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Browns Release Veteran Linebacker Paul Kruger


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have released linebacker Paul Kruger, a startling move in another step in the team's youth movement.




Kruger started 46 games and made 18 sacks in three seasons for Cleveland and was considered one of the team's leaders. He was signed in 2013 after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.


The 30-year-old recorded just 2.5 sacks last season as the Browns struggled to find the right role for him. Last week, the Browns traded linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Rookies Emmanuel Ogbah or Joe Schobert could take Kruger's starting spot.


Kruger posted a statement on Twitter in which he thanked the Browns but said his release was "absolutely the wrong decision."


The Browns also terminated the contracts of defensive end Nick Hayden and quarterback Austin Davis. The team waived kicker Travis Coons, giving Patrick Murray the starting job.




Touchdown! Restaurant's Stolen Patriots Helmet Returned

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — An autographed New England Patriots football helmet stolen from a restaurant near Gillette Stadium has been returned along with an apology.


Foxborough police say the helmet signed by members of the 2014 Super Bowl championship team was delivered to Skipjack's restaurant on Wednesday, almost two weeks after it was stolen.


The package also contained a note that said "sorry for the trouble!" and $70 for the thief's unpaid tab.


Police released surveillance video from the restaurant that shows a man wearing a Tom Brady jersey climb over the bar in the empty restaurant, grab the helmet and wrap it in the jersey before walking out without settling his bill.


Chief Ed O'Leary says his detectives are still trying to track the man, although it's unclear whether he will face charges.



Olympic Results: Biles dominates in winning all-around gold


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There was no beating Simone Biles in the women's gymnastics all-around at the Rio Games.


The 19-year-old American entered the event as the overwhelming favorite and was dominant in becoming the fourth straight American and fifth overall to win the all-around. Biles totaled 62.198 to finish well clear of silver medalist and American teammate Aly Raisman. The bronze went to Russian Aliya Mustafina.


The victory comes after Biles helped the U.S. team capture gold in the team event.


Also at Rio:


— Michael Phelps finished a full body-length ahead of the field in the 200-meter individual medley to earn his fourth gold medal of the Rio Games and 22nd overall. Phelps became the first swimmer ever to win the same event at four straight Olympics. U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) led at the midway point before finishing fifth.


— Ryan Murphy has completed a U.S. sweep of the men's backstroke events by taking gold in the 200. Murphy touched first again in 1 minute, 53.62 seconds, three days after winning the 100 back. Australian Mitch Larkin was second, followed by Evgeny Rylov of Russia.


— Simone Manuel of the United States and Canadian Penny Oleksiak tied for the gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle. Manuel is the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. Sarah Sjostrom (SHOO'-struhm) of Sweden picked up the bronze.


— Kayla Harrison has become the first American to successfully defend her judo title, clutching gold after she forced France's Audrey Tcheumeo to tap out in the final of 78-kg competition. Harrison is the only American to win a Judo gold.


— Australia's Marcus Fraser shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead in the first Olympic golf competition since the 1904 London Games. Fraser is three shots ahead of British Open champ Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Canada's Graham DeLaet (deh-LAY'). Matt Kuchar's (KOO'-churz) 69 was the best score for the Americans.


— Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have reached the knockout stage of the beach volleyball tournament after a three-set win over Italy. The Americans are unbeaten heading into the Round of 16.


— Madison Keys has advanced to the women's tennis semifinals with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Russia's Daria Kasatina. The seventh-seeded Keys is joined in the Final Four by Petr Kvitova (kuh-VIH'-toh-vah), Angelique Kerber and Monica Puig (pweeg).


— Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL' nah-DAHL') is into the quarterfinals at the men's tennis tournament after beating 15th-seeded Gilles Simon (see-MOHN') of France 7-6, 6-3. Also advancing to the men's quarters were Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh), Wimbledon champ Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR'-ee) and American Steve Johnson.


— The U.S. women's field hockey team has improved to 4-0 and will play Britain on Saturday to determine who will win Pool B. Katie Bam scored twice in helping the Americans defeat India 3-0.


— Belgium's Evi Van Acker became sick after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay, the first sailor to fall ill from the waters that were heavily scrutinized leading to the Rio Games. The governing body for World Sailing said the 2012 bronze medalist reported feeling sick after Wednesday's races. Her poor performances have put her at risk of missing out on a medal in the Laser Radial class.




Team USA tested in men's hoops...Third gold medal for Ledecky...Phelps, Lochte advance


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway for real in basketball.

After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men's basketball team faced someone who pushed back.



The U.S. men's basketball team is 3-0 at the Olympics after rallying to beat Australia 98-88 for its 20th straight victory in Olympic competition. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving added 17 points and five assists.

In his fourth Olympics, Anthony became the most prolific scorer in U.S. men's Olympic basketball history. He passed LeBron James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title this season. James scored 273 points during appearances in Athens, Beijing and London.

"We showed a lot of character tonight," Irving said of the come-from-behind victory.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) agreed, saying: "This is the real world now and that's good for us."

Next up for Team USA is Serbia on Friday with another group game Sunday against France before the medal round begins.

In other Olympic action:

— Superstar swimmer Michael Phelps has advanced to the final of the Olympic 200-meter individual medley as the top qualifier. Long-time rival Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) will be right next to him again, ranking second. Thiago Pereira sent the Brazilian crowd into a frenzy by staying close to the two American stars, finishing third.

Phelps will be seeking his fourth straight 200 IM title at the Olympics. He's also got a chance to pull off that feat in the 100 butterfly. Phelps already has won three gold medals this week, and owns 21 gold medals in his Olympic career.

— Katie Ledecky has led the United States to a gold medal in the women's 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay. It's her third gold of this Olympics.

— A gutsy performance by Kristin Armstrong provided the American with her third consecutive gold medal in Olympic cycling time trial.

Racing through wind and rain over a demanding course, the soon-to-be 43-year-old finished just 5.55 seconds in front of a Russian. Armstrong also won in Beijing and London.

Armstrong joins speedskater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics.

— The American men will be seeking gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle, while the women will be competing in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

— American Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon won the silver medal in men's 3-meter synchronized springboard diving. They finished four points behind the gold medalists from Britain. Favored China took the bronze.

— Diana Taurasi drained a personal Olympic-best six 3-pointers as the Americans Serbia 110-84 in women's basketball. Taurasi wound up with 25 points to help the U.S. to its 44th straight Olympic win.

— In beach volleyball, Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have finished the Olympic group stage unbeaten, but not before losing their first set of the Summer Games. The U.S. women beat Switzerland 21-13, 22-24, 15-12 to win their pool with a 3-0 record. The round-of-16 begins Friday.

— Nico Hernandez is assured of at least a bronze medal in boxing after beating Ecuador's Carlos Quipo to improve to 3-0. The medal will be the first in the Olympic boxing tournament for the United States since 2008.

— The United States women's field hockey team has advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.

— The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson has been eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. They are the first U.S men's team to fail to advance out of pool play in beach volleyball since the 2004 Games in Athens.

— Bad weather washed out 20 of the 26 tennis matches that were on today's schedule. And the rowing schedule has also been postponed due to the weather.

— Kazakhstan (kah-zahk-STAHN') has its first Olympic swimming medal -- a gold one, at that. Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the men's 200-meter breaststroke. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver.

— Rio Olympic officials say military police are stepping up security after a bus carrying journalists had two windows broken by what it calls "unknown projectiles." Organizers say a preliminary analysis has shown that stones, not bullets, hit a bus carrying journalists, breaking two windows.




Olympic Results: Phelps, Ledecky Win Gold


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps now has 25 medals in all — and three more races in Rio to add to his almost unimaginable total.


On a golden night at the pool on Tuesday, Phelps earns the 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals of his staggering career.


He won the 200-meter butterfly and came back about an hour later to anchor the United States to victory in the 4x200 freestyle relay.


Phelps has four other medals — two silver and two bronze.


Katie Ledecky is on her way to an Olympic feat that's only been done one other time.


Ledecky held off Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom to win gold in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the Rio Olympics.


Ledecky is trying to become only the second female after Debbie Meyer in 1968 to capture the three longest freestyle events at a single Olympics. Ledecky now has the 200 and 400 titles, and she's an overwhelming favorite to win the 800.



Ohio State Ranked Top 100 Team of All Time According to AP Poll


The Top 100: An all-time first for venerable AP Top 25 

The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons.


For the first time since that first poll in 1936, the AP has compiled an all-time Top 100 based on a formula that counts poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (one bonus point) to acknowledge elite programs, and a bonus for AP championships won (10 points).


The top five teams using those criteria: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern California.



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