Ohio Sports

Clean slate: Browns’ Gordon reinstated by NFL on conditions

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's personal journey, from star to suspended outcast to sobriety, has reached a new dawning. He's getting yet another chance to resurrect his football career and life. Cleveland's gifted wide receiver has been conditionally ...

Jaguars hoping to snap out of hometown funk against Bengals

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maybe coach Doug Marrone should put his team on a plane Saturday, fly in circles for a few hours, land back in Jacksonville and head to a hotel. Switch it up. Treat the Jaguars' home game against Cincinnati (3-4) on Sunday like it's ...

Browns-Bengals trade ditched by paperwork mishap at deadline

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Clock management hurt the Browns again. And this time, it cost them a quarterback. Failing to get the necessary paperwork to the NFL offices by Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, Cleveland's proposed deal to get Cincinnati quarterback AJ ...

Columbus takes advantage of short-handed NYCFC 4-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artur started a three-goal outburst in the second half shortly after New York City FC went down a man and the Columbus Crew won the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals 4-1 on Tuesday night. The Crew were clinging to a 1-0 lead when New York defender Alexander ...

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie "It" for his annual Halloween party. The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening. Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates ...

Rouke’s 6 TDs carry Ohio plays Miami 45-28

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and Ohio pulled away to defeat rival Miami 45-28 on Tuesday night in the 94th Battle of the Bricks. Rourke completed 21 of 33 passes for 294 yards and ran 10 times for 54 yards as the Bobcats (7-2, 4-1 ...

Xavier has core of Elite 8 team back, including Bluiett

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett came up just short of his biggest goal: Get Xavier to its first Final Four. He wasn't sure whether he'd go to the NBA after last season or return for a final one with a Musketeers team that's loaded with talent. One of the Big ...

Iowa’s defense picks up slacking offense

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At 5-3 overall and just 2-3 in the Big Ten, Iowa hasn't lived up to its annual expectation of competing for the West division title. Just imagine where the Hawkeyes might be if it wasn't for their defense. Iowa again has made life ...

Dunlap’s freaky play lifts Bengals over fading Colts 24-23

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Dunlap knew he couldn't get to the quarterback, so he threw up his hands. Moments later, the ball settled into them, and the defensive lineman was off for the end zone. A freaky play? Absolutely. It was exactly what the Cincinnati ...

Browns’ Jackson confident of owners’ support after 0-8 start

By ZAC BOYER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Coach Hue Jackson believes he has the backing of the Cleveland Browns' ownership after the team lost its first eight games for the second consecutive year. Jackson, whose Browns lost 33-16 to the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, ...