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Mayfield pushes work as solution for Browns

BEREA — Baker Mayfield completed his media session without incident and even sported the same mustache he woke up wearing. At this point, those two things are considered progress for the Browns’ struggling second-year quarterback. With Cleveland mired in a four-game losing streak inside ...

Dupree playing up to his potential as pass rusher

PITTSBURGH — For years, Bud Dupree and Cam Heyward would talk about getting together to train during the offseason. The discussion was always vague. No specifics or firm commitments. Then the months would pass, January would become April would become June and the chance for the longtime ...

Ohio State beats Cincy

COLUMBUS — Kyle Young had a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds and No. 18 Ohio State beat Cincinnati 64-56 in the opener for both teams Wednesday night. Young, a junior forward, made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and the Buckeyes rallied in the second half to spoil John Brannen’s ...

Celtics’ Hayward shoots down Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward capped a perfect night from inside the arc with the biggest basket of the game. Hayward tied a career high with 39 points, making all 16 of his 2-point attempts, and the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight game by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113 on ...

Buckeyes top rankings; Clemson sitting at No. 5

NEW YORK — Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in — for now. Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s ...

Terps-OSU matchup likely different this time around

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — One year ago, Maryland took Ohio State into overtime before a failed 2-point conversion resulted in a 52-51 defeat. In the rematch Saturday, the Terrapins are a 43-point underdog — for several reasons. No. 3 Ohio State is playing at home, unbeaten and riding a ...

Porter has eye on local talent

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Having driven nearly 12,000 miles since high school football scrimmages began statewide this past August, Mark Porter of ScoutingOhio.com readily admitted to having the Week 10 blues last weekend. With the first round of the high school playoffs set to begin this weekend, ...

Browns’ Whitehead out after rant

CLEVELAND — Jermaine Whitehead’s disturbing social media rant cost him his job. The Browns cut the safety Monday, hours after the team reprimanded Whitehead for “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate” posts following a 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Whitehead ...

Cavs’ Porter suspended tonight

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers rookie guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been suspended by the NBA for one game without pay for bumping an official. At the end of the third quarter of Cleveland’s 131-111 loss to Dallas on Sunday night, Porter brushed into referee Bill Spooner’s shoulder as he ran back ...

Indians let Salazar, others go

CLEVELAND — The Indians have given up on former All-Star Danny Salazar, whose career has been sidetracked by injuries. Salazar was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday and refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, electing to become a free agent. Relievers Tyler ...

Pirates exercise 2020 options on Marte, Archer

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte. Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh’s decisions Monday. A 31-year-old right-hander, Archer has struggled ...

Browns stumbling in season, sliding away

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. wore clown-themed cleats that didn’t conform to the NFL’s fussy dress code. The footwear choice was fitting. The Browns are a three-ringed circus, their coach walking a tightrope. Cleveland dropped its fourth straight game Sunday, losing 24-19 to the ...

Surging Steelers clear the air from ‘September stench’

PITTSBURGH — The franchise quarterback hasn’t taken a snap since the middle of Week 2 and has essentially become the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL. The guy tasked with taking over left his third career start after getting knocked unconscious. The running game is a bit of a mess. ...

If the shoe fits

DENVER — Odell Beckham Jr. is fit to be tied — over a controversy with his cleats and with his faltering team. The Cleveland Browns receiver was told by the league to change his shoes at halftime of a 24-19 loss to Denver on Sunday. That didn’t sit well with Beckham or fellow receiver ...

Steelers dodge bullet in 3rd straight win

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin sighed and let out a sentence that, after 13 years on the job, surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers coach for the sincerity with which he meant it. Considering what his team has endured during the first half of a wildly uneven season, it was hard to blame ...

Cavaliers beaten by Dallas

CLEVELAND — Luca Doncic posted his second straight triple-double — and third of the season — with 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 ...

Status similar for Browns, Broncos

DENVER — The Cleveland Browns were a trendy playoff pick with a star-stacked roster seemingly primed to end the NFL’s longest postseason drought. The Denver Broncos finally had an experienced quarterback to brighten their future. The Browns (2-5) and Broncos (2-6) remain mired in the ...

Brissett’s success a surprise to most

PITTSBURGH — Jacoby Brissett has been in Mason Rudolph’s spot before. Several times actually. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback knows what it’s like to step in for the face of the franchise. He did it for Tom Brady in New England in 2016. He did it again for Andrew Luck when he arrived ...

Penguins lose in overtime

PITTSBURGH — Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Draisaitl had Alex Galchenyuk on his back when he flipped a rolling puck past Matt Murray on a breakaway 2:37 into overtime for his NHL-best 13th goal of the season. ...

Erie steelhead abound as weather cools

Ohio’s annual steelhead run may have started slowly this year, but it has picked up steam over the past two weeks as the weather cools and the rains fall. Steelhead, which are rainbow trout that migrate from their native streams to spend summers feeding in big water where baitfish are ...