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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 ...

Meyer: Buckeyes thinking league title, not playoffs

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer contends that nobody around Ohio State will be talking about the College Football Playoff this week, even though the Buckeyes inserted themselves back into the national championship conversation with a blowout of Michigan. Ohio State won the Big Ten East on Saturday ...

Steelers’ 6-game streak is snapped

DENVER — For a man who tips the scales at close to 300 pounds, nose tackle Shelby Harris sure gets overlooked a lot. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him Sunday when Harris intercepted his pass to Antonio Brown from the Denver 2 with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos’ 24-17 win that ...

Bucks blitz UM — again

COLUMBUS — This season for Ohio State has been anything but normal, beginning with its celebrated coach suspended for three games. There have been spotty performances and troubling trends on both sides of the ball. There has been constant speculation and questions about Urban Meyer’s ...

Hue adds intrigue to Browns-Bengals

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis shut down the question immediately, making it clear he won’t be talking about the latest addition to his staff — one who’s in an unusual position to influence the next game. Only last month, Hue Jackson was Cleveland’s head coach, intimately ...

Cleveland wins again

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team is starting to figure things out. Cleveland’s players are proving him right, at least for the last two nights. Rookie Collin Sexton scored a season-high 29 points and the Cavaliers won consecutive games for the first time this ...

Cavs top Sixers for 1st road win

PHILADELPHIA — On paper, it looked like a mismatch. The Cavaliers didn’t view their game against the 76ers that way and it showed. Jordan Clarkson scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Rodney Hood had 25 and Cleveland stunned Philadelphia 121-112 on Friday night, snapping the ...