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Last Update on November 26, 2014 06:35 GMT

JETS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Evander Kane scored two power-play goals, as the Winnipeg Jets held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd both had a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba added two assists apiece for Winnipeg, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves to improve to 4-1-1.

Jordan Leopold and Ryan Johansen scored for the banged-up Blue Jackets, who are on a franchise-record pace for games lost to injuries. Columbus, which entered tied for the fewest points in the NHL, have lost four in a row and 13 of 15.

BENGALS-NUGENT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mike Nugent's worst moment of the season came in overtime. He missed a 36-yard field goal on the final play, forcing Cincinnati to settle for a 37-37 tie with Carolina on Oct. 12.

He got messages from other kickers providing encouragement. He fixed the problem that led to the miss. And he's been perfect since then, making all eight of his kicks, including a clinching 49-yard field goal during a 22-13 win at Houston on Sunday.

The Bengals (7-3-1) have held onto their thin lead in the AFC North with the help of Nugent's proficiency. Their special teams rank among the league's best in every category.

Cincinnati plays at Tampa Bay (2-9) on Sunday, trying for its third straight road win.

BENGALS-ASMITH

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve with a torn left triceps on Tuesday, ending his season.

Smith got hurt during a 22-13 win in Houston on Sunday. He'd missed the two previous games with a sprained ankle.

The Bengals filled his roster spot by signing offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, a sixth-year veteran who has started 24 games. He was Green Bay's fifth-round pick in 2009 from South Carolina. He was on the Colts' roster for the first nine games this season, playing in four, and was waived on Nov. 4.

The Packers signed him four days later and waived him on Nov. 15.

BILLS-BACK HOME

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expects Ralph Wilson Stadium to be "100 percent operational" in time to host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Brandon provided the update Tuesday after a tour of the stadium uncovered some minor damage from a severe lake-effect storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Buffalo region last week.

The problems ranged from burst pipes, to leakage to parts of the wall separating the field from the stands being damaged during the snow-removal process. A portion of the wall of the Bills' practice facility caved in, but has already been repaired.

Brandon says engineers found no structural issues to the stadium itself.

The Bills (6-5) beat the New York Jets 38-3 in a "home" game at Detroit on Monday night.

REDS-TOWERS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel on Tuesday.

Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks. He also was general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009.

He replaces Bob Miller, who spent nine seasons with the Reds, most recently as vice president and assistant general manager to Walt Jocketty. Miller was hired by the Nationals as assistant general manager earlier this month.

The Reds also hired Jeff Schugel as a special assistant for pro scouting. Schugel was a special assistant with the Braves last season. He also has worked with the Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Angels during a 31-year career.

NC CENTRAL-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Octavius Ellis threw down a pair of dunks midway through the first half to spark Cincinnati into the lead en route to a 59-50 win over North Carolina Central Tuesday night.

Ellis got his first jam with the score tied at 11-11 to give the Bearcats the lead. He then fed Farad Cobb for a 3-pointer and emphasized the point with a second dunk to make it 18-13.

Gary Clark finished with 12 points to lead the unbeaten Bearcats (4-0), with Ellis adding another 11 points. Both pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as Cincinnati out-boarded the Eagles, 33-15.

Nimrod Hilliard tossed in 14 points to lead North Carolina Central, with Karamo Jawara and Jordan Parks each contributing 10 points.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line. Cincinnati was 14 of 19 from the line while the Eagles (1-3) were just 4 of 5.

AKRON-PENN ST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- D.J. Newbill scored 29 points, Penn State outscored Akron by 19 points in the second half and the Nittany Lions defeated the Zips 78-72 Tuesday night.

Brandon Taylor was 4 of 11 from 3-point range and added 14 for the Lions, who trailed 45-32 at the half. Geno Thorpe scored 10 points.

Penn State (5-1) opened the second half by holding Akron (3-2) scoreless for 6:19 and built a 47-45 lead off a 15-0 run.

Deji Ibitayo scored 17 points and Noah Robotham 16 for the Zips, but Akron's second-half shooting woes opened the door for the Nittany Lions.

The Zips, who shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, went 6 of 29 in the second half. Penn State was 14 of 22.

DETROIT-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Juwan Howard, Jr. was 11 of 23 from the field for 28 points and Detroit narrowly held off Toledo 82-79 on Tuesday in the Progressive Legends Classic sub-regional championship game.

Toledo (2-3) led by five with 4:19 left after a 3-point play by Justin Drummond. Howard responded with a three-point play of his own, they a jumper as Detroit (4-2) went on a 9-point run to tie the game at 73 with 1:38 left.

Brandan Kearney drilled a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and Detroit made its free throws late to hold off the Titans.

Detroit used a 9-2 run in the middle of the first half -- including a 3-pointer by Howard -- to open an 8-point lead. Toledo called timeout at 7:20 then closed the half on a 15-6 run -- including 3s by Julius Brown, Drummond and Jonathan Williams -- and led 37-36 at the break.

J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo with 20 points.

SE MISSOURI-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Jovan Austin hit a jump shot and made two free throws with 39 seconds left to secure a 62-54 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night.

Nino Johnson hit a jumper to pull the Redhawks within two, 54-52 with 1:53 left. Austin's four-point surge stretched the lead to 58-52. Zack Denny and Spencer Parker added two late free throws.

Bowling Green is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since opening the 1999-2000 season with three straight wins.

Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green with 14 points, Parker had 10 and Denny added nine.

Bowling Green made 23 of 57 attempts (40.4 from the floor but only hit 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. The Redhawks were 19 of 46 overall.

Jarekious Bradley, who nailed 4 of 8 from long range, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Redhawks (2-3).

NORTHWESTERN-MIAMI (OHIO)

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Alex Olah and Vic Law scored 13 points apiece as Northwestern held off Miami (Ohio) 55-46 on Tuesday, advancing to face Northern Iowa in the Cancun Challenge championship game Wednesday.

Northern Iowa knocked off Virginia Tech earlier in the day.

Miami (2-2) trailed much of the second half, but tied it at 40 with 6:12 remaining on a pair of Eric Washington free throws. Northwestern (5-0) then went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by Vic Law's 3-pointer, and held off the game Redhawks.

Both teams started slowly and the game was tied five times in the first half, the latest at 25 with 3:14 left. Scottie Lindsey made a jumper before Tre Demps drilled a 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put Northwestern up by six at intermission. Demps finished with 11 points.

Washington led the Redhawks with 12 points, while Logan McLane and Chris Bryant had eight apiece.

ARK-PINE BLUFF-OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ndour scored 21 points with 12 rebounds as Ohio held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-60 on Tuesday night.

Ndour hit 7 of 12 shots and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line as Ohio (2-1) scored 21 points at the line in the win.

Marcel Mosley led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) with 20 points and the Golden Lions hung close, trailing just 30-28 at halftime.

Ghiavonni Robinson (13 points) provided some fire during a 9-0 run just after halftime -- nailing a 3-pointer and then a dunk as the Golden Lions went up by five.

But Javarez Willis (16 points) hit one of his four 3-pointers with 11:42 to play that gave Ohio the lead 46-45. Though the Bobcats were often tied they never trailed again, and finally broke clear in the last 4:22 on free throws by Ryan Taylor and Ndour and a layup by Willis.

MD-EASTERN SHORE-BUCKNELL

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Chris Hass' three free throws with 5 seconds left lifted Bucknell to a 58-55 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday at the Progressive Legends Classic.

The Bison (2-4) blew a 15-point halftime lead, and baskets by Mike Myers and Ishaq Pitt gave the Hawks (1-6) a 54-50 advantage with 1:38 left in the game. Hass made a 3-pointer with 33 seconds but Myers hit 1 of 2 free throws to leave UMES up 55-53 with 14 seconds left. Haas was fouled by Myers and he converted all three free throws. D.J. MacLeay added a basket for Bucknell for the final score.

Haas finished with 17 points, J.C. Show added 10 and MacLeay grabbed 10 rebounds.

Iman Johnson scored 12 points and Pitt 10 for the Hawks.

The Bison committed 19 turnovers but had a 35-25 rebounding advantage.

OHIO-MIAMI (OH)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Josiah Yazdani kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift Ohio to a 24-21 win over Miami (OH) in "The Battle of the Bricks" Tuesday night.

Jordan Reid hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Derrius Vick with 11:28 left to tie the 91st meeting between the teams at 21-21.

Yazdani missed a 42-yard attempt with under two minutes left. Miami (2-10, 2-6 Mid-American) drove to the Ohio 45 yard line, but the drive stalled and the RedHawks sailed the ensuing punt into the end zone for a touch back.

After running for a first down at the Miami 33, Vick found Chase Cochran for 18 yards and Brendan Cope for 38 yards for a first down at the Miami 11, where Yazdani booted the game-winner.

The Bobcats (6-6, 4-4 MAC) now have won eight of the past nine meetings.

T25-OHIO ST-TITLE TALK

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Every year except one from 1935 to 2012, the Ohio State Buckeyes were able to focus entirely on their annual season-ending rivalry with Michigan.

But now, for the second year in a row, their most important and emotional regular-season game will be followed by a trip to the Big Ten championship a week later.

The Buckeyes barely dispatched Michigan in their backdoor struggle a year ago, then turned around and had a 24-game winning streak ended the following week when they lost 34-24 to Michigan State in their first appearance in the conference title game.

There's no doubt the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) are concentrating on the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4) this week. But they also know they have another big game just around the corner.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 26, 2014 06:04 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors own the NBA's third-best record at 11-3 after rallying for their sixth consecutive win.

Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry poured in 40 points and Klay Thompson added 24 in a 114-97 win at Miami. Curry shot 8-for-11 from 3-point range for the Warriors, who scored 14 straight points to open a 107-95 lead with 2:50 to go.

The Heat led by 16 before the Warriors closed the first half on a 23-8 run. Golden State didn't allow a field goal after James Ennis' dunk with 9:11 left

Also in the NBA:

-- Jeff Teague (teeg) had a game-high 28 points as Atlanta stormed past Washington 106-102. Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to score the Hawks first 16 points of the final period, sparking a 22-5 run that built a 14-point lead.

-- Ty Lawson scored 20 points, including a key jumper in the waning seconds of Denver's 114-109 downing of Chicago. Arron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) finished with 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 15 in the Nuggets' eighth straight win over the Bulls in Denver.

-- Milwaukee was a 98-86 winner against Detroit behind Brandon Knight's 20 points and eight assists. O.J. Mayo had 17 points in his first start of the season, and Jabari Parker added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Bucks avoid their first three-game skid since last season.

-- DeMarcus Cousins had a strong performance in Sacramento's 99-89 win at New Orleans, delivering 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Omri Casspi also scored 22 in the Kings' third consecutive victory.

NBA-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will miss the next six to eight weeks after having surgery on his fractured right wrist.

He suffered the injury in a game against the New York Knicks last week.

Martin is averaging 20.4 points per game and is shooting 48 percent on 3-pointers this season. His loss is a big one for the rebuilding Timberwolves, who are also without point guard Ricky Rubio, center Nikola Pekovic and backup big man Ronny Turiaf because of injuries.

In other NBA injury news:

-- Wizards forward Nene (nuh-NAY') sat out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with plantar fasciitis (fah-SHEE'-eye-tihs) in his right foot and could also miss Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nene left with six minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. He is averaging 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CFP RANKING

UNDATED (AP) -- There are no changes among the top four in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State own the first four spots and head into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday, the Ducks are at Oregon State and the Seminoles entertain Florida while the Bulldogs visit Mississippi.

TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was UCLA, which slipped into the eighth spot.

There's also good news for a couple of teams outside the so-called Group of Five conferences. Boise State and unbeaten Marshall have cracked the top-25, with the 23rd-rated Broncos sitting one spot ahead of the Thundering Herd. The highest-ranked team from outside the Big Five conferences is guaranteed one spot in the four New Year's Bowls not featuring the CFP semifinalists.

MLB-SIGNINGS

UNDATED (AP) -- It was an encouraging day to be a Sox fan, whether they are red or white.

The White Sox have added some pop to the line-up by agreeing with first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract. LaRoche hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington. He joins a club that hit just 38 of its 155 home runs last season from the left side.

LaRoche likely will be used as a designated hitter with Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) firmly entrenched at first after his rookie-of-the-year season.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have finalized their five-year deal with Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman gets a $3 million signing bonus payable by Jan. 15, $17 million in each of the first three seasons and $18 million apiece in 2018 and `19. Boston has a $17 million option for 2020 with a $5 million buyout.

Sandoval told Boston media he needed a new challenge after helping the Giants win three of the last five World Series.

The Red Sox also agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal with infielder Hanley Ramirez, who hit .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs for the Dodgers last season.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the arrangements says free agent left-hander Jon Lester has plans to meet with the Giants next week.

San Francisco has need for a front-line starting pitcher and was expected to get busy in the free agent market after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox.

In other baseball news:

-- Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program after missing the last seven weeks of the season because of inflammation in his right elbow. The team said Darvish is already going through his normal offseason training program and expects to start throwing in early December. He was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts over 144 1-3 innings in 22 starts last season.

-- The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel. Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks and was Padres GM before that.

-- The Minnesota Twins have announced three more assistants for new manager Paul Molitor, adding pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and bench coach Joe Vavra.

-- Longtime Giants third base coach Tim Flannery is retiring. The 57-year-old Flannery, 57, had been on Bruce Bochy's (BOH-cheez) coaching staff dating to their San Diego days and they moved to San Francisco together in 2007.

T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have just completed an 11-day stretch in which they won all six games and appeared to improve with every minute.

The Wildcats were outstanding in a 92-44 rout of Texas-Arlington, shooting 57 percent from the field while holding the Mavericks to 27 percent. Davin Booker scored 19 points to set a career high for the second straight game. Booker hit seven of his eight shots, including five 3-pointers.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and 11 boards to help the Wildcats stay perfect this season.

In other top-25 action:

-- Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points and Gabe York added 15 to help third-ranked Arizona win its first close game of the season, a 72-68 triumph over Kansas State in the Maui Invitational semifinals. The 5-0 Wildcats shot 53 percent but led by just one entering the final minute.

-- Freshman Myles Turner had 25 points and 10 rebounds in leading seventh-ranked Texas to a 78-46 pounding of Saint Francis. Cam Ridley had 16 points to help the Longhorns get to 5-0 for the first time since 2009.

-- Eighth-ranked Virginia ripped Tennessee State 79-36 as Justin Anderson scored 20 points on 7 of 7 shooting. The Cavaliers scored 32 straight points during a 10:21 span bridging the two halves.

-- Villanova won the Legends Classic in Brooklyn as JayVaughn Pinkston had the go-ahead basket and game-saving block in the final minute to lift the 12th-ranked Wildcats past No. 19 Michigan 60-55. Tournament MVP Dylan Ennis led the Wildcats with 15 points, and Pinkston finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

-- Jared Nickens and Jake Layman scored 15 points apiece as Maryland upset No. 13 Iowa State 72-63 to win the CBE Classic title game. Dez Wells added 14 points and Melo Trimble scored 11 for the 5-0 Terrapins.

-- No. 14 VCU beat Oregon 77-63 behind Melvin Johnson's 19 points. The Rams scored the game's first 12 points and bounced back from last night's loss to Villanova to win the Legends Classic consolation game at Barclays Center.

-- Trey Kell scored 15 points and 15th-ranked San Diego State moved into the Maui Invitational championship game by clobbering Pittsburgh 74-57. The Aztecs built a 15-point lead by halftime shot 58 percent from the floor to set up a marquee matchup against Arizona.

-- Sheldon McClellan scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds as No. 17 Miami nipped Charlotte 77-74. Manu Lecomte scored 18 points and Angel Rodriguez had 14 as the 6-0 Hurricanes shot a blazing 14 of 23 from 3-point range.

-- Reserve Geoffrey Groselle scored a career-high 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting as No. 23 Creighton cruised to a 75-53 romp over Eastern Illinois. Toby Hegner added 13 points for the 5-0 Bluejays, who led by as many as 33 points.

-- Bobby Portis scored 22 points and No. 25 Arkansas won its first game as a ranked team in seven years, beating previously ranked SMU 78-72. The Razorbacks are 4-0 for the first time in eight years.

NFL-BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos are changing kickers again, waiving rookie Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth.

McManus was 9 for 13 on field goal attempts, giving him a 69.2 percent conversion rate that ranked last among all kickers still on NFL rosters as of last weekend. Barth won a competition with 38-year-old Jay Feely but hasn't kicked in an NFL game since 2012.

NFL-LIONS

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit center Dominic Raiola (ray-OH'-lah) says he hasn't been fined by the NFL for his cut block during a kneel-down at the end of the Lions' loss to New England on Sunday.

Raiola says he didn't intentionally try to hurt anybody or try to do anything out of the ordinary, and he "would have gotten a FedEx letter" if he had. Raiola spoke with reporters Tuesday but tried to keep the focus on Thursday's game against Chicago.

Raiola later told the Detroit Free Press he took the action after the Patriots went for a late-game touchdown in the one-sided win instead of running out the clock.

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