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Last Update on August 28, 2014 05:35 GMT

CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Skip Schumaker drove in a pair of runs and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Jorge Soler's first-at-bat homer and an RBI single for a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Soler, a 22-year-old prospect from Cuba, got a nine-year, $30 million deal from the Cubs. He was called up on Wednesday, started in right field and batted fifth.

After Luis Valbuena led off the second inning with a homer off Mat Latos (5-3), Soler hit a 2-1 pitch into the Reds' bullpen in center field.

Soler also had an RBI single off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth, cutting it to 6-5. Latos pitched into the eighth and gave up four runs while fanning a season-high 10 batters.

Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth for his 28th save.

Jacob Turner (4-8) made his first start for the Cubs and lasted only 3 2-3 innings.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Abreu hit a pair of run-scoring singles against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a season-high, seven-game losing streak.

Abreu put Chicago ahead for good in the seventh with his third hit of the game. Adam Eaton doubled with one out off Kluber (13-8) and advanced on Alexei Ramirez's groundout, and Abreu drove in his AL-high 96th run.

Hector Noesi (8-9) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 5-2 in eight starts since the All-Star break.

Javy Guerra allowed Jason Kipnis' one-out single in the ninth and hit Zach Walters with a pitch with two outs. Zach Putman relieved and retired Chris Dickerson on a flyout for his fourth save in five chances.

BEARS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns are beginning life without star wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Gordon's indefinite suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy was upheld on Wednesday, leaving the Browns without their top playmaker. That's devastating for Cleveland's offense, which has struggled during the preseason and enters Thursday night's final exhibition game against the Chicago Bears looking to gain some confidence.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start and is expected to play most of the first quarter as Cleveland's first-team offense tries to get its act together.

The Bears (2-1) are hoping for a better performance on defense after being routed 34-6 by the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last week.

BROWNS-GORDON SUSPENDED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.

The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon's case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.

COLTS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- There's no incentive for the Colts and the Bengals to play their starters much in the final preseason game. They've done so well that both teams are feeling good about the regular season.

The Colts (0-3) and the Bengals (1-2) will be looking mostly at competition for backup spots on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

It'll be the final time that Indianapolis linebacker Robert Mathis can be with the team. He'll start serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He claims he used a fertility drug to help his wife get pregnant.

Cincinnati Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who signed a three-year contract extension on Wednesday, is expected to sit out with a hamstring injury.

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Last Update on August 28, 2014 22:38 GMT

NFL-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NEW YORK (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.

NFL-JETS-PATTERSON

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

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 of 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.

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.

USC-SHAW

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.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- There are three top-25 college football games tonight including a match-up of rated teams as number-nine South Carolina takes on number-21 Texas A&M. The other contests have number-18 Mississippi taking on Boise State in Atlanta and 19th-rated Arizona State facing Weber State.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- 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.

Phil Coke improves to 2-2 with the win.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- 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.

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

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

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 Tuesday.

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