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Deja vu: Bengals’ Zac Taylor tries to solve Patriots D again

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Taylor watched helplessly on the Rams' sideline as Bill Belichick's defense thwarted everything they tried to do in the Super Bowl. The first-year Bengals coach has even fewer options at hand when they go head-to-head again. The Patriots can ...

Browns try to stay in playoff hunt with win vs. Cardinals

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland's Baker Mayfield might be headed for some relief in his up-and-down second season in the NFL. Arizona's defense has made a lot of opposing quarterbacks look pretty good. The Browns (6-7) will try to keep their playoff hopes ...

Griffin, Pistons pound Cavs 127-94 for 1st winning streak

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are suddenly on a roll. Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Pistons routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-94 Tuesday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Pistons thumped San ...

Kuemper, Coyotes hold off Blue Jackets 4-2

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes got another great game from the NHL's top-ranked goalie. Darcy Kuemper, who entered Tuesday night leading the league with a 1.97 goals-against average, had 33 saves in Arizona's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue ...

Return to ranks: No. 19 Dayton beats Houston Baptist 99-68

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin soared to corral a rebound with his left hand and slammed the ball down, his emphatic dunk the signature moment of Dayton's return to the rankings. Toppin scored 17 points and had that dunk off one of his 10 rebounds Tuesday night, ...

Ohio St, LSU, Clemson, UGA in CFP position; Utah, OU next

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Ohio State will go into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee's rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia. Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor are on deck, and that could turn out to be the great debate ...

Browns release defensive end Chris Smith

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday released defensive end Chris Smith, whose girlfriend was killed in a roadside accident earlier this season. Smith spent the past two seasons with Cleveland. He did not play in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh ...

And the meek Bengals, Dolphins, Redskins shall win

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer And the meek shall inherit the NFL fields. At least in Week 13, that is. It's unlikely that anyone in Las Vegas or wherever sports betting is allowed these days put money on a parlay of the Bengals, Redskins and Dolphins winning Sunday. They were a ...

“Miracle” workers? Browns need one after loss to Steelers

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baker Mayfield has no problem with Freddie Kitchens' fashion sense. The fact the Cleveland Browns head coach decided to wear a T-shirt that read "Pittsburgh started it" in the run-up to a rematch with the Steelers was no big deal to ...

Buckeyes expects tougher game the 2nd time against Badgers

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day expects to see a much better Wisconsin team in the Big Ten championship game than the one routed by the Buckeyes five weeks ago. In that Oct. 26 game, the Badgers stayed with Ohio State through halftime and ...