CINCINNATI (AP) - Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers and Patrick Corbin pitched into the eighth inning during an emergency start yesterday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 12-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Arizona stabilized itself by taking two of three in the series. The Diamondbacks had dropped eight of nine heading into the set, falling behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory yesterday. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of the Brewers. Milwaukee has lost five straight.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Gerina Piller shot an 8-under 63 yesterday in the Marathon Classic to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women's Open champion Sung Hyun Park and Peiyun Chien. Winless on the LPGA Tour, Piller had nine birdies and a bogey in the first round at Highland Meadows. The American birdied four of the first five holes and four of the last eight.
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers are in contract talks with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The team is discussing a one-year deal with Rose, according to the person who spoke to The Associated on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions. Rose played in 64 games for the Knicks last season. His career has been hampered by knee injuries. Rose is a three-time All-Star who won the MVP with Chicago in the 2010-11 season.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse coach Dino Babers has tabbed two of his former stars at Bowling Green as Orange assistants. Trent Greene will serve as a defensive graduate assistant, while Matt Johnson will work as the team's offensive quality control assistant.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's chief building official says panels used on a city-owned NFL stadium are "similar if not identical" to those used on a London apartment tower that burned. But Thomas Vanover says he's confident that the Cleveland Browns' home stadium is safe. Vanover held a news conference yesterday after The Associated Press reported on the issue. He said the stadium panels were installed in a different way than in the doomed London tower, and that fans should not worry.
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