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Bad to worse: Thomas done for season

BEREA — Joe Thomas felt the tendon detach from his elbow and roll up in his arm, and before the pain registered, the Browns’ seemingly indestructible tackle realized everything had changed. His day was over. His season done. His career in doubt. Cleveland’s iron man was finally ...

Kizer vows to end off-field ‘distractions’

BEREA — DeShone Kizer’s on-field mistakes have hurt the winless Browns. He doesn’t want to make things worse with his off-field behavior. The rookie quarterback, who has been benched three times in three weeks for interceptions, vowed Monday to change his habits after a video surfaced ...

Wade asks to come off bench; Smith to start again

CLEVELAND — When he signed with the Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade promised his ego wouldn’t get in the way. It wasn’t just talk. Struggling through three games in his first season with Cleveland, Wade approached Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and asked to be taken out of the starting lineup because ...

Revenge a factor in OSU-Penn St.

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was direct when asked whether his players will be motivated by revenge in the long-awaited showdown with No. 2 Penn State this weekend. If the idea of avenging last year’s upset loss at Happy Valley gets his guys worked up, he might be able to use ...

Iron man fractured

CLEVELAND — The last great hope for the Browns faded Sunday. Rock-hard and shatter-proof, Joe Thomas missed an offensive play, and he’s going to miss many more. Cleveland’s iron man left tackle sustained a serious injury to his left triceps and could miss the remainder of another ...

Dysfunction continues in Cleveland QB starters

CLEVELAND — The quarterback carousel for the Browns has become a carnival. One week after sitting turnover-prone rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer for an entire game, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson benched him in the second half of a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. The sudden, ...

Steelers shut down Bengals to pull away for win

PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster hid his eyes, counted to 10 and went looking for Le’Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver found his team’s star running back crouching behind the goalpost, then proceeded to chase Bell all the way to the sideline as part of a ...

A running battle

VERNON — Carrie Albert chose from one of a dozen scarves in her room. With a cross country meet upcoming, she grabs one with a pink hue — showing her support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. It goes over her head where short strands of hair are beginning to grow back. She dons a ...

Rookie QB Kizer returns to the lineup for Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer hasn’t lost hope the Browns can turn their season around. Heck, if St. Pius did it, so can Cleveland. The rookie quarterback was once on a team that started 0-11, found its groove and won 11 straight games while making an improbable run all the way to the ...

It’s a given: Steelers, Bengals hate each other

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is palpable, built on years of animosity and antagonism, hits that straddled the line between clean and dirty and others that leapfrogged across it all together. The AFC North’s nastiest rivalry renews ...

Orlando clobbers Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — The Orlando Magic certainly know how to end a long losing streak. Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Magic snapped a 17-game skid against the Cleveland Cavaliers, routing the defending Eastern Conference champions 114-93 on Saturday night. Orlandoás players knew their ...

Hot Korver helps Cavaliers win at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — LeBron James and Kevin Love took care of the paint. Once Kyle Korver got going from 3-point range, the Cleveland Cavaliers became nearly unstoppable. James had 24 points and eight assists, Korver hit three straight 3s during a decisive third-quarter run and the Cavaliers beat ...

Indians weighing options after Brantley surgery

CLEVELAND — The damaged ligaments in Michael Brantley’s right ankle have been stabilized. The All-Star left fielder’s future with the Cleveland Indians remains unsteady. Brantley had surgery to repair an ankle injury that bothered him much of this season, sidelined him for 50 games over ...

Pittsburgh perplexed by red zone issues

PITTSBURGH — The drive that put the NFL’s last unbeaten team on notice started three feet from the Pittsburgh Steelers own end zone. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Steelers put their considerable offensive talents on display. They literally pushed the Kansas City Chiefs ...

Browns return to rookie Kizer at quarterback

BEREA — DeShone Kizer went on a weekend retreat to a place he never wants to visit again. The sideline is not the rookie quarterback’s spot. Benched for last week’s game in Houston by Browns coach Hue Jackson following a rash of turnovers and costly interceptions in the red zone, ...

Injury in the spotlight

CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward’s face was etched in pain and shock. Of all the juicy subplots for this hyped homecoming and a season opener between heated rivals, a serious injury to Hayward wasn’t on the list. Boston’s season changed in a gruesome instant Tuesday night. Hayward, one ...

LeBron’s status unclear for opener

INDEPENDENCE — Following Cleveland’s final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn’t sure if LeBron James was playing tonight. J.R. Smith knows. “Oh, he’s gonna go,” Smith said of his celebrated teammate. ...

Downward spiral continues for Browns

CLEVELAND — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston’s getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but chose to go in a different ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and ...

Bryant downplays reports of demand

PITTSBURGH — Yes, Martavis Bryant wants a trade. To the Golden State Warriors. Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team to ship him elsewhere. Asked Monday if he’d like a change of scenery, Bryant ...