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Indians slugger feeling better

NEW YORK — Even on their days off, things keep going right for the Cleveland Indians. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after spraining his right ankle during a frightening moment in Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. Manager ...

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Maplewood’s Ethan Sparks, left, is greeted by 2016 800-meter bronze medalist Clayton Murphy on Saturday at The Legends at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.

Bronze medalist part of Legends

BAZETTA — Clayton Murphy wore a charcoal grey Nike sweatshirt with an Olympic patch on his chest and an American flag proudly displayed on his left arm. Murphy shook hands with many distance runners on the shaded pavilion area, elevated inside the infield of the Trumbull County ...

Browns’ Garrett finally cleared for debut

CLEVELAND (AP) — Six months after being drafted, Myles Garrett can finally show why he was the No. 1 pick. Garrett missed Cleveland’s first four games — all losses — with a high right-ankle sprain. But the 21-year-old rookie made it through a week of practice without any trouble, and ...

Steelers’ Brown vows to be calmer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There’s a picture next to Antonio Brown’s locker featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sharing a laugh. The photo includes a note from Roethlisberger saying “AB, we are unstoppable.” Turns out, there might be one ...

Barrett, Buckeyes romp past Terrapins

COLUMBUS — Maryland tried to mix things up right from the start Saturday, trying a flea-flicker on its first offensive play. Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker wasn’t fooled. He sacked Max Bortenschlager for a 4-yard loss. Matter of fact, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Terrapins ...

A comeback for the ages

CLEVELAND — They’ve won this season in almost every way imaginable: comebacks, walk-offs, blowouts, nail-biters. No. 104 for the Cleveland Indians topped them all. Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with none out in the 13th inning as Cleveland rallied from five runs ...

‘Improved’ Buckeyes favored over Maryland

COLUMBUS — No. 10 Ohio State continues to plow through a series of lesser opponents before the next big test comes Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. Maryland, coming off an exhilarating win over Minnesota last week, will try to keep up with the more-talented Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium ...

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Phantoms coach Brad Patterson addresses the media this week.

Phantoms start season Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — With six returning players for the 2017-18 season, the Youngstown Phantoms will yet again be ready to go. Last year, the Phantoms won 31 games and came in fifth in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League. Those six returning players are Andrew Petrillo, Jake ...

Bauer, Bruce lead Indians to Game 1 win

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and he made his manager look like a genius. Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York’s other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians began chasing their first World ...

Judge-ment day: Tribe ready for Yanks

CLEVELAND — They ran away with their division again, and streaked to history, 102 wins and home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Cleveland Indians have had a special season. A new one, the only one, is about to begin. Heartbroken after coming up a little short last year ...

Browns VP insists team is progressing

BEREA — Twenty games. One victory. The Browns don’t seem to be getting any better. But while the losses have piled up quickly over the past two seasons, the man overseeing Cleveland’s reconstruction remains undeterred and confident in the plan. “We’re not shying away from what our ...

Bauer chosen to start playoff opener

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has been relieved already. The Indians will open the playoffs with their ace on hold. Instead of starting their Cy Young favorite in Game 1 of the AL Division series, the defending league champions will pitch Trevor Bauer on Thursday against either Minnesota or ...

Tomlin chastises WR Brown – sort of

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin understands Antonio Brown’s competitiveness is what helps make Brown one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach just wishes his star would do a better job of channeling it properly when things don’t go Brown’s way. Tomlin mildly ...

Ramirez is biggest key for Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Start with his stocky, stubby body that’s out of place among the chiseled physiques in a major league clubhouse. Jose Ramirez is built like someone on your softball team. Take his personality: boisterous, sometimes abrasive, usually the life of the party. And finally there’s ...

Cavaliers’ new lineup starting to take shape

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is being moved after all — from forward to center. Love, who has been the subject of trade speculation for three years in Cleveland, will be the club’s new starting center, coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday night after the team played an ...

Browns struggling to deal with horrendous start

BEREA — Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer used a metaphor about a toilet. Coach Hue Jackson expressed confidence that the team’s owner will not dump him. Both accurately — and colorfully — described the state of the Browns after a 0-4 start. They have won four times in their past 41 ...

Pirates’ future depends on McCutchen

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates will spend the next two months trying to figure out whether centerfielder Andrew McCutchen is part of their plans in 2018. Don’t expect the five-time All-Star to monitor the situation on Twitter, which is how he found out the Pirates aggressively explored ...

Shazier shines for Steelers’ defensive unit

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier wants to redefine the linebacker position. At least “a little bit.” Or, judging by the display the budding Pittsburgh Steelers star put on in a 26-9 victory over Baltimore on Sunday, maybe a lot. In the span of four quarters Shazier put all of his remarkable ...

Tribe time

CLEVELAND — The Indians had already locked up the best record in the AL, captured the Central Division title and compiled the second-longest winning streak in baseball history. With one last victory, now it’s back to the playoffs. Josh Tomlin pitched into the sixth inning and Jay Bruce ...

Browns in disarray after Bengals loss

CLEVELAND — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis found his good friend near midfield and gave him a hug. Hue Jackson needed one. The besieged Browns coach could use a lot more than an embrace right now. After Cincinnati got its first win this season, thrashing Cleveland 31-7 on Sunday, Lewis weaved ...