December 05, 2013 08:17 GMT
NBA Wednesday's Games
Cleveland 98, Denver 88
Atlanta 107, L.A. Clippers 97
Phoenix 97, Houston 88
Detroit 105, Milwaukee 98
Dallas 100, New Orleans 97
Indiana 95, Utah 86
San Antonio at Minnesota, ppd.
Portland 111, Oklahoma City 104 Thursday's Games
New York at Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Miami at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.
NHL Wednesday's Games
Montreal 4, New Jersey 3, SO
Philadelphia 6, Detroit 3
Calgary 4, Phoenix 1 Thursday's Games
N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Toronto, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
NFL Thursday, Dec. 5
Houston at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Atlanta at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Miami at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at New England, 1 p.m.
Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9
Dallas at Chicago, 8:40 p.m.
Last Update on December 05, 2013 06:35 GMT
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory Wednesday night.
Tristan Thompson had a career-high 21 rebounds and 17 points for the Cavaliers, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Nuggets were playing the third game of six-game road trip and lost for the first time since Nov. 18. The trip began with a 14-point win in Toronto on Sunday and a 24-point victory in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Randy Foye led Denver with 16 points, while J.J. Hickson had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Anderson Varejao scored a season-high 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which recorded its largest margin of victory this season.
BENGALS-SHUFFLING THE LINE
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew Whitworth doesn't mind moving.
The Pro Bowl left tackle got shifted inside the Bengals line when left guard Clint Boling tore a knee ligament during a 17-10 win in San Diego on Sunday. Whitworth might just stay at the guard spot when the Bengals (8-4) host the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) on Sunday.
It's a move that Whitworth embraces. He played guard earlier in his career. Anthony Collins, who is a tackle, would start next to him.
The line shuffling didn't seem to bother the Bengals, who rushed for 164 yards against the Chargers.
The Bengals aren't sure whether they'll have right guard Kevin Zeitler, who missed the last two games with an injured right foot. He was held out of practice on Wednesday.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has four quarterbacks. He just doesn't know which one of them will start Sunday at New England.
Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are both recovering from concussions and have not yet been cleared to practice. The Browns signed Caleb Hanie on Tuesday and brought in Alex Tanney last week after Campbell sustained a head injury.
Chudzinski said he would like to pick a starter as soon as possible but the decision could go right up until game time on Sunday.
Chudzinski called his quarterback situation "very fluid" and "unique" and he's keeping all options open as the week progresses.
Weeden was injured in Sunday's loss to Jacksonvillle. He passed for a career-high 370 yards and threw three TD passes.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant will undergo a surgical procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat and miss the remainder of the season.
The Browns said Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract in March, reported symptoms Monday. He was taken out of an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo and was briefly hospitalized at The Cleveland Clinic with an irregular heartbeat.
Bryant will undergo the procedure this week, the team said.
The 27-year-old started all 12 games this season and made 45 tackles and 3 1-2 sacks.
The Browns placed him on the reserve/non-football illness list. Bryant played the last four seasons with Oakland before signing with the Browns as a free agent.
Bryant was not on the practice field Wednesday and the team only disclosed his injury following the workout.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have filled out their coaching staff for first-year manager Bryan Price, hiring former Pirate Jay Bell as their bench coach.
Bell was the Pirates' hitting coach last season, when they beat the Reds in a one-game wild card playoff. He was the bench coach for Bob Melvin in Arizona for five years.
The Reds also hired Don Long as their hitting coach Wednesday. Long spent the last three seasons with Atlanta as a minor league hitting coordinator. He also spent three years as the Pirates' hitting coach.
Jeff Pico will fill Price's spot as pitching coach. Pico spent 11 seasons with Arizona.
The staff includes bullpen coach Mack Jenkins, first base coach Billy Hatcher, third base coach Steve Smith, catching coach Mike Stefanski and Freddie Benavides, who will focus on the infield.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LaQuinton Ross scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, hitting his first four 3-pointers, to lead No. 5 Ohio State to an early lead and a 76-60 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sam Thompson added 14 points, including four rim-rattling dunks, and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 12. Aaron Craft created havoc on defense and chipped in with 10 points as the Buckeyes (7-0) controlled the game at both ends.
Ex-Xavier guard Dez Wells had 19 points, former Michigan swingman Evan Smotrycz scored 15 and Charles Mitchell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (5-3), which had won four in a row after losing two of its first three.
This is Maryland's last ACC/Big Ten Challenge -- well, at least as an ACC team. Next year, the Terrapins join the Buckeyes in the new 14-team Big Ten.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Matt Kavanaugh scored 11 points and No. 25 Dayton overcame a sluggish first half, poor free throw shooting and a late slump to defeat Delaware State 56-46 Wednesday night.
Dayton (7-1) finally found some rhythm in the slow-paced game with a 14-2 run that pushed its lead to 50-30 with 7:51 to play. Delaware State (2-6) responded with consecutive 3-pointers by Tyshawn Bell to spark a 9-0 run. The Hornets cut the lead to 54-46 with 1:32 left before Dayton finished it off.
Dayton (7-1) played its first game as a ranked team since 2009 and looked jet-lagged from its trip to the Maui Invitational last week. It was the Flyers' first game back home since a third-place finish in Maui, and it was that tournament performance that elevated the Flyers into the Top 25. They defeated then-No. 11 Gonzaga and California and were a tip-in away from beating then-No. 18 Baylor.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tavon Allen and Frantz Massenat each made two free throws in the last 16 seconds to help Drexel win its second-straight triple overtime game, edging Cleveland State 85-82 Wednesday night in the Dragons' home opener.
The Dragons (5-2) knocked off Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes last week.
Allen's free throws with 16 seconds left made it 82-79. After Jon Harris' 3-pointer made it a one-point game Massenat was clutch with 7 seconds left. The Vikings (4-4) didn't get off a final shot.
Both teams had a chance to win earlier but missed late free throws.
Allen led Drexel with a career-high 23 points and Massenat had 21 and nine assists, playing all 55 minutes. Dartaye Ruffin had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Chris Fouch had 17 points.
Harris had a career-high 27 for Cleveland State with Bryn Forbes adding 22. Trey Lewis had 15 points and 8 assists.
KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Brian Fitzpatrick scored 16 as Bucknell overcame Kent State 66-59 and snapped its 13-game home winning streak on Wednesday night.
Cameron Ayers made a 3-pointer with 4:53 to give Bucknell (3-4) the lead for good and hit another one on the next possession to extend the lead to 59-55.
Bucknell went on a 15-0 run to go ahead 53-45 with 8:54 left in the game. Cameron Ayers and Ben Brackney each added 12 points and Ryan Frazier had 10.
Bucknell was 9 of 20 from 3-point range while Kent State was only 7 of 28.
Kent State (8-2) responded to Bucknell's second-half run with eight unanswered points to tie the game 53-53. The Golden Flashes had the ball down 61-57 with 44.3 seconds left but turned it over and had to send the Bison to the free throw line.
Darren Goodson had 18 points to lead Kent State.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Rian Pearson poured in 30 points, sank five 3-pointers and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Toledo past Detroit 91-75 Wednesday night.
The Rockets (7-0) used an early 17-0 run ignited by a jumper and a three-point play from Nathan Boothe, and Pearson netted four 3-pointers in the first half to help Toledo coast to a 56-39 advantage at the break. They shot 52.7 percent for the game and made 12 of their 21 3-point attempts.
Pearson was 12 of 16 from the field and a perfect 5 of 5 from beyond the arc. Justin Drummond and Jonathan Williams each had 11 points for the Rockets and Julius Brown had eight with six assists.
Detroit (4-5) held a 40-34 advantage in rebounding, but finished 29 of 68 on field goal attempts. Evan Bruinsma paced the Titans with 25 points and 14 rebounds while Matthew Grant had 10 points.
ROBERT MORRIS-YOUNGSTOWN ST
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Kendrick Perry scored 27 points and DJ Cole shot 6-of-8 from the field for a career-high 19 points as Youngstown State beat Robert Morris 84-76 on Wednesday night.
Leading by three at halftime, Youngstown State (7-3) extended its lead to 72-56 with 6:03 to play. Robert Morris (3-6) cut the score to 81-75 with 1:03 left but the Penguins held on to hand the Colonials their fourth straight loss.
Youngstown State shot 52.5 percent from the field and committed only three turnovers, including just one in the game's first 35 minutes.
Kamren Belin scored 14 points for the Penguins and Ryan Weber added 12.
Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with 24 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland's first 3-pointer of the game.
Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.
Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After spending the last three months in a pressure cooker, No. 2 Ohio State still can't hit the release valve.
Even in the wake of their biggest win of the season against their archrival, the Buckeyes have to turn right around and play yet another major showdown.
They meet No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday -- the latest in a long line of games which have required focusing on the task at hand instead of Big Ten, big bowl and BCS dreams.
Yet the Buckeyes say that it's actually easier to concentrate since they no longer need help getting into one of those cherished top two spots in the BCS rankings.
Center Corey Linsley says it's simple: win and "it's all set for us."
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An old keg is the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of a long-standing Ohio River football rivalry. And it's most of what's at stake when No. 19 Louisville plays at Cincinnati on Thursday night.
The Keg of Nails won't be changing hands again anytime soon with Louisville (10-1, 6-1) leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1) will stay in the American Athletic Conference.
The Cardinals can't win the league title because their one loss was to first-place Central Florida. The Bearcats have a slim chance. They have to beat Louisville and Central Florida must lose to SMU.
Cincinnati would get the berth if it finishes higher than Central Florida in the final BCS standings.
Last Update on December 05, 2013 16:00 GMT
T25 FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State, the top team in The Associated Press poll, should know today if quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston will be available to play in the ACC title game this weekend as well as the Seminoles' subsequent bowl game.
The prosecutor overseeing sexual assault allegations against Winston says the investigation is complete and its findings will be revealed at a news conference this afternoon. State Attorney Willie Meggs has said he wanted to make sure prosecutors completed a thorough investigation of the alleged December 2012 incident before making a final decision. He has also said several times that it's up to prosecutors to determine whether there is a "reasonable" chance of conviction.
Timothy Jansen, Winston's attorney, says he expects Meggs will exonerate his client.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The 19th-ranked Louisville Cardinals are on the road tonight for a game with Cincinnati's Bearcats. The Cards are 10-1 on the season while UC is 9-2. Each club features a good quarterback. Louisville has Teddy Bridgewater and Cincy features Brendon Kay. Bridgewater had his streak of 21 straight games with a touchdown pass snapped in a win over Memphis, while Kay has led the Bearcats to six straight wins.
Cincinnati has a slim chance of winning the first American Athletic Conference title. That happens if the Bearcats beat Louisville, first-place Central Florida loses to SMU and Cincinnati finishes higher in the final BCS standings. Louisville has been eliminated from title contention by its 38-35 loss to Central Florida.
This is the final meeting of these long-standing rivals as Louisville is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference. They've competed together in the Missouri Valley Conference, Conference USA, the Big East and the AAC.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Two teams with a combined record of 5-19 this season are meeting tonight in the Thursday NFL game. The matchup has Houston playing at Jacksonville, just 11 days after they met in Houston. The Jaguars, who have somewhat turned their season around with wins in three of their last four games, won that outing, 13-6.
Jacksonville is 3-9 on the season while the Texans are 2-10.
UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA schedule tonight is brief, just three games. The first game features two of the most disappointing teams of the new season, Brooklyn and New York. The home-standing Nets are 5-13 while the Knicks have lost nine straight and are 3-13. That said, playing in the weak Atlantic Division hasn't hurt the teams as first-place Boston is only 8-12.
The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers remain on the road for a game tonight at Memphis. The Clips lost in Atlanta last night while the Grizzlies beat the Suns.
The final game is in Chicago and has the Bulls playing host to the Miami Heat. The two-time defending league champion Heat are coming to Chicago in a bad mood after losing at home Tuesday night to Detroit, 107-97. Chicago is a disappointing 7-9 while the Heat top the Southeast Division at 14-4.
UNDATED (AP) -- Ten games are on the NHL schedule tonight with two of them standing out. In Pittsburgh the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins are taking on the Pacific-leading San Jose Sharks. The Pens have 39 points on the season while the Sharks have 43. This is the first of two meetings this season between the clubs and their first game in more two years. Each team is hot as the Sharks are riding a six-game winning streak while the Pens have won four in a row.
At the same time in Montreal the top two clubs in the Atlantic Division are facing off with the Canadiens playing host to the Bruins. Boston leads the division with 38 points while the Habs are right behind with 37. Tonight's game is the first of four meetings this season between the two teams. They next meet on Jan. 30 in Boston.