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Steelers try to extend surge

PITTSBURGH — The faces change, sometimes at a dizzying rate. The results when the Cleveland Browns visit the Pittsburgh Steelers do not. Each fall the Browns make their way to Heinz Field, typically with a new quarterback and frequently with a new head coach in tow. And each trip ends in ...

Elliot on hot streak; eyes title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to stop losing races before he could find his way to victory lane. It took probably a dozen defeats in NASCAR’s Cup Series before Elliott stepped up on the road course at Watkins Glen to finally close out his first win. That ...

Yelich hopes Brewers use NLCS for motivation

LOS ANGELES — Christian Yelich made it to the World Series, just not in the manner he had hoped. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted the Hank Aaron Award prior to Game 3 between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston’s J.D. Martinez was the American League recipient of the ...

Finau overcomes wild break at HSBC

SHANGHAI — Tony Finau has enjoyed such a good year that he wasn’t about to let one bad break get him down Friday in the HSBC Champions. Finau had just built a three-shot lead as Patrick Reed began to stumble when Finau hit an approach from the rough on the 11th hole toward the green at ...

Haley ‘on same page’ with Jackson

The Associated Press BEREA, Ohio — Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s vast experience as an NFL coach — and kid — has taught him not to overreact. Stay calm, stay the course. So when coach Hue Jackson said following last week’s overtime loss in Tampa Bay that he wanted ...

Montoyo, Blue Jays agree to deal

TORONTO — Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. He succeeds John Gibbons, who was let go after the team finished 73-89. Montoyo has a three-year contract with a club option for 2022. He is to be ...

Houston, Miami now both 4-3

The Houston Texans began the season 0-3 despite high expectations. They’ve now won four in a row, and those high expectations have returned. Miami had a good start, going 3-0, but now has faltered and stands 4-3 with an uncertain situation at quarterback. Things are looking up for AFC ...

CB Haden enjoying career renaissance

PITTSBURGH — The end came quickly in Cleveland for Joe Haden, a stark reminder that the NFL is a business. The Browns were rebuilding again in the summer of 2017, and having a cornerback in his late 20s making eight figures didn’t exactly fit the plan, fiscally or otherwise. For the first ...

Jackson to ‘help’ struggling offense

BEREA, Ohio — Hue Jackson only wants to help. Honestly. A day after Cleveland’s embattled coach strongly suggested he might take control of his team’s sputtering offense following an overtime loss at Tampa Bay, Jackson said he was merely offering assistance to coordinator Todd Haley and ...

Giants trade CB Apple to New Orleans

The Associated Press The New York Giants have sent “the other Eli” to the New Orleans Saints. Not Eli Manning. Eli Apple. The Giants on Tuesday traded the cornerback who was the 10th pick overall in the 2016 draft to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder ...

Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result of that. For all the math involved in a formula that tries to measure performance over two years, it’s a lot easier to understand when ...

Kawhi trade aides both sides

The early returns are in, and we now have a winner from the summer blockbuster trade between San Antonio and Toronto. Both sides look victorious. Sometimes, trades really can benefit all parties involved — and this already looks to be one of those. Kawhi Leonard looks healthy again and ...

Stewart-Haas will be hard pressed to get 4 cars in

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are through to the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. That is the entire lineup at Stewart-Haas Racing, for those keeping score at home, and quite an impressive display of balance and teamwork. It is also half the ...

League going right way with female hires

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants more women throughout the league. He’s getting his wish. In recent days, two significant moves were made, with Kristi Toliver being added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin getting hired as an assistant coach with ...

Concern quieted since bumpy beginning

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden knows from distractions and disappointment. Call it the byproduct of spending the first seven seasons of your career in Cleveland. So the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback always kind of wondered about the level of concern and borderline panic — outside the locker room ...

LA advances to World Series

MILWAUKEE — Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger flexed their muscles. Chris Taylor flashed some leather. Then the Los Angeles Dodgers got a lift from ace Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen to finish off the Milwaukee Brewers and return to the World Series. Puig broke open a tight game with a ...

Cora: MVP favorite Betts could see time at second

BOSTON — With a championship at stake, MVP favorite Mookie Betts is ready to do anything manager Alex Cora asks. Even if that means dusting off his infielder’s mitt. Cora said Saturday he may use the Gold Glove Award-winning right fielder at second base during the World Series, a move ...

Crosby still in NHL elite player debate

TORONTO — Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews? Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid? With debate ramping up about which player sits atop hockey’s throne — after some remarkable early performances — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock’s goes in a different direction — Sidney ...

Brewers force Game 7 with Dodgers

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy. A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee’s slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the ...

Clutch Bradley Jr. wins ALCS MVP

HOUSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. had only three hits in the AL Championship Series. He certainly made them count. Batting at the bottom of the order, Bradley homered twice and drove in nine runs to win Most Valuable Player honors as the Boston Red Sox powered their way past Houston and into the ...