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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on November 23, 2014 06:35 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Lou Williams scored a career-high 36 points and the Toronto Raptors turned an 18-point deficit into a convincing 110-93 win over Cleveland on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their fourth straight loss.

The Raptors, who have won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history, trailed 26-8 less than 4 minutes into the game, but showed why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto led 56-54 at halftime and took control midway in the third quarter. The Raptors up by as many as 19 points in the fourth.

Kevin Love scored 23 points to lead Cleveland. LeBron James, who spent the final 6:20 on the bench, finished with 15 points with 10 assists.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for the Philadelphia Flyers, who broke a season-worst, four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux both had two assists, and Voracek improved his NHL-leading points total to 29. Giroux notched his 400th NHL point with his first assist. Steve Mason made 20 saves.

Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three games in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots against his former team. He got the start despite playing through a seven-round shootout loss at Boston on Friday.

During its skid, Philadelphia had allowed the first goal. The Flyers reversed that trend against Columbus.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns activated star wide receiver Josh Gordon, clearing the way for him to make his season debut on Sunday in Atlanta.

Cleveland officially activated the All-Pro from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough.

The roster move with Gordon was a formality after he was reinstated earlier in the week after serving a 10-game league suspension for violating the drug policy. He'll be on the field at the Georgia Dome when the Browns take on the Falcons.

Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving in just 14 games last season, looked good in practice this week and will likely be in the starting lineup. After serving a two-game suspension last season, Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards in a win over Minnesota.

Pough spent the first 10 weeks on the Browns' practice squad.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Carson Wentz threw for two scores and ran for another to lead North Dakota State to a 38-14 win over Youngstown State on Saturday.

Wentz connected with Zach Vraa for 18 yards, added a 17-yard rushing TD and hit Andrew Bonnet for a 9-yarder to give North Dakota State a 28-0 halftime lead.

John Crockett carried it 28 times for 168 yards and had a 4-yard TD for North Dakota State. King Frazier rushed for 45 yards and added a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Hunter Wells threw for 135 yards and two scores for Youngstown State, but was hurt by three interceptions.

Christian Dudzik had two picks, Nick DeLuca had the other, Derek Rivers recovered a fumble and the Bison defense held the Penguins to 216 total yards.


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Connor Kacsor ran in 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown to give Dayton a 19-14 victory over Campbell in the season finale for both teams on Saturday.

The Flyers trailed 14-13 in the fourth when Kacsor's TD run put Dayton ahead with 4:48 to go. The two-point conversion failed.

Campbell got the ball back and drove down 68 yards, but on fourth and 5 at the Dayton 7, Dakota Wolf's pass was broken up by Danny Leach with 2:19 remaining.

Kacsor broke Dayton's all-time career rushing record by three yards, now with 2,943 yards total. He finished the day with 90 yards on 24 carries. Will Bardo threw for 239 yards and a touchdown.

Wolf was 10-of-22 passing for 93 yards, and had 83 yards on the ground. Jabri Ridenhour scored on runs of 9 and 6 yards for both of the Fighting Camels' touchdowns.


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Javaris Jenkins finished with 33 points, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and seven rebounds to lead Savannah State to an 87-83 come from behind win in overtime over Cleveland State on Saturday night.

Jenkins scored 10 of the final 11 points in regulation for the Tigers, including a game tying 3 that knotted the score at 79 with one second left. The shot capped off a 13-point second half comeback for Savannah State, which trailed 60-47 midway through the half.

Alante Fenner added 16 points and six boards off the bench for the Tigers, while Khaleen Pinkett finished with 10 points.

Trey Lewis scored 27 points to pace the Vikings, who were held scoreless over the final two minutes of the overtime period. Marlin Mason added 16 points for Cleveland State and Anton Grady had 13.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- JT Yoho scored 25 points, Joe Thomasson added 16 with nine rebounds and five assists, and Wright State defeated Charleston Southern 86-79 on Saturday night.

The Raiders shot 57.7 percent from the field and hit 10 3-pointers. Chrishawn Hopkins scored 14 points, Reggie Arceneaux had 11 and Steven Davis chipped in 10.

Wright State pushed out to a 13-point lead in the first half with a 15-4 run sparked by two jumpers and a 3-pointer by Thomasson.

Charleston Southern climbed back within three at the midway mark in the second half, but Yoho answered with a three-point play and two layups to put the Raiders up 75-68 with 3:30 left. Wright State sank 11 free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes to seal it.

Arlon Harper led the Buccaneers with 24 points while Saah Nimley and Will Saunders each chipped in 15.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 23, 2014 14:08 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Florida State is still unbeaten -- barely. Quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston drove top-ranked Florida State 66 yards to put Roberto Aguayo in position for a 26-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds left and the Seminoles remained perfect with a 20-17 victory over Boston College.

Florida State is 11-0 overall, and is ranked No. 1 in the AP rankings but third in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Seminoles went into the fourth quarter tied 17-17 with the Eagles. But with less than five minutes left, Winston helped engineer another game-winning drive for their 27th straight victory.

Winston finished with 281 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.

Elsewhere in Top 25 action:

-- Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns and scored a third on a catch, all in the first half, to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 48-14 victory over Western Carolina. The Crimson Tide, which is No. 1 in the College Football Rankings, improved to 10-1.

-- Third-ranked Oregon walloped Colorado 44-10. Marcus Mariota threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and another score in perhaps his last game at Autzen Stadium. Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two scores for the Ducks, who are ranked second in the College Football Playoff rankings.

-- Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as fourth-ranked Mississippi State blanked Vanderbilt 51-0. The 10-1 Bulldogs have 10 wins in the regular season for the first time.

-- Bryce Petty threw touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took less than a minute combined, putting the No. 6 Bears ahead to stay in a 49-28 victory over Oklahoma State.

-- Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to give No. 7 Ohio State the lead late in the third quarter and added three late insurance scores to lead the Buckeyes past Indiana 42-27. That's the Hoosiers' sixth loss in a row. The surprisingly close game could impact the playoff hopes of the 10-1 Buckeyes, who are ranked sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings. Ohio State, which was a 34-point favorite, trailed 20-14 midway through the third quarter.

-- Arkansas stunned eighth-ranked Mississippi 30-0. Rohan Gaines returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, and Arkansas' defense forced six turnovers.

-- Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9. Hutson Mason played only the first half and threw three touchdown passes, including two to Chris Conley.

-- Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett celebrated senior day in style as No. 10-ranked Michigan State smashed Rutgers 45-3 for its 40th win in four seasons and 51st in five. Langford, who played cornerback and wide receiver before returning to running back, rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

-- Brett Hundley passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, leading No. 11 UCLA past No. 24 Southern California 38-20.

---- Taylor Kelly threw for four touchdowns and the No. 13 Arizona Sun Devils dominated the second half for a 52-31 victory over Washington State.

-- The 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers held off Iowa 26-24 for their sixth straight win. Melvin Gordon surpassed 2,000 yard rushing with 200 yards and two touchdowns.

-- Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Arizona overcame an injury to quarterback Anu Solomon to beat No. 20 Utah 42-10. Solomon threw for 58 yards and got his first career rushing touchdown in the first half. He was fitted for a walking boot at halftime because of an apparent injury to his right foot.

-- No. 16 Auburn snapped a two-game skid with a 31-7 victory over Samford. Cameron Artis-Payne ran for 129 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Nick Marshall passed for 171 yards and a score.

---- No. 18 Marshall improved to 11-0 and bettered their chances for a New Year's Bowl by beating UAB 23-18. Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and Ra'shawde Myers recovered a fumble in the end zone for a late score.

-- Maty Mauk threw a pair of touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two scores as No. 19 Missouri defeated Tennessee 29-21 to maintain control of the SEC East race.

-- Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball out of Nebraska receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El's hands at the Minnesota 2-yard line after Mitch Leidner scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the Gophers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to upset No. 21 Nebraska 28-24.

-- Dee Hart matched a school record with six touchdowns and No. 22 Colorado State amassed a program-best 698 yards of offense as the Rams routed New Mexico 58-20. The Rams have won nine straight.

-- Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine (suh-MAHR'-jay PEE'-ryn) set a major college record by running for 427 yards in a driving rainstorm, scoring five touchdowns and leading the No. 23 Sooners over Kansas 44-7. The rushing mark fell one week after Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set the mark by rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ross Scheuerman ran for a school-record 304 yards and scored three touchdowns at Yankee Stadium, leading Lafayette past Lehigh 27-7 in the 150th edition of the most-played rivalry in college football.

For the first time since 1891, the Patriot League rivals from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley played at a neutral site, and the Leopards and Mountain Hawks turned out to be a huge hit in the Bronx. A sellout crowd of 48,256 was the second-largest for a college football game at the new Yankee Stadium.


UNDATED (AP) -- Lou Williams scored a career-high 36 points and the Toronto Raptors turned an 18-point deficit into a convincing 110-93 win over Cleveland. That's the Cavaliers' fourth straight loss, falling to 5-7 with their second loss in two nights.

The Raptors have won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history at 10-2. They trailed 26-8 less than 4 minutes into the game, but showed why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Toronto led 56-54 at halftime and took control midway in the third quarter. The Raptors up by as many as 19 points in the fourth.

Kevin Love scored 23 points to lead Cleveland. LeBron James, who spent the final six and a-half minutes on the bench, finished with 15 points with 10 assists.

In other NBA action:

-- Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory.

-- Tony Parker had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in 99-87 victory over Brooklyn. The NBA champion Spurs have won four in a row.

-- Paul Pierce scored 25 points and John Wall added 19 points as the Washington Wizards rallied in the second half to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100.

-- James Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Houston Rockets rally for a 95-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

-- Anthony Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue (ZHROO) Holiday added 19 points and eight assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106-94.

-- DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 18 rebounds to power the Sacramento Kings to a 113-101 victory Minnesota.

-- Gerald Green scored a game-high 23 points, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points off the bench and two other starters scored in double figures in the Phoenix Suns' 106-83 road win over Indiana.

-- Chris Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter in leading the Miami Heat to a 99-92 victory over Orlando.


UNDATED (AP) -- Jahlil Okafor had 10 points and 12 rebounds and dominated the closing minutes in leading No. 4 Duke to a 70-59 victory over Stanford in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Fellow freshman Justise Winslow added 14 points and nine rebounds for 5-0 Duke.

Elsewhere in top-25 hoops:

---- Third-ranked Wisconsin improved to 4-0 by knocking off previously unbeaten Boise State 78-54. Frank Kaminsky scored 26 points.

----Kennedy Meeks had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Justin Jackson added 18 points and No. 6 North Carolina defeated Davidson 90-72 to remain unbeaten on the young season. The 3-0 tar Heels got 13 points from Marcus Paige and 10 points and seven rebounds from J.P. Tokoto for their first road win of the season.

-- Angel Nunez scored 24 points and Byron Wesley added 22 to help No. 13 Gonzaga routed Division II St. Thomas Aquinas College 109-55.

-- Rhode Island upset No. 22 Nebraska 66-62 in overtime. E.C. Mathews scored 26 points, including six in overtime.

-- Nic Moore scored 22 points, Keith Frazier added a career-high 17 and No. 22 SMU bounced back from a pair of losses on the road to beat Eastern Washington 77-68.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens, with the best record in hockey at 16-5-and-1, won for the eighth time in nine games by blanking arch-rival Boston 2-0. The Canadiens are 3-0 against the Bruins this year. Carey Price recorded his second shutout of the season by stopping 33 shots.

Andrei Markov became the fourth Canadiens defenseman to score 100 goals. Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nehch) scored the other goal.

Bruins goalie Tuukka (TOO'-kuh) Rask fell to 3-12-3 against the Canadiens in his career. He has never beaten the Canadiens in Boston in the regular season.

In other NHL action:

-- Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) made 27 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 to sweep a home-and-home series. Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period.

-- Tyler Bozak scored a pair of third-period goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in an Original Six matchup.

-- Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for the Philadelphia Flyers in their 4-2 win over Columbus.

-- Steven Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Minnesota 2-. That ends the Wild's four-game winning streak.

-- Buffalo nipped Washington 2-1. That's only the sixth Sabres victory in their 21 games. Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left.

-- Jamie Benn scored two first-period goals, and the Dallas Stars held on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4.

-- Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the game with 1:35 left, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

---- Filip Forsberg scored the lone goal in a shootout, and the Nashville Predators beat the Florida Panthers 3-2.

---- Chicago built a 6-0 lead after two periods and routed Edmonton 7-1. Jonathan Toews (TAYVS) scored twice.

---- Calgary rallied with two late goals and then beat New Jersey 5-4 in a shootout. Jiri (YOO'-ree) Hudler got the game-winner in the shootout.

---- Antoine Vermette scored in regulation and again in the shootout in Arizona's 4-3 win over San Jose.

-- The St. Louis Blues nipped the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 12th goal of the season.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)-- One day after arriving in Detroit, the Buffalo Bills took the practice field Saturday afternoon to prepare for a Monday night matchup with the New York Jets. Originally scheduled to play Sunday in Buffalo, the Bills were forced to relocate after a rare November storm dumped more than five feet of snow in the Buffalo area.

The 5-5 Bills are fighting for their playoff lives and cannot afford a loss to the 2-8 Jets.


LILLE, France (AP) -- Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRIH'-kah) defeated Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') and Julien Benneteau (ZHOO'-lee-ehn BEHN'-eh-toh) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final.

The victory is meaningful because of past Davis Cup history. In six out of the last seven Davis Cups, the team that has won the doubles has gone on to win the Cup. The exception was when Serbia beat France in 2010.

Federer and Wawrinka won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but had lost the last four Davis Cup matches they played together.


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Julieta Granada has a one-shot lead going into Sunday's final round of the LPGA Tour Championship. Just as close is a four-player race for $1 million.

Granada had four birdies in her round of 2-under 70. Morgan Pressel and Carlota Ciganda of Spain each made big putts on the 18th hole to stay one shot behind.

The Race to CME Globe is razor thin among Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, So Yeon Ryu and Michelle Wie. All are among the top five in the standings.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Henrik Stenson has successfully defended his DP World Tour Championship title at the European Tour's season-ending event.

The Swede shot a final round 2-under 70 on Sunday to win by two strokes with an overall 16-under 272 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

Three of Stenson's teammates on Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team -- top-ranked Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose -- shared second at 14-under 274.

The victory means Stenson finishes second to McIlroy in the Race to Dubai.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (75) was leading with three holes to play but the Spaniard tumbled down the board with back-to-back double bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 to finish tied for ninth with an overall 277.


MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) -- Hideki Matsuyama of Japan beat compatriot Hiroshi Iwata in the first playoff hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday.

Matsuyama, who plays primarily on the U.S. PGA tour, started the day with a two-stroke lead and shot a 1-under 70 in regulation before saving par on the extra hole to claim his first victory this season on the Japanese tour.

Iwata began the day seven strokes off the lead and surged up the leaderboard with a 63 to tie Matsuyama at 15-under 269. Matsuyama birdied the final two holes of regulation after bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16.

Jordan Spieth of the United States shot a 69 to finish in a tie for third with Australia's Brendan Jones, who had a 68.


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