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NFL to hold 2021 draft in Cleveland from April 29-May 1

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — After a successful virtual, stay-at-home experience this year, the NFL plans to hold its draft outdoors in downtown Cleveland next year from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced Tuesday, three days after the completion of a unique ...

Browns exercise contract option on star DE Garrett, TE Njoku By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't have a major decision to make on Myles Garrett's near future. Now they can begin working on keeping the star defensive end much longer. Cleveland exercised the ...

Packers reach deal with free-agent LB Christian Kirksey

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linebacker Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a deal with the Green Bay Packers less than a week after the Cleveland Browns released him. Kirksey's agent, Brian Mackler, confirmed that Kirksey would be signing with the Packers but didn't disclose terms. NFL ...

Indians’ Lindor has more on mind than contract with outbreak

GARY SCHATZ Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) — Francisco Lindor didn't want to discuss money or his future. This certainly wasn't the time. Just days after the four-time All-Star shortstop and Gold Glove winner broke off talks with the Cleveland Indians about a long-term contract ...

Ohio players get in one last run after MAC tourney canceled

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — After getting up some pregame shots, Ohio's players excitedly huddled at mid-court just like they have all season. Game time was an hour away, and as they stood on top of the Mid-American Conference's green-and-blue logo, the eighth-seeded ...

Spring practice provides look at Ohio State’s future QBs

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The opening of Ohio State's spring practice Monday began the competition to determine the Buckeyes' likely starting quarterback of the future. Coach Ryan Day got an initial look at Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud in the first of 15 ...

Suárez working to get his shoulder healed after pool mishap

By GARY SCHATZ Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Eugenio Suárez was playing in a swimming pool with his children at home in Pinecrest, Florida, and decided to dive into the shallow half. The Cincinnati Reds third baseman hit the bottom of the pool and wound up with a shoulder injury ...

Bogdanovic’s 28 leads Jazz past injury-depleted Cavaliers

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points, Rudy Gobert added 20 and the Utah Jazz began a four-game trip against Eastern Conference teams with a 126-113 win on Monday night over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers, who dressed only nine players and ...

Kansas unanimous No. 1 in Top 25; Baylor down 2 spots to 4th

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer A string of losses to unranked opponents led to upheaval in the AP Top 25 this week. Kansas kept winning, strengthening its grip on No. 1. The Jayhawks were the unanimous choice for the top spot in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll ...

Reds’ Luis Castillo aims for Cy Young after breakout season

By GARY SCHATZ Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) — Luis Castillo accomplished two of his goals last year: He was the Reds' opening day starter and made the All-Star team. He's aiming higher in 2020. With an upgraded offense behind him, Cincinnati's best starter thinks he's capable of ...

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson remained in a West Texas jail without bond Wednesday after federal agents said they found 157 pounds (71.21 kilograms) of marijuana in a rented vehicle in which he and two other people were riding. Robinson, 27, of Thibodeaux, ...

Johnson leads UCF to 89-87 double-overtime win over Cincy

By MARK SCHMETZER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Central Florida turned to Tony Johnson Jr. in the second half. The freshman didn't let the Knights down. Johnson scored four of his career-high 21 points in the second overtime and Central Florida upset first-place Cincinnati 89-87 in an ...

Indians starter Mike Clevinger to have left knee surgery

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are already dealing with adversity before taking the field for their first full-squad workout. Starter Mike Clevinger was undergoing surgery Friday to repair torn meniscus in his left knee after the right-hander hurt it while ...

Baby giraffe named ‘Burreaux’ after LSU’s star quarterback

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Hesiman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow has a new honor to add to his long list of awards and achievements. He inspired the name of the newest male giraffe at Louisiana's capital city zoo. A public naming competition selected the ...

Olofsson scores 2 in Sabres’ 4-3 OT win over Blue Jackets

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Look out NHL, Victor ""Goal-ofsson" is back. Taking two periods to shake off the rust after missing six weeks with a sprained left ankle, Buffalo forward Victor Olofsson quickly rediscovered his scoring touch in the Sabres' 4-3 overtime ...

Luke Fickell tells Michigan State he’s staying at Cincinnati

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Luke Fickell informed Michigan State on Monday that he's decided to stay at Cincinnati, leaving the Spartans to resume their search to find Mark Dantonio's replacement. Fickell has rebuilt Cincinnati into a Top 25 program in his three ...

Kucherov’s OT goal lifts Lightning over Blue Jackets 2-1

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The extra incentive to win was evident in the amped-up intensity, extra pushing and shoving, and scattered punches exchanged between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. In the end, a major gaffe by Columbus' Zach Werenski ...

Pritzl scores 19, Wisconsin cruises past Ohio State 70-57

By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl was looking down at the final boxscore from a podium when Trevor Anderson leaned in from a few seats over to give his teammate a compliment. It might have been the only time that Pritzl was caught off ...

Clippers hand Cavs worst home loss in franchise history

STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The presence of Andre Drummond began the night with optimism for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That positive feeling was quickly dashed by a 133-92 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavaliers' worst home defeat in franchise ...

AP Source: Browns star Garrett meets with NFL about return

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Suspended Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett met Monday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his possible reinstatement, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press. Garrett, who was banned indefinitely for ...