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Baker struggles in loss

TAMPA, Fla. — The start of the NFL regular season is still a couple of weeks away, and that’s good news for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who showed they still have a lot of work to do to get ready. And while neither Baker Mayfield nor Jameis Winston played particularly ...

Scrappers back to .500

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – A four-run eighth inning put the Scrappers past Williamsport and back over .500. The Scrappers struck first in the third inning with a line drive to right field by Brayan Rocchio that would score Joab Gonzalez. Williamsport took control of the game the very next inning ...

Hand, Lindor lead Indians past Royals

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona’s faith in his All-Star closer paid off Friday night. Brad Hand bounced back from his recent struggles to record his 30th save and Cleveland defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Friday night. Hand had blown three consecutive saves and allowed ...

3 Scrappers pitchers fire no-hitter

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Hunter Gaddis, Matt Waldron and Luis Sanchez each threw three innings and combined for 11 strikeouts as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers no-hit the Williamsport Crosscutters Thursday, 8-0. Gaddis started and threw six strikeouts in the first three innings, while Waldron had ...

Indians blanked by Mets

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win. The game was called with ...

Deemer, Tigers put 1-9 ’18 season behind them

HOWLAND — Garrett Deemer is asked to pinpoint the proudest moment of his high school football career, and the Howland senior doesn’t discuss the four sacks he recorded in one game or his all-conference offensive first-team honors. Instead, Deemer reflects back to a play last year which ...

Indians stumble once again vs. Mets

NEW YORK — Needing a break, the New York Mets watched Cleveland hand it to them — Brad Hand, especially. The All-Star reliever failed to cover first base on what could’ve been a game-ending double play, and moments later J.D. Davis lined an RBI single that capped a two-run rally in the ...

Mayfield explains comments

BEREA — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield did some scrambling off the field. Claiming he was taken out of context in an interview conducted four months ago, Mayfield said Wednesday that he reached out to New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones after making some biting comments about the ...

Smith-Schuster’s role expands

PITTSBURGH — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving persona that helped make him one of the NFL’s most recognizable young stars by his second season. But that doesn’t mean he lacks the wisdom to recognize that he is now a ...

Kluber shut down for two weeks

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s comeback has been sidetracked. The Cleveland Indians ace will be shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained as he was rehabbing from a broken arm. Kluber was pulled from a minor league outing for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on ...

Indians struggle against Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the resurgent New York Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night. J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz (8-7) permitted only one ...

Kitchens unafraid after Mayfield’s comments

BEREA — Baker Mayfield’s mouth may have made any target on the brash quarterback or the Browns a little bigger. “We don’t care,” coach Freddie Kitchens said Tuesday. Mayfield, who has never been afraid to speak his mind on any subject, made puzzling comments about the New York ...

Steelers’ Dupree looks to break out in 5th season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bud Dupree seemingly has the total package. A chiseled 6-foot-4 and 269-pounds, long and athletic with raw speed and explosiveness rarely amassed for an NFL edge rusher. Dupree’s skillset has tantalized the Pittsburgh Steelers for years, even if his pass-rushing ...

Scrappers’ streak ends

NILES — All good things must come to an end. And so it was Monday at Eastwood Field as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers fell 8-6 to Batavia in front of 1,815 fans. The loss snapped the Scrappers’ winning streak — the longest of the season — at four games. The Scrappers were looking to ...

Browns hope erratic kickers get fixed up

BEREA — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn’t quite ready to give his kickers the boot. Despite erratic performances — wide right, wide left, short, off the uprights — in training camp and exhibitions by incumbent Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert, Kitchens said the team has no ...

Steelers’ Johnson playing for coach

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is dedicating his rookie season to Darryl Drake. Drake died a week ago and Johnson honored the Steelers’ former wide receivers coach with his first NFL touchdown reception in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game, a home ...

No surprise: Fields wins job

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Monday made official what most people figured was a foregone conclusion: Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the starting quarterback when the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic. Day had lured the talented sophomore in ...

Carrasco returns after cancer finding

AKRON — Carlos Carrasco shook off some nerves and returned to the mound. Two months after being diagnosed with leukemia, everything felt mostly normal for the Indians right-hander. “It was really special today,” Carrasco said. “Just coming back today out of the bullpen, it feels ...

Billy Goat Challenge celebrates 17th year Saturday in McDonald

The 17th annual Billy Goat Challenge Cross Country Invitational is Saturday in McDonald’s Woodland Park. The junior boys and girls races are at 10 a.m., and 10:30 a.m ., respectively, while the boys varsity race is at 11 a.m., while the girls follow at 11:40 a.m. The award ceremony is at ...

Big birdie

MEDINAH, Ill. — Staked to a six-shot lead, Justin Thomas spent more time Sunday worrying about what could go wrong than ending 12 months without winning. And right when it started to go wrong, Thomas delivered his biggest shots in the BMW Championship. In a span of three holes around the ...