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Chargers shock Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt ...

Buckeyes take care of Minnesota

COLUMBUS — Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten. Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both teams. C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 ...

OSU settles for Rose Bowl, to battle Washington

PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl game. For the first ...

Buckeyes top Northwestern for title

INDIANAPOLIS — Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night. Now the College Football Playoff selection committee gets to decide whether the Big Ten champions will continue dancing through the next six weeks. Shortly after Haskins made his case to win ...

Browns, Mayfield face pass rush

HOUSTON — The Cleveland Browns have done a great job of protecting Baker Mayfield recently, and have the longest active streak in the NFL by not allowing a sack in 125 snaps. Things will get more difficult for the Browns (4-6-1) today when they visit the Houston Texans (8-3) and their ...

Raptors beat Cavs with star guard out

CLEVELAND — Down an All-Star guard, there was no need for the Toronto Raptors to panic. Not against one of the NBA’s worst teams, and not with Kawhi Leonard around. Leonard scored 34 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and Toronto extended its winning streak to eight games despite missing ...

Rivers vs. Roethlisberger

PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the middle of a tight AFC ...

Indians trade catcher Gomes for pair of minor leaguers

CLEVELAND — The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate. Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals ...

Meyer, Buckeyes focused on winning Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to ...

Browns have something to play for in December

BEREA — Other than trying to save a coach’s job, secure the No. 1 overall draft pick or simply survive, the Browns haven’t played many meaningful games in December or January. Sunday is an exception. With a chance to further legitimize themselves as no longer being the “same ‘ol ...

Cavs routed in Boston

BOSTON — After stumbling through a late November slump, the Boston Celtics scored a season-high for the second game in a row. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters and was one of seven Boston players in double figures as the Celtics routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95 ...

Mayfield playing at high level

BEREA — Somewhat lost and overlooked amid Baker Mayfield’s public spat with former Browns coach Hue Jackson is that the rookie’s playing at an elite level. This quarterback isn’t all talk. Mayfield had a November to remember, completing 74 percent of his passes (65 of 88) while ...

Rivers, Roethlisberger on a roll as they renew rivalry

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers. On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview. If the postseason began this week, ...

Meyer: Running the ball makes Haskins a leader

COLUMBUS — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn’t happen until two weeks ago in the ...

Westbrook’s triple-double beats Cavaliers

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual Wednesday night. The 2017 MVP moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the ...

Syracuse shoots down Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Syracuse found its outside shot, and just in time if you ask coach Jim Boeheim. Tyus Battle scored 20 points, Elijah Hughes added 18 and the Orange shot nearly 46 percent from beyond the arc as Syracuse upset No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday ...

Steelers believe in RB Conner

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better. No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner’s ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner’s fumble late in the third ...

Browns thinking playoffs possible after shaky start

CLEVELAND — Something shocking has happened to the Browns, those bumbling, fumbling, quarterback-searching, coach-firing, draft-busting losers. They’ve disappeared. Maybe gone for good. “This is a new team,” said center JC Tretter. “We had goals we came into the season with, and ...

Covington, Towns lead Timberwolves past Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — There’s no question the Minnesota Timberwolves have been better since trading disgruntled star Jimmy Butler. Monday night’s 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers improved Minnesota’s record to 6-2 since the trade two weeks ago that sent Butler to ...

Browns bash Bengals

CINCINNATI — As the touchdown passes quickly piled up, Baker Mayfield felt like he was back at Oklahoma leading his team to another freewheeling win. His new team — the Cleveland Browns — are starting to feel a bit like it’s the good old days, too. Mayfield set a Browns rookie ...