

The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Blue Jackets also announced that their preseason home opener on Sunday, Sept. 21, against the St. Louis Blues, will start at 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.

T25-OHIO ST-WHAT'S NEXT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Urban Meyer refers to No. 5 Ohio State's last two practices as "the day after" and "two days after" -- a new calendar dating from when the Buckeyes lost standout quarterback Braxton Miller.

Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, tore the labrum of his right throwing shoulder on an unrushed, seven-yard pass on Monday.

Now every point on the program's timeline will be judged whether it was before Miller's injury or after.

J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman who's never taken a collegiate snap, is set to start when the Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 30 against Navy. His teammates and Meyer say he's up to the task, a mature kid with lots of potential who has grown in his time on campus.

KENT STATE-PLAYER DEATH

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.

The school said in a release that starting center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

The 21-year-old Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013.

Athletic director Joel Nielsen said the school is "heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."

Bitsko's teammates were informed of Bitsko's death at the end of Wednesday's morning practice.

Bitsko received an award during the spring game for "exemplifying hard work and dedication."

National Sports News

Last Update on August 21, 2014 07:49 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals ran their lead in the National League East to seven games over Atlanta after rallying for their ninth straight victory, 3-2 over Arizona. Pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon's (rehn-DOHNZ') game-winning single scored Bryce Harper with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. It's the Nationals' fourth walkoff victory during their season-high winning streak.

Harper went 3-for-4 in addition to scoring the winning run. The victory goes to Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, who pitched a scoreless ninth.

In other baseball action:

-- Pittsburgh rallied from a 2-0 deficit late in the game to beat Atlanta 3-2. That ends the Braves' five-game win streak. Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball in the ninth which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped the Pirates' comeback.

-- Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with two hits and three RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3. The Angels' seventh win in eight games put them 1 1-2 games ahead of Oakland but it was costly. Right-handed starter Garrett Richards sustained a serious patellar injury in his left knee while running to cover first base in the second inning, and probably is lost for the season. He'll be examined today in Los Angeles. Richards was 13-4.

-- Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the New York Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 to snap a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler improved to 9-8, allowing two earned runs while working 5 2/3 solid innings. Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his nine outings since June 30.

-- Rick Porcello won his 14th game by hurling a three-hit shutout in pitching Detroit past Tampa Bay 6-0. Victor Martinez hit a grand slam. Porcello, who is 14-8, retired 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist's double in the first inning.

-- The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 5-2. Robbie Grossman got the big hit as the Astros broke open a close game with four runs in the seventh inning. The Yankees dropped nine and a-half games behind Baltimore in the AL East.

-- Nelson Cruz took the major league lead with his 33rd home run in Baltimore's 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It's the Orioles' first three-game sweep in Chicago since 1995. Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also went deep for the AL East-leading Orioles.

-- Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run and Colby Rasmus added a two-run shot to lead Toronto to a 9-5 win over Milwaukee. Bautista's 24th homer of the season capped off a five-run sixth inning for the Blue Jays who won for only the second time on their eight-game road trip. The loss snapped Milwaukee's five-game winning streak.

-- Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight strong innings in helping the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals, 5-2.

-- Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep.

-- San Diego jumped on the Dodgers with three runs in the second inning and beat the NL West leaders 4-1. Eric Stultz pitched five innings for the win. Alexi Amarista had an RBI single in the second and two stolen bases.

-- Jake Peavy pitched seven solid innings in his fifth start with San Francisco, and the Giants rolled past the Chicago Cubs 8-3.

-- Cleveland blanked Minnesota 5-0. Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, and combined with four relievers on the shutout.

-- Alex Rios drove in a pair of runs to help Texas edge Miami 5-4. The Rangers teed off on Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi for five runs in the first two innings.

-- Chase Utley's tie-breaking single in the bottom of the fourth inning capped a three-run rally and gave Philadelphia a 4-3 win over Seattle.

MLB-RAINOUT PROTEST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ernie Banks would love this. They're going to play two at Wrigley Field today. Or, at least, one and a-half.

The San Francisco Giants became the first team since 1986 to win such a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. The game will resume Thursday at Wrigley with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The game had been delayed more than 4 1/2 hours because of rain after the grounds crew couldn't put the tarp down quickly.

The game will resume at 4:05 p.m. (Central time) this afternoon. The playoff-contending Giants and Chicago have a regularly scheduled game set to begin three hours later.

MLB-INDIANS-SWISHER SURGERY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season.

Swisher has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He's having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he'll need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.

Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.

MLB-SCHILLING-CANCER

BOSTON (AP) -- Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.

Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is in remission. He says he's lost 75 pounds.

NFL-JIM KELLY-CANCER

UNDATED (AP) -- Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Dr. Peter Costantino says in a release issued by New York City's Lennox Hill Hospital that the treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing. He says Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal."

Costantino says a series of tests over the next week will determine if further treatments are necessary.

Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus.

NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine (PEHT'-ihn) has picked Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') for the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh.

Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine says was factored into the decision.

In other football news:

-- Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

-- The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They're valued at $3.2 billion.

-- Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees. Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot.

NASCAR-STEWART OUT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. That's the third Sprint Cup race he's skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Stewart's decision will once again lead to Jeff Burton replacing him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart's car at Michigan last week.

Stewart has been in seclusion since the Aug. 9 incident at an upstate New York dirt track that remains under investigation. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators don't have any evidence at this point to support criminal intent by Stewart.

TENNIS-US OPEN-WOMEN'S SEEDINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title. The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week's WTA rankings in announcing the seedings.

That means that French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month.

Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) is seeded No. 3 with third-ranked Li Na out because of a knee injury. Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) moves up to No. 4.

Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) is seeded fifth and could face Williams in the quarterfinals.

WNBA-MVP

UNDATED (AP)-- Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award. That's what a person close to the situation tells The Associated Press.

Moore will receive the award tonight in Minnesota before the Lynx face San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals.

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