Friday, July 1
Cavs extend qualifying offer to guard Matthew Dellavedova
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA champion Cavaliers have made a qualifying offer to popular backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, making him a restricted free agent.
Dellavedova is expected to draw interest from other teams once free agency begins, and depending on how much he's offered, the Cavs could face a tough decision on whether to re-sign the Australian. The 25-year-old had a solid third season with Cleveland, averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.
However, his playing time dwindled during the NBA Finals as coach Tyronn Lue gave minutes to Mo Williams.
Dellavedova was vital for Cleveland during the finals a year ago when Kyrie Irving shattered his kneecap. The 6-foot-4 guard is a relentless defender, and star LeBron James joked during a rally last week that if Dellavedova was battling a bear for a loose ball that "Delly would tear that damn bear up."
Carrasco dominates as Cleveland rolls to 4-1 victory at Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — A dominant performance from Carlos Carrasco gave the Cleveland Indians their longest winning streak in nearly 65 years.
Carrasco struck out a season-high 14, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis hit solo home runs and the Indians matched a franchise record by winning their 13th consecutive game Thursday night, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.
Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco "pitched his heart out."
"That's a good lineup and he really pitched well," Francona said.
Cleveland's streak is the longest by any team this season, and the longest for the Indians since they won 13 straight in August 1951. Cleveland also won 13 in a row in 1942.
It's the longest streak by an AL team since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002.
The Indians went 22-6 in June, the best single month in team history.
Espinosa hits slam, 3-run HR as Nationals crush Reds 13-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Danny Espinosa hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to finish with a career-high seven RBIs, and the Washington Nationals cruised past the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Espinosa's second career slam put Washington up 8-1 in the third inning, and his next drive made it 13-1 in the fourth. Espinosa ranks second on the team with 15 homers despite usually batting eighth.
The switch-hitting shortstop connected off Brandon Finnegan (3-7) batting right-handed, then went deep from the left side against Josh Smith.
Espinosa's previous career high for RBIs was six, and his only other grand slam came in his fifth major league game on September 6th, 2010.
Gio Gonzalez (4-7) gave up four runs and struck out nine over six innings for the NL East-leading Nationals, whose current winning streak comes on the heels of a seven-game skid. Gonzalez was 0-6 with an 8.44 ERA in his previous seven starts.
Browns release quarterback Connor Shaw
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have waived quarterback Connor Shaw, who started Cleveland's 2014 season finale.
Signed as an undrafted free agent after a stellar career at South Carolina, Shaw missed last season with a right thumb injury sustained in the team's exhibition opener. He underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve in September.
Because of injuries to Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, the 24-year-old Shaw was forced to start the Browns' last game in 2014 against Baltimore. Despite limited practice time, the third-stringer showed poise while playing with a bruised kidney in a 20-10 loss to the playoff-bound Ravens.
With Shaw gone, the Browns have four quarterbacks on their roster: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. Griffin, released this winter by Washington, is expected to be named the team's starter by new coach Hue Jackson during training camp.
EX-NFL PLAYER-CHARITY THEFT
Sentencing delayed for ex-NFL wide receiver in charity theft
(Information in the following story is from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com)
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court judge has delayed the sentencing of a former NFL wide receiver who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his charities to finance his gambling debts and personal expenses.
Cleveland DOT com reports that attorneys for 68-year-old Reggie Rucker argued that they needed more time to produce medical records that might prove that the former Cleveland Browns player's history of concussions spurred the thefts.
The judge had a conference call Wednesday with prosecutors and the defense team and agreed to an Aug. 3 sentencing date. The Warrensville Heights man faces about two years in prison.
Defense attorneys say they believe repeated hits to the head that Rucker sustained during his 13-year National Football League career could explain why he took the money from his nonviolence nonprofits.
HALL OF FAME-HALFTIME
Lee Greenwood to headline Hall of Fame game halftime
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Country music singer Lee Greenwood will highlight the halftime show titled "Salute to Service" at the Hall of Fame game August 7th.
The celebration will also include all five military branches for the preseason opener featuring the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.
The selection of Greenwood maintains the country music theme for induction weekend. Tim McGraw will perform in concert at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 5th. Greenwood, who has recorded more than 30 albums, will also participate in the pregame festivities. His CD "American Patriot" that was recorded and released in 1992 went platinum in three months.
Inductees in the class of 2016 are Brett Favre, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Edward DeBartolo Junior.
McGirt takes Bridgestone lead
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — William McGirt is the leader through 18 holes of the PGA's Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
McGirt fired a 6-under 64 for a three-shot lead over world No. 1 Jason Day, Jimmy Walker and Emiliano Grillo. McGirt broke through for his first PGA Tour victory last month at the Memorial, also in Ohio.
Jordan Spieth (speeth) closed with four birdies for a 68.