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Last Update on August 29, 2014 06:37 GMT

CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Cincinnati Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Thursday.

Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more.

The Reds stole six times in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Jake Arrieta (7-5).

Cincinnati stole three in a three-run second inning and two in a three-run fourth.

Dylan Axelrod (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball and struck out eight.

Cubs rookie Jorge Soler doubled and singled in his second major league game and drove in a run. He homered and singled in his debut on Wednesday.

INDIANS-YANKEES TRADE

CHICAGO (AP) -- The New York Yankees have acquired left-hander Josh Outman in a trade with the Cleveland Indians.

Outman has spent time with the Indians and Triple-A Columbus this season. He was in the minors at the time of the deal.

The Indians will receive a player to be named or cash in Thursday's trade.

Outman is 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Cleveland this season. He made his major league debut in 2008 with Oakland and is 16-11 with a 4.49 ERA in six seasons with the Athletics, Rockies and Indians.

Outman went 3-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 23 games with Columbus this year.

COLTS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie Jeremy Hill ran for 90 yards and was Cincinnati's top receiver as well, leading the Bengals to a 35-7 victory on Thursday night over the Indianapolis Colts in a game devoid of starters.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sat it out, as did most of the starters for both teams. Dalton didn't even pull up his black socks, leaving them around his ankles on an 85-degree evening -- he knew there was no point.

Cincinnati (2-2) pulled off several big plays in the second half against the Colts (0-4) backups.

Dane Sanzenbacher returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Safety Danieal Manning intercepted Chandler Harnish's pass and ran it back 33 yards for a score. Cobi Hamilton turned a short catch into a 50-yard TD.

Hill, a second-round pick who backs up Giovani Bernard, carried 20 times and caught six passes for 70 yards.

FBN-BEARS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brian Hoyer drove Cleveland's starting offense to a rare preseason touchdown before turning things over to rookie Johnny Manziel in the Browns' 33-13 exhibition win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Hoyer and Cleveland's offensive starters needed a boost after struggling in the preseason as they learn a new system. Hoyer went 6 of 8 for 69 yards on the opening drive against Chicago's backups before Ben Tate scored on a 1-yard run.

It was just the second TD for Cleveland's first-team offense this summer and a confidence builder for Hoyer, who barely beat out Manziel for the starting job.

Manziel threw a TD pass, finished 6 of 17 for 83 yards, ran for 55 and did some typical Johnny Football improvising.

Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes caught a 32-yard TD pass from rookie David Fales and returned a punt 30.

BROWNS-GORDON CFL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with Josh Gordon's situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so.

Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But if the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere.

Gordon's suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy was upheld. The person familiar with the 23-year-old Pro Bowler's situation said he wanted to play for Calgary, and Gordon asked the Browns for permission.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Gordon is not permitted to be with the Browns during his season-long suspension. His eligibility for reinstatement will be determined after the 2014 season.

BROWNS-MANZIEL AD

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Wearing spandex leggings, a headband and working out a class of exercising women as if he were Richard Simmons. No, we've never seen Johnny Football like this.

He's Johnny JamBoogie.

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel channels his inner aerobics instructor in a new TV commercial for Snickers, one of the products he endorses. In the 30-second spot set to debut Thursday night, Manziel is teaching the class when a Cleveland player tells him he's not acting like himself.

Once he bites into the candy bar, he's back to being Manziel, wearing his No. 2 jersey.

Manziel said it was a "thrill" to star in the commercial and hopes "people have as much fun watching the ad as we did filming it."

Although the 21-year-old is Cleveland's backup, he's already one of the league's most popular players.

YOUNGSTOWN ST-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois players and coaches keep repeating the same mantra ahead of Saturday's opener with Youngstown State: Start fast.

New quarterback Wes Lunt says they get that message from the video of a drag strip playing outside the locker room every time they walk in or out.

A lot of how Illinois starts may be up to Lunt, the transfer from Oklahoma State who will start his first game for the Illini.

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit says Lunt is bound to make mistakes but doesn't make many twice.

A fast start will be important for an Illinois team that went 4-8 last season and is under pressure to improve.

Youngstown State, coming off an 8-4 season, is likely to rely on returning running back Martin Ruiz. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2013.

National Sports News

Last Update on August 29, 2014 10:33 GMT

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP)-- There is life after Johnny Football. Just ask South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

In his first career start, Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's (mahn-ZEHLZ') single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat ninth-ranked South Carolina 52-28. That ends the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.

Hill's performance in his first career start proved there is plenty of life in the Aggies' offense without Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner and first-round selection in the NFL draft. Hill finished 44 of 60 with three touchdowns.

Hill was steady and confident in the pocket, leading Texas A&M to a 31-14 halftime lead and finishing up with the most passing yards allowed in Spurrier's 10 seasons coaching the Gamecocks. South Carolina gave up seven TDs on A&Ms first 11 possessions.

In other AP Top-25 football:

---- Number-18 Ole Miss came alive in the fourth quarter, pulling away to beat Boise State 35-13 in a sloppy season opener. Shaking off three first-half interceptions, Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns -- three of the scores coming on consecutive throws in the fourth quarter.

-- No. 19 Arizona State raced to a quick 38-0 lead and trounced Weber (WEE'-bur) State 45-14. Junior running back D.J. Foster led the Sun Devils' attack with 147 yards rushing on 15 carries for three TDs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE'-zee-an) says he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's bogus story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian also said that the suspended Shaw could "potentially" return to the Trojans at some point this season.

The first-year coach also says Shaw still hasn't told the Trojans exactly how he sprained both of his ankles last weekend.

Meanwhile, running back Anthony Brown has quit the Trojans, and coach Sarkisian was stunned by Brown's apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.

A photo of the words "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!" was posted on what USC said was Brown's Instagram account. The posting was later deleted.

Sarkisian was told about the apparent posts from Brown, who is black, shortly after USC finished practice Thursday. The visibly disturbed coach called them "ridiculous."

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Yusmeiro Petit (yoos-MEHR'-oh peh-TEE'), a 29-year-old journeyman pitcher for San Francisco, is in the major league record books. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 for their third straight win. Petit is 4-3 with the win.

Petit got the first eight Colorado hitters, establishing the mark by striking out Charlie Culberson. That broke Mark Buehrle's (BUR'-leez) record of 45 straight with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

Petit's streak covered eight games, six of them in relief. He also surpassed Jim Barr's NL record of 41 in a row with the Giants in 1972.

Petit, a 29-year-old journeyman from Venezuela, fell one strike short of a perfect game against Arizona last September. Almost a year later, he carved out his own slice of baseball history.

Elsewhere:

-- The L.A. Angels lead Oakland by two games atop the AL West after rallying with a run in the bottom of the 10th last night to beat the Athletics 4-3. Howie Kendrick delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) with the winning run. It's the sixth walkoff RBI that Kenrick has delivered in his career.

-- Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself in leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-1.

-- Baltimore nipped Tampa Bay 5-4. J.J. Hardy had two hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. The Orioles took three of four from the Rays.

-- Alex Avila hit an RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees. The victory moved Detroit into a tie with idle Seattle for the second wildcard spot in the American League.

-- Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Cincinnati Reds swiped six in all, in a 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more.

-- Jordan Schafer tied a career high with four RBIs, including a two-run single in the 10th inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-5.

-- Michael Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

---- Jason Castro hit a grand slam, Collin McHugh threw seven solid innings and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 4-2.

NASCAR-STEWART

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That will end a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in New York. Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stewart, who was described by police as "visibly shaken" the night of Ward's death, has been in seclusion ever since.

TENNIS-US OPEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Top seeded Serena Williams is through to the third round at the U.S. Open after easily beating Vania King 6-1, 6-love. It took Williams just 56 minutes to run her winning streak in the tournament to 16.

Eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich) is the biggest name to lose on day four. She's out after being knocked off by Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in the second round.

-- CiCi Bellis, the first 15-year-old since 1996 to win a U.S. Open match, could not follow that up with another victory, losing in the second round. Bellis, a Californian who is ranked 1,208th and playing in her first tour-level event, won seven games in a row during one stretch but wound up getting beaten 6-3, love-6, 6-2 by 48th-ranked Zarina Diyas.

Top men's seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) also had an easy time winning his second round match. He rolled to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-love, rout of Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. Next up for Djokovic is American Sam Querrey. Joining the second round winner is 13th seed John Isner. He pounded out 30 aces and 54 winners in his straight-set victory.

Eighth-seed Andy Murray moved easily into the third round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Matthias Bachinger.

NFL-PRESEASON FINALE

UNDATED (AP) -- For the final night of the NFL preseason, nearly all 32 coaches were unanimous in one hope: nobody gets hurt.

Among the final preseason game highlights in which few regulars even played a down:

-- Brian Hoyer drove Cleveland's starting offense to a rare preseason touchdown before turning things over to rookie Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') in the Browns' 33-13 exhibition win over the Chicago Bears. Manziel threw a TD pass, finished 6 of 17 for 83 yards, ran for 55 and did some typical Johnny Football improvising.

-- Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14.

-- Brock Osweiler is ready for a third season as Peyton Manning's backup in Denver. Osweiler led four scoring drives in the final tuneup for another year behind Manning, and the Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-3.

-- T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over Jacksonville. Yates was 15 for 20.

---- Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs.

-- Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 19-3 win over Tennessee.

NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence. The new sanctions include a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator.

Goodell told teams to distribute the memo to all players in which he says domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong, illegal and have no place in the NFL.

In other NFL news:

-- Dimitri Patterson disputes the New York Jets' version of his mysterious absence. The suspended cornerback says in a statement to ESPN that the Jets' claims that he went missing for 48 hours without notifying the team are "completely false." Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after the Jets say he left the team and went missing last Friday night before the preseason game against the Giants.

-- A person familiar with Josh Gordon's situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play for Calgary in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so. Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But if the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere. Gordon's suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy was upheld.

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