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Boyle’s 3 TDs lead Indiana State past Youngstown State 43-17

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ryan Boyle threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns and Indiana State posted a 43-17 Missouri Valley Football Conference victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. The Sycamores won for just the sixth time in the 28-game history of the series that dates back to 1988. ...

Mayfield says ‘no words’ for ref’s explanation of helmet hit

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The explanation didn't make any sense at the time. Days later, Baker Mayfield remains baffled. After the Browns rookie quarterback was blasted in the helmet on Sunday by Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead, who lowered his head to deliver ...

Bearcats finally back home, looking to build on big season

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A new era in Bearcats basketball started when they moved into an on-campus arena in 1989. Bob Huggins turned them into a national powerhouse that was ranked No. 1. After he was forced out, the program fell off and Mick Cronin was brought in to ...

Russell, Harris lead Nets past winless Cavaliers 102-86

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Life without LeBron James has been harder so far than the Cleveland Cavaliers hoped. Cleveland fell to 0-4 after a 102-86 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday night. D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 16 and the Nets outscored ...

LeBron James gets 1st win as a Laker in romp over Suns

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — In his fourth game, LeBron James finally got his first victory as a Los Angeles Laker. James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth ...

Bengals’ challenge: Get over yet another prime-time meltdown

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis went to sit in his chair and realized someone had lowered it. The chair didn't cooperate as he struggled to get it to a comfortable level. "I guess that's what happens when you get beat up," the Bengals coach joked. Beat up, and ...

Browns’ Jackson not pointing fingers, will “help” offense

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson only wants to help. Honestly. A day after Cleveland's embattled coach strongly suggested he might take control of his team's sputtering offense following an overtime loss at Tampa Bay, Jackson said he was merely offering ...

Family affair: Rebuilding Reds pick David Bell to lead them

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — David Bell buttoned his Reds jersey with the No. 25, the same one worn by his grandfather and his father. Buddy Bell stood in the back of the room, watching the scene as a proud papa. In the front row was young Gus Bell, named for the ...

OSU’s Haskins racks up big yardage in big loss to Purdue

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins set career highs in completions and passing yards, and he even connected on 67.1 percent of his throws. That Haskins did all that in a 49-20 loss at Purdue was further proof that trying to win by going almost exclusively through ...

Browns lose another close one, this time to Buccaneers

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hue Jackson figured there was no way the Cleveland Browns were going to lose. Not on a 59-yard field goal in overtime. The coach was surprised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even gave Chandler Catanzaro the opportunity, risking giving his team ...

Bengals struggle to keep up with high-flying Chiefs in loss

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals knew that with a banged-up defense facing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, there was a good chance they'd have to simply outscore the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. They barely outscored the Chiefs' ...

Kane, Crawford lead Blackhawks to 4-1 win over Blue Jackets

By NICOLE KRAFT, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In just his second game back after a nearly 10-month absence, Corey Crawford showed he is already in top form. Crawford stopped 37 shots to get his first win since late December, and Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, as the ...

Russo rallies Temple past No. 20 Cincinnati 24-17 in OT

By JEFF NEIBURG, The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After throwing three interceptions, Temple's Anthony Russo came through down the stretch and the Owls handed one of the most surprising teams in the country its first loss. Russo threw a tying, 20-yard touchdown pass with 49 second ...

Bengals’ Burfict fined $112,000 for 2 hits against Steelers

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday. The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who ...

Purdue routs No. 2 Ohio State 49-20, shakes up CFP chase

By The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 49-20 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Michigan is B1G’s best; Tide-Tigers IV?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer There is no more reason to hedge on Jim Harbaugh's team. No. 6 Michigan is the Big Ten's best right now and will enter November as a very real College Football Playoff contender after it smothered No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday and No. 2 Ohio ...

Injured Bosa leaves Ohio State to prep for pro career

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Injured defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to leave school to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft in the spring, Ohio State said Tuesday. The junior All-American from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, already had four sacks this season ...

Nance Jr. staying home with Cavs, signs 4-year extension

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. looked out at the crowd gathered in the gym and knew he made the right choice. He's staying home. "I'm one of you guys," he said. "I really am. I'm a Cleveland guy at heart." Nance signed a $44.8 million, four-year contract ...

Chargers romp over Browns on first stop of London trip

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers won't spend their lengthy lay-over for London mulling a loss. Powered by a dominant running game, big plays from quarterback Philip Rivers and a rookie kicker who didn't miss in his NFL debut, the Chargers rolled to ...

Lightning stop scoring drought, beat Blue Jackets 8-2

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning found their offense, and in a big way. Victor Hedman, Cedric Paquette and Yanni Gourde had first-period goals, and the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-2 Saturday night. Brayden Point scored in both the ...