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Browns QB Mayfield takes turn as 1B coach

PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn’t get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback ...

Indians, Gonzalez agree to minor league deal

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the agreement says free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical and join the Indians at spring ...

Hunt suspension set at eight games

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word. The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two “physical altercations,” one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas ...

Waiting for word

CHICAGO — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start. Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 14 points, and Michigan State gave Hall of ...

Pirates’ Reyes in bid for role

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day roster. The 25-year-old was 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s had 31 plate appearances in 15 games, ...

INDIANS’ CLIPPARD SIDELINED:

GOODYEAR, Arizona — Cleveland Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild pectoral strain. Clippard, who signed a minor league contract on Feb. 23 with an invitation to spring training, left an exhibition game early on March 9 against Colorado. ...

Bobrovsky sparks Columbus

COLUMBUS — With Columbus slipping into a sudden offensive malaise in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Blue Jackets in the game and in the race for a playoff spot. The goalie played one his best games of the season, shutting down an unrelenting Carolina offensive attack in the ...

Steelers re-sign veteran DT

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back defensive tackle Daniel McCullers. The Steelers re-signed McCullers to a two-year deal on Friday. McCullers, Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in 2014, was an unrestricted free agent. The 6-foot-7, 352-pound McCullers gives the Steelers ...

Slowing things down

CLEVELAND — Fans are scrambling to get their hands on tickets, jerseys and make their first Odell Beckham Jr. sighting. It’s only mid-March and Cleveland’s in a full-blown football frenzy. Expectations for the upcoming season, which were already enormous before the team traded for ...

Ohio State holds off IU for key victory

CHICAGO — Rolling along with a 20-point lead in the second half, Ohio State appeared to be in the clear. That changed in a flash. But the Buckeyes hung on. Keyshawn Woods scored 18, Kaleb Wesson added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ohio State beat Indiana 79-75 in the second ...

The Bell tolls yet again

CANTON — Like a lot of high school seniors, Kierstan Bell is looking forward to college because of the independence it will provide. One difference. Hers will come on the court. “No more box-and-one,” the Ohio State recruit said, laughing. “They’ll have to play ...

Trade changes things for Browns

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on ...

Lindor finally sees spring action

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Slowly and sensibly, Francisco Lindor is working his way back onto the field. Surrounded by approximately 50 fans, more than a dozen minor leaguers, a few scouts, and various game operations and medical staffers, the Indians’ three-time All-Star shortstop played in a ...

Underappreciated Malkin key to future success

PITTSBURGH — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby’s stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni Malkin goes about his business ...

Steelers expect younger ’19 team

PITTSBURGH — The “Killer Bs” era is officially over in Pittsburgh. Antonio Brown is an Oakland Raider. Le’Veon Bell is a New York Jet, and Ben Roethlisberger will be part of a roster that will be considerably younger in 2019 thanks to an influx of draft picks. The Steelers began free ...

Beckham a big catch for Browns

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey and straight to Cleveland. The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the center piece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The ...

Richardson signed to help Browns’ defense

CLEVELAND — Browns general manager John Dorsey has built a fearsome front on defense. One week after acquiring end Olivier Vernon in a trade, Cleveland added an inside presence to its line by agreeing with free agent tackle Sheldon Richardson on a three-year, $39 million contract, a person ...

Cavaliers give a scare to 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, and the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 on Tuesday night. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points, including a layup with 3:10 left that ...

Defense not a problem for Pirate OF Dickerson

BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last year. Traded to ...

Kluber in 1st spring appearance

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians were waiting for the right time to turn Cory Kluber loose in spring training. Kluber made his first Cactus League start Monday, pitching 3 2/3 innings against Cincinnati and giving up three runs and six hits, including a homer by Yasiel ...