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Burks’ late dunk seals Cavs’ 99-97 win over slumping Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Burks had a more productive visit to Barclays Center than his last one. Playing just his third game for Cleveland after a trade from Utah, Burks threw down a two-handed dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers avoided a fourth-quarter collapse and edged the ...

McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to Cleveland job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become ...

Bengals keep getting shredded as season slips away

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The desperation was evident when coach Marvin Lewis fired his defensive coordinator and installed himself in the role the rest of the way. Another season was slipping away. There was no more time to lose. "Game day will be different for me," ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant at Ohio State, he will retire after the ...

Ohio State to face Washington in 105th Rose Bowl

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State's consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of ...

Bengals’ season unravels more with 24-10 loss to Broncos

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green took a couple of steps, tried to cut and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right foot. He was carted off the field, along with the Bengals' hopes of a late-season recovery. They keep unraveling a little more each week. Rookie ...

Texans get 9th straight win, 29-13, win over Browns

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — After the Houston Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win on Sunday, J.J. Watt was asked to reflect on how far the team has come in the past year. "I was on the couch a year ago so this is a lot better," said Watt, ...

Akron fires coach Terry Bowden after 4-8 season

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Terry Bowden raised Akron's profile, made the Zips competitive and led them to bowl games over seven seasons. It wasn't enough. Bowden was fired Sunday, a day after Akron completed a disappointing 4-8 season with a 28-3 loss at South Carolina. The Zips lost ...

No. 16 Ohio State routs Minnesota 79-59 in Big Ten opener

By NICOLE KRAFT, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten. Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both ...

Lakers rout Suns 120-96 for 3rd straight victory

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and LeBron James had 22 before both sat out the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' third home victory in four days, 120-96 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 ...

No. 6 Ohio St. ignores sideshows as Big Ten title game looms

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk ...

Indians trade All-Star Gomes to Nationals for prospects

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher ...

Championship Saturday: Oklahoma, Ohio State make CFP case

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Before the College Football Playoff field is set, there is one last chance to make a case to the selection committee. No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State both need to win Saturday — and they should both be rooting for Alabama. The Sooners enter ...

LeBron, Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks 114-103

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were stuck in neutral for most of the first half against Dallas. Then they ramped up their defense and rallied for a second win in as many nights, posting a 114-103 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. "From the ...

Oklahoma ahead of Ohio State in pivotal playoff rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Oklahoma is on the doorstep of the College Football Playoff. The Sooners were No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four ...

Chisenhall agrees to $2.75M, 1-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons. The Pirates are in need of help in the outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from surgery on his ...

Sexton scores 29 as Cavs hold off Harden, Rockets 117-108

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team is starting to figure things out. Cleveland's players are proving him right, at least for the last two nights. Rookie Collin Sexton scored a season-high 29 points and the Cavaliers won ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to ...

No. 10 Ohio State routs No. 4 Michigan 62-39

By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory Saturday that sends ...

Guentzel’s hat trick leads Penguins past Columbus 4-2

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn't find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins' recent slump. Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride, Guentzel is starting to fill the net. Guentzel scored his first career ...