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CLEVELAND - Joe Thomas fought back tears. While centre Alex Mack, his good buddy and fellow offensive lineman, was carted off the field with a broken leg, Thomas was overcome with emotion.Later, the Pro Bowl tackle stood at his locker, his voice cracking for a very different reason.For Thomas, this win meant more than any other.The Browns had finally beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers a€” badly.It was special, Thomas said following Clevelands 31-10 rout on Sunday. Ive been on the other end of this rivalry when we lose by three scores so many times. Ive been through the hell of getting our butts kicked. It felt really good to finally be on the other end of it. It was a family win.Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the Browns to a romp over Ben Roethlisberger and their biggest rivals.Hoyer threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron and improved to 6-2 as Clevelands starter as the surprising Browns (3-2) beat the Steelers for just the third time in 23 games. Cleveland hadnt beaten Pittsburgh so soundly since a 51-0 shutout in 1989.Hoyer, the hometown kid quickly turning into a hero, ran off the field to loud cheers and exited near a banner that read: This Is Hoyer Country.And its only growing.I think the last time the Browns beat the Steelers, I was the backup quarterback for the Steelers that day, said Hoyer, referring to Clevelands win on Nov. 25, 2012.Ben Tate had two rushing TDs and rookie Isaiah Crowell added another as the Browns opened a 21-3 lead in the first half and rolled to the easy win one week after staging the largest comeback in NFL history by a road team.Roethlisberger suffered just his second loss in 20 games against Cleveland. The Steelers (3-3) never found a rhythm on offence and their defence, missing two starters, gave up too many big plays.We failed in all three phases, coach Mike Tomlin said. We got to play better. We got to swallow this one and we will.The victory legitimizes the Browns turnaround and Hoyer as the teams unquestioned leader. There were some doubts about Hoyer when the season began, and with rookie Johnny Manziel on the roster, it was assumed Cleveland would eventually undergo yet another change at quarterback.Hoyer has put that talk to rest and made the dramatic Browns, whose first four games were decided by eight points, one of the leagues unexpected winners.He finished 8 of 17 and still has just one interception in 149 attempts.It was a little boring out there for me at the end, Hoyer joked.Roethlisberger wasnt as efficient as he usually is against Cleveland. He went 21 of 42 for 228 yards and one late TD, was sacked twice and threw one pick against Clevelands maligned defence. It was his first loss to the Browns since Dec. 10, 2009.Tates 1-yard run with 12:47 left put the Browns ahead 31-3.Really, it was over long before that.Cleveland led by 18 at halftime, a 180-degree switch from Week 1 when the Steelers built a 27-3 lead and gave up 24 unanswered points before winning on a last-second field goal.The Browns rammed the ball down Pittsburghs throat to take a commanding lead late in the second quarter.Tates 8-yard TD run capped an 85-yard drive soured by the loss of Mack, who got his legs tangled in a pile of players on a running play. He laid face-down in the grass for several minutes before several Steelers a€” and all of his teammates a€” came over to console him. Mack, who signed a five-year, $42 million contract in March, gave the crowd a thumbs up as he was driven off.Mack had played 5,189 consecutive snaps without missing a play, anchoring an offensive line that has played well this season.Seeing Mack leave was a huge blow for Thomas.We have played every snap together for six years and you are finally getting the best of Pittsburgh, he deserved to be out there with us, Thomas said. It was hard to go on. Its so difficult to lose such a tremendous player like that.Right guard John Greco, who had never played centre during a game in his career, slid over and took Macks spot, and Paul McQuistan came off the bench. The Browns barely missed a beat without Mack.Coach Mike Pettine has a team united in purpose.They believe in each other and they believe in what theyre doing, he said. We talk about being a team and they embody that word.NOTES: Browns DE Armonty Bryant departed with a knee injury and Pettine said the news is not good on Armonty. ... 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Thirteen years later, its mission accomplished. "I went to everyones room last night in the hotel and I told them that there was no way we were going to lose this game," Parker said. France broke open a close game by finishing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. The French lead grew to 22 points with three minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never came close to a comeback. Batum had 17 points and Diaw added 15, while Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 20. Parker finished with 12 points, after scoring just four through the first three quarters. But his scoring and leadership duringg the run to the final -- including 32 points against defending champion Spain in the semifinals -- earned him the tournament MVP award.dddddddddddd "We had a perfect plan, the coach said they would double-team me and that I had to trust my teammates and not to worry if I dont score much," Parker said. After finally capturing that elusive gold -- in Frances record 36th appearance in the tournament -- Parker led the French team into the stands to celebrate with their fans after the final buzzer. Spain beat Croatia 92-66 earlier Sunday to earn the bronze medal. Guard Antoine Diot all but secured Frances victory with a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third quarter, after a Lithuania turnover gave France the possession with 0.9 seconds left. Diaw threw the ball to Diot, who nailed a 3 that was upheld after the referees viewed the video to make sure he had beaten the clock. Batum finished the first half with 17 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and making three of four 3-pointers. Diaw took over in the third, scoring 11 points on drives to the basket and outside shots. "We didnt do a bad job defending Parker, but we forgot about the others," Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas said. France coach Vincent Collet said his team had learned from the times it came up short in the past. "It wasnt the easiest way, but we improved starting with the quarterfinals. Its the 36th Euro for France and the first title, you can imagine how we feel," Collet said. ' ' '