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One, done: Browns fire Kitchens after disappointing season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Freddie Kitchens made a great first impression. Everything after that was underwhelming. Kitchens, who famously crowed "if you don't wear brown and orange, you don't matter" at his introductory news conference less than a year ago, was ...

Indians, Hernández finalize $6.25 million, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and the Cleveland Indians finalized a $6.25 million, one-year contract Sunday. The sides agreed to terms early last week, pending a physical. The 29-year-old Hernández had spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets in shootout

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks won in a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets may have lost something more valuable than the game: their starting goalie. Joonas Korpisalo had to leave the game with an injury after unsuccessfully trying to stop ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59 Sunday. The Mountaineers (11-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a ...

Clutch Clemson: No. 3 Tigers beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaring from the Clemson locker room after yet another playoff victory was Aretha Franklin's classic "Respect." The Tigers have won two of the last three national titles and become college football's gold standard program, ...

Fiesta referee explains crucial calls that flipped semifinal

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Fiesta Bowl referee defended two key calls that went Clemson's way after video review in the Tigers' 29-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. A crew of officials from the Southeastern Conference worked ...

Ohio State’s Wade ejected for targeting in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has been ejected for targeting, leaving the second-ranked Buckeyes without a key defensive player against No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Wade was ejected late in the second quarter Saturday night for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Clemson ...

Garland, Sexton each score 18 to lead Cavs over Wolves 94-88

By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland's young backcourt showed just enough composure to overcome an otherwise rough night taking care of the ball. Rookie Darius Garland and second-year backcourt partner Collin Sexton each scored 18 points, and the Cavaliers overcame ...

Oshie scores in OT, Capitals snap Blue Jackets’ win streak

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hobbled by injuries and illness, the Columbus Blue Jackets got to overtime against the NHL's best team, but didn't have enough to keep their winning streak going. The Washington Capitals got 27 saves by rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov and ...

Perfect fit: Playoff teams’ in-house hires getting it done

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. "There were people that were very skeptical of that hire," Phillips recently recalled. "I said, 'Dabo, if ...

Lingering knee issue still bothering Ohio State’s Fields

JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may not be fully healthy when the second-ranked Buckeyes face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Fields said Tuesday his left knee is only 80 to 85% heading into Saturday's College Football Playoff ...

Sports company sues in letter ‘O’ dispute with Ohio State

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oh no: A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter "O." Overtime Sports Inc., an online network focusing on high school basketball ...

Year sees Day rise from unknown assistant to celebrity coach

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At a crowded news conference last December, Ryan Day sat next to Ohio State legend Urban Meyer whose sudden decision to retire overshadowed the announcement of Day's ascension to head coach of the storied program. This December, Day is a ...

No. 2 Ohio State gets another test with No. 22 West Virginia

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Holtmann has already seen his Ohio State team claim three wins against marquee nonconference opponents. The second-ranked Buckeyes have a chance to get another before getting into the bulk of their Big Ten schedule. Fresh off a ...

Tshiebwe leads No. 25 West Virginia past Youngstown St 72-64

By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia's Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver had a happy homecoming. Tshiebwe scored 19 points and Derek Culver added 15 as No. 25 West Virginia overcame scrappy Youngstown State for a 75-64 victory Saturday. West Virginia (10-1) ...

Love, Cavs rally by Spurs 117-109 in OT to snap 8-game skid

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Cleveland veteran Kevin Love has struggled to find a bright spot during a gloomy season for the Cavaliers, so he created his own. Love hit a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds ...

Rust scores OT winner, leads Penguins past Blue Jackets 1-0

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins, already without captain Sidney Crosby, learned early Thursday they would be without star forward Evgeni Malkin against the Columbus Blue Jackets. No problem. The injury-riddled Penguins pressed on for another ...

Landry says best friend OBJ not looking to bolt Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — If Odell Beckham is making plans to bolt the Browns, the flashy wide receiver hasn't told his best friend. Jarvis Landry thinks he would know, and he doesn't believe Beckham is going anywhere. Landry said Thursday that Beckham has given ...

Deja vu: Bengals’ Zac Taylor tries to solve Patriots D again

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Taylor watched helplessly on the Rams' sideline as Bill Belichick's defense thwarted everything they tried to do in the Super Bowl. The first-year Bengals coach has even fewer options at hand when they go head-to-head again. The Patriots can ...

Browns try to stay in playoff hunt with win vs. Cardinals

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland's Baker Mayfield might be headed for some relief in his up-and-down second season in the NFL. Arizona's defense has made a lot of opposing quarterbacks look pretty good. The Browns (6-7) will try to keep their playoff hopes ...