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More of the same for Browns

CLEVELAND — After being hit and harassed by Jacksonville’s mouth-smashing defense, DeShone Kizer stepped to the podium. Downcast and defeated, the rookie quarterback summed up his day and the Browns’ season with just two words. “It hurts,” he said. It isn’t getting any better ...

Big Ten title matchup set; OSU focus is elsewhere

MADISON, Wis. — There are stakes beyond The Game for No. 8 Ohio State. Keeping Paul Bunyan’s Axe is just a side note this year for No. 5 Wisconsin. The final-week rivalry games will impact bragging rights and the College Football Playoff race, but the Big Ten championship matchup is all ...

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Westminster College men’s basketball coach Kevin Siroki, center, a Mineral Ridge graduate, talks to his players during a game Saturday in New Wilmington, Pa. The Titans have several players from the Mahoning Valley.

Valley contingent has Titans winning

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The blue door opened to the Westminster men’s basketball locker room. The words Family Mission in Progress highlighted a narrow vertical poster centered on the entrance to the Titans’ sanctuary. You could hear the Westminster team celebrating, chanting, “Go ...

Buckeyes rout Illinois; now they look ahead

COLUMBUS — No. 8 Ohio State can look ahead to Michigan and trying to find the narrow path back into the playoff hunt. Coach Urban Meyer this week had refused to talk about the future beyond Saturday’s game against Illinois, which ended in a 52-14 blowout by the Buckeyes in sheets of ...

Jacksonville coach wary of Browns, weather

CLEVELAND — The Jacksonville Jaguars are talking big and thinking bigger. This week, there was discussion about division titles, playoffs, and — get this — even making the Super Bowl. But before they get too far ahead of themselves and before the rest of the NFL takes them more ...

Cavaliers battle back, beat Clippers in overtime

CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East. He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it. “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people ...

Buckeye focus is on Illini

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn’t want his team to overlook Illinois, the Big Ten basement dweller visiting Ohio Stadium today. Meyer prohibited talk among players of the upcoming Michigan game or the Big Ten championship game that may follow. And he definitely doesn’t ...

Steelers roll Titans

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three to Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans in a 40-17 victory on Thursday night. Running the no-huddle offense extensively for the first time all season, Roethlisberger ...

Coleman hopes to give Browns needed spark

BEREA — Corey Coleman has endured the pain of losing along with his Browns teammates for two months. He gets to do something to stop it this week. The speedy former first-round draft pick whose career has been slowed by twice breaking his right hand, will return to Cleveland’s lineup on ...

OSU handles Texas Southern

COLUMBUS (AP) — With Texas Southern leading a second-half comeback, Ohio State had to hold off the surging Tigers who chopped their deficit from 18 points to two. But Ohio State had more than enough to stave off Texas Southern. Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate and Micah Potter scored 17 ...

Sharon Speedway bumps up schedule for 2018

HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway has put together special schedules for both the always-popular “410” Sprint Cars, and the track-headlining Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds for the 2018 racing season. “We’re really looking forward to bringing these events to Sharon in ...

Kluber wins Cy Young

Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife. Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked. Two aces, two different styles — and now another Cy Young Award for each. The animated Scherzer of the ...

Doing it with defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made the plays they needed to extend their dominance of the Charlotte Hornets. The most significant ones came when the Hornets had the ball. “Our defense was phenomenal,” said James, who scored 31 points in Cleveland’s ...

Browns fired up by ex-teammate’s remarks

BEREA — Jacksonville safety Tashaun Gipson chuckled when reminded that he said the Browns will probably go 0-16. His former teammates aren’t amused. Gipson has provided bulletin-board material for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville in a radio interview by ripping Cleveland’s front ...

Buckeyes will try to avoid letdown vs. very young Illini

COLUMBUS — Ohio State closes out the home portion of its 2017 schedule when it welcomes in Illinois for a 3:30 kickoff on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes got back on the winning track last Saturday against No. 12 Michigan State, jumping out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never ...

Columbus officials meet with Crew owner, MLS commisioner

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and the owners of the Columbus Crew met with the Columbus mayor and the leader of a local business group over plans to relocate the team. Anthony Precourt and Precourt Sports Ventures, which has owned the Major League Soccer club since 2013, ...

Steelers face Titans in Thursday spotlight

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have a commanding lead in the AFC North and are in a two-way race with New England for homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as Thanksgiving looms, exactly where they expected to be all along. It just doesn’t necessarily feel like it. While ...

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Susan Decker, right, and Conner Pawlosky won the Warren Junior Masters bowling titles on Sunday.

Decker repeats; Conner Pawlosky is boys winner

Susan Decker successfully defended her girls title and Conner Pawlosky became the new boys champion when the 31st Warren Junior Masters finals were held Sunday at McKinley Lanes. In the head-to-head format in the finals, Decker trailed two-time champion Jessica Guesman by 76 pins after two ...

Cavalier comeback

NEW YORK — LeBron James got shoved by the Knicks and then benched by his coach. Neither could keep him down for good. James had 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat ...

Jackson continues to shoulder blame for goal-line gaffe

BEREA — Hue Jackson might want to borrow DeShone Kizer’s flak jacket. Cleveland’s coach is willingly taking some big hits for his rookie quarterback. One day after a calamitous goal-line situation at the end of the first half cost the Browns points — and maybe their first win — in ...