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Browns, Garrett starting to soar

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett vowed to put the past — and a regrettable incident — behind him. This was going to be a different season for him and the Cleveland Browns. A new beginning. So far, Garrett’s kept his word. He had another dominant performance on Sunday, getting two sacks ...

Wild card aces

CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber’s first playoff appearance for Cleveland will come against the team that personifies postseason baseball excellence. All those pinstripes. The roll call of Hall of Famers. The 27 World Series titles. The history. Here come the New York Yankees and all their ...

Balash tells what he’s learned in the COVID-19 era

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For the past five decades, Dana Balash has been a trusted member of the local sports media community, reporting nightly results while interspersing features for his viewing audience. Now in his 36th year with WFMJ Broadcasting Group and 29th as the local NBC affiliate’s ...

Steelers finding their groove during 3-0 start

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin calls it “complementary” football, the ability of one unit of the Pittsburgh Steelers to feed off the other. The longtime Steelers coach insists it’s not a one-way street either. The offense can feed the defense just as easily as the defense can feed the ...

Finally above .500

CLEVELAND — For the first time in six years, the Cleveland Browns have a winning record. They want to keep it that way. “We gotta start changing history and our legacies right now,” defensive end Myles Garrett said. Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for two ...

Indians rally, to host Yankees in playoffs

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Steelers hold Texans winless

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent two quarters trying to hem in Deshaun Watson. It didn’t take. After watching the Houston quarterback move the Texans up and down Heinz Field with remarkable ease, the Steelers blew up their meticulously put-together game plan and went back to their ...

Browns face Washington pass rush

CLEVELAND — The last time Baker Mayfield faced a talented, quarterback-seeking defensive line anchored by the No. 2 overall draft pick, things didn’t go well. The San Francisco 49ers menaced and mauled Mayfield last season. Today the Browns’ QB faces Washington’s ferocious front (1 ...

Undefeated Steelers face 0-2 Houston

PITTSBURGH — The pieces to compete for a Super Bowl are all there. The Pittsburgh Steelers are sure of it, just as they have been for most of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s career. It’s the main reason the 38-year-old came back from right elbow surgery this season rather than retire. ...

Indians’ playoff positioning hurt by loss to Pirates

CLEVELAND — The Indians will have one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard on the final day of the regular season. Cleveland suffered a setback in its bid to host a first-round playoff series and had its six-game winning streak snapped with an 8-0 loss to Joe Musgrove and the ...

Tribe earns another walkoff

CLEVELAND — Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with two outs in the ninth inning as Cleveland rallied for its third walk-off win in four days, a 4-3 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates that kept the Indians’ hopes alive for winning the AL ...

Secondary affected by injuries

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns could be without both of their projected starting cornerbacks on Sunday against the Washington Football Team. Denzel Ward is listed as questionable with a groin injury and Greedy Williams will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury sustained in ...

Competitive Watt brothers hold reunion on Sunday

Growing up in Wisconsin, the sibling rivalry between the Watt brothers had no boundaries. Out front playing roller hockey. In the backyard playing football. Mini-baseball in the basement. Even the kitchen table at grandma’s was not immune. As kids, J.J., T.J. and Derek would spend hours at ...

Ramirez delivers again as Tribe sweeps

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a four-game sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams. The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the fourth ...

Marking a milestone

PITTSBURGH — Randy Fichtner watched the big kid with the strong arm and the sense of invincibility that is the province of the very young and immediately grew worried. So Fichter, then the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterbacks coach, suggested to Ben Roethlisberger that he might want to think ...

Beckham making attitude adjustments with age

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. felt the tug on his jersey and watched helplessly as Baker Mayfield’s potential touchdown pass to him thudded to the turf. No flag for pass interference. No fight from Beckham, either. “I think a younger me would have been more upset,” the Browns star ...

Pirates blank Chicago behind Kuhl pitching

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Kuhl (2-3) retired the first nine batters and had a no-hitter until Anthony Rizzo ...

Tribe walks off again on Luplow’s HR

CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss ...

Finding some balance

CLEVELAND — Like a mother lion with her hungry cubs, Baker Mayfield has many mouths to feed. And just one football to share. When Mayfield looks around Cleveland’s offensive huddle, the Browns quarterback is surrounded by almost an embarrassment of offensive riches. There’s star ...

Blitzburgh: Sack-happy defense leads Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The pressure came from everywhere. Up the middle. Off the edge. On stunts. On good old-fashioned one-on-one domination. Still, Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel thought he’d figured things out late on Sunday afternoon, leading the Broncos down to the Pittsburgh 15 with less ...