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LeBron, Cavs hold off Hawks 104-93 in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta to maintain their chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round Eastern Conference series.

James converted a critical three-point play with 2:09 left for the Cavs, who fell behind in the fourth after leading by 18. Cleveland swept Atlanta in last year's Eastern Conference finals and has won eight straight over the Hawks. Cleveland also improved to 9-0 against Atlanta in the postseason.

Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 and rallied the Hawks before they crumbled in the closing minutes. Atlanta's offense bogged down in crunch time and the Hawks only scored two field goals in the final 4 minutes.

Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which got just eight points from Jeff Teague.


Cueto roughed up but Giants rally for 9-6 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds roughed up Johnny Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati's historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford's three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game. It was Cueto's worst showing since he gave up eight runs during Kansas City's 11-8 loss at Toronto in the AL Championship Series last season.

The Reds' bullpen tied history while letting a 6-3 lead slip away.

Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco singled in runs off J.C. Ramirez (0-2) in the seventh. Crawford connected off Drew Hayes for his third homer and an 8-6 lead.


C Devin Mesoraco has torn labrum for latest Reds injury

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI detected a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

It's the second straight year he has suffered a significant injury. Mesoraco missed most of last season with a hip injury that required surgery.

The Reds have been swamped by injuries.

Shortstop Zack Cozart was out of the lineup Monday night against the San Francisco Giants because his surgically rebuilt right knee was sore. Cozart had surgery last June to repair two torn ligaments and a tendon.

Also, right-handers Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani won't be allowed to throw for at least a few more days because of setbacks during minor league rehabilitation stints last week.


Browns release linebacker Scott Solomon, injured last season

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns released linebacker Scott Solomon, whose 2015 season was stopped short by injuries.

Cleveland had high hopes for Solomon as an outside pass rusher, but he hurt an ankle in the first quarter of the season opener against the New York Jets and was inactive for the next three games. On Oct. 11, he injured a knee on the first play against Baltimore, returned to play but was placed on injured reserve three days later.

Solomon became expendable after the Browns selected two linebackers during last weekend's NFL draft. Solomon has also played for Tampa Bay, the Jets and Tennessee.

The Browns also waived wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who was signed last week after impressing coaches during a tryout in mini-camp.

Cleveland added four wide receivers during the draft, selecting Baylor's Corey Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick.


Ohio State football will play 4 consecutive night games

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State will play nationally televised night games in four consecutive weeks next season.

The school announced Monday that mid-season Big Ten games will be televised either by ABC or one of the ESPN channels.

The Oct. 15 game at Wisconsin, the Oct. 22 game at Penn State, the Oct. 29 game against Northwestern at home, and the Nov. 5 home game against Nebraska all will be played under the lights. The Northwestern game starts at 5 p.m., and the others kick off at 8 p.m.

No other game times for 2016 have been announced. The Buckeyes open the season at home Sept. 3 against Bowling Green.

Ohio State is 46-23 all-time under the lights.


US Bobsled team looking for athletes; 9 combines scheduled

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — USA Bobsled & Skeleton is looking for athletes and will be conducting combine events across the country.

Assistant coach Mike Dionne says summer recruiting will focus on luring elite athletes who believe "they have what it takes to represent their country at the highest level, and have dreams of competing for Olympic medals."

Nine events are on the combine schedule, starting with Park City, Utah on June 10. Also on the list are: Lake Placid, New York; Bradenton, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Geneva, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Francisco; and the final one August 1 in Houston.

Historically, the team's medalists have come from a variety of sports, including track and field, football, and soccer.