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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Handling preseason expectations

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Broadly speaking, a team that starts the season in the Top 25 and finishes it unranked has had a disappointing season, failing to meet expectations. The converse is likely to be true as well. Critics of preseason polls complain about setting ...

Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park. Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning ...

Gordon back with Browns, watches teammates practice

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was back at practice on Sunday — as a spectator. Gordon visited with teammates and Hall of Famer Jim Brown a day after ending his three-week absence from training camp and missing the first two exhibition ...

Balanced Reds sweep Giants with 11-4 romp

CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and the Cincinnati Reds closed out a nice weekend with another solid day at the plate. It was quite a response to a tough series against Cleveland. Suarez hit a two-run homer during Cincinnati's seven-run third inning, and the Reds swept the San Francisco ...

Josef Martinez ties MLS single-season record with 27th goal

ATLANTA (AP) — Josef Martinez scored his 27th goal to tie the MLS season record and help Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday. Julian Gressel set up Martinez's scoring opportunity with a steal in the Crew's half of the field. He passed it up to Martinez, who broke down a pair ...

Finally! Djokovic beats Federer for 1st Cincinnati title

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands. No need for mementos from this victory. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty. Djokovic finally mastered the one tournament that's eluded ...

Cabrera hits grand slam as Indians beat Orioles 8-0

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians showed off their power and pitching Sunday. Melky Cabrera hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fourth inning, four pitchers combined on the team's AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August ...

Browns’ Taylor faces Bills; Mayfield-Allen spicy subplots

By The Associated Press Cleveland has no quarterback competition. The Browns have made it clear that the starting job is Tyrod Taylor's, but that hasn't quieted the buzz around Baker Mayfield, who had a dazzling preseason debut last week. The No. 1 overall pick will follow Taylor on Friday ...

Soaked! Djokovic’s match suspended in rainy Cincinnati

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer MASON, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic's quest for his first Western & Southern Open title ran into a different obstacle Thursday night, with batches of rain forcing his match against defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to be suspended overnight. Roger Federer's ...

Browns, Bryant meet as sides try to see if there’s a future

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday. ...