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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on December 21, 2014 06:33 GMT

BLACKHAWKS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Johnson faked a forehand and then jammed in a backhand before Bobrovsky clinched the win by blocking Bryan Bickell's low attempt.

It was the sixth game in a row to go past regulation for the Blue Jackets, who have a nine-game point streak (8-0-1).

Jack Skille and Kevin Connauton scored goals for Columbus. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 17 saves.

The Blue Jackets ended a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) to the Blackhawks.

BROWNS-GIPSON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury he sustained four weeks ago.

Gipson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the NFL with six interceptions when he hurt his knee on Nov. 23. He had hoped to return, but the Browns put him on IR before traveling to Carolina on Saturday.

Gipson is still tied for the league lead in interceptions.

The 24-year-old finished with 52 tackles in 11 starts and had a 62-yard interceptions return for a touchdown. Gipson led the Browns with five interceptions last season.

Cleveland's defensive secondary has been ravaged by injuries. Star cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) is questionable for the Panthers while cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring) is out.

To take Gipson's roster spot, the Browns promoted linebacker Scott Solomon from the practice squad.

OHIO ST-NORTH CAROLINA

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds, and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.

Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), and Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Meeks and Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage.

Marc Loving made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Ohio State (9-2), which had won four in a row. Sam Thompson scored 17, and D'Angelo Russell had 11 points and eight rebounds.

But the Buckeyes shot 35 percent. They were averaging 84.2 points and shooting 53.7 percent coming into the day.

VCU-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Melvin Johnson scored 18 points with four of Virginia Commonwealth's 15 3-pointers on Saturday in a 68-47 win over Cincinnati, which was playing without coach Mick Cronin.

The Bearcats (7-3) were dealing with the unexpected absence of their coach, who was diagnosed with an aneurysm that was revealed earlier in the day. A school release did not say where the aneurysm was in the 43-year old Cronin, who is in his ninth season with the team. Associate head coach Larry Davis will run the team in Cronin's absence.

VCU (8-3) held Cincinnati to 33 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. The Rams were 15 of 31 from 3-point range.

Cincinnati, which was led by Octavius Ellis' 12 points, had won its last 16 regular-season nonconference home games.

The Rams led 20-9 midway through the first half on the strength of six 3-pointers, two each by Terry Larrier and Jordan Burgess. The Rams had two more 3s in the first half to build a 34-21 lead and then scored the first seven points of the second half to go up by 20.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 21, 2014 14:02 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive on Saturday, while the Philadelphia Eagles continued to mess up a postseason berth.

Nick Novak hit a 40-yard field goal to complete the Chargers' comeback in a 38-35 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers. Novak's game-winning kick came after Niners wide receiver Quinton Patton fumbled on the first possession of OT.

The Chargers trailed 28-7 at halftime and 35-21 with under six minutes in regulation before Philip Rivers hit Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd for touchdowns. Floyd's scoring grab came with 29 seconds left and helped San Diego improve to 9-6.

Rivers threw for 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) ran for 151 yards on seven carries, including a career-best 90-yard touchdown run. But Kaepernick also threw for just 114 yards.

Critical turnovers and missed field goals have the Philadelphia Eagles on the brink of elimination from the NFC playoff hunt. Kai (ky) Forbath hit a 26-yard field goal with five seconds left to give Washington a 27-24 win over the Eagles. It came following an interception by Mark Sanchez, who also had a first-quarter fumble that set up a field goal.

Cody Parkey missed field-goal tries of 34 and 46 yards after stalled drives by the Eagles.

Sanchez completed 37 of his 50 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns, but his two turnovers contributed to the Eagles' third straight loss.

Philadelphia dropped to 9-6 and now needs the Dallas Cowboys to lose their final two games to have a shot at repeating as NFC East champs.

Robert Griffin III threw for 220 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for Washington, which improved to 4-11.

NFL-BROWNS/GIPSON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury he sustained four weeks ago.

Gipson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the NFL with six interceptions when he hurt his knee on Nov. 23.

BOXING-ALI/HOSPITAL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Boxing great Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized.

A spokesman for the three-time heavyweight champion says Ali has a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay. The spokesman says the 72-year-old Ali is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

The family has requested that no other details be released, including the hospital's location, according to the spokesman.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Rajon Rondo (RAHY'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) made his Dallas Mavericks debut on Saturday, but he was upstaged by Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis as the Mavs edged the depleted San Antonio Spurs, 99-93.

Ellis tied his season high with 38 points, 11 coming in the final four minutes. He hit a jumper from the corner to break a 91-all tie and send the Mavericks to their third straight win.

Rondo shot just 3-for-11 and finished with six points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sat out Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo zhih-NOH'-blee), Danny Green and Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter following Friday's triple-overtime loss to Portland.

Also in the NBA:

-- Kyle Korver scored seven of his 22 points in the last three minutes of Atlanta's 104-97 triumph at Houston. The Hawks blew a 16-point lead before winning for the 12th time in their last 13 games.

-- The Los Angeles Clippers had three players score more than 20 points in their 12th victory in 15 games, 106-102 over Milwaukee. Chris Paul finished with 27 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin had 24 points and eight assists, and J.J. Redick (RED'-ihk) added 23 points.

-- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Portland to a 114-88 rout of the Pelicans at New Orleans. Damian Lillard added 17 points and seven assists in Portland's fifth straight win, while former New Orleans center Chris Kaman (KAY'-mihn) had 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.

-- Charlotte beat Utah for the first time in six years as Kemba Walker had 20 points in a 104-86 win over the Jazz. Al Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds before sitting out the last six minutes with a mild groin strain.

-- Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH'-loh gah-lih-NAHR'-ee) scored 19 points and Ty Lawson added a double-double in Denver's second win in as many nights, 76-73 against Indiana. Lawson added 15 points and 10 assists to the victory.

-- Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix downed the Knicks 99-90 in New York. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 22 points and Markieff Morris added 19 points to help the Suns win their second straight since a six-game skid.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky made an impressive statement while improving to 12-0.

The Wildcats scored the first 24 points in an 83-42 rout of UCLA. The 24-0 run was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams at the start of a game, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 41-point margin was seven shy of the Bruins' record for most-lopsided loss.

The Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission, the lowest points total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.

In other top 25 play:

-- Terry Rozier scored a career-high 32 points and fourth-ranked Louisville improved to 10-0 by holding off Western Kentucky 76-67. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points before he was tossed near the end of the first half for throwing an elbow after a shoving match.

-- JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points, including the game tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation to help No. 7 Villanova beat Syracuse 82-77 in overtime. The 11-0 Wildcats never led until OT and rallied from a 15-point hole to stun their former Big East rival.

-- Kevin Pangos scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half to lead eighth-ranked Gonzaga last Cal Poly 63-50. Pangos hit three 3-pointers in the second half for the 11-1 Bulldogs.

-- Javan Felix hit three 3-pointers and scored a season-best 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting to help ninth-ranked Texas beat Long Beach State 78-68. Jonathan Holmes finished with 14 points and Cam Ridley added 13 for the 10-1 Longhorns.

-- Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas beat Lafayette 96-69. The Jayhawks improve to 9-1.

-- Naz Long scored 13 points and Monte Morris had 12 to lead 13th-ranked Iowa State's 83-54 rout of Drake.

-- No. 14 Utah knocked off UNLV 59-46 as Delon Wright delivered 17 points for the Utes.

-- Jernard Jarreau scored 12 points, and No. 16 Washington held on for a 69-67 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma.

-- No. 19 San Diego State beat Ball State 70-57, as Winston Shepard scored 15 points and JJ O'Brien had 13.

-- No. 21 Notre Dame was a 94-63 winner over Purdue behind Pat Connaughton's 19 points and 14 rebounds.

-- Juwan Staten scored 24 points to lead No. 22 West Virginia to an 83-69 win over North Carolina State.

-- Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Yogi Ferrell added 20 to help Indiana beat No. 23 Butler 82-73 for coach Tom Crean's 300th victory.

-- Brice Johnson had 18 points and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State 82-74.

-- Texas Southern shocked No. 25 Michigan State 71-64 in overtime at East Lansing as Chris Thomas scored 22 points for the Tigers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWLS

UNDATED (AP) -- The college football bowl seasons has kicked off with five of the 39 postseason games that are scheduled.

Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in leading No. 23 Utah to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Wilson rushed for a season-high 91 yards on 11 carries and completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards.

Shayne Davern ran for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead Air Force to a 38-24 over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Dexter Walker returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown to help the Falcons finish 10-3.

Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette beat Nevada 16-3 to win the New Orleans Bowl for the fourth straight time. Hunter Stover kicked three field goals for the 9-4 Ragin' Cajuns.

Nick Vigil ran for a touchdown and also combined with his brother to make 16 tackles as Utah State shut down UTEP 21-6 in the New Mexico Bowl. It's the third straight bowl victory for the 10-4 Aggies, a first in school history.

Roger Lewis caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from James Knapke with 1:04 remaining to lift Bowling Green to a 33-28 victory over South Alabama in the inaugural Camellia Bowl. Knapke was named MVP after completing 25 of his 39 passes for 368 yards and two long touchdowns to Lewis.

NHL-CANUCKS/HANSEN

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canucks forward Jannik Hansen appeared to collapse on the bench after taking a hit during the second period of Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames.

Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman hit Hansen in the corner of the Calgary zone at 1:27 of the second, lowering his shoulder to deliver a body check. Hansen skated to the bench under his own power, but appeared to be winded. He then appeared to collapse moments later while sitting on the bench.

The Canucks announced during the game that Hansen would not return as a precaution. He walked down the tunnel to the dressing room on his own.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins still lead the NHL's Eastern Conference by two points, while the New York Islanders have grabbed sole possession of second place with their fourth straight win.

Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 45 shots and the Penguins won their third in a row by downing Florida 3-1. Steve Downie set up first-period goals by Nick Spaling and Derrick Pouliot (POO'-lee-aht) before Sidney Crosby scored for the first time in nine games.

The Islanders trailed 1-0 with about three minutes left before John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart to lead a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The Isles outshot the Lightning 48-21 and became the first NHL team to 23 wins.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Montreal beat Ottawa 4-1 as Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) provided a goal and an assist. Carey Price stopped 24 shots and blanked the Senators after Erik Condra's short-handed goal 2:50 into the game.

-- Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) stopped 39 shots before stopping eight of Chicago's nine shootout attempts to lead Columbus past the Blackhawks 3-2. Jack Johnson scored in the ninth shootout round to give the Blue Jackets their eighth victory in nine games.

-- Nashville blew a 5-3 lead in the last 10 minutes of regulation before Mattias (mah-TEE'-uhs) Ekholm) scored at 1:45 of overtime to push the Predators past Minnesota 6-5. Matt Cullen, Roman Josi (YOH'-see) and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist in the Predators' ninth victory in 12 games.

-- Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and had an assist in Washington's sixth victory in eight games, a 4-0 shutout of New Jersey. Braden Holtby handled 21 shots for his 13th career whitewash.

-- Brent Burns scored at 4:22 of overtime to give San Jose a 3-2 win against St. Louis. The Blues led 2-1 until Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 21 seconds left in regulation.

-- Kevin Klein scored with 2:23 left in regulation before Mats Zuccarello notched the lone shootout goal in the New York Rangers' 3-2 triumph at Carolina. J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who own a five-game winning streak following a 4-0 road trip.

-- Philadelphia hammered Toronto 7-4 as Claude Giroux (juh-ROO') contributed two goals and two assists to help the Flyers halt a two-game skid. Jakub Voracek (VOHR'-uh-chehk) leads the league with 30 assists after setting up four goals for Philly.

-- Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-reek) scored power-play goals as the Los Angeles Kings won their second straight, beating Arizona 4-2. Martinez provided the tiebreaking tally early in the third period, and Gaborik tallied for the sixth time in four games.

-- Christopher Tanev scored just 18 seconds into overtime to end Vancouver's 3-2 win against Calgary. The Flames erased a 2-0 deficit before falling to 0-7-1 in their last eight games.

-- Alex Tanguay (TAN'-gay) scored twice and had an assist as Colorado downed Buffalo 5-1. Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) set up three goals to help the Avalanche win for just the second time in their last eight games.

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