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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 ...

Indians more confident star Lindor begins season with them

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he's more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive ...

Marshall, Tandy lead Xavier past St. John’s 75-67

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Freshman KyKy Tandy missed the first month of the season with a foot injury and lost a little confidence along the way. In Xavier's first Big East home game, he showed flashes of what the Musketeers expected. Tandy made four 3-pointers in the ...

No. 20 Dayton tops Saint Joe’s to end Hawk Hill drought

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With Obi Toppin on the bench early in the second half against Saint Joseph's with four fouls, Dayton showed the depth that has it atop the Atlantic 10. Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell each had 18 points as the 20th-ranked Flyers fought off some early sluggishness and ...

Parity party has college basketball’s best on constant edge

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The season was barely a week old when Michigan State lost to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, a defeat of the nation's No. 1 team that could be written off easily as a high-profile battle of heavyweights on a neutral court early in ...

Love, Hall lift Wright State over Detroit Mercy 70-69

DETROIT (AP) — Loudon Love scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds and Jaylon Hall hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wright State to a 70-69 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday. Love, a junior, hit 9 of 24 shots from the floor and had 12 ...

Schroder, Gilgeous-Alexander lead Thunder past Cavs 121-106

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love has been the subject of trade speculation all season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star showed his frustration several times during Saturday night's 121-106 loss to Oklahoma City. Dennis Schroder scored 22 points and Shai ...

Toppin scores 20, No. 20 Dayton eases past La Salle 84-58

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For most of the 2010s, Dayton had trouble winning in the city of Philadelphia. In their first game of the '20s, the 20th-ranked Flyers had no problem breaking that trend and showing what could be in store for the rest of the Atlantic 10. Obi Toppin scored 20 points as ...

Graham breaks late tie, Hornets beat Cavaliers 109-106

STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Devonte Graham hit the biggest shot of the game. And then his coach came up with a clutch timeout. Graham hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to break a tie and cap Charlotte's late rally in the Hornets' 109-106 victory over the Cleveland ...

Ridder, No. 23 Cincinnati romp over Boston College, 38-6

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Desmond Ridder and No. 23 Cincinnati wrote a much happier ending to their season. Ridder ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to lead No. 23 Cincinnati to a 38-6 victory over Boston College on Thursday in the ...

Ohio faces off with Nevada in Idaho Potato Bowl

By The Associated Press undefined BOISE, Idaho (AP) — IDAHO POTATO BOWL: Ohio (6-6 Mid-American Conference) vs. Nevada (7-5, Mountain West Conference), in Boise, Idaho, Friday, 3:30 p.m. EST. Line: Ohio by 8. Series record: First meeting. WHAT'S AT STAKE Ohio and Nevada will meet for ...

Browns vow to get coach hire ‘right,’ meet with McCarthy

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam excused himself from a daylong interview with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to once again explain why his franchise is in disarray. It's a nearly annual event in Cleveland — fire a coach, find a new one, ...

Lowry scores 24 points, Raptors beat Cavaliers 117-97

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry kept injury-ravaged Toronto rolling along by finishing off 2019 with another 20-point performance. Lowry scored 24 points, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 and the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-97 on Tuesday ...

Werenski’s hat trick lifts Blue Jackets over Panthers 4-1

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Werenski's first career hat trick helped spoil the first Columbus homecoming for Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovski, and the Blue Jackets won again, despite adding another name to their growing list of injured players. Werenski scored ...

GM Dorsey, Browns part ways after disappointing 6-10 season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns "mutually parted ways" with general manager John Dorsey two days after the team fired coach Freddie Kitchens following a disappointing season. Dorsey's stunning departure on Tuesday came after he refused to take a reduced ...

Ohio St. star RB J.K. Dobbins leaving to enter NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Record-breaking Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Dobbins' decision was expected. He announced it in a Twitter post Monday in which he thanked everyone at the university and said "coming to Ohio from Texas has been ...

Toppin’s 31 lead No. 20 Dayton over North Florida 77-59

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin took one shot from beyond the arc and missed it. Dayton's slammin' forward didn't attempt another. The way he and the Flyers were getting to the basket, there was no need. Toppin scored a career-high 31 points, most of them off ...

Gillespie leads No. 10 Nova past Xavier in Big East opener

By AARON BRACY Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright leaned on Collin Gillespie in crunch time, and the sophomore guard delivered. Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over Xavier on Monday ...