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September 13, 2017 - 8:35 pm


Blackjack!!: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are now hoping they don't have to stay on 21.

The Indians have set an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Tigers in Cleveland. The Tribe broke the previous AL mark set by the 2002 Athletics.

The Indians spotted Detroit an early 1-0 lead before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Roberto Perez added a seventh-inning blast for Cleveland, which has outscored its opponents 139-35 during the streak.

Mike Clevinger gave up one earned run and six hits over 5 2/3 innings, leaving Indians starters 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA during the run. Clevinger is 4-0 with a 0.38 ERA since the winning streak began.

The Indians haven't lost since Aug. 23 in becoming the third team in major league history to win at least 21 straight. The 1916 New York Giants are the major league record-holders at 26 consecutive wins, but they finished just fourth that season at 88-64.

Other finals around the majors:

— The Yankees could get within three games of the AL East-leading Red Sox by the end of the night following the Bombers' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Todd Frazier put the Yankees ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second before Brett Gardner added a two-run single later in the inning. Jaime Garcia didn't pitch long enough to get the win, yielding a run and five hits over 4 2/3s.

— The White Sox scored twice in the ninth inning to pull out a 5-3 win at Kansas City. Jose Abreu put Chicago ahead with a sacrifice fly and Avisail Garcia added an RBI single. Adam Engel hit a two-run double for the Pale Hose.


Rays to return home following Irma to play Red Sox, Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rays will return home following Hurricane Irma for what is now a truncated five-game homestand against the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs.

The Rays said Wednesday they will host the Red Sox as scheduled in a three-game set starting Friday, then the Cubs beginning Tuesday.


Jaguars WRs Allen Robinson, Dede Westbrook undergo surgery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receivers Allen Robinson and Dede Westbrook are recovering from surgery.

Robinson had surgery Monday after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the opener at Houston, landing him on season-ending injured reserve.

Westbrook had surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury sustained in the preseason. Westbrook also was placed on IR, but could return after the first eight weeks of the regular season.

In other NFL news:

— Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancer policy. It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Cushing, the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, will be eligible to return on Nov. 28.

— Longtime NFL running back Alex Hawkins has died in Columbia, South Carolina, at 80. The 1958 ACC Player of the Year played college ball at South Carolina before a 10-year NFL career, eight for the Colts and two with the Falcons.


Heat, Richardson work out extension

MIAMI (AP) — It appears the Miami Heat have given wing Josh Richardson a contract extension.

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Heat and Richardson have settled on a four-year package potentially worth $42 million.

Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts.

Also in the NBA:

— The Utah Jazz have signed Nate Wolters to a two-way contract. Wolters was taken by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2013 draft out of South Dakota State. The guard played for Crvena Zvezda in Serbia last season, averaging 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.


Olympic double: IOC says yes to Paris in 24, and LA for 28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has formally awarded Los Angeles the 2028 Summer Games following a vote by IOC members.

The city's bid committee ceded the 2024 games to Paris and was given millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date.

It will be the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics, and the first since 1984.

L.A. officials have said their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region's many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.


Vernon Fiddler announces retirement after 877 games in NHL

UNDATED (AP) — NHL forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring after scoring 104 goals and 261 points in 877 games over 14 seasons with Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas and New Jersey.

Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune. He finished last season with his original team, helping the Predators reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time.

Also in the NHL:

— The Avalanche will retire the number of forward Milan Hejduk (HAY'-dook) before the team's Jan. 6 game against Minnesota. Hejduk played all 14 of his seasons with Colorado and helped the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 2001. He finished with 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 games.


ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill's Trump tweets

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill's tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump "a white supremacist" and "a bigot."

ESPN tweeted on Tuesday, "The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN.

In a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill wrote on Monday night that "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."

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