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Hiring of Haley as OC made official

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson wasn’t going to turn the Browns offense over to just anyone. Todd Haley met his high standards. After operating for two seasons as both Cleveland’s coach and offensive coordinator, Jackson hired Haley to take over his offense following the assistant’s six ...

James reaches milestone, but Cavaliers lose again

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, then got upstaged by the youngest player on the court. Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray — a friend and mentee of James — had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals to lift San Antonio over the ...

Wed. 6:30 p.m.: Thome, others, elected to baseball Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up ...

Browns hire Haley as new OC

CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson is finally handing off his Browns offense. Cleveland’s coach, who has handled game-planning and play-calling duties while going 1-31 over two seasons with the Browns, is hiring former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Jackson interviewed other quality ...

Buckeyes squeak by Nebraska

COLUMBUS — Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and No. 13 Ohio State beat Nebraska 64-59 on Monday night, the fourth victory for the surging Buckeyes in the last eight days. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes in the second half. A pair of foul shots by ...

LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavs slip in standings

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him. “I gotta be much better,” he said. As Cleveland has staggered to a 3-9 record since it lost at Golden State on Christmas and fallen behind Boston ...

Cavs, Lue try to figure out what’s wrong

INDEPENDENCE — As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair. While he was cool, Lue’s seat has warmed up. With the Cavs mired ...

Report: Browns talk to Haley

CLEVELAND — Todd Haley has experience calling plays, beating AFC North teams and working with star quarterbacks. Just the kind of coach who could help the Browns win. Haley, who was fired last week by Pittsburgh, has discussed Cleveland’s offensive coordinator position with Browns coach ...

Storm’s brewing: Thunder crush Cavs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James came up just short of 30,000 points. Oklahoma City nearly got there, too. Unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers were embarrassed 148-124 on Saturday by the Thunder, who not only rolled to their fourth straight win but kept ...

Phantoms fall to Tri-City in early OT goal

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms lost, 2-1, just 18 seconds into overtime to the Tri-City Storm off a goal by Tri-City center Sam Hentges. The Phantoms finish 0-1-1-0 on the two-game series after Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Storm. This loss puts the Phantoms to 14-13-4-1 on the season ...

Barrett shows leadership in Shrine defeat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For J.T. Barrett, playing in the 93rd East-West Shrine game was more about showing what type of leader he is than impressing statistically. “I think, at the end of the day, I wanted to show I could command the offense,” the Big Ten’s career total yardage leader ...

Buckeyes win 7th straight

NEW YORK (AP) — Keita Bates-Diop had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, leading No. 22 Ohio State over Minnesota 67-49 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for its seventh straight win. Ohio State’s first-year coach Chris Holtmann is the third Big Ten ...

Cavs end skid, but look bad doing it

CLEVELAND — There was none of the usual postgame chatter or music in the Cavaliers locker room. The mood was somber and quiet, not the same place. “Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.” Isaiah Thomas made two ...

Buckeyes have surprised everyone

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s elimination from the Big Ten tournament by lowly Rutgers last March showed the depths to which Buckeyes basketball had fallen in a just few short seasons. First-year coach Chris Holtmann showed his players video cuts of that debacle before Sunday’s game, the ...

Pittsburgh signs closer Rivero to 4-year contract

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild. “They were saying they wanted to ...

New offensive coordinator named quickly

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers didn’t look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to Jacksonville. The ...

Cavaliers ponder latest January slump

INDEPENDENCE — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice. The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus. This is no time for frivolity. With Cleveland in the midst of its annual January deep freeze, a troubling ...

Buckeyes roll on; hold off Northwestern rally

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals, Micah Potter scored 13 points off the bench, Jae’Sean ...

Thomas still unsure of football future

CLEVELAND — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He’s still holding. Cleveland’s star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that he’s undecided about continuing ...

Steelers don’t retain Haley

PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL. All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his job. The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s ...