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Browns sign free agent QB Drew Stanton to 2-year contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns continued their quarterback makeover, signing free agent Drew Stanton to a two-year contract. The veteran is expected to back up Tyrod Taylor, recently acquired in a trade with Buffalo. Cleveland is also expected to ...

LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award — himself

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season. Himself. This is a season where prohibitive MVP favorite James Harden has done phenomenal things with NBA-leading Houston, where reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has been ...

Vanek has 3 goals, assist to lift Blue Jackets over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After Edmonton scored the first three goals of the game, the Columbus Blue Jackets made it apparent which team was still fighting for a playoff spot and which team was already out of the race. Thomas Vanek had three goals and an assist to lift the Blue Jackets over ...

Napoli homers as Indians finish spring training

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Before Mike Napoli ships off to Triple-A Columbus to open the season, the veteran slugger left a parting impression with the Cleveland Indians. Napoli homered in Cleveland's exhibition finale Tuesday, a 3-3 tie with the Arizona ...

Clamping down: Wade, Heat stymie Cavaliers, 98-79

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is completely convinced LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world. And the Miami Heat accepted the challenge of slowing him down. Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 19 points, Wade blocked a pair of shots by ...

Former All-Star Belle arrested on indecent exposure charge

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former Cleveland Indians All-Star outfielder Albert Belle was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and extreme driving under the influence outside a soccer stadium in Arizona, the Salt River Police Department said Monday. Belle, 51, was taken into custody Sunday ...

Ohio State star forward Bates-Diop declares for NBA draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the NBA following a breakout season. As expected, the 6-foot-7 forward announced Monday that he is declaring for the NBA draft after being named the Big Ten's player of the year and leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA ...

James scores 37, Cavs beat Nets 121-114 for 5th straight win

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James powered into the lane for his latest assault on the rim and a former teammate made an ultimately useless attempt to stop him. "I should have just gotten out of the way," Joe Harris said. Might as well. There's no way right ...

Indians OF Michael Brantley starting season on disabled list

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will start the season missing Michael Brantley. Still recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle, Brantley is being placed on the disabled list as the team continues to take a cautious and deliberate approach with the two-time All-Star ...

Jets sign former Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Terrelle Pryor is hoping for a Big-Apple bounce-back with the Jets. The former Washington wide receiver signed with New York after one disappointing season with the Redskins. The Jets announced the signing Sunday. Terms of the deal, ...

Browns agree to contract with QB Drew Stanton

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year contact with free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. The team announced the pact on Sunday night. The Browns met last week with Stanton while they were in California scouting UCLA's Josh Rosen and ...

LeBron, Cavs cruise to 120-95 blowout over sinking Suns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates circled around LeBron James before the opening tip, things looked different. They felt different, too. "Our huddle was almost complete," James said. After months of chaos, the Cavaliers may be coming together at just the ...

Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The standings show the Eastern Conference's top team plays in Canada. The best player remains in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James reminded Toronto he's king. Playing without five teammates and his coach, James scored 35 points and added 17 ...

Hall says it won’t use Chief Wahoo logo for future plaques

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members. In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it "concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native ...

Indians’ Brantley homers on first pitch of spring debut

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Brantley had no problem getting back in the swing of things Wednesday night. Brantley homered on his first swing of spring training, making a promising return to the Cleveland Indians' lineup following surgery in October on his ...

Blue Jackets extend streak to 9 with 5-3 win over Rangers

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky have the surging Columbus Blue Jackets in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Panarin had three goals and an assist, Bobrovsky made 29 saves and the Blue Jackets extended their winning streak ...

With new coach, Ohio State creates season to remember

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All indications were that this would be another forgettable year for Ohio State basketball. Coming off two disappointing seasons, the Buckeyes had the same core of players but a new coach in Chris Holtmann , who did his best in the ...

Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds. A spectator during Gonzaga's Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ...

Crew, Philadelphia Union play to scoreless draw

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Columbus played the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw on Saturday to extend the Crew's unbeaten regular-season streak to 13 matches. Most of the scoring opportunities for Columbus (2-0-1) came from Gyasi Zardes. He ran to Federico Higuain's back-heel pass in the 27th ...

Xavier suspects Florida State wants revenge in NCAA rematch

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes all are gone, the first two drafted into the NBA. Florida State has only one starter back from a year ago when the Seminoles' expected run through the NCAA Tournament came to a ...