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How low will they go? Bengals move from hopeful to hapless

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — In six days, the Bengals went from hopeful to hapless. A loss to the Steelers crushed their playoff chances. A drubbing by the Bears left them at their lowest point in years and got fans talking about who will be the next head coach. There ...

Browns doomed by critical mistakes in 27-21 OT loss

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer sat at his locker and spoke privately for several minutes with new general manager John Dorsey, who did his best to encourage the rookie. There was plenty to discuss. The Browns had blown another one. Kizer's interception in ...

Bengals’ loss to Steelers seeps into 33-7 drubbing by Bears

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals showed up with a hangover from their season-crushing loss on Monday night and gave one of their worst performances during coach Marvin Lewis' 15 seasons. In a sense, the Steelers got 'em again. With a defense gutted from their loss ...

Browns coach Jackson dismisses idea job still in jeopardy

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Hue Jackson stopped laughing, he got serious. A day after dropping to 0-13 for the second straight season and 1-28 in his two years coaching the Browns, Jackson said he doesn't believe a report that new Cleveland general manager John ...

Winless Browns fire VP Brown, coach Hue Jackson keeps job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now. Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown on Thursday, jettisoning their top ...

LeBron hits big 3, scores 32 as Cavaliers win 13th straight

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The play is called "Chicago," named after a game-winning shot LeBron James made in the playoffs to beat the Bulls. It worked like a charm again in Cleveland. James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the ...

Bluiett scores 26, No. 13 Xavier beats Kent State 96-70

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coming off wins over two other highly ranked teams, Xavier had a chance to catch its breath, grind one out, and start getting ready for another payback game. Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time he's had 20 this season — and ...

Buzzer-beater Fletcher sends Toledo past Detroit Mercy 89-86

DETROIT (AP) — Tre'Shaun Fletcher made a fade-away 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Toledo over Detroit Mercy 89-86 on Wednesday night. Fletcher made an unnecessary foul with 2.6 seconds left and Detroit's Josh McFolley tied it 86 with a pair of free throws. Fletcher caught a full-court pass ...

Davis scores 19, Dayton holds off Tennessee Tech 79-66

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Darrell Davis scored 19 points, Dayton shot 61 percent after halftime and held off Tennessee Tech 79-66 Wednesday night. Davis scored five of his points in the last 2:41 but a defensive rebound a minute earlier was big. Tennessee Tech had closed to 65-58 on an 18-9 run ...

Bengals try to get over Steelers hangover as Bears visit

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Three cornerbacks injured, a linebacker and a running back in concussion protocol. The Bengals paid a price for their acrimonious, season-dooming loss to the Steelers on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium. What's left of their roster and their ...

Barrett Named as QB on AP All-Big Ten team

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Penn State's Saquon Barkley is the offensive player of the year for the second straight season and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday. Wisconsin took the ...

Schneider stops 41 shots as Devils beat Blue Jackets 4-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cory Schneider was terrific in his 100th win with the New Jersey Devils. The veteran goalie got plenty of offensive help, too. Stefan Noesen, Taylor Hall and rookie Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist as New Jersey beat the ...

Cleveland Indians extend safety netting at ballpark for 2018

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are expanding the safety netting at Progressive Field for the 2018 season. The club will extend the current vertical netting behind home plate down the first- and third-base lines to the ends of the dugouts in an effort to better ...

Puryear, Barnett lead Missouri to 70-51 win over Miami (OH)

By CHARLIE CLARKE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kevin Puryear scored a season-high 20 points and Jordan Barnett tied his career-high with five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds as Missouri ran past Miami (Ohio) 70-51 on Tuesday night. Kassius Robertson added ...

Smith has career-high 25, Evansville beats Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Dru Smith had a career-high 25 points, seven assists and four steals to lead Evansville to a 91-76 win over Bowling Green on Tuesday night. Smith was 11 of 13 from the floor, hitting three from long range, as Evansville (7-2) drilled 12 of 15 from distance, making ...

Furious rally powers Ohio State to 71-62 win over Michigan

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Down by 20 just before halftime Monday night, Ohio State stormed back and dominated Michigan in the second half on the way to a 71-62 victory. The Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) sprinted out on a blistering 19-3 run to begin the second ...

Steelers’ Smith-Schuster, Bengals’ Iloka each banned 1 game

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a blindside hit ...

Wade, Love, James lead surging Cavaliers over Bulls 113-91

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James could sense the Cleveland Cavaliers were starting to click the last time they lost. But a streak like this? He wasn't about to say he saw that coming. Dwyane Wade and Kevin Love each scored 24 points, James had 23 and the ...

Otero agrees to $2.5 million, 2-year contract with Indians

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians reliever Dan Otero has agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with Cleveland that includes a 2020 team option and could be worth $3.9 million plus bonuses over three seasons. Otero agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year deal on ...

Discipline starts fallout for cringe-worthy Steelers-Bengals

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Two players carted off, two others suspended, many fines to follow. One of the NFL's nastiest rivalries set new lows in prime time, forcing fans to avert their eyes. What's to be done about this long-running animosity between the Steelers ...