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A timing issue

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians knew what they were getting when they traded for Josh Donaldson — a former MVP who could help them reach the World Series. They just don’t know when they’ll be getting him on the field. Donaldson doesn’t, either, but he said Sunday he’s close to ...

Red-hot Rays beat Tribe

CLEVELAND — Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash is excited about how his team is playing. The only thing missing for the Rays: a clear path to the playoffs. Rookie Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three runs, and the Rays hung on in the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Sunday, ...

Scrappers lose; lead is 1/2 game

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — Mike Gretler doubled and singled twice, and Osvaldo Bido allowed just three hits over six innings as the West Virginia Black Bears beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5-2 on Saturday. Coupled with Auburn’s 10-5 victory over Batavia, the Scrappers lead in the New ...

Interim coach, new QB: Buckeyes roll

COLUMBUS — Ohio State came into the opener with a stand-in coach and a new starting quarterback after a truly bizarre preseason that led to a three-game suspension for coach Urban Meyer. The day worked out OK for the offensively prolific No. 5 Buckeyes, though their defense might still be ...

Indians stopped by Rays’ ace, 5-3

CLEVELAND — Blake Snell has put himself in the middle of the race for the AL Cy Young Award. Snell moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 17th win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night. Snell (17-5) is tied with New York’s Luis Severino and ...

Fan favorite Cajuste among cuts

CLEVELAND — Devon Cajuste’s crystals couldn’t ward off being cut. The long-haired tight end, who became an overnight favorite with Browns fans after appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” was one of 19 players released by the team Saturday. Cajuste’s easygoing nature, fondness for ...

Donaldson is wild card for Tribe in playoffs

CLEVELAND — Josh Donaldson experienced flight issues from Florida on his first official day as a member of the Indians. His on-field arrival may be delayed as well. The 2015 AL MVP was not expected to reach Progressive Field until game-time Saturday night, a day after Cleveland acquired ...

Steelers say farewell to Landry Jones

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs’s impressive preseason ended up costing Landry Jones his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose to keep Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph as the primary backup quarterbacks behind Ben Roethlisberger when they pared the roster to 53 on Saturday. The decision left Jones, a ...

Indians land Donaldson

CLEVELAND — Josh Donaldson’s rough season has taken a positive turn. The Indians are giving him a swing at October. The 2015 AL MVP was traded Friday night by Toronto to Cleveland, which is hoping a healthy Donaldson can bolster its lineup and help the club get back to the World ...

Kluber pitches Indians past Rays, 3-0

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians are rolling along quite nicely. And help is on the way. Kluber pitched seven sparkling innings, Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Friday night. AL Central-leading Cleveland won for the fourth ...

1968 Newton Falls title team recognized

NEWTON FALLS — The 1968 Newton Falls High School football team, which won the first ever Trumbull AA League football title, will be honored on the 50th anniversary of its feat next weekend with a pregame introduction Friday night before the Tigers’ game against Mineral Ridge, and with ...

Finishing strong

DETROIT — Even if he doesn’t play again for a while, Baker Mayfield has given Cleveland a glimpse. Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first half for the Browns, who wrapped up the preseason with a 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Mayfield completed a 41-yard ...

Kipnis’ homer powers Tribe

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis kept watching and hoping. Kipnis’ high drive barely cleared the right field wall for a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday. Usually, when it’s close, Kipnis said he tries to ...

OSU trustee resigns, says Meyer penalty too soft

COLUMBUS — An Ohio State University trustee who thought football coach Urban Meyer deserved more than a three-game suspension and resigned from the board over it said Thursday that he was alone in advocating a stiffer penalty when trustees discussed the matter. Former board chairman Jeffrey ...

Dobbs shines as Steelers cruise past Carolina

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs put together a compelling case to be on someone’s NFL roster next week, throwing for a touchdown and running for another to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 39-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the preseason finale Thursday night. Dobbs, fighting for one of ...

Cody collapses

CLEVELAND — Cody Allen only knows one way out of his pitching funk. “You gotta kinda keep grinding, grinding, grinding,” he said. Fortunately for the Indians, there’s still time for Allen to grind before October arrives. Cleveland’s struggling closer gave up a two-out, two-run ...

Miller returns to DL

CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller’s start-and-stop season has been disrupted again. The Cleveland Indians placed the invaluable reliever on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder soreness, an injury the AL Central leaders hope gets better in time for the postseason. Manager Terry Francona said ...

Browns cut LB after feds file charges

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released by the NFL team Wednesday night, hours after he was charged by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia with insider trading. Kendricks, who signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season ...

Haskins debuts as starter as Buckeyes face OSU

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Buckeyes welcome back 49 letterwinners from the 2017 Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions, including six starters on offense and four on defense, as they open the 2018 college football season on Saturday at home against Oregon State. And while much of the college ...

Williams, relievers stop Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams pitched six strong innings, Starling Marte had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Wednesday night. Williams (11-9) gave up three hits and struck out a career-high eight. He has allowed just four earned ...