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Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either ...

Hurting Mayfield, Browns score late, outduel Bengals 37-34

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Baker Mayfield brushed aside all the outside noise about his dismal performance last week. Then, nursing sore ribs, he shut up all the critics. "What criticism? What are you talking about?" Mayfield quipped after throwing five touchdown ...

AP Top 25: Indiana jumps in at 17; Ohio State moves up to 3

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend's most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut. Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. ...

Hard-luck Bengals keep letting close games slip away

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow keeps putting up big numbers, and the Cincinnati Bengals keep letting the games slip away at the end. The Bengals lost another close one on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns because again they couldn't protect a ...

Mayfield feeling outside pressure after brutal day at Pitt

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield spent much of Sunday afternoon running from the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Monday, the critics were after him. Mayfield's poor performance — and coach Kevin Stefanski's decision to pull him early to protect him from further ...

Front office veteran Krall will run Reds baseball operations

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall has been named director of baseball operations for the team. The Reds announced Monday that Krall was being promoted to replace Dick Williams, who resigned Oct. 7 to assume a larger role in his family's development business. Krall ...

Despite blowing 21-0 lead, Bengals hope turnaround is near

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals say they're playing well enough to win most of the time, especially with the dynamic playmaking and big numbers put up by rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. But the finish has been a problem for Burrow and the ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...

Pitt-iful: Browns try to end 16-game losing streak at Heinz

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The Browns have been pitiful in Pittsburgh — for half a century. Whether playing in old Three Rivers Stadium or at Heinz Field, with its tricky winds and rowdy, towel-twirling fans, most of Cleveland's trips down the Turnpike and across the Pennsylvania state ...

Claypool’s climb: Steelers rookie WR drawing raves

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger predicted Chase Claypool's breakout. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is gearing the rookie wide receiver for what comes next. Score four touchdowns in a game, as Claypool did in a 38-29 win over Philadelphia last ...