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No. 18 Ohio State pulls away to beat Cincinnati 64-56

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was so exasperated with his team's offense at halftime of Wednesday's season opener against Cincinnati that he tore up the game plan and started over from scratch. The adjustments led to the 18th-ranked ...

About face: Mayfield’s ‘stache a new topic as Browns slide

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — 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 ...

Rookie Finley gets to show what he’s got vs blitzing Ravens

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Finley spent Sunday night watching Tom Brady get chased around by the Ravens' defense, the same one he'll face in his NFL debut with the Cincinnati Bengals. Finley's reaction? "I'm more worried about what we're doing," Finley said. Smart ...

Hunt eligible to play for Browns after 8-game NFL suspension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt can play again after serving his eight-game NFL suspension. The Cleveland Browns running back, who fell from one of the NFL's rising young stars to a violent offender, will play this week against the Buffalo Bills. Hunt has ...

‘Frustrated’ Browns QB Mayfield storms away from interview

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's frustration finally boiled over. The losing is beating him. Annoyed with a reporter's line of questioning about a drive at the end of the first half in last week's loss at New England, the Browns fiery quarterback abruptly ...

Dalton disagrees with benching, timing of Bengals’ move

By The Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton disagrees with his benching by the Cincinnati Bengals and the way they waited until shortly before the trade deadline to inform him, leaving no time to see if another team was interested. Coach Zac Taylor decided Tuesday to switch to ...

Browns turn it over 3 straight plays, lose to Patriots 27-13

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This one slipped out of Cleveland's hands. On three plays in a row. The Browns turned the ball over on back-to-back-to-back plays in the first quarter on a rainy New England Sunday, leading to a pair of Patriots touchdowns that ...

At 0-8, Bengals look for positives despite loss in London

By MATTIAS KAREN Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Even at 0-8, Andy Dalton is doing his best to look for some positives. A run game that seems to finally be making some progress. An aggressive game plan that saw the Cincinnati Bengals go for it six times on fourth down — converting four of ...

AP Top 25: LSU No. 1 ahead of ‘Bama, Ohio St in close vote

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer The No. 1 vs. No. 2 game between Alabama and LSU in two weeks looks set, though the order of the Crimson Tide and Tigers changed in the AP Top 25 in one of the closet votes ever. Heading into an off date for both teams, LSU flip-flopped with ...

Beilein gets first win with Cavs, Thompson scores 25

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein was soaked from his shirt to his socks after an unexpected shower. Cleveland's rookie coach had his pro basketball baptism. Beilein picked up his first NBA win and got doused with water in the locker room by Kevin Love, Tristan ...

Rose Lavelle to speak at 2020 sports awards show in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Soccer player Rose Lavelle, midfielder for the U.S. Women's National Team and the Washington Spirit, will be the guest speaker at the fifth-annual 2020 Cincinnati.com Sports Awards. The awards show on April 17 at Music Hall in Cincinnati will honor high school athletes from ...

No. 18 Ohio State hopes to rebound after up and down season

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a disappointing rollercoaster of a season, Ohio State's gifted big man, Kaleb Wesson, explored the possibility of leaving school early for the NBA. Wesson decided to stay for at least another year and see how far the Buckeyes can ...

Day: Wisconsin loss doesn’t diminish matchup with Ohio State

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Though Ohio State's matchup with Wisconsin this week is no longer a showdown of unbeaten top-10 teams, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day says that doesn't change a thing. The Badgers (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) suffered a shocking 24-23 loss to Illinois ...

Browns relieved Garrett incident with punching fan not worse

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens believes the fan who punched Myles Garrett was lucky. "I was glad the guy ran," Kitchens cracked Monday as Cleveland returned from its bye weekend. As the Browns began their break last week, Garrett was ...

Nyquist’s penalty shot in OT lifts Blue Jackets past Leafs

TORONTO (AP) — Gustav Nyquist couldn't recall getting a penalty shot in overtime before. He scored on his chance 1:57 into the extra period Monday night, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I think that's my first one," Nyquist said. "So it felt ...

AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Clemson to 3rd; Wisconsin falls

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes. Alabama remained No. 1 on Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions ...

No running game, no wins: Same sad story for hapless Bengals

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Thirty-three yards rushing, all by the quarterback. Just when the Bengals think their offense can't get any worse, it reaches new depths. And seven weeks into the season, they're still winless with no relief in sight. Andy Dalton threw three ...

Browns hurt themselves, fall flat after fast start in loss

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' start was exhilarating. The rest was mostly excruciating. Baker Mayfield and Co. aren't living up to expectations — theirs or anyone else's. Mayfield threw three more interceptions, Nick Chubb had a costly fumble and Cleveland ...

Bengals must wait longer for ‘rewarding’ first win

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals can't stop the run, score touchdowns when they reach the red zone or catch one of those timely breaks that can turn the tide on the most frustrating of seasons. First-year coach Zac Taylor is simultaneously trying to ...

AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 2; Ohio State at 4

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the ...