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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 Gonzalez has been replaced by rookie free agent Greg ...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 ...

Tribe finally clinches Central Division title

CLEVELAND — With ski goggles perched on his head, Michael Brantley stood in the middle of Cleveland’s rocking clubhouse just a few feet from a bin overflowing with dozens of empty beer and champagne bottles. The party was in full swing on Saturday. So were the Indians. And as he watched ...

Buckeyes pass test against TCU, 40-28

ARLINGTON, Texas — Big defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones returned an interception thrown right at him 28 yards for one of No. 4 Ohio State’s three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter in a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (3-0), in their last ...

Browns plan to cut WR Gordon

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn’t going to help him any longer. He’s let them down for the final time. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent ...

Bauer improving, throws off mound

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching in the postseason, throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday. It was a positive step in the All-Star right-hander’s recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of the rotation for more ...

KC’s Mahomes hopes to pierce Pittsburgh ‘D’

PITTSBURGH — A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from a veteran. Yeah, Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger may know a little something about that. Still, the two-time Super Bowl winner’s eyes get a little wide when talking about Kansas ...

Indians crawling toward another division crown

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ sprint to another division title has turned into a crawl. Andrew Miller gave up two RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Cleveland’s march to a third straight AL Central championship was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Indians 5-4 on Friday night to ...

Teammates expect Roethlisberger to play Sunday

By DAN SCIFO The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned under center on Friday after missing the previous two practices with a bruised right elbow. He is officially listed on the injury report as questionable to play, but ...

Penguins set to start, but not as champions

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. ...

Ex-QB Zoba credits Warren upbringing for his success

Dave Zoba, the first quarterback in Warren Western Reserve’s history, remembers playing football back in the late 1960s like it was yesterday. He can rattle off plays they ran, big games they won (or lost), old records he set and specific moments of his career. He still talks to teammates, ...

Legends Reunion/Golf reservations available

Reservations are still available for the events of the third annual Warren Football Legends reunion dinner and celebrity golf outing at Trumbull Country Club the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Reservations are $100 apiece for the dinner and jazz concert on the Saturday evening and for the golf ...

Haskins hype

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is known to deal in some hyperbole when he’s impressed. And the Ohio State coach was piling it on Dwayne Haskins Jr. before the young quarterback ever arrived on campus. Meyer raved that Haskins — from the private Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland — was ...