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Browns agree to contract with QB Drew Stanton

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year contact with free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. The team announced the pact on Sunday night. The Browns met last week with Stanton while they were in California scouting UCLA's Josh Rosen and ...

LeBron, Cavs cruise to 120-95 blowout over sinking Suns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates circled around LeBron James before the opening tip, things looked different. They felt different, too. "Our huddle was almost complete," James said. After months of chaos, the Cavaliers may be coming together at just the ...

Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The standings show the Eastern Conference's top team plays in Canada. The best player remains in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James reminded Toronto he's king. Playing without five teammates and his coach, James scored 35 points and added 17 ...

Hall says it won’t use Chief Wahoo logo for future plaques

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members. In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it "concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native ...

Indians’ Brantley homers on first pitch of spring debut

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Brantley had no problem getting back in the swing of things Wednesday night. Brantley homered on his first swing of spring training, making a promising return to the Cleveland Indians' lineup following surgery in October on his ...

Blue Jackets extend streak to 9 with 5-3 win over Rangers

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky have the surging Columbus Blue Jackets in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Panarin had three goals and an assist, Bobrovsky made 29 saves and the Blue Jackets extended their winning streak ...

With new coach, Ohio State creates season to remember

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All indications were that this would be another forgettable year for Ohio State basketball. Coming off two disappointing seasons, the Buckeyes had the same core of players but a new coach in Chris Holtmann , who did his best in the ...

Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds. A spectator during Gonzaga's Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ...

Crew, Philadelphia Union play to scoreless draw

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Columbus played the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw on Saturday to extend the Crew's unbeaten regular-season streak to 13 matches. Most of the scoring opportunities for Columbus (2-0-1) came from Gyasi Zardes. He ran to Federico Higuain's back-heel pass in the 27th ...

Xavier suspects Florida State wants revenge in NCAA rematch

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes all are gone, the first two drafted into the NBA. Florida State has only one starter back from a year ago when the Seminoles' expected run through the NCAA Tournament came to a ...

Ohio State blows by George Washington to advance in regional

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff isn't worried about his All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell, who scored just 11 points in the No. 3 seed Buckeyes' rout of George Washington in a women's NCAA Tournament opener on Saturday. He knows ...

Ohio State gets rematch with Gonzaga in West Region

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — No. 4 seed Gonzaga (31-4) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (25-8) Second round, West Region; Boise, Idaho, Saturday, approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. BOTTOM LINE: A rematch of a game played in the PK80 Invitational in November. The Zags won in a runaway, shooting 59 percent to beat the ...

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing another suspension

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Vontaze Burfict is appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances, the third straight season that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is facing punishment from the league. The suspension ...

Cumberland leads Cincinnati over pesky Georgia State 68-53

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin likes using boxing references to describe his team's hard-nosed style. The Bearcats waited until the final few rounds to deliver a knockout punch Friday. Jarron Cumberland set career highs with 27 ...

Browns’ Thomas says decision ‘right around the corner’

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star tackle Joe Thomas said his decision on whether to keep playing or retire is "right around the corner." During an onstage interview Tuesday night at an awards show in downtown Cleveland, Thomas remained noncommittal when ...

AP Source: Browns to sign free agent T Hubbard

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As they wait for Joe Thomas' decision, the Cleveland Browns added some offensive line depth. The team reached agreement on Tuesday with former Pittsburgh tackle Chris Hubbard on a five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

James’ triple-double leads Cavaliers past lowly Suns

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — After a couple of tough losses in Los Angeles, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers went to the desert and took care of Phoenix. The Suns offered little resistance. In a performance that seemed almost effortless against an outmatched ...

Julius Randle’s 36 lead Lakers past LeBron’s Cavs, 127-113

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — If this game was a Hollywood audition, the young Los Angeles Lakers certainly did well enough to impress budding entertainment mogul LeBron James. The Lakers will have to wait until summer to find out whether they earned a callback — or ...

Defense lifts No. 8 Cincinnati over Houston in AAC final

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mick Cronin doesn't have a catchy sales pitch for the stingy brand of basketball No. 8 Cincinnati played to claw its way to the top of the American Athletic Conference. Stellar defense was a big part of the team's drive to the league's ...

AP Source: Browns trade DT Shelton to Patriots for pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying, "Go Browns!" It was the Browns turn to say, "Go Danny!" New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey agreed to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to the New England ...