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Santana's HR lifts Indians over KC, closer to Central title

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007.

Santana's shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians improved to 9-1 against the Royals this season.

Kansas City's chances of making the postseason took another blow. The defending World Series champions began the night behind six teams in the wild-card chase.

Reliever Dan Otero (5-1) pitched two scoreless innings, Bryan Shaw worked one and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

Jason Kipnis homered for the Indians, who can wrap up a postseason berth this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.


Browns' Coleman to miss at least month with broken hand

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman could miss six weeks because of a broken hand.

Coleman banged his hand on a defender while making a catch during practice Wednesday. The first-round draft pick visited a hand specialist the next and was told he does not need surgery but will need four to six weeks to recover.

Coleman's injury is the latest misfortune for the Browns, who already have lost four other starters, including quarterbacks Josh McCown and Robert Griffin the Third, in the first two weeks.

The Number 15 overall pick in this year's draft, Coleman scored two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. He has seven catches for 173 yards in two games, an average of 24.7 yards. The former Baylor standout had five receptions for 104 yards and two TDs against the Ravens.

Coleman was slowed by a hamstring injury in training camp but has been steadily improving.


South Korea's Whee Kim leads Tour Finals event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — South Korea's Whee Kim shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Web DOT com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.

Kim had seven birdies and a bogey on Ohio State's Scarlet Course in the third of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards. Kim is 35th on the series money list with $9,975 in two events after finishing 127th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

Kevin Tway and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shot 66. Fernandez-Castano is eighth on the money list with $41,500, likely enough to secure a PGA Tour card. Tway is tied for 52nd with $5,975.

The series features the top 75 players — Tway was 27th, and Fernandez-Castano 64th — from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.


Betting Line wins Little Brown Jug amid controversy

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Heavily favored Betting Line captured the Little Brown Jug under a cloud of controversy Thursday, after the discovery of text messages that implied the winning horse may have been given an unauthorized supplement.

Betting Line beat Western Fame going away by six lengths in a 1:49 world record for 3-year-old pacing colts on a half-mile track in the third leg of harness racing's triple crown.

Driver David Miller won his fourth Jug win and trainer Casie Coleman her third, while Betting Line won his 13th straight race.

The discovery of questionable texts between Coleman and her caretakers prompted the filing of a protest earlier in the day by Western Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, as well as conditioners Ron Burke and Tony Alagna.