Ohio Sports NewsLast Update: Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:31 AM EDT
Rookie T.J. House, 4 Indians relievers blank Twins
Rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Wednesday night.
Rookie Zach Walters hit his sixth homer. It was his third home run in eight games with the Indians since he was acquired from Washington on July 31 in a trade for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
House gave up four hits while striking out five and walked three. The Indians extended Minnesota's scoreless streak to 17 innings.
Ricky Nolasco gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Indians 1B/OF Swisher done for season
Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is having surgery on both knees and is done for the season.
Swisher has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He's having arthroscopic procedures performed on both knees in Los Angeles. The club said he'll need 8 to 10 weeks to recover.
The Indians said Dodgers' physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed Swisher has chronic medial knee discomfort as a result of wear and tear. Swisher is expected to make a full recovery.
Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 10. Before he was sidelined, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games.
Lynn, Peralta lead Cardinals to sweep of Reds
Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto was off-kilter from the get-go and missed a chance to become the majors' first 16-game winner. He allowed five runs in five-plus innings.
The Cardinals have won eight of nine and swept the Reds at home for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. Cincinnati has lost 10 of 12, with Cueto getting the two wins.
Jon Jay had three hits, scored twice and was plunked by a pitch for the sixth time in six games for St. Louis.
Lynn gave up four singles and was set to pitch the eighth leading 5-0 before a 58-minute rain delay ended his outing.
Trevor Rosenthal got two outs for his 37th save in 42 chances.
Johnny Manziel: 'I'm the backup quarterback'
Johnny Manziel hopes the hype around him calms down.
Beaten out by Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter, the Browns rookie quarterback Manziel said Wednesday that he's disappointed he won't be on the field against Pittsburgh in the season opener on Sept. 7. Manziel knows he didn't do enough during training camp and the preseason to win the job over Hoyer, who overcame a serious knee injury and then held off the first-round draft pick to keep the job.
Manziel believes the focus should be on Hoyer, saying, "I'm the backup quarterback, I shouldn't be in the spotlight."
Manziel said he wouldn't change anything about his offseason. He was widely criticized for some weekend partying, but insists "I'm still going to continue to have fun in my life and continue to live my life."
AP source: Bengals LB Burfict gets 3-year deal
The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.
Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk and signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012.
Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been signed or announced by the team.
Burfict became ill between practices on Wednesday and was sent home. He could sign the deal on Thursday or Friday when he's better.
HALL OF FAME-TINGELHOFF
HOF senior panel tabs Tingelhoff as 2015 finalist
Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees.
The Hall of Fame made the announcement Wednesday.
Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot, but the endorsement from the Hall of Fame's senior committee was a big step toward enshrinement for the six-time Pro Bowl pick. Tingelhoff went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962, yet became a starter as a rookie and kept the job his whole career until retiring after the 1978 season.
Tingelhoff never missed a game and was a key part of Vikings teams that won 10 division titles and reached four Super Bowls.
Senior nominees are players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago.
US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests
Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points.
Rose sat out, with team officials saying coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to be able to look longer at other players with cuts coming soon. The Americans have 16 players on the roster and have to get down to 12 before the upcoming Basketball World Cup.
BLUE JACKETS-ECHL AFFILIATE
Kalamazoo Wings to serve as Jackets' ECHL team
The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season.
The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Blue Jackets also announced that their preseason home opener on Sunday, Sept. 21, against the St. Louis Blues, will start at 6:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
T25-OHIO ST-WHAT'S NEXT
After QB Miller's injury, Buckeyes turn to Barrett
Urban Meyer refers to No. 5 Ohio State's last two practices as "the day after" and "two days after" — a new calendar dating from when the Buckeyes lost standout quarterback Braxton Miller.
Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, tore the labrum of his right throwing shoulder on an unrushed, seven-yard pass on Monday.
Now every point on the program's timeline will be judged whether it was before Miller's injury or after.
J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman who's never taken a collegiate snap, is set to start when the Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 30 against Navy. His teammates and Meyer say he's up to the task, a mature kid with lots of potential who has grown in his time on campus.
KENT STATE-PLAYER DEATH
Kent State starting center dies in sleep
Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.
The school said in a release that starting center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.
The 21-year-old Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013.
Athletic director Joel Nielsen said the school is "heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."
Bitsko's teammates were informed of Bitsko's death at the end of Wednesday's morning practice.
Bitsko received an award during the spring game for "exemplifying hard work and dedication."
OHIO ST-UCONN GAMES
Buckeyes, Huskies hoops teams to play in 2015-16
The Ohio State and Connecticut basketball programs have agreed to a home-and-home series starting in the 2015-16 season.
Buckeyes coach Thad Matta made the announcement on Wednesday.
The Buckeyes will travel to play the Huskies Dec. 12, 2015, before Connecticut returns the trip Dec. 10, 2016, in Columbus. The 2015 game will be played in either Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, or the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
The 2016 contest will be played in Value City Arena.
The teams last met in the Final Four in 1999, with Connecticut winning 64-58.
Michigan St transfer Forbes granted waiver to play
EAST LANSING, Mich.
Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes will not have to sit out this season after transferring from Cleveland State.
The school said Wednesday that the NCAA has granted the 6-foot-3 Forbes a waiver to play this season.
Forbes, who is from Lansing, Michigan, wanted to attend a school closer to his family. He says getting the waiver will allow him to balance basketball, school and family obligations.
He averaged 15.6 points for Cleveland State last season as a sophomore. Forbes scored 22 points against Kentucky last season, a game in which he made seven 3-pointers. He averaged 2.5 3-pointers per game, ranking second in the Horizon League. Forbes averaged 12.7 points as a freshman and was the league's newcomer of the year.