Iron (line)man: Browns' Thomas a symbol of steady excellence

CLEVELAND (AP) — As Joe Thomas crashed to his knees and grabbed his left arm, instinctively pulling his injured limb tightly to his body while screaming in pain, an audible gasp flowed through the crowd inside FirstEnergy Stadium.


  • Written by By TOM WITHERS , AP Sports Writer

No. 2 Penn State rely on receivers to win 1-on-1 matchups

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Long after their teammates had left Penn State's practice field Wednesday night, DaeSean Hamilton, Juwan Johnson and Mike Gesicki trotted to midfield to play catch.

  • Written by By TRAVIS JOHNSON , Associated Press

Steffen, Crew beat Atlanta United on penalties to advance

ATLANTA (AP) — Twenty-two-year-old Zack Steffen made a career-high eight saves and the Columbus Crew advanced in the MLS Cup playoffs by besting expansion club Atlanta United 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw on Thursday night in front of a MLS playoff-record crowd of 67,221.