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Browns QB Kizer vows off-field changes after video surfaces

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer's on-field mistakes have hurt the winless Browns. He doesn't want to make things worse with his off-field behavior. The rookie quarterback, who has been benched three times in three weeks for interceptions, vowed Monday to ...

Kizer starting again, staying positive as Browns host Titans

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer hasn't lost hope the Browns can turn their season around. Heck, if St. Pius did it, so can Cleveland. The rookie quarterback was once on a team that started 0-11, found its groove and won 11 straight games while making an ...

Sergachev scores twice, Lightning beat Blue Jackets 2-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mikhail Sergachev is so unaccustomed to scoring goals that he wasn't even sure how to celebrate after he got one. The 19-year-old rookie defenseman got his first two NHL goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 43 saves for his fifth career ...

Steelers, resurgent Bengals set to renew belligerent rivalry

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is palpable, built on years of animosity and antagonism, hits that straddled the line between clean and dirty and others that leapfrogged across it all together. The AFC ...

Buckeyes’ progress pleases Meyer as Penn State game looms

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A month ago some Ohio State faithful urged the benching of quarterback J.T. Barrett because of the anemic passing game. Now he's being talked about as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. It's been all good lately for the fifth-year ...

Upgrade: Browns rookie QB Kizer back after one-week benching

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer went on a weekend retreat to a place he never wants to visit again. The sideline is not the rookie quarterback's spot. Benched for last week's game in Houston by Browns coach Hue Jackson following a rash of turnovers and ...

No. 19 Michigan seeks big upset of No. 2 Penn State

By The Associated Press Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it'll almost certainly ...

Ouch! Bengals newcomers get crash course in Steelers rivalry

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — One of the NFL's edgiest rivalries is getting passed onto the next generation of Bengals. Nine rookies will see firsthand why so much has been made of these high-stakes games with the Steelers. It won't take them long on Sunday to realize this ...

Tight end usage up in the Big Ten this season

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Tight ends are back in vogue in the Big Ten. There has been a noticeable rise in the use of players at the end of the line as receivers in 2017. Tight ends in the Big Ten have combined to catch 47 passes a week this season, up from 36 in 2016. Wisconsin ...

Johnson helps Blue Jackets extend win streak to four

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets kept it simple according to their coach John Tortorella. They checked well and were rewarded with their fourth straight win of the young NHL season. "You could tell we had really good energy when the game started," Tortorella said after the ...

Celtics star Hayward suffers gruesome injury in opener

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for ...

Columbus Crew owner may move soccer team to Austin, Texas

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The owner of the Crew SC says the team is no longer sustainable and will move to Austin, Texas, unless a new, privately-financed stadium is built in downtown Columbus. Anthony Precourt, whose Precourt Sports Ventures has owned the Major ...

AP source: Richard Jefferson, Nuggets agree to 1-year deal

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Michael Malone knows all about Richard Jefferson. Just not Tuesday, with the deal for the veteran forward still waiting on official word. "Who's Jefferson?" the Denver Nuggets coach coyly said after practice. Jefferson will join the Nuggets on ...

LeBron vs. Kyrie the latest entry in NBA rivalries

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James loves rivalries. Ohio State-Michigan. North Carolina-Duke. Cowboys-Redskins. Those are some of the favorite matchups he's cited over the years, ones that have been honed by the flowing of bad blood over generations. Kyrie ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard ...

Sub-text: Browns’ misery worsened by loss to Watson, Texans

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston's getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but ...

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march ...

Bengals return from bye without TE Tyler Eifert

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals had an eventful bye weekend. They gained ground on the Ravens, lost ground to the Steelers, and lost tight end Tyler Eifert for the rest of the season. Their next step in trying to recover from an 0-3 start comes in Pittsburgh next ...

LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Following Cleveland's final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn't sure if LeBron James was playing Tuesday. J.R. Smith knows. "Oh, he's gonna go," Smith said ...

Rude welcome: Irving set for return to ‘rowdy’ Cleveland

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving is coming home to where his NBA journey began six years ago. There will be familiar faces and new sounds. Traded to Boston this summer after he demanded the Cavaliers deal him so he could escape LeBron James' shadow, Irving ...