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Shutout sweep

CLEVELAND — A die-hard fan of mixed-martial arts, Indians catcher Yan Gomes wore a T-shirt following Sunday’s game with “Throat Punch” written on the front. The clothing choice was fitting. Cleveland blasted Kansas City with all it had. Gomes hit a grand slam to highlight a ...

Kizer gets nod as 27th starting QB since 1999

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s roll call of starting quarterbacks since 1999 has a new entry. Introducing No. 27, rookie DeShone Kizer. The Steelers are waiting for you. Kizer will start the Browns’ season opener on Sept. 11 against Pittsburgh after showing coach Hue Jackson what he wanted ...

Steeler rookies making progress

PITTSBURGH — Juju Smith-Schuster felt a twinge in his left leg and limped off the Heinz Field turf, making a halting beeline for Pittsburgh Steelers trainer John Norwig. It’s become all-too familiar routine for the rookie wide receiver, one who has split his initial training camp struggling ...

Beating the Bears

NILES — Mahoning Valley Scrappers right fielder Will Benson, a 2016 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, is finally finding his stride at the plate at the Class A level. Benson blasted two home runs Saturday night to help give MV a 4-1 victory over second-place West ...

AA Baseball champions

Metro Ice, led by League Championship Series MVP Derek Morrison, won its second straight AA League Baseball title with a 1-0 victory over the Marlins in the fifth and deciding game of the series. Matt Schultz outpitched the Marlins’ Tim Calhoun in the title game. It was the second straight ...

Legends Reunion Sept. 24-25

The second annual NFL Legends Reunion at Trumbull Country Club is scheduled the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The event, hosted by the Warren Gridiron Club, celebrates the number of professional football players from Warren City Schools and this year will feature the four coaches who won state titles ...

Rookie a step closer to QB spot

TAMPA, Fla. — DeShone Kizer has yet to be named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns’ regular-season opener on Sept. 10. But he may have taken a step closer in a 13-9 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. The rookie quarterback didn’t throw ...

Zimmer stars in another shutout win

CLEVELAND — His teammates call Bradley Zimmer “The Machine.” On Saturday night, the rookie was a flying one. Zimmer made a jaw-dropping catch in center field and broke up Jason Hammel’s bid for a perfect game, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City ...

Cavaliers’ trade held up by injury concerns

CLEVELAND — Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up. That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck. The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a “deep and thorough” review of the deal ...

Colts backup QB makes progress beating Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Scott Tolzien has spent most of training camp watching Stephen Morris inch closer and closer in the race to be the Week 1 Colts starting quarterback if Andrew Luck’s surgically repaired right shoulder doesn’t heal in time. Tolzien may have provided just enough breathing ...

Cole figures out Reds in 1-0 win

CINCINNATI — Gerrit Cole ended his career-long futility against the Cincinnati Reds by hitting a solo homer, pitching seven innings and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory Saturday night. Cole (11-8) was 0-6 against Cincinnati in nine starts, including a loss earlier this ...

Scrappers win series opener

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers took advantage of sloppy fielding by the West Virginia Black Bears and got four shutout innings of relief from Eli Morgan in a 6-5 win Friday night at Eastwood Field. The win, in the first of a three-game series against West Virginia (35-28), puts the ...

Tribe shuts out KC

CLEVELAND — Ryan Merritt didn’t look like a rookie Friday night. Merritt pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians recorded their AL-leading 13th shutout with a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. “He’s not breaking the radar gun, but when he’s pitching like ...

Indians’ Miller won’t throw for next 5-7 days

CLEVELAND — Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller isn’t sure when he’ll return to the mound, but he’s confident his troublesome right knee is making progress. The Indians announced Friday that Miller, who is on the disabled list for the second time this month with tendinitis in the ...

Steelers ready for tuneup tonight against Colts

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will make their annual preseason cameos tonight when the Pittsburgh Steelers host Indianapolis. James Harrison will hop out of the weight room and into uniform, too, so coach Mike Tomlin can see if Harrison’s 39-year-old legs are ready for ...

Scrappers blank Batavia; Tomlin to pitch tonight

NILES — Kirk McCarty, Randy Valladares and Jean Carlos Mejia combined for a shutout as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat the Batavia Muckdogs 2-0 Thursday at Eastwood Field. David Gauntt earned his second save of the season. The Scrappers host West Virginia in for a three-game series, ...

Indians rough up Sale, Red Sox

CLEVELAND — Chris Sale pitching against Cleveland’s injury-riddled lineup looked like a mismatch Thursday night. Mismatch, indeed. Boston’s ace was battered while matching the shortest start of his career, and rookie Yandy Diaz got four hits as the Indians beat the Red Sox 13-6 in a ...

Will Bosa’s pass rush ‘go crazy’ in Buckeyes’ new scheme?

COLUMBUS — Nick Bosa lives in the shadow of his superstar older brother Joey, one of the best defensive ends ever to play at Ohio State. That’s fine with the younger Bosa, who wears his brother’s famous number 97 and looks so much like him on the field that sometimes it’s hard tell Joey ...

Jackson tabs Kizer starter

BEREA — DeShone Kizer will be next through the Browns’ quarterback turnstile. He doesn’t want it to spin again anytime soon. The rocket-armed rookie QB from Notre Dame was named Cleveland’s starter for Saturday night’s third exhibition game in Tampa Bay, and barring an unforeseen ...

Red Sox pushes past Tribe

CLEVELAND — Mitch Moreland hit a fifth-inning home run, Drew Pomeranz and three relievers bested Corey Kluber, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-1 on Wednesday night. Moreland homered to right on a 1-0 pitch from Kluber (12-4), who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 ...