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Browns awarded four players via waivers, add five to practice squad

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Sunday were awarded four players via waivers. The team acquired WR LaRon Byrd (Dallas), OL Caylin Hauptmann (Seattle), OL Ryan Seymour (San Francisco) and RB Glenn Winston (San Francisco). The Browns also signed OL James Brown, DL Jacobbi McDaniel, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, LB Keith Pough and LB Justin Staples to the practice squad. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
 
In addition, the club waived OL Karim Barton, WR Charles Johnson and OL Martin Wallace and terminated the contract of QB Rex Grossman.
 
Byrd is 6-4, 220 pounds and in his third NFL season out of Miami. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Arizona in 2012, Byrd spent two seasons (2012-13) with Cardinals, appearing in four games. He recorded one reception for eight yards and two special-teams tackles. He caught seven passes for 103 yards with a touchdown for Dallas during the 2014 preseason.  He appeared in 51 games at Miami and totaled 106 receptions for 1,254 yards and seven touchdowns. A native of Hahnville, La., Byrd graduated from Hahnville High School.
 
Hauptmann is 6-3, 300 pounds and in his second NFL season out of Florida International. He re-joins the Browns where he signed his first NFL contract as an undrafted free agent last year. He spent the first two weeks of the season on Cleveland’s practice squad before being signed to Seattle’s active roster, where he was inactive for 10 games and dressed but did not play in three more. He started all 37 games in which he appeared at Florida International after spending one season at the College of the Canyons. A native of Beverly Hills, Calif., he graduated from Beverly Hills High School.
 
Seymour is 6-4, 305 pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Vanderbilt. Originally selected by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, Seymour spent the first 14 weeks of his rookie season on the Seahawks’ practice squad. He was signed to the 49ers’ active roster and was inactive for the final three games. He appeared in 44 games with 35 starts at Vanderbilt, seeing action at tackle, guard and center. A native of Kingsland, Ga., Seymour graduated from Camden County High School.
 
Winston is 6-2, 220 pounds and in his rookie season out of Northwood University. Signed as an undrafted free agent by San Francisco, Winston led the 49ers in rushing during the preseason with 113 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. Winston began his collegiate career at Michigan State before finishing at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. A native of Detroit, Mich., Winston graduated from Denby Tech High School.
 
McDaniel, Ogbuehi, Pough and Staples were each in camp with the Browns this year. Brown is entering his third NFL season out of Troy. He spent the past two seasons with the Bears and has appeared in five games.Browns awarded four players via waivers, add five to practice squad

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

The Brewers dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month, and it came at a bad time. They started the day 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card spot.

They got no break from the Reds, who clinched the NL Central title on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker met players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat last week. The 63-year-old manager hopes to return to the dugout next week.

REDS-BAKER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dusty Baker won't manage the Cincinnati Reds until the final series in St. Louis, giving him time to recover from an irregular heartbeat that left him hospitalized last week.

Baker met with owner Bob Castellini and his team on Tuesday before a game against the Brewers. Bench coach Chris Speier said he'll manage the final three home games against Milwaukee and three in Pittsburgh over the weekend, with Baker taking over for the last three games next week.

The 63-year-old manager was hospitalized in Chicago last Wednesday for an irregular heartbeat, a problem he's had for a while. He was in the hospital for four days, missing the Reds' 6-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night that clinched the NL Central title.

INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in the AL Central race, with the Indians playing spoiler. Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base yesterday as the Indians downed the White Sox 4-3.

Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the White Sox closed within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth. Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

Chicago (82-72) had held sole possession of the division lead since September 3. Detroit pulled into a tie for the division lead with its win over Kansas City last night.

T25-OHIO ST-MATCHING UP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Through four games and four victories, Ohio State's defense has faced a continual drumbeat of short passes, quick routes, screens and sweeps.

Every opponent, it seems, has relied on a sleight of hand.

Now the Buckeyes are looking forward to getting into familiar territory when they open Big Ten play.

When No. 14 Ohio State travels to 20th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes anticipate they'll run into a more conventional Midwestern attack. Granted, that means having to counteract the 244-pound blasts of the Spartans' massive Le'Veon Bell.

But after a month of chasing people, the Buckeyes think they might benefit from a change of pace from the subterfuge and rush-avoiding quick-hitters in a trade for raw man-on-man power struggles at the line of scrimmage.

T25-UPTIGHT SPARTANS

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's lackluster win last weekend got to coach Mark Dantonio.

After the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan 23-7 Saturday, Dantonio hurried through a terse news conference full of abrupt answers. The Michigan State coach said "next question" seven times in under a minute and was clearly annoyed with the way his team played.

On Tuesday, Dantonio spoke with reporters for around a half-hour, but Michigan State isn't making any players or assistants available this week. The Spartans' coach is trying to send a clear message to his players that it's time to get serious.

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