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CINCINNATI — Worn out by their wacky 15-inning win, the Cubs wrap up their series against the Reds, sending Kyle Hendricks (5-6) against left-hander Cody Reed (0-1). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12:35 p.m.
— CUBS-RIZZO’S HOMER: Anthony Rizzo hit his first inside-the-park homer on Wednesday, providing another weird moment to the Chicago Cubs’ series against the Cincinnati Reds.
— REDS MOVES: The Reds optioned reliever J.J. Hoover to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, a few hours after his latest rough outing set a club record.
ATLANTA — Danny Salazar will bring the AL’s second-lowest ERA into what will probably be the Indians’ final game at Turner Field as Cleveland puts its 11-game winning streak on the line against the Braves on Wednesday night. The Indians will be trying to sweep their fourth straight series. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
CLEVELAND — The confetti has been cleaned up. The party hasn’t stopped. Always rocking, Cleveland’s rolling like never before. By Tom Withers. SENT: 820 words. AP Photos.
— BKN–CAVALIERS-LEBRON CONTRACT: LeBron James is a free agent after declining his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers. By Tom Withers. SENT: 390 words. AP Photos.
— HKN–EXPANSION-THE LAST TIME: With the new franchise’s prospects on the ice in front of them at the team’s first rookie camp, Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough sat down next to director of hockey operations Tom Lynn and asked for an initial assessment. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 850 words. AP Photos.
— HKN–BLUE JACKETS-JONES: The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Seth Jones to a $32.4 million, six-year contract. SENT: 270 words, photos.
AKRON, Ohio — With another major approaching, Dustin Johnson no longer has to answer the question about when he will win one. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.
OLY–CROWDFUNDING THE GAMES
PORTLAND, Ore. — Like a lot of Olympic hopefuls, Korey Thieleke needed a way to pay help for his training. Things as basic as shoes add up for track athletes who don’t have endorsement deals. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 1,020 words. AP Photos.
CAR–NASCAR TRUCKS-THORSPORT REBOUND
MADISON, Ill. — It’s anything but business as usual for ThorSport Racing Team. While the cleanup from a major fire at the headquarters continues, the operation is spread out around Sandusky, Ohio, including an abandoned Kroger parking lot. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— EX-NFL PLAYER-CHARITY THEFT: A former NFL wide receiver who pleaded guilty to stealing money from two children’s charities is asking that his sentencing hearing be delayed again after prosecutors sought medical records related to a concussion examination.