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Browns talk to Colts’ assistant

CLEVELAND — Matt Eberflus has a past with the Browns. Maybe he’ll have a future as well. One day after his Indianapolis defense held quarterback Deshaun Watson and Houston’s offense to just seven points in an AFC wild-card win, Eberflus became the sixth candidate to interview for ...

Indians trade for catcher from Mets

CLEVELAND — The Indians have replenished their bare catching cupboard. After trading top prospect Francisco Mejia and All-Star catcher Yan Gomes last year, the Indians had a void behind the plate and filled it Sunday by acquiring catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York ...

Belichick assistant interviewed Saturday

CLEVELAND — The Browns have shaken Bill Belichick’s coaching tree before with mixed results. Maybe Brian Flores can change that. Flores, who has called New England’s defense this season for Belichick, became the fifth candidate to interview for Cleveland’s coaching vacancy — one ...

Buckeyes fall to Spartans

COLUMBUS — Riding a seven-game winning streak, No. 8 Michigan State came to Columbus to play No. 14 Ohio State with captain and scoring machine Joshua Langford sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team’s two other veterans had to pick up the slack. Cassius Winston scored 18 of ...

Holiday, Randle lead Pelicans’ rout of Cavs

CLEVELAND — Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle both scored 22 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their ninth straight loss with a 133-98 rout on Saturday night. The defeat came a night after Cavaliers coach Larry Drew and his players held a lengthy meeting ...

Highly-rated QB transfers to OSU

COLUMBUS — Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia’s backup. Fields’ much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a sublimely talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins ...

Browns take coaching search on the road

CLEVELAND — Dan Campbell’s strong stint as an interim coach has the Browns considering him as a permanent one. Cleveland took its coaching search on the road to interview Campbell, the New Orleans tight ends/assistant head coach, who went 5-7 after taking over Miami’s job in 2015. The ...

Browns tell others to stay out of their kitchen

CLEVELAND — The Browns are protecting Freddie Kitchens like he was a franchise quarterback, not a coach. While Kitchens waits for his interview to possibly become Cleveland’s head coach, the Browns have denied requests by other teams to interview their interim coordinator who brought out ...

Buckeyes add OSU Cowboys offensive coordinator to staff

COLUMBUS — Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator by Ohio State coach Ryan Day. Ohio State made the announcement on Wednesday night after Day officially took over head coaching duties from the retiring Urban ...

Caldwell has won as head coach

CLEVELAND — Jim Caldwell spent a year away from the NFL, and while he was gone the Browns found a franchise quarterback. Maybe he’ll get to coach Baker Mayfield. Caldwell, who led Indianapolis to the Super Bowl and made Detroit respectable, became the second candidate to interview with ...

Miami doesn’t need all its pieces to beat Cavs

CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade’s absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra ...

Quitting time?

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to say Antonio Brown bailed on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either. The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team’s regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in essence ...

Securing the roses

PASADENA, Calif. — Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job. After his Buckeyes blew most of a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to recover a last-minute onside kick to win the ...

OSU’s Haskins savors win, but mum on his future

PASADENA, Calif. — Dwayne Haskins was celebrating in the locker room with his Ohio State teammates after the Buckeyes defeated Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. As for the announcement everyone is waiting for, that will take a couple more days. The redshirt sophomore quarterback ...

Browns interview interim coach Williams

CLEVELAND — Gregg Williams showed the Browns what he could do as their coach for a half-season. On Tuesday, he shared his plans for a full one — and maybe more. Williams, who led Cleveland to a 5-3 record as an interim coach, became the first candidate to interview with general manager ...

McCaw has new start with Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Patrick McCaw walked away from a championship team and wound up on the NBA’s worst squad. He’s not sure how it happened. “That’s a tough question,” he said Monday following his first practice with the Cavaliers. McCaw, who chose not to re-sign with Golden State ...

Browns open coaching search with interim Williams getting first look

BEREA — The Browns believe they finally have the pieces. All that’s missing is someone to keep them together. A day after Cleveland ended a promising turnaround season following a winless 2017, general manager John Dorsey said he will interview interim coach Gregg Williams and offensive ...

Steelers rue missed opportunities during 2018

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to get into hypotheticals. Maybe because doing so would only make the Pittsburgh Steelers’ painful late swoon all the more painful. “Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve,” Roethlisberger said after Pittsburgh’s season ended a half-game ...

OSU’s Meyer ends career in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. — Urban Meyer sees the Rose Bowl nestled in verdant Arroyo Seco on a sunny winter day and thinks back to the formative days of his coaching career. When he was a 20-something wide receivers coach for Colorado State back in the 1990s, Meyer interrupted a recruiting trip to ...

Moving the chains

BALTIMORE — Gregg Williams has no idea whether he’s going shed the interim label and return as coach of the Cleveland Browns. It sure seems as if he wants to, though, so he can finish what he started. After replacing Hue Jackson in late October and rallying the Browns (7-8-1) to within ...