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Browns show marked progress in win

CLEVELAND — From disorganized and dysfunctional to disciplined — and according to rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, dangerous. The Cleveland Browns are looking a lot better these days. Not great, but improved. Greatly improved. Two weeks after coach Hue Jackson’s long overdue ...

Stunning victory

CLEVELAND — Before he rolled out of bed, Baker Mayfield had a premonition of near perfection. More than a hunch. “When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty dangerous,” the Browns rookie quarterback said with a smile and a hint of arrogance. “I just woke up feeling really ...

Jr. Masters finals today

Susan Decker and Charles Pawlosky lead the qualifiers into the championship round of the 32nd Warren Junior Masters bowling tournament today at Freeway Lanes. The competition starts at 1 p.m. and six boys and four girls will be bowling for $900 in scholarship money. Pawlosky led the ...

Punting game, defense carry OSU past Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Drue Chrisman’s first punt of the day was an embarrassment, a 4-yarder at the end of Ohio State’s first possession. “I don’t know where it ranks in Ohio State’s worst punts in history, but it was definitely my worst punt,” Chrisman said. “I was just like, ...

Flying Falcons invade Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Quietly, steadily and with little fanfare, the Atlanta Falcons have gotten off the ground. They’re flying again — under the radar. Despite numerous injuries at vital positions, the Falcons have shaken off a 1-4 start and carry a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s ...

Buckeyes wary of test from Michigan State

If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance. Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges. This week, it’s Michigan State that stands in the way, and although Ohio State routed the ...

Cavs lose another starter to injury

CLEVELAND — This painful season isn’t subsiding for the Cavaliers. If anything, it’s getting worse. Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter on Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back ...

Steelers get a chance to rest before final stretch

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

Officials fail to protect Mayfield

BEREA — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious ...

Pounding the Panthers

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent ...

Browns defensive starters Kirksey, Gaines out for season

BEREA — The losses are piling up for the Browns — in the standings, and on the sideline. On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack. Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games ...

Haslams say Dorsey will head search for new coach

BEREA — Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam will count on John Dorsey’s keen eye for talent to find a coach. Cleveland’s general manager since December, Dorsey will head the team’s search for a coach to replace Hue Jackson, who was finally fired last month after winning just three of ...

Cavs rally, but fall short

CLEVELAND — Oklahoma City’s big fourth-quarter lead was gone and Russell Westbrook was unavailable. The Thunder didn’t panic and regrouped in the closing minutes to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-86 on Wednesday night. “Thank God we were able to make a few more shots and get some ...

Rejuvenated running game gets test at MSU

COLUMBUS — After seeing its two star running backs shut down by a series of less talented opponents, No. 8 Ohio State finally managed to break them loose last weekend. It was a timely development, as the Buckeyes this week prepare to face the top defense in the country against the run. J.K. ...

Ohio State overcomes Cincinnati on road in opener

CINCINNATI — Ohio State knew what awaited when the Buckeyes agreed to help Cincinnati reopen its on-campus arena. It was even louder than expected until the closing seconds, when the Bearcats fans were silently filing out. With a solid effort, the visitors from up north spoiled the ...

Thursday night football

PITTSBURGH — Cam Newton spent a portion of the summer studying Ben Roethlisberger and working out alongside Antonio Brown, something the Carolina Panthers quarterback did out of a mix of curiosity and respect. Newton found himself enamored of Roethlisberger’s footwork — “The play is ...

Roethlisberger misses practice, but expected to play

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field. Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...

Bruised and beaten

CLEVELAND — The coach changed. Everything else with the Cleveland Browns stayed the same. Unable to slow Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s thrill-a-minute offense, the Browns were soundly beaten — and beaten up — in a 37-21 loss on Sunday in Cleveland’s first game under interim ...

Buzzer-beater sinks Cavs

ORLANDO, Fla. — Evan Fournier hit a 22-foot jumper at the final horn and the Orlando Magic came back from a five-point deficit in the last 24 seconds, taking advantage of a late collapse by Cleveland to beat the struggling Cavaliers 102-100 on Monday night. Fournier took an inbounds pass ...

Steelers hitting their stride

BALTIMORE — Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense. Roethlisberger ...