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No ordinary Joe: Thomas nearing 10,000th consecutive snap

By BRIAN DULIK, Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas weaved his way through reporters in the locker room, surveying the group before stepping behind a podium. "I'm not sure what all the commotion is about," the 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle said Thursday. "I'm just a guy that ...

Catch 22: Indians rally, win AL-record 22nd straight game

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — On a winning streak that just won't stop, the Cleveland Indians have posted shutouts, blowouts and routine wins. All that was missing were a walk-off victory and extra innings. "Check those two off," closer Cody Allen said. "We're ...

Texans’ Watson wins 1st start vs historically bad Bengals

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A black tux and bowtie. Deshaun Watson decided to dress in style for his first NFL start, one that came in prime time on his 22nd birthday. The clothes and the moment were a perfect fit for the national champ. Watson scrambled 49 yards for ...

No. 8 Ohio State tries to move on against improved Army

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State players likely will be a little cranky when Army visits for the first time on Saturday afternoon. The No. 8 Buckeyes were smoked by Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma at Ohio Stadium last week and will be looking for an outlet for ...

Next challenge for Browns rookie QB Kizer: Ravens defense

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — In his NFL debut, Cleveland quarterback DeShone Kizer went up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose reputation for playing rugged defense began long before the Browns rookie was born. Having survived that test, Kizer on Sunday will ...

Bengals 1st team since 1939 to fail to get in end zone

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — No Bengals team has been so bad on offense to start a season. Not many in the history of the NFL, either. Cincinnati failed to get into the end zone again — make it 25 possessions and counting — during a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on ...

Northwestern hopes to start turnaround against Bowling Green

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Just like last year, Northwestern is struggling in the early going. Don't think coach Pat Fitzgerald is buying the comparisons, though. The Wildcats come into Saturday's game against Bowling Green trying to shake off a blowout ...

21 club: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For more than 100 years, American League teams have gone on winning streaks of varying lengths — short ones, long ones, double-digit ones. Nothing, though, like the one the Cleveland Indians have pieced together. A streak for the ...

Watch Out: Sacks galore likely in Texans at Bengals

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it's fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night's game between the Texans and Bengals. Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to be trapped five ...

Mahle, Suarez help Reds to 6-0 win over Cardinals

By NATE LATSCH, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds bounced back from a lopsided loss to the St. Louis Cardinals with some strong pitching performances and timely hitting one night later. Rookie right-hander Tyler Mahle tossed five innings, Eugenio Suarez hit a grand ...

LeBron James congratulates Indians on 21-game winning streak

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has bounced some love toward the Cleveland Indians for their winning streak. Shortly after the Indians set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wednesday, the NBA star posted a video to congratulate the ...

Browns’ Britt looks to rebound after drop in opener

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kenny Britt was signed by the Browns to be a playmaker and a leader for their young wide receivers. One game into the regular season, his starting spot is in jeopardy. Britt dropped an on-target, downfield throw from DeShone Kizer in the fourth quarter Sunday, stalling ...

Dalton the focus as Bengals, Texans get past awful openers

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton was dreadful in the Bengals' opener, turning over the ball five times and finishing with the second-lowest passer rating of his career. He'll have one thing in his favor Thursday night: He tends not to let bad days linger. The ...

Roaring 20: Indians tie AL record with 20th straight win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor skipped through the doorway and into the Indians' clubhouse, where the pulsating music was at an ear-splitting level. As many of his teammates dressed quickly with another game just 14 hours away, Cleveland's star ...

Big Ten will increase Week 1 conference games in 2020, ’21

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer The Big Ten will increase its number of conference football games in the opening weeks of the season in 2020 and 2021. There also is a change in rivalry week in schedules announced Tuesday. Iowa will meet Wisconsin and Nebraska will play Minnesota ...

Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones back after 1-game NFL suspension

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam "Pacman" Jones watched and winced as the Bengals stumbled through one of their worst season openers. He's back from his NFL suspension trying to help them get beyond it. The cornerback served a one-game suspension for his offseason ...

Tigers DH Martinez, RHP Fulmer have successful surgeries

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent a successful surgical procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, and starter Michael Fulmer had season-ending surgery on his elbow Tuesday. Martinez had a heart ablation on ...

DeJong, Molina power Cardinals to a 13-4 rout of Reds

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong didn't start the season in the majors. Now he's in the St. Louis Cardinals record book. DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 on Tuesday night. The ...

Hey 19: Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One more day. One more game. One more win. The Cleveland Indians are ripping off victories like few teams before them. And, they're not finished. With their latest lopsided win, the Indians extended the majors' longest winning streak ...

Mayfield sorry for planting Oklahoma flag at Ohio State

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Quarterback Baker Mayfield has apologized for planting Oklahoma's flag at midfield of Ohio State's stadium following the Sooners' victory over the Buckeyes. After Saturday night's 31-16 win, Mayfield ran around the field at Ohio ...