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    The Indians have re-signed six of their minor league free agents, inviting pitchers Shao-Ching Chiang and R.C. Orlan to spring training.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Indians have invited right-hander Shao-Ching Chiang and left-hander R.C. Orlan to big-league spring training in February on minor-league deals.

    Chiang and Orlan were among six internal free agents that have been re-signed by the Indians.

    Last season Chiang, a native of Taiwan, pitched at Class AA Akron and Class AAA Columbus. He went 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 12 starts at Akron, striking out 54 and walking 13 in 71 1/3 innings. Chiang went 4-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts, at Columbus. He struck out 39 and walked 11 in 64 2/3 innings.

    Chiang has been in the organization since in 2012. In 2017, he threw a no-hitter for Class A Lynchburg.

    Orlan, a Rule 5 draft pick from Washington last year, pitched at five levels for the Tribe after missing the first three months with a strained left shoulder. He went 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 23 games. Orlan made just two appearances at Columbus.

    Infielder Dan Hutcheon, right-handers John Paulson and Michael Peoples and left-hander Anderson Polanco are the other four players the Indians re-signed.

    Hutcheon played with the Lake Erie Crushers last season before the Indians signed him on Aug. 21. He played 13 games at Class A Lake County. He is a former draft pick of the Twins.

    Paulson split last season between Class A Lynchburg and Akron. He was a combined 10-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 24 games, including 23 starts. Paulson went 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 20 games, including 19 starts, at Akron. The Reds drafted Paulson in the 27th round in 2014.

    Peoples, slowed by right foot and elbow injuries, pitched in 10 games at Akron and Columbus last year. He was 1-2 with 1.11 ERA in six starts at Akron, striking out 26 in 32 1/3 innings. Peoples made four starts at Columbus, going 0-2 with a 16.50 ERA.

    The Indians drafted Peoples in the 14th round in 2012.

    Polanco went 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 29 games at Lynchburg. He struck out 56 and walked 21 in 51 innings.


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    What would the Indians accomplish by trading a two-time Cy Young Award winner?

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - David Price did all right Wednesday night for a pitcher who can't pitch in the postseason.

    Price started Game 2 of the World Series and allowed two runs on three hits in six innings in Boston's 4-2 win over the Dodgers at Fenway Park. The Red Sox lead the Dodgers, 2-0, as the series moves to Los Angeles.

    This postseason Price is 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA in four starts. He's struck out 18, walked nine and allowed nine earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. Not great, eye-popping numbers, but certainly good enough when supported by an offense that outlasted Houston in the ALCS - and that's saying something - and a maligned bullpen that seems to be populated with relievers who throw only 98 mph and above.

    To be sure Price, at this stage of his career, will never be known as the next Andy Pettitte, Orel Hershiser or Whitey Ford when it comes to postseason success. He's 4-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 21 postseason appearances.

    What he does is offer an example that talent, given an opportunity, can play and succeed in any situation.

    It brings to mind Corey Kluber and the speculation, some of it in the media and some among fans, that now would be a good time for the Indians to trade the two-time Cy Young winner. One of the reasons given is Kluber's poor performance in the last two postseasons. He went 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA in two starts against the Yankees in the 2017 ALDS. This year he went 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA against Houston in Game 1 of the ALDS.

    But in 2016, Kluber carried an injured rotation to Game 7 of the World Series by going 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA (seven earned runs in 34 1/3 innings) over six starts. He made three starts in the World Series, winning the first two. Kluber's six starts are tied for first place and his four wins are tied for third among single-season performances in postseason history.

    Kluber, 33 in April, went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season this year. He led the AL in innings pitched with 215 and while his strikeouts decreased, he still finished fifth in the league with 222.

    The track record of postseason success is there. Who's to say he won't have it again?

    The Indians haven't traded a pitcher of Kluber's status since they dealt Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in 2008 and 2009, respectively. They dealt Sabathia because he was in his walk year and they had no chance of keeping him. They dealt Lee, who still have a year left on his contract, because ownership said they were leaking money.

    Kluber is expected to make an estimated $17 million in 2019. The Indians hold club options on him for 2020 and 2021 worth an estimated $17.5 million and $18 million, depending on how he finishes in the Cy Young voting in November.

    The Indians have a lot of holes to fill this winter and a trade of Kluber would help. But who would replace him as the team's No. 1 starter? Considering production and cost, few do it better. Price will make $31 million next year, Max Scherzer $42 million and Justin Verlander $28 million.

    Despite facing the prospect of losing several quality players to free agency after the World Series, the Indians are still a good team. Trading Kluber would not help them.


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    Shortstop Francisco Lindor, third baseman Jose Ramirez, right-hander Corey Kluber and catcher Yan Gomes are Gold Glove finalists for the Indians.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The season didn't end the way the Indians wanted it to, but that doesn't mean they still can't strike gold.

    Third baseman Jose Ramirez, shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Yan Gomes and right-hander Corey Kluber were named finalists for the Rawlings' American League Gold Glove awards on Thursday. The Gold Glove represents the top defensive players at their respective positions.

    The winners will be named on Nov. 4. Managers and coaches, restricted to voting for players only in their league, comprise 75 percent of the vote. Sabermetrics account for the other 25 percent.

    Ramirez, Houston's Alex Bregman and Oakland's Matt Chapman are the finalists at third base.

    Lindor, Oakland's Marcus Semien and Andrelton Simmons of the Angels are the finalists at shortstop.

    Gomes, Houston's Martin Maldonado and Kansas City's Salvador Perez are the finalists at catcher.

    Kluber, Houston's Dallas Keuchel and New York's Masahiro Tanaka are the finalists at pitcher.

    Ramirez was a finalist last year, but Evan Longoria won the award. Ramirez, as he did in 2017, started this year at third base, but moved to second when the Indians acquired Josh Donaldson.

    The switch-hitting Ramirez made 137 starts at third and 16 at second. He ranked fourth among AL third baseman with three defensive runs saved, according to Fangraphs.com. He made 14 errors (11 at third), two more than he did in 2017. He posted a .965 fielding percentage at third.

    Lindor won the Gold Glove in 2016. He was also the Platinum Gold Glove winner as the top defender in the AL that year. He was a Gold Glove finalist in 2017, but Simmons won it.

    The switch-hitting Lindor played 157 games at short, covering 1,386 1/3 innings. He posted a .976 fielding percentage (586 total chances and 14 errors). Fangraphs.com graded him out at 14 defensive runs saved, which ranked third among MLB shortstops. Lindor made just one error over his last 58 games.

    Gomes has never won a Gold Glove, but this is the second straight year he's been a finalist. He threw out 27 percent (18-for-67) of the runners who tried to steal on him. Tribe pitchers posted a 3.83 ERA with him behind the plate.

    Maldonado, playing for the Angels at the time, won the Gold Glove last year.

    This is the first time Kluber has been a Gold Glove finalist. He did not make an error in 33 starts, recording 19 putouts and 13 assists in 32 total chances.

    Toronto's Marcus Stroman won the Gold Glove last year for AL pitchers.

    As a team the Indians ranked fifth in fielding percentage at .986. They made 83 errors. Houston was first with a .989 fielding percentage and 63 errors.


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    Kyle Korver's late 4-point play was not enough to lift the winless Cavaliers past the unbeaten Pistons.

    DETROIT -- With leading scorer Kevin Love sidelined by a foot injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned to veteran shooter Kyle Korver for offense in the fourth quarter Thursday. But it was Detroit's frontcourt tandem of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin that took control as the Pistons held on for a 110-103 victory against the winless Cavs at Little Caesars Arena.

    Cleveland cut a 12-point Pistons fourth-quarter lead to six with a minute left behind a four-point play by Korver, who was fouled by Detroit's Reggie Bullock as he drained a 3-pointer. 

    But with 30 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers trailing 108-101, rookie Collin Sexton battled three Pistons players to the floor chasing a loose ball in front of the Detroit bench. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue crossed the midcourt line to plead his case with officials, who ruled a jump ball between Sexton and Langston Galloway and assessed a technical foul to Lue for being out of the coaches box. 

    "They'd never see it," Lue said of the technical afterward. "(The officials) never look for the coach on the other end of the floor when guys are scrambling, tangled up. They never look. I don't know what you're supposed to do."

    Free throws by Reggie Jackson and Galloway put the Pistons up by nine before Sexton finished the scoring with a jumper.

    The Cavaliers dropped to 0-5 to start a season for the first time since 2003, LeBron James' rookie campaign. Detroit stayed unbeaten at 4-0, keeping pace with Milwaukee (4-0) atop the Central Division standings.

    Detroit improved its record to 125-90 all-time against Cleveland, including a 75-33 mark at home. 

    Six Cavaliers scored in double figures, including Jordan Clarkson's 18 points and George Hill who had 15. It marked the fifth consecutive double-figure scoring game of the season for Clarkson, who has led the Cavs in points three times. 

    Korver led the way for Cleveland with 21 on 4-for-7 shooting from behind the arc, but Detroit had an answer for every Cavs scoring run in the second half. Griffin and Drummond each tallied 26 points to lead all scorers. Drummond added 22 rebounds and Griffin, who was coming off a career-high 50-point effort earlier in the week against Philadelphia, added 10 boards. 

    Drummond's second 20/20 game of the season is the 22nd of his career, the most of any player since 2012 when he entered the league. His 71 rebounds through four games is the second-highest total ever for a Pistons player.

    Griffin posted his third straight double-double and became the first Pistons player to score more than 25 points and grab at least eight rebounds in the first four games of the season.

    Despite Griffin's scoring outburst, Lue said he thought the Cavaliers did a good job of trying to take the NBA's leading scorer out of the game.

    "He made some threes that you can live or die with," Lue said of Griffin. "But coming off 50 points last game and 30 shot attempts, tonight he only had 13 (attempts). We'll continue to keep getting better, but I like our fight."

    The Cavaliers struggled again in the third period as Drummond and Jackson combined to score 15 straight points. The Cavaliers cut Detroit's lead to six at 61-55 on a Tristan Thompson layup, but Drummond and Co. led by as many as 16 in the quarter and held a 12-point edge at the start of the fourth.

    Hill scored six points early on drives to the basket in the first six minutes of the game. Rodney Hood added 10 points on a variety of mid-range jump shots and a couple of bank shots on drives to the basket. Cavaliers guards clearly made an effort to be more aggressive in attacking the basket early, something that Lue emphasized prior to the game. 

    "I thought our fight was there and all our guys competed," Lue said. "The room for error is just so slim with us right now. Just the small things we've got to continue to get better at. It's going to come with time. Especially with young guys understanding what we're trying to do. For the most part, I was really pleased with our fight."

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    Veteran forward Channing Frye started in place of Love and scored five points in 21 minutes. It was Frye's first action of the season after being inactive for the team's first four games. Frye was 2-for-4 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from 3-point range.

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    The Cavaliers return to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday to host Indiana at 7:30 p.m. The Pacers (3-2) defeated San Antonio on Wednesday, 116-96.


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    Dreaming of a Cleveland Browns victory vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh after tying in season opener

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns (2-4-1) roll in to Pittsburgh Sunday to take on the first-place Steelers (3-2-1). The Browns will be looking for their first win against the Steelers since 2014.

    The last time these two teams met the Browns tied the Steelers in OT to open the season in Cleveland. Baker Mayfield wasn't the starting quarterback and Nick Chubb wasn't the starting running back, so there's a fan tendency to believe the Browns have a real chance for a win even though the game is in Pittsburgh.

    Fans can dream, but Cleveland hasn't won in Pittsburgh since 2003, a year before Ben Roethlisberger was drafted by the Steelers.

    To beat the Steelers at Heinz Field, the Browns will have to win the turnover battle like they did the last time, when they forced six turnovers. The offense needs to score points off any turnovers the defense does force. Cleveland also needs to cut back on mental mistakes like penalties, drops, interceptions, fumbles and missed assignments.

    All in all, a tall order for a young football team on the road.

    Crowquill, by Plain Dealer artist Ted Crow, appears three times a week in The Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com.


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    Check here for video highlights from NBA games of Thursday, Oct. 25. The Lakers, Pistons, Celtics and Trail Blazers won.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James notched a triple-double as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 121-114, in Los Angeles; Jayson Tatum scored 24 as the Boston Celtics came back to defeat the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-95; and Andre Drummond had 26 points and 22 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons topped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-103, in Detroit as three-fourths of the NBA schedule for Thursday, Oct. 25.

    In the other game, Damian Lillard overcame a sluggish start to finish with 41 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' 128-114 victory at the Orlando Magic.

    LeBron had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Lakers won their second straight to improve to 2-3.

    The Cavs, one of LeBron's two former teams, were scrappy against the Pistons but fell to 0-5. Blake Griffin scored 26 and grabbed 10 rebounds for Detroit (4-0).


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    The Cleveland Browns and Hue Jackson can change almost everything about this season by going to Pittsburgh and winning Sunday. Are they up to it? Watch video

    CLEVELAND -- Suppose the Browns beat Pittsburgh Sunday.

    And suppose they reach the midpoint of the season with a 3-4-1 record.

    And suppose they are 2-0-1 in the AFC North.

    How would you feel about that Browns team with a 3-4-1 record if the coach wasn't named Hue Jackson?

    I'm no Jackson apologist. I've been very critical of him this week after his "I'm the head coach" explosion after the loss in Tampa Bay.

    But I also know if Jackson can find a way to win Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, the entire season can change for the Browns.

    I also know this game presents perhaps the greatest challenge of Jackson's coaching career in Cleveland.

    He has yet to win a road game in 19 tries. He has one impressive victory, beating Baltimore 12-9 in overtime at First Energy Stadium.

    Jackson still has so much to prove as a head coach.

    He can try to explain and excuse his 1-31 record (2016-17) in several ways. Jackson's supporters can argue that the young, gutted roster was much like an expansion team.

    OK, we'll accept that premise.

    But Chris Palmer had a 5-27 record in the first two years (1999-2000) of the expansion Browns.

    The Browns remain one of the three youngest teams in the NFL.

    But the roster is vastly improved. There are veterans at key spots on the offensive line and several places on defense.

    Jarvis Landry has a chance to be the best and most consistent receiver since the team returned in 1999.

    Baker Mayfield is a rookie, but the 23-year-old from Oklahoma also is the most promising quarterback the Browns have had since 1999.

    WHAT'S THE POINT?

    Pittsburgh is the superior team. The 3-2-1 Steelers are favored in Sunday's game.

    But for the first time in Jackson's Cleveland career, he has a team capable of going to Pittsburgh and winning.

    Pittsburgh has lost to Baltimore (26-14) and Kansas City (42-37). Coach Mike Tomlin's team tied the Browns (21-21). This is not the invincible Steel Curtain of old.

    And a victory in Pittsburgh would demonstrate these are "not the same old Browns."

    That has to be the goal for this season -- proving this team is "not the same old Browns."

    That's what new General Manager John Dorsey was talking about when he said the team needed to immediately "become competitive in the AFC North."

    There are all kinds of shocking stats about the Browns in Pittsburgh.

    Ben Roethlisberger is 11-0 vs. the Browns in Heinz Field. In that span, the Browns have started 10 different quarterbacks against him.

    The last time the Browns won in Pittsburgh was in 2003. Tim Couch was the quarterback for the 33-13 victory.

    The Browns really don't become relevant in the AFC North until they find a way to beat Pittsburgh at least once in a season.

    'I love the Browns'  His five-year career was packed with highs and lows: He led the team to playoffs in '02, and remains a fan in his Kentucky homeTim Couch is the last Browns QB to win a game in Pittsburgh.  

    WHY NOT NOW?

    Do I feel good about this game?

    No.

    Do I feel different about this game than most of the time the Browns play in Pittsburgh?

    YES!

    I put it in capital letters because the Browns often end the season in Pittsburgh. The Cleveland media is usually on the death watch. Is this yet another year when the coach and/or general manager is fired?

    Meanwhile, the Steelers were preparing for the playoffs as the Browns players just wanted to go home without any more injuries.

    The game often has little meaning.

    Not this time.

    The Steelers don't want to fall to 3-3-1. And they certainly don't want to do it at home to the Browns.

    Meanwhile, Jackson said this game "is a chance to show how much we've improved" since the 21-21 tie in the opener. Tyrod Taylor played that game in a windy, rain-soaked wild weather afternoon.

    Jackson also can show he can coach his team to a huge win. This is his chance to shut up some of his critics.

    Here's why I want the Browns to win this game...

    I want something different.

    I want the fans to feel even more excitement than they did after the victories over the Jets and Ravens.

    I don't want to write about mid-season coaching changes or Jackson delivering yet another "I am the head coach" rant.

    Most of all, I want Browns football to be fun for those who love the team -- and have suffered so much.

    A victory Sunday in Pittsburgh does that and so much more.



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    Check here for the live second-round leaderboard for the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship 2018 on Friday, Oct. 26, in Mississippi.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cameron Champ (7-under) led by one shot entering the second round of the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship 2018 on Friday, Oct. 26, in Mississippi.

    Silver Lake native Ryan Armour, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, is defending his title. He was tied for 30th at 2-under through 18 holes. Last year's victory was Armour's first on the PGA Tour.

    Among others in the field: Chris Kirk, Bill Haas, Harold Varner III, Patrick Rodgers and Lucas Glover.

    PGA TOUR
    SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
    Site: Jackson, Miss.
    Course: Country Club of Jackson. Yardage: 7,421. Par: 72.
    Purse: $4.4 million. Winner's share: $792,000.
    Television: Thursday-Sunday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
    Defending champion: Ryan Armour.
    FedExCup leader: Marc Leishman.
    Last week: Brooks Koepka won the CJ Cup in South Korea.
    Notes: The winner gets a spot at Kapalua and the PGA Championship, but not the Masters. ... Armour last year had the best world ranking of any winner in Mississippi since it moved to the fall. He was at No. 321. ... Bill Haas in 2010 is the last player to be ranked inside the top 100 when he won the tournament. ... The tournament began in 1986. Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo were runner-up each of the first two years. ... Norman Xiong is playing on a sponsor exemption. He has yet to make the cut in six starts on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour. ... Retief Goosen is making his first start since he was selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
    Next week: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
    Online: www.pgatour.com
    (Fact box for Associated Press.)


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    Many fans would love to see Bryant don the purple and gold to chase another ring with LeBron.

    When Kobe Bryant said he would consider coming back to the Los Angeles Lakers if the team started 0-5, fans immediately got wide-eyed -- even though he was joking. Despite the Lakers winning two straight game since he said that, many fans would love to see Bryant don the purple and gold to chase another ring with LeBron James. Others argue Bryant already gave everything he could to the game and should be left alone. What do you think? 

    PERSPECTIVES

    Bryant is already a legend, but he's always wanted to get six rings to catch up to Michael Jordan. Now, he finally has a chance to get it with James quarterbacking the team. Since he wouldn't have to carry the entire load, he could snag that championship easily.

    LaMelo Ball thinks Kobe Bryant will unretire to play with LeBron James

    Bryant was *the* superstar in Los Angeles for 20 years. Let the man take a breath. He's killing it outside of basketball, winning an Academy Award a year after retiring from the game. He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. Leave him alone.

    Kobe Bryant said he'll never return to NBA in any capacity

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  • 10/26/18--15:05: Is it okay to cry in sports?
  • Is there something wrong with showing a little emotion once in a while?

    Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reports Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has a "fractured relationship" with his teammates partly because he cried after injuring his arm when he was sacked. Sports are supposed to instill toughness, and many athletes think crying should never be an option unless you win. Still, the world is changing and showing emotion should not be taboo. There's nothing wrong with showing it once in a while. What do you think?

    PERSPECTIVES

    Is it okay for athletes to cry like Carr apparently did?

    Sports teaches many lessons; one of them is being tough in the face of adversity. Crying does nothing but make you look soft, like you can't handle a little hardship. 

    No one respects tears in sports. People respect athletes who face adversity and overcome it through sheer force of will, without being overwhelmed with emotion. That's why Carr is losing the locker room. If he's crying after a hit -- something literally every football player goes through -- how can he be depended on to lead the team to victory? There's no crying in sports.

    This notion that athletes can't cry or show a little emotion is toxic. That's how mental disorders are formed. There's nothing wrong with crying or letting yourself get overwhelmed once in a while. It's healthy to process those feelings so you don't have to deal with it in the heat of the moment. 

    You can't tell someone how to process pain. Carr may have been exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. It's literally something he can't control. Even so, people shouldn't be judged for crying anyway. There's nothing wrong with it.

    The Tylt is focused on debates and conversations around news, current events and pop culture. We provide our community with the opportunity to share their opinions and vote on topics that matter most to them. We actively engage the community and present meaningful data on the debates and conversations as they progress. The Tylt is a place where your opinion counts, literally. The Tylt is an Advance Local Media, LLC property. Join us on Twitter @TheTylt, on Instagram @TheTylt or on Facebook, we'd love to hear what you have to say.

     

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    Check here for video of top dunks, other plays from NBA games of Friday, Oct. 26. Kevin Durant scored 41 in the Warriors' 128-100 victory at the Knicks.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Golden State Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 128-100; the Toronto Raptors toppled the Dallas Mavericks, 116-107; the Milwaukee Bucks drilled the Minnesota Timberwolves, 125-95; and the Charlotte Hornets hammered the Chicago Bulls, 135-106, as part of the NBA schedule on Friday, Oct. 26.

    The visiting Warriors outscored the Knicks, 47-16, in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant finished with 41 points in 36 minutes.

    Kawhi Leonard scored 21 and Kyle Lowry 20 as the Raptors improved to 6-0 overall, 5-0 at home.

    The Bucks (5-0 overall, 2-0 on road) helped hold the Timberwolves to 32.1-percent shooting from the field.

    Kemba Walker scored 30 as one of eight Hornets with double-digit points.

    In other games, the Los Angeles Clippers cruised past the James Harden-less Houston Rockets, 133-113, in Houston. The Rockets are 1-4.


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    Max Muncy hit the winning homer early Saturday as the Dodgers beat the Red Sox, 3-2, in 18 innings in longest World Series game ever.

    LOS ANGELES -- Exhausting and then exhilarating for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Max Muncy's home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.

    While the Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, the Red Sox will rue one that got away.

    They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a huge 3-0 lead. But second baseman Ian Kinsler's wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run in a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.

    Muncy later homered to left-center off Nathan Eovaldi, jolting the remaining fans to their feet at 12:30 a.m. A grinning Muncy tossed his helmet in the air as he headed for third.

    Recalling Kirk Gibson's winning pinch-hit homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Muncy came within feet of ending it in the bottom of the 15th. But his shot to right sailed just foul and he ended up striking out.

    The battle of attrition had a bit of everything, including 18 pitchers and 27 position players.

    Long after rookie Walker Buehler dazzled over seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, things got interesting.

    Max Muncy is now forever a Red Sox villain; 11 things we learned as the Dodgers won a wild World Series Game 3

    The Red Sox tied it 1-all in the eighth and took a 2-1 lead in the 13th.

    The Dodgers answered with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

    After Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger made the throw of his life in the 10th, both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th.

    Boston manager Alex Cora used starter David Price in relief, rotated his outfielders in the middle of innings and even put catcher Christian Vazquez at first base for the first time in his big league career.

    Out of position players, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on ace Clayton Kershaw to pinch-hit in the 17th. He flied out.

    The stadium organist was busy, too, launching into "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the 14th inning -- a second version of the seventh-inning stretch. Not many had left by then.

    The crowd cheered when the stadium clock reached midnight.

    Game 4 is Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Eovaldi was scheduled to start for the Red Sox, but he threw 97 pitches in relief as one of nine pitchers they used. Left-hander Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers.

    The Red Sox had a wild 13th, with a walk, a steal, an infield hit and an error before taking a 2-1 lead.

    Brock Holt drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez got flipped on his back by catcher Austin Barnes as he chased Scott Alexander's wild pitch.

    Nunez then reached on a nubber to the right side and Alexander botched the throw to first, allowing Holt to score. Nunez got knocked on his back again in the play at first, but stayed in the game since the Boston had no one left on its bench.

    The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the bottom of the 13th. Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez tumbled into the third base stands after catching Cody Bellinger's pop foul. Muncy scored when Kinsler botched the throw to first on Yasiel Puig's infield single.

    Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. tied it 1-all with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth.

    The Dodgers led 1-0 on Joc Pederson's two-out homer in the third.

    Both teams squandered numerous chances. The Red Sox stranded runners in the 10th and 11th. The Dodgers left runners on in every inning from the fifth to the 11th.

    Boston had runners at the corners in the 10th. Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez with one out and took third on Holt's single to center.

    Bellinger started a sensational, inning-ending double play from center field, catching Nunez's pinch-hit fly and then firing to catcher Austin Barnes a few feet up the third-base line. Barnes made the tag as Kinsler came barreling past and both players tumbled to the dirt.

    The game began in 78-degree heat -- 31 degrees warmer than at Fenway Park for the first two games.

    Buehler stymied the Red Sox through seven scoreless innings. The right-hander retired his final 14 batters before leaving after 108 pitches. He allowed two hits, struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.

    Boston starter Rick Porcello gave up one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked one.

    UP NEXT

    Boston hadn't decided on a Game 4 starter.

    Hill is 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA this postseason, starting once in the NLDS against Atlanta and once in the NLCS against Milwaukee. He also appeared in relief in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Expo preview

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers (0-5) will try to get their first win of the season, as they host the Indiana Pacers (3-2) on Saturday night -- a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers (0-5) will try to get their first win of the season, as they host the Indiana Pacers (3-2) on Saturday night -- a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup. 

    When: 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Quicken Loans Arena

    TV: FoxSports Ohio 

    Radio: WTAM 1100 AM; WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

    Online: FoxSports Go apps

    Last meeting: The Cavs topped the Pacers 105-101 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 29, 2018. 

    Cavs minute: Cleveland is one of two winless teams in the NBA this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder (0-4) are the other. ... Saturday's game against Indiana marks the beginning of a three-game homestand. ... It's also the first of four regular season meetings against Indiana. ... Kyle Korver (10,993) is seven points away from reaching the 11,000-mark in this career. ... Tristan Thompson (4,424) is 11 rebounds away from passing Anderson Varejao (4,434) for the fifth-most boards in franchise history. ...  Larry Nance Jr. (598) needs two more field goals to reach 600 for his career. ... During Thursday's loss against the Pistons, six players scored in double-digits (Korver-21, Jordan Clarkson-18, George Hill-15, Collin Sexton-14, Nance-11 and Rodney Hood-10). The Cavs have had at least four players in double figures in all fives games. ... Cleveland's bench scored a season-high 64 points against Detroit. ... Cleveland is averaging 46.6 bench points, which is third-best in the NBA. Clarkson leads the second unit, averaging 17.0 points -- that's good for fourth-best among NBA reserves. ... Hood has reached double figures in scoring in all five games. ... Kevin Love, who missed Thursday's game with continued foot soreness and is day to day, has posted a double-double in each of his last 3 games.  

    Pacers minute: The Pacers won three of the four regular season matchups before getting knocked out of the playoffs by Cleveland. ... The Pacers have lost seven of their last eight regular season games at The Q -- a stretch that dates back to the 2013-14 season . ...  Their lone win during that time came on Nov. 1, 2017. ... During their recent 132-112 home win against the Brooklyn Nets, nine Pacers players scored in double figures, tying a 35-year old NBA franchise record. ... After a breakout season, Victor Oladipo is once again the Pacers' leading scorer, averaging 21.4 points. ... Thaddeus Young tallied double figures in 56 games last season. He posted his highest-scoring game as a Pacer with 26 points against Cleveland in November. ... Young has reached double figures in three of five games this season. ... Tyreke Evans will miss the game after a violation of team rules. Evans, averaging 12.0 points, said in a statement that he was late for practice. 

    Probable starters:

    Cavs

    F Cedi Osman

    F Kevin Love

    C Tristan Thompson

    G Rodney Hood

    G George Hill

    Pacers

    F Bojan Bogdanovic

    F Thaddeus Young

    C Myles Turner

    G Victor Oladipo

    G Darren Collison

    See Cavs stats

    See Pacers stats


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    Notre Dame is ranked No. 14 in the nation.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Notre Dame (8-0) Falcons continue to put themselves in prime position for the upcoming Division II playoffs.

    The Falcons are the No.1 team in the Super Region One. The top seven teams from each region get into the playoffs, with the No. 1 seeds receiving byes.

    The final regional rankings are made on Nov. 11.

    In their final home game of the season, the Falcons, ranked No. 14 in the country, will host Charleston at noon.

    The Falcons are coming off a victory over West Virginia Wesleyan. It was a game where Marvelle Ross returned two punts for touchdowns (71 and 74 yards).

    For his effort, he was named Mountain East Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

    In Division III action, Baldwin Wallace (6-1) plays at Marietta (6-1) in a key Ohio Athletic Conference game.

    Marietta is coming off a loss to No. 10-ranked John Carroll. A loss to Baldwin Wallace will kill any playoff hopes for Marietta.

    The Yellow Jackets are led by  senior quarterback Jake Hudson, who is second in the OAC with 1,731 yards passing.

    Division II

    Division III

    • John Carroll (6-1) at Wilmington (1-6), 1:30 p.m., Live video
    • Denison (5-2) at Hiram (2-5), 1 p.m.
    • Case Western (6-1) at Bethany (3-4), 2 p.m., Live video
    • Mount Union (7-0) at Ohio Northern (5-2), 1:30 p.m., Live radio
    • Baldwin Wallace (6-1) at Marietta (6-1), 1:30 p.m., Live radio

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    Check here for the live third-round leaderboard for the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Mississippi. Norman Xiong, 19, was the 36-hole co-leader.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Norman Xiong, 19, and Cameron Champ were tied for the lead entering the third round of the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Mississippi. Xiong and Champ were 9-under, one shot clear of Shawn Stefani and Jonathan Byrd.

    Silver Lake native Ryan Armour, a product of Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State, is defending his title. He was tied for 60th at 1-under through 36 holes. Last year's victory was Armour's first on the PGA Tour.

    Among others in the field at the outset: Chris Kirk, Bill Haas, Harold Varner III, Patrick Rodgers and Lucas Glover.

    PGA TOUR
    SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
    Site: Jackson, Miss.
    Course: Country Club of Jackson. Yardage: 7,421. Par: 72.
    Purse: $4.4 million. Winner's share: $792,000.
    Television: Thursday-Sunday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
    Defending champion: Ryan Armour.
    FedExCup leader: Marc Leishman.
    Last week: Brooks Koepka won the CJ Cup in South Korea.
    Notes: The winner gets a spot at Kapalua and the PGA Championship, but not the Masters. ... Armour last year had the best world ranking of any winner in Mississippi since it moved to the fall. He was at No. 321. ... Bill Haas in 2010 is the last player to be ranked inside the top 100 when he won the tournament. ... The tournament began in 1986. Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo were runner-up each of the first two years. ... Norman Xiong is playing on a sponsor exemption. He has yet to make the cut in six starts on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour. ... Retief Goosen is making his first start since he was selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
    Next week: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
    Online: www.pgatour.com
    (Fact box for Associated Press.)


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    The Cleveland Cavaliers not only are 0-5, they have been overwhelmed in many games. Maybe some coaching philosophies have to change.

    ABOUT TYRONN LUE

    When you have LeBron James, coaching is hard...and easy.

    Hard because of the "title or nothing" expectations. Hard because James is the sun in this basketball universe. It all revolves around him: front office, coaching staff and teammates. That's also because he generates so much light and energy.

    Eight straight trips to the NBA Finals demonstrates his value.

    Coaching James is easy in that you are coaching one of the NBA's greatest closers. It's easy because James can create a shot whenever a play falls apart. It's easy because having James means you'll win far more games than you'll lose.

    It was only in his rookie season of 2003-04 that James had a losing record in the NBA.

    It was that same season where the Cavs started 0-5. The same has happened to the team this season.

    Tyronn Lue is having his first exposure to the reality faced by most NBA head coaches. No superstar. Suddenly the coach can look very overmatched.

    Fair or not, that has been the case with Lue early this season.

    "Our room for error is so slim right now," Lue told the media after the Cavs lost 110-103 in Detroit Thursday.

    It probably was their best game of the season. Kevin Love (foot injury) was out. The Pistons are off to a strong start with big men Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond presenting huge challenges for any team.

    "When we're supposed to box out, then box out," said Lue. "When we're supposed to switch, then switch."

    Lue wants to switch nearly every time on defense. It's what a lot of NBA teams are doing right now. But it also creates some poor matchups for Cavs defenders.

    Lue always wanted to coach a team similar to this, a team he could "teach and mold." He has said that several times, even when James was with the Cavs.

    NEW WORLD ORDER

    For Lue, it's welcome to the new world order of a post-LeBron universe.

    He has been pushing his team "to play with pace," meaning play fast. That is the direction of the modern NBA.

    Run up the court and fire up 3-pointers.

    Maybe the Cavs will be able to play his hyper-speed style, but I have major doubts. They lack the overall athleticism.

    This is not a plea to go back to 80-point games of the 1990s. But it is begging for some common sense in terms of pace.

    Too many guys just sprint down the court and unload shots with little thought given to...

    I can't finish the sentence because I don't know what they are thinking at times.

    It's early in the season This story is being written after five games. Lots of time for things to change.

    The Cavs ranked No. 9 in pace heading into their loss at Detroit. It has dropped after that, I'm sure. Lue wants to play faster.

    Is that really a great idea?

    Here is how the Cavs ranked in pace the previous four years with James, based on ESPN's Hollinger Rating:

    2017-18: 12th.

    2016-17: 16th.

    2015-16: 28th.

    2014-15: 25th.

    Trying to play faster has not helped the shooting: .440 from the field (No. 22) and .324 on 3-pointers (No. 24).

    They are being outscored by 13 points a game, most in the NBA.

    It seems the rushed shots on offense have led to confusion on defense -- and easy shots for opponents. You saw that in the first home games, blowouts by Brooklyn and Atlanta.

    WHY NOT THIS?

    1. I'm old school and old in general, so maybe this view should simply be dismissed -- like someone advocating for a return to the 2-handed set shot. But there are times when I'd like to see them slow it down, running plays where the ball and people move.

    2. There are ways to create open shots besides the "drive-and-kick" method so loved by today's NBA. There has to be more to offense than a player driving to the rim while his teammates spread out on the 3-point arch - awaiting a pass. 

    3. The Cavs are not a wildly athletic team. Of course, you want rookie Collin Sexton to bolt down the court and score. And you want Kevin Love to fire a long outlet pass to someone open down the court.

    4. But discretion is advised. Pick your spots. Run some plays. Don't keep the ball on one side of the court for most of a possession.

    5. Basic stuff, but it's often missing.

    ABOUT THE CAVS

    1.  The best player after five game is Jordan Clarkson. He's a relentless shooter and scorer. He is one of the few Cavaliers who can consistently create his own shot off the dribble. He's averaging 17 points and shooting 51 percent heading into the weekend. He's only 26. He fits on the team.

    2. Larry Nance also is 26. He recently signed a 4-year extension, meaning he's under contract for five seasons. The Revere High product is unselfish. He is an excellent passer, hustles on defense. In 22 minutes a game, he's averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

    3. I'm starting with Nance and Clarkson because they arrived in Cleveland via last season's February trade with the Lakers. They are two valuable role players who can help the Cavs as they try to find a identity.

    4. I don't know how J.R. Smith fits on the team. He's 32. He's not played well the last two seasons. He's scored seven points in 42 minutes, shooting 3-of-13 from the field. With nearly $19 million left on his contract, good luck trading him. Lue did praise Smith's defense in the loss to the Pistons.

    5. Rodney Hood has been an early-season disappointment. He's averaging 11.0 points, shooting only .386 from the field. He is 1-of-9 on 3-pointers. He is 10-of-10 from the free throw line. He needs to be more aggressive, looking to drive and score.

    6. I give credit to Tristan Thompson, who is averaging 10.8 rebounds in 28 minutes a game. He's scoring 7.5 points and is one of the few Cavs making an effort on defense.

    7. Kevin Love is putting up numbers: 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. But he's shooting only .323 (.292 on 3-pointers) from the field. Defenses are swarming him. The Cavs also don't seem to be putting him in good spots to score on the court. My plea for a more structured offense would help him.

    8. I can't explain this. Point guards George Hill and Collin Sexton are playing a combined 50 minutes a game. They play together a few minutes each game. But back to their 50 minutes on the court...they are combining for only 3.8 assists!

    9. In this offense, the point guards don't set up the other players. The leading assist man is Nance (4.3) followed by small forward Cedi Osman (3.8). It's just very strange early in the season.

    10. Sexton is off to a promising start. The 19-year-old rookie is averaging 10.3 points, shooting .457 from the field. His speed is eye-popping. He can score on driving layups with either hand. Sexton had only four assists in the first four games, then had five vs. the Pistons. That's progress. Lue on Sexton: "He's a scoring point guard, but we want him to grow into an all-around (point guard)."



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    Love, who was sidelined for Thursday's loss in Detroit because of lingering soreness in his left foot, did attend shootaround Saturday morning.

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Kevin Love is officially listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Indiana Pacers. 

    Love, who was sidelined for Thursday's 110-103 loss in Detroit because of lingering soreness in his left foot, did attend shootaround Saturday morning. The Cavs will make an official determination later in the day. 

    It's the same foot that forced Love out of the final three games of the preseason. 

    Channing Frye got the start in Love's absence Thursday night. Frye scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes -- his first action all season. However, Sam Dekker, was wearing the wine-colored starter's jersey during the open portion of shootaround to media and a matchup against versatile Thaddeus Young would point to Dekker getting the nod. 

    In four games this season, Love is averaging team-highs in minutes (34.0), points (19.0) and rebounds (13.5). 

    The Cavs are seeking their first win of the season against the Pacers, who are coming off a double-digit win against the San Antonio Spurs.  


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    Sam Dekker will start in Love's place.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without All-Star power forward Kevin Love when they host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

    Love will miss his second straight game with lingering left foot soreness.

    While the Cavs started Channing Frye in Love's absence on Thursday night against Detroit, Sam Dekker will get the starting nod. 

    "I mean, they have two guys who can pick-and-pop and with Channing in the pick-and-roll with (Victor) Oladipo it's not really a good combination so I think Sam, with his athleticism, to be able to do the coverage we want to do, I think it's more fitting," head coach Tyronn Lue said ahead of Saturday's game. "I think he's the only guy at the backup 4 that gives us some size at that position."

    Love originally experienced pain in his foot following the Cavaliers' preseason opener against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 2.

    For precautionary reasons, the Cavs held Love out of the final three exhibition contests to get him ready for the start of the regular season. But the pain has persisted and Love has been fighting through the injury ever since. It was termed by one team source to cleveland.com as "significant pain." 

    "He tried to play through it understanding we hadn't won a game yet and we were struggling a little bit," Lue said. "He wanted to get on the floor and try to make a difference. We applaud him for that and hopefully he can get healthy soon."

    The Cavs will continue to monitor Love's progress. They hope to have him for Tuesday's game vs. Atlanta. 


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    Saturday's game, a 119-107 defeat against Indiana, followed a familiar script.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their sixth straight game to open the season, something that hasn't happened in more than 20 years -- a stretch that goes back to the 1995-96 campaign.

    Saturday's game, a 119-107 defeat against Indiana, followed a familiar script.

    The Cavaliers hung with a superior opponent for nearly a half before one poor stretch left them climbing a steep mountain the rest of the night.

    Against the Pacers -- a playoff team last season -- that stretch came midway through the third quarter, as Indiana pushed the lead to 15 points following Victor Oladipo's layup.

    Head coach Tyronn Lue called timeout. The winless Cavs kept fighting, something the veterans have demanded all season, and they were proud of that effort even in defeat. They pulled within five heading into the final quarter. They kept it around that margin for nearly three minutes into the fourth. But then Indiana threw the knockout punch, using its depth and wide talent gap -- which was too much to overcome.

    "I can't get frustrated," Lue said. "We were in the right position defensively. They made some tough shots but also being in, doing our coverages, getting steals out in transition. We gotta be better. When we have chances to get layups and open shots, with our margin for error being so slim, we've got to take advantage of it."

    While the Pacers continued to execute on the offensive end, surgically picking apart the Cavs' leaky defense (shooting 65 percent for the night) and running past them in transition (20 fastbreak points), the Cavs floundered, losing the final quarter by seven points while tallying just 24, their lowest of any quarter on the night.

    Cleveland has spoken all season about its slim margin for error. It was highlighted again Saturday night, especially without leading scorer Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with lingering soreness in his left foot. 

    "We've gotten some bad bounces and been hit by the injury bug a little bit with myself, Kevin, but there's tons of promise here," Larry Nance Jr. said. "We've still got lots of room to grow and this team is going to be very competitive and very good I believe."

    This is a season of growth for the Cavs, who are still finding their way after LeBron James left this summer. There were more positive steps taken against the Pacers. But the next step appears to be the toughest.

    They need to learn how to sustain a sufficient level of play for the entire game. Doing it for nearly 30 minutes isn't enough, not against Indiana. They need to keep the opponent from going on double-digit runs like the Pacers did midway through the third quarter. Most importantly, they need to learn how to win again without the league's ultimate champion.

    That's proving a greater challenge than anyone anticipated. 

    Nance's first

    The bouncy backup center recorded his first double-double of the season. Nance, who looks recovered from a sprained ankle that sidelined him for the first two games, brought nonstop energy at both ends. He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 from the field to go with 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal. 

    Rodney Hood's streak continues

    While Hood hasn't lived up to Lue's title of second scoring option this season and his shooting percentages are the worst of his career, the 26-year-old swingman tallied double figures once again Saturday night.

    Hood finished with 17 points on 8-of-15 from the field in 29 minutes.

    He has scored at least 10 points in all six games of this season. A streaky scorer, Hood's most consecutive games tallying double digits is 12 -- a feat he accomplished with the Utah Jazz during the 2017-18 season.

    Filling in for Love

    With Love sidelined once again, Sam Dekker got the start at power forward. Lue felt it was a better matchup than it would have been with Channing Frye, who got the nod against the burly Pistons on Thursday night. Dekker's quickness and athleticism seemed to fit better against a pick-and-pop team of athletes.

    It didn't seem to matter.

    Dekker couldn't keep Thaddeus Young from reaching double figures against Cleveland once again. Young scored 10 points and dished out five assists. Myles Turner's size was also a problem, as the starting center poured in 15 points.

    Dekker scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. 

    The Cavs are hoping Love will return for their next game. But this lingering soreness has lasted nearly a month. 

    Up next

    The Cavs will continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday night, as they host the Atlanta Hawks for the second time this season. The Hawks beat the Cavs 133-111 in the home opener on Oct. 21.


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    The Jaguars (3-4) play Philadelphia (3-4) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

    LONDON -- The Jacksonville Jaguars say four players were detained over restitution of a bill in London.

    The Jaguars (3-4) play Philadelphia (3-4) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The incident reportedly happened early Saturday following what typically is an off night for players.

    The teams says "we are aware that four of our players were detained over restitution of a bill. The matter is being resolved and the players are with the team. Any discipline will be handled internally."

    The Jaguars did not say which players were detained. The London-based Sun reported that the players were accused of trying to leave the London Reign Showclub, which features burlesque and circus performers, without paying their tab.


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