NFL protests named top sports story of 2017

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump couldn't stand NFL players kneeling in protest during "The Star-Spangled Banner." His angry call to fire players who didn't stand for the national anthem rekindled both the national debate over the issue and the movement itself.

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  • Written by By ARNIE STAPLETON , AP Pro Football Writer

Many departing players will change the face of Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reloading is going to be more challenging than usual this time for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who is accustomed to losing much of his talent to the NFL each year.

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  • Written by By MITCH STACY , AP Sports Writer

Man who snagged home run ball donates it to memorial wall

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who snagged a Joey Votto home run ball during a Cincinnati Reds game in August has fulfilled his promise to give it to the family of a 6-year-old boy who witnessed the big hit weeks before dying of cancer.

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Bengals eliminate Lions from playoff contention 26-17

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matthew Stafford made a right-hand turn out of the visitors' locker room and headed into the gloomy night with yet another long offseason soon to follow. With everything on the line, the Lions came up short again.

  • Written by By JOE KAY , AP Sports Writer