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Browns coach Jackson apologizes after dismal 0-16 season

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson apologized. There was nothing else to do after making unwelcome history. One day after an inconceivable season ended without a win, Cleveland's coach was grateful to still have his job and Jackson took steps to sooth an angry ...

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions. The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis' contract ...

Bengals oust Ravens from playoff hunt with 31-27 victory

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The crowd was yelling as the clock was winding down. The Baltimore Ravens and their fans were poised for a New Year's Eve celebration, long before the clock struck midnight. And then, an instant later, silence. There would be no football ...

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that's known little else over the last two decades. Fourth down. Trailing by four. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland ...

Johnson scores twice in Lightning’s 5-0 rout of Columbus

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning lit off some fireworks well ahead of midnight on New Year's Eve. The NHL's best team scored four goals in a span of 7:23 of the second period in a 5-0 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday ...

No. 21 Cincinnati routs Memphis 82-48, extending home streak

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The Bearcats' shooting touch was off after a long layoff. The defense was crisp as always, allowing them to have an easy time extending their streak. Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the ...

Reliever Jared Hughes, Reds agree to $4.5M, 2-year deal

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Reliever Jared Hughes and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2020. Hughes gets $2,125,000 in each of the next two seasons under the deal announced Tuesday, and the Reds have a $3 ...

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in ...

Davidson beats Akron 91-78 for 7th at Diamond Head Classic

HONOLULU (AP) — Freshman Kellan Grady made five 3-pointers and scored a season-best 30 points to help Davidson beat Akron 91-78 on Monday for seventh at the Diamond Head Classic. Grady only had six points in the first half as Davidson led 39-34, but the Wildcats opened the second half by ...

Letang gets winning goal in shootout, Pens top Blue Jackets

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn't want to see Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang drop the gloves every game. But a frustrating first two periods led to a breakout third and a shootout victory. Letang scored the ...

Thomas dresses, Cavs down Bulls for 12th straight home win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Isaiah Thomas slipped on his jersey and headband those familiar, warm feelings washed over him. His agonizing wait is almost over. After seven months away, countless days of rehab and wonder if he would play again, Thomas was again on ...

USA Hockey sees youth program climb toward top of the heap

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the first 20 years of the world junior hockey championship, Team USA managed two podium finishes good for bronze medals in 1986 and 1992. The American youngsters couldn't keep up with teams from Canada and other nations where hockey ...

No. 20 Cincinnati beats Cleveland State 81-62 with late run

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Twice in a row, Kyle Washington muscled his way into the crowd, got an offensive rebound and scored a basket, sparking the run that No. 20 Cincinnati needed to finally shake an overmatched opponent. Washington's put-backs started a ...

Caldwell-Turner show puts Bowling Green past Green Bay in OT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Rodrick Caldwell and Justin Turner each scored 21 points and Bowling Green beat Green Bay 81-78 in overtime Thursday night. Caldwell made a 3-pointer in overtime and all six of his free throws — four in the last 15 seconds — to secure the win. He missed just one of ...

Walker leads Kent State past Oregon State 79-78

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State took advantage of a rare opportunity for a mid-major basketball program on Thursday night Jaylin Walker scored 25 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Golden Flashes, hosting a Pac-12 Conference team for the first ...

DeBrusk has goal, 2 assists as Bruins beat Blue Jackets 7-2

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Led by their young players, the Boston Bruins put up their highest scoring game of the season. Rookie Jake DeBrusk set up second-period power-play goals by David Backes and fellow rookie Charlie McAvoy and added a goal of his own, Tuukka Rask ...

No turnover: Browns rookie QB Kizer hangs on to starting job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Loose with the football, DeShone Kizer held onto his starting job. Cleveland's rookie quarterback, who upped his NFL-leading interception total to 19 with two more picks Sunday, will start this week when the winless Browns play in ...

No. 16 Missouri women top Xavier 74-48 for 11th straight win

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points, Cierra Porter had her 17th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 16 Missouri won its 11th straight with a 74-48 victory over Xavier on Monday at the West Palm Invitational. It's Mizzou's longest winning ...

Northeastern wins 5th straight, tops Kent State 81-69

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Vasa Pusica scored 12 of his 21 points from the free throw line and Tomas Murphy and Bolden Brace each added 14 points off the bench as Northeastern won its fifth straight, knocking off Kent State, 81-69 on Monday night. The Huskies will close out the nonconference portion ...

Lewis won’t declare he’s done with Bengals, despite report

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is not ready to concede the end of his second-longest tenure in the league. ESPN reported Sunday before the game at Minnesota, citing unnamed league sources, that the 59-year-old Lewis does not ...