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LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player. James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers ...

Hamilton scores from first on single to lift Reds in 9th

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Billy Hamilton saw the ball skip away from Michael Brantley in left field, and after that, there was no stopping baseball's fastest player. Hamilton scored from first base on Zack Cozart's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning ...

Bond set at $7M for suspect in Ohio house fire that killed 7

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set bond at $7 million for an Ohio man accused of setting a fire that killed seven of his neighbors, including five children. Fifty-eight-year-old Stanley Ford was initially denied bond initially, but that changed after his lawyer argued on Thursday that Ford ...

‘He’s human’: Cavs coach defends LeBron after ‘weird’ loss

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. Just as he did in Game 3. James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, ...

Feldman, Schebler lead Reds to 5-1 win over Indians

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Feldman fanned his first five batters with such ease that it got him wondering. "Why can't I do that every time?" he mused. The right-hander did things no Reds starter has done in a long time. He struck out a season-high nine while ...

Bradley hits last-second shot, Celtics stun Cavs 111-108

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley's 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star ...

Fagundez scores 2 goals; Revolution rally, beat Crew 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Diego Fagundez scored two goals in 10 minutes and the New England Revolution rallied from an early deficit to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday. Fagundez has scored all three of his goals this season in the last two games. The Revolution (3-4-4) have back-to-back ...

Freeland hits 1 of Rockies’ 4 HRs in 6-4 win over Reds

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Freeland hadn't rounded the bases since 2011, back when he was a senior in high school. He remembered the way on Sunday. The rookie pitcher hit one of Colorado's four solo homers off Bronson Arroyo, leading the Rockies to a 6-4 victory ...

Gomes has 5 RBIs to helps Indians sweep Astros with 8-6 win

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — In an up-and-down season, the American League champion Cleveland Indians left Houston feeling pretty good after sweeping the Astros. Yan Gomes homered and tied a career high with five RBIs to lead the Indians over the Astros 8-6 on ...

Encarnacion’s 2-run homer helps Indians beat Astros 5-3

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona enjoys facing the top teams in baseball. He likes it even more when his team gets the best of one of them. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall had solo shots to help ...

Thomas injured, Celtics find new low in Game 2 loss to Cavs

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — After Boston was beaten up in the Eastern Conference finals opener, Isaiah Thomas was confident the Celtics could bounce back in Game 2. "We're not scared of Cleveland," he said. "They're not the Monstars. They're not on 'Space Jam.' Like, ...

Top dollar: Browns sign Myles Garrett, 1st overall pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett's first sack as a pro is filled with money. The No. 1 overall pick in last month's NFL draft, Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns, who gave the speedy defensive end an estimated $30.4 million ...

Chicago Cubs hold off sliding Cincinnati Reds for 7-5 win

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Long after Kyle Hendricks looked like Kyle Hendricks again and the Chicago Cubs got big hits from Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was still upset about the end of the game. The Cubs wrapped up a 7-5 victory ...

LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — So much for the Cavaliers being rusty. LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern ...

Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDECE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James is a meticulous dresser on and off the court, so his fashion choice on Tuesday was no accident. He had worn the sleeveless T-shirt before in practice, but the black cutoff with the picture of a gold-and-green leprechaun ...

Dickerson hits 2 of Rays’ 5 homers in 6-4 win over Indians

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays went to the home run ball in Tuesday night's 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Corey Dickerson hit two of Tampa Bay's season-high five homers, including a 449-foot blast that landed in the trees beyond the center ...

Schwarber, Rizzo HR, Cubs top Reds 9-5; Maddon’s 1,000th win

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon paired his 1,000th win with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth wines out of Lodi, California. A nod to his past on a very sweet night. Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered to help the Cubs beat ...

Cincinnati Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones pleads guilty to 1 charge

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation earlier this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. Municipal Court Judge ...

Belt HR, Giants beat Reds 8-3 for 1st 3-game win streak

By RICK EYMER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt thinks the San Francisco Giants poor start is over. Putting up offensive numbers and getting on a winning streak can do wonders for self-assurance. Belt homered again and the Giants posted their first three-game winning ...

Kipnis homers twice in leadoff spot, Indians beat Twins 8-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis batting at the top of the order seems like a good fit for the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis, hitting leadoff for the first time this season, was 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBIs, and the Indians woke up from an offensive ...