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Last Update on November 20, 2014 06:35 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece and the San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland for the 10th straight time -- and got the best of LeBron James again -- with a 92-90 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Manu Ginobili scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining for the defending NBA champions. It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since last June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Anderson Varejao scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and James 15 for the Cavs, who fell to 5-5.

James was just 6 of 17 from the field. After Ginobili missed his free throw, James tried to rush the ball up the floor for a possible game-tying basket but lost control near mid-court.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jeremy Hill didn't expect to get much of a chance as a rookie because the Cincinnati Bengals had Giovani Bernard entrenched as the starter at running back. With Bernard hurt, the second-round pick has emerged.

Hill ran for 152 yards during a 27-10 win at New Orleans on Sunday, his second big game. He also ran for 154 yards against Jacksonville earlier this season. He leads all NFL rookies in rushing.

Hill joined Paul Robinson as the only Bengals rookies with a pair of 150-yard games. Robinson did it in 1968, the franchise's inaugural season.

Bernard returned to practice on Wednesday. It's unclear whether he'll play on Sunday at Houston (5-5). The Bengals (6-3-1) lead the tightly packed AFC North.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon is practicing for the first time since his 10-game suspension ended.

Gordon, who led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season, worked out with his teammates Wednesday and is expected to play Sunday in Atlanta. Gordon had a one-year ban for violating the NFL's drug policy reduced to 10 games in September and his return should give the Browns (6-4) a much needed offensive jolt.

Gordon showed some rustiness by dropping two passes during the portion of practice open to media members.

Coach Mike Pettine said the plan is to bring Gordon along slowly this week. Pettine said there's a danger in rushing Gordon back. Pettine met with Gordon before the team's pre-practice walk-through and said the 23-year-old is "very excited to be out there. He's ready to go."


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard's foot injury is not as severe as originally feared and he could be back this season.

Sheard was injured on a non-contact play in Sunday's 23-7 loss to Houston. The Browns expected him to miss significant time, but coach Mike Pettine said Sheard got a second opinion that's "a little more encouraging." Pettine expects Sheard to be "down for a while" but is optimistic he'll be back at some point.

The Browns are expecting to be without inside linebacker Karlos Dansby for "upwards of a month" after he injured his left knee against the Texans. Pettine said Dansby, the team's leading tackler, is working hard to get back. Pettine has not ruled out Dansby for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron remains sidelined with a concussion sustained Oct. 26.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Michael Chaput (shah-POOT') to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 22-year-old Chaput has two assists and eight penalty minutes playing in all 18 games this season with the Blue Jackets. The Ile Bizard, Quebec, native who made his NHL debut on Oct. 27, 2013, vs. Anaheim, has three assists and 10 penalty minutes in 35 career games. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade with Philadelphia on Feb. 28, 2012.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Farad Cobb scored 24 points in 28 minutes after coming off the bench to lead Cincinnati to a 69-61 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday night.

Cobb, a junior-college transfer who played his freshman year at Chattanooga, made 8 of 14 shots, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, in scoring his Division I career-high 24 points. Octavius Ellis added 16 points and Troy Caupain 13 for the Bearcats (2-0).

Brent Arrington scored 21 points to lead the Eagles (1-2) with Angelo Warner adding 14 and Kareem Storey 11.

Neither team shot well, both at 37 percent, and both had 35 rebounds. But Cincinnati went to the free-throw line 34 times and made 22, including Ellis, who made 10 of 13. The Eagles made 12 of 16.

The game was tied with 17:11 left. Cobb sparked a 23-12 run, making four 3-pointers and adding three more points during the surge.

The Bearkats' scored their last nine points at the line to hold off the Eagles.


OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Egidijus Mockevicius had 17 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Balentine scored 19 and Evansville beat Miami of Ohio 69-50 on Wednesday night.

Mockevicius was 7 of 8 from the field and the Aces (2-0) shot 57.1 percent overall while holding Miami (1-1) to 39.6 percent.

Evansville led 44-37 with 10 minutes to go when Adam Wing and Mislav Brzoja made back-to-back 3-pointers. Balentine's layup with 7:58 left capped a quick 8-0 run and the Aces led by no less than 13 from there.

LJ Livingston was 6 of 6 from the field to lead Miami with 12 points, and Geovonie McKnight added 11 on 5-of-14 shooting.

The Aces scored two baskets in the final minute of the first half to take a 26-20 lead into the break. McKnight made 1 of 2 free throws with 14:31 to play to pull the Redhawks within five, but they would get no closer.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kaza Keane scored 13 points and Anton Grady added 12 to help Cleveland State beat Jacksonville State 60-46 on Wednesday night.

Keane hit a 70-foot trey at the buzzer to end the first half as the Vikings built a 34-21 lead. Marlin Mason made a 3-pointer with 9:30 remaining to stretch the Vikings lead to 53-32.

Jacksonville State answered with a 10-0 run to pull within 53-42 with 6:00 to play, but the Gamecocks did not get any closer.

Keane was 5 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers. Grady finished on 4-of-11 shooting and was 4 of 4 from the line. Mason chipped in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Vikings (2-1), who outrebounded the Gamecocks 39-24.

D.J. Felder scored 16 points and Darion Rackley added 10 to lead Jacksonville State (0-3).

The game was part of the Global Sports Showcase.


FORT MEYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Bernard Thompson scored 34 points, and Brett Comer dished out 10 assists to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a 79-62 victory over Ohio on Wednesday night.

Comer is now the all-time Atlantic Sun Conference career assist leader with 641, surpassing Mercer's Langston Hall's record of 633. He has had 10 or more assists in each game to open the season.

Thompson scored 18 points in the first half as Florida Gulf Coast built a 45-20 halftime lead. Thompson was 14 of 20 from the field, including three 3-pointers.

Jamail Jones and Marc-Eddy Norelia each added 11 points for the Eagles.

Javarez Willis scored 17 points and Maurice Daly Ndour chipped in 16 for Ohio (1-1), who shot just 33 percent (20 of 60) from the floor.

Florida Gulf Coast (3-0) has not started a season 3-0 since 2005-06.


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Zack Denny made four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Bowling Green to a 70-55 win over Wright State on Wednesday.

Spencer Parker added 14 points and six rebounds for Bowling Green (2-0). Richaun Holmes had nine points, eight rebounds and five blocks. The Falcons made 42.6 percent of their 54 shots, including 5 of 11 3-pointers.

Wright State (2-1) was paced by Chrishawn Hopkins with 13 points. Joe Thomasson scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Raiders made 17 of 52 shots (32.7 percent).

Denny scored the final seven Bowling Green points of the first half to pull within 28-27.

The lead changed hands five times in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Michael Karena's basket pulled Wright State within 49-46 with 10:10 remaining. That's the last field goal Wright State would make, going 9 of 10 from the free throw line the rest of the way.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Tiaria Griffin scored 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lead No. 24 Georgia to a 67-59 comeback win over Ohio State on Wednesday night.

Trailing 28-24 at the break, Georgia (3-0) retook the lead during a 10-0 run fueled by Mackenzie Engram, who scored eight of the points, making it 55-50 with 3:44 to go. Ohio State (1-2) responded with a 3-pointer from Cait Craft to close the gap to two but the Lady Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch.

Shacobia Barbee contributed 13 points and seven rebounds, while Krista Donald and Engram had 12 points apiece for Georgia, which held a 50-37 rebounding advantage over Ohio State. Engram also had 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Craft added 17 points and Ameryst Alston had 13 rebounds.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- This evening's NFL game is being played in Oakland as the winless Raiders play host to the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs. KC comes into the game tied with Denver for first place in the division while the Raiders are dead-last as the only winless team in the NFL. The last time they met was December of last year and the Chiefs won 56-31. In that game Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw five touchdown passes that traveled a total of just 13 yards.

The Chiefs are coming off a 24-20 win over Seattle while the Raiders were dumped by the Chargers 13-6. Oakland is averaging just 63 yards a game rushing, the lowest in the NFL since 1946.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount (bluhnt) two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says it would be "impractical" at this time for the Buffalo Bills to host the New York Jets on Sunday because of a lake-effect snowstorm that continues to hit the region. Cuomo spoke after touring communities south of Buffalo, including the Bills home in Orchard Park. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday, with another 1 to 2 feet projected to fall by Friday.

-- Despite the fact New York's governor says it doesn't make sense to have Sunday's NFL game between the Bills and Jets take place in Buffalo, the Mid-American Conference has tentatively rescheduled Buffalo's home football game against Kent State for Friday. The decision was announced hours after Wednesday night's game was postponed due to the severe storm that hit the area.

Kent State players and staff arrived in Buffalo in time for the game, but the team's equipment truck was stranded in the snow just south of Buffalo.

-- And the NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to all the snow in Buffalo. A makeup date has not yet been determined.


UNDATED (AP) -- Two Top-25 football teams are on the field tonight. The highest-ranked school with a game is No. 12 Kansas State and the Wildcats are at West Virginia. Each school is coming off a bye week. KState is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12 while the Mountaineers are 6-4 and 4-3.

The second game features No. 25 Duke at home to North Carolina. The winner gets the Victory Bell, symbolic of winning the annual rivalry game. Duke has won the Bell the last two seasons. Duke is 8-2 and 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Tar Heels are 5-5 and 3-3.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rob Manfred has been given a five-year term as baseball commissioner when he succeeds Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) in two months. Baseball owners voted the term at their first meeting since electing Manfred over Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Aug. 14. Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25.


UNDATED (AP) -- The two games tonight in the NBA are being played in Miami and Sacramento. The Heat are facing the Clippers in the first game while the Kings are home to the Bulls in the second.

Chicago starts the night with a record of 8-3 while the Clippers are 6-4 and the Kings and Heat 6-5.


UNDATED (AP) -- The top two teams from the NHL's Pacific Division are squaring off tonight as Vancouver entertains Anaheim. The visiting Ducks top the division with 27 points while the Canucks have 26, along with Calgary. The Flames are home this evening to Chicago.

The Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens are home to St. Louis tonight. The Blues are off to a good start with 25 points. And Central leader Nashville is on the road facing the Ottawa Senators.

The rest of the NHL card has Minnesota skating at Philadelphia, the Maple Leafs home to the Lightning, Detroit at Winnipeg, Dallas home to Arizona, the Capitals at Colorado, LA home to Carolina and Florida at San Jose.


CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks say defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (van-REEMZ'-dyk) has had left knee surgery, sidelining the rookie for three to four months. He broke his left kneecap when he took a puck off his leg during Sunday's 6-2 victory over Dallas. The 23-year-old has one assist in 18 games.


UNDATED (AP) -- The highest-ranked team in action in men's college basketball tonight is No. 10 Texas. The 2-0 Longhorns are facing Iowa in Madison Square Garden. The other game in the Garden tonight has 23rd-ranked Syracuse playing California.

Earlier in the day Ryan Boatright had 19 points and Daniel Hamilton added 15 as No. 17 Connecticut held off College of Charleston 65-57 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Connecticut advances to play Dayton in the winners' bracket on Friday.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is hospitalized in Las Vegas, where his son says he's being treated for pneumonia. Danny Tarkanian says that the 84-year-old former Nevada Las Vegas coach was stabilized and undergoing medical tests after being taken by ambulance Wednesday to the hospital.

The coach dubbed "Tark the Shark" was hospitalized for 10 days in April after a heart attack, his second. Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA tournament, including the 1990 UNLV team that won a national title


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- The opening round of the season-ending CME Globe Tour Championship for the LPGA is in the books in Naples, Florida. The leader is Julieta Granada who shot a first round 6-under-66. She leads Sandra Gal by two strokes and three players, Stacy Lewis, Belen Mozo and Caroline Hedwall, by three.

Points leader Lewis, second-place Inbee Park and third-place Lydia Ko are in position to win the $1 million bonus with a tournament victory no matter where the other players finish. Number-four Michelle Wie (wee), No. 5 So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo), No. 6 Shanshan Feng, No. 7 Anna Nordqvist (NORD'-kwist), No. 8 Chella Choi and No. 9 Karrie (KAHR'-ee) Webb also have a chance to take the season title with a victory.


UNDATED (AP) -- Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne (kayn) have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the driver with the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team through the 2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 34-year-old signed with Hendrick in 2010 and joined the team two years later. His contract was set to expire following the 2015 season.


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