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James returns, Cavaliers debut new starting lineup

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer The King has returned. LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday night after missing Cleveland's first three games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 17 points, but also had eight turnovers in the 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls. It was the first ...

Pro Football Hall of Fame eyes game on NFL’s 100th birthday

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame says he'd like to have a regular-season NFL game at the hall's stadium in Ohio to mark the league's 100th birthday. The Repository newspaper reports hall president David Baker recently talked with NFL officials about ...

High school coach resigns amid improper conduct allegations

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio High School coach has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old student. Documents released by the Northwest Local School District Monday allege the former Colerain High School coach met the girl at her home Sept. 25. The girl's mother ...

‘Shaken’ Jackson undecided on Browns’ QB situation

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson made a drastic decision on Sunday with DeShone Kizer. Now he's got a bigger one: keep the rookie quarterback on the bench or play Kevin Hogan. And as Jackson weighs the pros and cons on how to best handle Cleveland's latest ...

Huskers guard against losing confidence with Buckeyes coming

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Coming off a three-touchdown loss to Wisconsin, Nebraska will face a top-10 opponent for the second straight week. Next up is No. 9 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten), which beat the Cornhuskers by 59 points in Columbus last year. ...

Wade to start at guard for Cavaliers, Smith coming off bench

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job. He's got one anyway. After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tryonn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard ...

After 0-3 start, Bengals back in thick of AFC North race

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A Bengals team that lost its first three games is getting rewarded with an extra day off this week. That's how quickly things have changed. Facing elimination from the AFC North only two weeks ago, the Bengals are back in the thick of the race ...

Severino, Judge help Yankees top Indians 7-3 to force Game 5

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees are headed back to Cleveland for a decisive Game 5 — thanks to plenty of help from the Indians. Severino rebounded from his playoff debacle, Judge delivered a big hit and the ...

Indians offense tamed with Encarnacion injured

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Minus injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Cleveland Indians have scored three runs in the past two games. They get one more chance to close out the New York Yankees. Encarnacion remained out of Cleveland's lineup Monday night in ...

Catching up: Judge’s grab, Tanaka, Bird lift Yanks in Game 3

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7. Judge reached high and prevented a home run to save Tanaka's seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller, and New York edged the ...

Second-guessed: Jackson’s choices questioned as Browns lose

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Moments after losing for the 20th time in 21 games as Cleveland's coach, Hue Jackson began the long, cruel walk toward the locker room. As he headed for the tunnel, Jackson was already pondering his postgame speech and an explanation on his ...

Nothing wrong with Green as Bengals rally to beat Bills

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — One pass slipped off A.J. Green's wet hands, and another deflected off his chest. Then he got stripped of the ball after a catch. The usually sure-handed receiver was having such a tough time that his head coach wondered if he was hurt. "I ...

McCown, surprising Jets soar past winless Browns 17-14

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — On his first trip back to Cleveland, Josh McCown experienced something new — and something unexpected. "It took me three years and two teams," New York's quarterback said. "But dang gummit, I got me a win at FirstEnergy Stadium." As a ...

Drop-back: Browns rookie QB Kizer benched in second half

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Swapping his helmet for a baseball cap, DeShone Kizer stood on the sideline and watched. There was nothing else to do. Benched by coach Hue Jackson for being ineffective, Kizer sat out the second half of Cleveland's 17-14 loss on Sunday to ...

Indians’ Encarnacion “much better,” eyeing postseason return

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Even on their days off, things keep going right for the Cleveland Indians. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after spraining his right ankle during a frightening moment in Game 2 of the AL Division Series ...

No. 10 Ohio State keeps rolling, routs Maryland 62-14

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Maryland tried to mix things up right from the start Saturday, trying a flea-flicker on its first offensive play. Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker wasn't fooled. He sacked Max Bortenschlager for a 4-yard loss. Matter of fact, the ...

Saad, Kane, Toews lead Blackhawks past Blue Jackets

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks and their marquee players are starting the season in high gear. Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and assist to lead Chicago over the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night. Richard Panik also ...

Weese FG gives S Dakota first win over Youngstown St, 31-28

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Ryan Weese kicked a 29-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining and South Dakota beat Youngstown State for the first time 31-28 on Saturday. The winning drive for the Coyotes (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) was set up when Taylor Lambert sacked Youngstown ...

No. 25 UCF routs Cincinnati 51-23 in rain-shortened game

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The only thing that could stop UCF was a storm. McKenzie Milton threw a career-high five touchdown passes — four in the first half. Tre'Quan Smith caught three touchdown passes and ran for another score . And No. 25 UCF scored every time it ...

Woodson guides Akron over Ball State 31-3

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Thomas Woodson tossed two touchdown passes and John Lako returned an interception 35 yards for a score as Akron cruised past Ball State 31-3 on Saturday. Woodson opened the scoring for the Zips (3-3, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) with a 24-yard strike to Austin Wolf on an ...