Sports Minute: Here is the latest Ohio and West Virginia sports news from The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) - Larry Nance Jr. signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nance joined the Cavs last season, coming over in a trade from the Lakers. Cleveland views the 25-year-old as one of its core players as it rebuilds without LeBron James. Nance Jr. is now locked up with the same team his dad starred with for seven seasons.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals gambled on a blitz, hoping to set back the Steelers. Instead, Antonio Brown went 31 yards for the winning touchdown with 10 seconds left, giving Pittsburgh its seventh straight win in the series. Now Cincinnati has to regroup with a stunned and depleted defense. It heads to Kansas City for a game Sunday night.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - For the first time this season, the Browns weren't competitive on Sunday. Cleveland was overmatched in a 38-14 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, who rushed for 246 yards and put pressure on Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield all day. Receiver Jarvis Landry called the loss an 'eye opener' and said it's vital for the Browns to learn and quickly move on as they prepare to visit Tampa Bay this week.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert is expected to miss games with a hamstring injury. Schobert was hurt in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, who ran for 246 yards in the win. Schobert tied for the NFL lead in tackles last season and is one of Cleveland's best payers. Also, wide receiver Rod Streater suffered a neck fracture while covering a punt Sunday and is done for the season. Streater's injury is another blow to Cleveland's receiving unit, which has been depleted by injuries.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - No. 2 Ohio State expects to get back a couple of key players on a banged-up defense. Coach Urban Meyer says starting defensive end Jonathan Cooper and starting linebacker Malik Harrison will return for the Purdue game Saturday after being in concussion protocol. Despite their 30-14 win over Minnesota, the Buckeyes looked vulnerable on defense last weekend. They allowed 396 yards of offense from a team with a walk-on freshman quarterback.
(AP) - Purdue quarterback David Blough never lost his drive despite a gruesome ankle injury last November. He didn't reclaim the starting job in preseason camp but was ready when he got a chance this season. Blough and the Boilermakers have won three straight and are back in contention in the Big Ten West. Next up is a game against No. 2 Ohio State this weekend.
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