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Spotlight shining down on Steelers’ Rudolph

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph could have gone the hat and clipboard route, the typical gear of choice for most NFL backup quarterbacks. The inner pragmatist in him would have none of it. So Rudolph spent the first six quarters of the 2019 season standing on the Pittsburgh Steelers sideline ...

Browns’ Garrett vows to clean up penalties

BEREA — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett doesn’t mind being called dominant or destructive. Don’t dare label him as dirty. “I know who I am and the guys within these walls know who I am, and that’s not me,” Garrett said. “I’m not going to do anything to try and hurt this ...

Tribe moves into tie for wild card

CLEVELAND — The Indians have work to do on their postseason push, and no games left against their favorite pushovers. Mike Clevinger pitched six shutdown innings, Franmil Reyes homered in his return to the lineup and Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 7-0 win over ...

Browns could be missing several starters Sunday

BEREA — The Browns came away from their blowout over the Jets badly bruised, and could be without several starters Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The most notable injury is to linebacker and captain Christian Kirksey, who has a chest injury that could require surgery and ...

Puig has game-winning hit; Civale outstanding

CLEVELAND — Yasiel Puig rounded first base, happily waiting for Francisco Lindor to jump into his arms. It was a moment he had been waiting for since joining the Indians on July 31. Puig delivered a bases-loaded single off the top of the right field wall with two outs in the 10th inning, ...

Fame induction set Oct. 27

The 17th-annual Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be Oct. 27 at DiVieste’s Banquet Centre. Inductees include Steve Arnold (Harding football coach), Jeff Bayuk (Kennedy football coach), LeShun Daniels (former player at Ohio State and with Cleveland Browns), Sue Ruby ...

Source: TE Njoku may need surgery for broken wrist

BEREA — Browns tight end David Njoku got more banged up against the Jets than previously known. Along with a concussion, Njoku broke his right wrist while trying to brace himself in a scary fall and could need surgery, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on ...

Did injury end Tribe tenure for Kipnis?

CLEVELAND — A broken right wrist ended Jason Kipnis’ regular season. He hopes it didn’t also end his tenure with the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis has spent his entire professional career with the organization since being drafted in 2009, but the Indians are unlikely to pick up his $16.5 ...

Beckham feels league is picking on him

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. feels the NFL is unfairly watching him. And speaking of watches, football’s fashion plate has another new one. Beckham said Wednesday that he believes the league is holding him to a different standard than other players, pointing to Monday night’s game ...

Buckeyes preparing for another tuneup game

COLUMBUS — No. 6 Ohio State knows the games are going to get harder eventually, but so far everything has just seemed, well, so easy. They haven’t played mistake-free football but avoided any big ones in overwhelming FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana by a combined 138-31. Granted, they were ...

Fitzpatrick ready to contribute for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick walked into the locker room fresh off the first practice of the rest of his football life, noticed the semi-circle of cameras and microphones running three deep around his locker and took a step back while his new teammates roared in laughter. How quickly ...

Plutko, Mercado pace Tribe past Tigers

CLEVELAND — Adam Plutko pitched six effective innings, rookie Oscar Mercado homered and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 7-2 on Tuesday night for their 15th straight victory against the Tigers. Cleveland has won 16 of 17 in the season series, with Detroit’s only win coming on April 10 ...

Browns better, but still need improvement

CLEVELAND — Once Odell Beckham switched on the afterburners and jetted away from the Jets for the longest touchdown of his career, the Browns put a disappointing loss and an emotional week behind them. They can breathe again. For a second. Under the bright lights and back where he spent ...

Trade is part of adjustment by Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to bail on the season with Ben Roethlisberger out until 2020 with an elbow injury. “Our level of expectations in terms of our performance will not change,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. A day removed from announcing ...

YSU soccer coach patient while developing program

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Youngstown State women’s soccer team has produced 16 all-league honorees, 12 all-newcomer selections, seven conference and three CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) academic all-district picks in 23 seasons as a varsity sport. The program will ...

Beckham, Browns back on track

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. had an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, and Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns did just enough to beat the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night. Beckham, traded ...

Future for Ben up in air

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger likes to point out that he’s played through the end of every contract he’s ever signed. It’s tangible proof of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s commitment both to the game itself and the franchise he’s led to a pair of Super Bowl ...

Steelers trade for Miami DB

DAVIE, Fla. — A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020. The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because ...

Storylines abound in tonight’s Browns-Jets MNF contest

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Well, this isn’t quite how the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets expected to start the season. Both are coming off opening losses and look to avoid going 0-2 with tonight’s matchup loaded with juicy storylines, surprising twists and a slight hint of ...

Indians hang in AL Central race, beat Twins

CLEVELAND — After getting rained out, beaten twice and nearly counted out, the Indians saved something from their biggest weekend this season. They’re not finished yet. “We’re going to keep fighting,” said starter Shane Bieber. The Indians kept their faint hopes of winning the ...