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Browns among NFL teams using instant replay in training camp

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected over the middle with Golden Tate. Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in the two-minute drill, Stafford’s short pass to Tate was shown on a pair of huge TV monitors. The Detroit Lions under ...

Joining HOF hits home

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CANTON (AP) — Joining the most exclusive club in football truly hit home Friday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2018. Well, maybe not for the one guy missing, but certainly for Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby ...

Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men. Trump ...

Ohio State closes ranks as probe adds new scandal

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a sports ...

Haden, Burns bringing along defensive backs

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LATROBE, Pa. — Artie Burns and Joe Haden don’t believe the Pittsburgh Steelers have a clear-cut No. 1 cornerback. The two feel they share that role. Haden has been a top cornerback in the league throughout his career and Burns, a 2016 first-round pick, feels like he’s starting to come ...

Ravens, Bears kick off preseason

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CANTON — The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s preseason Thursday night. Oh, there was a little spark of offense, some provided by Baltimore’s first-round ...

Browns guard Zeitler out with a calf injury

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BEREA (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting right guard Kevin Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury. The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer. “Kevin is going to be OK, but he will ...

Jackson focusing on memories after deaths

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BEREA (AP) — Coach Hue Jackson is leaning on his Browns family while mourning the deaths of his mother and brother. Jackson’s mother Betty Lee Jackson and brother John Jr., recently died within a two-week span. Jackson’s 83-year-old mother passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles following ...

Poulter leads at 62, with Woods behind at Firestone

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AKRON (AP) — Ian Poulter was annoyed upon realizing he had never finished better than 13th at Firestone, so he took a step toward doing something about it Thursday with an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods found himself fighting his swing. He ...

Briefs

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Weir hosting community steak fry WEIRTON — Weir High School is hosting a community steak fry at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Serbian Picnic Grounds in Kings Creek. This event will celebrate the upcoming football seasons for the high school, middle school and Steeler football teams. A booster ...

Pirates struggle, split set with Cubs

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cole Hamels’ stuff was just as filthy as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon remembered. The changeup. The breaking ball. All of it. If the newly acquired veteran pitcher can figure out his fastball too, the NL Central leaders will be that much tougher to hang with heading ...

Paolucci’s big Saturday centered around Governor’s Stakes

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NEW CUMBERLAND — Ron Paolucci once again is pulling double duty in West Virginia and upstate New York on the first Saturday in August, but the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort isn’t the focal point. Paolucci, who operates Loooch Racing Stable, has entered ...

Carrasco, Indians top Twins 2-0

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have turned this division race into a late-summer cruise, with the Minnesota Twins already in future-planning mode. Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while taking a shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth straight start since returning from ...

Archer ready to make a splash for surprising Pirates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer kept hearing from friends and former teammates that the Pittsburgh Pirates were different. The proof came in the waves of people who approached the veteran pitcher as he walked the concourse at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning just hours ...

Browns slide Bitonio from guard to tackle

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...