Browns RB Johnson still desires trade, says team not loyal

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Duke Johnson showed up at Browns camp to make one thing clear.
“I want to be somewhere I’m wanted,” he said.
Johnson doubled down on his demand to be traded Tuesday, saying he felt betrayed by Browns general manager John Dorsey, who began shopping the running back to other teams shortly after signing free agent Kareem Hunt.
The 25-year-old Johnson skipped the team’s voluntary offseason programs in protest, but reported for the Browns’ three-day mandatory minicamp. Moments after the team completed a morning walk-through, Johnson addressed the media for the first time since requesting his trade.
He didn’t pull any punches.
“My thing is I’m big on loyalty,” said the versatile Johnson, whose role was reduced last season following the arrival of rookie Nick Chubb. “I’ve felt as I’ve been loyal to this organization through it all, and the moment that I no longer have loyalty — and that’s even in my personal life, friends, family, the moment the loyalty stops, it stops on both ends. It’s not a one-way street. It stops on my end.
“Will that stop me from doing my job? Of course not. That’s not going to stop me. Me being upset and me being still wanting to be traded is not going to stop me from coming out here and performing at a high level.”
The Browns signed Hunt in February, taking on the controversial back who will serve an eight-game NFL suspension for physical altercations. Johnson’s agent asked Dorsey to trade him in March upon learning the team was already trying to move him.
“I was put on the trade block a month before I requested a trade,” Johnson said. “That’s essentially my biggest issue. Again, my role since I’ve been on this team hasn’t been big for four years, not just last year. It hasn’t been for four years, and, again, I didn’t ask for a trade, didn’t complain, just came out and did my job.”
Although he may be at odds with the front office, Johnson, who endured 1-15 and 0-16 seasons, vowed not to be a distraction to his teammates.
“I was here when we were 0-16,” said Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015. “I was all in then. Nothing changes now. At the end of the day, I’m a professional, and again, since I’ve been here, you’ve not once heard about me not wanting to be here from coaches, players, anyone or just my attitude and being disgruntled.
“Last year, I was frustrated, at most, but as far as just being upset and not doing my job because of my feelings, you never heard of it, and you probably never will. I’m here to do a job, and I’m going to do that job for as long as I’m here.”
Johnson feels he has the support of his teammates.
However, quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t seem to be in his corner.
“Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not. It’s moving,” Mayfield said. “You can get out of the way or you can join us. So it is what it is.”
Mayfield disagreed that Johnson’s situation is awkward.
“It’s not awkward,” he said. “It’s self-inflicted. It’s not awkward for anybody else in this building. He’s got to do his job. He said he’s a professional. I hope he does his job.”
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Big 10 taps Vikings’ Kevin Warren as new commissioner

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten hired Minnesota Vikings executive Kevin Warren as its new commissioner Tuesday, bringing on a former college basketball player and sports agent with a law degree from Notre Dame to replace Jim Delany and become the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference.
The 55-year-old Warren has been the chief operating officer for the Vikings since 2015, the first African-American to hold that position for an NFL franchise.
“I’m ready for the challenge. I’m excited. I’m energized,” he said at his introductory news conference. “But most of all, I’m grateful.”
He will start Sept. 16 and work alongside Delany, who will step down Jan. 1 from the job he has held since 1989. The 71-year-old Delany announced his decision to step away earlier this year.
Warren grew up in Phoenix. He attended the University of Pennsylvania out of high school, but transferred to Grand Canyon University, where he scored 1,118 points. After earning an MBA from Arizona State and a law degree from Notre Dame, he worked as a sports agent throughout the 1990s. Warren has been working in the NFL for 20 years, doing stints with the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions before settling in with the Vikings in 2005.
He will take over a sprawling conference that stretches from Rutgers and Maryland to Nebraska.
Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network, BTN, and helped create the first College Football Playoff while maintaining the conference’s ties to the Rose Bowl. League revenues soared under his leadership. He negotiated TV deals worth billions that in 2018 produced $51 million for Michigan alone.
Despite the financial successes, the conference has lagged a bit at least when it comes to national championships in the highest profile sports. No Big Ten men’s basketball team has won it all since Michigan State in 2000, and the only football titles belong to Ohio State in 2002 and 2014. The Southeastern Conference has 11 football championships in that span.
The Big Ten was quiet in its hiring process,, using the search firm Korn Ferry. Conventional wisdom was the Big Ten would hire someone with current ties to the conference and college sports. The selection of Warren came as a surprise because he has neither.
Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf had nothing but praise for Warren.
“He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St. Paul in mind,” the Wilfs said in a statement. “From the very onset, Kevin helped us navigate and execute the purchase of the franchise. He then evolved as a leader of the organization in ways we never could have imagined, leading our vision for U.S. Bank Stadium and TCO Performance Center, developing a world-class fan experience and implementing many initiatives that have transformed our franchise with the benefit of our employees and Vikings fans top of mind.”
The Vikings said they would work with Warren and “how we want to move forward.”

Furyk proud of streak playing 24 straight US Opens

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Nick Price was in his final week at No. 1 in the world. Tiger Woods was making his U.S. Open debut as a 19-year-old amateur. It was 1995 at Shinnecock Hills, and it was the last time Jim Furyk was at home for the U.S. Open.
Furyk will be making his 24th consecutive appearance in the U.S. Open, a meaningful streak for the 49-year-old former champion.
“It’s our national championship,” Furyk said after he finished at the Memorial. “It’s the major I’ve played the best in, the major where I gave myself a number of chances to win.”
And it’s a major he had every reason to believe he would miss this year.
Coming off his two years as Ryder Cup captain, Furyk had fallen to No. 223 in the world after last year. It turned quickly — a tie for ninth in the Honda Classic that got him into The Players Championship, a runner-up finish at the TPC Sawgrass that got him into Match Play, victories over Jason Day and Phil Mickelson that allowed him to stay in the top 60 and earn a trip to Pebble Beach.
Furyk won at Olympia Fields in 2003 to earn a 10-year exemption. It was his staying power — even with his lack of today’s power off the tee — that has kept him eligible deep into his 40s. His runner-up finish at Oakmont in 2016 got him into the U.S. Open the following year, and the USGA gave him what figures to be a one-time exemption for last year.
Even without being exempt, Furyk isn’t done trying.
“To be honest, it’s nice not to go play 36,” he said of sectional qualifying. “I’m not sure I have the legs under me. I would have had to take something off.”
He doesn’t plan to stop trying even after this year, though at 49 and eligible for the PGA Tour Champions next May, Furyk said it might depend on the course. Pebble Beach is one of the shorter U.S. Open courses, though its 7,075 yards plays a little longer along the Pacific coast.
A big course might change his mind because “I don’t really have a chance.”
“I really like Winged Foot,” he said of the 2020 site. “Torrey Pines (2021) might be a tough one.”
For the first time in 17 years, players left the Memorial and won’t be returning to Ohio.
The reality began to set in that Firestone — part of the PGA Tour schedule since 1976, with one detour to Sahalee in 2002 — is now for the PGA Tour Champions. The World Golf Championship is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, a week after the British Open.
“I’m very much going to miss Firestone,” said Rory McIlroy, who won it in 2014. “It was one of my favorite events of the year. It’s a shame because I love going there. I love the golf course. I love the feel of it. Fans were great. The over-50 guys, they’ll enjoy themselves there the next few years and hopefully we get back at some stage.”
Adam Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011 and feels like he has been through this drill before. It reminded him of when title sponsorship changed at another World Golf Championship, and the tour leaving behind a long history at Doral for Mexico City.
“I think it’s going to be the same with Akron,” Scott said. “We’re going to miss it because it was such a great event, and it was one that you felt privileged to be in, and it was a hell of a golf course to try and beat any given week there.”
More was involved than a move from late July to early June in giving the RBC Canadian Open one of its best fields ever.
Dustin Johnson is an RBC ambassador and the defending champion. Brooks Koepka likes playing the week before a major. That gave the field the top two players in the world ranking. Rory McIlroy hasn’t fared well in the U.S. Open in recent years, so he decided to mix it up and play the week before.
And then Justin Thomas missed the cut at the Memorial.
Thomas, who had not played since the Masters while recovering from a bone bruise in his right wrist, entered the Canadian Open on Friday, giving the fourth-oldest championship in golf four of the top six in the world ranking.
“It obviously was a late add. It wasn’t exactly in the plans,” Thomas said Tuesday. “I definitely need to get more reps going into the Open. I was a little rusty last week from not playing for a while. But I’m excited to be here.”
Asked what he wanted out of the week, Thomas said, “Playing four days would be a good start.”
“The more time in competition, the quicker I’ll get out of the rust,” he said.
Martin Kaymer showed he was close enough to win at the Memorial, where he lost a two-shot lead on the final day. His last victory was in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and he sounds as though he will celebrate when he gets the next one.
That apparently wasn’t the case for his previous 15 victories worldwide, including two majors, The Players Championship and a World Golf Championship.
“I’m not the guy who celebrates a lot, which I think is a little bit of a mistake,” Kaymer said. “If you just move on and move on, you try to go from one tournament to another and you continue doing that, you need to pull yourself out, maybe celebrate, however the celebration looks like. It doesn’t need to be going to Vegas and get drunk, but you need to celebrate the win, the resolve, the effort. You need to give credit to yourself, and I never did.”
“So whenever the next win will come, I know what to do different.”
Of the 35 players who have won PGA Tour events since the last U.S. Open, six players have not qualified for next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Unlike the Masters and PGA Championship, the U.S. Open does not exempt a player for a PGA Tour victory.
Then again, three of those winners won opposite-field events (Troy Merritt, Cameron Champ and Martin Trainer). Four of them won against a strength of field that offered 42 points or fewer to the winner (Michael Kim, Kevin Tway, Adam Long and Corey Conners).
The other was Max Homa, who won the Wells Fargo Championship at No. 417 in the world.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods complained about the speed of the poa greens at Pebble Beach at the last U.S. Open in 2010. This brought an incredulous response from Jack Nicklaus who said, “I won under those conditions.” That was in 1972, when Nicklaus shot 74 in the final round and won by three shots. … The leading three players from the top 10 at the Canadian Open not already exempt for the British Open will earn spots at Royal Portrush. … Maria Fassi of Mexico made her pro debut by tying for 12th in the U.S. Women’s Open and earning $103,065. … GolfTV and Golf Digest will unveil “My Game: Tiger Woods,” a 12-episode series that launches in July with Woods sharing insight on how he approaches the game. … Jennifer Kupcho, the former NCAA champion and Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, has signed an equipment deal with PING. Kupcho, who deferred her LPGA card until after college, made her professional debut last week in the U.S. Women’s Open.
For the fourth straight year, at least one major champion had never won previously on the LPGA Tour.
“He doesn’t come in from fishing for just anybody. So consider yourself really special.” — Barbara Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, explaining how Jack Nicklaus watched the final seven holes of his Masters victory.

Column: Cantlay’s past shows why the future is promising

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — To the victor go the social media requests.
This proved far more difficult for Patrick Cantlay than his 64 at Muirfield Village, the lowest final round by a winner in 44 years of the Memorial and a performance that suggested his move to No. 8 in the world had more to do with any mathematical formula.
Cantlay looked at the phone as the PGA Tour social media team tried to explain what it wanted — a short video saying what this victory meant to him. He stretched his arm and struggled to get the right angle while still being able to start the video. Finally, a tour employee held it for him. Cantlay smiled and said all the right things.
“First selfie?” someone cracked as he walked off the stage.
Cantlay rolled his eyes.
He doesn’t do social media. Cantlay appears to be anti-social on the golf course, which is misleading.
In the absence of cameras and microphones, the 27-year-old from California is smart, honest and insightful with an occasional needle. On the golf course, he has a cold focus with no apologies. He knows how he comes across because when he arrived at Muirfield Village on Sunday, someone jokingly said, “It can’t be that bad, can it?”
Cantlay could easily fit the description of an old soul on young shoulders — except for his back.
It was a stress fracture in his back that kept him out of golf for the better part of three years — two straight years without playing one tournament — and kept him from the pace set by others from his own age group.
Jordan Spieth saw it coming.
Neither of them had PGA Tour status when Spieth and Cantlay were paired together in the opening two rounds of the 2013 Puerto Rico Open. Spieth got him by one shot each round and went on to tie for second, the important step that led to a PGA Tour card — and victory — later that year.
Cantlay, who had won the week before in Colombia on the Tour, was two months away from one swing that nearly ended his career, a pain he described as a knife in his back. That was the start of back trouble so severe there was no guarantee he would ever return.
He was 20 when he turned pro. He was 25 for his official rookie season in 2017 on the PGA Tour. Trying to manage his schedule after not having competed for two straight years, Cantlay played 11 times and still made it to the Tour Championship.
“If he had the full year this year, I would imagine he’d have been on the Presidents Cup team, no question,” Spieth said at the TPC Boston that year. “He’s extremely talented, and he’s going to work his way up into the top 10 in the world, in my opinion.”
And here he is.
Predictions are never easy in golf — Cantlay knows that better than anyone — and so where he goes remains a work in progress. It’s where he has been that explains why his victory Sunday got so much attention, even if it wasn’t worthy of the front of sports pages.
Anyone who saw Cantlay play in Ohio eight years ago would have expected a performance like this.
His time at Muirfield Village was short. Cantlay received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the best player in college — as a freshman at UCLA — and posed for photos with Nicklaus, then got ready for U.S. Open qualifying at the sectional site filled with PGA Tour players. Cantlay was the only amateur to get one of the 16 spots.
Two weeks later, he was low amateur in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, his first tournament against the best in the world. The following week, he set a PGA Tour record for amateurs with a 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship. He was low amateur at the Masters in 2012. He made the cut at the U.S. Open again at Olympic Club (Spieth was low amateur that year).
Much like Spieth, he had a knack for delivering.
It was a tournament Cantlay did not win that might be the most revealing.
After the stabbing pain he felt at Colonial in 2013, he didn’t play for three months as his status on the Tour money list kept dropping. Cantlay tried to play two more events to stay in the top 25 to earn a PGA Tour card and missed the cut in both, finishing 29th.
His last chance was a four-tournament series with a special money list. Cantlay played the first one and finished one shot behind Trevor Immelman. It was enough to get his card, and then he couldn’t play again for nearly nine months.
Cantlay has been through a lot, but he is still relatively new considering he had to start over.
“It really is my third year on tour,” he said. “It’s just taken me seven years to do it.”
He ended that first full year with a victory in Las Vegas, and Cantlay was mildly irritated that more wins didn’t follow.
“Being out for so long and to come back and play really well and win within a year … I didn’t think it would take me this long,” he said. “But I’ve played a lot of really good golf, a lot of really solid golf. And so I think I was closer than it seems. So maybe this one will do it.”

Dufner among long list of qualifiers for US Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jason Dufner is going back to the U.S. Open for the 10th straight year, and this time he had to play his way in through one of 10 qualifiers across three countries Monday in the longest day in golf.
Luke Guthrie took a detour from the Tour and led the 14 qualifiers out of Columbus, the strongest of all sectionals with so many PGA Tour players who stayed around after the Memorial. He returns to the U.S. Open for the first time in five years.
He arrived from the Web event in North Carolina a little past midnight. He was headed to South Carolina on Tuesday morning to resume his Web schedule. And then he had to find a place to stay for the U.S. Open.
“I told my wife, ‘It might cost us $1,000 a night.’ But it’s Pebble Beach. Who cares?” Guthrie said.
The U.S. Open is June 13-16, the sixth time it is being held at Pebble Beach. Also qualifying from Columbus was Sam Saunders, whose late grandfather Arnold Palmer was among the principal owners of Pebble Beach.
Sixty spots were available at eight sites in the U.S., one in Canada and one in England. Fifteen players previously made it through 36-hole qualifiers in Dallas and Japan.
Dufner finished with a double bogey at the Memorial to fall into a tie for seventh, and then headed to Scioto some 12 hours later for 36 more holes. He was bogey-free at the tougher of the courses, and held on for a 71 at Brookside. He had been exempt for his previous nine appearances in the U.S. Open.
“All the way back to Rickie Fowler’s rookie year if that tells you anything,” Dufner said.
The clutch moment from Ohio came from Kyoung-Hoon Lee, who birdied the 18th hole at Scioto to make it an even 14 players to finish at 5 under or better. If he had made par, there would have been an 8-for-1 playoff for the last spot.
Instead, seven players went extra holes to determine the first alternate out of the sectional. That went to Joel Dahmen, and odds are he will be at Pebble Beach. The U.S. Open is holding six spots for anyone who might get into the top 60 in the world after next week.
Also in the group at 5 under: former world No. 1 Luke Donald, who will play his first U.S. Open since 2016.
Anirban Lahiri of India did not have to qualify for his previous two U.S. Opens, and he doesn’t want to have to go through it again. Lahiri had no trouble with a 65 at Scioto and a 67 at Brookside, but he could do without the stress. He had never seen either course, opting for what he called “point and shoot.”
“Playing this is a grind,” Lahiri said. “The Memorial is a tough event. You get off the course and you’re pretty beat up, physically and mentally. And then you have to keep going for 36 holes. I didn’t keep a yardage book because I didn’t want the mental work.”
Among those missing out was Steve Stricker, the 52-year-old old Ryder Cup captain, who had made it through qualifying each of the last two years. In his threesome were Julian Suri and Kelby Brown, a local qualifier from Texas who shot 84 at Scioto and 92 at Brookside, missing out by 39 shots.
A pair of college stars made it against a field of mostly PGA Tour players — Cal senior Collin Morikawa and Stanford senior Brandon Wu, who is on a roll. Wu won his match to help Stanford win the NCAA title five days ago in Arkansas. He flew to Ohio to get ready for the qualifier, returns to Arkansas for the Palmer Cup this week and then plays his first U.S. Open.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” Wu said. “It’s starting to sink in. Graduation is on Sunday of the U.S. Open. The idea is to make the cut, and then maybe wear my cap and gown down the 18th fairway.”
Dean Burmester of South Africa had rounds of 63-65 at Walton Heath to lead 14 players in the qualifier at England. Others who made it to Pebble Beach are Sam Horsfield of England, Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Renato Paratore of Italy, who earned the last spot in a 5-for-1 playoff with a birdie on the second hole.
Lee Westwood missed the playoff by three shots. It will be the second straight year Westwood does not qualify for the U.S. Open, after playing 11 straight years.
LSU senior Luis Gagne earned one of three spots at Streamsong Resort with rounds of 65-69 to earn a return to the U.S. Open. Gagne, a 21-year-old from Costa Rica, shared low amateur honors last year at Shinnecock Hills with Massachusetts firefighter Matt Parziale.
Callus Tarren of England led the qualifiers at 14-under 132. Also qualifying was Guillermo Pereira.
Parziale, who qualified last year as the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and tied for 48th, gets to return to Pebble Beach. He had rounds of 69-73 in Purchase, New York, to get one of the four spots. Cameron Young, a senior at Wake Forest whose father is the head pro at Sleepy Hollow, led the qualifiers at 4-under 137. Joining them were Andy Pope and Rob Oppenheim.
Tom Hoge and Sepp Straka led four qualifiers in the first U.S. Open sectional held in Canada. It was moved to Rattlesnake Point Golf Club from Memphis, Tennessee, because of a change in the PGA Tour schedule that puts the Canadian Open a week before the U.S. Open.
Nate Lashley and Alex Prugh advanced in a 3-for-2 playoff, with Harris English the first alternate. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington finished with eight straight pars and missed the playoff by two shots.
Ollie Schniederjans made it through qualifying for the second straight year with rounds of 68-65 at Hawks Ridge outside Atlanta, leading four players to qualify. Roberto Castro made par on his last hole to avoid a playoff. The other qualifiers were a pair of amateurs, Noah Norton and Chandler Eaton.
Former Navy officer Billy Hurley III made it back to his first U.S. Open in three years in a tight qualifier at Woodmont Country Club outside Washington. Hurley had rounds of 70-71 to share medalist honors with Connor Arendell at 3-under 141. Joseph Bramlett, who played at Stanford, and Ryan Sullivan were one shot behind and survived a 3-for-2 playoff.
Brian Stuard prefers playing the other Ohio sectional even though it offers fewer spots, and he showed why. Stuard made it to his fifth U.S. Open, all five times qualifying from Springfield Country Club. He shared medalist honors at 6-under 134 with Zac Blair and Nick Hardy.
Brett Drewitt of Australia earned the last spot in a playoff over Joo-Young Lee.
Arizona State junior Chun An Yu of Taiwan qualified for the second straight year, and former U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad gets a return visit to Pebble Beach. Yu finished third at the NCAA Championship last week. He finished at 12-under 131 in Newport Beach, California. Hagestad, the low amateur in the 2017 Masters, reached the round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur last year at Pebble.
Former UConn player Eric Dietrich had 67-66 at Wine Valley Golf Club to win medalist honors by four shots. Matt Naumec and Oregon State sophomore Spencer Tibbits grabbed the final two spots.
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White Sox beat Indians 10-4 for season-high 4th straight win

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) — Yonder Alonso is dealing with his tough start by staying positive and trying to make the most of every day.
A successful performance against his former team certainly helps.
Alonso and José Abreu each hit a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-4 on Thursday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.
Alonso also doubled and scored on Eloy Jiménez’s two-run double, helping Chicago move within one game of Cleveland for second place in the AL Central. Jiménez and Leury García each had three hits, and Manny Bañuelos (3-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball for his first win in a month.
“We have a good atmosphere here,” Abreu said through a translator. “We go out every day, try to win games, try to do our best. Try to fight, and at the same time, try to have fun.”
With two outs and Abreu on first in the third, Alonso drove a 1-1 pitch from Carlos Carrasco over the wall in right-center to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead. It was Alonso’s first homer since May 12 and No. 7 on the year.
The 32-year-old Alonso was acquired in a December trade with Cleveland for minor league outfielder Alex Call. Alonso hit .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs last season, but is batting a career-low .180 through 54 games in his first year with Chicago.
“I know the type of player that I am. I know the type of hitter that I am,” Alonso said, “and I know eventually it will turn.”
Carrasco (4-6) matched a season high by allowing six runs and 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his third consecutive loss. The right-hander had enjoyed great success versus Chicago since 2017, going 7-1 with a 1.09 ERA in his previous 10 appearances against the White Sox, including a 2-0 record and 12 scoreless innings over two starts this year.
“We’re going to have some ups and downs, a lot,” Carrasco said. “This is a long season. I have, maybe like 24 more starts, but at least we learn something from each start. It’s frustrating. I worked so hard to get in every start and everything is going a different way.”
Carrasco allowed García’s leadoff single in the seventh and struck out Yoán Moncada before he was replaced by Dan Otero. Abreu greeted the reliever with a drive to left for his team-high 15th homer , making it 7-3 White Sox.
Jordan Luplow went deep for Cleveland, and Carlos Santana drove in two runs in the opener of a four-game series. Jason Kipnis finished with two hits after he was robbed by Ryan Cordell’s diving play on his sinking liner to right in the ninth.
Luplow led off the sixth with a drive to center for his fourth homer off Bañuelos this season. Five of Luplow’s seven homers this year have come against the White Sox.
“I just think my approach plays into what he’s throwing,” Luplow said of his success against Bañuelos.
Bañuelos allowed five hits, struck out three and walked three in his first win since April 29. The left-hander was 0-4 with a 14.40 ERA in his previous four starts.
“Manny did a nice job for us,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Kept us in the ballgame. He had a few walks there but that’s a pretty good club and he did a nice job of maneuvering through some traffic.”
Indians catcher Roberto Pérez threw out two runners attempting to steal second. It was the fourth time in his career that he cut down at least two runners attempting to steal in a single game.
Indians: LF Oscar Mercado was shaken up after he was hit on his right leg by a pitch in the third, but he stayed in the game. … OF Tyler Naquin (left calf strain) continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, homering for the second straight day during the Clippers’ 12-5 victory over Norfolk. He is expected to play again Saturday and then take Sunday off.
Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.99 ERA) looks to get back on track when the series resumes Friday night. Bauer has struggled this month, going 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA in his last five starts. Dylan Covey (0-4, 5.47 ERA) pitches for Chicago. The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA in his last four outings.
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Moore’s 65 leads by 1 at Memorial as Woods rallies for 70

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial.
That had more do with a stopwatch than a scorecard.
Ryan Moore opened with five birdies in seven holes and never missed a fairway after the first one, posting a 7-under 65 for his best start in his 14th appearance at Muirfield Village. He was one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, who chipped in for birdie, chipped in for par and holed a 35-foot eagle putt.
Woods made a pair of late birdies to salvage a 70 in his first round since missing the cut at the PGA Championship. He played his back nine in a foursome with Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose and a rules official in a cart timing them because they were so far out of position.
“We were on the clock most of the back nine,” Woods said. “That made things a little more complicated.”
Getting caught up wasn’t easy with various tee shots in water hazards, though it was obvious how far behind they were. Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas were in the group ahead of them, and McIlroy hit his tee shot on the par-4 second into a backyard. With no official nearby, he had to walk 300 yards back to the tee to hit again. That took time. Still, walking off the fourth green, the group of Woods, DeChambeau and Rose still had not reached the third tee.
DeChambeau, who considers such variables as air density and elevation change in his pre-shot routine, went over his allotted time on No. 5 and was given a warning for a bad time. He made birdie, took double bogey from a fairway bunker on the next hole and began his title defense with a 74.
He was frustrated by being on the clock, and by not getting through to the PGA Tour on how to measure pace of play.
“The time to hurry is in between shots. It’s not the shot,” DeChambeau said. “It’s timing how people walk. You have to add that to the equation. If you’ve got someone walking slow, they get up to the shot, take their 20 seconds. What’s the aggregate time for them to hit that shot in between shots? That’s really what matters. That’s what I believe. The total time it took me — if you were to take my process and walking time — is the exact time as everyone else.”
Golf still is measured by score, and Moore had the lowest on a rain-softened Muirfield Village. Only two of his seven birdies were longer than 10 feet, and the only time he came close to a bogey was on his opening hole, where he saved par with a 6-foot putt.
He was among 22 players who broke 70, and only 44 players broke par despite the soft conditions. Phil Mickelson, using two drivers this week to go after longer tee shots on a half-dozen holes, opened with a 70.
Spieth looked as though he couldn’t miss for the longest time. On his second hole, the par-5 11th, his wedge came up so short on a soft green that it spun off the front. He chipped in from 50 feet for birdie. Another chip from thick rough caught the slope on the back of the par-5 15th green and rolled down to 3 feet for a birdie.
He went out in 32, made an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 3 and then had consecutive holes that illustrated how his round was going.
On the par-3 fourth, his tee shot was buried in the slope of a mound above the bunker. With his feet well below the ball, he hooked it out onto and across the green into more rough, and then chipped in for par. On the par-5 fifth, his hybrid caught the right side of the green and he rolled in the long eagle putt.
Spieth took only 22 putts for the round.
And then his luck ran out with a tee shot that plugged into the sand left of the green on the par-3 eighth, leaving him two options: go at the pin and run off the green into rough, or aim away from the flag and leave a 60-foot putt for par. He chose the latter and came inches within making it.
“Sooner or later, it was going bite me,” Spieth said with a smile.
Even so, he had no complaints.
“Six under around Muirfield I’d take any day of the week, no matter what form you’re coming into it with,” he said. “I felt like I hit more fairways today, gave me some more opportunities, and the putter stayed hot.”
Thomas, in his first tournament since the Masters because of a bone bruise in his right wrist, showed plenty of rust in his round of 71. McIlroy had a 75 with two double bogeys, both from tee shots either lost (No. 15) or out-of-bounds (No. 2).
Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman and Martin Kaymer were at 67.
Woods made birdies on all but one of the par 5s. His regret was a few loose iron shots that led to bogey, especially on the 13th when he hit 9-iron from the fairway into a bunker that led to a careless bogey. But he finished strong — eventually — and while 10 players from his side of the draw broke 70, he wasn’t too far behind.
At least on the leaderboard.
“That was frustrating, because the last eight holes we were on the clock,” Woods said. “The group ahead of us … JT doesn’t take a lot of time, Rory plays quick and Jordan was 7 under. So they were obviously playing fast. And we were obviously not.”
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Cauley makes a new memory in return to Muirfield Village

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Curiosity got the best of Bud Cauley when he was given a video that illustrated the sequence of a crash he doesn’t remember.
The night after he missed the cut at the Memorial last year, Cauley was a passenger in the back seat of a car that struck a culvert, flipped into the air, smashed into a tree and then spun into smaller trees.
“I got knocked out in the wreck,” Cauley said. “I remember being in the hospital and everything after that. But the wreck, luckily, I don’t remember much. I think it’s a good thing.”
What he does remember “the scariest time of my life.”
That’s what made Thursday memorable in a different way. In his return to Muirfield Village, Cauley holed an 8-foot par putt on his last hole for a 5-under 67, leaving him two shots out of the lead after the opening round at the Memorial.
About this time a year ago, playing golf again was no guarantee.
Cauley broke six ribs, which punctured his lung, and he broke his leg. Golf has been all he’s known since he first put a club in his hands at age 5, played at Alabama and managed to earn a PGA Tour card without having to go through Q-school.
So he wanted to know if he would be able to play golf again.
“It was probably the second question I asked after, ‘Tell me why I can’t breathe,'” because I had punctured my lung,” Cauley said. “I wanted to figure that out first. And then after that I wanted to know how bad my ribs were broken, what they thought they needed to do and how it would affect me going forward.”
He had surgery the next day to put plates on four of his ribs.
Amazingly, he missed only four months.
Memorial host Jack Nicklaus and wife Barbara visited Cauley in the hospital in Ohio, and Nicklaus was at the Bear’s Club in Florida when Cauley hit his first golf ball since the accident.
“He saw the first thin wedge I hit,” Cauley said.
Hitting 20 balls a day turned into 30 balls as Cauley worked his way through the bag, coped with the swelling and soreness, and got back in shape to start the season in Napa, California at the Safeway Open. He had his best finish a week later in Las Vegas — a tie for 10th — and his steadily making progress.
Just being back at the Memorial represents a milestone. There were small steps along the way — getting in a car for the first time, driving a car. But he thought so much about playing golf again that it occupied much of attention.
Justin Thomas, a teammate at Alabama who roomed with Cauley during their early years on tour, is in a house near the accident scene and has to drive by it. He was distraught when he got the news last year and only was calmed when he was able to talk to Cauley at the hospital.
“We’re all very happy to see him back,” Thomas said. “There’s not many places you could put Bud Cauley and I in the world and we wouldn’t have fun together.”
Cauley’s return to the Memorial started with tornado sirens going off Monday night. The rest of the week has been just like any other on tour, and even playing the first round was all about the shot in front of him.
“I’ve always appreciated playing golf,” Cauley said. “When you’re lying there and you don’t know if you’re going to be able to do it again, it puts everything in a different perspective. It definitely changed me. I think it changed me for the better.”

Browns coach says OBJ missed ‘a lot’ by skipping practices

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.’s extended absence may have finally gotten to Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.
After staunchly defending the superstar wide receiver’s decision to skip nearly all of Cleveland’s voluntary practices since joining the team, Kitchens had a different tone Thursday when asked about Beckham’s nonattendance.
“I just want to see him,” Kitchens said when asked what he wants to see out of Beckham at next week’s mandatory minicamp.
What did Beckham miss while away the past three weeks?
“A lot,” Kitchens quipped. “The offense.”
Beckham, who was acquired March 12 in a blockbuster trade from the New York Giants, skipped all but one day of Cleveland’s voluntary practices (OTAs) over the past month.
Other than being at his introductory news conference on April 1 or his appearance two weeks ago at one of the 10 practice sessions, the 26-year-old Beckham has not been around.
So while Kitchens installed a new offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield threw passes to second- and third-stringers — Jarvis Landry has been held out of workouts with an unspecified injury — Beckham has been training in Los Angeles, dressing for the Met Gala in New York, attending the Formula One race in Monaco and getting a customized, orange Rolls Royce.
In the past, Kitchens defended Beckham’s decision, saying he was confident the three-time Pro Bowler receiver would stay in shape and be ready when the season starts.
Kitchens may still feel that way, but given the chance he didn’t express those sentiments this time, perhaps to send a message to Beckham or set a tone for next week’s workouts.
Beckham isn’t the only player who has missed practice, but he could have changed some of the outside perceptions about him being selfish by joining his new teammates and Kitchens, who has never been a head coach and is getting his first crack at the highest level.
Running back Duke Johnson has missed the entire offseason program after requesting a trade.
Kitchens said he expects Johnson to return next week.
“It’s mandatory,” Kitchens said. “He should be here.”
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway also missed Thursday’s practice along with safety Damarious Randall and tight end David Njoku.
Kitchens is excited about having his full squad together soon.
“It’ll be nice to have everybody here and get them some work and get everybody ready to compete during training camp when we’re going to start forming the Cleveland Browns,” Kitchens said.
NOTES: Landry is not expected to practice next week, Kitchens said. Landry did not undergo any surgeries during the offseason and Kitchens said the decision to keep him out is “more precautionary than anything.” … Mayfield did not speak to reporters, but is expected to have a media session during his youth football camp Saturday at Mayfield High School in Mayfield Village, Ohio.
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Browns confident free agent DT McCoy will choose them

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Gerald McCoy’s free agency tour started with the Browns. They believe it will end with them, too.
Coach Freddie Kitchens said Thursday that he’s optimistic McCoy will sign with Cleveland, which appears to be in a three-time battle with Baltimore and Carolina to land the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
Recently released by Tampa Bay after nine seasons in a cost-cutting move, McCoy visited the Browns last week and met with the Ravens on Wednesday. He’s reportedly scheduled a meeting with the Panthers as well.
Kitchens said the team’s meeting with McCoy “went as good as it could.” The Browns even encouraged him to speak with other teams.
“We want Gerald to go out and look at other places because when he makes the commitment here, we want him to be all-in because everybody that’s going to be here is gonna be all-in and that’s what we need to get to where we’re going,” Kitchens said after practice. “So we’re fine with him taking a look at everybody else, all right? Because we’ve told him who we were and if that’s who he wants, he’ll end up here and he knows the direction we’re headed.”
The 31-year-old McCoy would like to join a Super Bowl contender, and the Browns have dramatically improved their roster this offseason with the additions of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, edge rusher Olivier Vernon and running back Kareem Hunt.
If the Browns sign McCoy, they would be just the fifth team since 1970 to have four current or former Pro Bowlers on their defensive front. McCoy joining forces with Vernon, Richardson and Myles Garrett, who had 13½ sacks last season despite facing constant double-teams, would give offenses a lot to worry about.
Add in tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who has shown major potential in just two seasons, and the Browns are even more dangerous.
McCoy was released on May 20 by the Buccaneers, who didn’t want to pay him $13 million next season. The Browns already have big money invested into their defensive line (Richardson got a three-year, $37 million deal with $21 million guaranteed) and they’ll have to address Garrett’s future at some point.
Finances don’t seem to be a concern.
“We’re trying to sign him,” Kitchens said.
McCoy has 54½ sacks in 123 NFL games, but Kitchens likes his other intangibles.
“He’s been in the league a long time. He’s played 10 years. He’s been to the fire. He would offer all those things,” Kitchens said. “We’re still young up front. In a lot of areas even with the guys we signed this year, we’re still young — relatively speaking. You know leadership is being able to go out and do something and let somebody see you do it, and leadership it can also be directing you off the field, on the field and everything else. There are a lot of different aspects of leadership and we’re going to try to create more than just one leader.”
Kitchens said he and McCoy didn’t speak specifically about his role with the team.
“He knows he’s going to be playing,” Kitchens said. “I know the more good football players you have the better you are, the better your rotation is, the better you can get after a quarterback in the two-minute drive.”
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