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Steelers miss out on AFC North crown

PITTSBURGH — The win they needed but at times didn’t act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end ...

OSU’s Haskins, Washington’s Browning offer contrasts at QB

PASADENA, Calif. — The Rose Bowl will be final collegiate start for Washington’s Jake Browning. Whether or not it will be for Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins remains a mystery. Haskins’ future has been as much a topic of conversation as Urban Meyer’s final game as the Buckeyes’ coach. ...

Buckeyes’ Day still learning from Meyer

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Day is definitely not the first assistant coach to spend his collegiate career filling up a notebook with plans, diagrams and all sorts of other information that will come in handy if he ever gets his chance to be a head coach. Unlike most of those aspiring sideline ...

Top 2018 local stories

The progress of two area high school athletic teams on their way to their respective state championship games captured the attention of Mahoning Valley sports fans. The trips to the state title game for Girard football and Champion softball ranked 1-2 on the Tribune Chronicle list of top 10 ...

Browns relish spoiler role against Ravens

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday’s AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns. “At the beginning of the season, if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the division, we’d have all signed up ...

Buckeyes finish 10-1 non-league games

COLUMBUS — Ohio State overcame an early challenge and finished its nonconference schedule on a positive note. C.J. Jackson scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Kaleb Wesson added 17 points as the No. 13 Buckeyes beat High Point 82-64 on Saturday. Luther Muhammed had a ...

Loss to Hawks is Cavaliers’ sixth in a row

ATLANTA — Trae Young and Vince Carter each scored 21 points, John Collins added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Saturday night. Atlanta, enjoying a rare run of success in its first season of rebuilding under new coach Lloyd Pierce, ...

Steelers need help from rival Browns

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an “s” to the end of his last name. Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, promising to send the rookie “a little something ...

Brown missed several practices

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is uncertain to play in the team’s biggest game of the season. Brown was listed as questionable to play in the Steelers’ must-win, regular-season finale at home against Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three ...

Smith-Schuster is Steelers’ MVP

PITTSBURGH — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team’s most valuable player. But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his teammates ...

Leaving a legacy at Thiel

YOUNGSTOWN — Thiel College senior Jess Vormelker pulled down a rebound midway through the first quarter during a game at Youngstown State University last Thursday, dribbled the ball down the right side of the court, crossed to her left and back to her right and tossed it off the backboard and ...

Baker being Baker

BEREA — Baker Mayfield went from scowling at Hue Jackson to glaring at critics. Three days after he tried to embarrass his former coach with a prolonged stare down in the closing minutes of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati, Mayfield owned up to his actions and then said he doesn’t regret ...

Memphis holds off scrappy Cavaliers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage when Cleveland missed its first 12 shots. Then the Cavaliers came storming back, and Marc Gasol and his teammates had just enough to hold on for a wire-to-wire win. Gasol had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Grizzlies ...

Rookie proving his worth

PITTSBURGH — Terrell Edmunds rubbed the small mark on his forehead, one still visible more than a full week after the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety found himself on the wrong end of a collision with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. “It looks like I lost a fight,” ...

OSU, Huskies excited for shot at Roses

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It will be a Rose Bowl of firsts when No. 5 Ohio State faces No. 9 Washington. The Buckeyes and Huskies will meet for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All, despite each team making its 15th appearance. The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions will meet for the first time ...

GV’s Triskett doubles up at Thiel

YOUNGSTOWN — Abby Triskett has only been at Thiel College for one semester, but she is already well into her second collegiate sports season. A 2018 Grand Valley graduate, Triskett earned all-county honors in three different sports during her time as a Mustang. She helped lead GV to three ...

No blame game here

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the ...

Happy holidays

CLEVELAND — No awkward hug. No cold handshake. No holiday greeting. Baker Mayfield’s only interaction with former coach Hue Jackson was an icy stare. Mayfield threw three touchdown passes to thrill a sellout, holiday-spirited crowd that came out to boo Jackson, and rookie Nick Chubb ran ...

Cleveland’s struggles continue in loss to Chicago

CLEVELAND — Lauri Markkanen put up big numbers again, but wasn’t interested in his statistics. Chicago’s rising star had something more important on his mind. “We knew we haven’t had a winning streak yet, so we wanted to break that,” he said. Markkanen scored 31 points and the ...

Baker, Browns enjoy last laugh

Maybe it was Baker Mayfield’s way of saying “Merry Christmas” to his old coach. OK, maybe not. Mayfield threw for 284 yards and three scores in engineering the Browns to yet another win Sunday, but his staredown of fired Browns coach Hue Jackson grabbed more attention than anything. ...