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Ringo, Miami (Ohio) beat Ohio 68-55 in MAC Tournament

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Darrian Ringo scored 21 on 6-of-10 shooting and Nike Sibande had 13 points and nine rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) beat Ohio 68-55 on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The seventh-seeded RedHawks will play No. 2 seed Toledo, which ...

Soup-er man: Cavs’ Smith back from soup-throwing suspension

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — J.R. Smith's return from suspension was, ahem, soup-er. For one half. Smith scored all 19 of his points in the second half Saturday, but the struggling Cavaliers couldn't stop Denver's long-range shooting attack in a 126-117 loss to ...

Long distance: Nuggets make 19 3s, roll past LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Tucked inside his locker-room cubicle, LeBron James was getting dressed following another tough loss when a familiar voice grabbed his attention. Richard Jefferson came to visit. James smiled at his former teammate, and in that moment, ...

Crew beat defending champion Toronto FC 2-0 in MLS opener

TORONTO (AP) — Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes scored to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday, spoiling the defending MLS champion Reds' home opener. Zack Steffen made two saves for Columbus. Higuain one-timed Milton Valenzuela' cross past diving goaltender Alex Bono in ...

No. 3 Xavier beats DePaul 65-62, secures top Big East seed

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Now that it's tournament time, No. 3 Xavier appears poised to make a big splash. Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and Xavier set a school record for regular-season wins while clinching the top seed in the Big East with a 65-62 victory over ...

No. 13 Buckeye women edge Gophers 90-88 in Big 10 semis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points, Stephanie Mavunga had 26 points, a Big Ten Conference Tournament record 21 rebounds and seven blocks, and No. 13 Ohio State used a late run to edge fourth-seeded Minnesota 90-88 in a semifinal game on Saturday. The top-seeded Buckeyes ...

England women beat France 4-1 in Neville’s coaching debut

By CRAIG MERZ, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Phil Neville answered critics with a win in his first match as England's women's coach. England routed France 4-1 on Thursday in the opener of the SheBelieves Cup with Fran Kirby setting up the first goal for Toni Duggan and then ...

Kings score 5 unanwered goals in 5-2 comeback over Columbus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings know all about poor starts, their first periods at home being something less than highlight material of late. But they are nothing if not resilient, and after falling behind 2-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, they stormed back for a ...

AP source: Cavs suspend Smith for throwing soup at coach

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith was suspended one game by the team for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. The soup tossing happened after the team's morning shootaround, and Smith sat out Thursday night's loss ...

Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year. Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced ...

LeBron 1st in NBA with 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February in a one-of-a-kind career. He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after producing 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland ...

Party on: Indians, Napoli agree to minor league contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have invited Mike Napoli to another party. It could be over earlier than the last one. Cleveland finalized a minor league contract on Wednesday with the popular free agent slugger, whose powerful swing and clubhouse leadership ...

Jim Thome fights back tears during Hall of Fame visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — To know what the moment meant to Jim Thome, all you had to do was look into his tear-filled eyes. "It's hard to explain the emotions that go through you," Thome said Tuesday as he gazed around the Baseball Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, the most hallowed corner of ...

Blue Jackets score early and often, beat Capitals 5-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after the trade deadline, the Columbus Blue Jackets had the kind of first-period offensive explosion they've been missing this season. The Blue Jackets scored four times in the opening period and went on to beat the Washington ...

3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The courtship of LeBron James has taken an Oscar-worthy turn — toward Philadelphia. Three billboards urging James to leave the Cavaliers and sign with the Philadelphia 76ers this summer as a free agent have been installed along ...

Virginia firms No. 1 poll ranking, Xavier moves up to No. 3

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer A second blowout loss to Villanova didn't stop Xavier from notching the program's highest AP Top 25 ranking a week ago. The Musketeers are rising again, passing the Wildcats on Monday to reach yet another program high at No. 3. The poll switch comes ...

Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers 110-94

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Spurs ended their "rodeo" road trip by roping the Cavaliers. LeBron James thought San Antonio got some help. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Danny Green added 22 and the Spurs ended their annual trip by beating the Cleveland ...

Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Ian Cole from Senators

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jacket acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for center Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third round draft pick. This is the second time in three days Cole has been moved. Ottawa acquired the 29-year-old Friday night from the Penguins ...

Anderson scores in 3rd as Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets had to come from behind twice Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference wild-card race. Josh Anderson scored in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots to lift the up-and-down ...

Avery’s late FTs give Kent St. 64-63 win over Bowling Green

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Jalen Avery made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left for the fifth lead change in the final minute and Kent State defeated Bowling Green 64-63 on Saturday night. Avery took the ball coast-to-coast, driving hard to the basket after Demajeo Wiggins had given the Falcons the ...