Ohio Sports

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

No. 12 Ohio State uses hot start to upset No. 2 Maryland

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State got off to a sizzling start and then held off Maryland to get one of the biggest wins in school history. Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 points to lead five players in double figures as the 12th-ranked Buckeyes shot 63 percent from ...

Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend ...

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after ’16 run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it ...

Ekholm scores in 3rd period, Predators beat Blue Jackets 4-3

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score early in the third period, the Nashville Predators kept up their intensity and Mattias Ekholm got them a win. Ekholm scored his third goal of the ...

Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime 2-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan ...

Evans scores 17, No. 18 Cincinnati beats Tulsa 80-60

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The only thing that Mick Cronin mentioned to his team at halftime was defense. The 18th-ranked Bearcats got the message. Jacob Evans III scored 13 of his 17 points while Cincinnati took control in the first half, and the Bearcats clamped down ...

Browns sign long snapper Hughlett to 6-year extension

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns signed steady long snapper Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract extension. Hughlett has been with the team since 2014, when he joined Cleveland's practice squad and was eventually signed to the active roster. The ...

Mitchell’s 27 leads No. 12 Ohio St women to 9th straight

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, her eighth straight game with at least 20, and No. 12 Ohio State took control in the first half and rolled to its ninth-straight win, 87-69 over Nebraska. Sierra Calhoun added 13 points and Tori McCoy had 12 for ...

After losing Love for weeks, LeBron and Cavs beat Wolves

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love's knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court. He spent the night backing that up ...

Ellis’ 3-pointers help Michigan State beat Ohio State 74-66

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Alvin Ellis chose to stay at Michigan State, resisting the urge of following two of his former teammates and transferring to another school. The Spartans are glad he did. Ellis scored 15 of his 18 points with a 3-point barrage in ...

Love hurts: Cavaliers’ All-Star forward out at least 6 weeks

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love won't be able to help the Cavaliers down the stretch this season. The All-Star forward will miss at least six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, a blow to the defending NBA champions as they try ...

Dartis perfect at line in Ohio’s 79-71 win over E. Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Dartis scored a career-high 26 points and made all 12 of his free throws, Jason Carter had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Ohio held off a late Eastern Michigan rally for a 79-71 win Tuesday night. Jordan Nobles' layup brought Eastern Michigan to within 71-63 ...

Mid-American leader Akron wins 30th straight home game

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Kwan Cheatham Jr. had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Johnson scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Mid-American leader Akron held off Toledo 71-65 on Tuesday night for the Zips' 30th straight home win. Akron trailed by 11 with 10:36 left. Johnson got loose ...

Vesey’s goal in third lifts Rangers past Blue Jackets, 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Antti Raanta hadn't made a start in more than six weeks, due an injury and the reliable play of starter Henrik Lundqvist. Raanta had to be on his game Monday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets outshot the New York Rangers. Raanta ...

Love’s knee injury ‘concerning’ for Cavs; 2nd opinion sought

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love's left knee injury has the Cavaliers concerned about the All-Star forward, who will get a second opinion while his teammates are in Minnesota. Love has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, his former ...

Cavs trade ‘Birdman’ Andersen to Hornets, who release him

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers traded injured center Chris Andersen and cash to the Charlotte Hornets for a protected top-55 second-round draft pick. Monday's move opens a roster spot for Cleveland and gives the defending NBA champions another asset to use ...

No. 25 SMU snaps No. 11 Cincinnati’s 15-game win streak

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer DALLAS (AP) — Ben Emelogu acknowledged that SMU players would have been lying if they said Cincinnati wasn't on their minds. The 25th-ranked Mustangs got a bit of a revenge, and in the process took a slight lead in the American Athletic Conference ...

Cavs’ All-Star Love sidelined with left knee injury

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love's sore left knee will sideline him for at least one game and could keep him out of the All-Star game. Love complained of soreness in his knee following Saturday's win over Denver. He underwent an MRI on Sunday, ...

Braves acquire Brandon Phillips from Reds in trade

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips on Sunday from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two pitchers. The Braves traded away left-hander Andrew McKirahan and minor league right-hander Carlos Portuondo. Braves general manager John Coppolella called ...