SOCCER

Cincinnati lands MLS team, Commissioner Garber says

• Major League Soccer added Cincinnati in its latest round of expansion Tuesday, rewarding a city that set attendance records during three seasons of United Soccer League play and has a stadium deal in place.

“You have shocked the world,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber told hundreds of fans.

The announcement brings MLS to 26 teams, two shy of its ultimate goal. It began as a 10-team league in 1996.

Cincinnati will join next year, continuing to play at the University of Cincinnati’s football stadium while a 21,000-seat soccer stadium is built in the West End neighborhood.

• Midfielder Christian Pulisic was among seven players dropped from the U.S. roster for exhibitions at Ireland and France, and 10 additions included goalkeepers Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp from Columbus.

FOOTBALL

Panthers’ Smith upset with ‘narrative’ behind policy

• Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith believes the NFL “dropped the ball” with its new policy that forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the national anthem. Smith is upset because he feels like the ruling has created a “false narrative.”

“Guys aren’t against the military,” Smith said. “[Colin Kaepernick] originally started that against police brutality. It was never against the military. It was never about the military, but that narrative changed.”

• Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has graduated from McGill University’s medical school. The Chiefs picked Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and he signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract to remain with the Chiefs last offseason. He plans to begin his medical career after his playing days are over.

• Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall has indicated on social media he’s joining the Seahawks. Marshall visited Seattle earlier in the offseason after he was released by the New York Giants.

BASKETBALL

76ers, Brett Brown agree on three-year extension

• The Philadelphia 76ers will continue to put their trust in coach Brett Brown.

Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons, has agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-2022 season.

• Game 7 of the Western Conference finals drew a peak audience of 18 million viewers, making it the second-most watched NBA game in cable TV history. Golden State’s victory over Houston on Monday night to earn a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals averaged 14.8 million viewers for the TNT telecast. ESPN averaged 13.3 million viewers for Cleveland’s Game 7 victory over Boston on Sunday, its second-best number ever.

— ABJ/Ohio.com wires