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Steelers know they must stop Gronkowski

PITTSBURGH — The words tumble out of Sean Davis’ mouth casually when describing Rob Gronkowski, as if they come up regularly in conversation when the Pittsburgh Steelers safety and his teammates are discussing New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. Words like “beast” and “freak,” ...

Browns’ Ward to miss second game with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns will again be without rookie starting cornerback Denzel Ward, who will miss his second straight game Saturday at Denver with a concussion. Ward has been in concussion protocol since getting hurt while making a tackle in a Dec. 2 loss at Houston. Ward sat out last ...

No laughing matter

CLEVELAND — A laugher nearly turned into a nightmare for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and a basket by Rodney Hood in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a late lead as the Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 113-106 Wednesday after squandering a 22-point ...

Mayfield flexing rocket arm

BEREA — As Baker Mayfield threw long passes to his wide receivers and short ones to backs before Sunday’s game against Carolina, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams knew his rookie quarterback was going to have a good game. It wasn’t any sight. It was a sound. “You can hear the ...

Big Ben OK, kicker not as Steelers still sliding

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s ribs are bruised but not broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season. Roethlisberger believes he’ll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few certainties for a team in search ...

Pirates trade Nova

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right-hander Ivan Nova was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. A 31-year-old right-hander, Nova was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this ...

Bold Browns focused on playoff dream

CLEVELAND — The Browns are young, confident bordering on cocky, and maybe a little naive. Maybe a lot. Following the lead of their brash, rocket-armed rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is getting better by the week, the Browns believe in more than themselves and each other. With ...

Steelers postseason hopes iffy after loss

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged his team’s spotty track record in Oakland before the AFC North leaders headed west last week but added “it’s not a major component of logistical preparation.” Maybe, but history ended up repeating itself anyway in a ...

Bucks too much for Cavs

MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks shot 52 percent from 3-point range in the first half of a 108-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Sterling Brown had 12 points and ...

Spoiler alert

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The cocky rookie quarterback urged the crowd to make more noise, and when the clock hit zeroes, the stadium’s sound system blasted “Danger Zone.” The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff ...

Pittsburgh slips to third straight defeat

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential game-tying kick is to blame this ...

Browns face challenge of Newton at QB

CLEVELAND — During a meeting last week with his defense, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams used star end Myles Garrett as a model. And a warning. A 6-foot-4, 270-pound mass of chiseled muscle, power and speed, Garrett cuts an imposing figure. He’s a physical specimen, the kind of ...

Sexton carries Cavs to win over Wizards

CLEVELAND — The rookie scored a decisive win over the five-time All-Star in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 116-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Collin Sexton, the Cavaliers’ first-year point guard, matched a season high with 29 points, while John Wall was held to a ...

Oakland a tough place for Steelers

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Coliseum has been a bit of a house of horrors for Ben Roethlisberger in his career. While Big Ben has had success almost everywhere he has played, he’s still looking for his first career win in Oakland after losing his three previous trips to Raiders teams that ...

Trade brings ‘Delly’ back to Cavs

CLEVELAND — Matthew Dellavedova is coming back to the Cavaliers. He won’t recognize them. Cleveland re-acquired the popular, scrappy guard on Friday in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards. The Cavs also are getting forward John Henson and two draft picks in ...

Kings crown Cavs in 2nd half

CLEVELAND — De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings found their stride in the second half. The Cleveland Cavaliers just couldn’t keep up. Fox had 30 points and 12 assists, and the Kings beat the Cavaliers 129-110 on Friday night. “We played with a lot more communication and ...

Cleveland extends Carrasco’s contract

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s career has taken some dramatic turns, re-routed by elbow surgery, a therapeutic trip to the bullpen and several freakish injuries. He persevered, blossoming into a special pitcher — and person — for the Cleveland Indians. They’re going to keep him ...

Edmunds brothers ready to contribute to Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Ferrell and Felecia Edmunds didn’t make things overly complicated for their sons Trey, Terrell and Tremaine growing up. The rules of the house were pretty simple. Especially the first two: finish everything and try your best to win. Easy to remember if not always easy to ...

Hubbard grad LJ Scott to enter NFL draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State running back LJ Scott says he will enter the NFL draft after this season. Scott, a senior, injured his ankle in September and has played in only four games this year. Coach Mark Dantonio said last month that Scott would redshirt, but Scott, a ...

Buckeyes QB Heisman hopeful

COLUMBUS — It was subtle, but that definitely was the Heisman Trophy pose that Dwayne Haskins Jr. struck in the end zone after throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the Big Ten championship game last weekend. It wasn’t quite the hey-look-at-me, Desmond Howard version, but it was an ...