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Ohio Sports News

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.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 22, 2014 16:16 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The teams that are currently in the four College Football Playoff spots are all in action as part of a football-heavy Saturday.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State will all try to bolster their positions with the final CFP rankings due out Dec. 7.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide gets a bit of a break after tough wins over LSU and Mississippi State, when it hosts Western Carolina. The Catamounts are an FCS team that has never beaten a higher division opponent in 51 tries.

That bodes well for 9-1 Alabama, which could wind up giving its starters some down time if the game gets out of hand. Oregon fans may be getting their final look at quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH-tah) at home when they host Colorado. The junior Heisman Trophy hopeful might NFL-bound after the season. And if he is, the experts think hell go out on a high. The 9-1 Ducks are a 32 1/2-point favorite against the 2-8 Buffaloes.

Florida State may just be playing with a chip on its shoulder when the Seminoles host Boston College. FSU is the only unbeaten team among the playoff contenders is still only third in the rankings this week. Quarterback Jameis (JAY-mihs) Winston is expected to test the Eagles secondary, which is ranked 65th in the nation in pass defense.

Mississippi State will try to rebound from the loss to Alabama when the Bulldogs host Vanderbilt. And they do it without starting safety Justin Cox, whos been suspended indefinitely after his arrest yesterday on domestic violence and burglary charges. The 9-1 Bulldogs will be trying to finish off their first perfect season at home since 1999. Vandys Johnny McCrary is the teams fourth quarterback this season.

Should any of the top four in the CFP bracket falter, Baylor and Ohio State are in position to move up. The 8-1 Bears are a four-touchdown favorite against visiting Oklahoma State which has lost four in a row. The 5-5 Cowboys is playing their fourth ranked team in five games.

Ohio State is going to be charged with stopping the nations No.2 rusher in Tevin Coleman when the 9-1 Buckeyes host Indiana. Hes averaging 168 rushing yards per game and an eye-popping 7.84 yards per carry.


UNDATED (AP) -- Third-ranked Wisconsin takes a 3-0 mark into its game against Boise State tonight as part of the top 25 mens basketball schedule.

Nigel Hayes has been a big part of the perfect start to the season, recording double-digit rebounds in all three wins. He averaged less than three rebounds a game as a freshman. Boise State also enters the game with a 3-0 record.

Sixth-ranked North Carolina looks to improve to 3-0 when it faces Davidson in Charlotte.

No. 13 Gonzaga takes a 3-0 record and 28-game home court winning streak into tonights encounter with St. Thomas Aquinas.

No. 21 Nebraska takes its 2-0 record on the road to visit Rhode Island.

No. 22 SMU has lost two of its three games heading into tonights meeting at home against Eastern Washington.


UNDATED (AP) -- Six in a row and counting. The Dallas Mavericks have strung together that many wins heading into their Texas showdown at Houston tonight.

Both teams are off to solid starts with the Mavericks holding a 10-3 record to trail Memphis by a game for first in the Southwest Division. The Rockets are 9-3 and have lost two straight. Theyve dropped three of five at home this season while going 6-1 on the road.

Torontos riding high at 10-2 to top the Atlantic Division. The Raptors look for their third win in a row when they travel to Cleveland to meet LeBron James and company. The Cavaliers are trying to end a three-game skid that has seen them drop to 5-6.

Washington beat the Cavaliers last night to strengthen its hold on the Southeast Division lead at 8-3. The Wizards visit Milwaukee. Thats part of a 10-game schedule in the NBA.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Islanders are one of the surprise teams early in the NHL season and could find themselves with a share of the Metropolitan Division lead before the night is out.

The Islanders host Pittsburgh just a night after edging the division leaders in a shootout in Pittsburgh. Thats pulled the Islanders within two points of the Penguins for first place. Montreal heads into tonights game at Boston lead the NHL with 31 points. The Canadiens have put up the league-best point total despite failing to score a first period goal in 16 of 21 games this season. There are 13 games in the NHL today and tonight.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Defending champion Henrik Stenson and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello opened up a three-shot lead after the third round of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Saturday.

Stenson posted four birdies in a 4-under 68 to join Cabrera-Bello who birdied four of his closing five holes in a 7-under 65. Both players have an overall 14-under 202 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

England's Justin Rose shot a 68 for third place, one shot clear of top-ranked Rory McIlroy (70), Victor Dubuisson (67), Tyrrell Hatton (68) and Thorbjorn Olesen (69).

McIlroy had back-to-back double bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes.


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