Ohio Sports

Puig & Co.: New-look Reds try to escape NL Central cellar

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — During Yasiel Puig's six seasons in LA, the Dodgers won at least 91 games and made the playoffs each year, reaching the World Series twice. The outfielder knows nothing but winning at the major league level. Hello, Cincinnati. An offseason ...

FC Cincinnati wins for 1st time in MLS, beating Timbers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Allan Cruz and Mathieu Deplagne scored two minutes apart in the second half and expansion FC Cincinnati won for the first time in MLS, topping the 10-man Portland Timbers 3-0 on Sunday in its home debut. Kendall Waston scored FC Cincy's first home goal in the MLS in the ...

Cincinnati defeats Houston 69-57 for AAC title

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With conference player of the year Jarron Cumberland running the show, No. 24 Cincinnati pulled away to win its second American Athletic Conference Tournament. Cumberland had 33 points and eight rebounds as No. 24 Cincinnati won its ...

Mavericks top Cavaliers 121-116 as Dirk closes on Wilt

By DAVE JACKSON Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — As they watched Dirk Nowitzki's shooting heat up yet again, fans at the American Airlines Center thought they might be watching history Saturday night. Nowitzki will have to wait another game to reach his latest milestone, but his Dallas ...

Marchand does it again in OT as Bruins beat Blue Jackets 2-1

By KEN POWTAK Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Conor McGregor fired up the Bruins with a pregame speech. Brad Marchand paid him tribute by doing a rendition of the MMA fighter's walk after he scored his winner. Marchand scored 3:30 into the overtime, lifting Boston to a 2-1 victory over the ...

Raging Bulls: Buffalo wins fourth MAC title in 5 years

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Not a coaching change. Not new players. Not any MAC team has been able to slow this historic run. Buffalo is far and away the class of its conference, the standard bearer, the team raising the bar and maybe one capable of making more noise in ...

Huddle up! Browns QB Mayfield takes turn as Brewers 1B coach

By CARRIE MUSKAT Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn't get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let ...

AP source: Indians, OF Gonzalez agree to minor deal

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once ...

No. 24 Cincinnati holds off Wichita State for 66-63 victory

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As Cincinnati expected, Wichita State had one last run down the stretch — enough to pull even, but not overtake the No. 24 Bearcats. Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to give ...

Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

By DAVE ZEITLIN Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was "trash." When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big ...

No. 21 Wisconsin survives Ohio State rally for 73-67 OT win

By STEVE HELWAGEN Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard wasn't sure whether to be mad at his players for blowing a 23-point second-half lead at Ohio State or happy they found a way to win. Ultimately, Gard settled on a positive outlook after his 21st-ranked ...

Late goal gives FC Cincinnati a 1-1 tie vs Atlanta United

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Just five games into his tenure as Atlanta United's coach, Frank de Boer is already feeling the heat. The reigning MLS Cup winners unveiled a championship banner before their home opener Sunday, but it was merely the prelude to another ...

No. 12 Houston beats No. 20 Cincinnati 85-69 for AAC title

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Galen Robinson Jr. raised his arms at midcourt as the buzzer sounded and red-clad Cincinnati fans headed glumly for the exits. No. 12 Houston has just drubbed the American Athletic Conference's defending champion, leaving no doubt about who's ...

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn't part of the mainstream. And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn't have LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration ...

Penguins continue mastery of Blue Jackets in 3-0 win

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan isn't looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn't sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. "All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a ...

Atkinson, Panarin score in shootout, Blue Jackets top Devils

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Even though they got back on the winning track, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a lot to figure out if they want to make the playoffs. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped both New Jersey ...

No. 19 Buffalo captures MAC title with 82-79 win over Ohio

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — After Buffalo bombed Ohio with 3-pointers last month, the No. 19 Bulls seemed ready for a repeat. Buffalo hit eight of its first 11 3-point attempts, but Ohio wouldn't go quietly this time. The Bulls led by as many as 12 points in the ...

Indians’ Martin climbing back after life-threatening illness

By THERESA SMITH Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Leonys Martin turned and sprinted toward the gap in left-center field to snare Nick Madrigal's drive. He ripped a breaking ball over the wall in right-center for a home run, and returned a fervent embrace from a former teammate. All ...

Hanley Ramirez 0 for 3 in Indians’ spring training debut

By JACK THOMPSON Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Hanley Ramirez had a low-key start to spring training with the Cleveland Indians. The 35-year-old flied out twice and grounded into a double play during Monday's 8-0 loss to San Diego. "Slowly getting my timing back," he said. Ramirez ...

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will step down in June 2020

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league's relationship with the Rose Bowl. Over three ...