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Cavs and Warriors headline MLK Day for the NBA

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer There are days the NBA holds dear, days the league sets even more emphasis on putting its best foot forward. Opening night, Christmas Day, All-Star weekend. They are all important dates for the league to engage its fans, grab ratings and put on a show. ...

Ohio State beats Michigan State for first Big Ten win 72-67

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Off to a disastrous 0-4 start in the Big 10 that included a demoralizing blowout loss to Wisconsin earlier this week, Ohio State sorely needed a performance that would restore some swagger. That finally came Sunday. JaQuan Lyle led the ...

Mavunga, No. 11 Ohio St women hold off Purdue, 61-56

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and posted her 35th-career double-double, Tori McCoy had 12 points and No. 11 Ohio State overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Purdue 61-56 on Sunday. Kelsey Mitchell, who came in ranked No. 6 in ...

Hot-shooting Badgers blitz Ohio State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bronson Koenig scored 21 points as No. 18 Wisconsin recovered from a poor shooting performance four days earlier to blitz Ohio State 89-66 on Thursday night. Wisconsin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 39 percent from the field on Sunday, including just 2 of 14 from 3-point ...

Four Reds players reach 1-year deals to avoid arbitration

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shortstop Zack Cozart earned a significant raise from the Reds following his return from reconstructive knee surgery for a career season in 2016, one of four arbitration-eligible players to reach agreement on new contracts with the club Friday. Cozart agreed Friday on a ...

Indians, 4 pitchers agree to 2017 contracts

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday. Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for ...

Spartans look to keep building, Buckeyes face two tests

By The Associated Press A look at things to watch this week in the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Ohio State. The Spartans (12-6, 4-1) bounced back from a loss to Penn State by beating No. 24 Minnesota 65-47 on Wednesday night. Miles Bridges scored 16 points, rebounding after ...

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs 100-92

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even if Gordon Hayward isn't concerned with his All-Star candidacy, he put a signature performance on his resume in a huge win for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to ...

Staal’s goal lifts Hurricanes past Blue Jackets 5-3

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Skinner is just trying to keep up with his productive linemates. They've helped the Carolina Hurricanes keep pace in their push for an elusive playoff berth. Skinner had a goal and two assists, linemate Victor Rask had two ...

Jankoska, Michigan State women beat No. 11 Ohio State 94-75

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tori Jankoska set Michigan State's single-game scoring record with 42 points and became the Spartans career scoring leader in a 94-75 victory over No. 11 Ohio State on Tuesday night. Jankoska moved past Aerial Powers (2014-16) and now has 1,853 career points. She ...

Browns hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams revived his coaching career after shame and suspension. His next challenge: repairing Cleveland's leaky defense. Williams was hired Sunday as the Browns defensive coordinator, replacing Ray Horton, fired by coach Hue ...

Coffey, surging Minnesota outlast Ohio State 78-68

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Confidence and poise are suddenly in ample supply at Minnesota. Newcomers to the lineup have provided instant sparks and critical production. The most tangible factor in the turnaround, though, has to be the defense. Amir Coffey ...

Ohio State receiver Noah Brown will declare for NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown says he will skip his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. A starter last season for the first time, Brown was second on the team to Curtis Samuel in receiving, catching 30 passes for 385 yards. He tied for the ...

Hello, Cleveland: Indians welcome slugger Encarnacion

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — With his family watching proudly, Edwin Encarnacion stood in front of his new locker inside Cleveland's clubhouse, pulled on a fitted cap and slowly buttoned the front of his white No. 10 jersey. Once finished, he pointed to the ...

AP source: Cavs nearing deal for Hawks’ Korver

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyle Korver could soon be hoisting shots for the NBA champions. The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to finalize a deal to acquire Korver, one of the league's elite 3-point shooters, in a trade from the Atlanta Hawks, a person familiar ...

No. 20 Purdue holds off Ohio State rally to win 76-75

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State fought back furiously from a 10-point deficit in the second half against No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night, but a desperate rally came up just short. Purdue's Caleb Swanigan hit a free throw with 5 seconds left and the ...

Blue Jackets extend streak to 16 games, within 1 of record

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Blue Jackets were winding down another dominant victory when the near-sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena began to chant. "We want 16! We want 16!" Columbus delivered, and now it will try to tie an NHL record on Thursday ...

Akron gives coach 289th win, beating Bowling Green 89-84

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jimond Ivey had 23 points, Kwan Cheatham Jr. added 18 and Akron held off Bowling Green 89-84 for Keith Dambrot's 289th victory, making him the winningest coach in school history. Akron led 37-35 at the half and was up 87-81 with 16 seconds remaining. Bowling Green's ...

Maturing starters should help Ohio State come back in ’17

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the end, the Ohio State Buckeyes' youth and inexperience was exploited by Clemson in the desert. On the bright side, most of the team that reached the College Football Playoff with only six returning starters and the youngest ...

Browns’ RG3 feels he proved ‘people wrong’ in tough season

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Robert Griffin III felt victorious following a demoralizing season. Of course he was disappointed the Browns went 1-15 and that he missed 11 weeks after breaking his left shoulder in the opener. But Griffin, who for more than a ...