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Drummond leads Cavs past New York

CLEVELAND — Andre Drummond tied his career high with 33 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and Cedi Osman scored 25 points in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night. Drummond posted the Cavaliers’ first 30-20 game since Carlos Boozer had 32 ...

Pirates, Indians avoid arbitration with several players

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and eight others on Friday as the club tries to bounce back after finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2020. Musgrove, the team’s opening day starter in 2020, will make $4.45 million after ...

Browns’ coach out of basement

CLEVELAND — Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn’t plan a trip downstairs to his basement any time soon. “Those walls were closing in on me,” he said. Stefanski returned to the team’s facility Thursday, 10 days after the first-year coach tested positive for COVID-19 and he was ...

Steelers begin making changes

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff flameout cost offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two assistants their jobs. The team announced Thursday it would not renew the contracts of Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, and secondary coach Tom Bradley following a 48-37 ...

Umpire classes scheduled

Those interested in becoming high school baseball or softball umpires should contact Andy Holloman (330-360-3439) or Tom Barzak (330-637-1525) for more information or to register for instruction classes and testing. Classes are scheduled Saturdays (Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27) from 10 a.m. ...

Predators top CBJ in opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg scored the tiebreaking goal at 5:48 of the third period to lead the Nashville Predators over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in their season opener Thursday night. Luke Kunin and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for the Predators, who have won 11 of their last 14 ...

Pirates trade Turley

OAKLAND, Calif. — Left-hander Nik Turley was traded to the Athletics on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $60,000, giving Oakland a reliable reliever for late in games after losing closer Liam Hendriks in free agency. Turley went 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and one save over 25 relief ...

Mature Mayfield

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield answered every question with thoughtful responses, carefully choosing each word while knowing a wrong one could spark controversy. Cleveland’s quarterback has matured: buttoned-down Baker. Days before the biggest game of his NFL career and another matchup ...

Steelers consider serious roster change

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin understands change is inevitable, though the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach also knows his organization has avoided it more than most. Probably not this time. A blowout playoff loss at home to Cleveland still fresh, Tomlin allowed on Wednesday that the ...

Pittsburgh stopped in first game of season

PHILADELPHIA — Nolan Patrick missed last season with debilitating migraines and Oskar Lindblom had his shortened in his fight with a rare bone cancer. The only cheers they heard in their comeback games came in the locker room before faceoff in the form of rousing approval from the ...

Browns lose OL; wait for starters

CLEVELAND — As the Browns anxiously wait for Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio and top cornerback Denzel Ward to return from COVID-19 and join their playoff run, the team lost their replacements to injuries. Cleveland placed guard Michael Dunn and cornerback Robert Jackson on injured reserve ...

Steelers face uncertain future in 2021

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers left no doubt last spring. As quarterback Ben Roethlisberger healed from right elbow surgery, the organization he’s helped lead for the better part of two decades dismissed the idea of finding his eventual heir following an 8-8 finish, adamant the ...

Depleted Cavaliers whipped by Jazz

CLEVELAND — Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz are headed home with a victory, albeit a little earlier than expected. Mitchell scored 27 points and the Jazz rolled to a 117-87 win over the injury-depleted Cleveland Cavaliers, wrapping up their six-game road trip Tuesday night. Utah was ...

OSU defense rolled by Tide

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night. The final ...

Browns’ Stefanski expects to return

CLEVELAND — Nervously sitting in front of a TV while secluded in his basement at home, coach Kevin Stefanski watched his Browns’ shocking playoff win — the team’s first in 26 years — like one of the team’s many long-suffering, faithful fans. From the sideline to the sofa. His ...

Steelers deal with another early playoff exit

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey sat on the bench, their 11th season together over. Their future uncertain. Their pain obvious. The end of the 2020 season wasn’t supposed to come so quickly. Yet it barreled down on the Pittsburgh Steelers from the first snap of a 48-37 ...

Memphis overcomes 16-point Cavalier advantage

CLEVELAND — Dillon Brooks had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies recovered after blowing a 16-point lead to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91 on Monday night. Brandon Clarke scored 15 points and Tyus Jones had 13 points, seven assists and three steals for the ...

Believe it! Browns blast Steelers

PITTSBURGH — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The burden of carrying the mantle of a franchise that’s long been a punchline. A schedule ravaged by a ...

Flustered Phantoms

YOUNGSTOWN — Fresh off back-to-back wins against the Dubuque Fighting Saints, the Youngstown Phantoms were energized and ready for the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Steel. Despite scoring first, the Phantoms weren’t able to hold on in a 4-2 loss. “I thought, as the score would ...

Zarbaugh leads Warren Challenge

CHAMPION — The first of three qualifying rounds of the 2021 Warren Challenge were held Saturday at Champion Lanes. Chuck Zarbaugh currently leads the field with a total of 2,856 pins. James Nolen bowled a perfect game in the fifth game and is in second with 2,721 total pins. Five-time ...