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LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him. "I gotta be much better," he said. As Cleveland has staggered to a 3-9 record since it lost at Golden ...

Bates-Diop scores 20 as No. 13 Buckeyes slip past Nebraska

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing its fourth game in eight days, No. 13 Ohio State seemed vulnerable Monday night. Facing a surprising Nebraska team that upset Michigan last week, the Buckeyes were at risk of letting one slip away. But that didn't happen. Keita ...

No. 14 Maryland women top No. 12 Ohio State in Big Ten duel

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State 99-69 Monday night in a duel for first place in the Big Ten. The Terrapins ...

Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair. While he was cool, Lue's ...

Kerem Kanter rallies No. 11 Xavier over St. John’s 88-82

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Mack didn't get to do much as a Xavier player because of knee injuries. As the Musketeers' coach, nobody has won more games. Kerem Kanter scored 22 points and made the biggest plays during a late run that swept the 11th-ranked Musketeers ...

Holding: Browns tackle Thomas still undecided about future

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He's still holding. Cleveland's star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that ...

Holtmann makes Big Ten history as Ohio St. tops Northwestern

BY MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Chris Holtmann figured an off-night from Keita Bates-Diop was inevitable. So, too, is the Ohio State coach's first Big Ten loss. But it did not coincide with his star player's first subpar performance in weeks. Holtmann became the ...

Ohio State puts 7-0 Big Ten mark on line against Minnesota

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Minnesota (14-6, 3-4) vs. No. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0), Saturday, at New York. The Gophers and Buckeyes meet in the third annual "Super Saturday — College Hoops & Hockey" at ...

Newkirk, Demery spark Saint Joseph’s past Dayton 81-65

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shavar Newkirk scored 17 points and five Saint Joseph's players scored in double figures as the Hawks shot nearly 50 percent, ended a two-game slide and defeated two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Dayton 81-65 on Wednesday night. Newkirk drained a 3-pointer to open ...

Cumberland has 18 points, No. 14 Cincinnati routs USF 78-55

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Down 10 points on the road, No. 14 Cincinnati hardly blinked. "There was no panic. I'm very confident with these guys," coach Mick Cronin said after Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and the Bearcats shrugged off a slow start to beat ...

Ohio St. beats Rutgers 68-46, improves to 6-0 in Big 10

By MATT SUGAM, Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn't anticipated. Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both. "We had talked about it ...

Booth scores 21, No. 1 Villanova routs No. 10 Xavier 89-65

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova turned the anticipated Big East game of the year into a romp by the time some fans were still taking their seats. Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored a career high 21 points while Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead the No. 1 Wildcats to ...

Cavs’ Thomas fined $20K for clothesline on T’Wolves’ Wiggins

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat. The punishment was announced Wednesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations. The ...

Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns' roster still needs major work. Their front office is starting to shape up. New general manager John Dorsey tapped into his NFL connections to improve the winless Browns, adding former Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and ...

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 ...