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Last Update on November 22, 2014 06:32 GMT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall took over in the third quarter Friday night and finished 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the hustling Washington Wizards clamped down for a 91-78 win over LeBron James and the mostly flatfooted Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their third straight to fall back below .500.

Resuming a rivalry that peaked last decade when the Wizards and James' Cavaliers met three consecutive years in the playoffs -- it was so intense that both Jay-Z and Soulja Boy got involved -- the Wizards grabbed a majority of the 50-50 rebounds and capitalized on the defensive woes that have hurt Cleveland.

James scored 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting, but Cleveland committed 19 turnovers, shot 36 percent and scored a season-low in points. James was never below .500 more than 10 games into a season during his four seasons with the Miami Heat, but he and the Cavaliers are now 5-6.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his second NHL game, leading the Boston Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night.

Khokhlachev was called up from American Hockey League Providence on Thursday to add insurance up the middle for the Bruins. His forehand goal came after Niklas Svedberg stopped all seven Columbus shooters, including the final one, Matt Calvert.

The Bruins got three goals in the third period to overcome a 2-0 deficit, then hung on after Columbus pulled even on Jack Johnson's goal with 7:13 left in regulation.

Dennis Seidenberg scored on a 78-foot shot from the neutral zone and Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille also scored for Boston. Matt Bartkowski, an Ohio State product, had two assists for the Bruins.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A week ago, Indiana's Tevin Coleman ran for 307 yards -- and the Hoosiers still lost.

Now the Ohio State Buckeyes are taking dead aim at the nation's No. 2 rusher, figuring if they can stifle him then it follows naturally that they'll also throttle the Hoosiers.

Coleman is averaging 168 rushing yards per game and an astounding 7.84 yards per carry this season for Indiana (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten) heading into Saturday's game at No. 7 Ohio State (9-1, 6-0, No. 6 CFP).

Several Buckeyes defenders say it isn't enough just to win -- they also are accepting the challenge of shutting down Coleman, one of a stable of Big Ten running backs putting up video-game statistics.


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ryan Boatright had 20 points, Rodney Purvis added 19 and No. 17 Connecticut rallied from five points down in the second half to defeat Dayton 75-64 in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday.

The Huskies (3-0) led by as many as 10 in the first half, but had to fight off runs by the Flyers throughout the second half.

Connecticut 7-footer Amida Brimah added four blocks.

The Flyers (2-1) used their quickness to briefly put the Huskies behind, but turnovers and empty offensive possessions down the stretch proved costly.

Jordan Sibert led Dayton with 18 points.

Connecticut plays the winner of Boston College and West Virginia in the championship game on Sunday. Dayton gets the loser of that game for third place.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Joseph Young scored 24 points and Oregon parlayed its 20-7 edge at the foul line into a 78-68 victory over Toledo on Friday night.

Young shot 7-for-13 from the field and made all seven of his free throws to lead four Ducks (3-0) in double figures.

Elgin Cook had one double-double for Oregon with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwayne Benjamin added another with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Dillon Brooks also had 10 points for the Ducks.

Julius Brown led the Rockets (1-2), who lost their second consecutive game, with 19 points. J.D. Weatherspoon added 14 points and Jonathan Williams had 13.

The victory was the 100th for coach Dana Altman, who is now 100-47 in his fifth season at Oregon.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Angel Rodriguez had 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead Miami to its fifth straight victory at the Charleston Classic with a 79-51 win over Akron on Friday.

The Hurricanes, 4-0 for the second time in coach Jim Larranaga's four seasons, will play for another tournament title on Sunday. Miami won this eight-team event in 2010.

And they did it with the solid play of Kansas State transfer Rodriguez, who guided the Hurricanes on an 18-2 run midway through the second half to put away Akron (2-1).

James Palmer hit two 3-pointers and Rodriguez closed the surge with a steal of an inbounds pass for an easy layup and a 58-35 lead.

Sheldon McClellan led Miami with 17 points and Manu Lecomte added 14.

Jake Kretzer and Pat Forsythe had 11 points each for the Zips, who'll play for third place on Sunday.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will miss his fourth straight game because of concussion symptoms.

Cameron practiced Friday for the first time in four weeks, but will not play Sunday when the Browns (4-6) visit Atlanta. He hasn't played since Oct. 26 when he was struck in the back of the head while making a catch against Oakland.

A Pro Bowler last season, Cameron has gotten close to returning several times, but he's had setbacks that have required him to start over in the NFL's protocol on head injuries. Cameron has just 13 catches this season after getting 80 last year, when he scored seven touchdowns.

Cameron said he has met with two neurologists, who have assured him that he will not have long-term effects from the concussions. He has sustained three concussions in less than two years. The 26-year-old said he has spoken with former teammate Ben Watson, now with New Orleans, about concussions.

Cameron, who is in his final year under contract, said he would not risk playing if it meant he would be debilitated down the road.

Browns starting inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) did not practice and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Atlanta. Linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot) was limited in practice and is listed as questionable.

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Last Update on November 22, 2014 23:49 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Sometimes in college football it's not whether you win or lose, but by how many. If that's the case, Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes might be in trouble making their case to be included in the sport's four-team college playoff.

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 after Tevin Coleman sped 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter.

Elsewhere in Top 25 action:

-- 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.

---- 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.

---- 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.

-- 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.


UNDATED (AP) -- The 0-12 Philadelphia 76ers, fresh off their 122-96 loss to Phoenix last night, try to break through to the win column as they travel to play the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks say Andrea Bargnani (ahn-DRAY'-uh barn-YAH'-nee) has a strained right calf that will prevent him from making his season debut against Philadelphia. Bargnani was hurt Friday during practice and an MRI revealed the injury.

The Sixers are six away from tying the longest season-opening losing streak in NBA history.

Elsewhere in the NBA's 10-game slate, Toronto with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 10-2 travels to Cleveland to play the disappointing 5-6 Cavaliers. The Cavaliers committed 19 turnovers and shot 36 percent to finish with a season-low in points in dropping a 91-78 decision in Washington last night. The Raptors are coming off a 124-83 laugher last night against Milwaukee.

The 10-2 Dallas Mavericks travel to Houston to play the 9-3 Rockets in the battle of Texas. The Mavericks crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 140-106 in Dallas as Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) scored 23 points last night.

In other games, Phoenix travels to Indiana, Miami is at Orlando, Minnesota hosts Sacramento, the 8-3 Washington Wizards hit the road at Milwaukee, Brooklyn is at San Antonio and New Orleans is at Utah where the Jazz are coming off a 101-88 loss to Golden State last night.


UNDATED (AP) -- 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 (3-0) got 13 points from Marcus Paige and 10 points and seven rebounds from J.P. Tokoto for their first road win of the season.

The Tar Heels outshot Davidson 47 percent to 33 percent.

Elsewhere in top-25 hoops:

-- Fourth-ranked Duke will take on Stanford in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final at Brooklyn. Freshman center Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL' OH'-kah-fohr) had 16 points and eight rebounds to carry the Blue Devils past Temple 72-54 last night. The Cardinal defeated UNLV 89-60 in the other semifinal.


UNDATED (AP) -- The 13-game NHL schedule started north of the border where St. Louis Blues nipped the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 12th goal of the season. St. Louis moved one point ahead Nashville in the Central Division. The Predators host Florida tonight.

New York Islanders, who continue to show they are true contenders after missing the playoffs six of the previous seven seasons, try for a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Islanders are two points behind the Pens following their 5-4 victory last night.

Montreal, with the most points in the league with a 15-5-1 record, hits the road to play the Boston Bruins. The Canadiens already have beaten the B's twice this season, both at Bell Centre.

In other hockey tonight, Detroit is at Toronto in an Original Six matchup, Columbus is at Philadelphia, Washington hosts Buffalo, the L.A. Kings are at Dallas, Carolina visits Colorado, Chicago is at Edmonton, New Jersey comes off its 2-0 shutout of Edmonton and travels to Calgary to play the 12-7-2 Flames and Arizona visits San Jose.


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


UNDATED (AP)---- The New York Giants have signed linebacker Justin Anderson from their practice squad and have waived offensive tackle Charles Brown. The Giants announced the moves on Saturday, a day before their game with the Dallas Cowboys.

In other NFL news:

The tight end turnstile keeps spinning in Denver, where Julius Thomas is hurting but Virgil Green is on the mend. Both are listed as questionable for Sunday's showdown with the 6-4 Miami Dolphins. Thomas leads the league with a dozen TD catches but he was unable to practice Friday because of a sprained ankle. Green is getting over a strained right calf.


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.


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