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Chargers, Steelers only looking at small picture

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the middle of a tight ...

Mayfield, Cleveland face big test with Houston’s pass rush

HOUSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have done a great job of protecting Baker Mayfield recently, and have the longest active streak in the NFL by not allowing a sack in 125 snaps. Things will get more difficult for the Browns (4-6-1) on Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans (8-3) and ...

Tribe’s All-Star catcher traded to Washington

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington ...

Weise helps Flyers defeat slumping Penguins, 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The struggling Philadelphia Flyers are just trying to reset following a tumultuous week in which the organization saw major changes in the front office. A road win against their biggest rival was a good start. Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third period, ...

Raptors beat Cavs for eighth straight win

CLEVELAND (AP) — Down an All-Star guard, there was no need for the Toronto Raptors to panic. Not against one of the NBA’s worst teams, and not with Kawhi Leonard around. Leonard scored 34 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and Toronto extended its winning streak to eight games despite ...

Indian Creek boys sneak past Carrollton

WINTERSVILLE — With five seconds remaining in Friday’s season opener against Carrollton, Michael Allan nailed a pair of free throws to lift Indian Creek to a thrilling 39-38 victory. Allan finished with a team-high 19 points for the Redskins (1-0). Austin Judson tallied 16 points, while ...

JuJu steps into the spotlight

PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. A fraction faster and Smith-Schuster knows he ...

Pittsburgh pulls away from Duquesne to win City Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trey McGowens scored 14 points, Malik Ellison added 13 and Xavier Johnson overcame early foul trouble to finish with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists as Pittsburgh shut down Duquesne in the second half to pull away for a 74-53 victory in the City Game on Friday ...

Pitt undaunted by many doubters in ACC title game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career. That’s why he’s not surprised so few give Pittsburgh any chance to topple No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. “We know nobody really respects us or gives us any ...

Browns are playing rare significant late-season game

BEREA (AP) — Other than trying to save a coach’s job, secure the No. 1 overall draft pick or simply survive, the Browns haven’t played many meaningful games in December or January. Sunday is an exception. With a chance to further legitimize themselves as no longer being the “same ...