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Last Update on July 24, 2014 05:33 GMT

INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start, Oswaldo Arcia homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday.

Danny Santana scored after two of his three hits for the Twins, and five relievers totaled six strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Glen Perkins finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 27 tries.

When Kyle Gibson developed a sore back the day before, Swarzak (2-0) was summoned from the bullpen to replace him in the rotation. He threw 75 pitches, well over the limit the Twins had in mind, but the right-hander allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three. He was only in trouble once.

Trevor Bauer (4-5) finished six innings for the 11th time in 14 starts this season for the Indians, but he lost for the first time in five July starts.

REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.

Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.

Lohse (11-4) walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits, the last to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh.

Reynolds connected on a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Mike Leake (7-9) for his 15th home run of the season. Rickie Weeks was on with a double to start the sixth.

Reynolds' second home run came off reliever Jumbo Diaz in the eighth.

BROWNS-GILBERT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Browns have signed rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert, one of their first-round draft picks, to a four-year, $12.8 million contract.

Cleveland selected Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick in May's draft. He's expected to start on the opposite side from Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

Gilbert's deal was announced Wednesday as the former Oklahoma State standout and other rookies, including quarterback Johnny Manziel, reported for training camp. The Browns will have their first practice Saturday.

Gilbert impressed the Browns coaches during spring workouts. The 6-foot, 202-pounder said he was looking forward to putting on pads in training camp. First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine likes Gilbert's size and his ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Gilbert will compete in camp with Buster Skrine for a starting job.

BROWNS-MANZIEL

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine says he's not worried about rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field behavior carrying into the football season.

Manziel has made headlines with his partying during the offseason, and a recent photo and video of him brought more scrutiny. While he was on vacation recently, Pettine called Manziel and they had a "positive conversation."

Pettine believes Manziel understands he needs to concentrate on football, and "he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than he has ever been."

Manziel begins training camp behind Brian Hoyer on Cleveland's depth chart. The Browns selected Manziel, one of college football's most popular players, in the first round of the NFL draft. Pettine, though, said the team will not be influenced by "external pressure" to name its starting quarterback.

BROWNS-JIM BROWN'S RING

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown is running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring and has sued a memorabilia dealer in New York.

The Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against Lelands.com and Lelands Collectibles Inc.

The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends Friday. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks Lelands founder Joshua Evans made about Brown.

Evans says Brown's claims "are entirely without merit."

The lawsuit says the ring is priceless to the former Cleveland Browns player. The bidding was around $59,000 Wednesday afternoon.

Brown rushed for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns in nine seasons before retiring at the peak of his career in 1965.

TIMBERWOLVES-LOVE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by a league rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.

If the Cavaliers trade Andrew Wiggins or the Bulls trade Doug McDermott, the deal could not become official until 30 days after each signed his contract. McDermott was signed on Tuesday while Wiggins is expected to sign later this week.

Both teams can negotiate during that window, but cannot officially make a trade.

LEBRON-CHINA

HONG KONG (AP) -- LeBron James put on a demonstration of his basketball skills in Hong Kong, the midway stop on his tour through China.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star helped run some local fans through basketball drills in the former British colony on Wednesday. And then he showed off with a few moves of his own, including a dunk that, with the help of some special effects, was accentuated by two jets of smoke from behind the backboard.

The move drew huge cheers from the 1,500 fans packed into the court in Kowloon.

Earlier in the day, James made an appearance at a store that was mobbed by hundreds of fans.

James kicked off his Nike-sponsored five-day trip on Monday with a visit to Beijing. He is travelling to Taiwan on Thursday and Friday.

LEBRON-NEIGHBORS

BATH, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star's Akron area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and police were called to direct traffic.

To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that "we are sorry for the chaos," adding that the James family is "so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you."

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Last Update on July 24, 2014 14:48 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Four games are being played this afternoon in the big leagues. The winningest team in baseball leads the way as the Athletics, who top the American League West with a record of 62-38, conclude a three-game series at home against the Astros. They've split the first two games. The top team in the National League West is also in action this afternoon as the Giants play the Phillies in Philadelphia in the final game of a four-game series. The Giants are looking for the sweep.

The rest of the day games feature the Red Sox playing the Blue Jays in Toronto while the Yankees are home to Texas.

Overall it is an abbreviated schedule of play as there are just seven games this evening. In those contests the White Sox are playing the Twins in Minneapolis, the Indians are at Kansas City, the Angels are home to the Tigers, Baltimore plays at Seattle, Miami is in Atlanta to meet the Braves, San Diego is facing the Cubs in Chicago and the Mets are at Milwaukee.

NFL-FALCONS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) --The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver Roddy White. White, who holds the team records for career receptions and yards receiving, agreed to a four-year deal.

NFL-COLTS

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- Colts fullback Stanley Havili will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Havili was Indy's primary fullback last season after being acquired from Philadelphia in an offseason trade. He has played in 28 games, starting 10, and has rushed 13 times for 29 yards and one TD. He also has 25 catches for 171 yards.

TOUR DE FRANCE

UNDATED (AP) -- The 18th stage of the Tour de France is being contested today. The overall leader remains Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, who picked up some time on his competitors with his finish yesterday. The winner of the 17th stage on Wednesday, which was the shortest of the Tour at 77 miles, was Poland's Rafal Majka.

The Tour de France will end this Sunday when the racers enter Paris.

PGA-CANADIAN OPEN

MONTREAL (AP) -- Newly crowned British Open winner Rory McIlroy is skipping this week's Canadian Open in Montreal. The defending champion, Brandt Snedeker, is on hand for the event along with two-time winner Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur).

On tap next week is the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

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