Ohio Sports

‘Bread’ is the man in playoff surge for the Blue Jackets

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin turned out to be everything the Columbus Blue Jackets were looking for when they traded for him last summer: A dead-eye sniper and deft puck distributor who can get game-breaking goals and make everyone around him ...

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They've spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders. They don't have any household names or any superstars on their roster, just one All-Star and a role player best known for ...

Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in ...

Cardinals sweep 4-game series from Reds with 3-2 victory

CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez's changeup was too much for the reeling Reds. The St. Louis right-hander struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Cardinals complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 with a 3-2 ...

Lindor drives in 3 runs, Indians top Tigers 9-3

By BRIAN DULIK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor sparked Cleveland's slumbering offense with one big swing. Then he kept going. Lindor hit his fourth career leadoff homer, drove in three runs and scored three times, and the Indians beat Detroit 9-3 on Thursday night for ...

Cardinals’ 13-4 win extends Reds’ worst start since 1955

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Martinez had a career night, and he wasn't alone in a Cardinals offense that finally found its stride at the expense of the major leagues' worst team. Martinez drove in six runs Thursday and Yadier Molina homered in his return from a ...

Perez’s homer in 8th leads Indians past Tigers 2-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season. Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and ...

Nola’s 8 innings, Kingery’s slam send Phillies over Reds 6-1

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There was no way Aaron Nola was going to get an early hook this time. Nola pitched eight stellar innings and Scott Kingery hit a grand slam, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday ...

Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the ...

It’s the last day of the NBA season, with much to decide

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The end has arrived. Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. There are nine teams who know Wednesday is the last day of their season. Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff ...

Manziel attempts comeback in Spring League

By MARK ROSNER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Johnny Manziel's attempt to restart his football career brought him to a game on Saturday in a high school stadium that was largely empty. Manziel, 25, and two seasons removed from the sport, prefers a return to the NFL, would settle for ...

Gomes powers Indians to 3-1 win over Royals

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes beat everyone with one big swing. The wind, the record-cold temperatures and Kansas City. Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians to a 3-1 win over the ...

USC quarterback Darnold visiting Browns, who have No. 1 pick

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns' visitation list this week. That doesn't mean he might not be their No. 1 choice. Southern Cal's gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland's coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team ...

Steele knows Xavier’s next goal: Reach a Final Four

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Travis Steele knows the clear expectation as Xavier's next basketball coach. "It's the elephant that's in the room: Go where Xavier has never gone in the NCAA Tournament," Steele said. The Musketeers have never reached a Final Four. They had ...

Ohtani homers again, Cozart lifts Angels over Indians in 13

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani really didn't think his long drive to center field at Angel Stadium would get out of the park, so he sprinted around first base while it soared over the fence for his second homer in two days. Ohtani made the same sprint ...

Reds farmhand Joel Bender suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds left-hander Joel Bender has been suspended 50 games without pay under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive drug test. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Bender, currently on the roster of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos of ...

Encarnacion’s inside-park HR highlights Indians’ 6-0 win

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians loved the sight of 35-year-old Edwin Encarnacion chugging around the bases on his way to a standup inside-the-park home run. "I knew he had wheels, but ..." starter Mike Clevinger said with a laugh. "You see ...

Reds get parade, edge Cubs 1-0 on 2-hitter for their 1st win

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Four days into the season, the Reds finally got their opening-day parade — and a win, too. The Cubs? Still trying to locate their offense. Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias fanned Anthony Rizzo with the ...

Ogunbowale puts stamp on thrilling women’s hoops season

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale put an exclamation point on a thrilling women's college basketball season. Her off-balance 3-pointer in the title game capped a record comeback by Notre Dame and an incredible weekend for the sport. The Final Four ...

Clipping? LeBron takes on Alabama football over barber show

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James believes Alabama's football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted "ideas, concepts and format" from a program on "Uninterrupted," the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with ...