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Buckeyes make quick work of Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — J.T. Barrett passed for five touchdowns and ran for two others, and ninth-ranked Ohio State scored on its first eight possessions on its way to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) continued their dominant surge since their loss to ...

Hogan gets first start for Browns

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns both looked to rookies to start at quarterback this season. While Houston’s Deshaun Watson has improved each week since taking over at halftime of the season opener, Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer has struggled so much the Browns (0-5) ...

Cavs’ trade of Jefferson, Felder finalized

CLEVELAND — Valuable veteran Richard Jefferson has been traded from Cleveland to Atlanta and waived. The Cavaliers and Hawks finalized their trade on Saturday with Jefferson and guard Kay Felder going to Atlanta with a pair of second-round draft picks and $3 million. Cleveland needed to ...

Steelers, Chiefs in playoff repeat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith lived through last year’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn how the Chiefs lost to a team that didn’t even score a touchdown. With the Steelers (3-3) rolling into town on Sunday, he had a chance to ...

Buckeyes, Cornhuskers in very different places

LINCOLN, Neb. — Ohio State-Nebraska matches two of the five programs with the most major college football wins in history, but the teams are in very different places entering tonight’s game at Memorial Stadium. The ninth-ranked Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) beat Nebraska by 59 points last ...

Francona discusses what went wrong for Tribe

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s emotions remain raw. The rest of him is just tired. Two days after the Indians were ousted — long before they were ready to go — from October’s postseason, Cleveland’s manager was still trying to figure out what went wrong with a team that won 102 ...

Indians are shocked by unexpected outcome

CLEVELAND — The stinging loss still too fresh to process, outfielder Michael Brantley worked his way around the solemn, shocked clubhouse and hugged some new Indians teammates and ones he’s played with for years. The emotion was raw, not like in 2016, when broken hearts were filled with ...

Steelers seek offensive answers

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell chose his words like the Pro Bowl running back often chooses which hole to run through. Carefully. Very carefully. Asked if he had any advice for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley on how to get the ball in the end zone more often for a unit ...

Blown chances

CLEVELAND — Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete their comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL ...

Hogan takes over for Kizer

CLEVELAND — Kevin Hogan was fourth on the depth chart in training camp. He’s now Cleveland’s starting quarterback. The Browns are changing QBs. Again. Still. Hogan will replace struggling rookie DeShone Kizer this week and start at Houston, becoming the 28th different starter for ...

Steelers try to block out drama

PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward walked into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room earlier this week less than 24 hours removed from a humbling home loss to Jacksonville , his portable speaker blasting a playlist that served as a not so subliminal message for a team in search of good vibes. Al Green ...

Indians relaxed prior to decisive fifth game

CLEVELAND — There were no noticeable signs of panic or pressure. Now is not the time to show any weakness. As the Cleveland Indians got ready for their biggest game this season, a winner-take-all Game 5 against the New York Yankees, everything seemed normal, routine. Before answering ...

Gordon reveals struggle as addict

CLEVELAND — Revealing he was scared for his life amid another drug relapse, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a ...

Ben confident he’s got ‘it’

PITTSBURGH — On second thought, Ben Roethlisberger believes he still has “it.” In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure he’s never lost “it,” even if he found himself somewhat facetiously wondering it out loud after his career-high five interceptions led to a ...

Warren Hall of Fame added seven new members

Seven former Warren athletes were inducted last month as the 2017 class of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame. They are: Carl Angelo, a 1966 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, enjoyed all-state honors and played football on scholarship at Bowling Green State University and then returned ...

Bronx bumbling

NEW YORK — Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees are headed back to Cleveland for a decisive Game 5 — thanks to plenty of help from the Indians. Severino rebounded from his playoff debacle, Judge delivered a big hit and the Yankees took advantage of shoddy defense by ...

Browns face QB question

BEREA — Hue Jackson made a drastic decision on Sunday with DeShone Kizer. Now he’s got a bigger one: keep the rookie quarterback on the bench or play Kevin Hogan. And as Jackson weighs the pros and cons on how to best handle Cleveland’s latest quarterbacking conundrum, he again said ...

New starting lineup includes Wade, Rose

CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job. He’s got one anyway. After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tryonn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland’s ...

Bird is the word

NEW YORK — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7. Judge prevented a home run to save Tanaka’s seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller and New York edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 to extend their AL ...

Jackson’s choices questioned as Browns remain winless

CLEVELAND — Moments after losing for the 20th time in 21 games as Cleveland’s coach, Hue Jackson began the long, cruel walk toward the locker room. As he headed for the tunnel, Jackson was already pondering his postgame speech and an explanation on his decision to bench rookie quarterback ...