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Last Update on December 17, 2014 06:38 GMT

BLUE JACKETS-RED WINGS

DETROIT (AP) -- Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots through overtime and two more in a shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.

Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen both scored in the tiebreaker for Columbus against Jimmy Howard, who made 29 saves. Detroit has lost four straight.

Columbus has three shootout wins during its streak.

Pavel Datsyuk had the lone shootout goal for Detroit, which has dropped three consecutive home games in shootouts.

Bobrovsky allowed five goals to Detroit in a Nov. 18 shutout loss in Columbus.

BENGALS-RUNNING IN FRONT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals have stayed ahead of the rest of the AFC North by getting more than expected out of their rookie running back.

Jeremy Hill leads all NFL rookies with 877 yards, which ranks 11th overall. He ran for 148 yards during a 30-0 win at Cleveland on Sunday that kept the Bengals (9-4-1) a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh and Baltimore. It was his third game of at least 148 yards, joining Rudi Johnson as the only Bengals to run for so many in one season.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has decided to make Hill the featured back the rest of the way instead of Giovani Bernard. The Bengals host Denver (11-3) and the league's second-best run defense on Monday night.

BROWNS-KOSAR CRITICISM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bernie Kosar, the Browns' best quarterback in the past 30 years, says the team's front office lacks vision and switching to rookie Johnny Manziel "is a recipe for disaster."

Kosar delivered a harsh critique of his former team in an interview with WTAM radio Monday. Kosar, whose contract as a preseason TV analyst was not renewed last summer, says the Browns' current regime doesn't "know how to lead and organize and set a culture to play winning football."

Manziel made his first start Sunday and played poorly in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati. Kosar called the Browns' constant rotation of quarterbacks -- Manziel is the 21st starter since 1999 -- part of a "systemic" problem within the organization.

Kosar says building up Manziel's first start is "what bad organizations do ... You can't put these kids in these spots. It's almost abuse."

INDIANS-FLOYD

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn't resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

Floyd is 72-72 with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and the Braves. His best season was 2008, when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts for the White Sox.

STADIUM SEATS-REPAIRS

County goes DIY route to fix Reds stadium seats

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio's Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart.

Facing costs as high as $5 million, the county hired a local firm to design new seat molds, found a plastics company to make the backs and bottoms and is paying ex-jail inmates and others about $10 an hour to install them in the Cincinnati Reds' stadium.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Tuesday the cost to taxpayers will be about $1.3 million. The county's lease with the team requires it to maintain the seats.

About 17,000 of the new seats already are in place, and county officials say they're stronger, better looking, more durable and less expensive than the originals.

AKRON-N DAKOTA ST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Lawrence Alexander scored 22 points and made 10 of 10 free throws to lead North Dakota State to a 55-46 win over Akron on Tuesday night.

Kory Brown scored 15, Dexter Werner grabbed 16 rebounds, and the Bison (6-4) converted 17 Akron fouls into 17 of 20 free throws.

Deji Ibitayo led Akron (6-4) with 10 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. had 11 rebounds.

The Bison led 10-4 after a 3-pointer and layup by Brown, but Akron clawed back to trail 18-17 after a 3-pointer by Noah Robotham. Brown scored 10 points in the half and the Bison led 22-19 at halftime. Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the field.

Akron trailed by four in the second half after Ibitayo hit two free throws at 5:42, but the Bison used a 12-4 run, in which Alexander scored eight, to pull ahead.

HOUSTON-HERMAN

HOUSTON (AP) -- Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been hired as Houston's new coach.

Herman takes over for Tony Levine, who was fired last week.

Herman agreed to a five-year, $6.75 million deal to take over the Cougars, who went 7-5 this season.

He has been quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Ohio State teams that have gone 36-3 the past three seasons. He will remain with the Buckeyes throughout the team's playoff run.

Herman won the Broyles Award as the top college assistant coach last week.

The Cougars were 21-17 under Levine, including bowl appearances the past two seasons. They will play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Pittsburgh at Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 2.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs will coach Houston in the bowl game.

YOUNGSTOWN ST-PELINI

UNDATED (AP) -- Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has been hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown.

The school announced the move on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Pelini is a Youngstown, Ohio, native and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the Northeast Ohio city.

He was fired last month after eight seasons at Nebraska. Pelini was 67-27 with the Cornhuskers, but never won a conference championship.

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Last Update on December 17, 2014 23:50 GMT

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) -- Defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been released by the San Francisco 49ers amid an investigation by San Jose police into McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault. The club says it notified the NFL office of the allegations against McDonald, saying, "This is a team decision."

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it declined to file charges against the defensive lineman in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest in a domestic violence case.

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 World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst as well as other profanity.

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

MLB-ACTIVITIES

UNDATED (AP) -- New Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (mar-KAY'-kihs) has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The Braves say the operation was a success and Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities before spring training in late February. The expected eight-week recovery period leaves little room for setbacks.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with the condition before the 2013 season with the Orioles. He left to sign a $44 million, four-year contract with the Braves, who felt the neck condition was not a serious risk.

In other baseball news;

-- Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis has had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. Kipnis injured his finger while working out at home in Chicago. The Indians say they expect Kipnis to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. He batted .240 last season.

-- Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. Morrow was 1-3 with a 5.67 earned run average in six starts and seven relief appearances for Toronto last season.

-- Seattle has acquired Justin Ruggiano (roo-JEE'-ah-no) from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 runs batted in.

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