NEW YORK (AP) – Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has been shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain suffered while continuing his rehab from a broken arm. Kluber was pulled from a minor league start for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on Sunday after one inning because of abdominal tightness. He hasn’t pitched for the Indians since May 1, when he was struck by a line drive at Miami.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Veteran guard Kyle Long removed a teammate’s helmet and began using it as a weapon last week in practice, and after apologizing to his teammates Long also apologized to Bears fans and media members for his behavior. Bears coach Matt Nagy said the incident is in the past. Long was not allowed to accompany the Bears on their trip last week to play the New York Giants. Any further punishment is not being disclosed by the team.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Star receiver Antonio Brown was back on the field for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday after missing the previous practice as part of his dispute with the league and union over his helmet. Brown took part in a walkthrough without wearing a helmet and then went into the weight room as the rest of his teammates stretched. Brown didn’t attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he’s comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA.
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have cut punter Ryan Allen, who booted them to three Super Bowl victories in six seasons. First signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Allen put three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line during February’s Super Bowl victory over the Rams. The move likely means fifth-round draft choice Jake Bailey will make the team.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) – A jury has acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault and other charges. The verdict Tuesday by the jury in Cleaves’ hometown of Flint comes nearly four years after a then-24-year-old woman accused Cleaves of sexually assaulting her in a Flint area motel room. Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.