CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison's deal includes a team option for 2016.
The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, posting a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. He signed a free agent minor league contract with the Indians in January and made the 25-man roster out of spring training.
Atchison has held hitters to a .218 average and ranks among American League relief leaders in wins, inherited runners scored and innings.
Atchison is 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA in 258 major league games since breaking in with Seattle in 2004, six years after being drafted in the 49th round out of TCU. He pitched two seasons for the Mariners, one for the San Francisco Giants and two for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. Then he signed with the Red Sox and spent three years with them. Atchison pitched in 50 games last season for the New York Mets.
Maryland scholarships: The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.
The guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all sports, not just the revenue sports like football and basketball.
Maryland says it's one of the first Division I schools to guarantee scholarships for athletes in all sports.
Kluwe and Vikings: The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.
Under the deal, the Vikings will donate to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. The Vikings also agreed to require all team employees to undergo sensitivity training four times a year and will host a national symposium in Minneapolis next spring that will address LGBT issues and athletics.
Halep loses: Defending champion and top-seeded Simona Halep was upset Tuesday in her opening match at the Connecticut Open, falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced with easily. While American Alison Riske upset sixth-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Isner rolls: John Isner shook off a slow start to beat fellow American Bradley Klahn 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open.
Three of the top six seeds were eliminated in the second round at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. Three-seed Tommy Robredo, four-seed Leonardo Mayer, and six-seed Joao Sousa were all upsetted while Number two seed Kevin Anderson advanved.
N.J. dominates: Brooklawn, N.J. won the American Legion World Series for the second year in a row, beating Midland, Mich., 18-0 in the most lopsided championship game in the 88-year history of the tournament.
Brooklawn took advantage of 15 walks and four Midland errors in the easy win. Tyler Mondile pitched a five-hitter for Brooklawn, which closes out at 54-7. It was the fourth World Series title for Brooklawn. Midland ends at 50-8.
Moore settles: A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore's career.
On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi, then playing for the Vancouver Canucks, hit Moore from behind. The Colorado Avalanche rookie crashed face first to the ice, leaving him with a concussion and fractured vertebrae.
Ref retires: NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.
Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career in 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games and 27 in the NBA Finals and the 1992 Olympics.