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GM Dorsey, Browns part ways after disappointing 6-10 season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns "mutually parted ways" with general manager John Dorsey two days after the team fired coach Freddie Kitchens following a disappointing season. Dorsey's stunning departure on Tuesday came after he refused to take a reduced ...

Ohio St. star RB J.K. Dobbins leaving to enter NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Record-breaking Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft. Dobbins' decision was expected. He announced it in a Twitter post Monday in which he thanked everyone at the university and said "coming to Ohio from Texas has been ...

Toppin’s 31 lead No. 20 Dayton over North Florida 77-59

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin took one shot from beyond the arc and missed it. Dayton's slammin' forward didn't attempt another. The way he and the Flyers were getting to the basket, there was no need. Toppin scored a career-high 31 points, most of them off ...

Gillespie leads No. 10 Nova past Xavier in Big East opener

By AARON BRACY Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright leaned on Collin Gillespie in crunch time, and the sophomore guard delivered. Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over Xavier on Monday ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — West Virginia freshman guard Miles McBride remains an avid Ohio State football fan. The Cincinnati native doesn't share the same love for its basketball team. McBride scored a season-high 21 points, including six in the final 2:22, as No. 22 ...

One, done: Browns fire Kitchens after disappointing season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Freddie Kitchens made a great first impression. Everything after that was underwhelming. Kitchens, who famously crowed "if you don't wear brown and orange, you don't matter" at his introductory news conference less than a year ago, was ...

Indians, Hernández finalize $6.25 million, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and the Cleveland Indians finalized a $6.25 million, one-year contract Sunday. The sides agreed to terms early last week, pending a physical. The 29-year-old Hernández had spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets in shootout

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks won in a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets may have lost something more valuable than the game: their starting goalie. Joonas Korpisalo had to leave the game with an injury after unsuccessfully trying to stop ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59 Sunday. The Mountaineers (11-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a ...

Clutch Clemson: No. 3 Tigers beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaring from the Clemson locker room after yet another playoff victory was Aretha Franklin's classic "Respect." The Tigers have won two of the last three national titles and become college football's gold standard program, ...

Fiesta referee explains crucial calls that flipped semifinal

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Fiesta Bowl referee defended two key calls that went Clemson's way after video review in the Tigers' 29-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. A crew of officials from the Southeastern Conference worked ...

Ohio State’s Wade ejected for targeting in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has been ejected for targeting, leaving the second-ranked Buckeyes without a key defensive player against No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Wade was ejected late in the second quarter Saturday night for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Clemson ...

Garland, Sexton each score 18 to lead Cavs over Wolves 94-88

By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland's young backcourt showed just enough composure to overcome an otherwise rough night taking care of the ball. Rookie Darius Garland and second-year backcourt partner Collin Sexton each scored 18 points, and the Cavaliers overcame ...

Oshie scores in OT, Capitals snap Blue Jackets’ win streak

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hobbled by injuries and illness, the Columbus Blue Jackets got to overtime against the NHL's best team, but didn't have enough to keep their winning streak going. The Washington Capitals got 27 saves by rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov and ...

Perfect fit: Playoff teams’ in-house hires getting it done

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. "There were people that were very skeptical of that hire," Phillips recently recalled. "I said, 'Dabo, if ...

Lingering knee issue still bothering Ohio State’s Fields

JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may not be fully healthy when the second-ranked Buckeyes face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Fields said Tuesday his left knee is only 80 to 85% heading into Saturday's College Football Playoff ...

Sports company sues in letter ‘O’ dispute with Ohio State

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oh no: A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter "O." Overtime Sports Inc., an online network focusing on high school basketball ...

Year sees Day rise from unknown assistant to celebrity coach

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At a crowded news conference last December, Ryan Day sat next to Ohio State legend Urban Meyer whose sudden decision to retire overshadowed the announcement of Day's ascension to head coach of the storied program. This December, Day is a ...

No. 2 Ohio State gets another test with No. 22 West Virginia

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Holtmann has already seen his Ohio State team claim three wins against marquee nonconference opponents. The second-ranked Buckeyes have a chance to get another before getting into the bulk of their Big Ten schedule. Fresh off a ...

Tshiebwe leads No. 25 West Virginia past Youngstown St 72-64

By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia's Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver had a happy homecoming. Tshiebwe scored 19 points and Derek Culver added 15 as No. 25 West Virginia overcame scrappy Youngstown State for a 75-64 victory Saturday. West Virginia (10-1) ...