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Pirates end eight-game skid

PITTSBURGH — Steven Brault pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped an eight-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. St. Louis dropped to third place in the NL ...

Browns make mark

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield found Odell Beckham Jr. and maybe some of his missing swagger. Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for two scores and 124 yards and the Cleveland Browns gave coach Kevin Stefanski his first NFL victory Thursday night by beating the Cincinnati ...

Hometown boy Burrow ready for Browns rivalry

CLEVELAND — Joe Burrow’s childhood was pretty much the same as every other boy raised in football-obsessed Ohio, the NFL’s birthplace. He learned his ABCs and multiplication tables in school. Outside, Burrow got lessons on Paul Brown, Jim Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bernie Kosar, The Ickey ...

Reverse: Big Ten will play fall football

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a ...

Baez single gives Cubs 4th straight win, 3-2 over Indians

CHICAGO — Javier Baez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and landed on the outfield grass. Automatic runner Ian Happ ...

Roethlisberger quiets critics — for now

PITTSBURGH — Time to stop talking about Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow. At least for now. Whatever lingering doubts Roethlisberger or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers might have had over the state of their franchise quarterback’s passing arm were put to rest ...

Mayfield, OBJ still working on connection

CLEVELAND — Same team, same offense, same huddle. Different pages. Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. still aren’t connecting the way the Cleveland Browns planned, and it’s becoming a concern. Sure, it was only one game, but Cleveland’s quarterback and star receiver struggled to ...

Sloppy Indians drop 7th straight

CHICAGO — Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night. Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the ...

Reds beat Pirates again

CINCINNATI — Tucker Barnhart hit a home run and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Cincinnati Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Michael Lorenzen (2-1) looked sharp in a spot ...

YSU’s Strollo speaks to Curbstone Coaches

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Like the many other universities and colleges nationwide, Youngstown State University’s athletics programs were also shut down and took a huge hit when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last March. They were asked to cut $2 million in expenses and lost 22 departmental positions ...

Defensive stand

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was one overriding reason Ben Roethlisberger worked so hard to return from a major elbow injury. His team. Roethlisberger, who missed the final 14 games last season after elbow surgery, threw for three scores and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants ...

Stefanski, Browns make bad first impression

CLEVELAND — Kevin Stefanski didn’t need long to be lumped together with so many Browns coaches before him. One game into his tenure, he’s 0-1, being ripped for a head-scratching decision and Stefanski’s facing a lengthy list of problems — some fixable, others more ...

Browns give kicker the boot

CLEVELAND — The Browns kicked aside their kicker after one game. Cleveland waived Austin Seibert on Monday after he missed an extra point and field goal in the first half of Sunday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore. He’s being replaced by Cody Parkey, who kicked for the Browns in 2016 ...

Ohio State stars opt out, move to NFL Draft

COLUMBUS — With the chances of the Big Ten Conference playing a football season slipping away, two of Ohio State’s best players have chosen to opt out and start preparing for the NFL draft. Cornerback Shaun Wade, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the 2021 draft, ...

Return to normalcy

BALTIMORE (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. watched the ball hit his hands, then the ground. The Browns fell just as easily and quickly. In a season opener filled with mistakes and looking like so many in previous Cleveland seasons, Beckham’s dropped pass on a crucial third-down play late in the ...

Questions loom for Steelers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants are playing guessing games to some extent heading into their season opener at MetLife Stadium tonight. While the Steelers are returning a superb defense, the Giants don’t know what to expect with veteran quarterback Ben ...

Twins finish sweep of Tribe

MINNEAPOLIS — Nelson Cruz hit his 16th homer, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Sunday to complete a sweep of their weekend series. Marwin Gonzalez, Ryan Jeffers and Josh Donaldson also connected, helping Minnesota win for the 10th time in 12 games. The Twins have ...

Mayfield changes pregame plans for opener

CLEVELAND — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem. Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled ...

Twins hammer Tribe with HRs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton homered for the second straight night, Rich Hill got his first win since July and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Saturday. Minnesota won for the ninth time in 11 games since it closed August with a six-game slide. It remained a game ...

Mondesi lifts KC over Bucs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adalberto Mondesi homered and stole a base for the third consecutive game, Kyle Zimmer got his first career win after a winding path to the major leagues and the Kansas City Royals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Saturday night. Whit Merrifield added a solo homer ...