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Haslams say they are confident, optimistic

BEREA (AP) — Jimmy and Dee Haslam purchased the Cleveland Browns in 2012. After five coaching changes and zero winning seasons, both are confident this is finally their year. “I think the expectation is to win,” Dee Haslam said. “I think that is everybody’s expectation. We feel like ...

Bauer has bad day, makes it worse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Back in the clubhouse, Trevor Bauer calmly and profusely apologized. It was quite the contrast from his emotional outburst earlier in the game. In a startling scene, Bauer suddenly heaved the ball from just past the mound over the center field wall while being taken ...

Dixon rolls again at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Scott Dixon held off rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist on Sunday to win the Honda Indy 200 for the sixth time, putting himself back in contention to defend his IndyCar season championship. Dixon won by 0.0934 seconds in the closest finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ...

A star is born as 22-year-old Bernal conquers Tour

PARIS (AP) — The skies over Paris were yellow, ignited by a glorious golden sunset. The partying fans’ shirts were yellow, Colombians making themselves at home on the Champs-Elysees. But the yellow that counted most was the iconic jersey that fit so snugly on the slim shoulders of Egan ...

Brother-in-law is blind to alcohol issues

Dear Annie: I’m writing because I hope the person this will help most will read it. My brother-in-law is an alcoholic and won’t see that he has a problem. His youngest brother died of alcoholic hepatitis, and he is headed down the same path. He is also emotionally abusive to anyone in his ...

Difficulties with intercultural marriage

Q: I’ve been dating a man from a different country. We’re considering getting married; are there any special challenges we might face trying to build a successful marriage as an intercultural couple? Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: Whenever a man and a woman pledge ...

Being a friend, not a therapist

Dear Annie: I have a friend who has experienced a difficult life, including abuse, cancer and loss. I no longer spend time with her because every visit involved a painful recounting of every awful incident she has endured. I have tried to redirect the conversation to other topics and told her ...

Can SAM-e help with both arthritis and depression?

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been taking sertraline (100 mg) and bupropion for depression. Due to the number of medications I am on for physical ailments, I would like to be weaned off the antidepressants. In a recent column, you suggested that SAM-e might be a safe and effective alternative to ...

Former Florida coach McElwain gets another shot with Central Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Jim McElwain was enjoying his life and career, working in relative obscurity as Jim Harbaugh’s receivers coach. The former Florida coach didn’t plan for his gig at Michigan to last less than a year. Central Michigan, though, offered McElwain another chance to lead a ...

Bengals owner opposes 18-game proposal

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown thinks the NFL’s current 16-game schedule for the regular season is long enough, and he doubts that the league will be able to shorten the preseason and add games that count in the standings because of the players’ opposition. Brown said ...

Russian boxer dies after suffering brain injury in ring

MOSCOW (AP) — Boxer Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday, four days after suffering a brain injury in a fight in Maryland. He was 28. The Russian Boxing Federation said Dadashev suffered a brain swelling in Friday’s light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM National Harbor ...

Hand gives up lead in ninth, Tribe loses in 10th

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak tied the game with a homer in the ninth inning and knocked in the winning run with a two-out single in the 10th as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Tuesday night. Smoak got the winning hit off lefty Tyler Olson (1-1), scoring Eric ...

Closing the door on bathroom conversations

Dear Annie: I’m a 70-year-old man happy to still be working and productive. I work with a great crew of seven other people, but I don’t know how to handle this particular situation. Our workgroup is six men and two women. Both women tell us when they’re on their periods. “I have ...

Skip this procedure when seeking sexual solution

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 65, and my lady friend is 60. We are still sexually active. However, intercourse is uncomfortable and painful for her. I’ve found a website that talks about a laser procedure that is supposed to be the “holy grail” to make intercourse enjoyable again. I would like ...

China’s Sun wins 200 free via DQ, gets shunned on the podium

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Sun Yang was in the middle of controversy at the world swimming championships again. Only this time, it wasn’t his doing. The Chinese star with a history of doping still got shunned on the medals podium. Sun won the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night after ...

Suarez homers again, Reds blast Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit his third two-run home run in two games and the Cincinnati Reds battered Zach Davies for seven runs in a 14-6 rout over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Jesse Winker and Joey Votto also hit two-run homers and pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin had a ...

Ledecky withdraws from 2 events at world championships due to illness

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries and the 1,500-meter final today at the world swimming championships because of illness. Her coach Greg Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. “She woke up ...

Newgarden takes control of title race

There are no slouches in the IndyCar Series, proven each week by the incredibly close competition across the grid. The intensity has given the series yet another tight championship race in the homestretch of its season. Josef Newgarden dominated at Iowa to pad a fragile lead that Alexander ...

Indians trounce Blue Jays to stay hot

TORONTO (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched seven innings to win his third straight decision, Oscar Mercado homered and tripled, and the surging Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Monday night to improve to 13-3 in July. Francisco Lindor drove in a pair of runs and Jason Kipnis ...

Ledecky withdraws from 2 events at world championships due to illness

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Katie Ledecky withdrew from the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries and the 1,500-meter final today at the world swimming championships because of illness. Her coach Greg Meehan said doctors were assessing Ledecky, but had no official diagnosis. “She woke up ...