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LeBron vs. Kyrie the latest entry in NBA rivalries

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James loves rivalries. Ohio State-Michigan. North Carolina-Duke. Cowboys-Redskins. Those are some of the favorite matchups he's cited over the years, ones that have been honed by the flowing of bad blood over generations. Kyrie ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard ...

Sub-text: Browns’ misery worsened by loss to Watson, Texans

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston's getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but ...

The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors' latest championship banner, and the march ...

Bengals return from bye without TE Tyler Eifert

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals had an eventful bye weekend. They gained ground on the Ravens, lost ground to the Steelers, and lost tight end Tyler Eifert for the rest of the season. Their next step in trying to recover from an 0-3 start comes in Pittsburgh next ...

LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Following Cleveland's final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn't sure if LeBron James was playing Tuesday. J.R. Smith knows. "Oh, he's gonna go," Smith said ...

Rude welcome: Irving set for return to ‘rowdy’ Cleveland

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving is coming home to where his NBA journey began six years ago. There will be familiar faces and new sounds. Traded to Boston this summer after he demanded the Cavaliers deal him so he could escape LeBron James' shadow, Irving ...

Browns remain winless after another QB struggles

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Cleveland started a new quarterback on Sunday. The results were the same. Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starter at quarterback for the Browns since 1999 after rookie DeShone Kizer was benched this week. But Hogan's mistakes kept the ...

LeBron tests ankle in practice, status for opener unclear

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it's still not known if he'll play in Cleveland's season opener. James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA ...

Crew win 1-0, spoil Kaka’s final game with Orlando City

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ola Kamara scored his 17th goal of the season on his birthday and the Columbus Crew beat Orlando City 1-0 on Sunday to spoil Kaka's final game with the Lions. Kaka, the 35-year-old Brazilian soccer star, announced on Wednesday he would not re-sign with Orlando City after ...