No. 4 Xavier can topple No. 3 Villanova in Big East showdown

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier envisioned itself playing for the Big East regular-season championship when it moved into the reconfigured conference five years ago. The Musketeers finally have a chance to unseat four-time champion Villanova and get what they so dearly want.

  • Written by By JOE KAY , AP Sports Writer

Cincinnati, Cleveland minor leaguers given drug suspensions

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati pitcher Jake Ehret has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Reds hoping Homer Bailey can stay healthy, lead rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Homer Bailey went an entire offseason without surgery or rehabilitation sessions, the most encouraging sign for a Cincinnati Reds team that needs him to get back to the front of the rotation after three years of injuries.

  • Written by By GARY SCHATZ , Associated Press

Dan Straily, Brandon Maurer lose in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) — Pitchers Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City lost their salary arbitration cases Friday, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with only Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaiting a decision.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF