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Bengals cap productive week with pair of unexpected wins

By SIMMI BUTTAR AP Pro Football Writer The Bengals waited until the very end of 2020 to finally go on a winning streak. Six days after surprising the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on "Monday Night Football," the Bengals outlasted the Houston Texans 37-31 on Sunday. It was their first road win ...

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn't even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave him ...

Browns’ playoff chances take hit with 23-16 loss to Jets

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield coughed up the ball — and the Cleveland Browns' chances to wrap up a playoff spot. After a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the Browns will need to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home next ...

Cavs win 3rd straight to open season, rout 76ers 118-94

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made three steals as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their third straight game to start the season, 118-94 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Collin Sexton added 22 points and ...

No. 3 Ohio St. runs past No. 15 Wildcats for Big Ten crown

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State running back Trey Sermon got the message Saturday. He'd heard coach Ryan Day preach about everything the Buckeyes overcame to reach this season's Big Ten championship game. He also heard Day urging players to overcome more ...

NFL fines Ravens’ CB Peters spitting at Browns WR Landry

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters can deny it all he wants, but the NFL thought he spit at Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The league fined Peters $12, 500 on Saturday for his actions, which were followed by a back-and-forth verbal battle ...

Browns’ Garrett still not all the way back after COVID

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett still hasn't completely recovered from being sacked by COVID-19. Cleveland's star defensive end has played two games since missing two with the virus and said Friday that he's not all the way back. "I'm trying. Still doing ...

Calvin, Holden lift Wright St. over Detroit 93-70

DETROIT (AP) — Trey Calvin and Tanner Holden scored 19 points apiece as Wright St. easily beat Detroit 93-70 on Saturday in a Horizon League opener for both teams. Grant Basile added 18 points and Loudon Love had 14 points and nine rebounds for Wright State (3-1). Holden also had six ...

Atlanta United returns to CONCACAF Champions League in 2021

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite a disappointing season, Atlanta United will play in the CONCACAF Champions League for a third straight year in 2021. The CONCACAF Council has approved a request by the the United States Soccer Federation to award Atlanta a spot in the 16-team continental championship ...

Bengals Bernard questionable for Giants game

The Associated Press undefined CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants after dealing with a concussion. Bernard has been starting for the Bengals (2-7-1) since Joe Mixon went out with an injured foot on ...

Browns’ defense thinned by virus, injuries to face Jaguars

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Olivier Vernon's dominating, three-sack performance last week resulted in an award for the Browns defensive end — and a plea from one of his coaches. For an encore. With star Myles Garrett sidelined again for Sunday's game at Jacksonville ...

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn's 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois (3-0). Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1). Ben Vander Plas added ...

Ohio State’s Day tests positive, won’t coach vs. Illinois

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Ohio State coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be with the Buckeyes if they play at Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State said Friday it had an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests in the program this week. The game ...

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 ...