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Last Update on November 26, 2014 06:35 GMT

JETS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Evander Kane scored two power-play goals, as the Winnipeg Jets held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd both had a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba added two assists apiece for Winnipeg, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves to improve to 4-1-1.

Jordan Leopold and Ryan Johansen scored for the banged-up Blue Jackets, who are on a franchise-record pace for games lost to injuries. Columbus, which entered tied for the fewest points in the NHL, have lost four in a row and 13 of 15.

BENGALS-NUGENT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mike Nugent's worst moment of the season came in overtime. He missed a 36-yard field goal on the final play, forcing Cincinnati to settle for a 37-37 tie with Carolina on Oct. 12.

He got messages from other kickers providing encouragement. He fixed the problem that led to the miss. And he's been perfect since then, making all eight of his kicks, including a clinching 49-yard field goal during a 22-13 win at Houston on Sunday.

The Bengals (7-3-1) have held onto their thin lead in the AFC North with the help of Nugent's proficiency. Their special teams rank among the league's best in every category.

Cincinnati plays at Tampa Bay (2-9) on Sunday, trying for its third straight road win.

BENGALS-ASMITH

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve with a torn left triceps on Tuesday, ending his season.

Smith got hurt during a 22-13 win in Houston on Sunday. He'd missed the two previous games with a sprained ankle.

The Bengals filled his roster spot by signing offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, a sixth-year veteran who has started 24 games. He was Green Bay's fifth-round pick in 2009 from South Carolina. He was on the Colts' roster for the first nine games this season, playing in four, and was waived on Nov. 4.

The Packers signed him four days later and waived him on Nov. 15.

BILLS-BACK HOME

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expects Ralph Wilson Stadium to be "100 percent operational" in time to host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Brandon provided the update Tuesday after a tour of the stadium uncovered some minor damage from a severe lake-effect storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Buffalo region last week.

The problems ranged from burst pipes, to leakage to parts of the wall separating the field from the stands being damaged during the snow-removal process. A portion of the wall of the Bills' practice facility caved in, but has already been repaired.

Brandon says engineers found no structural issues to the stadium itself.

The Bills (6-5) beat the New York Jets 38-3 in a "home" game at Detroit on Monday night.

REDS-TOWERS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel on Tuesday.

Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks. He also was general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009.

He replaces Bob Miller, who spent nine seasons with the Reds, most recently as vice president and assistant general manager to Walt Jocketty. Miller was hired by the Nationals as assistant general manager earlier this month.

The Reds also hired Jeff Schugel as a special assistant for pro scouting. Schugel was a special assistant with the Braves last season. He also has worked with the Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Angels during a 31-year career.

NC CENTRAL-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Octavius Ellis threw down a pair of dunks midway through the first half to spark Cincinnati into the lead en route to a 59-50 win over North Carolina Central Tuesday night.

Ellis got his first jam with the score tied at 11-11 to give the Bearcats the lead. He then fed Farad Cobb for a 3-pointer and emphasized the point with a second dunk to make it 18-13.

Gary Clark finished with 12 points to lead the unbeaten Bearcats (4-0), with Ellis adding another 11 points. Both pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as Cincinnati out-boarded the Eagles, 33-15.

Nimrod Hilliard tossed in 14 points to lead North Carolina Central, with Karamo Jawara and Jordan Parks each contributing 10 points.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line. Cincinnati was 14 of 19 from the line while the Eagles (1-3) were just 4 of 5.

AKRON-PENN ST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- D.J. Newbill scored 29 points, Penn State outscored Akron by 19 points in the second half and the Nittany Lions defeated the Zips 78-72 Tuesday night.

Brandon Taylor was 4 of 11 from 3-point range and added 14 for the Lions, who trailed 45-32 at the half. Geno Thorpe scored 10 points.

Penn State (5-1) opened the second half by holding Akron (3-2) scoreless for 6:19 and built a 47-45 lead off a 15-0 run.

Deji Ibitayo scored 17 points and Noah Robotham 16 for the Zips, but Akron's second-half shooting woes opened the door for the Nittany Lions.

The Zips, who shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, went 6 of 29 in the second half. Penn State was 14 of 22.

DETROIT-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Juwan Howard, Jr. was 11 of 23 from the field for 28 points and Detroit narrowly held off Toledo 82-79 on Tuesday in the Progressive Legends Classic sub-regional championship game.

Toledo (2-3) led by five with 4:19 left after a 3-point play by Justin Drummond. Howard responded with a three-point play of his own, they a jumper as Detroit (4-2) went on a 9-point run to tie the game at 73 with 1:38 left.

Brandan Kearney drilled a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and Detroit made its free throws late to hold off the Titans.

Detroit used a 9-2 run in the middle of the first half -- including a 3-pointer by Howard -- to open an 8-point lead. Toledo called timeout at 7:20 then closed the half on a 15-6 run -- including 3s by Julius Brown, Drummond and Jonathan Williams -- and led 37-36 at the break.

J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo with 20 points.

SE MISSOURI-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Jovan Austin hit a jump shot and made two free throws with 39 seconds left to secure a 62-54 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night.

Nino Johnson hit a jumper to pull the Redhawks within two, 54-52 with 1:53 left. Austin's four-point surge stretched the lead to 58-52. Zack Denny and Spencer Parker added two late free throws.

Bowling Green is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since opening the 1999-2000 season with three straight wins.

Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green with 14 points, Parker had 10 and Denny added nine.

Bowling Green made 23 of 57 attempts (40.4 from the floor but only hit 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. The Redhawks were 19 of 46 overall.

Jarekious Bradley, who nailed 4 of 8 from long range, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Redhawks (2-3).

NORTHWESTERN-MIAMI (OHIO)

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Alex Olah and Vic Law scored 13 points apiece as Northwestern held off Miami (Ohio) 55-46 on Tuesday, advancing to face Northern Iowa in the Cancun Challenge championship game Wednesday.

Northern Iowa knocked off Virginia Tech earlier in the day.

Miami (2-2) trailed much of the second half, but tied it at 40 with 6:12 remaining on a pair of Eric Washington free throws. Northwestern (5-0) then went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by Vic Law's 3-pointer, and held off the game Redhawks.

Both teams started slowly and the game was tied five times in the first half, the latest at 25 with 3:14 left. Scottie Lindsey made a jumper before Tre Demps drilled a 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put Northwestern up by six at intermission. Demps finished with 11 points.

Washington led the Redhawks with 12 points, while Logan McLane and Chris Bryant had eight apiece.

ARK-PINE BLUFF-OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ndour scored 21 points with 12 rebounds as Ohio held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-60 on Tuesday night.

Ndour hit 7 of 12 shots and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line as Ohio (2-1) scored 21 points at the line in the win.

Marcel Mosley led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) with 20 points and the Golden Lions hung close, trailing just 30-28 at halftime.

Ghiavonni Robinson (13 points) provided some fire during a 9-0 run just after halftime -- nailing a 3-pointer and then a dunk as the Golden Lions went up by five.

But Javarez Willis (16 points) hit one of his four 3-pointers with 11:42 to play that gave Ohio the lead 46-45. Though the Bobcats were often tied they never trailed again, and finally broke clear in the last 4:22 on free throws by Ryan Taylor and Ndour and a layup by Willis.

MD-EASTERN SHORE-BUCKNELL

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Chris Hass' three free throws with 5 seconds left lifted Bucknell to a 58-55 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday at the Progressive Legends Classic.

The Bison (2-4) blew a 15-point halftime lead, and baskets by Mike Myers and Ishaq Pitt gave the Hawks (1-6) a 54-50 advantage with 1:38 left in the game. Hass made a 3-pointer with 33 seconds but Myers hit 1 of 2 free throws to leave UMES up 55-53 with 14 seconds left. Haas was fouled by Myers and he converted all three free throws. D.J. MacLeay added a basket for Bucknell for the final score.

Haas finished with 17 points, J.C. Show added 10 and MacLeay grabbed 10 rebounds.

Iman Johnson scored 12 points and Pitt 10 for the Hawks.

The Bison committed 19 turnovers but had a 35-25 rebounding advantage.

OHIO-MIAMI (OH)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Josiah Yazdani kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift Ohio to a 24-21 win over Miami (OH) in "The Battle of the Bricks" Tuesday night.

Jordan Reid hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Derrius Vick with 11:28 left to tie the 91st meeting between the teams at 21-21.

Yazdani missed a 42-yard attempt with under two minutes left. Miami (2-10, 2-6 Mid-American) drove to the Ohio 45 yard line, but the drive stalled and the RedHawks sailed the ensuing punt into the end zone for a touch back.

After running for a first down at the Miami 33, Vick found Chase Cochran for 18 yards and Brendan Cope for 38 yards for a first down at the Miami 11, where Yazdani booted the game-winner.

The Bobcats (6-6, 4-4 MAC) now have won eight of the past nine meetings.

T25-OHIO ST-TITLE TALK

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Every year except one from 1935 to 2012, the Ohio State Buckeyes were able to focus entirely on their annual season-ending rivalry with Michigan.

But now, for the second year in a row, their most important and emotional regular-season game will be followed by a trip to the Big Ten championship a week later.

The Buckeyes barely dispatched Michigan in their backdoor struggle a year ago, then turned around and had a 24-game winning streak ended the following week when they lost 34-24 to Michigan State in their first appearance in the conference title game.

There's no doubt the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) are concentrating on the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4) this week. But they also know they have another big game just around the corner.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 26, 2014 23:37 GMT

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Butler got 17 points each from Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin to knock off No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 in the opener of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Bulldogs crashed the boards for 29 offensive rebounds to improve to 4-0. That helped offset 7 percent shooting from the field over the final 8 minutes of the game. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 18 points. North Carolina fell to 3-1.

In other Top 25 action:

-- Bahamas native Buddy Hield scored 24 points, Frank Booker added 11 and Oklahoma beat No. 22 UCLA 75-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Jordan Woodard added 10 points for the 3-1 Sooners.

There are four top 25 teams in that tournaments eight-team field including No. 2 Wisconsin. The Badgers have been impressive in posting four wins this season heading into their meeting with UAB. No opponent has scored more than 60 on the Badgers, who are holding teams to 34 percent shooting.

A battle of ranked teams will decide the championship at the Maui Invitational. No. 3 Arizona takes on 15th-ranked San Diego State in a meeting of 5-0 teams.

There are 10 games on the top 25 schedule.

NFL-QUARTERBACK CHANGES

UNDATED (AP) -- The 2-9 New York Jets have announced that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. Vick had started the Jets' last three games, but struggled against Buffalo before being replaced by Smith in the loss in Detroit.

Smith last started on Oct. 26 in a loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched.

The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. In announcing the decision, coach Jay Gruden said he feels like McCoy gives the 3-8 Redskins a better opportunity.

The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games.

Houston has placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve with a chest injury, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against Tennessee. Fitzpatrick started the first nine games before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett, who went 1-1 as the starter.

NFL-NEWS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension.

Slater called the extension "humbling" but declined to go into details. The Patriots don't announce contract extensions.

The total value of the deal is $4 million.

In other NFL news:

-- The Indianapolis Colts have claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers from Tennessee. Team officials say they waived linebacker Victor Butler to clear room on the 53-man active roster.

---- Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for striking New England's Zach Moore late in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

NFL-BROWNS-GORDON

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says the lowest point during his recently completed 10-game suspension was that he was treated differently by friends and teammates.

Gordon returned last week after serving his suspension for substance abuse, catching eight passes for 120 yards in a win over Atlanta. In an NFL Network interview, Gordon said people with the Browns were "more standoffish" with him. He said "it's kind of like a disease" with people wanting to keep their distance.

Gordon couldn't practice or work out with his teammates during the suspension, but he was allowed to attend meetings and interact with employees in the facility.

T25 FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-GURLEY SURGERY

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia says tailback Todd Gurley has had successful surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Gurley suffered the season-ending injury in No. 8 Georgia's win over Auburn on Nov. 15. Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career rushing list, behind Herschel Walker.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Some of the elite NBA teams are part of the league's Wednesday schedule. And then there are the 76ers.

The 0-14 Sixers will be looking to avoid a franchise record for futility to start a season when the host Brooklyn tonight. Philadelphia is also just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18. If the losing continues, Philadelphia could break the NBA record for losses to start the season on Dec. 5 when hosting Oklahoma City.

Northwest Division-leading Portland is on an eight-game winning streak heading into their road game at Charlotte. It's the Trail Blazers' longest winning streak since stringing together 11 in a row in November of last year.

Despite the winning ways, 11-3 Portland still trails Memphis and Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. The 12-2 Grizzlies are in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers, while the 11-2 Warriors take a six-game winning streak into their game at Orlando.

Toronto has won five in a row, as the Raptors prepare to take on the Hawks in Atlanta. Toronto is tied with Memphis for the best record in the NBA.

Thirteen games dot the NBA schedule.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders are riding high with the best 21-game start to a season in franchise history. They'll try to improve on that when they host Washington tonight. The Isles have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 to improve to 15-6. That has them tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL.

The high-scoring Penguins will try to keep pace when they host refocused Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5. The Maple Leafs are 8-4-1 in their last 13.

There are nine games in the NHL tonight.

MLB-WRIGLEY RENOVATION

CHICAGO (AP) -- The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by Opening Day.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St. Louis is April 5.

The demolition of the bleachers is part of a larger $575 million project. The Cubs are also building a jumbo video board and six outfield signs.

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