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Limiting Lamar

PITTSBURGH — Lamar Jackson’s energy is palpable. It pulses every time the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player has the ball in his hands, a kinetic energy fueled by the Baltimore quarterback’s unique skillset, one most teams in the league have struggled to grasp let alone stop. Yet ...

Another defensive stalwart sidelined

CLEVELAND — The Browns are down another defensive star. Starting cornerback Denzel Ward, who leads the NFL in passes defensed and is coming off his best game this season, will miss time with a strained calf he sustained in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia. Ward’s injury is just the ...

Early returns

Alabama was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams along with Alabama., which is No. 1 in the ...

Browns still winning amid adversity

CLEVELAND — Say this for the Cleveland Browns, version 2020: They’re a resilient bunch. They’ve won without their star running back, who missed four games with a sprained knee. They’ve won while their best defensive player recovers from COVID-19 — and will have to again. They’ve ...

Steelers’ focus on title, not record

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to get into the comparison game. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn’t see the point of it. So while the wins keep piling up — the latest a drama-free 27-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday that pushed Pittsburgh to 10-0 — ...

Veteran coach discusses football season

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For the past 22 seasons, Tom Pavlansky has served as head football coach of the Lakeview Bulldogs, where he has guided the Bulldogs to three league titles and seven playoff appearances (2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017). The past four years, he has served on the ...

Steelers’ focus on title, not record

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to get into the comparison game. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn’t see the point of it. So while the wins keep piling up — the latest a drama-free 27-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday that pushed Pittsburgh to 10-0 — ...

Francona says he’s ‘excited’ for return to bench

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s feeling more fit and a little feisty. That’s welcome news for the Cleveland Indians. After missing most of this past season with significant health problems, Francona said Monday that he’s stronger physically and looking forward to managing again in 2021, ...

Cavaliers complete trade; sign Dellavedova

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have found either a temporary replacement for Tristan Thompson or an asset to bring in other talent. Cleveland announced Monday it has acquired center JaVale McGee and a 2026 second-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and ...

Browns’ star out Sunday

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns not only managed without star Myles Garrett for one game, they won. They’ll have to try to do it again. The dynamic end will miss this week’s game against Jacksonville as he continues to recover from the COVID-19 virus. Garrett tested positive last ...

Browns take flight

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt lifted off just inside the 5-yard line, soared over the head of Philadelphia’s Jalen Mills like an Olympic long jumper and landed in the end zone. Without star Myles Garrett, the Browns needed someone to step up. Hunt went above and beyond — and he wasn’t the ...

Steelers stay perfect in rout

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Pittsburgh’s latest victory was picture perfect. The Steelers defense gathered in the end zone after each turnover — four times in all — and posed for the cameras. Some of the celebrations were planned, some candid, most cheesy. All of them well-deserved. Ben ...

Gmutza wins Senior Masters

The stepladder finals results followed the preliminary qualifying scores, and Tom Gmutza captured the title in the 2020 Warren Senior Masters bowling tournament on Sunday at Champion Lanes. Gmutza led the three-game qualifying round on Sunday with a total pinfall of 694. He was followed by ...

Cavs get McGee from Lakers

CLEVEAND — Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a future draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The Cavs will get a ...

Buckeyes outlast Indiana

COLUMBUS — After climbing to its highest AP Top 25 poll ranking in more than a half century, No. 9 Indiana got a chance find out how it measured up with Big Ten behemoth Ohio State, a team the Hoosiers hadn’t beaten in 32 years. They came up short but sure made it interesting — and a ...

Browns cross paths with QB Wentz again

CLEVELAND — Before he ever soared — or, in the case of this season, sputtered — for the Eagles, quarterback Carson Wentz was connected to the Browns. They passed on the chance to draft him. Today (1 p.m., FOX), their paths cross again. Wentz has been inconsistent, turnover prone and ...

Steelers take aim at 10-0 on trip to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Pittsburgh and Jacksonville have played some real nail-biters. Ten of their past 12 meetings have been one-score games, including several decided on the final drive and a few on the final play. The past two might have been the best between the former AFC Central ...

Warren Senior Masters title is decided today

Bobby Shultz totaled 2,656 pins following the third round of qualifying and will lead seven other senior bowlers into the final round of the Warren Senior Masters bowling tournament today beginning at 1 p.m. at Champion Lanes. The third and final round of qualifying took place at Freeway ...

Garrett out of action with virus

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has been slowed down just when the Browns need him most. Cleveland’s dynamic star defensive end and the NFL’s leader in sacks will miss Sunday’s game (1 p.m., FOX) against Philadelphia — and maybe more — after testing positive for COVID-19, dealing the ...

It’s not the lure, it’s the location that counts

A variety of experiences during my 2020 fishing year turned out to be pivotal moments in my lifelong learning curve as an angler. They aren’t always apparent in the moment, but events on the water can make a lasting impression. The challenge for the angler, of course, is to recognize the ...