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Browns interview coordinator Kitchens for head coaching job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens got his formal, sit-down interview with the Browns. He aced the on-field one. Kitchens, who in eight weeks rose from unknown assistant to hot coaching commodity, became the seventh candidate to interview for Cleveland's ...

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins is NFL bound after one spectacular season as Ohio State's starting quarterback. The third-year sophomore who rewrote the school record book had been expected to enter the draft and is a projected first-round ...

Howard helps No. 16 Marquette past Xavier 70-52

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sacar Anim made the most of Markus Howard's presence for Marquette. Anim scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the No. 16 Golden Eagles remained unbeaten at home with a 70-52 victory over Xavier on Sunday. Anim was 9 for 14 from ...

Struggling Cavs sign G Cameron Payne to 10-day contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The struggling Cavaliers signed guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract. To make roster space, the Cavs waived swingman Patrick McCaw, who signed with the club as a free agent on Dec. 28. He played in three games with Cleveland. Payne will ...

AP Source: Browns denying requests to interview OC Kitchens

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are protecting Freddie Kitchens like he was a franchise quarterback, not a coach. While Kitchens waits for his interview to possibly become Cleveland's head coach, the Browns have denied requests by other teams to interview their ...

Cavs’ Love progressing, no timetable for return

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has been cleared to begin "select basketball activities" following left foot surgery. Love played in just four games this season before having surgery on Nov. 2 to repair an injury sustained during ...

No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Izzo has a veteran club and team ...

Williams interviews to coach Browns after strong interim run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams had his interview with the Browns, who were impressed by his leadership as coach in the second half this season. Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach after taking over when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29. The ...

Next Bengals coach inherits roster ready for big change

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown must decide whether to bring in another newcomer to coach his team, or return to his pattern of trusting someone he already knows well. Whoever gets the job will inherit a roster on the cusp of significant ...

He promised: LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the ...

Ravens get what they wanted: Beat Browns to earn playoffs

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens couldn't have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday's AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns. "At the beginning of the season, if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the ...

Buckeyes’ Meyer to teach, be assistant AD after he retires

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will teach a class in the university's business school and become an assistant athletic director after he retires following the Rose Bowl. Meyer will co-teach "Leadership and Character" during the spring semester and be available to up to ...

Top to bottom, 1st-round QBs impacted NFL along with others

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts. And don't forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between. The ...

Brooks leads Cincinnati over South Carolina State 77-56

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bearcats were coming off their most impressive win. One overmatched opponent was left before the holiday break. They ground out a win so ragged that they felt a need to apologize afterward. Nysier Brooks had a career-high 17 points and ...

Atkinson, Panarin lead Blue Jackets past Flyers, 4-3

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Although he's diminutive in size, Cam Atkinson plays big in front of the net. Atkinson scored two more goals as part of an eight-point game for Columbus' top line to lead the Blue Jackets to their third straight victory, 4-3 over the ...

Dayton uses hot start to defeat Presbyterian 81-69

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jalen Crutcher scored 19 points, Jordan Davis added 18 and Trey Landers had a double-double as Dayton used a dominating first half to defeat Presbyterian 81-69 on Saturday. Landers had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Flyers (7-5). Three other players had eight and ...

Martin scores 19, hits late 3 as No. 6 Nevada beats Akron

By EMERSON MARCUS, Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada ought to have plenty to celebrate this Christmas, but coach Eric Musselman is bringing a sour mood into the holiday. Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline scored 19 points apiece, and Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to help ...

Ohio State gets first big W for new coach on signing day

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Zach Harrison is one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, and he goes to high school 15 miles from Ohio State. Yet not until Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, did the 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end commit to ...

‘Terrifying’ twosome: Pro Bowlers Garrett, Ward lead Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett interrupted linebacker Joe Schobert's interview session and then took his place at the podium — shirtless. Pro Bowlers can do whatever they want. The former No. 1 overall pick earned his first — and probably not his last ...

Bengals aim to limit Browns’ Mayfield after historic game

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The previous time the Bengals tried to stop Baker Mayfield, he set a Browns rookie record with four touchdown passes in little more than half a game. He also gave a cold shoulder to his former head coach while leaving the field. The Bengals are ...