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Nicklaus turns 80 and remains a part of golf’s conversations

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jack Nicklaus turns 80 on Tuesday, no closer to retirement than when he was at the peak of his golf career. Never mind that he rarely competes, and when he does play the occasional round of golf, he doesn't always finish the hole. His ...

Scott’s double-double leads Cincinnati over ECU 82-57

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Scott had another double-double, but it was another number in the box score — one on the other side of the ledger — that meant the most to him. Scott played a hand in holding down East Carolina's Jayden Gardner, the key to Cincinnati ...

Bjorkstrand scores twice, rallies Jackets over Rangers 2-1

By ALLAN KREDA Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The surging Columbus Blue Jackets received a dose of stellar play from a rookie goaltender and a two-goal boost from returning Oliver Bjorkstrand to forge another close victory. Bjorkstrand scored twice, including with 26.5 seconds left, to ...

Lewis, Jackson back on sidelines to coach in Collegiate Bowl

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis don't know if they will appear again on an NFL sideline but on Saturday they will be coaching players who hope to get to the next level. The close friends are the head coaches for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. ...

Berry back to interview with Browns about GM opening

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns. After spending three seasons in Cleveland's front office, Berry, who is currently the Eagles' vice president of football operations, interviewed Friday to be the Browns' new ...

Crutcher’s 3 in OT lifts No. 13 Dayton over Saint Louis

By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Obi Toppin and Trey Landers did all the talking in Dayton's huddle heading into overtime against St. Louis. Jalen Crutcher did the listening. Crutcher hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime and finished with 21 points, lifting No. 13 ...

Brooks has 26 points as Grizzlies defeat Cavaliers 113-109

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies kept the NBA's longest winning streak alive with a fourth-quarter burst and defensive stops in the final seconds. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, Ja Morant added 16 points and eight assists and the Grizzlies ...

Second shot: Browns hiring Kevin Stefanski as next coach

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski coached running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks in Minnesota. He's about to take on his most challenging group yet — the Browns. The Vikings offensive coordinator, who came close to getting Cleveland's job last year but ...

Diggins, Ottey help UIC upset Wright State 76-72

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Diggins scored 20 points and Marcus Ottey made two free throws with 11 seconds left to help Illinois-Chicago hold off Wright State 76-72 on Sunday. Diggins sank 7 of 13 shots from the floor for the Flames (7-12, 2-4 Horizon League), who handed the Raiders (15-4, 5-1) ...

Browns’ coaching search nearing end, GM interviews planned

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' two-week-old coaching search has come into focus, and perhaps may soon come to an end. Cleveland appears to have narrowed its list of candidates to three presumed finalists — 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Vikings ...

Ballock, Alexander lead Creighton past Xavier 77-65

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The Creighton Bluejays earned an important Big East road win on Saturday, and in doing so helped head coach Greg McDermott achieve a career milestone. Mitch Ballock scored 19 points and went 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Ty-Shon Alexander ...

Green, Phinisee lead Indiana past No. 11 Ohio State 66-54

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Wirter BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Archie Miller promised to make changes Saturday. He doubled down with one move: giving Rob Phinisee his first start of the season and bringing Devonte Green off the bench. It worked perfectly. Phinisee gave the ...

Toppin hurts ankle while No. 15 Dayton beats UMass 88-60

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin landed with a loud thud and grabbed his left ankle. The capacity crowd at University of Dayton Arena went silent as the Flyers' top player lay on the court. Dayton's spectacular season had hit a speed bump. Toppin scored 16 points ...

Cavaliers rally past Pistons, 115-112 in OT

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished a tumultuous couple days with an emotional victory. However they felt about what had unfolded between them and coach John Beilein, the Cavaliers kept playing hard. Thompson scored a ...

Thornton scores as Sharks top Blue Jackets 3-1

GIDEON RUBIN Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is being asked to take on a bigger role these days. And at 40, Jumbo Joe has responded. Thornton scored and moved into a tie for 11th place on the NHL's career list for games played as the San Jose Sharks defeated the ...

Patriots OC McDaniels back home to interview with Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit. The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as an NFL coach didn't go well, interviewed Friday with the Cleveland Browns, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Canton, ...

Beilein says he apologized for ‘thugs’ comment about Cavs

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein said Thursday he has apologized after reportedly using the word "thugs" during a film session with his players the previous day. ESPN.com, citing unidentified sources, reported that Beilein suggested ...

Struggling Ohio State trying to avoid another January swoon

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann is trying to head off another January swoon. The third-year-Buckeyes coach says he never knows exactly what kind of team he's got until January arrives, bringing the first of a long, arduous stretch of Big ...

Powell scores 24, surging Seton Hall beats Xavier 83-71

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — With its best player back from a concussion, Seton Hall is on its best surge of the season, all the way to the top of the Big East. Myles Powell scored 24 points Wednesday night, and Seton Hall remained undefeated in the league play by beating ...

Outfielder Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history with Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign. Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal this week with the Reds. They introduced him ...