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Defensive line played big for Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — With his team trailing by five points late in the fourth quarter, Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard tore into the Penn State backfield and tackled Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley at the same time in one big group hug. The dazzling play for a 7-yard loss was symbolic of how ...

Cavaliers’ October struggles are over

CLEVELAND — After the Cavaliers’ fourth loss in five games, LeBron James is turning to the calendar for comfort. “What month is this for me? October? I’m not about to go crazy over it right now. It’s too long of a season. I’ve been a part of this way too many times,” James said ...

Doing just enough

DETROIT — JuJu Smith-Schuster scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the Detroit Lions to turn the ball over on downs twice in a 20-15 win Sunday night. The AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2) go into their bye ...

The best of Barrett

COLUMBUS — In the tunnel at Ohio Stadium that leads from locker room to the field, J.T. Barrett was posing for pictures with friends, receiving handshakes and hugs and thanking one older man with a scratchy voice for screaming himself hoarse. Barrett smiled and laughed. Apparently, the Ohio ...

Jackson, Browns remain positive

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson’s going back to London, the lone European stop on his extensive coaching resume. The food never became appealing to him, but Jackson won a championship during his stay. He’d settle for win on his return. With Jackson suffering through another painful, winless ...

Cleveland thumped by New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins came to the bench for the final time as the crowd rose to its feet. He exchanged high fives with Pelicans teammates and fans on the baseline, then motioned to the crowd with his raised right hand to keep the adulation coming. If Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue ...

Steeler defensive line has Lions thinking

DETROIT — A break in the schedule gave Detroit’s beleaguered offensive line a chance to rest and recover. Now comes one of the season’s biggest challenges — a matchup with the sack-happy Pittsburgh Steelers. “There’s no one guy to really clue in on. They’ve got quite a few,” ...

Barrett, Buckeyes face test today vs. Lions

COLUMBUS — J.T. Barrett hasn’t been playing at Ohio State forever. It just seems like it to Penn State coach James Franklin . Barrett helped lead the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014, Franklin’s first year in Happy Valley. That year’s game between the Big Ten rivals became ...

Injured Thomas praised by peers

CLEVELAND — As Joe Thomas crashed to his knees and grabbed his left arm, instinctively pulling his injured limb tightly to his body while screaming in pain, an audible gasp flowed through the crowd inside FirstEnergy Stadium. This couldn’t be happening. Not to Thomas. Not to Cleveland’s ...

Indians move quickly to replace Callaway

CLEVELAND — Carl Willis had other job offers, none like the one with the Indians. Following two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Willis has been hired by Cleveland to replace Mickey Callaway, who helped mold one of baseball’s best pitching staffs before leaving to manage the New York ...

Browns’ Garrett stays home

CLEVELAND — The only Big Ben that Myles Garrett will see this season is Roethlisberger. Cleveland’s rookie defensive end, who has played so well when healthy, won’t travel with the team to London because of a concussion and will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The ...

Steelers look for balance with Bell’s workload

PITTSBURGH — The request comes near the end of practice most Wednesdays. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will be standing off to the side when running back Le’Veon Bell inevitably jogs by to make an all-too familiar plea. “I’ll take another 35 (carries),” Bell ...

Barkley a huge challenge for Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is as prone to hyperbole as any football coach, but everything he says about Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley just might be true. The Ohio State coach made a bold statement or two this week about the Heisman Trophy front-runner, who is the first Penn State player ...

Ohio State passing game faces veteran secondary

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — It’ll likely go down as the most memorable play of his collegiate career, but Grant Haley has no desire to rewatch his game-sealing touchdown against Ohio State from a year ago. Although Haley’s fourth-quarter, 60-yard return of a blocked field goal sparked Penn ...

Cavaliers lose on road to Nets despite triple-double by James

NEW YORK — With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie. James had the bigger numbers. Dinwiddie made the biggest plays. Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame James’ first ...

Garrett in concussion protocol; could miss game

BEREA — Myles Garrett might be limited to sightseeing at Big Ben or Buckingham Palace this weekend. Cleveland’s dazzling rookie defensive end could miss Sunday’s game in London against the Minnesota Vikings after being placed in concussion protocol. The top overall pick in this ...

Kizer adjusting to change as Browns’ quarterback

BERE — DeShone Kizer has been benched at halftime, during the week and in the third quarter over the past three weeks. Misbehaving kids don’t get grounded as often as the Browns rookie quarterback, who wants to avoid coach Hue Jackson’s wrath — and hook — and maybe finish a ...

LeBron, Cavs handle Bulls

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt. Cleveland’s got some problems. LeBron James minimizes them all. Making a rare start at point guard, James scored 34 points as the ...

Tomlin: Bryant’s taking issues public ‘out of bounds’

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin has a message for wide receiver Martavis Bryant: get comfortable. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach stressed Tuesday that Bryant is “not available via trade” following a social media outburst late Sunday in which Bryant expressed frustration about his role in the ...

Smith-Schuster looking for his bike

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Somebody is playing hide and seek with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bike. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver says someone stole the bike he uses to commute from the team’s facility to his nearby apartment. The 20-year-old Smith-Schuster is working on getting his ...