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No. 19 Michigan seeks big upset of No. 2 Penn State

By The Associated Press Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it'll almost certainly ...

Ouch! Bengals newcomers get crash course in Steelers rivalry

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — One of the NFL's edgiest rivalries is getting passed onto the next generation of Bengals. Nine rookies will see firsthand why so much has been made of these high-stakes games with the Steelers. It won't take them long on Sunday to realize this ...

Tight end usage up in the Big Ten this season

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Tight ends are back in vogue in the Big Ten. There has been a noticeable rise in the use of players at the end of the line as receivers in 2017. Tight ends in the Big Ten have combined to catch 47 passes a week this season, up from 36 in 2016. Wisconsin ...

Johnson helps Blue Jackets extend win streak to four

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets kept it simple according to their coach John Tortorella. They checked well and were rewarded with their fourth straight win of the young NHL season. "You could tell we had really good energy when the game started," Tortorella said after the ...

Celtics star Hayward suffers gruesome injury in opener

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for ...

Columbus Crew owner may move soccer team to Austin, Texas

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The owner of the Crew SC says the team is no longer sustainable and will move to Austin, Texas, unless a new, privately-financed stadium is built in downtown Columbus. Anthony Precourt, whose Precourt Sports Ventures has owned the Major ...

AP source: Richard Jefferson, Nuggets agree to 1-year deal

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Michael Malone knows all about Richard Jefferson. Just not Tuesday, with the deal for the veteran forward still waiting on official word. "Who's Jefferson?" the Denver Nuggets coach coyly said after practice. Jefferson will join the Nuggets on ...

LeBron vs. Kyrie the latest entry in NBA rivalries

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James loves rivalries. Ohio State-Michigan. North Carolina-Duke. Cowboys-Redskins. Those are some of the favorite matchups he's cited over the years, ones that have been honed by the flowing of bad blood over generations. Kyrie ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard ...

Sub-text: Browns’ misery worsened by loss to Watson, Texans

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston's getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but ...

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march ...

Bengals return from bye without TE Tyler Eifert

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals had an eventful bye weekend. They gained ground on the Ravens, lost ground to the Steelers, and lost tight end Tyler Eifert for the rest of the season. Their next step in trying to recover from an 0-3 start comes in Pittsburgh next ...

LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Following Cleveland's final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn't sure if LeBron James was playing Tuesday. J.R. Smith knows. "Oh, he's gonna go," Smith said ...

Rude welcome: Irving set for return to ‘rowdy’ Cleveland

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving is coming home to where his NBA journey began six years ago. There will be familiar faces and new sounds. Traded to Boston this summer after he demanded the Cavaliers deal him so he could escape LeBron James' shadow, Irving ...

Browns remain winless after another QB struggles

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland started a new quarterback on Sunday. The results were the same. Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starter at quarterback for the Browns since 1999 after rookie DeShone Kizer was benched this week. But Hogan's mistakes kept the ...

LeBron tests ankle in practice, status for opener unclear

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it's still not known if he'll play in Cleveland's season opener. James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA ...

Crew win 1-0, spoil Kaka’s final game with Orlando City

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ola Kamara scored his 17th goal of the season on his birthday and the Columbus Crew beat Orlando City 1-0 on Sunday to spoil Kaka's final game with the Lions. Kaka, the 35-year-old Brazilian soccer star, announced on Wednesday he would not re-sign with Orlando City after ...

Akron holds off Western Michigan 14-13 a day after rainout

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Thomas Woodson threw a TD pass, Manny Morgan ran in another score and Akron held off Western Michigan 14-13 on Sunday. The homecoming game was supposed to be played Saturday but was postponed because of heavy rain and lightning. Woodson made it 7-0 with a 13-yard ...

Ohio soccer fields in use after city caps contaminated soil

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Youth soccer fields at a Columbus park are once again in use after the city spent more than $2 million to place a cap over soil contaminated with arsenic and other toxins. The Columbus Dispatch reports teams from the Kids Inner-City Developmental Soccer league returned ...

No. 9 Buckeyes’ tear continues with 56-14 win over Huskers

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett led eight straight touchdown drives against Nebraska before his night ended early in the fourth quarter Saturday night. The wind had kicked up and the temperature had dropped into the 40s as ...