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Winless streak ends at 19

CLEVELAND — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns found a way to win. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on ...

Davidson, White Sox beat Tribe in 11 innings

CLEVELAND — Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, Chicago’s first victory at Progressive Field this season. The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight ...

Pittsburgh’s drama with Brown is over – for now

PITTSBURGH — The chorus of “The Storm Is Over” by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar ...

One, or the other?

CLEVELAND — Sam Darnold once thought he’d be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color. But the former USC star wasn’t precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold checked most of the boxes, but not all of ...

Kipnis slams Chicago with walk-off bomb

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis’ game-ending grand slam and 1,000th career hit came on one big swing. “I couldn’t have drawn it up much better than that one,” he said. Kipnis homered with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the Chicago White ...

Drama kings

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree just smiled earlier this month when asked what would happen if the “Hard Knocks” cameras decided to spend a month embedded with the team during training camp. “We’re too real for TV,” Dupree said with a grin. Dupree meant it ...

Bauer to return Friday

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month. Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will pitch a “couple of innings” ...

Meyer returns to sideline as Green Wave invades

COLUMBUS — Fresh off of a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU last Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, No. 4 Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium and welcomes Tulane for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday afternoon on the Big Ten Network. Of course, the biggest news surrounding the game is the return to ...

Callaway to fill Gordon’s role with Browns

BEREA — With Josh Gordon long gone after he and his baggage were jettisoned to the Patriots, the Browns need another dynamic playmaker to stretch the field. Antonio Callaway had better be ready. “He ain’t got no choice,” Browns receiver Jarvis Landry said with a smile. Perhaps ...

Brown’s social media usage in question

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver ...

Kluber, Indians take care of White Sox

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night. Kluber (19-7), who allowed three runs, topped 200 strikeouts for the fifth straight season. Kluber won 18 games in three of ...

Indians’ Bauer throws to hitters

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer threw to hitters for the first time since breaking his right leg last month and hopes to be back on the mound for Cleveland in time for the postseason. The right-hander pitched three simulated innings of about 17-to-19 pitches per inning and jokingly told ...

Pirates top Royals in 11 innings

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning, Jameson Taillon struck out a career-high 11 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was just the second at-bat of the season for the 30-year-old ...

Damage control

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as “a window in time I made an error.” He acknowledged ...

Enough is enough: Gordon dealt to Pats

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick on Monday, ending a ...

Browns cut struggling kicker, sign rookie

CLEVELAND — Zane Gonzalez got kicked straight to the curb. The Browns released the wayward kicker on Monday after his four misses on Sunday in New Orleans cost Cleveland a possible first win since 2016 with a 21-18 loss to the Saints. Gonzalez has been replaced by rookie free agent Greg ...

A Zane-y finish

NEW ORLEANS — A day after deciding to move on from troubled receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns now have cause to consider cutting loose their kicker, too. The Browns were kicking themselves after yet another missed opportunity Sunday, losing 21-18 to the Saints in no small part ...

Indians have sights set on playoff preparation

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is already thinking about the postseason. The Indians rested several of their regulars a day after clinching the AL Central and lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday as Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four runs. Cleveland ...

Day returns to role after job well done

ARLINGTON, Texas — No more acting for Ryan Day after more than a passing performance. Urban Meyer is back full time as Ohio State’s coach. Day can return his complete attention to being offensive coordinator and position coach for young quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. after the pair got ...

Steelers shredded by young Chiefs’ QB

PITTSBURGH — Forget the communication issues in the secondary. The lack of a consistent pass rush. The inability to get off the field. Forget the eye-popping statistics the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that left the two-time defending AFC North ...