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Steelers prepare to bounce back

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger delivered the message to Donte Moncrief almost immediately, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s way of letting Moncrief know his faith wasn’t shaken in the wide receiver even after Moncrief’s forgettable debut during a 33-3 loss to New England. Ten ...

Plesac blanks Angels; Tribe keeps pace in race

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie Zach Plesac pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the playoff race, blanking the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor and Jordan Luplow homered as the Indians stayed a half-game ...

Steelers’ fullback Nix likely out on Sunday

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without fullback and special teams captain Rosie Nix for Sunday’s visit by Seattle. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Nix is dealing with a knee injury sustained in a 33-3 loss to New England in the opener. Nix did not play an ...

Cavaliers’ announcer McLeod dies suddenly

CLEVELAND — Fred McLeod’s passion poured through the TV no matter what game he was covering. The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland’s NBA championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford’s band was on the field in 1982, died Monday. He ...

Strollo discusses changes at Youngstown State

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Ron Strollo cannot remember a busier time during his 19-year tenure as Youngstown State director of athletics. Now in his 24th year overall at his alma mater — he served as business manager for five years before assuming his current role — his fall sports teams are off ...

Browns vow to correct errors

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield was hurting following a shocking, stinging loss. The Tennessee Titans sacked him five times, chased him all over the field and knocked some of the defiance out of Cleveland’s brassy quarterback in Sunday’s opener. “I’ll be all right,” Mayfield ...

Brown’s absence apparent in blowout loss to NE

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers insist they won’t miss the drama Antonio Brown provided on a weekly — and sometimes daily — basis. Missing the wide receiver’s record-setting production is another matter entirely. Dropped passes. No separation. Little excitement on the rare ...

Bieber, Tribe top Angels again

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shane Bieber pitched seven stellar innings of five-hit ball in his first career start at his hometown stadium, and rookie Yu Chang hit his first major league homer in the Cleveland Indians’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. Bieber (14-7), the ...

Reynolds, Pirates rally past SF 6-4

SAN FRANCISCO — Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Monday night. Down 4-2, the Pirates used three pinch-hitters and came back against three Giants ...

Plenty of penalties

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ highly anticipated opener turned into one giant, yellow flag. Talk about a false start. The Browns were called for 18 penalties — their most since 1951 — and quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his right hand while being sacked for a safety and throwing three ...

Patriots plaster Pittsburgh

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday and then blew them out Sunday night. A day after the acquiring former Steelers malcontent Antonio Brown, the defending Super Bowl champions showed they might not even need him, getting 341 yards and ...

Clevinger pitches Tribe past Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Clevinger and the Cleveland Indians gave the Minnesota Twins another reminder that winning their first division title in nine years won’t be easy. Clevinger won his 10th straight decision, and Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered as the Indians beat the Twins 5-2 ...

Cards shut down Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago. While Flaherty is sketchy on specifics about what what exactly he changed heading ...

Buckeyes drill Cincinnati, 42-0

COLUMBUS — The hopes for a shocking upset that Luke Fickell and Cincinnati carried with them up Interstate 71 didn’t take long to dissipate into the late summer air at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The long afternoon started when quarterback Justin Fields dashed up the middle for a 7-yard ...

Indians lose slim lead in 5-3 loss to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Mitch Garver boosted Minnesota’s spirts and playoff hopes on the same day the Twins found out pitcher Michael Pineada was suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy. Garver hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, in the seventh inning, helping the Twins rally ...

Browns hope hype becomes destiny

CLEVELAND — The hype has bordered on hysteria for months. It’s time for the Cleveland Browns to show if it’s warranted. Or simply talk. Magazine covers, photo spreads. No team in the NFL received more offseason publicity than the Browns, who went 0-16 just two years ago but are ...

Steelers defeated Patriots in Week 15 last season

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots unveil their sixth championship banner tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a close-up view. The last team to beat New England — in Week 15 last year — the Steelers missed the playoffs while the Patriots went back to the NFL title ...

Pirates clobbered by Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — Marcell Ozuna knew he found something in the first inning. He battled for eight pitches before getting ahold of a fastball, only to see it fly right to Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds. The next time up, Ozuna put it all together. He hit a three-run homer to break out of his ...

Browns unveil Otto Graham statue at stadium

CLEVELAND — Otto Graham’s remarkable decade of dominance with the Browns has been immortalized. The team unveiled a bronze statue on Saturday outside FirstEnergy Stadium of the late Hall of Fame quarterback, who led Cleveland to 10 championship games in 10 seasons. Graham, who died in ...

Former Buckeye’s return adds twist to contest

COLUMBUS — Former Buckeye Luke Fickell returns to Ohio Stadium for the first time since he took the Cincinnati job in 2016. There are plenty of story lines and Fickell is at the center. The third-year Bearcats coach played five years at Ohio State in the early 1990s and was a member of the ...