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Warren Legends Travis Davies, left, and Paul Warfield shake hands while attending the Warren Legends Golf Outing at Trumbull Country Club Monday...by R. Michael Semple

Legends return to Warren

WARREN — It had been a while since Keith Browner last saw Warren. The former Warren Western Reserve football player moved to Atlanta before his senior year of high school, but Warren is where he and his family grew up, so he still considers it his hometown. He was part of the Second ...

Villanueva explains his situation on Sunday

PITTSBURGH — Alejandro Villanueva just wanted to get a glimpse of the American flag, the symbol he wore on his military uniform during three tours in Afghanistan before beginning an unlikely journey from Army Ranger to the NFL. The massive left tackle and West Point graduate has no interest ...

Thomas expected to play by January

INDEPENDENCE — With every passing day, Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas feels more like himself. “I’m getting stronger,” he said. The All-Star point guard, acquired from the Celtics this summer, has made progress with his hip injury, and the Cavaliers expect him to be playing games by ...

Browns stumbling, winless with Kizer

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns are 0-3 and their rookie quarterback leads the NFL with seven interceptions. They also have been plagued by dropped passes and have committed double-digit penalties in their past two games, dampening any optimism from a perfect preseason. Yet, second-round pick ...

LeBron holds court, discusses Irving, distaste for Trump

INDEPENDENCE — The chaos of an incredible NBA offseason behind him, LeBron James returned to center stage. As usual, he didn’t disappoint. Speaking for the first time since losing in the NBA Finals, James discussed topics ranging from his future in Cleveland to a possible reunion with ...

Another slow start

INDIANAPOLIS — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is tired of answering the same old questions. Quarterback DeShone Kizer thinks it’s time for a change-up, too. After another slow start Sunday and another late charge, the Browns endured yet another postgame news conference explaining ...

Steelers don’t blame protest for poor play

CHICAGO — When the national anthem started at Soldier Field, the visiting sideline was mostly empty. The most prominent evidence of the Pittsburgh Steelers was offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva standing by himself near the tunnel, holding his right hand over his heart. It was one ...

Kluber continues toward a second Cy Young Award

SEATTLE — At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace. “He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy ...

Barrett gets passing grade in easy win

COLUMBUS — For all the criticism he has endured, J.T. Barrett keeps making his mark on the Ohio State record books. The Ohio State quarterback threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half before giving way to the mop-crew on the way to a 54-21 rout of Nevada-Las ...

Lindor leads romp by Indians

SEATTLE — Now that he’s set a Cleveland record for home runs by a middle infielder, Francisco Lindor would rather remember 2017 for a far bigger accomplishment. Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Saturday for their 28th victory ...

Jackson sees Colts as match for Browns

INDIANAPOLIS — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson sees the Indianapolis Colts as a perfect match. They, like the Browns, will start a young quarterback who is still getting acclimated to a new system. They, like the Browns, are still trying to work out the kinks in a revamped ...

Steelers hope to pick up play at Chicago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ record is perfect. Their play is not. They come into today’s game against the Chicago Bears not scoring the way they envisioned or forcing turnovers the way they would like. “No one is going to be perfect,” quarterback Ben ...

Cruz walk-off HR sinks Indians

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night. Cruz lined a 2-1 pitch from closer Cody Allen (3-7) out to deep right-center field, snapping Seattle’s six-game skid and improving ...

OSU wants ‘growth’ to emerge vs. UNLV

COLUMBUS — Army didn’t put up much a fight against Ohio State last week, so it was hard to tell whether the No. 10 Buckeyes had solved the glaring problems that doomed them in the previous week’s loss to Oklahoma. Today’s game against Nevada-Las Vegas won’t be much of a measuring ...

The beat goes on: Indians sweep Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only — 1884 Providence Grays. They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games. The Indians joined ...

Browns dig deep to find Peppers’ new spot

BEREA — Jabrill Peppers is playing yet another new position: way, way-back. Cleveland’s rookie safety has become the last line of defense for the Browns, who have gone to extreme measures to prevent teams from completing deep passes on their secondary. Peppers has lined up 25 yards off ...

Kid at play: Steelers’ JuJu making a splash

PITTSBURGH — The NFL’s youngest player rides his bike to work, runs to the local ice cream place in SpongeBob Squarepants slippers and will happily take you on in Madden or Call of Duty if you happen to find him online during a given night. Just don’t let JuJu Smith-Schuster’s age — ...

Brantley a longshot for playoff action

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley’s chances of playing in the postseason for the Indians may be slipping away. Cleveland’s All-Star left fielder has been told to refrain from any running activity for at least another week, giving him little time to possibly be healthy enough to play in the ...

Crowell running for his next contract

BEREA — While Isaiah Crowell is running, his mind is racing. As hard as he tries not to focus on his contract situation with the Browns, Cleveland’s leading rusher said there’s barely a moment when he’s not thinking about a future payday. “During the game, after the game, before ...

Spartans counting on Scott to spark run game vs. Irish

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State has run the ball effectively through two games. The scary thing for Notre Dame — this week’s opponent — is that LJ Scott hasn’t even gotten going yet. Scott accounted for a little more than a third of the Spartans’ 260 rushing yards in last ...