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Browns’ RB Hunt banned for 8 games

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word. The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two “physical altercations,” one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas ...

Browns GM tempers expectations after Beckham deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fans are scrambling to get their hands on tickets, jerseys and make their first Odell Beckham Jr. sighting. It’s only mid-March and Cleveland’s in a full-blown football frenzy. Expectations for the upcoming season, which were already enormous before the team traded for ...

No. 6 Michigan State takes care of Ohio State in Big Ten tourney, 77-70

CHICAGO (AP) — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start. Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 14 points, and Michigan State gave ...

Dillon wins pole at Fontana after nobody finishes final lap

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Austin Dillon won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race in Auto Club Speedway on Friday after no drivers completed a lap in the final round of qualifying. Dillon got his fourth career pole essentially by default after a bizarre scene that left fans booing the ...

Brooke’s Kazmirski no-hits Oak Glen

WELLSBURG — Brooke’s Rachel Kazmirski was on cruise control for a good bit of Thursday’s game. Although she did experience a few speed bumps along way, the Bruins junior ace shut down Oak Glen — in the scoring and hit columns. Kazmirski struck out 13, collected two assists and ...

Sinicropi’s hard work pays off

RICHMOND — Anthony Sinicropi knew from the first visit he wanted to go to Kent State. Inside the Edison High School gymnasium on Thursday, the senior and multi-sport standout made it official by signing his letter of intent to play baseball for the Golden Flashes. “It just felt ...

Makayla Abram named third-team All-Ohio in Div. II

COLUMBUS — The Division I and II girls basketball All-Ohio teams have been selected by a statewide media panel. The teams were chosen by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Steubenville’s Makayla Abram is a third-team selection in Division II. Indian Creek’s Taylor ...

DeSmith, Pens blank Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With Sidney Crosby at the very top of his game, the Pittsburgh Penguins are peaking at the right time. Crosby contributed two assists and Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Pittsburgh had three ...

WVU beats No. 7 Texas Tech, 79-74, in Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two down, two to go. That’s the mindset of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins after his Mountaineers upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 on Thursday night. The Mountaineers are 80 minutes away from making the NCAA Tournament as the 10th seed in the Big 12 ...

Steelers sign WR Donte Moncrief, bring back WR Eli Rogers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donte Moncrief can do the math in his head. Yet the newest Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has no plans to fill the void left by Antonio Brown. “AB is one of the best if not the best ever,” Moncrief said on Thursday hours after signing a two-year deal with ...

Big Red’s season concludes in Athens

ATHENS — Steubenville’s group of nine seniors gave Big Red fans a memorable ride for four years. That ride, however, came to an end Wednesday evening inside Ohio University’s Convocation Center. A slow start cost Big Red, ending its season with a 69-43 loss to Sheridan in the Division ...

Raiders officially introduce Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rookie general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden had meticulously put together a plan to rebuild the Oakland Raiders with three first-round draft picks and a couple of smart free agent signings when they suddenly got sent in a different direction last week. The ...

Browns turn into overnight contenders

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on ...

Bell leaves Pittsburgh, agrees to sign with Jets

NEW YORK — Le’Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he’d make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person ...

Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last ...

A toe on the line lifts WVU over Oklahoma in tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia held on to beat Oklahoma 72-71 in the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night when the Sooners’ Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line. The officials ...

Syracuse rallies past Pitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jim Boeheim said his son Buddy’s mother tells him all of the time that their boy should be playing more. Maybe she’s on to something. Buddy Boeheim scored a career-high 20 points, and Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 73-59 on Wednesday night in the second round of ...

Longtime Pitt analyst Dick Groat won’t be back

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball announcer Dick Groat won’t return for a 41st season as a color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. Groat, a Pittsburgh native who was an All-America basketball player at Duke, is one of a select group of athletes to play in both the NBA and ...

Big Red’s Rice, Cook twins lead OVAC to ‘Clash of Champions’ win

IMPERIAL, Pa. — No athlete likes to lose, especially when it’s the last game or match of his or her senior season. Wheeling Park’s Dylan Wood and Bridgeport’s Tino Kusic found themselves in that predicament following their respective state tournaments. Kusic, an Ohio Division III ...

Holzopfel is an All-Ohio first-team member

COLUMBUS — Buckeye Local senior Emily Holzopfel’s postseason accolades keep piling up, as she was named a Division III first-team All-Ohio member on Tuesday. Along with the recent honor, Holzopfel, who finished her high school career with more than 2,000 points, was a first-team District ...