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Come back in fourth for win

 

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns released linebacker Scott Solomon, whose 2015 season was stopped short by injuries.

Cleveland had high hopes for Solomon as an outside pass rusher, but he hurt an ankle in the first quarter of the season opener against the New York Jets and was inactive for the next three games. On Oct. 11, he injured a knee on the first play against Baltimore, returned to play but was placed on injured reserve three days later.

Solomon became expendable after the Browns selected two linebackers during last weekend's NFL draft. Solomon has also played for Tampa Bay, the Jets and Tennessee.

The Browns also waived wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who was signed last week after impressing coaches during a tryout in mini-camp.

Cleveland added four wide receivers during the draft, selecting Baylor's Corey Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A pair of early goals and a great performance by Matt Murray have the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Washington.

Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart to give the Pens a 2-0 lead about 7 1/2 minutes into a 3-2 triumph against the Capitals. Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) added a second-period goal that put the Penguins ahead 3-0 before they put the game in the hands of their goaltender.

Murray made 19 of his 47 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh stay ahead. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) ended Murray's shutout bid 8:02 into the final period, and Justin Williams made it a one-goal game with 56 seconds before Murray preserved the victory.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but the Pens could be without their top defenseman. Kris Letang (leh-TANG') leveled Marcus Johansson with a hit that likely will be reviewed by the NHL.

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds roughed up Johnny Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati's historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford's three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game. It was Cueto's worst showing since he gave up eight runs during Kansas City's 11-8 loss at Toronto in the AL Championship Series last season.

The Reds' bullpen tied history while letting a 6-3 lead slip away.

Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco singled in runs off J.C. Ramirez (0-2) in the seventh. Crawford connected off Drew Hayes for his third homer and an 8-6 lead.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State will play nationally televised night games in four consecutive weeks next season.

The school announced Monday that mid-season Big Ten games will be televised either by ABC or one of the ESPN channels.

The Oct. 15 game at Wisconsin, the Oct. 22 game at Penn State, the Oct. 29 game against Northwestern at home, and the Nov. 5 home game against Nebraska all will be played under the lights. The Northwestern game starts at 5 p.m., and the others kick off at 8 p.m.

No other game times for 2016 have been announced. The Buckeyes open the season at home Sept. 3 against Bowling Green.

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