Regional Sports

Browns turn to Kessler as QB carousel continues

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland's notorious quarterback carousel has thrown another rider.Just two weeks into a new season, the Browns are down two starters."This is pro football and these things happen," first-year coach Hue Jackson said. "Maybe not to this degree any place I have been."Welcome ...

Pirates top Reds in extras

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jordy Mercer had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, David Freese added a two-run single, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame some shaky defense to preserve their chances in the NL wild-card race with a 9-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.The ...

Oklahoma St. looking to bounce back vs. Pitt

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State is glad to move on to its next game after the disappointment of losing a 30-27 stunner to Central Michigan last week on an untimed final play that officials admitted they never should have awarded.At home Saturday against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys (1-1), ...

Barkley ready to lead Lions against Temple

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Saquon Barkley doesn't care about statistics, except one he focused on in the days following Penn State's loss to Pitt.The fumble."I am tough on myself. It's just how I am," Barkley said. "I hold myself to a standard. This team holds itself to a standard and that fumble, I ...

Ex-Paterno players reunite amid scandal’s wake

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Organizers of a private reunion for football players coached by Joe Paterno will provide their own security for the Friday night event, Penn State spokesman Ben Manning said.The reunion is separate from a university celebration of the 50th anniversary of Paterno's head ...

McCutchen, Pirates rout Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chad Kuhl's fan club brought the noise.Andrew McCutchen hit two solo homers, Kuhl pitched six effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-2 Thursday night.Jordy Mercer hit a three-run homer and John Jaso and Sean Rodriguez also went deep to ...

Big Ben, Brown put on a show as Steelers cruise

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger recovered his own fumble at a pivotal moment and didn't look back, throwing three touchdown passes to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 38-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.Roethlisberger completed 27 of 37 passes for 300 yards, ...

Panthers ready to press forward after cathartic win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The 24-hour rule that Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi gives his players to revel every victory or fume over every loss lasted almost precisely that long this time around.When the Panthers gathered for film review around 4 p.m. Sunday - practically 24 hours on the dot after their ...

Significance of Penn State-Pitt rivalry not lost on the Nittany Lions

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Penn State-Pittsburgh used to be a storied rivalry, filled with memories for many people.None of them will put on a helmet when the teams play their 97th game since 1893.The two teams last met in 2000 and will play the first of a four-game series on Saturday at Heinz Field. ...

Tomlin optimistic as Steelers prep for opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Tomlin has confidence in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. And the linebackers. And the defensive line. And tight end. And everywhere else his team will begin the 2016 season in Washington on Monday with guys atop the depth chart who weren't the guys Tomlin had in mind ...

Bills’ Williams cleared from concussion protocol

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Bills safety Aaron Williams was too excited to return to practice for the first time in nearly a month to worry about the potential long-term effects his latest head injury might have on his career."Honestly, it probably does have an effect on the future," Williams ...

Penn St. to honor Paterno; sparks fury

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Penn State's athletic department on Thursday announced plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno's first game as coach, a move that sparked backlash on social networks by people critical of Paterno's role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.The ...

Steelers drop preseason finale to Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Running back Cameron Artis-Payne made a case for more playing time, rushing for 77 yards on 18 carries, and Graham Gano kicked six field goals as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-6 on Thursday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Both ...

Steelers’ first-round pick Burns eager to make debut

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Artie Burns can't wait to make his debut.It has been a long time coming for the Steelers' first-round pick, who was hampered by a nagging quad injury throughout most of training camp, causing him to miss the team's first three preseason ...

Notre Dame’s Kelly hasn’t decided on QB rotation

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Coach Brian Kelly surprised many when he revealed two weeks ago he planned to use both DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire at quarterback when No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season at Texas.He hasn't revealed much more than that since then about how he plans to split the playing ...

WVU’s Shell gets last shot at elusive 1,000-yard season

MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) Coming out of high school, Rushel Shell arrived at Pittsburgh and was labeled as the next Tony Dorsett.Four years later, Shell gets one last shot at his own name recognition as a senior at West Virginia.Shell is shouldering the Mountaineers' rushing responsibilities ...

Gilmore out to prove he’s among NFL’s best corners

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Stephon Gilmore remembers one of the last times he was ever pushed around on the football field.Growing up in South Carolina, the Buffalo Bills cornerback was in the 10th grade when he and the rest of the South Pointe high school defense was essentially bowled over by ...

Bills rookie Lawson to miss first 6 weeks of season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Shaq Lawson will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.The Bills placed their first-round draft pick on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday as part of a series of moves trim their roster to the ...

Pirates drop another to Cubs; Tribe win

CHICAGO (AP) - Kyle Hendricks threw seven dominant innings to lower the majors' best ERA to 2.09 and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Tuesday night for Chicago's 21st victory in August.Hendricks (13-7) allowed three hits and has given up three or fewer ...

McSorley named starting QB at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE (AP)- Trace McSorley will start at quarterback for Penn State when the Nittany Lions open against Kent State on Sept. 3.Coach James Franklin settled on the sophomore after McSorley battled redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens for the job through the spring and summer."We're excited ...