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Donnelly offering baseball lessons

STEUBENVILLE — Former major league baseball coach and Steubenville resident Rich Donnelly will begin offering hitting, pitching and fielding lessons on Sunday.

For additional information on the lessons and appointments, those interested can contact Donnelly at (740) 317-6327.

Tomlin encouraged by Brown’s recovery

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown is inching toward a return from a left calf injury.

Brown hasn’t played since injuring the calf in the first half of a loss to New England on Dec. 17. He posted video of himself working out on a treadmill on Monday. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he ran into Brown on Tuesday and believes Brown’s rehab is “going well.”

The AFC North champion Steelers have the week off before hosting a playoff game on Jan. 14. Tomlin says if Pittsburgh had been forced to play this weekend there’s a chance Brown would be in the lineup. Brown led the NFL with 1,533 yards receiving this season despite missing the final 2¢ games.

Pittsburgh has given offensive lineman Mike Munchak permission to talk with the Arizona Cardinals about their vacant head coaching job. Munchak is in his fourth season with the Steelers. He went 22-26 in three seasons as coach of the Tennessee Titans from 2011-13.

Browns to interview Texans QB coach for OC job

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Cleveland’s interest in Ryan on Tuesday, a day after Browns coach Hue Jackson said he would consider hiring a coordinator after handling the play-calling duties over the past two seasons.

Jackson went 0-16 this season and is 1-31 with the Browns, but is being kept by owner Jimmy Haslam.

The 45-year-old Ryan spent last season working with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season before tearing a knee ligament.

Cleveland owns the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft and will likely use it to select a quarterback. The Browns passed on a chance to draft Watson last season and traded the No. 12 pick to the Texans, who nabbed the former Clemson star.

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