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Browns hurt themselves, fall flat after fast start in loss

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' start was exhilarating. The rest was mostly excruciating. Baker Mayfield and Co. aren't living up to expectations — theirs or anyone else's. Mayfield threw three more interceptions, Nick Chubb had a costly fumble and Cleveland ...

Bengals must wait longer for ‘rewarding’ first win

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals can't stop the run, score touchdowns when they reach the red zone or catch one of those timely breaks that can turn the tide on the most frustrating of seasons. First-year coach Zac Taylor is simultaneously trying to ...

AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 2; Ohio State at 4

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the ...

Blue Jackets edge previously unbeaten Hurricanes 3-2

By KEN TYSIAC Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A focused defensive performance and balanced offense helped the Columbus Blue Jackets end the best start to a season in Carolina Hurricanes' franchise history. Markus Nutivaara, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubios scored and Columbus ...

Day impressed with toughness of Buckeyes at halfway point

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the halfway point of the season, coach Ryan Day isn't assessing the performance of his Ohio State team purely by statistics, which, by the way, are pretty good across the board. The Buckeyes are 6-0, dominating opponents, showing few ...

Shaken: Mayfield, Browns bruised after blasting by 49ers

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield apparently offended Richard Sherman and paid for it. Mayfield got hunted, bear-hugged, sacked and mocked by Nick Bosa in front of a national TV audience. On a trip out west, the Browns went south. The 49ers utterly beat them ...

Texier scores in OT, Blue Jackets beat Sabres 4-3

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the game tied 3-3 in overtime, Nick Foligno stole the puck from Buffalo's Jack Eichel at the back boards and passed out to Alexandre Texier skating free through the right circle. The rookie sealed the first win of the season for the ...

Not much goes right in Browns’ 31-3 loss to 49ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns punted on their first series. It was one of the few things that Freddie Kitchens' team did right all night. In a game where Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken pulled out all the stops, trying ...

Fields, Dobbins lead No. 4 Ohio St over No. 25 Michigan St

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields looked less like Superman and more like a mere mortal at times against No. 25 Michigan State on Saturday night. But that was bound to happen to the Ohio State sophomore quarterback at some point this season. The Georgia ...

Book throws 5 TDs as No. 9 Notre Dame routs Bowling Green

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With Southern California on the horizon for No. 9 Notre Dame, Brian Kelly wanted his team to show explosiveness against Bowling Green on Saturday. The Fighting Irish did, and plenty of it. Ian Book threw a career-high five touchdown ...

McCann, second-period burst leads Pens past Blue Jackets

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded from a season-opening dud. Jared McCann scored twice as the Penguins had five goals in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Saturday night. The offensive outburst helped Pittsburgh ...

Taylor scores 5 TDs to lead No. 8 Wisconsin past Kent State

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A team with a good running back and a stout defense is tough to beat. Just ask Kent State coach Sean Lewis. Following a 48-0 loss Saturday at No. 8 Wisconsin, the 33-year-old Lewis, who played quarterback and tight end for the Badgers ...

Browns’ Beckham fined 14k for incident with Ravens last week

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $14,037 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct after he fought with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey last week. Beckham and Humphrey were flagged after they tangled in the third quarter of Cleveland's ...

49ers, Browns become contenders after years of losing

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Three straight wins to open the season haven't erased all the doubts that four years of losing created for the San Francisco 49ers. There was an ugly win over a perceived also-run in Tampa Bay, a blowout against overmatched ...

No. 25 Michigan State seeks another upset of No. 4 Buckeyes

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day wants his players to understand Michigan State has a history of spoiling the Buckeyes' plans. The Mark Dantonio-led Spartans have beaten Ohio State three times since 2011, more than any other Big Ten team. They ...

Browns’ Jarvis Landry out of concussion protocol, practicing

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star receiver Jarvis Landry has cleared concussion protocol and is practicing. Landry sustained a head injury at the end of a 29-yard reception off a short shovel pass in the third quarter of Sunday's 40-25 win over Baltimore. ...

No. 9 Irish seek more decisive Book against Bowling Green

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Ian Book needs to be more decisive if the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish are going to find their identity on offense. The senior quarterback gets his next chance Saturday when first-time opponent ...

Former Badger Lewis leads Kent State against No. 8 Wisconsin

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kent State coach Sean Lewis insists Saturday’s matchup at No. 8 Wisconsin isn’t about him. But in some respects it is. Lewis played quarterback and tight end for the Badgers from 2004-07. Now, the 33-year-old Lewis returns to Camp ...

Browns’ Beckham fined by NFL for fighting with Ravens

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for fighting Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey. The wide receiver said the penalty would have been harsher if he had retaliated. Beckham wouldn't disclose how much he was ...

Mayfield and Chubb combine to carry Browns past Ravens 40-25

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Finally, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns lived up to the hype. Even better, the brash quarterback and the long suffering franchise celebrated their coming out party with a lopsided victory over a longtime nemesis. Mayfield threw ...