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(UPDATED) Texans 23, Browns 7: Cleveland’s 3-game winning streak, possession of 1st place end with ugly loss

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and strong safety D.J. Swearinger sack Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND — So long, first place. See ya, three-game winning streak. Welcome back, doubts. The Browns were riding high after a prime-time win in Cincinnati, but their stay alone atop the AFC North lasted exactly a week. It ended Sunday with a 23-7 flop against the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns fell to Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns still confident, await Josh Gordon’s return

The Browns’ stay atop the AFC North Division lasted a week. It ended with a thud Sunday as the Houston Texans manhandled Cleveland 23-7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. That thud, specifically, was the sound of All-NFL defensive end J.J. Watt delivering a bone-crushing hit — and there were many — as the Texans temporarily deflated the Read More…

Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate a forgotten man against old team

CLEVELAND — Running back Isaiah Crowell made his first NFL start Sunday in the Browns’ 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans, while Ben Tate was virtually invisible against his former team. Crowell — an undrafted rookie from Alabama State — rushed for a team-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including a 35-yarder that was Cleveland’s Read More…

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt dominates Browns offense, even catches touchdown pass

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — J.J. Watt is an unstoppable force, and the Browns had no immovable objects to counter the talented Texan. Houston’s dynamic defensive end forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had four tackles — three solo, including two for a loss — and sacked Brian Hoyer for a loss of 6 yards in Houston’s 23-7 Read More…

Kevin Harvick’s aggressive style pays off in first title

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship series auto race, Sunday in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR’s new championship formula. Harvick won Sunday’s season finale Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: Safety Tashaun Gipson in starting lineup; points of interest, relevant numbers, the pick

CLEVELAND — Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson quickly recovered from a concussion and is in the starting lineup for today’s game vs. the Houston Texans. Kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium is set for 1 o’clock. Gipson looked like his ballhawking self in pregame warmups after missing three practices during the week after being diagnosed with a Read More…

Cavaliers make team-record 19 3-pointers, cruise past Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers made NBA history, team history and showed just how great they are capable of being Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland made 9-of-9 from 3-point range in the opening period — the most in a quarter without a miss in league history — en route to a resounding and Read More…

Watt’s the problem? For the Browns, it’s definitely dynamic Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt lines up over the tackles, the guards and the center. He sees a few snaps at tight end. He’s in the end zone more than most offensive players, becoming the first man in more than 50 years to score on an interception, a fumble recovery and a reception. He’s on Read More…

Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record-setting day leads No. 8 Ohio State past Minnesota

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett leaves behind Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson on his 86-yard touchdown run Saturday. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett broke three of Braxton Miller’s records, the latest breakthrough for this remarkable replacement. Ohio State’s pursuit of a place in the College Football Playoff stayed steady with a tough win on the road. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and a score, helping Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Avon grad Jack Poyle scores 26, leads Oberlin past Wittenberg for first time in 36 years

Oberlin’s Jack Poyle drives in for a layup against Wittenberg on Saturday at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It had been 36 years and 50 games since Oberlin College’s men’s basketball team defeated Wittenberg. Trailing by 10 at halftime in their season opener, the Yeomen methodically battled back in the second half. And when all was said and done Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym, Oberlin’s raucous student section was ready to Read More…