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CLEVELAND — Jim Thome intends to keep moving up baseball’s home run list. The 41-year-old slugger on Monday became the first ballplayer to address the City Club of Cleveland since Babe Ruth in 1925 and said he still has the passion to play.

Whether or not that is with the Indians or another team will be determined when impending free agents become eligible to start negotiations five days after the end of the World Series. Thome is eighth all time in home runs with 604.


Penguins’ Michalek sidelined with broken finger

PITTSBURGH — Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek is out four to six weeks after breaking his finger in right hand. Michalek sustained the injury in the third period of a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday when he dived to block a slap shot by New Jersey’s Rod Pelley.


Xavier’s Holloway must sit out opener for violation

CINCINNATI — Senior point guard Tu Holloway will sit out Xavier’s season opener for a secondary violation of NCAA rules limiting summer league games. Holloway, the reigning Atlantic 10 player of the year, participated in too many summer league games, a violation that was reported to the NCAA. He’ll miss the opener on Nov. 11 at Morgan State.

From wire dispatches and staff reports