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The ins and outs of how some teams handled 2017 NFL draft

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With 253 selections over three days, and a couple hundred thousand people on hand, the NFL draft seems as complex an operation as exists. Don't believe it, at least not for the teams. All the hard work had been done in the previous ...

Mural honors Cincinnati Reds Joe ‘Ol’ Lefthander’ Nuxhall

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Joe "Ol' Lefthander" Nuxhall is being honored with a vibrant mural on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store. The mural design features a younger Nuxhall outstretching his arm with an autographed baseball in his hand with an older image of him in the ...

Browns follow miserable, 1-win season with solid draft

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — For three days, the Cleveland Browns were decisive, aggressive and precise in the NFL draft. Who are these guys? Ridiculed for years for making major mistakes while on the clock, they picked the consensus best player, landed a potential ...

Bengals getting backlash over drafting RB Joe Mixon

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals are facing a backlash over their decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma. Cincinnati added to its reputation for embracing players with troubled histories when it took Mixon in the ...

Harrison, Herrera lead NYCFC to 3-2 win over Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jack Harrison scored twice, 19-year-old Yangel Herrera added an assist and his first MLS goal and New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Saturday night. Harrison's second goal capped the scoring in the 76th minute. Herrera swooped in to steal a pass near the top ...

Salazar, bullpen hold Seattle hitless in last 8, Indians win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar appeared to be in for a short outing Saturday. Instead, the Seattle Mariners ended up having a tough day. Salazar got off to a rocky start, then combined with two Cleveland relievers to hold the Mariners hitless over the ...

Browns get defensive, draft Garrett at No. 1 and pass on QB

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns didn't mess around with the No. 1 pick. They didn't find their franchise quarterback either. Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, Cleveland wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft ...

Lindor’s 2-run blast in 7th leads Indians past Astros 4-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor has added game-changing power to his long list of skills. Lindor's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. The 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski (1-1) ...

Different Deron: Williams turns it on for Cavs in playoffs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of ...

NFL prospect to meet with police Monday on rape accusation

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for former Ohio State star Gareon Conley says the NFL prospect plans to meet with detectives and give a DNA sample after the NFL draft to counter accusations that he raped a woman earlier this month. The cornerback projected as a first-round pick in the NFL draft ...

Thames has 1 of Brewers’ 14 hits, hurt in win over Reds

by JOE TOTORAITIS, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames put a brief scare into the Milwaukee Brewers. Baseball's biggest surprise so far this season says he will be fine. Thames scored twice before leaving with an injury, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Wednesday ...

Comeback Kid: Brantley drives in 3; Indians beat Astros 7-6

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley missed Cleveland's run to the World Series. So it's understandable why he's enjoying his comeback from shoulder problems that forced him to miss most of last season. Brantley drove in three runs and the Indians defeated ...

NFL prospect: Rape report ‘completely false,’ skipping draft

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says he plans to skip attending the NFL draft in person on Thursday and decried allegations that he raped a woman as "completely false." No charges have been filed as police investigate claims made by a 23-year-old woman that he ...

Astros’ Keuchel wins again; Altuve OK after scary collision

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched another masterpiece and the Houston Astros endured a frightening collision in a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Keuchel pitched a complete game to extend his promising start to the season, even ...

Eric Thames hits 11th homer in Brewers’ 9-1 rout of Reds

By ANDREW GRUMAN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's little doubt Eric Thames can rip apart the Cincinnati Reds at this point. He got plenty of help from his teammates Tuesday night. The slugger hit his major league-leading 11th home run — his eighth against Cincinnati this season ...

NFL prospect denies rape report made to police; no charges

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed. Spokeswoman Kathleen Caffrey of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says the April 9 ...

NFL draft: Browns still searching for franchise quarterback

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching ...

Thames hits 9th, 10th HRs as Brewers beat Reds 11-7

By JOE TOTORAITIS, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bryan Price knew exactly what Eric Thames did to carry the Milwaukee Brewers past the Cincinnati Reds. Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the ...

Bengals set to hold onto McCarron for at least 1 more year

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron is looking at another year of barely getting on the field, and maybe longer. With the draft a few days away, Cincinnati has given no indication it's willing to trade him to a team that would give him a ...

Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break. After struggling through the final weeks of the regular season and losing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the defending champs assured themselves of getting a little more rest. ...