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Browns slide Bitonio from guard to tackle

BEREA (AP) — Joel Bitonio’s sliding only a few feet to his left, but it’s a seismic shift for him — and the Browns. Less than one week into Cleveland’s training camp, coach Hue Jackson moved Bitonio from left guard to starting left tackle, a spot vacated when 10-time Pro Bowler Joe ...

NFL preseason kicks off tonight with the Hall of Fame game

CANTON (AP) — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, two of the NFL’s greatest linebackers, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. When their teams meet in tonight’s preseason opener, the game could very well honor them by being a defensive battle. On one hand, the Chicago Bears are ...

Pirates’ busy day ends in victory

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown ...

Archer trade bolds well for future in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early ...

Steeler backs get extra work with Bell away

LATROBE, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner knows what to expect. Two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is skipping training camp at St. Vincent College for the second straight season because of a contract dispute. Bell’s absence last summer meant Conner saw ...

Indians extend division lead after defeating Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Bauer is his own toughest critic — even when victorious. The Cleveland right-hander had some choice words to describe his performance Tuesday against Minnesota. Though Bauer struggled by his standards, he pitched deep enough to help the Indians beat the Twins by a 6-2 ...

Tribe keeps it simple at trade deadline, acquires outfielder Leonys Martin

CLEVELAND — Nothing splashy, just sensible. The Cleveland Indians stabilized their shaky outfield without making a blockbuster trade. Riddled by injuries to outfielders all season, Cleveland acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers before Tuesday’s deadline for ...

LeBron joins others who launched schools

With the launch of a public school in his hometown of Akron, LeBron James has joined a long list of celebrities who have sought to leave their mark on education centers. The NBA star, who recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, was on hand Monday to ...

Barons to bring back baseball, add women’s golf

STEUBENVILLE — Intercollegiate baseball will return to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the school will add a women’s golf program, officials announced Monday. “Our student interest surveys and the nature of sports interest in the Ohio Valley tell us this is a slam-dunk ...

West Virginia Derby features wide-open, nine-horse field

NEW CUMBERLAND — The top three finishers in the Iowa Derby and the top two from the Los Alamitos Derby are among a field of nine entered for Saturday’s $500,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. The grade III fixture for 3-year-olds is the centerpiece of a ...

Pirates get closer Kela from Rangers

PHOENIX — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers’ 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It was a ...

Follansbee 10U Mustang All-Stars take tournament wins

The Follansbee 10U Mustang All-Stars won the Weirton and Burgettstown Mustang tournaments. The team includes, from left, front, Zack O'Mery, Brayden Ferrell, Bryce Wright, Cole Canterbury, Michael Gibson and Noah McMahon; middle, Andrew Murdock, Henry Anderson, Aiden Provenzano, Ty Sperringer ...

Follansbee Bronco All-Stars win tourneys

The Follansbee Bronco All-Star took victories in the Oak Glen, Weirton and Burgettstown Bronco tournaments. The team includes, from left, front, Raymond Defranco and Zion Spencer; second row, Gavin Moore, Anthony Bachinski and Colton Haught; third row, coach Ryan Hayden; fourth row, coach Todd ...

Twins walk-off on Indians in ninth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins lost two more teammates to trades before the game. They finished the night, at least, in a better mood. Mitch Garver drove in the winning run with a one-out double in the ninth inning, capping a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night ...

MLB trade action heats up ahead of today’s non-waiver deadline

Closers Roberto Osuna and Ken Giles switched spots. Adam Warren and Zach Duke moved into the Seattle bullpen. Lance Lynn got a new look in pinstripes. Adam Duvall will be slugging for the Braves. And Ian Kinsler is primed for a playoff run with his new team, the Red Sox. A day before the ...

LeBron leaves lasting gift, Akron ‘always home’

AKRON (AP) — LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. He felt connected to every one of them. While his 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, played at his feet, James watched as his mother, Gloria, raised a flag in front ...

Pirates blanked by Mets to split series

PITTSBURGH — Zack Wheeler didn’t receive much help from the New York Mets on offense. Luckily for the Mets, Wheeler was prepared to help himself. The right-hander pitched six strong innings and drove in the lone run, leading New York to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Foster not as bad as Steelers feared

LATROBE, Pa. — Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster’s right knee injury isn’t as bad as initially feared. Foster was injured Saturday and left the team’s first padded practice of training camp on a golf cart. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday that Foster had his knee ...

Former Indian Thome among HOF inductees

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Chipper Jones didn’t bow to the pressure of the moment, and it was considerable. Jones was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he stood there delivering his speech with wife Taylor staring up at him, hours away from giving birth to a son to be named ...

Indians rout Tigers 8-1, extend AL Central lead to nine games

DETROIT — Terry Francona sounds confident that Corey Kluber will have another big second half for the Cleveland Indians. Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion all homered for Cleveland, and Kluber pitched into the eighth inning in an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on ...