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Alford’s late pickoff saves Falcons’ 23-20 win over Browns

ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Smith said his Atlanta Falcons won't always be able to run the ball as effectively as they did against the Cleveland Browns, who were missing three starters on their defensive line. Clearly, the Falcons coach will be happy when he can lean on his ground game. Dee ...

Bieber tunes up for playoffs, Guardians top Royals 7-5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber allowed two runs over five innings in his final start before the postseason, Josh Naylor and rookie Will Brennan hit three-run homers and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday. Bieber (13-8) is scheduled to start Game 1 of the ...

Contreras gets ovations, Stroman goes 6, Cubs beat Reds 8-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras got several standing ovations in what could be his final home game at Wrigley Field, Marcus Stroman threw six scoreless innings and the surging Chicago Cubs won their seventh straight, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Sunday. Nelson Velázquez drove in four ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Cincinnati opens AAC defense with 31-21 win over Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ben Bryant threw two touchdown passes, Cincinnati added two other scores on fourth down and the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champion Bearcats opened league play with a 31-21 victory Saturday night over Tulsa. Bryant's 61-yard pass to a wide-open Tyler ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Williams rushes for 5 TDs, No. 3 OSU beats Rutgers 49-10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Miyan Williams found out right before the game that he would be Ohio State's No. 1 running back Saturday because TreVeyon Henderson was out with an injury. "I looked in his eyes, and I told Tre 'I got you. I got you today,'" Williams said in describing the pregame ...

Kent State tops Ohio in overtime 31-24

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Marquez Cooper rushed for a career-high 240 yards including the winning touchdown in overtime, Dante Cephas made several clutch catches on his way to personal best 246 yards receiving and Kent State defeated Ohio 31-24 on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference opener for both ...

McDonald throws for 3 TDs, Bowling Green beats Akron 31-28

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Matt McDonald threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and Bowling Green beat Akron 31-28 on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Bowling Green took a 24-14 lead with 1:15 left before halftime when Akron fumbled inside its 5-yard line on a punt ...

Big 2nd quarter carries Toledo past Central Michigan, 38-17

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Dequan Finn threw two touchdown passes as Toledo scored 31 straight points to end the first half en route to a 38-17 win over Central Michigan in the Mid-America Conference opener Saturday afternoon. After the Chippewas converted a 42-yard Marshall Meeder field goal to ...

Top-ranked Bison beat Youngstown State 27-14

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hunter Luepke ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and FCS top-ranked North Dakota State led the rest of the way en route to a 27-14 victory on Saturday over Youngstown State. Kobe Johnson's 17-yard touchdown run led to a 21-3 halftime lead for the Bison (4-1, 2-0 ...

Chisholm rushes for 2 TDs, Dayton beats Drake 27-14

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jake Chisholm rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and Dayton beat Drake 27-14 on Saturday. Chisholm gave Dayton a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown. Dante Casciola was 19-of-24 passing for 179 yards with one touchdown and one interception for ...

Perez has 4 hits, Royals beat AL Central champion Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Salvador Perez had four hits and drove in a pair of runs, Kris Bubic struck out a season-high eight and the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central champion Cleveland Guardians 7-1 on Saturday night. Perez collected three singles and a solo homer in four plate appearances, ...

Seiya Suzuki homers as Chicago Cubs top Cincinnati Reds 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Seiya Suzuki hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Saturday for their sixth straight win. Suzuki's 14th homer — a two-out drive to left-center against Derek Law (2-3) — was Chicago's first hit since the ...

Crew defeat Red Bulls 2-1 on Etienne’s game-winner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Derrick Etienne scored the deciding goal in a 2-1 win for the Columbus Crew over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Etienne's winner came in the fourth minute of stoppage time to put the Crew (10-7-15) up 2-1. Etienne scored all of the Crew's goals in the ...

Sampson strong again as Cubs beat Reds for 5th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) — Adrian Sampson threw seven efficient innings, Nico Hoerner drove in three runs and the Chicago Cubs won their fifth straight, 6-1 over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Sampson (4-5) gave up one run on three hits, struck out six and walked two in his 97-pitch outing. He matched ...

Ramírez homers, Clase gets 40th save as Guardians beat KC

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and Emmanuel Clase worked a perfect ninth inning for his major league-leading 40th save in the Cleveland Guardians' 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Ramírez put AL Central champion Cleveland ahead for good at 4-3 ...

Browns’ Garrett: Crash a ‘wake-up’ call, grateful to survive

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett knows he's lucky. His life could be very different or even over. Speaking to reporters for the first time since losing control and flipping his Porsche after practice on Monday, the Browns' star defensive end promised to change his behavior after surviving a ...

Rutgers hopes its tough defense can slow down No. 3 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach Greg Schiano knows consistency is the key to building a winner, and he recognizes his Rutgers team is still struggling with that. Now the Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) have to go to Columbus as heavy underdogs and try to keep up with well-rounded and ...

Rays miss chance to clinch, lose 2-1 as Guardians rally late

CLEVELAND (AP) — Small plastic strips dangled from the ceiling in Tampa Bay's clubhouse, which had been cleared of furniture and prepped over the final innings for what was supposed to be a wild, wet celebration. The Guardians had other plans. "We don't want people celebrating in our house, ...

Chubb, Browns face ‘heavyweight’ run test against Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons coach Arthur Smith knows what to expect from a Cleveland Browns offense that revolves around Nick Chubb's powerful runs. "They're coming to mash you," Smith said. Smith wants Atlanta's rushing attack led by Cordarrelle Patterson to mash back. Chubb, the NFL's leading ...

Garrett back with Browns, cited for speeding following crash

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro Myles Garrett returned to the team's headquarters but didn't practice Thursday while recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash earlier this week, when police said he lost control speeding on a rural road. Garrett veered his Porsche off the ...