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The Latest: Cubs beat Indians 5-1 to tie Series at 1-all

CLEVELAND (AP) — Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs and the Chicago Cubs have completed a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians that tied the World Series at one game apiece.

Game 3 is Friday night, when the Series returns to Wrigley Field in Chicago for the first time since 1945.


Ortiz, Bryant win Hank Aaron Award as top hitters in majors

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.


Indians giving tickets to fan who gave plane seat to Lofton

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — This was no ordinary bump from a flight.

A longtime Cleveland Indians fan is being given quite a reward after giving up his seat on a plane to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 1 of the World Series.

The Indians are giving Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, tickets to Game 6, and a team spokesman said United is giving Kostal 62,200 airline miles for future use. Lofton had 622 career stolen bases.

Kostal said he was waiting to board a delayed flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland early Tuesday when he recognized Lofton. When he overheard Lofton saying he wasn't sure he'd get a seat on the plane, Kostal offered his.


Athletics claim pitcher Giovanni Soto off waivers from Cubs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Left-hander Giovanni Soto has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Soto was designated for assignment Saturday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list following knee surgery in April. Schwarber was put on the World Series roster Tuesday and went 1 for 3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts in the opening 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Soto was traded to the Cubs from Cleveland on April 11 and was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa. He made his big league debut with the Indians in 2015 and appeared in six games and 3 1/3 innings.

Oakland claimed him Wednesday.


Cleveland Indians get boost from newborn babies in onesies

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newborn babies at an Ohio hospital have joined the ranks of Cleveland Indians fans.

The Cleveland Clinic says at least five babies born Tuesday at its Fairview Hospital were dressed in World Series onesies. It says babies born throughout the World Series at several of its hospitals will be dressed in the outfits to help cheer on the Indians' quest for a championship as they take on the Chicago Cubs.

The first game of the series was won by Cleveland 6-0 on Tuesday night.

The clinic says babies at its Hillcrest, Main Campus SDU, Medina and Cleveland Clinic Akron General hospitals also are receiving the onesies.

The outfits feature a baseball design accompanied by the words "World Series Baby" and the hashtag #RallyTogether.

The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908, the Indians since 1948.


Gilberts donate $15 million to MSU to help Breslin project

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and wife Jennifer are donating $15 million from the family's foundation to support renovations at Michigan State's basketball arena.

The school announced the donation Wednesday. The Gilberts are both Michigan State alums.

The additions to Michigan State's Breslin Center, which the school says will cost $20 million in all, include a new box office, the Tom Izzo Hall of History, an alumni locker room and other amenities for basketball players and coaches. The renovations also include a strength and conditioning facility named after Draymond Green after the former Michigan State star announced a $3.1 million donation last year.

The gift from the Gilberts also will support two Michigan State programs — the Detroit Scholars Program and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.


Tackle Joe Thomas hopes Browns don't trade him

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas has taken his share of lumps with the Cleveland Browns. He is willing to absorb many more.

The six-time All-Pro left tackle expressed his strong desire to remain with the team Wednesday rather than be traded to a contender.

"I do want to win a championship and I want to have it in Cleveland," Thomas said. "I understand when you're a good older player on a team that's not winning, it's natural to have your name out there.

"But when I first got here, my goal was to be part of turning the Browns into a consistent winner. We haven't done that yet, so that means my mission is not complete."

Thomas' name has been floated around the NFL in advance of the Nov. 1 trade deadline. Browns coach Hue Jackson emphatically stated Thomas would not be dealt earlier in the week.

That decision, however, is in the hands of football operations director Sashi Brown and team owner Jimmy Haslam III. They have not spoken on the subject, but the team did negotiate with Denver to trade Thomas last October.

"It feels good to be loved, so I'm hoping they stick to (Hue's) word on that," said Thomas, who will turn 32 on Dec. 4. "I've had the experience of going through this before — my sense is that a trade was close last year — but I try not to worry about something I have no control over.

"Obviously, I really want to be here. It's important for me to be part of the turnaround."

The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder is one of eight players in NFL history to be selected for the Pro Bowl in his first nine seasons. The other seven are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Gary Johnson, Billy Joe among Black College Hall of Famers

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson of Grambling State, Harold Jackson of Jackson State and longtime coach Billy Joe are among the latest class selected for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Parnell "Paydirt" Dickinson of Mississippi Valley State, Robert Porcher of South Carolina State and Tennessee State, and Isiah Robertson of Southern University were also selected to be part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Inductees were chosen by a 12-member selection committee composed of journalists, historians, former NFL executives and previous inductees. The selections were announced Wednesday.

The induction ceremony will be held in February in Atlanta.