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LeBron’s late defense helps Cavs edge Heat without Love

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — A dramatic, disturbing month for the Cavaliers ended with a defensive stop. Go figure. LeBron James scored 24 points and turned away Miami's James Johnson before he could get off a shot in the final seconds as Cleveland began a long stretch ...

Love lost: All-Star forward’s broken hand a pain for Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's broken left hand has caused further damage to the crumbling Cavaliers. The All-Star forward Kevin Love is consulting with surgical specialists in New York about fixing his hand, an injury which has rocked the Cavs, a team ...

Former big league outfielder Oscar Gamble dead at 68

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing days for an Afro that spilled out of his helmet, died Wednesday of a rare tumor of the jaw. He was 68. His second wife, Lovell ...

James narrowly misses triple-double, Cavs beat Pistons

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Two-game winning streaks are rarely cause for a celebration. The Cleveland Cavaliers can't be choosy these days. LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and narrowly missed his second straight triple-double, and Cleveland beat the Detroit ...

ICYMI: A record win highlights women’s hoops this week

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A record win, another triple-double and a milestone point highlighted the week in women's basketball. Division II Ashland won its 57th consecutive game on Saturday to tie the longest winning streak regardless of gender at that level. ...

Wright State beats Oakland 64-51

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Loudon Love had a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds to lead Wright State by Oakland 64-51 on Sunday. Love scored 15 first-half points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season ...

Isaiah Thomas says no ‘bad blood’ between him and Kevin Love

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas denied a rift with Kevin Love, insisting there is no "bad blood" between the teammates. Following days of drama with the never-a-dull-moment Cavs, Thomas spoke Saturday to reporters for the first time since the ...

Milwaukee defense shuts down Cleveland State, 70-47

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bryce Nze had a season-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds as Milwaukee posted its first three-game win streak this season by thumping Cleveland State 70-47 on Saturday afternoon. Milwaukee took a 28-16 advantage into the break, limiting the Vikings to just four points in ...

Small scores 27 and Green Bay beats Penguins 85-67

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Khalil Small scored 27 points with seven rebounds and Green Bay beat Youngstown State 85-67 on Saturday. Small was just 2 of 8 from the arc but 8 of 13 otherwise and reached 20 points for the ninth time this season. He also had four assists and three steals. The senior ...

Mitchell all-time Big Ten scorer; No. 12 Ohio St. women win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points to become the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and No. 12 Ohio State ended a three-game losing streak with a 78-62 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. Mitchell, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, has scored 3,098 points, passing Rachel ...

Cavs overcome LeBron’s 11 turnovers to beat Pacers 115-108

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before leaving the Cavaliers' locker room, LeBron James made sure doughnuts from the team's tasty postgame spread were packed in his bag. He had enough turnovers. James recorded his 63rd career triple-double — overcoming a career-high 11 ...

Karlsson scores 2 vs former team, Knights top Columbus 6-3

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After practice on Monday, William Karlsson acknowledged there was a part of him that would be playing with a chip on his shoulder when the Vegas Golden Knights faced Columbus. Plucked from the Blue Jackets last June during the expansion ...

LeBron gets 30,000, but Spurs beat slumping Cavs 114-102

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, then got upstaged by the youngest player on the court. Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray — a friend and mentee of James — had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven ...

Top this: Xavier, Cincinnati share a city, hoops accolades

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Only 2½ miles apart on the map, Xavier and Cincinnati are separated by one spot in The Associated Press' latest Top 10 — quite a coup for a city that values its college basketball almost as much as its unusual recipe for chili. "It's been ...

Zabo’s hot hand in OT lifts Kent State over Ball State 88-80

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and Danny Pippen finished with a double-double to power Kent State to an 88-80 victory over Ball State on Tuesday night. Pippen scored 11 with 16 rebounds for the Golden Flashes (10-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), who ...

Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Cleveland's drama club is acting up again. Frustrated by their recent poor play in a season when their NBA title hopes seem to be slipping away, the Cavaliers held an emotional pre-practice meeting on Monday in hopes of clearing the air. They've lost 10 of 14 ...

AP source: Browns hiring fired Steelers coordinator Haley

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson is finally handing off his Browns offense. Cleveland's coach, who has handled game-planning and play-calling duties while going 1-31 over two seasons with the Browns, is hiring former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd ...

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 ...