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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on March 04, 2015 06:32 GMT

CELTICS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter. He was pulled with 4:41 remaining in the period and didn't return, playing 26 minutes.

Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury, and Kevin Love -- who played despite missing the morning shoot-around due to illness -- added 12 points.

Brandon Bass scored 15 points to lead Boston, which lost by its largest margin of the season.

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets, Columbus' seventh loss in a row.

Eric Fehr and Tom Wilson also scored, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-net goal.

Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera each had two assists for the Capitals, who solidified their hold on the first wild-card playoff spot in the East before starting a five-game homestand. Braden Holtby had 27 saves.

Ovechkin, who has won the Richard Trophy as the league's goal-scoring leader the last two years and four times overall, now has 43.

Scott Hartnell had two goals and an assist -- and was stopped on a penalty shot -- while David Savard also scored for the Blue Jackets, 0-6-1 in their last seven.

INDIANS-REDS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each had one of the Cincinnati Reds' six doubles in a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the spring opener for both teams.

Phillips doubled in his first at-bat off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and scored on a single by Devin Mesoraco.

McAllister is trying to win a job as Cleveland's fifth starter, but the right-hander could also wind up in the bullpen. He made seven relief appearances last September and the Indians were pleased to see his velocity improve when he pitched late in games.

Jason Marquis, who is competing for one of two open spots in the Reds' starting rotation, struck out three and walked two in two scoreless innings.

Marlon Byrd drove in a run for the Reds; whose offense sputtered last year with the lack of a run producer in leftfield. The Reds traded for Byrd to fill the void.

INDIANS-SEASON OPENER

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against Detroit in 11 minutes.

The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will again be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. The ballpark opened in 1994.

The Indians removed several thousand seats in the renovation, which will include the home and away bullpens stacked together beyond the center-field wall. Cleveland drew just 1.4 million fans last season -- 29th in in the majors -- and the club hopes the changes at the ballpark will help bring more fans downtown.

Cleveland averaged 18,428 fans per game in a ballpark that was once sold out for 455 consecutive games.

AKRON-MIAMI (OHIO)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Eric Washington scored 16 points and Will Sullivan added 15 with 10 rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) rally past Akron 70-63 on Tuesday.

Sullivan scored 13 of his points in the second half, leading the Redhawks back from a 10-points second-half deficit.

Washington hit two free throws with 5:23 remaining in the game for the Redhawks' first lead of the second half. His makes came during an 11-0 run for a 57-49 lead with 2:06 left.

Miami made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal it.

Logan McLane and Willie Moore added 10 points apiece for Miami (13-17, 8-9 Mid-American Conference). The Redhawks made 28 of 34 free throws compared to 6 of 13 for the Zips.

Antino Jackson scored 17 points for Akron (18-12, 9-8).

The Zips held a 23-17 lead at halftime after Miami went without a field goal for the final 7:47 of the half.

YOUNGSTOWN ST-DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Jenkins scored 21 points and Juwan Howard Jr. added 20 to help No. 5 seed Detroit beat eighth-seeded Youngstown State 77-67 on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Detroit went on a 15-7 run, with nine points by Jenkins, to knot the game at 59 with eight minutes left. The game was tied at 63 and 65 before Jenkins gave Detroit its first lead of the game, 67-65, with two free throws with 3:21 left.

Detroit scored the next 10 points as Youngstown State went scoreless for four-plus minutes down the stretch after leading by as many as eight in the second half.

Horizon League Freshman of the Year Paris Bass added 11 points for Detroit (15-17).

Shawn Amiker had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Youngstown State (11-21)

Youngstown State built a 37-31 lead at halftime after holding Detroit to 10-of-28 shooting (35.7 percent).

Detroit advanced to play No. 4 Cleveland State on Friday in Valparaiso, Ind.

RHODE ISLAND-DAYTON

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Sibert scored 21 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line to help lead Dayton to a 75-59 victory over Rhode Island on Tuesday night.

Three other Flyers finished in double figures, led by Dyshawn Pierre's 19 and Kendall Pollard's 18. Pierre also added 11 rebounds for the Dayton (23-6, 13-4 Atlantic-10), which has won six of its last seven games and 21 straight at home.

The Flyers, who moved into sole possession of first-place in the Atlantic-10 with the win, shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit 24 of its 31 free throw attempts.

Dayton closed the first half on an 18-8 stretch and led 36-28 at the break. The Flyers pushed their lead as high as 19 on a Pierre jumper with 1:27 left in the second.

E.C. Mathews scored 18 to lead the Rams (20-8, 12-5).

OHIO-BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Justin Moss scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to help Buffalo beat Ohio 93-66 on Tuesday.

The game was Moss' 14th double-double of the season, tops in the MAC and 21st in the nation overall.

Shannon Evans also finished with a double-double for the Bulls (20-9, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), adding 16 points and 11 assists. Buffalo has now won five in a row, its longest winning streak of the season.

The Bulls shot 49.3 percent from the field, hit 10 3s, dished out 23 total assists, and the 93 points scored was their highest mark this year.

Buffalo, which is now tied atop the MAC East standings with Bowling Green, led 41-29 at the break. The Bulls opened the second on an 18-8 stretch to push their lead past 20.

Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (9-19, 4-13) with 25 points.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 04, 2015 11:31 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks continue to own the NBA's best record after improving to 17-4 against Western Conference opponents.

Jeff Teague scored 25 points and helped the Hawks rally from an 18-point deficit in a 104-96 victory over Houston. Al Horford added 18 points to Atlanta's fifth consecutive win.

Rockets guard and NBA scoring leader James Harden missed the game due to a one-game suspension for kicking Cleveland's LeBron James near the groin on Sunday. Jason Terry had a team-high 21 points for the Rockets, who ended a five-game winning streak.

The Hawks are one full game ahead of Golden State at 48-12, although the Warriors have two games in hand. Atlanta's lead in the Eastern Conference is now 10 games over Toronto.

In other NBA action:

-- Utah surprised the Grizzlies 93-82 in Memphis as Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors scored 21 points apiece. Rudy Gobert added 15 points and a career-best 24 rebounds for the Jazz, who sent the Grizzlies to their third loss in four games.

-- Cleveland ripped Boston 110-79 as LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list. Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

-- Nikola Mirotic (MEER'-oh-tihch) scored 23 points to lead Chicago to a 97-92 win over Washington. Aaron Brooks had 22 points while Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') had 20 and 10 rebounds as the Bulls kept their half-game lead over second-place Cleveland in the Central Division.

-- Denver's six-game losing streak is over after Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points and Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 14 rebounds in a 106-95 victory over Milwaukee. Guard Ty Lawson had 16 points and 10 assists in the Nuggets' first home win since Jan. 14.

-- Al Jefferson and Mo Williams had double-doubles in Charlotte's third win in four games, 104-103 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Jefferson had 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Williams added 20 points and 13 assists.

-- Sacramento had three players score at least 20 points in handing the Knicks their worst loss of the season, a 124-86 laugher in New York. Rudy Gay scored 25 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 22 and Ben McLemore finished with 20 in the 38-point rout.

NBA-NUGGETS

DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets have fired coach Brian Shaw after 1 1/2 seasons and replaced him with assistant coach Melvin Hunt on an interim basis. Shaw went 56-85 after replacing George Karl, who was ousted after Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13.

Karl got the Nuggets into the playoffs in each of his 8 1/2 seasons with the team. Denver currently is 21-39 this season.

NBA-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- One of the real stars of the Sacramento Kings has rejoined the club. Former fan favorite Vlade Divac (VLAH'-day DEE'-vahts) has been named vice president of basketball and franchise operations, a job that will include advising the front office and coaching staff.

Divac retired from basketball in 2007 and served as president of the Serbian Olympic Committee two years later.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky still has a chance to post the first perfect season in Division I men's basketball in 39 years, but they had to rally Tuesday to remain unbeaten.

The Wildcats trailed by nine with nine minutes remaining before pulling out a 72-64 triumph at Georgia. Karl-Anthony Towns had a team-high 19 points for Kentucky and was a beast in the paint during the comeback.

Aaron Harrison finished with 16 points as the Wildcats improved to 30-0 overall and 17-0 in the SEC.

Also in top-25 finals:

-- Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-see-dee-ah-KOH'-noh) converted a three-point play in the final minute before grabbing the game's final rebound to help fourth-ranked Villanova beat Creighton 76-72 in Omaha. Arcidiacono finished with 23 points and Dylan Ennis matched his career high with 19 in the Wildcats' 11th straight win.

-- Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69. The Jayhawks erased an 18-point deficit in clinching their 11th consecutive Big 12 title, but they finished the game without leading scorer Perry Ellis due to an apparent knee injury.

-- Dez Wells delivered 20 points and 10 rebounds as 10th-ranked Maryland earned its sixth consecutive win, 60-50 at Rutgers. Wells scored six straight points after Rutgers tied the game late in the second half.

-- Joel Berry had a career-high 15 points and Justin Jackson added 13 as No. 19 North Carolina hammered Georgia Tech 81-49. The Tar Heels have their first winning streak since January heading into Saturday's rematch with third-ranked Duke.

-- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 16 points to help Georgetown beat No. 21 Butler 60-54 at Indianapolis. The Hoyas went on a 19-4 run bridging the two halves to take a 34-24 lead.

NFL-EAGLES/BILLS TRADE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills new head coach Rex Ryan has said he wants his offense to rely heavily on a running attack. That attack now includes a former rushing champion.

A person familiar with the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. ESPN first reported that the Bills were acquiring McCoy, who had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013.

Buffalo is expected to lose running back C.J. Spiller to free agency next week.

Alonso played college football in Oregon under Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

The Eagles also released cornerback Cary Williams, who started all 32 games after signing with Philadelphia in 2013. The move will save the Eagles about $6.5 million against the salary cap.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Nashville Predators now have company atop the NHL's Western Conference after they extended their season-high losing streak.

Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and New Jersey dealt the Predators their fourth straight loss by downing Nashville 3-1. Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas (ZHEH'-lih-nuh) scored first-period goals for the Devils, who are seven points out of an Eastern conference playoff berth.

Mike Fisher had the lone goal for the Predators, who fell into a tie with Anaheim for the West lead.

The Ducks were 4-1 winners at Arizona as Andrew Cogliano scored twice and Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots. Cogliano and Ryan Kesler each had short-handed goals to push Anaheim to its third straight win.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

-- Cody Eakin scored at 2:18 of overtime to complete the Stars' 3-2 win over the New York Islanders in Dallas. Anders Lee forced overtime by scoring on a deflection with 1.1 seconds left in regulation, allowing the Islanders to regain the Metropolitan Division lead by one point over the Rangers.

-- Tampa Bay rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHF'-skee) claimed his first NHL shutout by handling 28 shots in a 3-0 win over Buffalo. Steven Stamkos opened the scoring in the first period before Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman added power-play goals 1:36 apart to help the Lightning climb within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.

-- Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) leads the NHL with 43 goals after netting two more in Washington's 5-3 triumph at Columbus. Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera (chih-MEHR'-uh) each had two assists as the Capitals won their second straight since a three-game skid.

-- Matt Dumba scored twice in the second period before the Minnesota Wild tallied three times in a shootout to beat Ottawa 3-2. Charlie Coyle's shootout goal keeps the Wild three points ahead of Los Angeles and San Jose for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

-- Trevor Lewis and Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) each had a goal and two assists as the Kings beat Edmonton 5-2 to end a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and Jeff Carter scored a short-handed goal that put Los Angeles ahead 3-0 early in the second period.

Chris Tierney, Melker Karlsson and Logan Couture (koo-CHOOR') scored to put the Sharks ahead 3-0 just eight minutes into a 6-2 verdict over Vancouver. Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN') added a pair of second-period goals for San Jose.

-- Toronto ended a 16-game road losing streak by getting goals by Nazem Kadri (NAH'-zehm KAH'-dree and Peter Holland in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third period to beat the Panthers 3-2 in Florida. The Panthers remain two points behind the Bruins for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Calgary beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Jiri Hudler's (YEER'-ee HOOD'-lurz) goal 83 seconds into overtime. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored the game's first two goals, but the Flames blew a 2-0 lead before winning for just the second time in six games.

NHL-AVS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has fined two members of the Colorado Avalanche for their actions in the final seconds of a 3-1 loss to the Wild on Saturday. Captain Gabriel Landeskog (LAND'-ehs-kahg) and forward Cody McLeod were fined $5,000 and $3,091.40 respectively.

MLB-BASEBALL ON THE CLOCK

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down, counting off seconds and ushering in change.

Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock Tuesday.

Major League Baseball introduced its new pace of play initiatives during five exhibition games in Arizona and Florida. As expected, there were a few minor glitches as players, managers, umpires and fans adjusted to the "rules" designed to make games shorter, more appealing to TV viewers and perhaps lure the next generation of fans to a sport fighting for attention.

Under the pace of play provisions, hitters are required to keep one foot in the batter's box after taking a pitch.

MLB is using the spring training schedule and regular-season games in April to break everyone in. But starting May 1, offenders will face discipline -- most likely fines.

Last year the average time of a major league game was three hours, two minutes.

MLB-CUBS

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' scramble to get as much of a massive renovation of Wrigley Field done before next month's opening day hit a bump when Mayor Rahm Emanuel (rahm ih-MAN'-yoo-uhl) dashed the team's hopes of winning city approval to keep construction crews working around the clock.

Emanuel says city building ordinances don't allow construction crews working around the clock. The announcement is a blow to a Chicago Cubs team that says it needs to quicken construction to get the iconic ballpark ready for next month's opening day.

The Cubs say the brutal winter has put construction work behind schedule and they need additional hours to do things like erect a massive video board in left field.

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