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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 November 28, 2014 06:36 GMT


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Infielder Rey Navarro and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old spent last season with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville in Cincinnati's organization. His deal calls for a $550,000 salary in majors and $150,000 in minors, with $75,000 guaranteed.

Navarro was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft and has a .265 batting average over eight minor league seasons.

Also on Wednesday, the Orioles obtained left-hander Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Barnes pitched in 28 games for Triple-A Columbus this year and was 0-1 with one save and a 5.20 ERA for Cleveland in 22 relief appearances in 2012 and `13.


GENEVA (AP) -- Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names Thursday to The Associated Press after the five were identified in European media reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FIFA probe is confidential.

The current FIFA board members under investigation are FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar of Spain, Michel D'Hooghe of Belgium and Worawi Makudi of Thailand.

The others are German great Franz Beckenbauer and Harold Mayne-Nicholls. Beckenbauer was a FIFA voter when Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar secured the 2022 tournament. Mayne-Nicholls inspected the bids for FIFA.


FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Stainbrook was in the thick of things, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and dishing eight assists as Xavier defeated San Diego 82-71 in the Wooden Legacy tournament Thursday.

The Musketeers (5-0) rallied past San Diego (3-2) early and shot 58 percent -- 29 of 50 with 10 3-pointers. Xavier also scored 14 of 21 foul shots to just five for the Toreros.

Trevon Bluiett scored 17 for Xavier.

San Diego led by six early before Stainbrook scored three straight baskets in a 9-0 run as Xavier caught up. Stainbrook also dished to Jalen Reynolds for a dunk and fed Brandon Randolph on a 3-pointer as the Musketeers shot into the lead, 39-31 by halftime.

He was also active during a 9-6 rally after halftime, hitting a jumper and assisting Remy Abell and Bluiett for 3-pointers.

Johnny Dee scored 20 for San Diego.

Xavier plays UTEP Friday; San Diego meets Princeton.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 28, 2014 15:57 GMT


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The sister of Ohio State defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge says his family has reported him missing. The 22-year-old left his apartment, then uncharacteristically missed two practices and didn't check in.

Sophia Karageorge says her brother apparently was upset, and roommates said he went for a walk, dressed in all black.

His sister says he didn't take his wallet or motorcycle. She says he has a history of sports-related concussions, including one a month ago, and his family was concerned that he might have become disoriented.


UNDATED (AP) -- Just one thing stands between No. 9 UCLA and the Pac-12 title game -- Stanford. The Bruins and the Cardinal meet in the Rose Bowl this afternoon with UCLA needing a win to clinch the Pac-12 South title and a meeting with Oregon for the conference championship. The 9-2 Bruins take a five-game winning streak into the season finale, and the offense has scored at least 30 points in seven of the last eight. Stanford has allowed 30 points just once this season in building a 6-4 mark.

Should UCLA fail to win the game, the division title and conference championship game berth will go to the winner of No. 12 Arizona and 13th-ranked Arizona State. The Wildcats and Sun Devils have matching 9-2 records and will be playing for the oldest rivalry trophy in college football at the same time as the UCLA-Stanford game.

There are five top 25 games on the college football schedule this afternoon.


UNDATED (AP) --The holiday college basketball spotlight continues to shine on the Bahamas, where three more games involving top 25 teams take place today and tonight.

The title game of the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis pits second-ranked Wisconsin against Oklahoma. The Badgers take a 5-0 mark into the championship game. The Sooners have built a 4-1 record with some tough defense. They've held each of their opponents under 40 percent shooting.

No. 5 North Carolina takes on 18th-ranked Florida in the tournament's fifth-place game. The Tar Heels take a 4-1 mark into the meeting, while the Gators will be trying to put together a winning streak for the first time this season after alternating wins and losses in their first five games.

No. 22 UCLA will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak when it faces UAB in the seventh-place game.

There are 11 top 25 games on the schedule


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