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Ohio Sports

Beckham ‘ready to go’ for Browns’ opener against Titans

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. didn't play in the preseason as the Browns were extra careful with their prized new superstar. But the three-time Pro Bowler, famous for one-handed catches, fashion risks and theatrics, practiced and showed his teammates ...

Cowboys, Elliott agree on $90 million deal that ends holdout

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott was finishing the early stretching at the first practice since ending his long holdout with the Dallas Cowboys when the star running back was called to the front of the group. Cheers rose from teammates Wednesday ...

Indians beat White Sox 8-6 thanks to Mercado’s clutch catch

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Oscar Mercado's spectacular running catch saved the game for the Cleveland Indians. It also might have saved their season. The rookie made a leaping, backhanded grab of Eloy Jiménez's drive to center field with the bases loaded and one out ...

Lorenzen homers, gets win, plays field as Reds top Phillies

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — With a homer, a win and an appearance in the outfield, Michael Lorenzen pulled off a feat last accomplished by The Babe. Cincinnati's versatile reliever also blocked the Phillies from gaining ground in the playoff chase. That last part stung the ...

Bengals sign running back Giovani Bernard to 2-year deal

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension Tuesday through the 2021 season. He could have become a free agent after this season. Bernard, a second-round draft pick in 2013, has been used to complement Joe ...

Aquino’s 13th HR in month ties rookie mark, Reds top Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — After seeing five Cincinnati teammates go deep earlier this week, Aristides Aquino joined the power party. Aquino tied a National League rookie mark with his 13th home run this month, leading Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds over the Miami Marlins 5-0 Wednesday night. Eugenio ...

Kipnis homers twice, Indians beat Tigers 4-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Terry Francona let Aaron Civale work through a sixth-inning jam, then marveled at how the rookie right-hander handled it. "His heartbeat isn't going any faster, the game's not going too fast," the Cleveland manager said. "We just want to ...

Jones leads TD drive in Giants’ 25-23 win over Bengals

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel Jones completed a difficult week with an upbeat performance that will shush the doubters for a while. Jones completed a pair of long passes and led the New York Giants to a touchdown during a 25-23 victory over the Bengals on Thursday ...

Cavs owner Gilbert back home following stroke

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been home for nearly a week in Detroit as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered in May. Gilbert had spent the past two months in a rehabilitation center in Chicago. On Thursday, Quicken Loans CEO Jay ...

Syndergaard, Mets sweep Indians 2-0 for 5th win in row

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing that stopped Noah Syndergaard was the weather. Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 ...

Ohio State to host Arkansas State in 2022

Ohio State will host Arkansas State in 2022. Arkansas State made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The teams will face off on Sept. 10, 2022, at Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Ohio State will open its 2022 season at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 ...

No. 4 Simona Halep rallies to avoid upset in Ohio

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Simona Halep rallied after dropping the first set to defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open. The Wimbledon champion fought off two break points in the eighth game of the third set and then broke ...

Lindor’s base-running gaffe helps BoSox edge Indians 7-6

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor made a major blunder and owned it. "I messed up," the All-Star shortstop said. "It's a rookie mistake." Lindor's over-aggressive base running in the ninth inning sabotaged Cleveland's bid at another dramatic win, and Jackie ...

Michigan’s Harbaugh says he wouldn’t lie about transfer

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh lashed out Tuesday night at Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who said Michigan did not support a transfer's attempt to immediately play for the Bearcats. Harbaugh said he told Fickell months ago he wouldn't lie about what he ...

Barnhart leads Reds homer barrage in 8-4 win over Angels

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nearly a month on the injured list left Tucker Barnhart feeling blue. A red-hot return has him back on track. Barnhart hit two of Cincinnati's five home runs, Aristides Aquino included one among his three hits and came up with a clutch catch as the Reds beat the Los ...

Minor strikes out 7 in 7 innings, Rangers beat Indians 1-0

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers finally exhaled after the trade deadline. They haven't lost since catching their breath. Minor struck out seven over seven innings — allowing one runner to reach third base — and combined with ...

Castillo K’s career-high 13 in Reds 7-4 win over Angels

CINCINNATI (AP) — A red-hot Luis Castillo and slumping Los Angeles Angels offense added up to a career night for Cincinnati's ace. Castillo struck out a career-high 13 and the Reds scored five first-inning runs on their way to a 7-4 interleague win over Los Angeles on Monday night. "I felt ...

Longtime kicker Dawson signs contract to retire with Browns

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Phil Dawson spent his first 14 seasons with the Browns and is the only kicker in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl. In announcing his retirement Friday, the 20-year veteran will forever be a member of the team. General manager ...

Meyer texts: Alabama offered Zach Smith job after ’17 season

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 after the then-assistant coach was pursued by Alabama, according to texts messages from Meyer to Smith. On Friday, Ohio State released thousands of ...

Puig, Clevinger lead Indians to 7-3 victory over Angels

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona knows Yasiel Puig's presence brings an extra buzz to the ballpark. "If I was a fan that would be one of the guys, if I was hungry I'd wait until he hit because you want to see what he's going to do," Francona ...