The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. ''We will never raise the white flag,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen.'' Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.
Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million. Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth overall in 2011 out of Southern California. He's off the charts.'' In a statement through his marketing agency, Smith said the Cowboys approached him with what is a cap-friendly deal for the franchise, and the lineman asked his agents to weigh the pros and cons of signing it.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say. Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair near a campus bike path with a long-barreled pistol. The officers then determined the pistol was a pellet gun. Contacted after the report, Winston said, ''Sorry sir, I'm not talking about that.'' When contacted by The Associated Press to comment, Casher originally hung up.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.
Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.