Around the Nation (March 17): Cleveland Indians give up four home runs in 7-7 tie with Cincinnati Reds

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BASEBALL

Tribe gives up four home runs in 7-7 tie with Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Xavier Paul and Todd Frazier homered in Cincinnati's five-run first inning against Cleveland opening-day starter Justin Masterson before the Reds and Indians tied 7-7 in a game called after nine innings Sunday.

Paul connected after singles by Zack Cozart and Joey Votto. Frazier's shot followed a walk to Jay Bruce. It was the second home run of the spring for both players.

Masterson got through the rocky first and pitched shutout ball from there. He went four innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander whiffed four of his last six batters.

"I walked Xavier Paul throwing sliders," Masterson said, referring to a sequence in the third inning. "I was pulling my pitches. I closed my hips a little bit and sure enough my pitches had more depth to them. I got some quick innings after that."

First-year manager Terry Francona envisions Masterson playing an important role.

"Masterson has embraced being the leader of this staff," Francona said.

GOLF

Streelman finally a PGA Tour winner

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before.

Streelman didn't make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn't miss a shot over the last 11 holes Sunday on his way to a 4-under 67. That gave him a two-shot win over Boo Weekley in the Tampa Bay Championship.

Streelman won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour. The win puts him into the Masters for the second time in his career.

Weekley closed with a tournament-best 63 some three hours before Streelman finished.

Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old from Texas, tied for seventh and earned special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the year.

Garrettsville native Colt Knost shot a 4-over-par 75 in Sunday's final round to finish at 8-over 292 for the tournament and earn $10,835.

Lewis rallies to win LPGA Founders Cup

PHOENIX -- Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.

A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Miami beats UNC 87-77 for first ACC title

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 21⁄2 minutes, to help No. 9 Miami pull away late and beat North Carolina 87-77 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship Sunday.

Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6), who won their first ACC Tournament title.

Ole Miss upsets Florida 66-63 for SEC title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as the Mississippi Rebels gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA Tournament berth Sunday by upsetting 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 for the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship.

The Gators had a final chance to force overtime. Scottie Wilbekin missed both free throws with 4.2 seconds left, and Kenny Boynton's last gasp 3 glanced off the rim.

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