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Karlsson scores 2 vs former team, Knights top Columbus 6-3

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After practice on Monday, William Karlsson acknowledged there was a part of him that would be playing with a chip on his shoulder when the Vegas Golden Knights faced Columbus. Plucked from the Blue Jackets last June during the expansion ...

LeBron gets 30,000, but Spurs beat slumping Cavs 114-102

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, then got upstaged by the youngest player on the court. Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray — a friend and mentee of James — had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven ...

Top this: Xavier, Cincinnati share a city, hoops accolades

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Only 2½ miles apart on the map, Xavier and Cincinnati are separated by one spot in The Associated Press' latest Top 10 — quite a coup for a city that values its college basketball almost as much as its unusual recipe for chili. "It's been ...

Zabo’s hot hand in OT lifts Kent State over Ball State 88-80

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and Danny Pippen finished with a double-double to power Kent State to an 88-80 victory over Ball State on Tuesday night. Pippen scored 11 with 16 rebounds for the Golden Flashes (10-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), who ...

Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Cleveland's drama club is acting up again. Frustrated by their recent poor play in a season when their NBA title hopes seem to be slipping away, the Cavaliers held an emotional pre-practice meeting on Monday in hopes of clearing the air. They've lost 10 of 14 ...

AP source: Browns hiring fired Steelers coordinator Haley

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson is finally handing off his Browns offense. Cleveland's coach, who has handled game-planning and play-calling duties while going 1-31 over two seasons with the Browns, is hiring former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd ...

LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him. "I gotta be much better," he said. As Cleveland has staggered to a 3-9 record since it lost at Golden ...

Bates-Diop scores 20 as No. 13 Buckeyes slip past Nebraska

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing its fourth game in eight days, No. 13 Ohio State seemed vulnerable Monday night. Facing a surprising Nebraska team that upset Michigan last week, the Buckeyes were at risk of letting one slip away. But that didn't happen. Keita ...

No. 14 Maryland women top No. 12 Ohio State in Big Ten duel

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State 99-69 Monday night in a duel for first place in the Big Ten. The Terrapins ...

Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair. While he was cool, Lue's ...

Kerem Kanter rallies No. 11 Xavier over St. John’s 88-82

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Mack didn't get to do much as a Xavier player because of knee injuries. As the Musketeers' coach, nobody has won more games. Kerem Kanter scored 22 points and made the biggest plays during a late run that swept the 11th-ranked Musketeers ...

Holding: Browns tackle Thomas still undecided about future

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He's still holding. Cleveland's star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that ...

Holtmann makes Big Ten history as Ohio St. tops Northwestern

BY MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Chris Holtmann figured an off-night from Keita Bates-Diop was inevitable. So, too, is the Ohio State coach's first Big Ten loss. But it did not coincide with his star player's first subpar performance in weeks. Holtmann became the ...

Ohio State puts 7-0 Big Ten mark on line against Minnesota

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Minnesota (14-6, 3-4) vs. No. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0), Saturday, at New York. The Gophers and Buckeyes meet in the third annual "Super Saturday — College Hoops & Hockey" at ...

Newkirk, Demery spark Saint Joseph’s past Dayton 81-65

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shavar Newkirk scored 17 points and five Saint Joseph's players scored in double figures as the Hawks shot nearly 50 percent, ended a two-game slide and defeated two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Dayton 81-65 on Wednesday night. Newkirk drained a 3-pointer to open ...

Cumberland has 18 points, No. 14 Cincinnati routs USF 78-55

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Down 10 points on the road, No. 14 Cincinnati hardly blinked. "There was no panic. I'm very confident with these guys," coach Mick Cronin said after Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and the Bearcats shrugged off a slow start to beat ...

Ohio St. beats Rutgers 68-46, improves to 6-0 in Big 10

By MATT SUGAM, Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn't anticipated. Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both. "We had talked about it ...

Booth scores 21, No. 1 Villanova routs No. 10 Xavier 89-65

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova turned the anticipated Big East game of the year into a romp by the time some fans were still taking their seats. Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored a career high 21 points while Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead the No. 1 Wildcats to ...

Cavs’ Thomas fined $20K for clothesline on T’Wolves’ Wiggins

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat. The punishment was announced Wednesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations. The ...

Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns' roster still needs major work. Their front office is starting to shape up. New general manager John Dorsey tapped into his NFL connections to improve the winless Browns, adding former Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and ...