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How low will they go? Bengals move from hopeful to hapless

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — In six days, the Bengals went from hopeful to hapless. A loss to the Steelers crushed their playoff chances. A drubbing by the Bears left them at their lowest point in years and got fans talking about who will be the next head coach. There ...

Browns doomed by critical mistakes in 27-21 OT loss

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — DeShone Kizer sat at his locker and spoke privately for several minutes with new general manager John Dorsey, who did his best to encourage the rookie. There was plenty to discuss. The Browns had blown another one. Kizer's interception in ...

Bengals’ loss to Steelers seeps into 33-7 drubbing by Bears

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals showed up with a hangover from their season-crushing loss on Monday night and gave one of their worst performances during coach Marvin Lewis' 15 seasons. In a sense, the Steelers got 'em again. With a defense gutted from their loss ...

Browns coach Jackson dismisses idea job still in jeopardy

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Hue Jackson stopped laughing, he got serious. A day after dropping to 0-13 for the second straight season and 1-28 in his two years coaching the Browns, Jackson said he doesn't believe a report that new Cleveland general manager John ...

Winless Browns fire VP Brown, coach Hue Jackson keeps job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now. Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown on Thursday, jettisoning their top ...

LeBron hits big 3, scores 32 as Cavaliers win 13th straight

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The play is called "Chicago," named after a game-winning shot LeBron James made in the playoffs to beat the Bulls. It worked like a charm again in Cleveland. James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the ...

Bluiett scores 26, No. 13 Xavier beats Kent State 96-70

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coming off wins over two other highly ranked teams, Xavier had a chance to catch its breath, grind one out, and start getting ready for another payback game. Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points — the seventh time he's had 20 this season — and ...

Buzzer-beater Fletcher sends Toledo past Detroit Mercy 89-86

DETROIT (AP) — Tre'Shaun Fletcher made a fade-away 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Toledo over Detroit Mercy 89-86 on Wednesday night. Fletcher made an unnecessary foul with 2.6 seconds left and Detroit's Josh McFolley tied it 86 with a pair of free throws. Fletcher caught a full-court pass ...

Davis scores 19, Dayton holds off Tennessee Tech 79-66

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Darrell Davis scored 19 points, Dayton shot 61 percent after halftime and held off Tennessee Tech 79-66 Wednesday night. Davis scored five of his points in the last 2:41 but a defensive rebound a minute earlier was big. Tennessee Tech had closed to 65-58 on an 18-9 run ...

Bengals try to get over Steelers hangover as Bears visit

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Three cornerbacks injured, a linebacker and a running back in concussion protocol. The Bengals paid a price for their acrimonious, season-dooming loss to the Steelers on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium. What's left of their roster and their ...