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No. 23 Ohio State still piecing together lineup, schedule

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transfers and other factors led to a lot of recent comings and goings in the Ohio State basketball program. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting preparation for the season, coach Chris Holtmann is still trying to figure out where all the ...

Stefanski steady in first season, has Browns in playoff hunt

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski came to Cleveland armed with a coaching plan drawn up over 14 seasons cutting his teeth as an assistant with Minnesota. With the Browns, he's barely been able to follow it. Forced to adjust, adapt and in his words "pivot" ...

Inter Miami seals MLS playoff bid, beats FC Cincinnati 2-1

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mikey Ambrose and Leandro González Pirez scored four minutes apart and Inter Miami clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 over FC Cincinnati on Sunday. Inter Miami (7-13-3) earned the No. 10 seed in the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs. It entered the day with a ...

Bengals confident despite 2-5-1 record at halfway point

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals might be the most optimistic two-win team in the NFL right now. The confidence around the Bengals certainly belies the 2-5-1 record at the halfway point of the 2020 season, a result that looks even worse stacked on ...

Mayfield out, Browns welcome Chubb back from knee injury

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — There was a buzz on the practice field Monday as the Browns returned from their bye with several starters, including star running back Nick Chubb, returning from injuries. However, there was a noticeable absence: the quarterback. Baker ...

Fields, No. 3 Ohio State expect No. 18 Penn State’s best

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Justin Fields looked eager to make up for lost time during Ohio State's season-opening blowout of Nebraska, operating the Buckeyes' offense with such efficiency pollsters vaulted his team to No. 3 in the polls after four quarters ...

No. 3 Ohio State faces first road test at No. 18 Penn State

By The Associated Press undefined No. 3 Ohio State (1-0) at No. 18 Penn State (0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC). Line: Ohio State by 12. Series record: Ohio State leads 21-14. WHAT'S AT STAKE Ohio State can take a big step toward controlling the Big Ten's East Division with a win. Penn ...

Penn State’s goal: Trying to stop Fields from having a day

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton saw something new this week as he watched recent film of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. It's an attribute that could make it even tougher for the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions to ...

No. 7 Cincinnati looks to avenge losses to Memphis

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati played Memphis twice in a span of eight days last season, in the final regular-season game and again in the American Athletic Conference championship. Both games were close, but both were losses for the Bearcats. "It comes down ...

Opening weekend surprises creates different look for Big Ten

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer The first weekend of Big Ten football was full of surprises. Indiana upset a top-10 foe for the first time in 33 years. Rutgers snapped a 21-game conference skid. Northwestern and Purdue moved to the top of the West Division while Penn State and Michigan ...

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either ...

Hurting Mayfield, Browns score late, outduel Bengals 37-34

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Baker Mayfield brushed aside all the outside noise about his dismal performance last week. Then, nursing sore ribs, he shut up all the critics. "What criticism? What are you talking about?" Mayfield quipped after throwing five touchdown ...

AP Top 25: Indiana jumps in at 17; Ohio State moves up to 3

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend's most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut. Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. ...

Hard-luck Bengals keep letting close games slip away

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow keeps putting up big numbers, and the Cincinnati Bengals keep letting the games slip away at the end. The Bengals lost another close one on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns because again they couldn't protect a ...

Mayfield feeling outside pressure after brutal day at Pitt

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield spent much of Sunday afternoon running from the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Monday, the critics were after him. Mayfield's poor performance — and coach Kevin Stefanski's decision to pull him early to protect him from further ...

Front office veteran Krall will run Reds baseball operations

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall has been named director of baseball operations for the team. The Reds announced Monday that Krall was being promoted to replace Dick Williams, who resigned Oct. 7 to assume a larger role in his family's development business. Krall ...

Despite blowing 21-0 lead, Bengals hope turnaround is near

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals say they're playing well enough to win most of the time, especially with the dynamic playmaking and big numbers put up by rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. But the finish has been a problem for Burrow and the ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...

Pitt-iful: Browns try to end 16-game losing streak at Heinz

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The Browns have been pitiful in Pittsburgh — for half a century. Whether playing in old Three Rivers Stadium or at Heinz Field, with its tricky winds and rowdy, towel-twirling fans, most of Cleveland's trips down the Turnpike and across the Pennsylvania state ...

Claypool’s climb: Steelers rookie WR drawing raves

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger predicted Chase Claypool's breakout. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is gearing the rookie wide receiver for what comes next. Score four touchdowns in a game, as Claypool did in a 38-29 win over Philadelphia last ...