Ohio Sports

Leonard scores 41, Spurs down Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As Kawhi Leonard peeled the ice bag off his swollen left hand, Manu Ginobili hobbled through San Antonio's locker room, his back stiffened from a run-in with LeBron James. And 20 minutes after the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in ...

Hartnell snaps tie as Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Blue Jackets would just as soon forget the second period of Saturday's game, when the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it. Columbus didn't play much better in the third but withstood 15 shots and killed three ...

Ohio outlasts Northern Illinois 78-69

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Jaaron Simmons scored 23 points, Jason Carter added 15 with 12 rebounds, and Ohio rallied late for a 78-69 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Mike Laster and Jordan Dartis added 14 points apiece for Ohio (12-5, 4-2 Mid-American), combining to make 7 of 12 ...

LeBron considering return to US Olympic team under Popovich

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich. James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 ...

Resilient goalie Bobrovsky leads Blue Jackets’ resurgence

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky's confidence took a beating as he battled a nagging injury through the Blue Jackets' disappointment last season. He missed more than half of the games as Columbus sank to last place in the Metropolitan Division. This ...

Cavs’ Irving shares inspirational message to motivate kids

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving spent a day dedicated to transition and big speeches by delivering a message from the heart. Cleveland's All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so because of fatherhood, an Olympic ...

Akron sets school-record 27-game home win streak

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Isaiah Johnson scored 21 points and Akron remained undefeated in Mid-American Conference play, setting a school-record home win streak with a 70-63 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday night. Antino Jackson added 11 points for the Zips (16-3, 5-1), who won their 27th ...

Dubinsky scores twice and Blue Jackets beat Canes 4-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brandon Dubinsky hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 9 at Detroit, a 17-game stretch during which he had chances but couldn't find the back of the net. The drought ended Tuesday night, maybe helping Columbus end a team-wide lull in the ...

Northern Illinois holds off Miami (Ohio) for 62-58 win

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Eugene German scored 12 points and Marin Maric added 11 while grabbing 12 rebounds as Northern Illinois held off a late rally to beat Miami (Ohio) 62-58 on Tuesday night. Northern Illinois held a 31-24 lead at the break and was up 54-46 with 5:41 left in the game. The ...

Cheatham’s double-double helps Akron beat Ohio, 83-68

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Kwan Cheatham Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his third double-double this season and four starters reached double digits as Akron raced past Ohio 83-68 on Tuesday night, pushing its win streak to eight games. Isaiah Johnson and Jimond Ivey scored 15 ...

Warriors rout defending champion Cavaliers 126-91 in rematch

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, everybody can sit back for a few months and envision the possibility of another scintillating NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State. LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry for the third straight time, complete with the ...

University of Cincinnati ROTC officials warn of impostor

CINCINNATI (AP) — The commander of the University of Cincinnati's military training program issued a warning to the school community regarding a man posing as a U.S. Army staff sergeant on campus. Lt. Col. Jason Bender tells WOIO-TV (http://bit.ly/2jj1tko ) the impostor claims to be part of ...

Cavs and Warriors headline MLK Day for the NBA

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer There are days the NBA holds dear, days the league sets even more emphasis on putting its best foot forward. Opening night, Christmas Day, All-Star weekend. They are all important dates for the league to engage its fans, grab ratings and put on a show. ...

Ohio State beats Michigan State for first Big Ten win 72-67

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Off to a disastrous 0-4 start in the Big 10 that included a demoralizing blowout loss to Wisconsin earlier this week, Ohio State sorely needed a performance that would restore some swagger. That finally came Sunday. JaQuan Lyle led the ...

Mavunga, No. 11 Ohio St women hold off Purdue, 61-56

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter and posted her 35th-career double-double, Tori McCoy had 12 points and No. 11 Ohio State overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Purdue 61-56 on Sunday. Kelsey Mitchell, who came in ranked No. 6 in ...

Hot-shooting Badgers blitz Ohio State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bronson Koenig scored 21 points as No. 18 Wisconsin recovered from a poor shooting performance four days earlier to blitz Ohio State 89-66 on Thursday night. Wisconsin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 39 percent from the field on Sunday, including just 2 of 14 from 3-point ...

Four Reds players reach 1-year deals to avoid arbitration

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shortstop Zack Cozart earned a significant raise from the Reds following his return from reconstructive knee surgery for a career season in 2016, one of four arbitration-eligible players to reach agreement on new contracts with the club Friday. Cozart agreed Friday on a ...

Indians, 4 pitchers agree to 2017 contracts

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday. Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for ...

Spartans look to keep building, Buckeyes face two tests

By The Associated Press A look at things to watch this week in the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Michigan State at Ohio State. The Spartans (12-6, 4-1) bounced back from a loss to Penn State by beating No. 24 Minnesota 65-47 on Wednesday night. Miles Bridges scored 16 points, rebounding after ...

Hayward helps Jazz hold off LeBron, beat Cavs 100-92

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even if Gordon Hayward isn't concerned with his All-Star candidacy, he put a signature performance on his resume in a huge win for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Hayward went blow for blow with LeBron James in the second half to ...