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Michigan-Notre Dame Lead Off Games to Watch

Remember last year, when everyone was eyeing the season-opening Alabama-Florida State game as one of the most anticipated matchups? The third-ranked Seminoles lost that game and several more, barely finishing with a winning record. Even late in the season, a huge showdown between two top ...

Sun Belt Conference Opens New Era in 2018

NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference is entering its final football season under the leadership of commissioner Karl Benson, who took over at a time of major transition and uncertainty for the league. Benson — who at 66 has decided to step down next summer — expects the action on the ...

McCarron Injured as Buffalo Defeats Cleveland, 19-17

CLEVELAND — Buffalo quarterback AJ McCarron sustained a potentially serious shoulder injury, throwing the Bills’ quarterback situation into total disarray, during a 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night. McCarron, who signed with Buffalo as a free agent for a chance to start ...

Packers Put 51 on Steelers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers needed one drive to look at home in his first action at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Rodgers connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score , and Tramon Williams had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage ...

Expectations Still High at OSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coach Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State might be in doubt, but the talent level on the field for the Buckeyes certainly isn’t a question. Meyer was put on paid leave Aug. 1 — two days before preseason practice opened — while the university investigates his handling ...

WR Bryant Visits With Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Dez Bryant’s getting to know the Browns better and vice versa. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver visited the team’s headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday and there’s a chance the meeting could lead to Bryant signing with Cleveland. Before meeting with team ...

OVAC Hall Of Fame Induction Set for Saturday

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference will honor its own once again Saturday when the 15th annual OVAC Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place with the induction of the Class of 2018. WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling is once again the site of this year’s OVAC Hall of Fame Banquet, ...

Lester, Happ Lead Cubs Past Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jon Lester wasn’t overly excited about winning for the first time in just over a month. However, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon couldn’t have been happier with his performance. Lester pitched six innings and Ian Happ homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh ...

Intentional Plunking in Focus After Acuna Hit

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge saw Jose Urena’s plunking of Ronald Acuna Jr. before the Yankees played a day game Thursday, and he felt Acuna’s pain. The reigning AL home run leader knows that with so many big flies comes a risk that some disgruntled pitcher may try burying a fastball in ...

Browns’ Taylor Set To Face Old Team Tonight

By The Associated Press Cleveland has no quarterback competition. The Browns have made it clear that the starting job is Tyrod Taylor’s, but that hasn’t quieted the buzz around Baker Mayfield, who had a dazzling preseason debut last week. The No. 1 overall pick will follow Taylor on ...

Wheeling Park Golfers Prevail

MORGANTOWN — Wheeling Park chalked up a victory at the Pines Country Club on Wednesday, defeating Morgantown and Fairmont Senior in the process during prep golf action. Park scored 336, followed by Morgantown with a 347 and Fairmont rounded it out with a 362. Noah Seivertson paced the ...

Wyndham Yields 59 to Snedeker

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship — but not this low. Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history ...

Driver Kasey Kahne Announces Impending Retirement

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne announced Thursday that he will retire from full-time racing in NASCAR and plans to focus on the sprint car team he owns. Kahne said in a Twitter post that he is at ease with the decision after 15 years racing in NASCAR. Kahne, from Enumclaw, Wash., made it ...

Minnesota Defeats Pittsburgh, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS — Logan Forsythe may be best known by Minnesota fans as the player who replaced fan favorite Brian Dozier. The lone major leaguer of the three players the Dodgers sent to the Upper Midwest on July 31 for the second baseman, Forsythe has filled in capably. Forsythe had three ...

Indians Take Down Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Melky Cabrera lofted a go-ahead two-run homer into the left-field seats in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to five games. The Indians held the Reds scoreless after a ...

Grier Wants To Lead WVU To First Big 12 Title

Maybe Will Grier can do at West Virginia what Baker Mayfield did with Oklahoma before going to the NFL. If the senior quarterback can mimic the spectacular season had by Mayfield, the Mountaineers would have a couple of significant firsts. They have never won a Big 12 Conference title or ...

PGA Tour’s Bubble Players Take Stage At Wyndham

It’s time for the PGA Tour’s bubble players to take center stage. The field at the Wyndham Championship is once again packed with players trying to play their way into golf’s postseason and keep their tour cards for 2019. Only two of the top 30 players on the points list will tee it ...

Browns OC Haley Making Impression

BEREA, Ohio — Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley awoke Wednesday and discovered his phone was overloaded with text messages. He became an overnight TV star. Haley was impossible to miss in the second episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He was everywhere, whether berating Corey ...

Clemson, USC QBs Could Become Impact Freshmen

Freshmen should play a bigger role than ever in college football this season, thanks to an NCAA rule change. The NCAA is allowing players to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season that would enable them to maintain four years of eligibility. That rule change ...

Djokovic, Stephens Win In Cincinnati

MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He’s inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career. Djokovic overcame an upset stomach and a sluggish first set Wednesday, beating Adrian Mannarino ...