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Bjorkstrand, Domi lead Blue Jackets in 8-2 rout of Coyotes

By NICOLE KRAFT Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists, Max Domi added a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets made Brad Larsen a winner in his coaching debut with an 8-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Alexandre ...

Cardinals’ Murray, Browns’ Mayfield renew friendly rivalry

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They were once college teammates, two ultra-competitive, trash-talking alpha males pushing each other each day on the practice field, in meeting rooms and while playing video games to be better. Back-to-back Heisman Trophies at Oklahoma ...

UCF is next as No. 3 Cincinnati tries to stay among elite

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati moved up to the No. 3 spot in the AP Top 25 this week, the highest ranking in school history. The challenge now will be staying there without another chance for a marquee win. The Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 AAC) are trying to become the ...

Out of touch: OBJ not getting ball enough so far for Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A frequent target of critics, Odell Beckham Jr. isn't in quarterback Baker Mayfield's sights these days. And while Beckham doesn't mind blocking or being used as a decoy or doing whatever's necessary to help the Browns win, the polarizing ...

US soccer has Jekyll & Hyde personality ahead of Costa Rica

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it difficult to determine which will show for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. During last weekend's 1-0 loss at Panama, the Americans were as ...

Injuries highlight risk in having top players return kicks

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Jayden Reed has been a big part of Michigan State's resurgence this year, returning two punts for touchdowns while also ranking among the Big Ten's top receivers. That kind of double threat can be valuable to a team — but at Maryland and Michigan, it went ...

McKennie, back from banishment, refuses to meet with media

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Back with the U.S. national team following a two-game banishment for breaking team COVID-19 protocols, Weston McKennie is refusing to speak with reporters. The 23-year-old Juventus midfielder was dropped for last month's World Cup ...

Browns place tackle Hubbard, 2 others on injured reserve

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have placed versatile offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, safety M.J. Stewart and fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve. Cleveland was ravaged by injuries in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. However, to this point, ...

Costa Rica’s Campbell, Ortiz to miss WCup qualifier at US

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell will miss Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against the United States because of a sprained right ankle. Forward José Guillermo Ortiz will not play in the game because of a positive COVID-19 test, the Costa Rican Football ...

Browns LB Owusu-Koramoah returns after LA hospital stay

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah returned to Ohio after suffering a throat bruise in Sunday's game against the Chargers and being evaluated and treated at a Los Angeles-area hospital. Owusu-Koramoah got hurt in the first ...

Browns’ Stefanski admits he’s “sick” about late play-calling

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — There were numerous bumps and bruises absorbed by the Browns in a high-scoring shootout loss on Sunday in Los Angeles. One won't show up on the team's lengthy injury report. Coach Kevin Stefanski's sterling reputation took a hit. The NFL's ...

Herbert’s 398 yards, Ekeler 3 TDs lead Chargers over Browns

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers showed early in the season they can rally to win close games on the road. On Sunday, they won a wild shootout in front of their home fans. Herbert had his record 11th 300-yard game with 398 ...

Browns left searching for answers after squandering lead

By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ Associated Press INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have twice built double-digit leads on the road against quality teams this season. And twice, they squandered those leads and lost. Sunday was the latest disappointment for the Browns as they were up 14 ...

Packers’ Crosby caps bad day for kickers with game-winner

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Talk about difficult decisions. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had a huge one to make late in overtime of Sunday's game against the Bengals. He could have gone on fourth-and-inches to extend the drive, or allow Mason Crosby — who had ...

AP Top 25: Georgia is No. 1, Big Ten grabs half of top 10

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Georgia was the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday by a unanimous vote, taking the top spot during the regular season for the first time since November 1982. The Bulldogs (62 first-place votes) moved up one spot in the ...

Stroud throws 5 TDs, No. 7 Buckeyes bury Maryland 66-17

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — C.J. Stroud, who didn't throw a pass in a college football game until five weeks ago, says he's getting better at relaxing amid the chaos. With his sore shoulder feeling better and some early wobbles behind him, Stroud is beginning to ...

Ridder, Ford help No. 5 Cincinnati rout Temple 52-3

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Cincinnati routed Temple 52-3 on Friday night for its 23rd straight home victory. Jerome Ford ran for a career-high 149 yards and two scores to help the Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 ...

Browns starting LT Wills out versus Chargers, LB Walker back

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's blind side — and damaged left shoulder — will be protected by a backup this week. Browns starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. will not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a nagging ankle injury he ...

Herbert, Chargers set to test Browns’ surging defense

By The Associated Press undefined CLEVELAND (3-1) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-1) Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS OPENING LINE: Browns by 1, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Cleveland 3-1; Los Angeles 3-1. SERIES RECORD: Chargers lead 17-9-1. LAST MEETING: Chargers beat ...

Giolito’s 6 scoreless innings leads White Sox past Indians

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Lucas Giolito pitched six scoreless innings, Eloy Jiménez had a two-run single and the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Sunday. Chicago clinched its first Central title since 2008 by beating the ...