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Thomas assigned to G-League for practice

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas is one big step closer to joining the Cavaliers. Cleveland assigned the All-Star point guard to its Canton G-League team so he could practice and scrimmage with the Charge on Thursday, a significant development in his recovery from a torn labrum in his right hip. ...

Steelers to replace Brown by committee

PITTSBURGH — Replacing Antonio Brown won’t be a one-man job for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team’s top wide receiver is out indefinitely with a left calf injury sustained against the New England Patriots. That means it’s up to Martavis Bryant, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster and others ...

Former Syracuse assistant takes over at KSU

KENT (AP) — Kent State is hoping the nation’s youngest coach can return them to old glory. Former Syracuse assistant Sean Lewis was introduced as Kent State’s new football coach on Thursday and charged with turning around a program that has won just 14 games in the past five seasons ...

Cavs’ Thomas could be playing next week

INDEPENDENCE — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday. Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers. Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. ...

Ohio State adds TE, DT in early signings

COLUMBUS — The nation’s top-rated tight end and defensive tackle were among the 21 recruits locked up by Ohio State on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. Jeremy Ruckert from Lindenhurst, New York, could make an immediate impact at tight end, with the departure of ...

DeBartolo showing interest in Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The stunning news of the rare opportunity to purchase an NFL team has quickly garnered the attention of sports figures, business investors and politicians alike. Amid reports of sexual and racial remarks made by Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson in the ...

Antetokounmpo, Bucks hold off Cavaliers

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, Eric Bledsoe had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 on Tuesday night. Milwaukee ended a five-game losing streak to Cleveland. Khris Middleton had 18 points and 10 assists, and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 ...

Steelers’ Brown out Sunday; Conner done for season

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to pick up the pieces from an emotional loss to the New England Patriots without Antonio Brown. Coach Mike Tomlin says Brown will miss Pittsburgh’s Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL’s leading receiver ...

Planned pity parade provides motivation

CLEVELAND — A pity parade has given the Browns more motivation to avoid NFL shame. Just two losses from becoming the second team in league history to go 0-16, the Browns want to avoid further embarrassment by having their inglorious season celebrated with a parade around their downtown ...

Jackson stays with Kizer at quarterback

CLEVELAND — Loose with the football, DeShone Kizer held onto his starting job. Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, who upped his NFL-leading interception total to 19 with two more picks Sunday, will start this week when the winless Browns play in Chicago. “It is still DeShone,” coach ...

Missed opportunity

PITTSBURGH — Maybe Mike Tomlin called it. Maybe it was Todd Haley. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Rogers went rogue. The chaos surrounding Pittsburgh’s decision to go for the win instead of force overtime late in a 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday doesn’t lead to ...

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Cleveland's DeShone Kizer walks off the field while Baltimore's Michael Pierce celebrates a Baltimore touchdown during the Browns 27-10 loss.

Pit of misery: Browns, Kizer implode yet again

CLEVELAND — Before the Browns’ home finale, a couple exchanged wedding vows in the stadium’s Dawg Pound bleachers. The intimate ceremony went off without a hitch. The reception was another sloppy mess. Doomed by turnovers, questionable play calling and more disturbing throws by ...

Thrill and agony

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin didn’t want to risk overtime. Neither did Ben Roethlisberger. So with the clock ticking down and a chance to end years of torment by the New England Patriots just 7 yards away, Tomlin gave Roethlisberger permission to ad lib. “We play and play to win,” ...

Special shoes, triple-double by James lift Cavs

WASHINGTON — LeBron James joked that he changed out of his shoes — one black, one white, with “equality” in gold capital letters — at halftime because he was playing poorly. “If that’s a bad game,” teammate Kevin Love said, “then sheesh!” James finished with 20 points, ...

James, Cavs handle Jazz

CLEVELAND — LeBron James’ numbers have done more than move the Cavaliers near the top of the Eastern Conference. He also has placed himself squarely in the discussion to win his fifth Most Valuable Player award. James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career ...

Browns hope for first win

CLEVELAND — There’s no easy road to the AFC playoffs. However, the Baltimore Ravens may be on one. They’re facing a three-week pathway to the postseason deprived of much real danger. Don’t tell John Harbaugh that, though. Baltimore’s coach isn’t buying that his team’s last ...

Ohio State holds off Appalachian State

COLUMBUS — A delay and evacuation after a fire alarm couldn’t deter Ohio State from winning its fourth straight game when Jae’Sean Tate scored 19 points in an 80-67 win against Appalachian State at Value City Arena on Saturday. Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points, Kaleb Wesson had 16, and ...

Steelers, Pats play for high stakes

PITTSBURGH — The soul searching began the moment the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field last January at snowy Foxborough following painful three hours watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots toy with them in a one-sided 36-17 victory in the AFC title game that didn’t even feel ...

Santana leaves Tribe for Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Santana is bringing his big bat and postseason experience to the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old first baseman became the first of the offseason’s big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing Friday to a $60 million, three-year contract with the ...

Boswell fits in as a killer B

PITTSBURGH — Danny Smith wasn’t just looking for somebody who can kick. A lot of guys can kick. The Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator was searching for something more on that raw fall day at Heinz Field two years ago. Over the course of an hour or so, Kai Forbath, Randy ...