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CLEVELAND | Indians star Lindor may miss season start with calf strain

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians may start the season without their best player. All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss spring training camp — and maybe the start of the season — with a strained right calf. It’s an injury that is concerning to the AL Central champions, who have had an interesting offseason. One … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Indians star Lindor may miss season start with calf strain

BEREA, Ohio | Browns to interview Williams, Kitchens for coaching vacancy

BEREA, Ohio— Browns interim coach Gregg Williams will be the first candidate interviewed for Cleveland’s permanent position. Williams led Cleveland to a 5-3 record after Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29. Browns general manager John Dorsey said Williams, the team’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will have his interview Tuesday. Dorsey also … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Browns to interview Williams, Kitchens for coaching vacancy

CLEVELAND | Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade

CLEVELAND — Matthew Dellavedova is coming back to the Cavaliers. He won’t recognize them. Cleveland re-acquired the popular, scrappy guard on Friday in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards. The Cavaliers also received forward John Henson and 2021 first- and second-round picks from Milwaukee, and a 2022 second-rounder from Washington. The … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade

CLEVELAND | Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux Finals rematch

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night. Curry scored nine points in less than a … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux Finals rematch

CLEVELAND | AP source: Indians agree to trade All-Star Gomes to Nats

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the talks says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals. In return, the AL Central champions would get outfielder Daniel Jonson and right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, the person told The Associated Press on Friday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because the … Continue reading CLEVELAND | AP source: Indians agree to trade All-Star Gomes to Nats

BEREA, Ohio | Big time: Browns playing rare significant late-season game

BEREA, Ohio — 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 ‘ol Browns,” and with their playoff … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Big time: Browns playing rare significant late-season game

CLEVELAND | Cavaliers trade Kyle Korver to Jazz for picks, Burks

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers finalized their trade with Utah and sent Kyle Korver to the Jazz. The teams agreed to the deal on Wednesday and completed the transaction Thursday following a conference call with NBA officials. Cleveland shipped Korver to the Jazz for guard Alec Burks and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. Korver … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Cavaliers trade Kyle Korver to Jazz for picks, Burks

BEREA, Ohio | Mayfield doesn’t regret actions, says not ‘cookie-cutter’ QB

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield won’t change for anyone and refuses to be a “cookie-cutter quarterback.” Cleveland’s outspoken rookie said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret calling former Browns coach Hue Jackson “fake” and he has no intention of changing his behavior. Following the Browns’ 35-20 win on Sunday in Cincinnati, Mayfield was cold toward Jackson … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Mayfield doesn’t regret actions, says not ‘cookie-cutter’ QB

CLEVELAND | Road Tripped: Browns look to end 25-game road skid in Cincy

CLEVELAND — For more than three years, the Browns have only tripped on the road. Cleveland hasn’t won an away game since Oct. 11, 2015, a losing streak that has reached 25 straight — just one shy of the NFL record for road futility held by the Detroit Lions (2007-10). As the Browns prepared for … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Road Tripped: Browns look to end 25-game road skid in Cincy

CLEVELAND | LeBron welcomed back as hero in return to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — LeBron James got a hero’s welcome at home. The three-time NBA champion received a rousing standing ovation during player introductions Wednesday night as he made his first appearance in Cleveland since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer. James, who spent 11 seasons in two stints with the Cavs and led them … Continue reading CLEVELAND | LeBron welcomed back as hero in return to Cleveland

CLEVELAND | Not a villain but a champ: LeBron awaits Cleveland reunion

CLEVELAND— The air was heavy, heaving with hatred. And when LeBron James skipped onto the Quicken Loans Arena floor on Dec. 2, 2010, with his Miami teammates, scorned Cleveland fans aimed their fury at one of their own, the kid from Akron who was shaken by the experience. James was profanely taunted, booed and mocked. … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Not a villain but a champ: LeBron awaits Cleveland reunion

BEREA, Ohio | Browns interim coach Williams will get shot at full-time gig

BEREA, Ohio— Browns general manager John Dorsey says interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed to be the team’s next coach. Williams took over when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29 after winning three games in two-plus seasons. Dorsey has been pleased with how the team has performed under Williams, their fiery defensive coordinator. … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Browns interim coach Williams will get shot at full-time gig

CLEVELAND | AP Source: Former Browns coach Jackson returning to Bengals

CLEVELAND— A person familiar with the hiring says fired Browns coach Hue Jackson will rejoin Marvin Lewis‘ staff in Cincinnati. Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on Oct. 29 after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, will take an unspecified position with the Bengals, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of … Continue reading CLEVELAND | AP Source: Former Browns coach Jackson returning to Bengals

CLEVELAND | Cavs’ painful season worsening as Osman joins injury list

CLEVELAND — This painful season isn’t subsiding for the Cavaliers. If anything, it’s getting worse. Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter on Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back spasms. He’s the latest Cavs player to join … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Cavs’ painful season worsening as Osman joins injury list

BEREA, Ohio | Mayfield hopes NFL officials find consistency on helmet hits

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious infractions. Mayfield’s trying not to take oversights personally. “They just have … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Mayfield hopes NFL officials find consistency on helmet hits

CLEVELAND | Mahomes passes for 375 yards as Chiefs down Browns 37-21

CLEVELAND— Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three touchdown passes — two to Travis Kelce — and continued the best start by an NFL quarterback in 68 years as Kansas City’s impossible-to-handle offense kept rolling with a 37-21 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who played their first game since coach Hue Jackson’s … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Mahomes passes for 375 yards as Chiefs down Browns 37-21

CLEVELAND | JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him if he’s not playing

CLEVELAND— Unhappy with his new role, J.R. Smith says he hopes the Cavaliers trade him. Smith hasn’t formally requested a trade but said Thursday that Cleveland’s front office knows he wants out. The 33-year-old guard didn’t play in Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta, the Cavs’ first game since coach Tyronn Lue was fired. The Cavs … Continue reading CLEVELAND | JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him if he’s not playing

CLEVELAND | Cavs’ star Love could miss significant time with foot injury

CLEVELAND  — Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love could miss significant time with a foot injury that has bothered him since the preseason. Love will sit out his third straight game on Tuesday as the winless Cavs host Atlanta and look to end a six-game winless streak to start the season. On Sunday, the team fired coach … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Cavs’ star Love could miss significant time with foot injury

CLEVELAND | Bitter finish: Indians’ first-round exit leaves sour taste

CLEVELAND  — For the third year in a row, the unmistakable aroma of champagne wafted into the hallway outside the visitor’s clubhouse following the final game at Progressive Field. On the Cleveland side, the smell was sour. The Indians were built for one goal: to win their first World Series since 1948. Yet after cruising … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Bitter finish: Indians’ first-round exit leaves sour taste

CLEVELAND | October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians

CLEVELAND — The Houston Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year, completing a division-round sweep of Cleveland on Monday with an 11-3 win in Game 3 helped by two key throwing errors from Indians reliever Trevor Bauer. Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double off Bauer on a shoulder-high pitch as … Continue reading CLEVELAND | October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians

CLEVELAND | 3’s a charm: Browns edge Ravens 12-9 in overtime on late FG

CLEVELAND — On their third try, the Browns finally figured out how to win in overtime. Rookie Greg Joseph’s 37-yard field goal — a knuckleball that barely cleared the crossbar — with 2 seconds left in OT gave Cleveland a 12-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. After rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield drove the … Continue reading CLEVELAND | 3’s a charm: Browns edge Ravens 12-9 in overtime on late FG

CLEVELAND | Browns appear set to switch to Mayfield as starter

CLEVELAND — Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to “officially” make Baker Mayfield his starting quarterback. Everyone else has. Jackson said Friday that he’ll wait until talking to his players before publicly announcing a decision that seems inevitable after Mayfield replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night and led Cleveland to its first win … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Browns appear set to switch to Mayfield as starter

CLEVELAND | Won, won and won! Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016

CLEVELAND — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns found a way to win. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Won, won and won! Browns beat Jets for first win since 2016

CLEVELAND | Browns rookie Baker Mayfield replaces Taylor in first half

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield‘s been thrown into the mix for the Browns. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft replaced Tyrod Taylor after Cleveland’s starting quarterback sustained a concussion in the first half of Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets. Taylor was slow getting up after being sacked for the third … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Browns rookie Baker Mayfield replaces Taylor in first half

CLEVELAND | Out pattern: Browns trade receiver Josh Gordon to Patriots

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick on Monday, ending a relationship the team did all it … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Out pattern: Browns trade receiver Josh Gordon to Patriots

BEREA, Ohio | Browns’ Josh Gordon cleared by NFL for practices, games

BEREA, Ohio  — The NFL has cleared Josh Gordon’s route to the field. Gordon, whose career has been derailed by drug and alcohol addictions, “can return to all activities, including games,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Saturday. Gordon is not expected to participate in any drills for a few days, but could be practicing early … Continue reading BEREA, Ohio | Browns’ Josh Gordon cleared by NFL for practices, games

CLEVELAND | Browns QB Taylor injures left hand, leaves, then returns

CLEVELAND — Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor has returned after injuring his left hand in the first quarter against Philadelphia. After throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down, Taylor fell out of bounds and landed on his left side without taking any contact. His arm was pinned under his body when he hit the ground, … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Browns QB Taylor injures left hand, leaves, then returns