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Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to guard Collin Sexton

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers made the expected move and Tuesday extended a qualifying offer to guard Collin Sexton, who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Sexton is now a restricted free agent and the high-energy scorer could draw interest from other teams. If Sexton ...

Baker Mayfield ‘ready to move on’ from Browns

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield said the Cleveland Browns have work ahead if they want him to help them through their situation with Deshaun Watson. Mayfield, speaking at his football camp near the University of Oklahoma's campus on Tuesday, didn't entirely close the door on stepping in ...

Bucks’ draftee Beauchamp overcomes adversity to reach NBA

MILWAUKEE (AP) — There was a stretch of homelessness while growing up. A constant shifting from one high school to another. The cancellation of an NBA draft training program due to the pandemic. A year proving himself with a G League developmental team. MarJon Beauchamp's journey to the NBA ...

Clifford: Hornets will continue to play fast, up-tempo pace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Steve Clifford is back in familiar surroundings as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets — except he is in need of a new apartment. Clifford was introduced as the Hornets head coach on Tuesday, a little more than four years after general manager Mitch Kupchak fired him ...

Harper set for thumb surgery, Phils hope he plays this year

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will have surgery Wednesday to repair his broken left thumb and the team hopes the 2021 NL MVP can play again this season. Manager Rob Thomson did not offer a timetable for Harper's return. "It's tough, but it's probably the best thing for ...

Braves put closer Jansen on IL due to irregular heartbeat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen was put on the 15-day injured list Tuesday because of an irregular heartbeat, the latest heart-related issue in the veteran right-hander's career. The move was made retroactive to Monday when Jansen felt discomfort, manager Brian ...

T-wolves welcome rookie Kessler’s defense, size and upside

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walker Kessler will bring a 7-foot-1 presence and prolific shot-blocking ability to Minnesota, a welcome complement in the post to star Karl-Anthony Towns even if his playing time is limited during his debut NBA season. The Timberwolves didn't just draft him to patrol the ...

Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon in 1st match in a year

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams began — and ended — her comeback at Wimbledon after 364 days out of singles competition looking very much like someone who hadn't competed in just that long. She missed shots, shook her head, rolled her eyes. In between, there were moments where ...

Guerrero’s run-scoring hit in 9th leads Toronto over Boston

TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Tuesday night. Pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk singled to begin the ninth against Tyler Danish (2-1) and George Springer walked. Hansel Robles ...

Corbin strikes out 12, Nationals rally to beat Pirates 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, Yadiel Hernandez delivered a go-ahead two-run double, and the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning for the second straight game, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Tuesday night. Corbin (4-10) allowed one ...

Carlson drives in 2, Cardinals rally to top Marlins 5-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dylan Carlson drove in a pair of runs and the St. Louis bullpen combined for four scoreless innings as the Cardinals came back to beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Tuesday night. Carlson went 2 for 4 and has hit in five straight games. Teammate Tommy Edman scored a pair of runs ...

Olson homers twice to lead Braves past Phillies 5-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Olson homered twice and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. The Phillies were without Bryce Harper for the second straight game, and the 2021 NL MVP will be sidelined indefinitely ...

Polanco, Twins win 6-0, split doubleheader with Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jorge Polanco didn't take long to get back into the swing of things. Returning from his first stint on the injured list as a major leaguer, Polanco drove in three runs and rookie Josh Winder pitched six stellar innings as the Minnesota Twins earned a day-night doubleheader ...

Semien, Gray send Rangers to 8-3 win over struggling Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Semien homered and drove in four runs, Jon Gray pitched seven effective innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Tuesday night. Corey Seager hit a two-run double as the Rangers handed last-place Kansas City its fourth consecutive defeat. ...

Luis Castillo strikes out 11 as Reds beat Cubs 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Castillo struck out 11 over six shutout innings in his first win in a month, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Keegan Thompson and the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Tuesday night. Castillo (3-4) allowed five hits and walked three while throwing a career-high 123 pitches. The ...

Grichuk, Diaz homer, Rockies rough up Kershaw, Dodgers 7-4

DENVER (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Elias Diaz homered and the Colorado Rockies continued to rough up Clayton Kershaw at Coors Field, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 Tuesday night. The Rockies tagged Kershaw for six runs and nine hits in four innings, his shortest outing in Colorado since ...

Rutgers hires Nikki McCray-Penson as assistant hoops coach

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has hired former Tennessee star Nikki McCray-Penson as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team. Scarlet Knights coach Coquese Washington announced the hiring Tuesday, a day after adding former Rutgers star Tasha Pointer as an assistant ...

Astros place OF Michael Brantley on IL with shoulder issue

NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Astros have placed five-time All-Star Michael Brantley on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort. The team announced the move Tuesday prior to a game against the New York Mets. Brantley left Houston's 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday in the ...

Mets push Max Scherzer’s minor league rehab start back a day

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Max Scherzer had his minor league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton pushed back a day to Wednesday, but New York manager Buck Showalter says there has been no setback in his recovery from a strained oblique. Scherzer will be pitching on seven days of rest after ...

Sears pitches major league-best Yankees past lowly A’s 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) — JP Sears stretched his big league scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings and won his second spot start, pitching the major league-leading New York Yankees over the worst-in-majors Oakland Athletics 2-1 Tuesday night for their 15th win in 19 games. Wearing No. 92, the highest ...