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Meyer’s health an issue?

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer doesn’t seem to be having much fun these days. The Ohio State coach is not demonstrably mirthful, of course, at least not when it comes to his job. “It’s not like me to be the Joe Positive guy,” he acknowledged the other day. “I’m usually the ...

James greeted as hero, then beats Cavs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James felt only love at home. Making his first trip back to Cleveland since leaving for the second time as a free agent, James was welcomed like a hero on Wednesday night and rallied the Los Angeles Lakers to a 109-105 win over the Cavaliers, who played an inspired game ...

Coming home … again

CLEVELAND — The air was heavy, heaving with hatred. And when LeBron James skipped onto the Quicken Loans Arena floor on Dec. 2, 2010, with his Miami teammates, scorned Cleveland fans aimed their fury at one of their own, the kid from Akron who was shaken by the experience. James was ...

A Trot that means a lot

The mirror can tell more than one cares to hear. Weight is often a problem people struggle with daily, stuffing unwanted but tantalizing carbohydrates that pack on the pounds — eventually affecting joints, breathing and overall health. John Petersal looked at his reflection about 40 years ...

Contrasting defenses in The Game

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 4 Michigan has the nation’s top-ranked defense with NFL-caliber players at each position group and one of the game’s best coordinators calling the shots. The Wolverines, though, have not been tested as much as they will be by No. 10 Ohio State and quarterback ...

Buckeyes overcome slow start in 5th straight win

COLUMBUS — Don’t flinch. That was the message Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann had for his young Buckeyes, trailing for the first time at the half against undefeated Samford after shooting just 37.5 percent from the field. Those words provided the necessary motivation, as Kaleb Wesson ...

‘The Game’ once again decides Big Ten East

COLUMBUS — Maybe both teams already were looking ahead to The Game. Whatever it was, Michigan and Ohio State struggled with middling Big Ten teams Saturday. Instead of easy tuneups, the games against 5-5 teams nearly became nightmare traps. Ohio State played horrendous defense and escaped ...

Smith ‘no longer with team’ as Cavs try to work trade

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith’s bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team said Tuesday that the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, “will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation ...

Love out through December

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love may not be back until sometime in 2019 following foot surgery. Love had an operation on Nov. 2 to relieve pain and pressure in his big left toe, which he injured in the club’s preseason opener. At the time, the team said Love would be out ...

Penguins struggling to escape from lengthy slump

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan’s regular film sessions with the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t lack for clues on why one of the NHL’s marquee franchises is in the midst of its bumpiest stretch in more than a decade. The defense can morph into a disjointed mess under sustained pressure, ...

Not Hue again: Browns face old coach

BEREA — While the Browns relaxed during the bye week, their fired former coach went back to work. Hue Jackson’s got a new gig. And this strange season in Cleveland will take another odd turn Sunday when the Browns face the Bengals and Jackson, who somehow survived an 0-16 season and was ...

UM captain predicts victory

COLUMBUS — Michigan running back Karan Higdon pondered the question for a moment, smirked and glanced up at tight end Zach Gentry next to him. Then Higdon leaned forward to the microphone and predicted a Michigan victory over Ohio State. It was the shot heard across the Midwest on Monday as ...

Cavs clobbered by Pistons

DETROIT — Before Detroit’s matchup with Cleveland, Pistons coach Dwane Casey stressed the importance of a good start. “When the bell rings, we’ve got to be ready to run and play fast, and play together,” Casey said. “I’ve had it before and somehow, there’s some reason we get ...

Wesson brothers lead OSU victory

COLUMBUS — Brothers Kaleb Wesson and Andre Wesson combined for 29 points to lead four Ohio State players in double figures in an 89-61 win over South Carolina State on Sunday. Kaleb Wesson scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half as the Buckeyes (4-0) took a 43-21 halftime lead. The ...

Steelers come through when needed in 6th straight win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way over ...

Buckeyes survive against Terps

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace. Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it — one way or another. A gutsy decision by Maryland interim ...

Steelers, Jags have a history

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more about a rematch in the ...

Browns looking up headed into bye week

CLEVELAND — The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent ...

OSU fights ‘underachiever’ label

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland. Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has ...

Backups give Steelers a boost

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...