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Steelers pick up former OSU QB Haskins

PITTSBURGH — Dwayne Haskins will attempt to kick-start his career in Pittsburgh. The Steelers signed the former Washington quarterback to a futures contract on Thursday, giving the 23-year-old a second chance after he flamed out in the nation’s capital in less than two seasons. Haskins ...

Sexton scores 42 as Cavs beat Nets and Irving

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving needed some time. The new-look Nets will require some as well. Irving returned from his personal “pause” and scored 37 points in his first game with Kevin Durant and James Harden but Brooklyn’s “Big 3” couldn’t keep up with Cleveland’s Collin Sexton, ...

Browns consider Mayfield decisions

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield checked every box for the Browns this season: he matured as a player, took them back to the playoffs, solidified himself as a leader. Cleveland’s long search for a franchise quarterback appears to be over. “We’re very, very pleased with him,” general ...

Latest trade is part of process

PITTSBURGH — Ben Cherington is tearing it all down. All of it. It’s the only way the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager sees a way forward. The process Cherington began when he took over 15 months ago is picking up speed after the Pirates sent starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to the San ...

Blue Jackets fall 15 seconds into OT

DETROIT — Tyler Bertuzzi scored 15 seconds into overtime and Bobby Ryan became the first player to score four times in his first three games with Detroit, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Bertuzzi was credited with the winning goal after ...

Crosby pulls out overtime win over Capitals

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins spent the better part of 30 minutes skating in slush. They surrendered a three-on-none break. Twice, they fell behind by two goals. They played the third period with just four defensemen after injuries to a pair of regulars. And still, they found a way. Having ...

Upstart Browns hope to build on season

CLEVELAND — On their wild ride of an unforgettable, almost unimaginable 2020 season when Zoom calls, masks and contact tracing were daily fixtures, the Browns discovered two things that point to a bright future for an awakened franchise. They’ve got the right coach and the right ...

Fields leaving; Olave staying

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, while Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave is returning for his senior year. The teammates announced their decisions Monday on Twitter. Fields, expected to be a first-round pick, said in his lengthy ...

Cavs moving on without troubled guard

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers went to extremes to help forward Kevin Porter Jr. He pushed them too far. Cleveland has decided to move on from the troubled and talented player, a person familiar with his standing with the team told The Associated Press on Monday. The Cavs are shopping Porter ...

BASEBALL: Bucs may deal pitcher

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown team in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal. Another person confirmed the New York Mets were also ...

Harvischak rallies for third title in Warren Challenge

Robert Harvischak capped off a huge comeback, beating Adam Barta, 278-190, in the championship round as he captured the 42nd annual Warren Bowling Challenge on Sunday at Cortland Lanes. It was the third title for Harvischak, who started Sunday’s eight head-to-head matches with three ...

More late-game heartache

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game. Then their defense and Chad Henne — their defense and Chad Henne?! — along with a gutsy call by Andy Reid kept their hopes of a Super Bowl repeat alive, holding off ...

Browns feel finality of playoff loss

Just like so many painful playoff losses in their past, the Browns came up achingly short — inches from a game-swinging play, inches from a last chance. Cleveland’s turnaround season ended Sunday in heartbreak. “For now,” said quarterback Baker Mayfield. “It’s definitely going ...

Penguins beat Caps in home opener

PITTSBURGH — Casey DeSmith felt the puck at his feet, looked down to confirm it was indeed the case then exhaled as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates poured over the bench in the middle of an empty arena to congratulate their backup goaltender, the one hardly playing like a backup. Starting ...

Browns, Chiefs share some common ties

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite their long and storied histories, with the Cleveland Browns having joined the NFL in 1950 and the Kansas City Chiefs with the AFL-NFL merger some 16 years later, the two franchises have rarely met — and never in the playoffs. They are certainly familiar with ...

Top 8 bowlers in Challenge finals

The top eight bowlers remained the same — though there was plenty of movement within the group — after the third and final round of qualifying in the 2021 Warren Challenge on Saturday at Cortland Lanes. The top eight qualifiers will face off today in the finals, again at Cortland Lanes, ...

Physical Buckeyes beat Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — E.J. Liddell scored 26 points and No. 21 Ohio State beat No. 14 Illinois 87-81 in a brutal Big Ten matchup on Saturday. The game was especially physical in the second half. One technical was called, on Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr., and the officials had to step in ...

Learning the do’s and do-knots is part of allure

It’s January, the weather is too lousy to go fishing, and you have some time to kill before the Browns game Sunday. Sounds like a perfect time to get knotty. Fishing knots are important, but all too often tied hastily and even improperly. That is unfortunate because nasty knots will ...

Veteran OG Bitonio finally gets opportunity

CLEVELAND — Joel Bitonio’s neighbors set off fireworks late Sunday night after the Browns stunned the Steelers in the wild-card game. The loud bangs signified something more for the Pro Bowl guard — a second chance. Cleveland’s longest-tenured player, Bitonio was activated from the ...

DE Garrett out to make memory for Kansas City’s Mahomes

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has only respect for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a generational talent on another level from other players in the NFL. Reverence aside, Garrett hopes to make Mahomes remember meeting him in the playoffs. Forever. “I want him to be able to go home when ...