Ohio Sports

Wiggins, Butler lead 127-99 Wolves romp past James, Cavs

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves, like so many lesser opponents over the years, have been largely unsuccessful in trying to best LeBron James. This time, they built a lead on Cleveland as big as 41 points before the end of the third quarter. ...

Bengals hire Detroit’s Austin as defensive coordinator

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator. Austin spent the past four seasons as Detroit's defensive coordinator, but his future was in doubt after the Lions fired coach Jim Caldwell last week . "I am excited to add Teryl to our coaching staff ...

Panarin scores in OT, Blue Jackets rally to beat Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) — Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had a hard time holding back his smile after a come-from-behind victory over Toronto. Artemi Panarin scored 3:11 into overtime to help the Blue Jackets overcome a two-goal deficit and beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Monday night. Bobrovsky ...

Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious. Maybe the winless season wasn't a total loss. Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or ...

LeBron James assist short of triple-double in Cavs’ win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James did a little bit of everything in Cleveland's victory over Orlando James had 33 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals, but it was his steady presence on the floor in the final six minutes that made the difference in Cleveland's 131-127 victory ...

Providence upsets No. 5 Xavier 81-72

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another layup bounced off the rim, Providence forward Rodney Bullock grabbed the defensive rebound with about 20 seconds left and Xavier coach Chris Mack stood in front of his bench with both hands in the air. It was time to ...

Western Michigan rallies to beat Miami (OH) 67-62

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Bryce Moore scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and Western Michigan beat Miami (Ohio) 67-62 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory. Thomas Wilder added 13 points and Josh Davis scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Broncos (10-5, 2-0 Mid-American ...

Rozier scores 20, leads Celtics to 102-88 win over Cavaliers

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas. The next time they see their former teammate, he probably won't be in a hoodie after watching the game from the bench. And it won't be so easy. Terry Rozier scored 20 points in ...

More of the same: Bengals stick with Marvin Lewis

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The assistant head coach is gone, but head coach Marvin Lewis is coming back for a 16th try at a playoff victory. And so it goes in Cincinnati. In a what-have-you-done-lately league, the Bengals remain the outlier. Lewis met with the media on ...

Davis scores 28 points; Dayton beats St. Bonaventure 82-72

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Darrell Davis scored 28 points and Trey Landers added 17— career highs for both — as Dayton beat St. Bonaventure 82-72 on Wednesday night. Jaylen Adams and Izaiah Brockington hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of a 9-2 spurt to pull St. Bonaventure (11-3, 1-1 ...

For Isaiah Thomas, no hard feelings in his return to Boston

BY KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn't holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left. Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the ...

Browns coach Jackson apologizes after dismal 0-16 season

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson apologized. There was nothing else to do after making unwelcome history. One day after an inconceivable season ended without a win, Cleveland's coach was grateful to still have his job and Jackson took steps to sooth an angry ...

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions. The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis' contract ...

Bengals oust Ravens from playoff hunt with 31-27 victory

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The crowd was yelling as the clock was winding down. The Baltimore Ravens and their fans were poised for a New Year's Eve celebration, long before the clock struck midnight. And then, an instant later, silence. There would be no football ...

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that's known little else over the last two decades. Fourth down. Trailing by four. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland ...

Johnson scores twice in Lightning’s 5-0 rout of Columbus

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning lit off some fireworks well ahead of midnight on New Year's Eve. The NHL's best team scored four goals in a span of 7:23 of the second period in a 5-0 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday ...

No. 21 Cincinnati routs Memphis 82-48, extending home streak

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The Bearcats' shooting touch was off after a long layoff. The defense was crisp as always, allowing them to have an easy time extending their streak. Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the ...

Reliever Jared Hughes, Reds agree to $4.5M, 2-year deal

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Reliever Jared Hughes and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2020. Hughes gets $2,125,000 in each of the next two seasons under the deal announced Tuesday, and the Reds have a $3 ...

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in ...

Davidson beats Akron 91-78 for 7th at Diamond Head Classic

HONOLULU (AP) — Freshman Kellan Grady made five 3-pointers and scored a season-best 30 points to help Davidson beat Akron 91-78 on Monday for seventh at the Diamond Head Classic. Grady only had six points in the first half as Davidson led 39-34, but the Wildcats opened the second half by ...