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Columbus hopes for Game 5 bounceback after historic collapse

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer No team in NHL history with a chance to win a playoff series had blown a three-goal lead in the final four minutes. Until the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in 3:34 and another in overtime to stun the Blue ...

Browns tight end Njoku not seeking trade, commits to team

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — David Njoku has done an end around with the Browns. After demanding a trade last month, the tight end indicated on Saturday that he has changed his mind. The 2017 first-round draft pick tweeted, "I'm all in Cleveland. Time to ...

Kepler homer, Dobnak pitching lead Twins over Indians 4-1

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler hit his second leadoff home run of the season, Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota, and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night. Randy Dobnak (1-1) pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following ...

Tigers, Reds rained out, to play 7-inning twinbill Sunday

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds were set to play Major League Baseball's first doubleheader scheduled for seven-inning games on Sunday in order to make up a rainout. The start of Saturday's game was moved up five hours in an attempt to ...

Browns’ Garrett vows to not let ‘one moment’ define him

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett knows his shocking, helmet-swinging assault on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph last season will always follow him. It's part of his legacy, unwanted or not. He said he won't let it define him. "My life is bigger than one ...

Browns sign Garrett to 5-year, $125 million extension

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett's on-field misbehavior last season damaged his public image. It didn't change how the Cleveland Browns feel about him. The team signed Garrett to a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented ...

Big finish for Woods with hopes of making cut at Memorial

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Five months without competition, Tiger Woods was grinding over key shots and big putts Friday at the Memorial, and the 7-foot par putt on his final hole at the Memorial might have been just enough. The goal on this day was simply to avoid ...

Column: The measure of DeChambeau is if anyone copies him

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer He reduced the golf course to a pitch-and-putt with power that got everyone's attention. That was John Daly at Crooked Stick in 1991 when he followed his caddie's instructions — "Kill it!" — on his way to winning the PGA Championship. It was Tiger Woods at ...

Browns sign ‘Bama tackle Wills, team’s first-round pick

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jedrick Wills has slid into place for the Browns. The former Alabama star right tackle, who will attempt to slide over to the left side for Cleveland, signed his four-year, $19.7 million contract on Tuesday, two weeks before he's scheduled to ...

AP source: Browns restructure DE Olivier Vernon’s contract

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Olivier Vernon's status with the Browns has more certainty. So does his paycheck. The defensive end, whose future in Cleveland seemed in doubt for months, has renegotiated his contract for next season, a person familiar with the talks told ...

Ohio High School Athletic Association changes leadership

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that its executive director has been replaced by an interim leader while the organization searches for a permanent replacement. The president of the association's board of directors, Dan Leffingwell, said Monday that ...

PGA Tour, Memorial scrap plans to have limited spectators

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The PGA Tour and the Memorial scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week because of what it described as rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in ...

Cavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond, who was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Pistons in February, said on an ESPN podcast Tuesday that ...

U of Cincinnati removing Marge Schott’s name from stadium

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati is removing Marge Schott's name from its baseball stadium and a library archive in light of her racist comments while owner of the Cincinnati Reds. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the move ...

Big Ten commissioner starts voter registration initiative

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, hoping its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. "It all fits together," Big Ten ...

Mayfield “absolutely” will kneel during national anthem

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to ...

Browns’ Landry ahead of schedule in rehab from hip surgery

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Quarantine has allowed Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to focus even more on his recovery from off-season hip surgery. Landry, who opted for surgery in February after being slowed by an injury last season, said on a Zoom call ...

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league's ...

CupCheck: 10 major leaguers market game, help fight cancer

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — On an off day in Los Angeles four years ago, a group of major leaguers players went to Manhattan Beach and played the prototype for a new game. Curt Casali, Matt Andriese, Alex Cobb and a few others spent the afternoon throwing discs at poles ...

NFLPA pres Tretter says “hurdles” remain before NFL’s return

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns center JC Tretter is cautiously optimistic the NFL season — at least some version of it — will take place in 2020. He's just not certain when it will start. The newly elected president of the NFL Players Association, Tretter said ...