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Reds agree with newly acquired Puig on $9.7 million contract

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with Yasiel Puig, agreeing with the newly acquired outfielder on a $9.7 million contract for 2019. The Reds also reached deals Friday with right-handers Tanner Roark ($10 million), Anthony DeSclafani ($2,125,000) and Michael Lorenzen ...

Browns interview coordinator Kitchens for head coaching job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens got his formal, sit-down interview with the Browns. He aced the on-field one. Kitchens, who in eight weeks rose from unknown assistant to hot coaching commodity, became the seventh candidate to interview for Cleveland's ...

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins is NFL bound after one spectacular season as Ohio State's starting quarterback. The third-year sophomore who rewrote the school record book had been expected to enter the draft and is a projected first-round ...

Howard helps No. 16 Marquette past Xavier 70-52

By JIM HOEHN, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sacar Anim made the most of Markus Howard's presence for Marquette. Anim scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the No. 16 Golden Eagles remained unbeaten at home with a 70-52 victory over Xavier on Sunday. Anim was 9 for 14 from ...

Struggling Cavs sign G Cameron Payne to 10-day contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The struggling Cavaliers signed guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract. To make roster space, the Cavs waived swingman Patrick McCaw, who signed with the club as a free agent on Dec. 28. He played in three games with Cleveland. Payne will ...

AP Source: Browns denying requests to interview OC Kitchens

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are protecting Freddie Kitchens like he was a franchise quarterback, not a coach. While Kitchens waits for his interview to possibly become Cleveland's head coach, the Browns have denied requests by other teams to interview their ...

Cavs’ Love progressing, no timetable for return

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has been cleared to begin "select basketball activities" following left foot surgery. Love played in just four games this season before having surgery on Nov. 2 to repair an injury sustained during ...

No. 8 Spartans take 7-game win streak into No. 14 Ohio St.

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Izzo has a veteran club and team ...

Williams interviews to coach Browns after strong interim run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams had his interview with the Browns, who were impressed by his leadership as coach in the second half this season. Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach after taking over when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29. The ...

Next Bengals coach inherits roster ready for big change

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown must decide whether to bring in another newcomer to coach his team, or return to his pattern of trusting someone he already knows well. Whoever gets the job will inherit a roster on the cusp of significant ...