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Parade of champions

CLEVELAND — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious. Maybe the winless season wasn’t a total loss. Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or jump in Lake Erie, paraded once around ...

James’ all-around game propels Cavs

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James did a little bit of everything in Cleveland’s victory over Orlando James had 33 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals, but it was his steady presence on the floor in the final six minutes that made the difference in Cleveland’s 131-127 ...

39th Warren Challenge Tournament underway

WARREN — The first round of qualifying is complete in the 39th Warren Challenge Bowling Tournament. The tournament was held at Echo Lanes on Jan. 6. Participating in the field of four bowlers are five past champions holding a combined eight titles. Past Champions include Adam Barta (2009, ...

Fans get chance today to vent their frustration

CLEVELAND — The weather conditions will be suitably brutal. Like the Cleveland Browns’ season. Despite temperatures forecast in the single digits, thousands of disillusioned fans are expected to attend a parade today to commemorate — and protest — the historically inept 0-16 ...

Steelers able to ignore off-field distractions

PITTSBURGH — If Cam Heyward’s being honest, he’s lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise. The weeks would pass and something that had nothing to do with Pittsburgh’s relatively easy push to a second ...

Cavs stumble against Celtics

BOSTON — One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas. The next time they see their former teammate, he probably won’t be in a hoodie after watching the game from the bench. And it won’t be so easy. Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the ...

Steelers could lose unheralded assistant Munchak

PITTSBURGH — Mike Munchak doesn’t live in a bubble. If anything, he makes it a point to avoid it. So do the players he mentors as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. So when the Hall of Famer’s name popped up as a candidate for the open head coaching job in Arizona ...

Thomas looks good in return from injury

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas had one last wait. Sitting on the scorer’s table, Thomas could see the end of his seven-month odyssey in front of him. And when the buzzer finally sounded and the Cleveland crowd erupted for a player it barely knows, Thomas took the last few steps onto the court ...

Browns, Jackson have plenty of work to do

BEREA — When Hue Jackson was hired less than two years ago, he was greeted in the lobby of the Browns’ headquarters by cheering team employees. They beamed and clapped while shaking hands with their new hero, this offensive mastermind and quarterback guru. Finally, they thought, here was ...

Thomas ready to play tonight

CLEVELAND — The agonizing wait to play again is over for Isaiah Thomas. Vengeance on the Celtics is still on hold. Thomas, sidelined with a hip injury since last season’s Eastern Conference finals, will make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail ...

Jackson addresses Browns’ 0-16 season

BEREA — Hue Jackson apologized. There was nothing else to do after making unwelcome history. One day after an inconceivable season ended without a win, Cleveland’s coach was grateful to still have his job and Jackson took steps to sooth an angry fan base and players who may have doubts ...

Steelers: Depth better than last year

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t catch a snap of the 2017 AFC championship game. Life out in Los Angeles was just a little too hectic as the wide receiver prepared for the NFL draft. Martavis Bryant skipped out on it too, in part because of the pain of missing out while serving a ...

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Champion’s baseball and softball teams won state championships on the same day in early June.

Champion’s champions

For a high school athletic team to win a state title in Ohio is a big deal. For two different teams from the same school to win a state championship in the same school years is even more amazing. For those two teams to be crowned state champions on the same day is enough to be considered ...

Failure perfected

PITTSBURGH — It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that’s known little else over the last two decades. Fourth down. Trailing by four. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone ...

Browns, Steelers face off in season finale

PITTSBURGH — When the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-18 victory in the 2017 season opener on Sept. 10, they stressed there was no need to panic despite a largely “meh” performance. The Steelers were confident they’d get it together and besides, the team they’d just ...

Jones, Smith-Schuster power Steelers backups by Browns

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger wore sweatpants and tried to stay warm. Le’Veon Bell and Cam Heyward too. All three were given the day off by Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who opted to rest his stars for the playoffs rather than put them at risk against the winless Cleveland ...

Cavaliers drop 3rd straight, fall to Jazz, 104-101

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points, and the Utah Jazz handed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers their third straight defeat, 104-101 on Saturday night. James had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists on his 33rd birthday as his personal losing streak at Utah ...

Buckeyes looking to retool in 2018

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes expected to be in the College Football Playoff this season. Even after an early home loss to Oklahoma, all of the Buckeyes’ goals were still within reach. Win out, win the Big Ten, make it the playoff and make a better showing than last season when they ...

Buckeyes do enough to beat Miami Redhawks

COLUMBUS — Miami kept fighting back against Ohio State and stayed in the game on Saturday, but the Buckeyes pulled away late to cap a 72-59 victory over an in-state rival. The scrappy Redhawks pulled within three points with 6:03 left in the game, but the Buckeyes ripped off a 15-2 run on ...

Defense dominates

ARLINGTON, Texas — Playoff-snubbed Ohio State got a bit defensive even without one of its best defenders in the Cotton Bowl. Damon Webb returned an interception for a touchdown after recovering a fumble to set up an early score and the No. 5 Buckeyes beat No. 8 Southern California 24-7 on ...