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Get the latest sports news you want from ABC 6's Clay Hall, including player interviews, updates on coaches, hiring and firing, and happenings on and off the field. Whether it is about Columbus Ohio State Buckeyes, the Columbus Crew, the Columbus Blue Jackets, local Columbus area collegiate or high school teams, count on ABC 6 for the sports news you need.


Ohio Sports News

Last Update on January 30, 2015 06:31 GMT


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Bergenheim scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Florida Panthers get a much-needed win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Thursday night.

Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

Florida snapped a five-game loss streak, won at home for the first time in seven games, and beat Columbus for the first time since a 5-2 road victory on Nov. 21, 2007 -- a span of 11 games.

Alexander Wennberg and Jack Johnson scored for the Blue Jackets and Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon says his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates.

Gordon said in an open letter on Medium on Thursday that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another suspension from the league. The 23-year-old receiver said he had two beers and two other drinks with teammates on a flight to Las Vegas on Jan. 2, after Cleveland's season ended.

The former Pro Bowler was suspended for last season after testing positive for marijuana, but the penalty was reduced to 10 games. Gordon said that as part of the reduction, he agreed not to drink alcohol. He said he was tested for it when he got off the plane in Las Vegas.

Gordon says he thought the agreement to not drink ended after the Browns' regular season but he should have confirmed it.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marc Loving scored 19 points and D'Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night.

Jae'Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three in a row -- including the last two over ranked opponents at home.

Dez Wells had 12 points and Jake Layman 10 for Maryland (18-4, 6-3), which had won four of five.

Melo Trimble, who came in leading Maryland in scoring at 16.3 points per game, had a forgettable night. He missed all eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and ended up with three points, one rebound and one assist.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Point guard Troy Caupain scored a career-high 20 points on Thursday night before leaving with his second technical foul, and Cincinnati never trailed during a 70-58 victory over sloppy Connecticut to split the season series.

Cincinnati (15-5, 6-2 American Athletic) won its third in a row overall and improved to 12-1 at home this season.

Caupain wiggled free for layups and made eight of his nine shots. He picked up his second technical for taunting with 2:24 to go and Cincinnati up by 14 points.

UConn (11-8, 4-3) won the teams' first matchup in Connecticut on Jan. 10, with Ryan Boatright scoring 18 points in a 67-60 victory. The conference's stingiest defense clamped down on him in the rematch and held him without a field goal until there was 12:56 left in the game.

UConn turned it over 17 times and shot only 33 percent from the field overall.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 31, 2015 01:54 GMT


PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') held his Super Bowl news conference today and touched on a number of topics as the league wraps up a very tumultuous season.

He says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could be hit with increased penalties if the league investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.

Goodell says at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday: "We have rules. We're a league of rules."

The league appointed lawyer Ted Wells to look into what happened to the Patriots' footballs during the 45-7 victory over the Colts that sent New England to the Super Bowl.

Goodell described his league and himself as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. He brushed aside a question about whether there are conflict-of-interest problems with paying those who head up "independent" investigations like the one involving Ray Rice.

The commissioner adds that the league has not looked at any specific team that might want to move to Los Angeles.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says it will be star cornerback Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected.

Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

Carroll's comment regarding Sherman was the biggest news to come out of the final media availability with the coaches as both were extremely complementary of the other. Patriots coach Bill Belichick says preparing his team to face the defending Super Bowl champions has been a huge challenge, adding that the Seahawks do so many things well on so many levels.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Denver quarterback Peyton Manning says he hasn't decided if he will return next season, saying he's taking some time to assess some things about his future. Manning said before the playoffs that he would play another season, but he admitted to his uncertainty after the Broncos were beaten by Indianapolis.

New Denver head coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) and Denver vice president John Elway have urged Manning to take his time before making a decision.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the PGA's Phoenix Open by carding an 11-over 82 in the second round, the worst score in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro. It was the first time in his career that he missed the cut in consecutive PGA Tour events, the most recent one in August at the PGA Championship. He managed to show good humor after his round, taking a cue from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's handling of the Super Bowl media by saying, "I'm just doing this so I don't get fined."

Woods was last at 13-over once he bogeyed his final hole.

Also missing the cut was Phil Mickelson, whose 5-over 76 left him 3-over.

Play was suspended by darkness with 18 players still on the course. Martin Laird had another 5-under 66 to take the clubhouse lead at the midway point. Laird reeled off three birdies on the back nine to move ahead.

Daniel Berger is second, two shots back and one ahead of Justin Thomas.


UNDATED (AP) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver has chosen Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to replace injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team. Cousins will play in the showcase for the first time and become the first King to appear in an All-Star game since Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic (PAY'-zhah stoy-AH'-koh-vihch) in 2004. Western Conference coach and Golden State bench boss Steve Kerr will decide who replaces Bryant in the starting lineup.


VANCOUVER (AP) -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says advertisements could be included on jerseys at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, calling it a valuable opportunity. None of North America's four major professional sports leagues currently place ads on their jerseys, but the practice is widespread elsewhere in the world. Bettman said it won't be happening any time soon in the NHL.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Open will have a new women's championship within a few hours. Five-time champion and top seed Serena Williams will take on second seed and 2008 champ Maria Sharapova.

Williams has won her last 15 matches against Sharapova, and has lost just one set in their last 11 meetings. She is 18-4 lifetime in Grand Slam finals, with one of those losses coming against Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.


UNDATED (AP) -- Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has avoided salary arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.7 million package. Pearce hit .293 for Baltimore last year and set career bests with 21 homers and 49 RBIs.

Also in the majors:

-- Free agent pitcher Alexi Ogando (oh-GAHN'-doh) and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year deal, pending a physical. The 31-year-old Ogando went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 relief appearances for Texas last season, missing much of the year because of an injured right elbow. Ogando made his major league debut in 2010 with Texas and was an AL All-Star the next season.

-- The Atlanta Braves have dealt right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to Colorado for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA.


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