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Last Update on July 30, 2014 03:59 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays continued their torrid stretch while dealing the Milwaukee Brewers their third straight loss.

Alex Cobb struck out 12 while limiting the Brewers to a run and three hits in eight innings of the Rays' 11th victory in 12 games, 5-1 at St. Petersburg. Ben Zobrist (ZOH'-brihst) tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth before his RBI double triggered the Rays' four-run eighth. Logan Forsythe added an RBI double and scored on Brandon Guyer's two-run single.

The surging Rays are one game under .500 for the first time since April 23.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Marcus Stroman held Boston to a run and six hits while fanning eight over seven innings of Toronto's 4-2 triumph at Fenway Park. Anthony Gose snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the fourth after Colby Rasmus homered.

-- Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox blasted the Tigers 11-4 in Detroit. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double and Adam Dunn smacked a solo homer to help the Chisox deal the Tigers their fourth consecutive loss.

-- Seattle was a 5-2 winner at Cleveland behind the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ih-wah-KOO'-mah), who surrendered two runs and six hits in seven innings. Dustin Ackley led the Mariners' offense with three hits, including a two-run double.

-- Miami's Henderson Alvarez surrendered just three hits in seven innings of a 3-0 shutout of Washington. Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single in the Marlins' sixth consecutive win.

-- Mike Leake was sharp in Cincinnati's 3-0 blanking of Arizona, allowing five hits and striking out eight over 7 2/3 innings. Leake, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena furnished RBI singles as the Reds won for only the second time in 11 games to move back to .500.

-- Cole Hamels struck out eight while scattering six hits in eight innings of Philadelphia's 6-0 shutout of the New York Mets. The Phillies' runs came on homers as Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore hit solo shots before Chase Utley launched a grand slam.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list before the second game of a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team did not provide details to honor Bruce's privacy. Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has obtained legal counsel familiar to the NFL as he tries to avoid an indefinite suspension for marijuana use.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week.

Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012 and will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person familiar with the decision.

ESPN first reported Suh's hiring.

According to the person who spoke to the AP, Gordon will contend failed test results were caused by secondhand marijuana smoke. Gordon's attorney also is expected to point out that Gordon only tested positive once despite being tested over 70 times, and even then two samples taken did not match.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham fell asleep inside a car on a suburban Atlanta highway and was arrested last month on DUI charges.

Brookhaven police say the 36-year-old Abraham was driving a car that had stopped in the road's center lane the afternoon of June 29. Police say Abraham smelled of alcohol and failed voluntary sobriety tests -- including reciting a portion of the alphabet.

Abraham told investigators he was coming from a local strip club and the person who was supposed to pick him up hadn't arrived.

Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks and is ninth on the league's all-time sacks list.

In Tuesday's other NFL training camp news:

-- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sat out a competitive practice for the first time at training camp, although coach Jason Garrett said it wasn't because of any setbacks from surgery for a herniated disk in late December. Romo said after the practice that camp was going as planned.

-- New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the team for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd has been taken off of the Saints' physically unable to perform list following offseason back surgery. He was named to the Pro Bowl while with Buffalo last season and was one of New Orleans' most significant moves in free agency.


CHICAGO (AP) -- The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit.

The Associated Press has learned that the organization will create a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football and other contact sports.

A filing today in U.S. District Court in Chicago says college sports' governing body also has agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows. The NCAA has been accused of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games.

This deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. Instead, athletes can sue individually for damages, and the NCAA-funded tests to gauge the extent of neurological injuries could establish grounds for doing that.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The punishment means Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill are not eligible to return until the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Sept. 14 at Chicago. Grubb was also fined $125,000, while Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were both docked 75 points in the driver and owner standings.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.

Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote.

The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013.


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