Friday, March 6
ATLANTA (AP) — The East-leading Atlanta Hawks will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in a possible playoff preview. The front-running Hawks insist they're not treating this game any different. Of course, that's what you would expect from the team with a double-digit lead in the East. The Cavs are 10-1/2 games behind and more concerned at the moment with beating out Chicago and Toronto for the Number 2 seed.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 yesterday in an exhibition game. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto made his spring debut and allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Reliever Burke Badenhop got hit hard in his Reds debut, giving up five runs while retiring only two batters. Cleveland's Trevor Bauer allowed a run and three hits over three innings, his first of the spring.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Indians have their first major injury of the spring — manager Terry Francona's red scooter is on the disabled list. Francona says the scooter he rides around during training camp and to and from Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland during the regular season was wrecked recently by a team employee during a promotional video shoot.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Rey Maualuga and the Cincinnati Bengals have reached an agreement on a three-year deal. Cincinnati's defense slipped to 22nd in the NFL last season, when Maualuga and linebacker Vontaze Burfict missed significant time because of injuries. After Maualuga returned after missing four games with a pulled hamstring, the run defense improved measurably.