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Stefanski, Browns back at ‘square one’ after ’20 turnaround

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski's first season as an NFL head coach was sublime, almost storybook. He ended Cleveland's long playoff drought, won a postseason game — watching from his basement as he recovered from COVID-19 — and guided his team around ...

Cavs get 101-90 win to hand Houston 12th straight loss

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 39 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the hapless Houston Rockets their 12th straight loss with a 101-90 victory on Monday night. The Cavaliers have won a season-high four straight after losing their previous 10 ...

Indians’ Francona says team didn’t cover up for Callaway

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Responding to claims the team protected Mickey Callaway, Indians manager Terry Francona said no one in the Cleveland organization "covered up" for the former pitching coach who's under investigation by Major League Baseball following ...

Brown lifts Miami (OH) over Bowling Green 84-79 in OT

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Dalonte Brown scored a career-high 29 points with 14 rebounds and Miami (OH) beat Bowling Green 84-79 in overtime on Tuesday night. Mekhi Lairy scored 19 points for Miami (12-10, 9-8 Mid-American Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive road victory. Dae ...

No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State meet to top AP Top 25 slate

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Third-ranked Michigan and fourth-ranked Ohio State have found themselves atop the crowd of teams chasing unbeatens Gonzaga and Baylor. Their meeting Sunday headlines the national AP Top 25 schedule for the week, a matchup of teams contending for No. 1 seeds ...

American tennis player Gibbs announces retirement at age 27

By The Associated Press undefined American tennis player Nicole Gibbs announced her retirement Monday on social media and said she plans to enroll in law school this fall. Gibbs, 27, is No. 172 in the WTA Tour rankings. She achieved a career high of No. 68 in 2016. The Cincinnati native and ...

Cavaliers sitting Drummond while pursuing trade for center

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond is on the trade block — and the bench. The two-time All-Star center will be inactive for upcoming games as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are struggling badly after a solid start and are intent on playing newly acquired center ...

Hurricanes erase early deficit, beat Blue Jackets 7-3

By BOB SUTTON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brock McGinn and Teuvo Teravainen scored 26 seconds apart in the second period as the Carolina Hurricanes erased an early deficit and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3 on Monday night. McGinn finished with two goals and two assists, and ...

Curry nets 36, Warriors deal Cavs 8th straight loss, 129-98

By JOE STIGLICH Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 36 points in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-98 on Monday night. Draymond Green tied his career high with 16 assists as the Warriors sent the Cavaliers to their eighth ...

Browns expect close contact players back for Steelers game

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Kevin Stefanski expects some of the players who missed Sunday's loss because of COVID-19 protocols to return to practice Thursday as Cleveland gets ready to face Pittsburgh with a playoff spot riding on the outcome. The Browns ...

Bengals cap productive week with pair of unexpected wins

By SIMMI BUTTAR AP Pro Football Writer The Bengals waited until the very end of 2020 to finally go on a winning streak. Six days after surprising the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on "Monday Night Football," the Bengals outlasted the Houston Texans 37-31 on Sunday. It was their first road win ...

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn't even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave him ...

Browns’ playoff chances take hit with 23-16 loss to Jets

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield coughed up the ball — and the Cleveland Browns' chances to wrap up a playoff spot. After a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the Browns will need to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home next ...

Cavs win 3rd straight to open season, rout 76ers 118-94

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made three steals as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their third straight game to start the season, 118-94 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Collin Sexton added 22 points and ...

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State running back Trey Sermon got the message Saturday. He'd heard coach Ryan Day preach about everything the Buckeyes overcame to reach this season's Big Ten championship game. He also heard Day urging players to overcome more ...

No. 3 Ohio St. runs past No. 15 Wildcats for Big Ten crown

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State running back Trey Sermon got the message Saturday. He'd heard coach Ryan Day preach about everything the Buckeyes overcame to reach this season's Big Ten championship game. He also heard Day urging players to overcome more ...

NFL fines Ravens’ CB Peters spitting at Browns WR Landry

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters can deny it all he wants, but the NFL thought he spit at Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The league fined Peters $12, 500 on Saturday for his actions, which were followed by a back-and-forth verbal battle ...

Browns’ Garrett still not all the way back after COVID

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett still hasn't completely recovered from being sacked by COVID-19. Cleveland's star defensive end has played two games since missing two with the virus and said Friday that he's not all the way back. "I'm trying. Still doing ...

Calvin, Holden lift Wright St. over Detroit 93-70

DETROIT (AP) — Trey Calvin and Tanner Holden scored 19 points apiece as Wright St. easily beat Detroit 93-70 on Saturday in a Horizon League opener for both teams. Grant Basile added 18 points and Loudon Love had 14 points and nine rebounds for Wright State (3-1). Holden also had six ...

Atlanta United returns to CONCACAF Champions League in 2021

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite a disappointing season, Atlanta United will play in the CONCACAF Champions League for a third straight year in 2021. The CONCACAF Council has approved a request by the the United States Soccer Federation to award Atlanta a spot in the 16-team continental championship ...