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RAIN/SNOW MIX ON THE WAY

**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY** for most of Central and Northern Ohio through Sunday & Sunday night.

Snow showers developing tonight, with a wintry mix for Southern Ohio.  Expecting 2-3" of snow by daybreak for most of Central Ohio.

A bit of a lull through parts of the morning, then more rain/snow mix through the afternoon. Warmer air & rain for Southern Ohio with hinder their snow accumulations, but areas that stay all snow to the north could see an additional 1"-3"

Cold air rushes in Sunday evening with a final wave of snow before midnight.

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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on February 28, 2015 06:55 GMT

CAVALIERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sidelined, Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double Friday night in the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Indiana won for the seventh time in nine games -- including twice over the Cavaliers in the past three weeks.

James sat out with soreness in his lower back, while Irving stayed home after hurting his left shoulder. So the Cavs relied on J.R. Smith, who had 21 points, and Kevin Love, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs responded by jumping to a 21-8 lead midway through the first quarter. But without their two All-Stars, the Cavs couldn't maintain that pace.

CAVALIERS-IRVING INJURY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss Friday's game at Indiana because of a strained left shoulder.

Irving got hurt during the second half of Thursday's 110-99 win over Golden State. He didn't travel with the team and an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. It's the best-case scenario for the Cavs, who have won 18 of 20 games.

The team said Irving's status will be updated before Sunday's game at Houston.

Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists. Matthew Dellavedova will likely start for Irving and LeBron James can also run Cleveland's offense.

Cleveland plays eight of its next 10 on the road, a challenging stretch that includes games at Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Miami.

After missing 49 games in his first three NBA seasons with injuries, Irving has sat out just three this season.

CAVALIERS-JAMES OUT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Cleveland will be without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Friday night at Indiana.

Coach David Blatt says he is holding out James to give him some extra rest. Blatt says James complained of back soreness and general soreness after the Cavaliers' home victory over Golden State on Thursday night. James scored a season-high 42 points and had 11 rebounds.

James has missed time this season with knee and back injuries. Against Golden State, he stretched out on the floor instead of sitting on the bench when he had a rest in the fourth quarter.

Irving didn't make the trip so he could get an MRI on his injured left shoulder. Blatt says he does not believe the injury is too serious.

Cleveland also will be without forward Shawn Marion. He has a strained left hip.

Cleveland has won 18 of its last 20, with the first of those two losses coming at Indiana three weeks ago.

BENGALS MOVES

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals released defensive end Robert Geathers -- one of Cincinnati's most tenured players -- and receiver Greg Little on Friday.

Geathers played 11 seasons with Cincinnati, a span of 152 career games that ranks third in franchise history for a defensive lineman. Only Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170) have played in more games for the Bengals. Geathers, a fourth-round pick in 2004, had 21 tackles, one sack and one interception last season.

The Bengals signed Little as a free agent from Cleveland in October, when injuries depleted the group of receivers. He played in six games for Cincinnati, getting six catches for 69 yards. He didn't have a reception during the Bengals' playoff loss at Indianapolis.

BROWNS-MCCOWN

Browns agree to terms with quarterback Josh McCown

The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Josh McCown on a contract.

McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills.

McCown's signing likely means the Browns will not re-sign Brian Hoyer, who won 10 games for them the past two seasons and is poised to become a free agent next month. Hoyer made 13 starts last season before he was benched in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel. It's not clear if the Browns view McCown as their starter for next season or as a mentor for a young quarterback like Manziel or any QB they may select in the NFL draft.

Manziel entered a rehab facility last month.

McCown previously worked with new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in Oakland.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Matt Calvert on injured reserve and recalled center Brian Gibbons from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Calvert is out indefinitely due to a concussion.

Calvert has recorded 10 goals and nine assists in 49 games this season and has totaled 39 goals and 43 assists in 202 career NHL games after being Columbus' fifth pick in the 2008 NHL draft.

Gibbons, a free agent signing from Pittsburgh last summer, has five assists in 21 games this season with the Blue Jackets. The Braintree, Massachusetts, native has three goals and six assists in 10 games at Springfield.

REDS-BYRD

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he'll bring them more than just another run producer in left field.

Cincinnati is hoping the 14-year veteran also helps with a clubhouse that's still got a lot of young players. Byrd notes that he's been demoted, suspended and traded, so can help everyone learn from his experience.

The Reds got Byrd in a trade with Philadelphia in December to play left field, a trouble spot for the last two years. He joins a lineup that struggled to score runs last season. Byrd batted .264 with 25 homers and 85 RBIs in 154 games for Philadelphia last season. He also struck out a career-high 185 times.

National Sports News

Last Update on February 28, 2015 22:09 GMT

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Ron Baker scored 17 points to help No. 11 Wichita State beat No. 10 Northern Iowa 74-60 and win the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship over the Panthers.

Fred VanVleet added 13 points for the 27-3 Shockers who extended their home court winning streak to 32 games. Tekele (teh-KEEL') Cotton and Evan Wessel scored 11 each.

Seth Tuttle scored 16 points for 27-3 Northern Iowa, which had a 16-game winning streak snapped. No other Panther scored in double figures.

Northern Iowa entered the game allowing 53.8 points a game, fourth best nationally.

Top-ranked Kentucky has taken its 28-0 record into an SEC showdown with No. 18 Arkansas.

A share of the Pac-12 lead is on the line when No. 7 Arizona visits 13th-ranked Utah.

In other top 25 action:

-- Kris Jenkins' back-to-back 3-pointers started a late 17-7 run that rallied No. 6 Villanova 78-66 win over Xavier. The Wildcats improved to 27-2 and 14-2 in the Big East with their tenth straight win.

-- Melo Trimble scored 19 points to help No. 14 Maryland beat Michigan 66-56 and complete an undefeated season at home in the Big Ten. The 24-5 Terrapins' 9-0 mark at home in the Big Ten includes Tuesday's win over fifth-ranked Wisconsin, the conference leader.

-- Brice Johnson had five dunks and 22 points to help No. 15 North Carolina end a streak of four consecutive losses against Miami with a 73-64 victory. North Carolina reached 20 victories for the 11th time in 12 years under coach Roy Williams.

-- Big 12 scoring leader Buddy Hield had 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help No. 16 Oklahoma rally and beat TCU 67-60. The 20-8 Sooners won for the eighth time in nine games to stay in the hunt for at least share of the conference title.

-- Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points and Montrezl (mahn-TREHZ') Harrell added 16 to lead No. 17 Louisville past Florida State, 81-59. Louisville shot 48.4 percent and forced 21 turnovers to surpassed the 70-point mark for the first time in eight February games.

-- Jordan Sibert scored 19 points as Dayton held off a second-half comeback to beat No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth 59-55. The Flyers held onto their share of first place in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island. With the loss the Rams fall a game back.

-- Kellen Dunham scored 24 points to pace No. 23 Butler in a 67-53 win over DePaul 67-53. The victory moved the 21-8 Bulldogs into sole possession of second in the Big East. Roosevelt Jones added 16 points and Kameron Woods finished with 14.

NASCAR-STOLEN CAR

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday.

NASCAR's Team XTREME says the car was found early Saturday northwest of Atlanta. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in front of the No. 44 Chevrolet, which was valued at $250,000 and appears undamaged.

The discovery comes too late to help the team, which was forced to withdraw from the weekend race at Atlanta.

MLB-TRAINING CAMPS

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss opening day. The left-hander suffered the injury at his home Friday. He's expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks.

The 25-year-old was 12-4 with 208 strikeouts and a 2.17 ERA last season, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Atlantic Division-leading Toronto looks to break out of a recent slump when it hits the road to face the Knicks tonight as part of a seven-game NBA schedule. The Raptors have dropped four in a row including a 24-point beat down last night at home against Golden State. The Knicks may just be the remedy for what ails Toronto. They had to go to two overtimes to snap an eight-game losing streak last night against Detroit.

Southwest Division-leading Memphis travels to Minnesota tonight. The Grizzlies have been victimized by Pacific Division teams recently, losing back-to-back games at Sacramento and last night at home to the Clippers by 18 points.

Southeast Division-leading Atlanta looks to up its current winning streak to four games when it travels to Miami.

NBA-OBIT-MASON

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks say former power forward Anthony Mason has died at age 48. He had been battling heart problems.

Mason was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990's. His ten-year career was spent with the Knicks, Charlotte and Miami.

He won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 1995 with New York and earned an All-Star berth in 2001 with the Heat.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Nashville tries to get back to its winning ways when it takes the home ice against Detroit today. The NHL leader is coming off a surprising home loss to Minnesota Thursday that snapped the Preds' six-game winning streak. Detroit is in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, trailing first-place Montreal by just six points. Pavel Datsyuk has been on a hot streak for the Red Wings with 11 points in the last seven games.

The Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens have won seven of their last 10 games heading into tonight's rivalry game against Toronto in Montreal.

Nashville isn't the only team Minnesota has beaten lately. In fact, the Wild have gotten points in 14 of their last 19 games, and only Nashville has more points since the All-Star break. The Wild try to keep it going when they skate into Colorado tonight.

There are 10 games on the NHL schedule.

NHL-TRADES

UNDATED (AP) -- Washington has acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from Carolina in exchange for defenseman Jack Hillen and a draft pick. The 32-year-old Gleason has 140 career points in 710 NHL games with Los Angeles, Carolina and Toronto. Both players are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer.

Elsewhere:

-- Florida has acquired forward Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in this year's draft from Anaheim for forward Tomas Fleischmann. The deal comes two days after the Panthers got 43-year old Jaromir Jagr (YAR'-oh-meer YAH'-ger) from New Jersey for a pair of draft picks. Fleischmann had 27 goals for Florida three seasons ago, and 27 goals in 180 games since. Heatley was scoreless in six games with Anaheim, and hasn't been in the NHL since December.

GOLF-HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Rain has washed out the third round of the Honda Classic with only 24 golfers able to complete at least a hole. Play is set to resume Sunday, with the likelihood of a Monday finish.

Padraig Harrington holds a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed.

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