Francona: No one covered up for Callaway

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CLEVELAND (AP) Responding to claims the team protected Mickey Callaway, Indians manager Terry Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization "covered up" for the former pitching coach who's under investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of sexual harassment.

Callaway is currently suspended as the Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, pending the MLB inquiry.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that 12 current and former Indians employees came forward in the last month to say Callaway's actions were so obvious inside the team that "it would have been difficult for top officials to not be aware of his behavior."

Vikings cut TE Rudolph after 10 seasons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday, ending his 10-season run with the team to create a little more than $5 million in salary cap space.

Rudolph is fifth in franchise history with both 453 catches and 48 touchdown receptions. He was due to make $7.65 million in 2021. By terminating his contract with three years remaining, the Vikings will carry a salary cap hit of $4.35 million in dead money this season. (MORE)

Suns beat Lakers despite Booker ejection

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Booker scored 17 points before getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left in the third quarter, but the Suns (23-11) still took charge down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 games. Phoenix also moved past the defending NBA champions (24-12) into second place in the Western Conference by winning percentage after completing an unbeaten three-game road trip. (MORE)

No. 4 Illinois dismantles No. 2 Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Trent Frazier, Andre Curbelo and No. 4 Illinois arrived at Crisler Center ready to make a point.

"We're the hardest-playing team in the country. That's our statement," Frazier said. "Even without our best player, we've got a lot of guys on this team." (MORE)

Baylor tops WVU in OT for Big 12 title

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Coach Scott Drew jumped on Mark Vital's back after Baylor clinched the Big 12 championship, pointed a finger to the sky, then raced off the court ahead of his players to prepare for an even more raucous celebration.

"I was able to beat them into the locker room, get the water ready and get them," Drew said. "And I got the COLD water ready for them, too." (MORE)

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