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Ohio Sports

Bjorkstrand, Domi lead Blue Jackets in 8-2 rout of Coyotes

By NICOLE KRAFT Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists, Max Domi added a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets made Brad Larsen a winner in his coaching debut with an 8-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Alexandre ...

Cardinals’ Murray, Browns’ Mayfield renew friendly rivalry

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They were once college teammates, two ultra-competitive, trash-talking alpha males pushing each other each day on the practice field, in meeting rooms and while playing video games to be better. Back-to-back Heisman Trophies at Oklahoma ...

UCF is next as No. 3 Cincinnati tries to stay among elite

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati moved up to the No. 3 spot in the AP Top 25 this week, the highest ranking in school history. The challenge now will be staying there without another chance for a marquee win. The Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 AAC) are trying to become the ...

Out of touch: OBJ not getting ball enough so far for Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A frequent target of critics, Odell Beckham Jr. isn't in quarterback Baker Mayfield's sights these days. And while Beckham doesn't mind blocking or being used as a decoy or doing whatever's necessary to help the Browns win, the polarizing ...

US soccer has Jekyll & Hyde personality ahead of Costa Rica

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it difficult to determine which will show for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. During last weekend's 1-0 loss at Panama, the Americans were as ...

Injuries highlight risk in having top players return kicks

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Jayden Reed has been a big part of Michigan State's resurgence this year, returning two punts for touchdowns while also ranking among the Big Ten's top receivers. That kind of double threat can be valuable to a team — but at Maryland and Michigan, it went ...

McKennie, back from banishment, refuses to meet with media

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Back with the U.S. national team following a two-game banishment for breaking team COVID-19 protocols, Weston McKennie is refusing to speak with reporters. The 23-year-old Juventus midfielder was dropped for last month's World Cup ...

Browns place tackle Hubbard, 2 others on injured reserve

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have placed versatile offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, safety M.J. Stewart and fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve. Cleveland was ravaged by injuries in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. However, to this point, ...

Costa Rica’s Campbell, Ortiz to miss WCup qualifier at US

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell will miss Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against the United States because of a sprained right ankle. Forward José Guillermo Ortiz will not play in the game because of a positive COVID-19 test, the Costa Rican Football ...

Browns LB Owusu-Koramoah returns after LA hospital stay

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah returned to Ohio after suffering a throat bruise in Sunday's game against the Chargers and being evaluated and treated at a Los Angeles-area hospital. Owusu-Koramoah got hurt in the first ...