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Playoff chase is over

CLEVELAND — The Browns needed all kinds of help to keep their scant postseason hopes alive until the season’s final week. They got it. But they failed themselves. So fitting. The playoffs are gone. The coach might be next. Cleveland’s disheartening season dropped another level ...

Buckeyes beat Kentucky in physical battle

LAS VEGAS — Ohio State slid in for charges and blocked shots, dove on the floor for loose balls, jumped into passing lanes for steals. Doing all the little things was just what the Buckeyes needed in game that felt like late March, not late December. D.J. Carton had 13 points, Kaleb ...

Steelers face Jets in first must-win game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Steelers hold their playoff destiny in their own hands. Win the last two games of the season, and they’re in. No sweating, no scoreboard watching. That’s why the Steelers’ game today (1 p.m., WKBN, CBS-Youngs-town) against the New York Jets at ...

Things are different for Browns, Ravens

CLEVELAND — When the Ravens and Browns played 12 weeks ago, Lamar Jackson was showing only hints of superstardom and the Browns looked like a legitimate team. Things have changed dramatically since then for Baltimore and Cleveland. After losing 40-25 loss to the Browns on Sept. 29, the ...

Beating Ravens Sunday could save Kitchens’ job

BEREA — Freddie Kitchens got an early signature win in his first season as Cleveland’s coach. He may need another to get a second one. His chance comes Sunday. Kitchens’ future with the Browns is up in the air heading into this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, who possess ...

Ward set for Steeler reunion

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Hines Ward has been a popular guy this week — and he has the countless voicemails, texts and emails to prove it. The Steelers are coming to town and the former Pittsburgh star wide receiver has been hearing from friends and former colleagues who hope to catch up ...

Clarkson, Love lead Cavs past Grizzlies, 114-107

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 33 points, Kevin Love hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute to play and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 114-107 on Friday night. Cleveland rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, and ...

Visit by WVU based on relationship

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun first met West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins when he played AAU basketball. Huggins was the coach at the University of Cincinnati at the time. Calhoun, after playing at Cleveland State for the late Rollie Massimino, became a student ...

Jets’ Bell looks forward to facing Steelers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le’Veon Bell will jog onto the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday and spot plenty of Jets fans in the stands wearing his green and white jersey. The New York running back knows lots of well-traveled Steelers fans will also make the trek from Pittsburgh, where he ...

Columbus rallies to beat L.A.

COLUMBUS — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in overtime, Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday night. Boone Jenner scored with 1:43 remaining to force overtime for the Blue Jackets, who won after trailing in the ...