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Garrett expects Steelers, Browns to just ‘play ball’

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has moved on from the ugly, regrettable moment that chases him still. He hopes the Pittsburgh Steelers have put his helmet-swinging attack on quarterback Mason Rudolph behind them as well. “Their head coach said they are past it,” Garrett said Friday. ...

Miami trying to rebound

MIAMI — The competition isn’t as formidable this week for the Miami Hurricanes, and that has their coach concerned. After losing last week at No. 1 Clemson, Miami will try to rebound Saturday against Pittsburgh. The No. 13-ranked Hurricanes are 9¢-point favorites, which makes it a game ...

60 years later, Maz’s feat recalled

PITTSBURGH — Dick Groat vividly recalls the moment he realized the Pirates could beat the heavily favored Yankees in the 1960 World Series. It was the top of the ninth inning of Game 1 at Forbes Field, and the Pirates were clinging to a 6-4 lead with one out, one on and the potential tying ...

PSU season snapshot: 1983

A daily series featuring each Penn State football season from 1947-2019: Year: 1983 Coach: Joe Paterno Final record: 8-4-1 Final ranking: UPI No. 17 Regular-season wins: Temple, Rutgers, Alabama, Syracuse, West Virginia, Brown, Notre Dame Regular-season losses: Nebraska, Cincinnati, ...

‘Greatest’ label can be slippery

Isiah Thomas, who competed on the hardwood against the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson – all Hall of Famers – caused a stir recently when he proclaimed LeBron James the greatest player in the history of the sport. “The best and most ...

Georgia-’Bama figures to be a wild one

The Southeastern Conference has the game of the week. The marquee event of the college football weekend is No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama in a game that could very well be first of three meetings between the SEC superpowers. A conference title rematch in Atlanta would surprise no one and ...

Challenge for Browns in Pittsburgh immense

Once the best of NFL rivalries, Cleveland-Pittsburgh fell on hard times as a matchup basically when the Browns left for Baltimore in 1996. The team that replaced them in Cleveland in 1999 never has measured up, and Ravens-Steelers became an AFC biggie. Maybe now, finally, the Browns are ready ...

OBJ doesn’t practice, Mayfield better for banged-up Browns

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield finally fired some passes on Friday — none to Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham missed another practice with the Browns due to COVID-19 protocols, but Mayfield, who has been slowed this week by sore ribs, appears ready to play in Sunday’s hyped AFC North matchup ...

Astros stave off elimination

SAN DIEGO (AP) — George Springer and Jose Altuve keyed a four-run rally in the fifth inning, Framber Valdez pitched six brilliant innings and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the third straight game, 7-4 Friday to force a deciding Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Houston ...

Bowyer looks toward future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If Clint Bowyer could have scripted his sendoff, it most certainly would have been a proper blowout for NASCAR’s best partier. Bowyer would have had fans and friends and celebrated every week all along the NASCAR circuit if he’d had his way. He certainly would not ...

Astros refuse to go away quietly

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Carlos Correa homered with one out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Thursday behind sensational pitching from five rookies to remain alive in the AL Championship Series. Correa drove a fastball at the letters from Nick ...

Bell will play for Chiefs

he Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back Le’Veon Bell two days after he was released by the New York Jets. The team announced the move Thursday to add another potential dynamic offensive player to an offense that already features Patrick ...

It’s a bad day for Saban, SEC teams

The Associated Press Alabama coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19, three days before the second-ranked Crimson Tide is set to face No. 3 Georgia in a clash of Southeastern Conference and national powers. Both said their tests Wednesday morning ...

Sports at a glance

NFL cancels ’21 Pro Bowl NEW YORK — The NFL has canceled next January’s Pro Bowl scheduled for Las Vegas. During an owners meeting held virtually on Wednesday, the league opted to call off the all-star game, hoping to replace it with a variety of virtual activities. The NFL needs ...

Jets cut ties with former Steelers star

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Later, Le’Veon. The New York Jets surprisingly released disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday night, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas in which he ...

Surprising Braves up 2-0 on Dodgers

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies homered again, rookie Ian Anderson extended his postseason scoreless streak in an abbreviated start and the Atlanta Braves just held on for an 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the ...

Sports at a glance

Johnson out of CJ Cup NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Dustin Johnson became the most prominent player since golf resumed in June to test positive for the coronavirus, the result forcing him to withdraw from the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek on Tuesday. The PGA Tour said in a statement that Johnson ...

Joe Morgan, of Big Red Machine, dies

CINCINNATI — At 5-foot-7, he was the smallest cog in the Big Red Machine. And to his star-powered teammates, Joe Morgan was a driving force, too. Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who became the sparkplug of dominant Cincinnati teams in the mid-1970s and the prototype for baseball’s ...

Elliott’s time is now to race into title round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chase Elliott again has a chance to take the next step in his young but quite celebrated career. He’s back in the round of eight for a fourth consecutive year, once again trying to drive through to his first championship finale. Is he a true contender? The time has ...

Lions get afternoon kickoff

From Mirror, wire reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State football team will open the 2020 campaign on Oct. 24 at Indiana to face the Hoosiers for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Fox Sports 1. The game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com. The Nittany ...