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Mayfield praised by Saints’ Brees

BEREA — Baker Mayfield has assorted shiny trophies, plaques and awards from his college days. Probably more than he realizes. So far, his biggest NFL honor can’t be hung or placed on a shelf. Mayfield was humbled by compliments made toward him by Saints star quarterback Drew Brees, who ...

A confusing afternoon

BEREA — Even days later, Josh Gordon’s emotions remain jumbled following his first season-opening game since he was a rookie in 2012. The Browns stopped their 17-game losing streak by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Gordon still isn’t sure how he feels about ...

Rays’ Snell nearly no-hits Cleveland

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blake Snell is locked in on the Tampa Bay Rays’ longshot postseason hopes, not thinking about winning the AL Cy Young Award. Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his major league-leading 19th win, leading the Rays over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on ...

Buckeyes face first real test vs. Frogs in Texas

COLUMBUS — Ohio State so far proved it can dispense merciless beatings to opponents it is supposed to beat. The Buckeyes will learn more about their potential when they travel to Arlington, Texas, this week to face another AP Top 25 team in TCU. This will be the first real measuring stick ...

Steeler LB switch a success thus far

PITTSBURGH — On the surface, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason decision to flip outside linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt looked a little bit of a reach. While Watt was steady and occasionally spectacular as a rookie in 2017 for a team that led the NFL in sacks, Dupree has spent much ...

Encarnacion homers in teammate’s debut

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion are back together again and got a chance to celebrate a home run like old times in Toronto. Donaldson went hitless in his Cleveland debut, Encarnacion reached 30 homers for the seventh straight season and the Indians beat the Tampa ...

Jackson insists Taylor is Browns’ quarterback

BEREA — Don’t blame Ty for the tie. Browns coach Hue Jackson defended starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Monday as Cleveland’s players, coaches and fans digested how a season opener that could have ended with the team’s first win since 2016 turned into a painful 21-21 draw against ...

Red-hot Rays rally to beat Indians in ninth

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With time running short and so much ground to make up, the Tampa Bay Rays will probably miss the postseason. But they certainly look like a playoff team right now. Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the ...

Steelers not sure how to handle tie

PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a win. It wasn’t a loss. It was ... weird. Seventy minutes of flags, fumbles and the occasional fight. Forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers if they’re not quite sure what to make of their 21-21 tie against Cleveland in the season opener. A full day removed, they ...

Feels like a loss

CLEVELAND — One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Now that’s progress. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked ...

Jays substitute beats Indians

TORONTO — Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk was injured in a bizarre collision with a security guard’s chair, and replacement Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Sunday. The Indians began the day with a magic number of ...

Conner plays well in place of Bell

CLEVELAND — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell. Maybe they can do it again. Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon. Conner scored ...

Legends Reunion Sept. 22-23

Downtown Development Group presents the third annual Warren Football Legends reunion and celebrity golf outing at Trumbull Country Club the weekend of Sept. 22-23. The event, hosted by the Warren Gridiron Club, celebrates the number of professional football players from Warren City Schools and ...

Browns, Steelers get season started

CLEVELAND — For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a franchise and fan base that has suffered ...

Perez leads Indians to 9-8 win over Jays

TORONTO — In one productive inning, Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez snapped the longest homer drought of his career and boosted his season RBI total by 50 percent. Perez hit his first home run since April 10 and drove in a career-high four, Michael Brantley had a two-run shot and the ...

Buckeyes rout outmanned Rutgers

COLUMBUS — No. 4 Ohio State rolled over toothless Rutgers in a final tune-up game before the season’s first real challenge — a prime-time clash with No. 16 TCU next week in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes flashed their cache of riches at quarterback Saturday in a 52-3 rout of the ...

Bell stays hot in support of Nova

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. “I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,” Bell said. “Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in the cages and get back to the ...

Indians let 1 slip away as Jays walk off

TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched a gem, and AL MVP contender Jose Ramirez came to the plate at the perfect moment. And still the Cleveland Indians couldn’t turn it into a victory. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th after Ramirez grounded out with the bases ...

Undrafted rookie Harrison to start at LT

BEREA (AP) — Months ago, Desmond Harrison was confident he’d replace Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas. The Browns only realized it in the past few days. An undrafted rookie with a checkered past, Harrison will open the season as Cleveland’s starting left tackle — a position held down by ...

Buckeyes expected to win easily again today

COLUMBUS — No. 4 Ohio State scored 77 points in rolling over out-manned Oregon State last week, while suspended coach Urban Meyer watched the game on TV from home. The Buckeyes probably will do OK without him this week, too, when Big Ten bottom-dweller Rutgers comes to town. The coach ...