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Steelers, Ravens ready to renew rivalry

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Terrell Suggs have spent well over a decade staring across the line of scrimmage, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and the relentless Baltimore Ravens linebacker both knowing they will meet multiple times, often in violent fashion. Their ...

Buckeyes face biggest threat in Big Ten race

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press When Ohio State plays at Penn State, Happy Valley glows. For the third straight meeting between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium, the game will be played at night and Penn State is going into whiteout mode — 107,000 fans, pretty ...

Donaldson, Indians power past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This is the Josh Donaldson the Cleveland Indians were hoping for after rolling the dice in an Aug. 31 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Donaldson, a former AL MVP, hit a grand slam and double during a 10-run seventh inning, powering the Indians past the Kansas City Royals ...

Taylor returns, but still injured

BEREA — Tyrod Taylor’s first days as a backup for the Browns have been difficult. And not just because he lost his job. Taylor, who was replaced as Cleveland’s starter by rookie Baker Mayfield earlier this week, was cleared from concussion protocol and returned to practice Thursday, ...

Road warrior

CHICAGO — Shane Bieber remained perfect on the road with six scoreless innings, Francisco Lindor led off the game with a home run and the Cleveland Indians beat up the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Wednesday night. Edwin Encarnacion finished 3 for 4 with a three-run homer and drove in four runs ...

Mayfield brings his brash edge to Browns franchise

BEREA — Baker Mayfield dragged more than a Heisman Trophy with him into the NFL. There was other baggage, including a well-earned reputation as being cocky, fiery, brash and over-the-top. He hasn’t changed much. And that’s what the Browns love about their rookie starting quarterback, ...

Bauer takes another step, but Tribe loses

CHICAGO — Trevor Bauer took a step toward returning to Cleveland’s rotation for the postseason by tossing four effective innings, but the Chicago White Sox overcame a two-run, ninth-inning deficit and beat the Indians 5-4 Tuesday night. Carlos Carrasco (16-10) followed Bauer with his ...

Sense of urgency evident in Monday night win

PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald insists he wasn’t sending some sort of message when the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end extended his right arm toward Tampa Bay’s Chris Conte and jammed the Buccaneers defensive back into the turf on Monday night. It was a show of force that sprung McDonald for ...

Browns are Baker’s

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield’s heard all about the Browns’ quarterback misery, the horrid history of failures and flops since 1999. From Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Derek Anderson to Johnny Manziel and so many others, 29 quarterbacks have started in Cleveland before Mayfield, who isn’t ...

Kluber gets 20th win; Tribe throws 17th shutout

CHICAGO — Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it’s “a nice, round number.” Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians shut out the ...

Cavaliers prepare to begin life without LeBron

INDEPENDENCE — As the Cavaliers wandered around posing for silly photographs, reading radio promotions and doing interviews, everything felt different. This media day was nothing like the past four. Cleveland heads into the season with very little buzz, zero drama and low expectations. The ...

Roethlisberger helps team get first win

TAMPA, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the ...

Gaining momentum

WARREN — As the Warren Gridiron Club concluded its annual celebration of football legends on Sunday, a few former Cleveland Browns chimed in on whether a legend has been born in Cleveland. The Football Legends of Warren Reunion and Celebrity Golf Outing, which honors athletes from Warren ...

Bucs ready to showcase potent offense against Steelers

TAMPA, Fla. — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback’s absence, they’re evolving into an offensive juggernaut that’s set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit ...

Allen’s RBI single in 11th leads Tribe past Red Sox, 4-3

CLEVELAND — Greg Allen singled with one out and the bases loaded in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Red Sox 4-3 on Sunday night to deny Boston’s bid for a club-record 106th victory for the second straight game. Allen singled through the left side on a 3-2 pitch from ...

Merger a key point in city sports history

There were years of built-up animosity, trash talk, skirmishes and a deeply rooted city-wide division. One side of town didn’t care for the other, and vice versa. Two schools within the same city limits — about 3 miles apart — created a heated rivalry that led to epic sporting events. ...

OSU routs Tulane, 49-6, as Meyer returns to sideline

COLUMBUS — Ohio State gift-wrapped a blowout for Urban Meyer in his return to the sideline, making sure the coach didn’t have to get too stressed or too mad at anybody and didn’t have to make any monumental decisions. The No. 4 Buckeyes played like, well, like they played while Meyer ...

Brantley lifts Tribe in extras

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley kept his cool and delivered for the Cleveland Indians. Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston’s bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the ...

Jackson delays naming Mayfield starter

CLEVELAND — The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero, the streak buster. “Ba-ker May-field,” they screamed. They’ve named their new starting quarterback. Coach ...

Boston tops Tribe for 105th victory

CLEVELAND — The Boston Red Sox went 86 years between World Series titles, and are now on the cusp of eclipsing an even older milestone. Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home runs and the Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with their 105th win, beating ...