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Bosa no longer a Buckeye

COLUMBUS — Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday. The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already had four sacks this season when he suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. ...

Schobert to miss time with hamstring injury

BEREA — Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert is expected to miss some games with a hamstring injury. Schobert got hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Coach Hue Jackson said Schobert will be “down for a little while” and will be evaluated on ...

Steelers to move forward with or without Bell

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s stall inside the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room has been untouched for months. The Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. The black-and-yellow Jordans. Sweatpants. Cleats. His shoulder pads. Everything remains the same as it was when Bell walked out of the team’s ...

Cavs, Nance agree on deal

CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. looked out at the crowd gathered in the gym and knew he made the right choice. He’s staying home. “I’m one of you guys,” he said. “I really am. I’m a Cleveland guy at heart.” Nance signed a $44.8 million, four-year contract extension on Monday ...

Browns’ lopsided loss an ‘eye opener’ for team

BEREA — The Browns have endured all types of losses over the past few seasons. They’ve been painful, lopsided, comical, heartbreaking, head-scratching and last-second. Jarvis Landry described Sunday’s defeat differently. “An eye-opener,” the receiver said. After being so ...

Return to sadness

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield and the Browns got grounded. A week after he led Cleveland to a thrilling overtime win, the Browns rookie quarterback was bottled up and bashed on Sunday by the Los Angeles Chargers, who rolled to a convincing 38-14 win in a game they controlled from the ...

Brown’s late TD beats Bengals

CINCINNATI — Ben Roethlisberger saw the defensive alignment and knew immediately that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance for a winning touchdown. All he had to do was get the ball to Antonio Brown right away. Brown took a few strides, caught the pass and ran behind Justin Hunter’s block ...

Cleveland’s factory of madness

CLEVELAND — Empty seats. Anemic football. Bad vibes. Home field hasn’t meant any advantage in recent years for the Browns, who entered this season with three wins in their last 27 home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, dubbed “The Factory of Sadness.” Madness has been the norm so far ...

Browns sign Breshad Perriman

CLEVELAND — The Browns added a wide receiver before they lost another one. Cleveland signed free agent Breshad Perriman after injuries to Rashard Higgins and Derrick Willies cut into the depth of an already inexperienced group. Perriman, a former first-round draft pick, worked out for ...

Young Bengals trying to end Steelers’ domination of rivalry

CINCINNATI — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick knows what it’s like to think that victory is only a few seconds away, only to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for another improbable win, and run off the field as thousands of their fans twirl towels in the stands. Many of Kirkpatrick’s ...

Browns lose WR to broken bone

BEREA — Already thin, the Browns’ group of wide receivers has gotten skeletal. Rookie Derrick Willies broke his collarbone in practice Friday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and likely several more, further depleting a receiving unit lacking experienced ...

Juju not worried about Burfict

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just wants to move on from last December’s physical primetime meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. But the second-year wideout thrust himself into one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL last season with a memorable block ...

Browns keep forcing turnovers

BEREA — The Miami Hurricanes invented the turnover chain. The Browns borrowed that idea. They’ve been stealing everything else lately. With eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles in just five games, Cleveland’s defense leads the NFL with 15 takeaways — two more than the Browns ...

Love now Cavaliers’ focal point with LeBron gone

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love wore a pair of LeBron James’ signature sneakers on media day. It’s the last time he’ll try to fill them. Four years after aligning with James and Kyrie Irving to form a Big Three of stars that ended Cleveland’s five-decades-long championship drought by winning ...

Watt’s fast start triggering ‘Blitzburgh’ resurgence

PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt is not trying to match his older brother sack for sack. Honest. It’s just sort of happening that way for the second-year Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, whose six quarterback takedowns through the first five weeks of the season have him tied with Cincinnati ...

Believeland

BEREA — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They’re swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities. On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to practice. Bow wow! But while the ...

Francona, front office discuss season

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn’t subsided just yet. Still feeling a “sting” after another successful season for Cleveland ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on Wednesday ...

All eyes on shaky OSU defense at midway point

COLUMBUS — Another flurry of pretty touchdown passes by Dwayne Haskins overshadowed No. 3 Ohio State’s defensive lapses. The state of the defense is causing anxiety for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who said Ohio State needs to get the problems cleaned up if they hope to sustain a march to ...

Indians return to the drawing board

CLEVELAND — For the third year in a row, the unmistakable aroma of champagne wafted into the hallway outside the visitor’s clubhouse following the final game at Progressive Field. On the Cleveland side, the smell was sour. The Indians were built for one goal: to win their first World ...

Throwing one away

CLEVELAND — The master plan was for Trevor Bauer to be Cleveland’s secret weapon, the October surprise. But that idea, and just about everything else the Indians tried, was tossed away. Bauer’s two throwing errors in the seventh inning helped Houston rally for three runs and the ...