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Logano wrestles away title from Big Three

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Joey Logano busted up The Big Three and captured an improbable first NASCAR title by soundly beating a trio of champions. Logano won the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the ...

Big Ben gets it over the line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way over ...

Browns quiet Condi Rice coach rumor

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ coaching search isn’t quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines. General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland’s next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ...

Pitt books spot in ACC title game

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Coach Pat Narduzzi wasn’t worried about a jinx. The Pitt coach had his equipment staff to bring the commemorative ACC caps and T-shirts all the way from Pittsburgh. “I said, ‘Get them. It’s going to happen,’” ...

Browns believe better days are just ahead

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND—The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since ...

Snow strands YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university basketball team had plenty of time to think about a New York City tournament when snow stranded them on a city bridge for more than nine hours. The Youngstown State team was on its way to New York for the Johnny Bach Classic when an unusually heavy ...

Penguins end season with a loss

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Brown had two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Illinois State rallied to beat Young State 35-28 on Saturday to secure a winning record on the season. The Redbirds led 21-13 in the third before Nathan Mays threw to Ryan Emans from the 10 for a TD and ...

Les Miles working on deal with Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Les Miles could be back in the Big 12 soon. The former Oklahoma State coach, who led LSU to the 2007 national championship before getting fired four games into the 2016 season, is in negotiations with Kansas to take over the down-trodden Jayhawks, a person with ...

Troubled season sputters toward checkered flag

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR’s season of doom and gloom sputters toward the checkered flag with a stout championship field but the inability to distance itself from everything that’s gone wrong in this trying year. Martin Truex Jr.’s team is ...

SPORTSBRIEFING STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Golden Bears take fourth WELLSBURG, W.Va.—The Oak Glen boys and girls swimming teams each finished fourth in a quad-meet with Brooke, Weir and Wheeling Central Catholic Saturday at Brooke High School. Brooke won the girls meet with 99 points, while Wheeling Central Catholic came in second ...