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Iron (line)man: Browns’ Thomas a symbol of steady excellence

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As Joe Thomas crashed to his knees and grabbed his left arm, instinctively pulling his injured limb tightly to his body while screaming in pain, an audible gasp flowed through the crowd inside FirstEnergy Stadium. This couldn't be happening. ...

In London, Vikings to start Keenum at QB vs Browns

LONDON (AP) — Case Keenum will make his sixth start in eight games at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when they play Cleveland in London. Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed on Friday the decision that he'd been coy about all week regarding Keenum, who has played well in relief of Sam ...

Buckeyes aim for payback when Penn State visits Horseshoe

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Penn State at No. 6 Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had this one circled on their calendars since Grant Haley — he of the 60-yard blocked field goal return — and an unranked ...

Three-goal second period lifts Columbus over Buffalo, 5-1

By NICOLE KRAFT, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All it took was a little rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back to their winning ways. Seth Jones had a goal and an assist for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets, who had a three-day break between games, beat the Buffalo Sabres ...

Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavs 112-107

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With injuries on both sides, the point guard matchup came down to LeBron James against Spencer Dinwiddie. James had the bigger numbers. Dinwiddie made the biggest plays. Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and ...

Columbus Crew reverses decision, will issue refunds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Crew SC says they have changed their position on refunding season ticket holders for 2018 after the team's owner announced a possible move to Austin, Texas. In a statement Wednesday, owner and club CEO Anthony Precourt says those with 2018 season tickets will ...

College Football Picks: Big games, then playoff rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Three days before the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are released, No. 2 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State will play a game that could complicate the selection committee's task down the road — if the Buckeyes win. The ...

Browns rookie Garrett has concussion, could miss London trip

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett could miss Cleveland's trip to London because of a concussion. The top overall pick in this year's NFL draft was placed in concussion protocol on Tuesday after arriving at the team's facility with concussion-like symptoms. ...

Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and won't play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Wade came off the bench and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Bulls. It was Wade's first game with Cleveland's second unit, and the ...

Traditional Reds opening day parade moved to 4th game

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The traditional Reds opening day parade has been moved to the fourth game of the season because of a conflict with the Easter holidays. A market association announced Wednesday that it will hold the parade on Monday, April 2 against the Chicago ...

Can revenge push Ohio State? ‘Hell, yeah’ says Meyer

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was direct when asked whether his players will be motivated by revenge in the long-awaited showdown with No. 2 Penn State this weekend. If the idea of avenging last year's upset loss at Happy Valley gets his ...

Browns’ Thomas having season-ending surgery, future blurry

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas felt the tendon detach from his elbow and roll up in his arm, and before the pain registered, the Browns' seemingly indestructible tackle realized everything had changed. His day was over. His season done. His career in ...

Wade asks to come off bench for Cavs; Smith starting again

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he signed with the Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade promised his ego wouldn't get in the way. It wasn't just talk. Struggling through three games in his first season with Cleveland, Wade approached Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and asked to be taken out ...

Familiar outcome: Bengals flattened by Steelers in big game

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals tried to tiptoe around the importance of another season-defining game in Pittsburgh by ignoring the series' history of lopsided outcomes and ugly moments. They wound up with more of both. A 29-14 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday ...

Browns QB Kizer vows off-field changes after video surfaces

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer's on-field mistakes have hurt the winless Browns. He doesn't want to make things worse with his off-field behavior. The rookie quarterback, who has been benched three times in three weeks for interceptions, vowed Monday to ...

Kizer starting again, staying positive as Browns host Titans

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer hasn't lost hope the Browns can turn their season around. Heck, if St. Pius did it, so can Cleveland. The rookie quarterback was once on a team that started 0-11, found its groove and won 11 straight games while making an ...

Sergachev scores twice, Lightning beat Blue Jackets 2-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mikhail Sergachev is so unaccustomed to scoring goals that he wasn't even sure how to celebrate after he got one. The 19-year-old rookie defenseman got his first two NHL goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 43 saves for his fifth career ...

Steelers, resurgent Bengals set to renew belligerent rivalry

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is palpable, built on years of animosity and antagonism, hits that straddled the line between clean and dirty and others that leapfrogged across it all together. The AFC ...

Buckeyes’ progress pleases Meyer as Penn State game looms

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A month ago some Ohio State faithful urged the benching of quarterback J.T. Barrett because of the anemic passing game. Now he's being talked about as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. It's been all good lately for the fifth-year ...

Upgrade: Browns rookie QB Kizer back after one-week benching

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — DeShone Kizer went on a weekend retreat to a place he never wants to visit again. The sideline is not the rookie quarterback's spot. Benched for last week's game in Houston by Browns coach Hue Jackson following a rash of turnovers and ...