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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Mike Napoli singled twice and scored in his first exhibition game for the Cleveland Indians, who played to a 4-4, nine-inning tie with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Napoli was signed as a free agent and is expected to share first base and DH duties with Carlos Santana this season. Napoli singled off Cody Reed and scored on a double by Jesus Aguilar. By Gary Schatz. SENT: 630 words.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland’s starters throw hard and they throw strikes. The Indians have one of the deepest rotations in all of baseball, including a pair of 14-game winners, a former first-round draft pick and the 2014 AL Cy Young winner. And they could be together for a while. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Alex Mack snapped the ball into the Browns’ court. The three-time Pro Bowl center voided the final three years of his contract and will become a free agent, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. He will be eligible to sign with other teams when NFL free agency opens on March 9, but Mack can still re-sign with the Browns, and that is “very possible,” said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. By Tom Withers. SENT: 550 words.
For a change, the focus is entirely on the field as Major League Soccer begins its 21st season. No expansion. No labor issues. For this year, the soccer itself will take the spotlight. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 800 words.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2015-16 Associated Press All-Northeast Lakes District boys all-star basketball teams, as selected by a media panel from the district, with height, year and regular-season scoring average.
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