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Cincinnati reaches new mark of futility

CINCINNATI — Even in the lost decades, no Bengals team has been as bad as this one. A 16-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped Cincinnati to 0-11, a mark unmatched in franchise history. No Bengals team had started worse than 0-10 or lost more than 10 games in a row. Coach ...

Jones’ Garrett frustration grows

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones certainly didn’t say he was ready to make any changes to his coaching staff. Didn’t exactly give head coach Jason Garrett — or the people who work for him — a vote of confidence when given the chance, either. Garrett, remember, is in the final season ...

Colts’ Ebron expected to miss season

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have put Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He is expected to miss the rest of the season. Tight end Ross Travis was signed to replace Ebron. The move comes days after top receiver T.Y. Hilton returned to the lineup ...

MLB ignores grassroots in plan

Baseball is already struggling to attract new fans — especially younger ones. So, what brilliant idea have the powers-that-be come up with to expand the popularity of the national pastime? Contraction, of course. With its eyes firmly on the bottom line and not the future of the game, ...

Ohio State stays at No. 2

No. 2 Ohio State gained some ground on No. 1 LSU in The Associated Press college football poll and Oregon dropped out of the top 10 after being upset by Arizona State. The Tigers remained No. 1 for the fifth straight week in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 50 first-places ...

Schiano, Rutgers cease talks

Greg Schiano won’t be returning to Rutgers because the school and its former football coach were unable to come to an agreement on a deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side ...

Winnipeg defeats Hamilton

CALGARY, Alberta — Andrew Harris ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught a scoring pass to help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win their first Grey Cup title since 1990, 33-12 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday night. Julian Howsare, an Altoona graduate, plays for Hamilton. The Blue ...

Buckeyes flash potential of No. 1 team

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When things were going well Saturday, Ohio State looked very much like it might be the best team in the country. But the Buckeyes let Penn State right back in the game with three costly fumbles, one negating a touchdown and the other two deep in their own territory that led ...

Irish do it by the Book in victory

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book threw three touchdown passes and No. 15 Notre Dame corralled Boston College star running back AJ Dillon in a 40-7 victory Saturday. The fourth-straight victory by the Fighting Irish (9-2, No. 15 CFP) completed their second straight unbeaten ...

Rutgers, Maryland offenses roughed up

The Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Cody White had career-highs with 11 receptions and three touchdowns and Michigan State kept its postseason bowl hopes alive by snapping a five-game losing streak with a 27-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday. White, who entered with two touchdown catches ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 4 Georgia 19, No. 24 Texas A&M 13 ATHENS, Ga. — George Pickens scored Georgia’s only touchdown, Rodrigo Blankenship booted four field goals and the defense stymied Texas A&M. Georgia (10-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 4 CFP) wrapped up its conference schedule and stayed ...

Patchwork Steeler’s O scrambling

PITTSBURGH — Benny Snell Jr., Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton have been on the field in games together before. But that was in August, when their main goal was proving they deserved spots on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster. The stakes will be higher on Sunday in Cincinnati, when ...

Cowboys receive notice from NCAA

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The NCAA warned Oklahoma State on Friday that it may be guilty of a major infraction tied to the actions of former assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans. The school released the NCAA’s notice that alleges Evans “engaged in unethical conduct” from April 2016 ...

Big Ten West coaches secure

Scott Frost received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Nebraska through 2026. The university announced the extension on Saturday before Frost and the Cornhuskers took the field against Wisconsin. “I’m grateful,” Frost said. “This is where I want to be. People in ...

Spurs on bad streak

WASHINGTON — Forgive Gregg Popovich for not being in much of a mood to discuss the current state of the San Antonio Spurs. Fact is, he’s just not used to losing like this. Here’s how long it’s been since the Spurs dropped seven games in a row, the way they now have after DeMar ...

Garrett awaits league ruling

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett looked composed and casual, a stark contrast to the last time he was seen in public. Stylishly dressed in a bright blue suit and black turtleneck, the Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end met Wednesday with an appeals officer in New York in hopes of getting a ...

Texans, Colts a key game in AFC South

Earlier in the schedule, the AFC South looked like one of the NFL’s deepest divisions. That might still be true, though none of the four members has exactly distinguished itself. Certainly, the Texans didn’t when they got mauled last week in Baltimore. As for the Colts, whom they host on ...

Bell rips NFL for HGH test

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell is throwing a flag on the NFL’s drug testing policy. The New York Jets running back says Wednesday is upset he has been randomly selected five times this season by the league to take tests for performance-enhancing drugs. “I done had 5 ‘random’ ...

Howsare to play in Grey Cup

Altoona’s Julian Howsare will be competing for the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup championship on Sunday. Howsare, 27, is a defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (16-3), who will match up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13-7). Kickoff is Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and the game will ...

Plenty on line this week

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press Pac-12 powers No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah are on the road this weekend, trying to continue their march to a mega-meeting with huge playoff ramifications in the conference championship game next month. They should also both be keeping an eye on the ...