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Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:10 PM

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Saints again bring playoff expectations into 2014

NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton constantly searches for an edge, even if it means fiddling with a training camp formula that has worked rather well for him over the past half-decade.

Payton has coached his club to the playoffs during his past four seasons on the sideline (excluding 2012, when he served his 1-season bounty ban).

All of those began with training camp at Saints headquarters in suburban New Orleans.

This week, camp opens more than 800 miles northeast of the Big Easy, at the posh Greenbrier Resort in mountainous White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

It marks the first time since 2008, Payton's third season as an NFL head coach, that the Saints have held camp away from home.

Orioles Minor League tournament champs
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:09 PM
The Orioles were the 2014 Delphos Minor League Tournament Champions. Members of the team were, from left, first row: bat girl Briley Wertenberger, Lucas Clay, Tyler Dellinger, Nolan Schwinnen, Devin Sanders, Cole Brooks and Jack Gerker; middle row: Addisun Brunswick, Adam Bockey, Caden East, Zane Wertenberger and Ethan Smith; and third row: coaches Mark Smith, Drew Wertenberger, Tanner Calvelage and Paul Radabaugh. (Photo submitted)
Bengals expect CB Hall, DT Atkins back during camp
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:07 PM

CINCINNATI — The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later, bringing one of the NFL's top defenses closer to full strength.

Hall and Atkins are two of Cincinnati's biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season.

They're among 13 players who haven't been cleared to fully participate in the Bengals' first practice Thursday. Coach Marvin Lewis expects all of them to be ready for the season opener Sept. 7 at Baltimore.

Santana homers to lead Cleveland past Minnesota
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:05 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Danny Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Tuesday night.

Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break. Minnesota has lost four out of five.

Santana hit a no-doubt solo shot to right field in the fifth to put the Indians up 4-1. He also had two doubles and a bunt single to beat a defensive shift. Nick Swisher had his first 3-hit game of the year for Cleveland.

Lucroy hits walkoff homer to give Brewers 4-3 win
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:02 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.

Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory.