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Last Update on December 18, 2014 06:33 GMT

HAWKS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.

Mack, a reserve guard who came in averaging 3.8 points, made all six of his 3-pointers as the Hawks went 16 for 28 from behind the arc.

Trailing 50-38 midway through the second quarter, Atlanta outscored Cleveland 89-48 the rest of the way and sent the Cavaliers to their largest loss of the season.

The Hawks, playing without leading scorer Jeff Teague, avenged a 127-94 loss in Cleveland on Nov. 15, when the Cavaliers were 9 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and made their first 11 from beyond the arc.

LeBron James scored 21 points but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Dion Waiters also had 21 for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four since winning eight straight.

BROWNS-NO EDGE

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel believes he can bounce back from his dreadful debut as an NFL starter.

Manziel threw a pair of interceptions and hardly looked like Cleveland's future in Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Manziel says he'll remember the performance forever. He says it left a sour taste in his mouth.

Manziel is determined to play better this week at Carolina and said the key is for him to trust what he's seeing on the field and "then go out and let it fly."

Browns guard John Greco says the team has "full loyalty and faith" in Manziel, the Browns' 21st starting quarterback since 1999.

BROWNS-PETTINE

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar's harsh condemnation of the team's front office "a little dramatic."

Kosar blasted the organization Monday, a day after the Browns were shut out by Cincinnati in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's starting debut.

Pettine says he respects Kosar as a player and that he's entitled to his opinion, but feels with the interaction between ownership, the front office and coaching staff "the commitment is all there for us to be successful."

Pettine said he's "very encouraged" about the future with the Browns, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2002 and have undergone numerous coaching and quarterback changes in recent years. Pettine said it's easier to criticize a team on a three-game losing streak, and he "didn't hear a lot of that when we got our seventh win."

PANTHERS-NEWTON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Newton, wearing a long sleeve black shirt under his red practice jersey and a helmet, participated in all of the team drills Wednesday and did some throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. He didn't do much running.

Coach Ron Rivera is expected to address Newton's status for Sunday's game against the Browns later Wednesday.

Newton missed last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after flipping his truck in a two-vehicle wreck on Dec. 9. Newton suffered two transverse process fractures and was hospitalized overnight after the crash.

The fourth-year quarterback is 3-8-1 this season as Carolina's starter.

INDIANS-KIPNIS SURGERY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

The team said Kipnis had the operation on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Kipnis injured his finger while working out at home in Chicago. Kipnis was examined over the weekend by team medical personnel and his operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

The Indians say they expect Kipnis, who batted just .240 this season, to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The club did not indicate how Kipnis might be limited during spring training.

The 27-year-old Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013, batting .284 with 17 homers and 84 RBIs in 149 games. He hit just six homers and drove in only 41 runs this past season. He signed a $52.5 million, six-year contract in April.

T25-NC A&T-OHIO ST

Russell's 21 lifts No. 12 Ohio State past A&T, 97-55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading No. 12 Ohio State to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.

Shannon Scott added 12 assists, while Kam Williams had 15 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (9-1) in the game played before an announced crowd of 14,585 at Nationwide Arena.

Ohio State hit 69 percent of its shots in the second half to finish at 57 percent (35 of 62) from the field.

Bruce Beckford had 26 points and Arturs Bremers 14 for the Aggies (1-11), who have lost 11 in a row -- the last 10 on the road -- after opening with a win against Division III Greensboro College.

T25-SAN DIEGO ST-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Farad Cobb hit a 3-pointer that put Cincinnati in control in overtime, and the Bearcats pulled away to a 71-62 victory over No. 19 San Diego State on Wednesday night after letting a late lead slip away in regulation.

The Bearcats (7-2) were coming off a 56-55 double-overtime loss at Nebraska on Saturday night that underscored their season-long struggle to hit shots. Cobb made the one in overtime that made the difference and finished with 12 points.

San Diego State (7-3) lost for only the second time in its last 20 overtime games.

Winston Shepard had a game-high 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left that tied it 57-all and sent it overtime. The Aztecs were outscored 14-5 in overtime.

ROBERT MORRIS-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Julius Brown had 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Toledo to an 83-57 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night.

J.D. Weatherspoon added 18 points and 14 rebounds and Nathan Boothe chipped in eight rebounds and seven assists for Toledo (6-4). Brown converted 10 of 12 shots and connected on 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

Marcquise Reed scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and David Appolon had 12 points and five rebounds for Robert Morris (3-7). The Colonists shot a mere 16.7 percent from 3-point range.

Boothe hit two jumpers at the end of the first half to give Toledo a 12-point advantage at the midway mark. Weatherspoon's dunk capped a 15-3 run to begin the second half to put the Rockets up 24. Toledo held the lead above 19 the rest of the game.

LONGWOOD-MIAMI (OHIO)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Geovonie McKnight and Eric Washington scored 19 points apiece as Miami (Ohio) beat Longwood 71-60 on Wednesday night.

McKnight also had four rebounds and five steals for the Redhawks (3-7). Will Sullivan scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds and Rod Mills added eight points from the bench.

The Redhawks jumped to a 19-3 start and led 31-21 at the break. A 12-4 run to open the second period extended their lead to 44-25. The Lancers (3-8) fought back to within 7 points with the help of 3-pointers by Quincy Taylor and Kanayo Obi-Rapu Jr. but fell behind again by double digits as McKnight, Washington and Sullivan finished with 8 of 9 shooting from the line.

Taylor led the Lancers with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals. Longwood committed 21 turnovers during the game.

KENNESAW ST-YOUNGSTOWN ST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Nigel Pruitt scored 29 points and Delbert Love had 24 to lead Kennesaw State over Youngstown State 90-84 on Wednesday.

Kennesaw State (4-7) used a 10-4 run at the end of the first half -- including five from Yonel Brown -- to take a 46-41 lead into the break. Youngstown State got the deficit to four with 17 seconds left in the game, but DJ Cole's 3-point attempt with 8 seconds missed and Pruitt's free throws clinched it.

The Owls shot 53 percent from the floor and were 11 of 25 (44 percent) from beyond the arc. Love had seven rebounds and five assists, while Brown finished 18 points and eight assists. Orlando Coleman and Jordan Jones dominated the boards with 12 and 10 rebounds respectively.

Youngstown State (7-6) was led by Bobby Hain with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Shawn Amiker had 21 points and DJ Cole added 18.

DAYTON-PLAYERS DISMISSED

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Dayton dismissed junior Devon Scott -- the Flyers' top rebounder -- and junior reserve Jalen Robinson from the team on Wednesday for breaking a rule about player conduct.

Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said the players' behavior was "unacceptable" without going into detail about the rule involved.

The 6-foot-9 Scott started nine games and averaged 9.1 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds. Robinson, who also is 6-foot-9, averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in nine games.

The Flyers (7-2) host Boston on Saturday.

PROFANE PELINI

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."

The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio.

The Associated Press left messages for Pelini and Youngstown athletic director Ron Strollo.

INVERNESS CLUB-US JR AMATEUR

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Inverness Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, to be contested July 15-20.

The Toledo facility opened in 1903 and its current course was designed by Donald Ross in 1916. The course has been restored three times, most recently by Arthur Hills in 1999. The layout features tree-lined, narrow bentgrass fairways, approximately 80 bunkers and firm, fast bentgrass greens.

Inverness Club will be hosting its eighth USGA championship, including four U.S. Opens. It has also hosted two PGA Championships and two NCAA men's golf championships.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 18, 2014 08:50 GMT

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies needed three overtimes to knock off the defending NBA champs and continue their winning streak.

Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') scored 26 points and the Grizzlies picked up their sixth straight win by downing San Antonio 117-116. The Grizzlies coughed up a 23-point lead and trailed by three until Gasol banked in a 3-pointer as regulation expired.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 21 rebounds as the Grizzlies improved to 21-4, the second-best mark in the NBA.

In other NBA finals:

-- The Atlanta Hawks cruised to their 11th victory in 12 games as Shelvin Mack poured in a career-high 24 points in a 127-98 rout of the Cavaliers. Cleveland actually led by 12 in the second quarter before Atlanta outscored the Cavaliers 89-48 the rest of the way.

-- Toronto still leads the Eastern Conference at 20-6 after Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists in the Raptors' fourth straight win, 105-89 against Brooklyn. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-an-CHOO'-nuhs) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who led by just three before outscoring the Nets 29-16 in the final period.

-- The Los Angeles Clippers won for the 11th time in 13 games as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had double-doubles in a 102-100 triumph over Indiana. Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds, while Jordan added 23 boards and 15 points.

-- James Harden scored eight of his 41 points in overtime and finished with 10 assists as Houston knocked off Denver 115-111. Dwight Howard contributed 24 points and 16 boards to the Rockets' third consecutive win.

-- Damian Lillard hit four 3-pointers and scored 29 points in Portland's 104-97 over Milwaukee. LaMarcus Aldridge delivered 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Thomas Robinson added 15 points and 16 boards as the Trail Blazers won their third in a row to improve to 20-6.

-- Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points and Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis finished with 25 as Dallas topped Detroit 117-106. Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Mavericks handed the Pistons their 11th consecutive home loss.

-- Phoenix ended a six-game skid as Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to score 23 points and Goran Dragic (DRAH'-gihch) added 20 in a 111-106 triumph at Charlotte. The Hornets blew a 17-point and lost for the 14th time in their last 16 games.

-- Dwyane (dwayn) Wade's 42 points weren't enough for the Miami Heat in a 105-87 loss to Utah. Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and Enes Kanter added 18 as the Jazz won for only the second time in 14 games while dealing the Heat their fourth straight home loss.

-- Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in Boston's 109-92 rout of Orlando. Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger each finished with 16 in the Celtics' second straight win since a three-game losing streak.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The nation's No. 12 men's basketball team cruised to a 42-point victory on Wednesday.

D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15 as Ohio State crushed North Carolina A&T 97-55. Shannon Scott finished with 12 assists, while Kam Williams had 15 points in the second half for the 9-1 Buckeyes.

Ohio State hit 69 percent of its shots in the second half to finish at 57 percent (35 of 62) from the field.

In other top-25 finals:

-- Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 of his 21 points while No. 16 Washington was building a 45-13 halftime lead in an 86-38 laugher against Grambling State. Andrew Andrews added 16 points as the Huskies improved to 9-0, their best start in nine years.

-- Farad Cobb hit a huge 3-pointer in overtime as Cincinnati outlasted 19th-ranked San Diego State 71-62. Winston Shepard had a game-high 17 points and forced overtime by hitting a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left in overtime.

-- No. 25 Michigan State downed Eastern Michigan 66-46 as Bryn Forbes scored 14 points and Travis Trice added 13. Eastern Michigan shot 23 percent from the field, one week after its stunning win over Michigan.

NCAA-WISCONSIN/CHRYST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Chryst (krist) is returning to Wisconsin, which also spells the end of Steve Pederson as Pittsburgh's athletic director.

The Badgers have hired Chryst as their new football coach, three years after he left to take over Pittsburgh's football program. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State.

The 49-year-old Chryst had two prior stints as an assistant for the Badgers. Most notably, he was part of the Wisconsin staff from 2005-11, helping the Badgers to five double-digit victory seasons and two Rose Bowls.

He leaves the Panthers after going 19-19 in three seasons.

Chryst's return to Madison leaves the Panthers searching for their fourth football coach in as many years, which also caused the school to fire Pederson.

Vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance Randy Juhl has become Pitt's acting athletic director. Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will serve as interim coach for the Panthers as they prepare for the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2 against Houston.

NCAA-CONCUSSION LAWSUIT

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad.

U.S. District Judge John Lee says the deal could be altered to address his concerns, which include the scope of the proposal. At an October hearing, he raised similar concerns, saying, "The settlement, as it's constituted, includes every athlete for all time."

Under the settlement, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions. It would also create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes for brain trauma, and set aside $5 million for research.

NFL-NINERS

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive end Ray McDonald as San Jose police investigate him on suspicion of a sexual assault on Monday.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke (BAHL'-kee) said the decision was prompted by a pattern of poor decision making, adding that "we expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced last month that it declined to file charges against McDonald in a domestic violence investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest. McDonald continued to play while Santa Clara authorities continued their investigation.

NFL-RICE PROBE

UNDATED (AP) -- Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York have turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and his staff handled evidence in the Ray Rice case. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the handover of material on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller (MUHL'-ur) releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

Mueller has been investigating whether anyone at the NFL had seen or obtained video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back striking his then-fiancee inside an elevator before the video was published online.

NFL-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back. The quarterback took part in all of the team drills and did some throwing during the portion of practice open to reporters. His status for playing in Sunday's game against Cleveland remains up in the air.

Newton missed last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after flipping his truck in a two-vehicle wreck on Dec. 9. He is 3-8-1 this season as Carolina's starter.

NFL-PAINKILLERS

NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawsuit brought by retired NFL players against the league for allegedly routinely mishandling painkillers has been dismissed. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Northern District in California noted that the league has addressed the "serious and inevitable evil" of player injuries in a "serious way" through collective bargaining with the players' union.

The judge gave them until Dec. 30 to file an amended complaint.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PROFANE PELINI

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins were desperate for a win on Wednesday after falling to 10th in the NHL's Eastern Conference. They got one in Minnesota as Loui Eriksson scored 90 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Wild.

Niklas Svedberg was outstanding in goal for Boston, making 20 of his 35 saves in the second period.

Eriksson and Carl Soderberg each finished with a goal and an assist as the B's won for only the second time in their last eight games.

-- Kyle Turris (TUR'-ihs) scored twice as the Senators downed the Devils 2-0 despite being outshot 34-16. Craig Anderson picked up his third shutout of the season and 29th of his career to help the Senators improve to 2-1-1 under new coach Dave Cameron.

-- Kari Lehtonen (KAH'-ree LEH-toh-nehn) stopped 27 shots and Colton Sceviour (SEE'-vee-ur) scored the game-winner as Dallas blanked the Canucks 2-0 in Vancouver. The Stars have won two straight since dropping five of six.

NHL-PENGUINS-MUMPS

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution.

Crosby worked out for the first time after missing three games over the weekend. He could return to the lineup as early as Thursday night when the Penguins face Colorado.

The Penguins held goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (FLUR'-ee) and defensemen Olli Maatta (MAH'-tah) and Robert Bortuzzo out of practice while they were tested for mumps. All three players tested negative for mumps earlier in December.

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