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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 14:59 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Giants and Cubs are set to resume their game from last night that was cut short by rain. In fact the Cubs were declared the 2-0 winners of the game when it was stopped after 4 1/2 innings. The Giants protested that the grounds crew in Chicago failed to do its job and get the tarp on the field in a timely matter.

Major League Baseball then reviewed the situation and determined that the game should not have been ruled a win for the Cubs, hence it will resume this afternoon in the bottom of the fifth. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer called the decision "just" and said the grounds crew and umpires were caught off-guard by a "weird weather pattern."

In other afternoon play today the Indians, Astros and Tigers are looking for a sweep of their respective three-game series with the Twins, Yankees and Rays. The Cleveland-Minnesota game features two 13-game winners as Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) goes for the Indians against Phil Hughes.

In evening play the Cubs and Giants will play their regularly scheduled game with Madison Bumgarner of the Giants going for his 14th win of the season against Travis Wood.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers is looking for his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers entertain the Cardinals. Kershaw is 14-3 with a fantastic 1.86 earned run average.

Red-hot Washington concludes its home series with Arizona. The National League East-leading Nationals have won nine straight and top the Braves, who are in Cincinnati, by seven games.

The final game of the night features the American League West-leading Angels in Boston. Los Angeles starts the day with a 1 1/2 game lead over the idle Athletics.

PGA-BARCLAYS

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- The FedEx Cup playoffs begin today at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, with The Barclays. To the winner of the playoff, which ends in three weeks in Atlanta, goes a flat $10 million bonus.

The favorite, without question, is Rory McIlroy. He has won the last three tournaments he's entered, the British Open, the Bridgestone and the PGA Championship, and starts the playoff as the points leader.

The playing field for the Barclays features the top 125 in the regular season FedEx standings. The field will be reduced each week until just 30 players are left for the Tour Championship in Atlanta Sept. 11-14.

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