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Love, Cavs rally by Spurs 117-109 in OT to snap 8-game skid

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Cleveland veteran Kevin Love has struggled to find a bright spot during a gloomy season for the Cavaliers, so he created his own. Love hit a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds ...

Rust scores OT winner, leads Penguins past Blue Jackets 1-0

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins, already without captain Sidney Crosby, learned early Thursday they would be without star forward Evgeni Malkin against the Columbus Blue Jackets. No problem. The injury-riddled Penguins pressed on for another ...

Landry says best friend OBJ not looking to bolt Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — If Odell Beckham is making plans to bolt the Browns, the flashy wide receiver hasn't told his best friend. Jarvis Landry thinks he would know, and he doesn't believe Beckham is going anywhere. Landry said Thursday that Beckham has given ...

Deja vu: Bengals’ Zac Taylor tries to solve Patriots D again

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Zac Taylor watched helplessly on the Rams' sideline as Bill Belichick's defense thwarted everything they tried to do in the Super Bowl. The first-year Bengals coach has even fewer options at hand when they go head-to-head again. The Patriots can ...

Browns try to stay in playoff hunt with win vs. Cardinals

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland's Baker Mayfield might be headed for some relief in his up-and-down second season in the NFL. Arizona's defense has made a lot of opposing quarterbacks look pretty good. The Browns (6-7) will try to keep their playoff hopes ...

Griffin, Pistons pound Cavs 127-94 for 1st winning streak

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are suddenly on a roll. Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Pistons routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-94 Tuesday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Pistons thumped San ...

Kuemper, Coyotes hold off Blue Jackets 4-2

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes got another great game from the NHL's top-ranked goalie. Darcy Kuemper, who entered Tuesday night leading the league with a 1.97 goals-against average, had 33 saves in Arizona's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue ...

Return to ranks: No. 19 Dayton beats Houston Baptist 99-68

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin soared to corral a rebound with his left hand and slammed the ball down, his emphatic dunk the signature moment of Dayton's return to the rankings. Toppin scored 17 points and had that dunk off one of his 10 rebounds Tuesday night, ...

Ohio St, LSU, Clemson, UGA in CFP position; Utah, OU next

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Ohio State will go into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee's rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia. Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor are on deck, and that could turn out to be the great debate ...

Browns release defensive end Chris Smith

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday released defensive end Chris Smith, whose girlfriend was killed in a roadside accident earlier this season. Smith spent the past two seasons with Cleveland. He did not play in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh ...

And the meek Bengals, Dolphins, Redskins shall win

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer And the meek shall inherit the NFL fields. At least in Week 13, that is. It's unlikely that anyone in Las Vegas or wherever sports betting is allowed these days put money on a parlay of the Bengals, Redskins and Dolphins winning Sunday. They were a ...

“Miracle” workers? Browns need one after loss to Steelers

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baker Mayfield has no problem with Freddie Kitchens' fashion sense. The fact the Cleveland Browns head coach decided to wear a T-shirt that read "Pittsburgh started it" in the run-up to a rematch with the Steelers was no big deal to ...

Buckeyes expects tougher game the 2nd time against Badgers

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day expects to see a much better Wisconsin team in the Big Ten championship game than the one routed by the Buckeyes five weeks ago. In that Oct. 26 game, the Badgers stayed with Ohio State through halftime and ...

Dalton returns and leads Bengals to 1st win, 22-6 over Jets

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile Sunday and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Cincinnati Bengals ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Tide out; Harbaugh’s Ohio St problem

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Sometimes it is just not your year. Even if you are the greatest dynasty in college football history. The playoff will be played without Alabama for the first time after No. 16 Auburn won a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday. So that's it. No debates ...

AP Top 25: Alabama out of top 5 for first time in 4 years

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide's record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, ...

Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski out with shoulder injury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks with a shoulder injury. The team said the 22-year-old Werenski was hurt in the first period of Saturday night's 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Werenski has been bothered by shoulder ...

Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns kept things civil in their highly anticipated rematch, which ended the way they always seem to end at Heinz Field: the Steelers walking ...

Duke, West Virginia, Ohio State headline 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis field

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Duke and West Virginia headline the 2020 field for the Battle 4 Atlantis men's college basketball tournament. The eight-team field was announced Friday on the final day of this year's Thanksgiving-week event at the Atlantis resort. The Blue Devils won the ...

Winless Bengals bench rookie Finley, go back to Andy Dalton

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — With the season slipping away and still no win to show for it, the Bengals are going back to Andy Dalton at quarterback. Coach Zac Taylor announced Monday that Dalton would finish the season, ending a three-week experiment with rookie Ryan ...