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    The winner of Thursday's game will win the season series between the Indians and Twins. The series is tied, 9-9.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Here are the starting lineups for Thursday's afternoon game between the Twins and Indians at Progressive Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

    TWINS

    DH Joe Mauer.

    2B Logan Forsythe.

    LF Eddie Rosario.

    3B Miguel Sano.

    RF Max Keppler.

    C Mitch Garver.

    CF Jake Cave.

    1B Jake Austin.

    SS Ehire Adrianza.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi, 5-8, 4.38.

    INDIANS

    SS Francisco Lindor.

    LF Michael Brantley.

    3B Jose Ramirez.

    DH Edwin Encarnacion.

    1B Yonder Alonso.

    RF Melky Cabrera.

    2B Jason Kipnis.

    C Roberto Perez.

    CF Greg Allen.

    RHP Mike Clevinger, 9-7, 3.30.

    UMPIRES

    H Gabe Morales.

    1B John Lubka.

    2B Jerry Meals, crew chiefx.

    3B Ed Hickox.


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    'Dawg Pounded' explores how hard it has been to be a Browns fan.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio --Michael Corleone could have just as well been speaking for Browns fans when he uttered his infamous line, "Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in."

    We get excited leading up to the season. We hope. We predict a better year.

    Then comes kickoff.

    And then comes the realization that we should've listened to our therapists when they told us to get out of this abusive relationship with the Browns. (Hey, maybe its Stockholm Syndrone and we just like it...)

    But no, we love our Browns too much leave them... and anyway, this year they are going to be good. A ton of free agent signings and high draft picks have fueled a new wave of enthusiasm and expectations.

    It's also inspired the return of Dawg Pounded. The comedy show which looks at the tortured relationship with the Browns is back after a two-year absence.

    "It played in Playhouse Square until 2015, but we decided to stop because the Browns were so bad that it has hard to make it funny," says Rita Bigham, who co-produced the play with her husband, writer and director Tim Tyler. "We're doing it again because we're hoping this year is better."

    Dawg Pounded, which focuses on the trials and sufferings of two long-time Browns fans, will pull up to Vosh for an extended run that concludes in October. It also features Debra "The Bone Lady" Darnall.

    The show opens Thursday August 30. Other dates:

    Play dates are: Thursday, Sept. 13; Friday, Sept. 14; Wednesday, Sept. 19; Wednesday, Sept. 26; Thursday, Sept. 27; Thursday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 18. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

    There will also be a "Tailgate Party" at 6:30 p.m., with a themed menu served at Vosh and the adjacent sister restaurant Georgetown - both located at 1414 Riverside Drive Lakewood. For tickets -- $25 (food not included) - are available online at tinyurl.com/y72tlnn2.


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    Jeffrey Wadsworth offered his resignation last week following the university's decision to suspend Urban Meyer for three games.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State trustee resigned last week, telling the New York Times on Thursday that he felt the university's three-game suspension of head football coach Urban Meyer was too soft.

    Jeffrey Wadsworth, who said he left last week's board deliberations on OSU's investigation of Meyer early, sent a resignation letter to President Michael Drake and board chair Michael Gasser about an hour after the decision to suspend Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith was announced last Wednesday.

    Wadsworth had been a member of the board since 2010, when he was appointed by former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. His term was set to end in May 2019.

    A person familiar with last week's deliberations told cleveland.com that the board met with all options, including termination, on the table. The only option that wasn't given much consideration, the source said, was the idea of a "time served" penalty for Meyer, who was on paid administrative leave from Aug. 1-22.

    The issue that would determine whether Meyer and/or Smith would be terminated was if it was believed they deliberately covered up for former football assistant coach Zach Smith when he was investigated for domestic abuse against his now ex-wife in 2015. The university's independent investigation determined that, while Meyer and Gene Smith did not follow reporting procedure to the letter of their employment contracts by adhering to a law enforcement investigation and not submitting their knowledge of the allegations against Zach Smith in writing to the OSU compliance office, they did not interfere with the Powell police investigation nor did they deliberately keep the information from school officials.

    Zach Smith has never been charged with a domestic violence crime.

    Once that determination was made, cleveland.com learned the decision to move on from termination and discuss other findings of the investigation was "near unanimous."

    Wadsworth told The Times on Thursday that he was the "lone voice" of dissent in pushing for harsher punishment, and that he felt the board moved too quickly to the talk of suspension.

    "It became clear to me where we were, discussing penalties, and I wasn't ready to do that," he said. "I was in a different place ... I felt that getting into a limited number of games that was a suspension missed the point of a bigger cultural concern about 'What message were we sending?'"

    Reports throughout the day that the nearly 12 hours of deliberations were contentious were overblown, however.

    Wadsworth told the Times that the tone remained respectful. One board member described the conversation to cleveland.com as "comprehensive and productive."

    Characterizations that it was the board vs. Drake, or another report that a prominent donor was stonewalling discussions were not accurate, cleveland.com learned. Trustee Cheryl Krueger told ABC 6 TV in Columbus that Drake "was very gracious in asking what our point of view was."

    Meyer was present in the building for the duration of the meetings, but separate from the board and separate from Gene Smith when he arrived later in the afternoon. The reasoning for Meyer being there, cleveland.com learned, was to give him a chance to speak with the board that morning if the decision was made to fire him.

    He was never part of the board's discussions, never in the room with full board and never negotiating the terms of his suspension. Meyer was, however, periodically kept in the loop throughout the day as the board and Drake discussed the parameters of his suspension -- how many games he would miss and the monetary component.

    While the board was in near agreement that Meyer and Gene Smith did not condone domestic violence nor deliberately ignore protocol in 2015, it felt that their handling of Zach Smith's other transgressions over his six years of employment -- shirking his job responsibilities, failure to report a DUI arrest, an affair with a football secretary among the missteps -- warranted some kind of discipline short of termination. 

    The final decision was to suspend Meyer through Sept. 2 and for the first three games of the season. He can return to normal coaching duties, without coaching games, on Sept. 3. He will forgo six weeks of pay. Gene Smith was suspended for three weeks without pay.

    Meyer's first game back on the sidelines will be on Sept. 22 against Tulane.

    Cleveland.com attempted to contact every member of the board of trustees following Wednesday's decision. None responded with a willingness to go on the record.

    Cleveland.com also e-mailed 20 OSU faculty members who serve as committee leaders on the Ohio State University Senate, asking for their reaction to the decision to suspend Meyer and Gene Smith.

    Three responded, with two declining comment and one offering this assessment.

    "I think they got it about right, and I appreciate they did it quickly," the faculty member wrote. "The fact is, (Urban Meyer) and Gene did what they were supposed to do at the time. Whether he was prepared for the question (at Big Ten media day) or not, he should have been, and for the needless controversy he caused, some disciplinary action is in order. Likewise, Gene should have made sure Urban was prepared, so he is equally responsible for botching this."


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    Jason Kipnis launched a 3-run homer in the sixth inning, and Mike Clevinger struck out nine Twins batters as Cleveland beat Minnesota, 5-3

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Jason Kipnis' three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday afternoon helped the Indians finish off the Minnesota Twins, 5-3, at Progressive Field in the teams' final meeting of the season.

    Mike Clevinger (10-7, 3.17) earned the win. He struck out nine Twins hitters in 6 2/3 innings and allowed a pair of unearned runs. Clevinger did not walk a batter for the third time this season and picked up his fifth victory across 11 starts against an A.L. Central Division opponent (5-1, 2.21).

    Clevinger said the mechanical adjustments he made in July are starting to pay huge dividends now.

    "We looked at the data and everything was lining up good, I just wasn't used to getting my arm that extended," Clevinger said. "Everything is kind of still building. I think it is trending upward. My average velocity is trending upward. Body feels good. Trying to always keep the mechanics going."

    Cleveland rallied to score four runs in the sixth inning. After Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (5-9, 4.41) issued back-to-back one-out walks to Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso delivered an RBI single off reliever Alan Busenitz that tied the score at 2-2.

    "He's hit a couple balls this last week hard the other way," manager Terry Francona said of Alonso. "He's not going to make a living over there, but there's a lot of hits over there. It keeps you on balance and gives you a chance to hit other pitches."

    Following a Melky Cabrera flyout, Kipnis launched Busenitz's 2-2 offering high into the air in right. The ball carried just over the wall and right fielder Max Kepler's glove for a three-run homer. It was Kipnis' 13th home run of the season and second this week. In the series against Minnesota, Kipnis batted 5-for-9 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.

    "I was willing it over that wall," Kipnis said of his homer. "I was hoping I got enough of it and I was watching the whole time. I usually just then watch the outfielder and see how big his eyes are getting or if he's timing up a jump. Once the fans arms go up, mine goes up with them."

    Relievers Oliver Perez, Cody Allen and Brad Hand pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up Clevinger. Hand allowed a leadoff home run to Miguel Sano in the ninth, but recovered to earn his 30th save. Perez struck out the only two batters he faced.

    Allen entered in the eighth to a smattering of boos one day after suffering his fifth blown save. He walked Logan Forsythe, but worked out of the inning when Robbie Grossman popped to right and Forsythe got caught in a rundown trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. An excited Allen pumped his fist after applying the tag on Forsythe for the final out of the inning.

    Kipnis said no athlete likes to get booed at home, but by the end of the inning he was glad to see the crowd had turned around and was behind Allen.

    "I can't tell you how much, as an athlete, that helps us more than the boos do," Kipnis said. "To get two outs there and to have it be kind of a little fun one where he's involved in the rundown and finishes it off, that was good."

    Cleveland broke through in the fourth against Odorizzi when Michael Brantley doubled to the gap in left center and came around to score on Encarnacion's RBI single.

    Encarnacion, facing a 3-2 count against Odorizzi, paused to toss his sunglasses to Alonso in the on-deck circle before serving Odorizzi's next offering into right field for his 91st RBI.

    Encarnacion, who is hitting .321 with three homers and 10 RBI since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 22, has reached the 90-RBI mark for the seventh straight season, the longest current stretch in the majors. His 53 RBI at home are the third most in the American League.

    "He looks more like himself to me," Francona said. "I love when guys hit the ball the other way. It just allows you to hit more pitches and not be so vulnerable to off-speed pitches."

    But Minnesota responded after Mitch Garver reached on an error by Ramirez to lead off the fifth. Clevinger struck out the next two batters, but fell behind No. 9 hitter Ehire Adrianza, who homered to right field on a 2-0 count to put the Twins in front, 2-1.

    Adrianza's blast snapped a 10-inning home scoreless streak for Clevinger, who went on to retire six of the next seven Twins he faced.

    What it means

    Cleveland wins the season series against the Twins, 9-8 and pushes its lead in the A.L. Central Division back out to a season-high 14 games. The Tribe's magic number to clinch a third consecutive division title is down to 16 with 29 games remaining.

    In the chase for the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs, and home field advantage in the Division Series, the Indians trail Houston by 6 games. The Astros host the Angels on Thursday at 8 p.m.

    Interesting strategy

    Minnesota employed a drastic shift with four outfielders and nobody on the left side of the infield against Jose Ramirez in his first-inning at-bat. Ramirez ended up lining out to right fielder Max Kepler on a ball that would have been a double against a three-man outfield. According to Statcast, it was the only time this season an Indians player had faced an at-bat against a four-man outfield.

    Francona said he does not think the strategy will catch on, though.

    "If teams do that, Josey's going to bunt a double," Francona said. "Josey'll end up on second one way or another."

    That stings

    Clevinger took a one-hop smash to the inner thigh off the bat of Forsythe in the fourth inning. He recovered to throw the runner out, but took a few warmup tosses after Francona and Indians trainers came out to check on him.

    The pitches

    Odorizzi threw 94 pitches, 53 (56 percent) for strikes. Clevinger threw 114 pitches, 70 (61 percent) for strikes.

    Thanks for coming

    The Twins and Indians drew 20,244 to Progressive Field on Thursday afternoon. First pitch was at 1:10 p.m. with a temperature of 73 degrees.

    Next

    Right-hander Corey Kluber (16-7, 2.91) will start Friday night for the Indians as Tampa Bay comes to Progressive Field for the first time in 2018. He'll face right-hander Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 3.80) at 7:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game.

    Kluber last started against Tampa Bay on Aug. 13, 2017 at Tropicana Field where he picked up a win, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs. He owns a career 4-2 record and 2.44 ERA in eight starts against the Rays. Glasgow will make his first career appearance against Cleveland.


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    Randall's knee is okay, but he won't play tonight in Detroit.

    DETROIT -- Browns free safety Damarious Randall, who got a second opinion on his right knee this week, made the trip here for the preseason finale, but won't play.

    The knee checked out fine, and Randall could be back in time for the season opener Sept. 9 against the Steelers.

    Randall ran before warm-ups in Detroit and looked fine.

    The knee locked up on him last week in pre-game warmups against the Eagles, and he was a last-minute scratch.

    Coach Hue Jackson said Tuesday that Randall would be fine and "he'll be back here ready to go practicing when we get back."

    He said Randall "just wanted to go make sure. We just gave him an opportunity to go see someone that he knew and we okayed it and made sure that everything is okay."

    Jackson said Randall won't need arthroscopic surgery on the knee.

    "Oh no, none of that stuff,'' he said

    In other Browns news, receiver Josh Gordon (hamstring) also made the trip but won't play.

    Most of the Browns starters will rest tonight, but several will play just to get some game action, including rookie receiver Antonio Callaway, who sat out last week with is groin injury and and right guard Kevin Zeitler (calf) who missed the first three preseason games.

    Here's the list of players not expected to play tonight:

    5         QB      Tyrod Taylor 
    12       WR     Josh Gordon 
    20       DB      Briean Boddy-Calhoun
    21       DB      Denzel Ward
    22       DB      Jabrill Peppers
    23       DB      Damarious Randall
    26       DB      Derrick Kindred
    28       DB      E.J. Gaines
    29       RB      Duke Johnson Jr.
    34       RB      Carlos Hyde
    38       DB      T.J. Carrie
    39       DB      Terrance Mitchell
    40       FB       Danny Vitale
    51       LB      Jamie Collins Sr.
    53       LB      Joe Schobert
    55       LB      Genard Avery
    58       LB      Christian Kirksey
    64       OL      JC Tretter
    65       DL      Larry Ogunjobi
    74       OL      Chris Hubbard
    75       OL      Joel Bitonio
    80       WR     Jarvis Landry
    85       TE       David Njoku
    87       TE       Seth DeValve
    90       DL      Emmanuel Ogbah
    93       DL      Trevon Coley
    95       DL      Myles Garrett
    98       DL      Jamie Meder


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    The New York Jets ushered in the Sam Darnold era, trading away Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints.

    The New York Jets ushered in the Sam Darnold era, trading away Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints for a third-round pick. Some fans think the Jets made the right move to trade Bridgewater, trading him away when his value is at its highest and getting an asset that could be used to trade for another player. Others think the Saints got the better end of the deal. Drew Brees isn't going to play forever and having Bridgewater waiting in the wings is a shrewd move. What do you think? 

    PERSPECTIVES

    The Jets traded Bridgewater and a sixth-round draft pick for the Saints' third-round pick. Who got the better deal?

    Bridgewater may have been the more experienced quarterback, in comparison to a rookie, but everyone knew this team was going to be Darnold's to run eventually. After looking good all preseason, Bridgewater's value was high and the team got a great opportunity to find a potential impact player in the draft -- or package the pick for another starter. The Jets won this trade.

    Brees finished 2017 with his lowest attempts and passing yards since 2009. He also finished with his lowest touchdown output since 2003. He's not going to be around much longer, and the Saints got a great piece to replace him. Bridgewater already proved he could take a team to playoffs and the team doesn't have to start from square one once Brees retires. The Saints came away with the better end of the deal.

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    Here's how to watch Browns vs. Lions. Watch video

    DETROIT -- The Browns take on the Lions Thursday night at Ford Field. Here's how to watch, listen and stream it online.

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Location: Ford Field, Detroit Michigan.

    TV: WEWS-Ch. 5; Jay Crawford and Tim Couch will call the game with Dustin Fox, Bernie Kosar and John Doss on the sideline.

    Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK), ESPN 850 WKNR and WNCX (98.5).

    Broadcast team: Jim Donovan, Doug Dieken and Nathan Zegura.

    Streaming: fuboTV (free trial)


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    Kramer Hickok's 63 put him in the 2018 DAP Championship lead while defending champ Nicholas Lindheim is in contention along with Akron native Justin Lower.

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio - The old expression "familiarity breeds contempt" certainly doesn't apply to Nicholas Lindheim when he plays Canterbury Golf Club.

    Following Thursday's opening round of the Web.com Tour's 2018 DAP Championship, Lindheim is once again in title contention after shooting a 3-under 67.

    Kramer Hickok, who already has his PGA Tour card secured, is leading at 7-under 63, which tied the course record. (Bobby Wyatt shot a first-round 63 in 2016).

    "When I see pictures of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in the clubhouse . . . these were my heroes growing up," the 26-year-old Hickok said. "I want to be a Hall of Fame golfer like them. That's why I play the game."

    Hickok once caddied for PGA Tour standout Jordan Spieth at the Byron Nelson Classic.

    Alone in second is Justin Hueber, 30, at 64. He is 72nd on the Web.com tour money list. Tied for third are Adam Schenk, Stephan Jaeger and Eric Axley, who enter Friday at 4-under 66.

    Next is Lindheim, who is tied with 10 other golfers - among them is Akron native and former Canal Fulton High state champion Justin Lower - who are four strokes behind. 

    Success at Canterbury is no stranger to Lindheim, 33. Two years ago he lost to Bryson DeChambeau in a playoff for the title, and last year he won the championship in a playoff to earn his PGA Tour card.

    Lindheim lost his full-time PGA Tour status this year, although he played well enough to retain conditional status which enables him to play in 10 to 20 events depending on the number of openings.

    "I played well in certain (PGA) tournaments, but not well enough to keep playing full time,'' he said. "The PGA Tour is very tough. You're competing against the greatest players, so it's just not easy to compete on a high level each and every week . . . although I'm improving."

    Lindheim had four birdies and one bogey on a windy Thursday morning. One of those birdies came on the 198-yard par 3 seventh, when he holed out a bunker shot.

    "I played solid golf after a shaky start," Lindheim said. "Sure, I've had success here, but it's not a given. Canterbury is a tough golf course, everybody knows that.''

    Lower finishes strong: Lower scored well because he kept mistakes to a minimum. He birdied both par 5 holes. On the par 5 ninth, he hit driver, 3-wood and gap wedge to 1 foot, and on the notorious 16th hole (617-yards) he hooked his driver, hooked a 6-iron around a tree then got a pitching wedge inside 1 foot for another birdie. A good putter, Lower also sank two long putts for birdies on the par 3 11th and par 4 12th.

    "I know I could have had an even better round, but for me to play the last three holes here at 1-under-par . . . these are three of the hardest holes in golf . . . was really good," Lower said. "I'd take four rounds of 67 in a heartbeat."

    Long driver: One of the most interesting golfers to watch is 23-year-old Cameron Champ, the longest driver in golf on both the Web.com and PGA tours -- he averages 342.6 yards per drive, more than 20 yards longer than PGA leader Rory McIlroy. Champ, who has already qualified for the PGA Tour by finishing fifth in the money list during the regular season, shot 3-under 67.

    "This course was ripe for scoring today after (Wednesday's) rain," he said. "As these greens and fairways dry out, conditions will become more difficult.

    "As far as driving the ball so long, it's a natural thing for me. I never worked to gain that kind of length. It's helpful to hit it long, and gives me an advantage on some courses but here at Canterbury, because of the width of the fairways, you need placement Today, I missed only one green."

    Specials: Tournament director Kevin Krisle said spectators attending Saturday's third round who are dressed in Cleveland Indians attire will be admitted free of charge, and those attending Sunday's final round attired in Cleveland Browns sportswear will also get in free of charge.


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    Because one board member quit, does that mean the other 19 were wrong?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State Board of Trustees member Jeffrey Wadsworth quit because Urban Meyer was only suspended and not fired, the New York Times divulged on Thursday.

    I wouldn't take one board member quitting as meaning the other 19 failed. I wouldn't take one standing up on his principles meaning 19 abandoned theirs.

    Wadsworth questioned Meyer's integrity as a result of the investigation into the football coach's handling of former assistant Zach Smith, and Wadsworth felt a suspension wasn't enough punishment, a completely reasonable conclusion based on the facts at hand.

    Wadsworth's move will garner attention and it should. But leaving always stands out more than staying. Dissent often rises above consensus. 

    One made a point. Does that make the other 19 wrong?

    * Meyer suspended, a trustee quits, inside that decision by the OSU BOT

    Ohio State's Board of Trustees, like most boards, is made up of successful, rich people. OSU's board has 18 of those people, plus an OSU undergraduate and a grad student.

    At its core, the board has Ohio State's best interests at heart. Hiring, financial choices, the fate of a football coach, that motivation is the basis of each decision. 

    In general, universities care too much about sports because we all care too much about sports. And all universities are capable of sweeping aside unflattering stories and covering up university failures to protect the brand.

    The Michigan State board of trustees came under fire for failing to act sooner in the Larry Nassar scandal, which led to the MSU faculty senate calling for the entire board to resign. At Penn State, the Jerry Sandusky scandal tore the board apart.

    Those in charge of anything are undoubtedly capable of failing the people they are supposedly there to serve.

    Michigan State and Penn State are examples, but not comparisons to Ohio State. There's a major role for boards to play in these times of crisis. Boards can do wrong by placing reputation above the truth and forgetting whom they really represent. But I don't think that's the case here.

    That doesn't mean the investigation commissioned by Ohio State or the decision of the board are perfect. But I do believe the 20 OSU board members did what they think was best for Ohio State - the 19 still there and the one who left.

    Because one person quit, does that mean the other 19 sold out the school they oversee? Did the other 19 harm more 60,000 students to aid a football program? Did they knowingly sacrifice the reputation of a university, because winning 11 or 12 football games a year instead of nine or 10 is more valuable? 

    You can argue with their decision about Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, both of whom were suspended and not fired. Wadsworth argued with it. So he left.

    But I'm not seeing a reason to doubt their motives here. If 19 people thought Meyer should not be fired, then I believe that's what they truly thought.

    They knew there would be a backlash. They knew there would be criticism. They knew keeping Meyer could come at a cost. 

    They were pragmatic in realizing that the circumstances around Zach Smith's continued substandard job performance, and the optics of the situation, required some punishment. But in a difficult situation with conflicting versions of the truth, either a dismissal or a suspension could have been explained. Wadsworth resigning doesn't change that.


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    Mayfield, in his first NFL start, produced points on 3 of his 5 drives against the Lions.

    DETROIT -- In his first start as an NFL player, Baker Mayfield produced points on his first three drives against the Lions in the preseason finale Thursday night.

    He engineered two touchdown drives and a field goal march to put the Browns up 17-0 with 12:50 left in the half.

    Defensive end Nate Orchard tacked on another touchdown when he picked off Matt Cassel and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown. Mayfield came out for the two-point conversion, and drew a roughing penalty on the failed toss to earn another chance. Dontrell Hilliard ran it in for the conversion and a 25-0 halftime lead.

    In his five drives playing with and against backups, Mayfield completed 9-of-16 attempts for 138 yards and an 84.9 rating.

    In 22 drives this preseason, he completed 35-of-61 attempts for 501 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.

    On his opening possession here, Mayfield led the Browns on an 80-yard march, capped by a 3-yard TD run by Nick Chubb on fourth and 1. The drive began with a 41-yard pass to tight end Devon Cajuste on a bootleg left.

    The Browns produced a field goal on Mayfield's second drive, a 39-yarder by Zane Gonzalez.  The drive began with passes of 30 yards to Matthew Dayes and 11 to Willies. Mayfield nearly threw a TD pass on the drive, but rookie receiver Derrick Willies dropped a high 14-yard pass at the 6-yard line.

    The Browns scored another TD on Mayfield's third drive, this time a 42-yard blast up the middle by running back Matthew Dayes.  

    On Tuesday, Mayfield said he would not approach the Lions game any differently despite the fact it might be his last live action in awhile.

    "I always put 100 percent in every opportunity I get, so I'm going to treat this one the same as I would any other just because if I went into it with that mindset that this is my last time, I might try to do something different than just my job so I need to settle in and just do my job,'' he said.

    Mayfield will now get down to the business of backing up Tyrod Taylor in the opener Sept. 9 against the Steelers, knowing he's just one play away.

    "I'm not going to psych myself out,'' he said. "I'll just get ready and go through the game plan just like any of our quarterbacks would. You gotta go through it like you're playing, no matter if I was the backup and never would play.''

     


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    Mayfield closed out the preseason with five touchdowns and three field goals in his 22 drives.

    DETROIT -- Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield knew The Battle for the Barge could be his last live action for awhile, and he wanted to make a lasting impression.

    Playing with and against backups in his first time starting, Mayfield produced points on his first three drives to give the Browns a 17-0 lead Thursday night on their way to a 35-17 win over the Lions in the preseason finale.

    The Browns finished 3-1 in the preseason.

    After punts on his final two series, Mayfield trotted back out with 28 seconds left in the half to attempt a two-point conversion on Nate Orchard's 64-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    The results were almost disastrous. Dropping back to pass, Mayfield was drilled in his right shoulder by linebacker Jonathan Freeney just as he got the ball off to Derrick Willies short of the end zone, and Freeney landed on top of Mayfield as he hit the turf.

    Mayfield got up holding his shoulder, and Freeney was flagged for roughing the passer. On the Browns' second crack at the two-pointer, Mayfield handed off to Dontrell Hilliard for the conversion that made it 25-0 just before the half.

    The night was over for Mayfield at halftime, as planned.

    In his five drives, he completed 9-of-16 attempts for 138 yards and an 84.9 rating.

    He produced two touchdown drives and a field goal drive in the game historically known as the The Great Lakes Classic. Nick Chubb scored on a 3-yard TD run, Zane Gonzalez kicked a 39-yard field goal and Matthew Dayes scored on a 42-yard run on the first three possessions.

    Mayfield completed passes of 41 yards to tight end Devon Cajuste, 30 to Matthew Dayes and 21 yards to Damion Ratley. He almost had a touchdown pass on his second series, but Willies dropped a high offering at the 6-yard line.

    In 22 series this preseason, Mayfield produced five touchdowns (two passes and three runs), three field goals and one two-point conversion. He completed 35-of-61 attempts (57.4 percent) for 501 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception for an 88.2 rating.

    The stats were satisfactory, but Mayfield wraps up the season without knowing how he'll fare with and against starters if he's pressed into service for Tyrod Taylor. Of his 22 drives, Mayfield had only two with the Browns starters -- when Taylor injured his left wrist against the Eagles in the dress-rehearsal game last week.

    In that outing, coming in cold in the first quarter, Mayfield completed 2-of-5 attempts for 19 yards and a 51.2 rating on his two possessions. 

    Browns coach Hue Jackson will have to be creative to prepare Mayfield for the speed and complexity of the game.

    "My job is to keep creating an environment for him to keep growing,'' Jackson said Tuesday. "We'll do that through practice time. I'll always find ways to make sure that he gets extra practice as we go throughout the season. He's going to see a lot of different defenses that we'll face. He will pick those things up quicker now because he has been through it.''

    Jackson prohibited Mayfield from taking first-team reps this preseason because he wanted Taylor to be ready to face the Steelers on Sept. 9. With a new offense and mostly new personnel, Jackson couldn't afford to develop Mayfield in camp, not if he wanted to try to beat the Steelers (13-3 in 2017) and then the Saints (11-5).
    At one point in camp, Jackson flirted with the notion of Drew Stanton as his backup early on in the season if Mayfield wasn't ready. But by last week, he  indicated he'll go to his rookie if Taylor gets hurt, even in week one or two.

    Although the Browns didn't get much data on how Mayfield will fare with the ones, they do have plenty of reason to be believe that he was worth the No. 1 overall pick. In practices and games, Mayfield displayed his pinpoint accuracy, which is uncanny for a rookie. One NFL coach told cleveland.com he believed that Mayfield had the best arm talent in the 2018 class.

    He also came up the learning curve quickly in terms of playing under center and getting the ball out quickly. He threw very few interceptions in camp, and only one in his 22 preseason drives. He displayed good footwork, vision, and pocket presence. He also faced the likes of Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah in practice and got a feel for the pressure he'll face at this level.

    Now, it's on to preparing for the Steelers, and Mayfield vowed not to approach the opener differently than he would any other game.

    "I'm not going to psyche myself out,'' he said Tuesday. "I'll just get ready and go through the game plan just like any of our quarterbacks would. You gotta go through it like you're playing, no matter if I was the backup and never would play.''

    * Nate Orchard's big night

    Orchard, who's in a battle for a backup defensive end job with Carl Nassib, made a case to stick around with the 64-yard interception return for a touchdown, a pressure on the game's first play, and a tackle for a loss. The Browns are faced with a tough choice, and might not be able to keep both.

    * Injuries

    The Browns lost several players to injuries in the game: receiver C.J. Board (shoulder), linebacker James Burgess (concussion check), running back Matthew Dayes (ankle) and linebacker Justin Currie.

     
    * Next

    The Browns host the Steelers in the opener Sept. 9


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    Triston McKenzie pitches six scoreless innings in the start for Akron.

    Triston McKenzie.jpgTriston McKenzie 

    AKRON, Ohio -- Right-hander Triston McKenzie gave up just four hits over six scoreless innings but Akron's hitters had no success Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to the Bowie Baysox at Canal Park.

    The RubberDucks managed only three hits, with two coming off Bowie starter Brian Gonzalez (8-6, 5.69 ERA).

    The Baysox did most of their damage in the seventh inning off Akron reliever David Speer (4-3, 3.25). Erick Salcedo had an RBI single and Austin Hays a two-run double as Speer lasted only 1/3 of an inning.

    Indians outfielder Rajai Davis, in Akron on a rehab assignment, was 0-for-3 as the designated hitter. He is hitless in six plate at-bats in Akron.

    See the box score from the game.


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    Mayfield wrapped up his preseason Thursday night confident he can play well against the Steelers if pressed into service.

    DETROIT -- Baker Mayfield wrapped up his preseason in Detroit last night confident that he can step in against the Steelers in the opener next week if called upon to replace Tyrod Taylor.

    "I'm ready to go,'' he said after the 35-17 victory in the preseason finale that improved the Browns to 3-1. "It's my job to be ready for that. So any opportunity I can get, I'll take it. But I'll be ready to do whatever it is, prepare the defense and just be ready to play as well."

    Never mind that Mayfield played only two of his 22 preseason series with and against starters, when Taylor left the Eagles game with his wrist injury last week.  

    "It's still our offense no matter who's in there,'' said Mayfield. "You've got to have the mentality no matter who's in there you've got to do your job. So it's never about them. It's about us. We've got to execute. You've got to do your job, do your part of our offense and you've got to execute."

    Jackson is as confident as Mayfield that the No. 1 overall pick can get the job done if pressed into service. He briefly flirted with the notion of letting Drew Stanton be the backup early on, but then watched Mayfield get better every week.

    "I do (feel confident),'' Jackson said. "I mean, I do. There's no question about that.''

    Mayfield checked off more boxes in his first NFL start against the Lions, where he played five series in the first half with and against backups. He produced points on his first three series, going TD-FG-TD. Both TD drives ended with runs, but he could've had a TD pass if Derrick Willies hadn't dropped a jump ball at the 6.

    "He did some really good things,'' said Jackson. "He played good and I expected that he would, so he made plays with his legs, he made plays with his arm, obviously. He led the team down to score, so that was a good game for Baker.''

    With every passing week, he's seen the game slow down for his prized rookie.

    "Tonight (it was) making plays downfield with the ball, the accuracy of the ball, throwing the ball away in some key situations in the scoring zone I thought was huge,'' he said. "I think he's growing every day, because he's working at it. And I think our staff's done a good job of coaching, creating the right environment for him but again, he's improved every week.''

     The Browns got a minor scare when Mayfield trotted out with 28 seconds left in the half to attempt a two-point conversion after Nate Orchard's 64-yard interception return for a touchdown. Just as he got the ball off to Derrick Willies short of the end zone, linebacker Jonathan Freeney slammed him to the turf, right shoulder first. Freeney was flagged for roughing the passer, and Mayfield got up touching the shoulder.

    But he and Jackson both brushed it off.

    Mayfield (9-of-16, 138 yards, 84.9 rating) said he emerged from the hit "good. Popped right up, handed the ball off for the two-point conversion."

    Jackson wasn't worried.

    "No. I was not. I saw it,'' he said. "You know, you get hit sometimes. It's football. They're going to tackle you in this game. But he was fine.''

    He also didn't apologize for putting Mayfield back out there for the two-point try after his night was seemingly done.

    "Absolutely, no doubt,'' he said. "Again, he needs to experience everything that's going to happen to him in the National Football League as he goes through it. There's a lot of things that he's seen. There's a lot of things he still hasn't seen that's going to happen as he starts to play here in the future.''

    With about eight minutes left in the half, Jackson called Mayfield over to tell him something, and Mayfield thought he was getting the hook.

    "I go 'no, I'm not taking you out,''' Jackson said. "I wanted him to play a half because he needs to. He needs all that experience he can get and I think we've done that part really well this preseason. He understands what the National Football League is and what he needs to do and how much harder he needs to keep working to get to where he needs to be.''

    Mayfield was relieved he wasn't heading over to the sidelines yet to join his R.V. buddies Taylor and Stanton.

    "Oh, very happy,'' he said. "[I want] as much playing time as I can get. But I think doing things that I wanted to do in preseason. There's obviously things I'd want to change, but that's why you live and you learn. You get to watch the film and if I had the chance to go up and have some of those opportunities back, I'd do it differently.

    "That's what you want to see. You want to see growth. You want to see the learning part of it. I wanted to see the game slow down and it did. I'm happy with how it's gone and I'm just excited now. It's about to be for the real thing."

    Jackson didn't sense anything different about Mayfield in his first start, as opposed to coming off the bench the first three games.

    "Baker comes to play,'' he said. "I don't care if it's first, second, third, it doesn't matter to him. He likes playing.''

    In 22 preseason series, Mayfield produced five TDs, three field goals and the two-point conversion. He completed 35-of-61 (57.4%) for 501 yards with two TD and 1 INT for a 88.2 rating. He ran 11 times for 34 yards and was sacked four times.

    Thursday marked the first time this preseason he had no sacks or interceptions.

    "Much better tonight,'' he said. "Just in and out of the huddle, I think we were efficient with that. That shows the progress for me, being settled in back there, knowing where they're supposed to be, get guys lined up, making sure that we have the right personnel. Yeah, much better than it was Week 1."

    Considering he'll be one play away on Sept. 9, that's a good thing.


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    Andrew McCutchen will join the New York Yankees after a waiver trade with the San Francisco Giants.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- San Francisco outfielder Andrew McCutchen, long considered a trade target of the Cleveland Indians, will join the Yankees instead. New York acquired the 31-year-old former National League MVP in a waiver trade late Thursday according to multiple reports.

    New York will send a pair of minor-league prospects to the Giants. MLB.com is reporting that 23-year-old infielder Abiatal Avelino, New York's No. 23 prospect, is part of the package.

     

    McCutchen hit .255 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI in 130 games with San Francisco. The five-time All-Star joined the Giants via trade from Pittsburgh where he spent the first nine seasons of his career, finishing among the top five in N.L. MVP voting four times and winning the award in 2013.

    Cleveland's rumored interest in McCutchen dated back to before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. McCutchen stayed with the Giants at the deadline, but cleared revocable waivers on Aug. 22. He is still owed about $2 million of his $14.75 million salary. McCutchen will be a free agent at season's end.

    New York outfielder Aaron Judge has been on the disabled list with a fractured wrist since July 27.


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    Players will face a nervous two days as teams league wide cut down to 53.

    DETROIT -- The fourth preseason game can be a difficult watch. Browns fans got a treat Thursday night when they got to see the No. 1 overall pick and their hopeful quarterback of the future, Baker Mayfield, play an entire half.

    Still, as preseason games mean less and less -- some teams didn't even play their starters in the third game this year -- the fourth game has become a mere formality for almost everyone.

    Except for players like Da'Mari Scott, an undrafted rookie out of Fresno State. Or quarterback Brogan Roback, undrafted out of Eastern Michigan.

    For players like that, it means something. It's a final shot -- sometimes just for now, sometimes for good.

    "I left everything out there, so I'm going to sit back, see what the result is," Scott said after the game. "That's all I can do."

    Scott had two catches for 31 yards and returned a punt 17 yards against the Lions. It capped a solid camp and preseason.

    Roback played for the first time since the preseason opener against the Giants. He completed half of his 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

    "It's been a couple weeks since I've been in a live setting," Roback said, "so it was good to get out there and do all that. First completion was good, first pass, then, after that, it took a while for me to get back into it."

    The Hard Knocks star now waits to hear his fate. The Browns plan to keep all three quarterbacks ahead of him, but there's the possibility of the practice squad should both sides choose to go that route.

    It's the end of the line for Devon Cajuste, too, the tight end who gets his energy from the moon, dabbles in crystals and whose father has had three heart attacks, among other medical ailments. Cajuste is no stranger to getting waived, but this time could be extra painful under the glare of the Hard Knocks cameras if it happens.

    Nate Orchard slipped out of the locker room Thursday night without talking, saying simply "I've got to go," as he walked past a group of reporters. Orchard, in his fourth year, made a strong closing argument, creating consistent pressure off the edge, getting a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and an interception he returned 64 yards to the endzone.

    "Heck, yeah," head coach Hue Jackson said of whether that play could help Orchard get a roster spot. "He made a play. He made a real big-time football play right before half. He intercepted the ball, returns it for a touchdown, that's huge."

    Then, this:

    "The most important thing is we put the right 53 guys on this team."

    By 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Browns will slice somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 players from their roster. By 1 p.m. on Sunday, some of those players will be traded out for waiver claims -- the Browns a familiar face at the top of the waiver priority list.

    For a player like Scott, it's a nervous two days, even if it doesn't show.

    "I feel like I did OK," Scott said in assessing his camp and preseason. "You always can get better and I feel like I got better each week, but it's really up to the coaches."

    It's really up to general manager John Dorsey. He normally watches games from the press box. Thursday, he prowled the visiting sideline, wearing his familiar hat, gray Cleveland Browns sweater, khaki shorts and Air Monarch shoes. He stood in his familiar pose, arms folded, leaning back, likely chomping away on gum.

    "He just wanted to get a feel for it," Jackson said of Dorsey watching from so close.

    For someone like Baker Mayfield, this game was about experience. He shifts into the background now, but will wear a Browns uniform on Sundays, nonetheless. Most of the long list of players who did nothing more but put on uniforms and break a pregame sweat will do the same.

    For Scott, Roback, Cajuste, Orchard -- the list goes on -- Thursday night meant something. They'll get a yes or no in the next two days. They will either be Cleveland Browns or they will join the suddenly unemployed mass of players hoping some other team saw their tape and was impressed enough to give them a call.

    The focus turns to the regular season now and the games that matter. That's how it goes every year. That's what all of this -- from free agency to the draft to training camp -- is for. The end of the preseason is just the beginning.

    But not for everyone.


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    Lake County Captains were in the mix for a Midwest League playoff spot almost to the end, being eliminated with five games left in the season.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Class A Lake County Captains stayed in the playoff chase almost to the end, not being eliminated until Aug. 29 with five games left in the season following a 3-1 setback to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps.

    The Captains last made the Midwest  League playoffs in 2014. However, that does not erase the accomplishments of several players who stamped themselves as potential future players for the parent Cleveland Indians.

    Oscar Gonzalez, outfielder: The 20-year-old product of the Dominican Republic is one of only three players (Will Benson, Todd Isaacs) for the Captains who have played in over 100 games this season for LCC. He has ended the season strong, and short of a final weekend slump will end the season hitting better than .290, carrying 13 homers and 52 RBI into the final weekend of games this season.

    Gonzalez was hitting .279 on Aug. 1, but has lifted his average more than 10 points since then, including a current 10-game stretch where he is hitting .349 anchored by four multi-hit games, three of those games with three hits or more.

    Todd Isaacs, outfielder: At 22 years old, Isaacs is one of the older players for the Captains and is also having a strong finish to a season where he is hitting a modest .231 overall. The speedy outfielder with 29 stolen bases on the season is actually on a 10-game roll, hitting .359 in that stretch and producing at least one hit in nine of those 10 games.

    Francisco Perez, pitcher: Yet another Dominican, 21, with possibly one start left,  will just miss finishing the season with a .500 record (8-10, 3.98 ERA) on the mound. During the Captains' late-season lack of scoring Perez lost three of his final five starts with two no-decisions. But he consistently went five innings or more, and allowed three runs or less in his last three starts.


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    Outfielder Brandon Barnes is four doubles shy of tying the single season record.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Recently acquired Oscar Mercado has rebounded from a slow start since he was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals organization at the start of August.

    For example, Mercado began his time in the Cleveland Indians organization hitting .119 (5-for-42) in his first 14 games. Now he's batting .350 (14-for-40) in his last 13 for the Columbus Clippers.

    All of his RBI (four) have come in his last 13 games. When leading off an inning, Mercado is hitting .360 (9-for-25) and has drawn a walk for a .385 on base percentage. But he's only hitting .087 (2-for-23) when runners are in scoring position.

    Mercado adds depth to the outfield if and when the Tribe calls him up. He provides the team with insurance if someone goes down. He has speed and he's solid in the outfield.

    Doubles

    Outfielder Brandon Barnes is four doubles shy of tying the single season record (Kurt Bierek, 42 in 1999). He's doubled three times in the last four games.

    His three-hit game earlier this week was the first since July 14 at Louisville and his seventh of the year. He leads the Clippers with 38 multi-hit games. Barnes leads the IL with 80 RBI.

    Multiple hits

    Eric Haase has back-to-back games with multiple extra-base hits (two homers Tuesday, two doubles Wednesday night), following nine straight games with a total of four singles from Aug. 17-27.

    Haase has seen his batting average at home climb to .202 (.265 on road), but he remains one of three Clippers hitting over 40 points worse at Huntington Park (Yu Chang -79, Adam Rosales -42).

     


     


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    DMan's CFB winners against the spread for Saturday, Sept. 1 -- entertainment purposes only -- include Oregon State and Iowa.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Supreme Court in May overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, paving the way for states to legalize sports betting at their discretion. Several states already have done so; others are closing fast.

    My gut tells me that Ohio will join the party in the latter half of 2019. Until then, we play for entertainment purposes only, with "Monopoly'' money.

    For the 2018 college football season against the spread, I am going to work off the template of former The Plain Dealer colleague Bob "Railbird'' Roberts, who began his horse-racing season at Thistledown with, if memory serves, a $1,000 kitty. My starter kit will feature $1,500 in imaginary funds, saved over an 18-month period, because I'm not nearly as sharp as Railbird; I want/need more room to fail.

    Some of my friends have urged me to go big or go home (early), especially because this is just practice. I strongly disagree. I am going to cap gross money risked for a given week at $125, and I don't anticipate any bet larger than $25. If I only like one game, so be it. As preparation for 2019, I seek to avoid what I have researched is arguably the biggest potential pitfall in sports gambling, the one that leads to addiction: too much risk. Those who win a lot desperately want to win more and more and more. Those who lose a lot desperately want to recoup the losses. Desperation leads to addiction.

    When sports gambling is legalized in Ohio, I want it to be controlled, manageable fun for those who partake. Nothing more.

    Here are my four EPO plays for Saturday, Sept. 1 (lines from Westgate Superbook):

    Oregon State +38 1/2 over @ Ohio State ($20)

    Skinny: Buckeyes, even with coach Urban Meyer benched, roll -- but not by 39. Ohio State, 49-11.

    @ Nebraska -25 1/2 over Akron ($25)

    Skinny: Cornhuskers players put on a show for their new coach, Scott Frost. Zips won't complain because the fat check will clear. Nebraska, 45-17.

    @ Iowa -10 1/2 over Northern Illinois ($20)

    Skinny: Hawkeyes are better than people think. Iowa, 27-10.

    @ Boston College -18 over Massachusetts ($25)

    Skinny: Eagles ride RB AJ Dillon to a rout. Boston College, 44-15.


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    Check here for the live second-round leaderboard for the PGA Tour's Dell Technologies Championship 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Massachusetts.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Justin Rose (6-under) led by one shot entering the second round of the PGA Tour's Dell Technologies Championship 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Massachusetts. Russell Knox and Abraham Ancer were tied for second.

    The Dell is the second of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs.

    PGA TOUR
    DELL TECHNOLOGIES CHAMPIONSHIP
    Site: Norton, Mass.
    Course: TPC Boston. Yardage: 7,342. Par: 71.
    Purse: $9 million. Winner's share: $1,620,000.
    Television: Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).
    Defending champion: Justin Thomas.
    FedExCup leader: Bryson DeChambeau.
    Previous week: Bryson DeChambeau won The Northern Trust.
    Notes: Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will make three of his four wild-card picks after the tournament. ... European Tour players in the field cannot count any world ranking points from this event to the Ryder Cup standings. ... This is the second of four FedExCup playoffs events, culminating with the Tour Championship. The top 70 in the FedExCup advance to the third playoff event next week outside of Philadelphia. ... Rickie Fowler is taking another week off to rest an oblique injury. He is No. 22 in the standings and could fall out of the top 30. ... Rory McIlroy makes his first playoff event appearance this year. ... Tiger Woods fell five spots in the FedExCup standings to No. 25. He won at the TPC Boston in 2006 and was runner-up in 2004 and 2007. ... Brooks Koepka has another shot at replacing Dustin Johnson at No. 1 in the world. Koepka trails by a narrow margin. ... After this year, The Northern Trust will alternate years between Liberty National in New Jersey and the TPC Boston. ... The tournament began in 2003 and was run by the Tiger Woods Foundation. ... Jordan Spieth tied for 25th last week and moved up 10 spots to No. 33. He never has missed the Tour Championship in his previous five years on tour.
    Next week: BMW Championship.
    Online: www.pgatour.com
    (Fact box from Associated Press.)


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    Check here for the live third-round leaderboard for the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 1.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Georgia Hall (15-under) led by three shots entering the third round of the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 1. Minjee Lee was in second place.

    LPGA TOUR
    CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC
    Site: Portland, Ore.
    Course: Columbia Edgewater CC. Yardage: 6,476. Par: 72.
    Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
    Television: Thursday, 7-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
    Defending champion: Stacy Lewis.
    Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn.
    Previous week: Brooke Henderson won the CP Women's Canadian Open.
    Notes: Lewis won a year ago after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and donated her earnings to relief efforts. ... Brooke Henderson moved back into the top 10 in the world ranking at No. 8. ... Henderson needs one more victory to match Sandra Post for most among Canadian players. Post won eight times. ... Sung Hyun Park and Ariya Jutanugarn, Nos. 1-2 in the world, are taking the week off. ... This is the final LPGA Tour event in the United States until the season concludes with the CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 15-18, in Naples, Fla. ... Seven players, led by Jutanugarn, have a scoring average under 70. ... Henderson has won in Portland two of the past three years. ... The tournament dates to 1992 when Nancy Lopez was the inaugural winner.
    Next tournament: Evian Championship on Sept. 13-16.
    Online: www.lpga.com
    (Fact box from Associated Press.)

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