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Harper homer boosts Phillies

CLEVELAND — Bryce Harper crossed home and triumphantly raised his arms with a gesture usually reserved for Ohio State football celebrations. This time, it also meant something for Philadelphia’s baseball hopes. Harper delivered with one those moments that have made him a superstar, ...

Buckeyes roll again; real tests ahead

By MITCH STACY The Associated Press COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Ryan Day says he’s still trying to determine just how good the Buckeyes are after a fourth straight blowout win. He might start to find out more next week. The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) trounced Miami (Ohio) 76-5 on ...

Browns battle slew of injuries

CLEVELAND — The Browns passed their first prime-time test. The second one won’t be nearly as easy. Here come Aaron Donald and those big, bad Los Angeles Rams. The defending NFC champions, with an offense teeming with talent and defense led by incomparable star tackle Donald, will visit ...

Steelers embrace early challenges

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Two straight losses to open the year, a season-ending injury to the franchise quarterback, and a West Coast trip to face an undefeated team all add up to many people writing off the Pittsburgh Steelers before the end of September. That’s just the way coach Mike ...

Carrasco gets save in Tribe victory

CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and the Cleveland Indians beat Philadelphia 5-2 Friday night to maintain position for the second AL wild card and damage the Phillies’ playoff chances. Cleveland’s fifth straight win eliminated the defending World Series ...

Injuries mount for Browns

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns could be without six defensive starters, including their entire secondary, when they host the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. Safety Damarious Randall (concussion) and linebacker Christian Kirksey (chest) were formally declared out by coach Freddie ...

Day’s message to team is to stay on task vs. Miami

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Ryan Day believes the No. 6 Buckeyes have the talent and desire for greatness this season. He’s trying to keep players focused on a game that likely won’t test them. After swamping lesser opponents in the first three games, the Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) get ...

Spotlight shining down on Steelers’ Rudolph

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph could have gone the hat and clipboard route, the typical gear of choice for most NFL backup quarterbacks. The inner pragmatist in him would have none of it. So Rudolph spent the first six quarters of the 2019 season standing on the Pittsburgh Steelers sideline ...

Browns’ Garrett vows to clean up penalties

BEREA — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett doesn’t mind being called dominant or destructive. Don’t dare label him as dirty. “I know who I am and the guys within these walls know who I am, and that’s not me,” Garrett said. “I’m not going to do anything to try and hurt this ...

Tribe moves into tie for wild card

CLEVELAND — The Indians have work to do on their postseason push, and no games left against their favorite pushovers. Mike Clevinger pitched six shutdown innings, Franmil Reyes homered in his return to the lineup and Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 7-0 win over ...

Browns could be missing several starters Sunday

BEREA — The Browns came away from their blowout over the Jets badly bruised, and could be without several starters Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The most notable injury is to linebacker and captain Christian Kirksey, who has a chest injury that could require surgery and ...

Puig has game-winning hit; Civale outstanding

CLEVELAND — Yasiel Puig rounded first base, happily waiting for Francisco Lindor to jump into his arms. It was a moment he had been waiting for since joining the Indians on July 31. Puig delivered a bases-loaded single off the top of the right field wall with two outs in the 10th inning, ...

Fame induction set Oct. 27

The 17th-annual Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be Oct. 27 at DiVieste’s Banquet Centre. Inductees include Steve Arnold (Harding football coach), Jeff Bayuk (Kennedy football coach), LeShun Daniels (former player at Ohio State and with Cleveland Browns), Sue Ruby ...

Source: TE Njoku may need surgery for broken wrist

BEREA — Browns tight end David Njoku got more banged up against the Jets than previously known. Along with a concussion, Njoku broke his right wrist while trying to brace himself in a scary fall and could need surgery, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on ...

Did injury end Tribe tenure for Kipnis?

CLEVELAND — A broken right wrist ended Jason Kipnis’ regular season. He hopes it didn’t also end his tenure with the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis has spent his entire professional career with the organization since being drafted in 2009, but the Indians are unlikely to pick up his $16.5 ...

Beckham feels league is picking on him

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. feels the NFL is unfairly watching him. And speaking of watches, football’s fashion plate has another new one. Beckham said Wednesday that he believes the league is holding him to a different standard than other players, pointing to Monday night’s game ...

Buckeyes preparing for another tuneup game

COLUMBUS — No. 6 Ohio State knows the games are going to get harder eventually, but so far everything has just seemed, well, so easy. They haven’t played mistake-free football but avoided any big ones in overwhelming FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana by a combined 138-31. Granted, they were ...

Fitzpatrick ready to contribute for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick walked into the locker room fresh off the first practice of the rest of his football life, noticed the semi-circle of cameras and microphones running three deep around his locker and took a step back while his new teammates roared in laughter. How quickly ...

Plutko, Mercado pace Tribe past Tigers

CLEVELAND — Adam Plutko pitched six effective innings, rookie Oscar Mercado homered and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 7-2 on Tuesday night for their 15th straight victory against the Tigers. Cleveland has won 16 of 17 in the season series, with Detroit’s only win coming on April 10 ...

Browns better, but still need improvement

CLEVELAND — Once Odell Beckham switched on the afterburners and jetted away from the Jets for the longest touchdown of his career, the Browns put a disappointing loss and an emotional week behind them. They can breathe again. For a second. Under the bright lights and back where he spent ...