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No. 9 Irish seek more decisive Book against Bowling Green

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Ian Book needs to be more decisive if the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish are going to find their identity on offense. The senior quarterback gets his next chance Saturday when first-time opponent ...

Former Badger Lewis leads Kent State against No. 8 Wisconsin

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kent State coach Sean Lewis insists Saturday’s matchup at No. 8 Wisconsin isn’t about him. But in some respects it is. Lewis played quarterback and tight end for the Badgers from 2004-07. Now, the 33-year-old Lewis returns to Camp ...

Browns’ Beckham fined by NFL for fighting with Ravens

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for fighting Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey. The wide receiver said the penalty would have been harsher if he had retaliated. Beckham wouldn't disclose how much he was ...

Mayfield and Chubb combine to carry Browns past Ravens 40-25

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Finally, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns lived up to the hype. Even better, the brash quarterback and the long suffering franchise celebrated their coming out party with a lopsided victory over a longtime nemesis. Mayfield threw ...

Nats top Indians 8-2, head to playoffs on 8-game win streak

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been more than a century since a major league team went from 12 games under .500 to as many wins as the Washington Nationals accumulated this season. And the Nationals are surging into the playoffs, running their winning streak to a ...

Fear of ‘slip-ups’ continuing to fuel No. 4 Buckeyes’ roll

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It's been pounded into the heads of Ohio State players since the winter, how losses to unranked opponents from the Big Ten West ended bids for the College Football Playoff the last two years. The Buckeyes seem to have received ...

LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned. The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star's days with the ...

Orlando City eliminated in 1-1 draw with Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Benji Michel scored a minute into extra time to give Orlando City a 1-1 tie with FC Cincinnati on Sunday. The late goal was the 75th conceded by expansion Cincinnati, the most in MLS history. The previous record was established by Orlando City last season. Orlando City was ...

Picked 6: Mayfield taking heat for early season struggles

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's getting picked off and picked upon. Just three games into this second season, Cleveland's confident-and-cocky quarterback is being surrounded. He hasn't performed up to expectations — including his own — and Mayfield's ...

Surging Brewers clinch playoff berth with 9-2 win over Reds

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A sizzlin' September topped off by a frothy celebration. Nobody does it better down the stretch than these Milwaukee Brewers, who lost MVP Christian Yelich and beat long odds to get back in the postseason for a second straight season. And nobody ...

No. 5 Ohio State will be facing inspired underdog in Huskers

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) look every bit a contender for the College Football Playoff. Their playoff bids the past two years ended because of losses to ...

Indians drop in wild-card race, fall to Chisox; Twins clinch

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians know they have little margin for error this late in the AL wild-card race. They made one too many Wednesday night. Shane Bieber got tagged early and the Indians lost ground in the wild-card chase, falling to the Chicago White Sox 8-3. Their second defeat ...

Ramírez hits slam, 3-run shot in return, Indians rout ChiSox

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — José Ramírez put on quite a show in his return to the lineup. The Cleveland Indians enjoyed every moment. Ramírez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in his first two plate appearances after missing a month with a broken hand, and ...

Brewers close in on playoff berth with 4-2 win over Reds

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The clubhouse rocked with music played by a DJ. Television screens showed the Cubs losing again, moving the Brewers to the verge of another postseason berth. "Yes!" one Brewer yelled as the Pirates piled it on against Chicago. Already, it was ...

Familiar start: Bengals winless as September winds down

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Still winless as September winds down. The Bengals are off to another one of their season-scuttling starts, this time under a new coach. They were pushed around in the first half, pulled off a big rally for a late lead, then frittered it away ...

Blue Jackets ready to move past stars’ departures

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets played under a cloud last season created by two stars who didn't want to be there. The team still made the playoffs and had a signature triumph for the franchise with a stunning first-round playoff sweep of the ...

Browns’ Kitchens won’t give up play calling after ‘bad’ loss

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Freddie Kitchens' face was flushed with frustration, his cheeks glowing as bright as his orange hoodie. Cleveland's rookie coach, who was surprisingly hired after a successful eight-game stint as offensive coordinator last season, was ...

Rams stop Mayfield late, Goff throws 2 TDs passes in win

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Backed up to their own goal line, the Rams buckled down. Safety John Johnson III intercepted Baker Mayfield's fourth-down pass with 27 seconds left as Los Angeles escaped with a 20-13 win Sunday night over the short-handed Cleveland Browns, ...

Indians move into tie for 2nd wild card, beat Phillies 10-1

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have overcome injuries and setbacks throughout season and remained in the playoff race. The outcome will be decided in the final week. Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 10-1 win over the ...

Bills stay unbeaten by rallying back to beat Bengals 21-17

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The mere sight of rookie tight end Dawson Knox bowling over one Bengals defender and shoving off another breathed life into a sputtering and sloppy Buffalo offense. Knox's fearless and physical catch and rumble up the left sideline ...