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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on October 26, 2014 05:39 GMT


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Quarterback J.T. Barrett scored twice in overtime to help No. 13 Ohio State escape with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State on Saturday night.

The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 17-0 lead and were cruising when Penn State's Anthony Zettel intercepted Barrett's pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Christian Hackenberg threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Saeed Blacknall early in the fourth, and Penn State (4-3, 1-3) tied it on Sam Ficken's 31-yard field goal with 9 seconds left in regulation.

In the first overtime, Penn State tailback Bill Belton took a direct snap from the Wildcat formation and scored on a 10-yard run. The Buckeyes countered when Barrett carried two straight times, the first for 17 yards and the second 5 yards for a touchdown.

Penn State was called for a personal foul on the touchdown, giving Ohio State the ball at the 12 to start the second overtime. With a third-and-2 from the 4, Barrett powered through the middle of Penn State's defense for a touchdown. Joey Bosa sacked Penn State's Hackenberg on a fourth-and-5 play to end the game.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 109 yards on 26 carries for Ohio State, and Barrett added 75 yards on 20 attempts. The Buckeyes have won five straight games and 19 in a row in the conference.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have activated cornerback DJ Hayden from the physically unable to perform list and promoted defensive end Denico Autry from the practice squad.

The Raiders also placed defensive end LaMarr Woodley and safety Usama Young on season-ending injured reserve Saturday to make room on the roster.

Hayden has been sidelined since sustaining a stress fracture to his right foot in May. He was finally able to start practice earlier this month and will be available for Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Hayden was Oakland's first-round pick in 2013. He played eight games as a rookie with one interception.

Woodley injured his biceps last week, and Young injured his knee.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters, a former first-round pick who could have a breakout season in Cleveland's new offense.

The Cavs were expected to pick up the option worth $5.1 million on Waiters and did so Saturday. Waiters averaged 15.3 point last season, but could get more open shots now that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be occupying defenses.

Waiters started just 24 games last season but he will be with the first five in the backcourt alongside Irving this season. Waiters spent the offseason working on his jump shot.

The Cavs selected Waiters with the No. 4 overall pick in 2012.

The team also waived forward Shane Edwards, meaning point guard A.J. Price, forward Lou Amundson and undrafted rookie center Alex Kirk made the final 15-man roster.

Cleveland opens the season on Thursday at home against New York.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Terry Swanson's 19-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds to play made the difference in Toledo's 42-35 victory over the University of Massachusetts on Saturday.

Swanson's game-winner was his second touchdown of the day and came with the score tied 35-35. He had 97 yards for the Rockets (5-3, 4-0 Mid-American). Kareem Hunt ran for 198 yards and a score and Logan Woodside passed for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

Three Blake Frohnapfel touchdown passes -- two to Jalen Williams and one to Shakur Nesmith -- had UMass up 20-14 at halftime.

In the third, Woodside threw a 42-yard scoring strike to Corey Jones. Hunt later scored from 36 yards to give Toledo its first lead of the game, 28-20.

Woodside and Frohnapfel traded touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to tie the game 35-35 with 5:57 left.

Frohnapfel threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns for the Minutemen (2-7, 2-3).


OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Andrew Hendrix ran for 104 yards and the only touchdown as Miami (Ohio) held off Kent State 10-3 on Saturday.

Hendrix went 19 yards on a quarterback draw late in the first quarter to cap a nine-play, 88-yard drive for the RedHawks (2-7, 2-3 Mid-American Conference). The score came on the first play after a personal foul on Miami on a first-and-goal from the 5.

Kent State (1-7, 0-3) converted a fourth-and-6 from the Ohio 38 with 3:43 to play but Nick Holley was stopped for no gain by Zach Smierciak and Mitch Winters on fourth-and-1 from the 20 with 2:20 left. The previous play, a third-and-1, J'Terius stopped quarterback Colin Reardon.

Miami finished with 287 yards, two more than the Golden Flashes in the evenly matched game that saw just 26 seconds difference in time of possession.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 26, 2014 07:51 GMT


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals' bullpen had been brilliant this postseason, recording a 1.66 ERA and a .161 batting average heading into Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday in San Francisco. The Giants teed off on the Royals' relievers and evened the series at two games apiece by scoring nine runs over their last four at-bats to earn an 11-4 victory against Kansas City.

The Giants turned an early 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 tie before Pablo Sandoval singled home a pair to spark a three-run sixth. Joe Panik added a two-run double while the Giants scored four times in the seventh to go ahead 11-4.

Hunter Pence was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Gregor Blanco was productive from the leadoff slot, collecting two hits and scoring three times.

Neither starting pitcher worked past the fifth inning. Royals hurler Jason Vargas was reached for three runs and six hits in four-plus innings. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was lifted in the third, charged with four runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Yusmeiro Petit (yoos-MEHR'-oh peh-TEE') tossed three shutout innings to pick up the victory. Petit has allowed no runs and just three hits while striking out 13 over 12 innings in the postseason.

Loser Brandon Finnegan was rocked for five runs and five hits in just one inning of relief.

Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) poked a two-run single and Eric Hosmer (HAHZ'-mur) had three hits and an RBI for the Royals.

Game 5 is Sunday in San Francisco, with Scott Shields going against Madison Bumgarner in a rematch of Game 1 starters.


UNDATED (AP) -- And then there were three.

No. 3 Mississippi has fallen from the unbeaten ranks with a 10-7 loss at LSU. Ole Miss was lining up for a potential tying field goal from 42 yards, but was called for delay of game just before Bo Wallace's pass was intercepted by Ronald Martin with two seconds left.

Leonard Fournette ran for 113 yards, and the Tigers finished with 264 yards rushing against defense that came in allowing 97.1 per game. Anthony Jennings' short touchdown pass to tight end Logan Stokes gave LSU the lead late in the fourth quarter.

The outcome leaves Mississippi State, Florida State and Marshall as the only unbeaten teams in the FBS.

Mississippi State was a winner in its first game since climbing to the top of The Associated Press college football poll two weeks ago.

Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns and Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs to lead the Bulldogs' offense in a 45-31 win against Kentucky. Prescott ran for TDs of 2 and 11 yards, and hit Brandon Hill for an 8-yard TD.

Robinson's 73-yard touchdown run early in the fourth gave Mississippi State a 38-24 lead.

In other top-25 action:

-- Alabama was a 34-20 winner at Tennessee as Amari Cooper caught nine passes for a school-record 224 yards and two touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide. Cooper already had five catches for 185 yards and two scores in the first quarter alone.

-- Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score to help fifth-ranked Auburn survive a wild 42-35 win over South Carolina. Dylan Thompson threw five touchdown passes and helped convert five straight fourth-down tries to keep the Gamecocks in the game.

-- Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns to help eighth-ranked Michigan State clobber Michigan 35-11. RJ Williamson scored on a 29-yard interception return in the third quarter, and Connor Cook threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett later that period.

-- Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and 10th-ranked TCU showcased a new fast-paced offense by scoring the most points in its history in an 82-27 rout of Texas Tech. Boykin had two scoring tosses each to Josh Doctson and Deante Gray, who had a 92-yarder about 2 minutes before Ty Slanina caught a 57-yard touchdown that gave TCU 61 points midway through the third quarter.

-- No 11 Kansas State blanked Texas 23-0 as Matthew McCrane kicked three field goals and DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones each ran for a touchdown. Jake Waters threw for 224 yards, and Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 103 yards for the 6-1 Wildcats.

-- Quarterback J.T. Barrett scored twice in overtime to help 13th-ranked Ohio State escape with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 109 yards on 26 carries for the 6-1 Buckeyes, who blew a 17-0 lead before improving to 3-0 in the Big Ten.

-- Taylor Kelly threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a tiebreaking TD with three minutes left as No. 14 Arizona State downed Washington 24-10. Kelly was in action for the first time since suffering a foot injury in early September.-- No. 15 Arizona outscored Washington State 59-37 behind Anu Solomon's five touchdown passes. Solomon was 26 of 38 for 294 yards without an interception, while Terris Jones-Grigsby added 107 yards rushing for the 6-1 Wildcats.

-- Sixteenth-ranked Nebraska got 225 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Ameer Abdullah as he set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards in the Cornhuskers' 42-24 win over Rutgers. Abdullah surpassed 200 yards rushing for a nation-leading fourth time this season and fifth time in his career, leading Nebraska to a 7-1 record and a 3-1 mark in Big Ten play.

-- Nineteenth-ranked Utah upended No. 20 Southern California 21-17 on Travis Wilson's one-yard scoring pass to Kaelin Clay with eight seconds left. Wilson was 18-for-32 passing for 194 yards, and Devontae Booker had his fourth straight 100-yard game with 102.

-- Cole Stoudt threw for 209 yards and a touchdown in Clemson's fifth straight win, 16-6 over Syracuse. The 21st-ranked Tigers held the Orange to a season-low 170 yards of offense.

-- Wendell Smallwood ran for a career-high 132 yards to help No. 22 West Virginia defeat Oklahoma State 34-10. Clint Trickett passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns, and Mario Alford caught seven passes for a season-high 136 yards for the 6-2 Mountaineers.

-- Devon Johnson rushed for a school-record 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 23 Marshall past Florida Atlantic 35-16. Johnson had touchdown runs of 58, 62, 66 and 7 yards for the Thundering Herd, who overcame their first halftime deficit of the season to remain one of three unbeaten teams remaining in the FBS.

-- UCLA blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter before quarterback Brett Hundley scored on an 8-yard touchdown run in double overtime to give the 25th-ranked Bruins a 40-37 victory over Colorado. Hundley rushed for 110 yards and also threw for 200 yards and one TD.


UNDATED (AP) -- Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has signed a seven-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The $98 million deal makes McCoy the highest-paid player at his position. A 2013 All-Pro, McCoy will get $51.5 million guaranteed, the most ever given to a defensive tackle in NFL history. His new deal will average $14 million per year.


LONDON (AP) -- When Detroit and Atlanta square off Sunday in London, the Lions won't have defensive tackle C.J. Mosley on the sidelines. He was sent home on Saturday and suspended by the Lions for an unspecified violation of team rules. Detroit says in a release that Mosley engaged in detrimental conduct and is suspended for two weeks. The 31-year-old Mosley has played in all seven games this season for the Lions, with no starts. He has 2 1/2 sacks.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested for allegedly parking in a handicapped space and speeding away while an officer was issuing him a citation. Franklin, Tennessee, police Sgt. Charles Warner says Greene surrendered Friday night after being told warrants had been obtained for his arrest. Greene was released on $2,000 bond. He is due in court Nov. 13.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders have continued their surprising start to the NHL season, improving to 6-2-0 with a 7-5 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

The game was tied 4-4 in the third period before Frans Nielson scored a hat trick over the final 10 1/2 minutes, including an empty-netter with one-tenth of a second remaining. Lubomir Visnovsky, Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin (NIH'-koh-ly KOO'-leh-mihn) each added a goal and an assist for the Isles, who are off to their nest eight-game start since 2001-02.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Montreal leads the East at 7-1 after Carey Price stopped 34 shots and Lars Eller scored the game-winner in a 3-1 triumph over the New York Rangers. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH'-tee) had a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' fourth consecutive win.

-- Sidney Crosby collected three more points in Pittsburgh's 3-0 shutout at Nashville, finishing with a goal and two assists. Marc-Andre Fleury handled 20 shots in his first shutout of the season and 29th of his career.

-- Boston was a 4-1 winner at Toronto as Dougie Hamilton contributed a goal and two assists. Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 32 shots and blanked the Maple Leafs until late in the game.

-- Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the last two minutes of the second period to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 triumph against Chicago. Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots for the Blues.

-- Brayden Schenn (shehn) scored the game-winner with 8:55 remaining to push Philadelphia past Detroit 4-2. Michael Raffl led the Flyers' offense with two goals and an assist.

-- Cody Hodgson and Nicolas Deslauriers (deh-LOHR'-ee-ay) scored during the first six minutes of the third period to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over San Jose. The Sabres ended a four-game losing streak in which they had been outscored 12-1.

-- New Jersey's four-game skid is over after Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) scored a power-play goal at 3:39 of overtime to complete the Devils' 3-2 win at Ottawa. Rookie Damon Severson has seven points in eight games after furnishing a goal and an assist.

-- Joel Ward's second goal of the night broke a 1-1 tie in Washington's 3-1 victory at Calgary. Nicklas Backstrom also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots for the Capitals.

-- Jason Zucker doubled his season goal output by scoring twice, including a short-handed tally in Minnesota's 7-2 rout of Tampa Bay. Zach Parise (pah-REE-say) and Marco Scandella each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who fell one shy of their team record for goals in a game.

-- Arizona beat Florida 2-1 on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's goal 2:20 into overtime. Justin Hodgman scored in his NHL debut and Mike Smith made 23 saves in the Coyotes' first victory in four games.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters. The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft by Cleveland, Waiters will start in the Cavs backcourt with Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving.

The Cavs were expected to pick up the option worth $5.1 million on Waiters, who averaged 15.3 point last season.


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- There's a two-way tie for the lead after the third round of the PGA's McGladrey Classic in South Carolina. Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie each finished play at 12-under-par. MacKenzie earned his share of the lead by shooting a 5-under-65 while Svoboda shot a 4-under-66.

Russell Henley is one back.


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