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Ben vs. Brady

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger intended for the moment to be private. The camera following him to midfield and the microphone tucked inside Tom Brady’s shoulder pads ended up making that impossible. Their brief exchange before Brady and the New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh ...

Korver finally gets first practice time

INDEPENDENCE — Kyle Korver feels mostly moved in. Off the floor, that is. The newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers still has some adjusting to do before he feels completely at home with the NBA champions, who have struggled of late. “Every day it gets better and better,” he ...

Brown offers apology for gaffe

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown insists he didn’t mean to disrespect his coach or create a distraction when the All-Pro wide receiver livestreamed the raucous aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The ever social media savvy Brown also ...

Carlin named Scrappers’ new manager

Former Cleveland Indians catcher Luke Carlin has been named the manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for the 2017 season which begins June 21. Carlin served on the Akron staff last year after his 14-year professional career ended after the 2015 season. Carlin appeared in 56 Major League ...

Tomlin not pleased with Brown’s role

PITTSBURGH — The father in Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots during the postgame speech Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown opted to livestream on social media after a taut playoff victory over Kansas City. The coach in Tomlin has just ...

Cavs embarrassed

OAKLAND, Calif. — Now, everybody can sit back for a few months and envision the possibility of another scintillating NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State. LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry for the third straight time, complete with the hard-nosed play of Draymond Green, dazzling dunks ...

Steelers downplay Tomlin’s view of Patriots

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live-streamed the giddy celebration in Pittsburgh’s locker room after an 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City. The All-Pro wide receiver also happened to catch coach Mike Tomlin indelicately describing the New ...

Steelers one step away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Boswell’s pinpoint right leg and Le’Veon Bell’s two dancing feet. They do call it football, after all. Indeed, Bell spent much of Sunday watching the film “Happy Feet.” “I wasn’t nervous about the game,” Bell said. “I don’t watch ESPN or NFL ...

Rematch, Part 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the Warriors traveled to Cleveland last January after winning the 2015 NBA title by beating the Cavs, Stephen Curry had so many fond memories there he mentioned the chance of champagne smells still lingering in the visiting locker room all those months ...

Bowden decides on Kentucky

BOARDMAN — Lynn Bowden was surrounded by family and friends at Cafe Capri. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Warren G. Harding football standout had reason to celebrate. After much contemplation, the Division II all-state quarterback made his final decision on where he’ll take his talents next ...

Barta sets records, leads Challenge qualifying

Fresh off a record-setting qualifying round on Saturday, three-time champion Adam Barta leads a dozen bowlers into today’s finals of the 38th Warren Men’s Challenge bowling tournament. The finals are scheduled to begin at noon today at Champion Lanes. The format includes 12 games of ...

Gingell’s first goal is OT winner for Phantoms

YOUNGSTOWN — Jake Gingell’s first career goal as a Phantom gave Youngstown a key 2-1 overtime victory over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Covelli Centre Saturday night. The Phantoms, ironically, lost to Sioux City, 2-1 in overtime, on Friday night. “Same story, 2-1 overtime, both ...

Chiefs looking to reverse earlier result

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season “a bunch of times” this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn’t relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger ...

Indians, four pitchers agree to 2017 contracts

CLEVELAND — The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday. Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for arbitration and are key members on one of ...

Haley faces old team

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley will pull out the video during the occasional meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers as a gag yeah, but also to prove a point. The screen flickers and there the Steelers offensive coordinator is nearly a decade ago, working in the same job with the ...

Ben’s interceptions not a problem — so far

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin didn’t mention any names. Then again, he didn’t really have to. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey are the only two players on the Pittsburgh Steelers who put their fingers around the laces on every offensive snap. And really, there’s ...

Linemen loving Steelers’ approach

PITTSBURGH — Offensive lineman nirvana arrived for the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the first quarter on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Ten snaps. All handoffs from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Le’Veon Bell. Each one of them chewing up clock, yardage and whatever mettle ...

Williams takes over Browns defense

CLEVELAND — Gregg Williams revived his coaching career after shame and suspension. His next challenge: repairing Cleveland’s leaky defense. Williams was hired Sunday as the Browns defensive coordinator, replacing Ray Horton, fired by coach Hue Jackson less than a week after Cleveland ...

Cavaliers slide past lowly Suns

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns, with one of the worst records in the West, threatened to make it an embarrassing night for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Until LeBron James set things straight. James scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Cavs fought off Phoenix down the ...

Minnesota, Coffey beat Buckeyes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Confidence and poise are suddenly in ample supply at Minnesota. Newcomers to the lineup have provided instant sparks and critical production. The most tangible factor in the turnaround, though, has to be the defense. Amir Coffey had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, ...