October 20, 2014

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Unranked Oregon State shocks No. 1 USC

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night. The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) also upset USC at Reser Stadium in 2006. This time, Oregon State took a 21-0 Read More…

Ohio State liking ‘new’ look to football team

COLUMBUS — Fresh faces, fresh start. The 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes bear little resemblance to the team that was in the midst of two-a-days seven weeks ago or even the one that opened the season in late August. True freshmen now start at center and quarterback, there are new people dotting the two-deep on both Read More…

Lester flirts with no-hitter as Red Sox sink Indians

BOSTON — If the Cleveland Indians hadn’t broken up Jon Lester’s bid for his second no-hitter this season, his own team would have. “He was coming out,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “I told him that was the first time I’ve ever rooted against him. The only way you’re going to see something like Read More…

Noland: Cavs have plenty of optimism as camp opens

The Indians were thinking World Series. The Browns were dreaming of the playoffs or even — gasp! — a Super Bowl appearance. The Cavaliers can only hope 2008 — and the first half of  ’09 — turns out better for them. “We were closer last year, literally, than the year before,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Read More…

Red Sox still celebrating, beat Indians again

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox barely had time to dry off from their champagne-spraying celebration before they started pounding Cleveland Indians pitchers anew. One game after clinching a playoff berth, the Red Sox jumped on Fausto Carmona for four runs in the first inning, then pinch-hitter Jeff Bailey tripled and scored the go-ahead run Read More…

Dahlberg: World Series could have several looks

The big, bad Yankees are finally out and for that most of the country can be grateful. Instead of constantly hearing about the ghosts of past greats at Yankee Stadium, this postseason we can focus on the present at not-so-historic Tropicana Field. Instead of filling up seats in the Bronx, they’ll be taking them out, Read More…

Browns sticking with Anderson as starting QB

BEREA — Derek Anderson will be the Browns’ starting quarterback Sunday in Cincinnati. Whether he or backup Brady Quinn finishes the game against the Bengals remains to be seen. Coach Romeo Crennel re-affirmed Anderson’s status as the team’s starter Wednesday, but made it clear he was on a short leash and said Quinn would get Read More…

Browns notes: Offensive linemen still hurting

BEREA — Browns left guard Eric Steinbach may miss a second straight game with an injured shoulder, but the team won’t be able to plug Ryan Tucker into his spot Sunday in Cincinnati. Tucker, who split last season between right guard and right tackle, said he is aiming to make his season debut in Cleveland’s Read More…

Ohio State looking to jump start its offense vs. Minnesota

COLUMBUS — The most important numbers attached to a football team make up its record. No. 14-ranked Ohio State is 3-1 in that regard. But four games into the season the Buckeyes are way, way down the list when it comes to the numbers that make up most offensive categories. They stand No. 92 in Read More…

Young Avon shuts out Firelands in girls soccer showdown

AVON — They might be young, but Avon’s girls are playing like soccer veterans. With four sophomores and three freshmen in the starting lineup, the Eagles nipped Firelands 2-0 Wednesday night to remain in a first-place tie with Bay in the West Shore Conference. They improved to 10-1, 5-0 in the WSC. To do it, Read More…