Ohio Sports

Kings score 5 unanwered goals in 5-2 comeback over Columbus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings know all about poor starts, their first periods at home being something less than highlight material of late. But they are nothing if not resilient, and after falling behind 2-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, they stormed back for a ...

AP source: Cavs suspend Smith for throwing soup at coach

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith was suspended one game by the team for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. The soup tossing happened after the team's morning shootaround, and Smith sat out Thursday night's loss ...

Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced ...

LeBron 1st in NBA with 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February in a one-of-a-kind career. He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after producing 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland ...

Party on: Indians, Napoli agree to minor league contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have invited Mike Napoli to another party. It could be over earlier than the last one. Cleveland finalized a minor league contract on Wednesday with the popular free agent slugger, whose powerful swing and clubhouse leadership ...

Jim Thome fights back tears during Hall of Fame visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — To know what the moment meant to Jim Thome, all you had to do was look into his tear-filled eyes. "It's hard to explain the emotions that go through you," Thome said Tuesday as he gazed around the Baseball Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, the most hallowed corner of ...

Blue Jackets score early and often, beat Capitals 5-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after the trade deadline, the Columbus Blue Jackets had the kind of first-period offensive explosion they've been missing this season. The Blue Jackets scored four times in the opening period and went on to beat the Washington ...

3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The courtship of LeBron James has taken an Oscar-worthy turn — toward Philadelphia. Three billboards urging James to leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Philadelphia 76ers this summer as a free agent have been installed along ...

Virginia firms No. 1 poll ranking, Xavier moves up to No. 3

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer A second blowout loss to Villanova didn't stop Xavier from notching the program's highest AP Top 25 ranking a week ago. The Musketeers are rising again, passing the Wildcats on Monday to reach yet another program high at No. 3. The poll switch comes ...

Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers 110-94

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Spurs ended their "rodeo" road trip by roping the Cavaliers. LeBron James thought San Antonio got some help. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Danny Green added 22 and the Spurs ended their annual trip by beating the Cleveland ...

Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Ian Cole from Senators

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jacket acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for center Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third round draft pick. This is the second time in three days Cole has been moved. Ottawa acquired the 29-year-old Friday night from the Penguins ...

Anderson scores in 3rd as Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets had to come from behind twice Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference wild-card race. Josh Anderson scored in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots to lift the up-and-down ...

Avery’s late FTs give Kent St. 64-63 win over Bowling Green

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Jalen Avery made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left for the fifth lead change in the final minute and Kent State defeated Bowling Green 64-63 on Saturday night. Avery took the ball coast-to-coast, driving hard to the basket after Demajeo Wiggins had given the Falcons the ...

Cleveland St. slips past Youngstown St. 99-94 in double OT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Bobby Word sank seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, Stefan Kenic chipped in 17 points, including a 3-pointer to force a second overtime period, and Cleveland State slipped past Youngstown State for 99-94 win in double OT on Saturday night. Kenic made a ...

Patrick, Mrazek lift streaking Flyers over Blue Jackets 2-1

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Petr Mrazek showed just why the Flyers traded for him. Mrazek made 19 saves in his Philadelphia debut and Nolan Patrick scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, leading the streaking Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the ...

Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers 110-103

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe life without John Wall won't be as miserable as the Wizards feared. The All-Star break barely slowed them down, and the Cavaliers couldn't stop them either. Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie ...

Clark scores 17 as No. 11 Cincy rebounds, beats UConn 77-52

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The Bearcats had three days to stew, and it showed when they took the court. Gary Clark scored 10 of his 17 points during Cincinnati's decisive opening spurt, and the 11th-ranked Bearcats shook off consecutive losses by beating ...

Marshall helps No. 4 Xavier beat Georgetown 89-77

BOBBY BANCROFT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite winning four straight games in the nation's capital, Xavier coach Chris Mack is happy that the Big East has never held its conference tournament in DC. His leading scorer, Trevon Bluiett, has scored over 2,000 points in his ...

Nance Jr. and other new Cavaliers ready for home debuts

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers. "Trying to convince my mom that I'm not living at home," he said, smiling. "We're out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she's like, ...

LeBron on NBA playoff re-seeding: “Let’s not get too crazy”

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James has only followed an Eastern route to the NBA Finals. He doesn't want to see that change. While NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently raised the possibility that a change in the playoff format — re-seeding the 16 ...