October 25, 2014

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D.A. repays team’s confidence in him: Quarterback overcomes ugly start, leads team to first win

CINCINNATI — Derek Anderson recognized the coverage immediately, called an audible and hurried the snap. “Nope. Don’t go there,” he said Sunday in a postgame news conference. The reporter hadn’t finished the question, but Anderson knew what was coming. Did he think coach Romeo Crennel was going to bench him during the 20-12 win over Read More…

Browns notes: Defense turns up the heat to make Bengals’ backup quarterback sweat

CINCINNATI — The Browns’ defense did its best to make Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first NFL start in three years a miserable experience Sunday, coming up with three interceptions, forcing two fumbles and sacking Fitzpatrick three times in a 20-12 win. “He is the backup quarterback, so I think he got frazzled a little bit and just Read More…

Browns 20, Bengals 12: Breaking it down

THUMBS UP Kamerion Wimbley and Alex Hall, Browns outside linebackers Wimbley finally awoke from his season-long slumber and made quite an impact. He had three tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble that set up a touchdown. Hall, in his second start, had a strip-sack and a tackle for loss. With Read More…

Loss leaves Indians at .500, but keeps White Sox alive for a possible playoff berth

CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle gave the White Sox the veteran performance they needed on short rest. Now it’s up to a youngster to keep their season going against a familiar foe. Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and, backed by four double plays, beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Sunday to keep Chicago in the race Read More…

NASCAR: Off-the-wall finish can’t stop Johnson from grabbing win, Chase lead

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Well, it worked in the video game. Carl Edwards did everything he could Sunday, including purposely bouncing off the concrete wall at Kansas Speedway, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. “Where’d he come from?” Johnson asked after Edwards shot underneath him in the Read More…

Golf roundup: Villegas takes a grand Tour, defeats Garcia in playoff for second straight win

Too far behind to do anything about the FedEx Cup, Camilo Villegas put together a stirring rally Sunday that was good enough to win the Tour Championship in a playoff over Sergio Garcia for his second straight victory. Villegas overcame a five-shot deficit by making six birdies over his last 11 holes for a 4-under Read More…

‘Beanie’ Wells has big game in return and Pryor has another big day as Ohio State rolls over Minnesota in Big Ten opener

COLUMBUS — With Chris “Beanie” Wells missing Ohio State’s last three games, there were questions. When Wells fumbled the ball during the Buckeyes’ second drive of the game Saturday, there were more questions. When Wells launched his 6-foot-1, 237-pound frame over a Minnesota defender during a 21-yard gain, there were only wide eyes and open Read More…

Ohio State notes: Tressel says Boeckman still in picture at QB

COLUMBUS — Todd Boeckman was on the field more than he was last week, but it’s becoming increasingly evident that the senior’s grasp on the starting quarterback job is gone. For the second straight game, freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor was under center for the first snap, while Boeckman, who led Ohio State to a Big Read More…

Dan Coughlin: Here comes another Browns quarterback change

As the great philosopher Yogi Berra said, “It’s deja vu all over again.” That’s where Derek Anderson stands, on the threshhold of repeating history. A year ago Anderson won the Browns quarterback job in the identical manner he likely will lose it today. A year ago, Charlie Frye opened the season as the starting quarterback. Read More…

Cincy could again be key to Anderson’s fate as Browns QB

CINCINNATI — Derek Anderson has been the starting quarterback for a little more than a year, but his career has already turned twice versus the Bengals. If it doesn’t turn again today in the Battle of Bumbling Ohio, Anderson will likely find himself back on the bench. Coach Romeo Crennel debated making a switch to Read More…