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Playoff fire awaits Jones, Werenski, more young defensemen

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer When Seth Jones entered the NHL, coach Barry Trotz saw a player not intimidated by pressure or expectations. The son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones, already a No. 1 defenseman in his fourth season, is now about to face the biggest challenge of his ...

Browns’ Jamie Meder signs; field goal block secured lone win

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns re-signed defensive lineman Jamie Meder, who blocked a late field goal to give the team its only win last season. Meder was an exclusive-rights free agent, a player with two or fewer seasons whose contract has expired. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder had a ...

After close call, Indians determined to finish job in 2017

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis let his heart heal a little before heading home last November. He didn't wait long enough. Crushed after losing an unforgettable Game 7 of the World Series, Cleveland's second baseman thought he was mentally prepared to visit ...

Akron’s Keith Dambrot leaves program after 13 seasons

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron coach Keith Dambrot has left the school after a record-setting 27-9 season. Dambrot's stunning departure was announced by the school, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions" and saying "we wish him well as he moves ...

Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches this season and there is little time to fix ...

Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner entering NBA draft

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner announced on Tuesday that he's entering the NBA draft even though he's still recovering from a significant knee injury. The sophomore tore his left ACL on Jan. 29 and had surgery. He was still using crutches ...

Browns coach Jackson likes private workouts, not pro days

PHOENIX (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson has little use for pro days, especially when looking at quarterbacks. Cleveland is still searching for its franchise QB after nearly two decades back in the NFL. The Browns have the top overall draft pick following a 1-15 season, and also the 12th ...

Son of Indians GM blurts out Lindor contract info on radio

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — It's no secret the Cleveland Indians want to sign All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor to a long-term contract. Thanks to little Brody Chernoff, the length of that deal may now be known. On Saturday, the 6-year-old son of Indians general manager Mike Chernof, was ...

OF Austin Jackson makes Indians’ opening-day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Austin Jackson took an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians and ran with it. Jackson was informed on Sunday that he has made Cleveland's opening-day roster, giving the AL champions some outfield depth in case Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley aren't ...

Ohio imposes 3-foot rule on motorists when passing cyclists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are now required to provide at least three feet of clearance when passing bicycles. The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/2nGHpxr ) a law that took effect this past week expands on efforts by municipalities that had already imposed the three-foot ...

Bobrovsky terrific again as Blue Jackets beat Flyers 1-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky kept Columbus in the game, and a lucky goal in the second period was enough for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky made 36 saves in his seventh shutout of the season, helping Columbus beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on ...

Xavier’s tournament run ends with 83-59 loss to Gonzaga

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The biggest celebration for Xavier came on a shot that didn't end up counting. That was the kind of day it was for the Musketeers, whose memorable March run to the third Elite Eight in school history ended with a lopsided 83-59 loss to ...

Eye-popping: Wall, Wizards blow past LeBron, Cavs 127-115

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James yanked off the tinted googles protecting his injured eye and flung them away. His vision was clear. However, there was one blur that wouldn't go away: John Wall. Washington's faster-than-fast star scored 37 points, Bradley ...

Indians outfielder Chisenhall sprains shoulder, out 3 days

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall. Chisenhall was examined Saturday, a day after he was hurt chasing a flyball against the ...

Bengals release 8-year veteran LB Rey Maualuga

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have released eight-year veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, saying they were moving to a younger group at the position. Saturday's move comes five days after they signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year deal, an ...

Xavier overcame worst slump in 35 years to reach Elite Eight

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier didn't look like an Elite Eight team in early March, coming off six straight defeats that led coaches to try to burn the month of February from the players' memories, literally. Ranked No. 7 in the preseason, the Musketeers had dropped ...

Gonzaga, Xavier on the cusp of first Final Four

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 11 Xavier (24-13) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (35-1) Fourth Round, West Region; San Jose, California, 6:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Two teams once considered mid-majors are on the cusp of their first Final Four. Gonzaga has made the NCAA Tournament 19 straight seasons, the ...

Gonzaga and Xavier ready for Final Four breakthrough

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not like the question but answered it anyway. His Zags had just held off West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight and he was asked if he felt like the monkey was off his back. Few gave a long answer ...

No. 1 seed Notre Dame routs Ohio State 99-76 in Sweet 16

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy ...

James to see eye doctor after 112-105 win over Hornets

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James sat at his locker dabbing his right eye with a wet compress while having difficulty keeping it open. A battle scar from a rough night. James will meet with an eye doctor after a physical game in which he got poked in the ...