The Associated Press

Cubs beat Indians 7-2 to match their best start since 1970

Bell bottoms were in style and Nixon was in the White House the last time the Chicago Cubs started a season this hot. ”I mean, I’ve got a good team,” David Ross said. Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings in his first appearance against Cleveland since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday night to match their best start in 50 years.

Salvador Perez has 3 more hits, hot Royals beat Reds 5-4

Streaking Salvador Perez had three more hits, including a homer and RBI double, Reds left-hander Wade Miley made another early exit after a misstep, and the Kansas City Royals beat Cincinnati 5-4 on Wednesday for their fifth victory in six games. The Royals’ offense has led the way during the surge. It scored one run at a time to keep it going, led by Perez’s homer, double and single.

Remaining East matchups set: Heat-Pacers, Celtics-76ers

The Eastern Conference playoff field is set, and the final day of the regular season will bring a preview of a first-round matchup. Indiana’s win over Houston on Wednesday set what had been the last two unknown series on the East bracket. No. 3 Boston will play No. 6 Philadelphia in a meeting between longtime rivals, and the Pacers are now locked into an East opening series against the Miami Heat – with the potential of those teams playing nine times in a span of 10 games.

Raptors rally past Sixers to give Griffin a coaching win

Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining, giving the Toronto Raptors a 125-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday that made a winner of Adrian Griffin. Raptors coach Nick Nurse let his assistant coach run the team and they responded with a late run from the bottom of their bench, long after Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid had ended his night, to improve to 6-1 in the restart.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa. The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Yeoman, who coached Houston for 25 seasons, dead at 92

Bill Yeoman, the longtime Houston football coach who led the Cougars to four Southwest Conference titles and a school-record 160 victories, has died. The school’s first inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Yeoman coached the Cougars from 1962-1986. A lineman and team captain at Army, Yeoman was known for the veer offense that helped the Cougars lead the nation in total offense from 1966-1968.

A’s hit 3 HRs, Laureano’s 3 fine catches help top Angels 8-4

Oakland manager Bob Melvin didn’t know until an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels whether Ramon Laureano would be available. After finding out that Major League Baseball wouldn’t decide on his appeal of a six-game suspension, the Athletics center fielder helped his team avert a series sweep. Laureano made three sensational catches in Oakland’s 8-4 victory.

Broncos add tackle experience with signing of Demar Dotson

The Denver Broncos added a veteran offensive tackle in Demar Dotson to plug an experience gap following Ja’Wuan James ‘ decision to opt out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. Dotson, who spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a one-year deal with Denver. In a corresponding move Wednesday, the Broncos waived defensive lineman Jonathan Harris with a non-football injury designation.