Browns Spent ’16 At NFL Bottom, Should Be Better In ’17

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson wore his aching heart on his sleeve during his first season as Browns coach. While the losses mounted, Jackson fought back surfacing emotions that threatened to overwhelm him. And when Cleveland’s nightmarish march — the worst season in...

Bengals Sign Linebacker Vontaze Burfict To 3-year Extension

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season. The move Thursday comes despite Burfict being suspended by the NFL for the first three games this season for his...

Coach Ellis Names US Roster For September Friendlies

Midfielder Tobin Heath, who has been rehabbing from a back injury, was named to the 22-player roster for the U.S. national team in advance of two exhibition matches against New Zealand. Heath has not played for the United State since March because of the injury. She was recently...

Nimmo Homers Twice, Lagares Goes Deep And Mets Beat Reds 7-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Brandon Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Thursday night. New York has won three of four and ended the Reds’ three-game winning streak to open a four-game series. Hitting in the...

Browns Release Calvin Pryor Following Fight With Teammate

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns released safety Calvin Pryor on Thursday shortly after he was involved in a fight with wide receiver Ricardo Louis. Coach Hue Jackson did not provide any details of the skirmish, which took place before practice. “I just made a...

Ohio Man Gets Life In Prison For New Mexico Officer’s Death

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 39-year-old Ohio man who pleaded guilty to killing a New Mexico police officer last year was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. State District Judge Douglas Driggers sentenced Jesse Denver Hanes for the August shooting death of Hatch policeman Jose...

Judge Not Ready To Move Ohio College Student Slaying Trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has declined for now to move the trial of a man charged with aggravated murder, rape and other counts in an Ohio State University student’s slaying. Defendant Brian Golsby has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing Reagan Tokes. The...

State grant to help with county’s prisoner housing costs

Hancock County Common Pleas Court will receive more than $320,000 in state grant money during the next two fiscal years, and up to half can be used to help with prisoner housing costs. The total cost to operate the Hancock County jail will exceed $3.5 million this year. Kim...

Daughters Help Sign ‘Judy’s Law’ For Woman Set Ablaze By Ex

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation inspired by a woman who was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend has been signed into law by Ohio’s governor. The bill, named “Judy’s Law,” would require six additional years in prison for crimes that permanently maim or...

BIG TEN SPOTLIGHT: 10-2 Start Has More Shine Than 2016 Mark

The Big Ten won 10 of 12 games in nonconference play last week. The two losses were the same number as on opening weekend a year ago. The difference was four FCS teams were on the Week 1 schedule in 2016. There were none this year. Maryland coach D.J. Durkin said his team...