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Crew score 3 late goals, salvage 3-3 draw with Toronto FC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute to cap a thrilling comeback by Columbus to rally from a 3-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday night. Higuain drove a corner kick to the center of the box and Gyasi Zardes leaped high to ...

Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his "2018 NBA FINALS" hat during a locker-room photo. An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala. In a postseason defined by ...

Descalso, Godley send Diamondbacks over Reds 5-2

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks bashed the ball around the yard in their series opener against Cincinnati. The hits were much harder to come by Tuesday night, but the ones they had were impactful — none more so than Daniel Descalso's first-inning ...

Indians rally for wild 10-9 win over Astros

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Greg Allen had one thought as he saw his teammates waiting for him at home plate. "Just don't get too roughed up in there," he said. "It's something I'll remember forever. It's all still sinking in. It's pretty special." Allen homered on ...

Gonzalez goes third deck off Harvey, Rockies beat Reds 8-2

By BRENT W. NEW, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — For one game at least, Carlos Gonzalez was his old self again. The slumping slugger had a season-high four hits, including a third-deck homer off Matt Harvey, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Sunday. It was Gonzalez's ...

Melia’s PK stop helps Sporting KC to 0-0 tie with Crew

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Tim Melia had his sixth shutout of the season, including a diving save on a penalty kick, in Sporting Kansas City's 0-0 tie with the Columbus Crew on Sunday night. Melia, the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, finished three saves. After he was called for a foul ...

Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked ...

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 ...

Alarmed: LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6 vs Celtics

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. "Uh-oh," Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code ...

Astros’ Morton stays unbeaten with 8-2 win over Indians

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season — and knew where to place the credit for his latest victory. Morton (7-0) pitched six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the ...

LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: YOU AGAIN Houston's Charlie Morton and Cleveland's Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a ...

Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate. Once that was over, everything fell into place. Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller ...

Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals. Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to ...

Ramirez hits 14th homer, Indians rout Cubs 10-1 in rematch

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Ramirez turned on a knee-high pitch and launched the Indians toward a lopsided victory. Ramirez hit his 14th homer and Cleveland routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 ...

Gennett’s slam helps Harvey gets 1st Reds win, 7-2 over Bucs

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — So far, Matt Harvey is making good on his second chance. The former Mets ace allowed only one run over six innings for his first win with the Cincinnati Reds, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in the last two seasons on Tuesday night ...

Road tripped: Celtics’ Game 3 loss another playoff pothole

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren't straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them. All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday. Practice isn't an issue on the road in the ...

Backed by HRs, Darvish beats Reds 6-1 for 1st win with Cubs

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven weeks into the season, Yu Darvish finally has his first win for the Chicago Cubs. Darvish recovered from a shaky start and Kyle Schwarber hit one of Chicago's three home runs Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati ...

McCullers, McCann lead Astros to 3-1 win over Indians

HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers finally found his curveball — and the results were devastating for the Cleveland Indians. McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win Sunday night. McCullers (6-2) took a perfect ...

Cleveland’s bullpen blues keeping AL Central in play

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Two years ago, the Cleveland bullpen led the way when the Indians overcame significant injuries in their starting rotation and won the American League pennant. Now, the fickle nature of relief pitching is holding the AL Central favorites back. After Sunday ...

Browns send CB Taylor to Cardinals for 2020 draft pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jamar Taylor's trade to Arizona is official. Cleveland traded another of their starting quarterbacks to the Cardinals on Saturday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2020. The teams agreed to the swap on Friday and had to work out final details ...