Around the Nation (June 7): Kent State pitchers Dorsch, Fasola get drafted to big leagues

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BASEBALL

KSU pitchers Dorsch, Fasola get drafted

Eric Dorsch was drafted in the 15th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and John Fasola was chosen in the 31st round by the Texas Rangers on Saturday -- the final day of the Major League Baseball First Year Draft.

Dorsch led Kent State in saves in 2014, finishing with 10 and a 3.56 ERA in 301⁄3 innings with 10 walks and 27 strikeouts. In his three-year career, the Gibsonia, Pa., native posted a 3.48 ERA with a 5-7 record, 15 saves, 43 walks and 85 strikeouts in 822⁄3 innings. The tall right-handed reliever was also drafted in 2013 in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds.

Fasola pitched one season in the blue and gold from the bullpen after transferring from Kansas State. The righty finished with a 4.66 ERA with a 2-2 record, two saves, eight walks and 28 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Indians make more draft selections

The Cleveland Indians drafted 30 more players during Saturday's third and final day of the Major League Baseball 2014 First Year Draft.

The Tribe had one pick in each round, beginning with the 11th round and closing in the 40th, and here is a look at those they chose: Jared Robinson, RHP; Jordan Dunatov, RHP; Austin Fisher, SS; Grayson Jones, RHP; Luke Eubank, RHP; J.P. Feyereisen, RHP; Cameron Hill, RHP; Taylor Murphy, OF; Argenis Angulo, RHP; Gian Paul Gonzalez, C; Bobby Ison, OF; Jordan Carter, RHP; David Armendariz, OF; Jodd Carter, CF; Kainoa Harrison, C; Reese Cooley, OF; David Speer, LHP; Nathan Winfrey, 3B; Drake Roberts 2B; Nick Hynes, RHP; Dominic DeMasi, RHP; Jared West, LHP; Peter Dolan, 3B; Cody Callaway, 3B; Joseph Dunand, 3B; Max Bartlet, SS; Juan Gomes, C; Cody Jones, CF; Jake Morton, RHP; Ryder Ryan, RHP.

Padres draft Browns QB Manziel

NEW YORK -- Just call him Johnny Baseball. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday -- the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Manziel played both baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies' starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

TENNIS

Sharapova wins second French Open

PARIS -- Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.

Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.

Sharapova also won the title at Roland Garros in 2012. Halep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year's French Open, was playing in her first major final.

BASKETBALL

James improving, returns to practice

SAN ANTONIO -- LeBron James was back on the practice floor with the Miami Heat on Saturday, two days after he was forced to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals because of cramps.

Game 2 of the series against the San Antonio Spurs is tonight.

James says he's continuing to improve and was planning to get some cardio work in on Saturday to get his heart rate up. He's also been getting hours of treatment and stretching in as part of his recovery regimen, along with plenty of fluids.

AP sources detail Clippers deal

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling would continue to play a meaningful role in the team's fortunes as part of the terms of the deal negotiated with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team.

Two individuals who are close to the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press the deal allows for up to 10 percent of the team to be spun off into a charitable foundation that Shelly Sterling would essentially run.

An individual says she and Ballmer would be co-chairs of the foundation. Her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling hasn't officially signed off on what would be a record-breaking $2 billion deal because the NBA won't revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban. The punishments were issued because his racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized.

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