AROUND THE HORN

United boosters to meet

HANOVERTON — The United Athletic Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. today in the high school library.

Cavs hope Payne is answer

CLEVELAND (AP) — The struggling Cavaliers signed guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract.

To make roster space, the Cavs waived swingman Patrick McCaw, who signed with the club as a free agent on Dec. 28. He played in three games with Cleveland.

Payne will give the Cavs a backup for rookie Collin Sexton and backcourt depth while Matthew Dellavedova deals with a sore foot. Payne averaged 5.7 points and 2.7 assists in 31 games — 12 starts — for Chicago before he was waived by the Bulls.

He has appeared in 144 games over four seasons with Chicago and Oklahoma City. Payne played at Murray State before he was drafted with the No. 14 overall pick by the Thunder in 2015.

Cleveland hosts Indiana on Tuesday.

Clemson will miss Lawrence tonight

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said suspended starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be missed against top-ranked Alabama tonight.

Swinney said Sunday that Lawrence has been a difference-maker in the middle of the line all season and would’ve been that against the Crimson Tide in the national championship game in Santa Clara.

Lawrence and offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway tested positive for ostarine in NCAA drug testing. The three missed Clemson’s 30-3 victory over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl last week.

Earlier this week, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said the school filed appeals for the three players.

Buffalo quarterback heading to NFL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is forgoing his senior season by declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Jackson calls it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” in a posting Sunday on Instagram.

Jackson had a career-high 3,131 yards passing for 28 touchdowns, one short of matching the school’s single-season record, and 12 interceptions this season. He also scored seven touchdowns rushing.

Cowboy undergoes surgery

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dallas receiver Allen Hurns was in surgery for a broken left ankle, a gruesome injury sustained in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ 24-22 wild-card win over Seattle.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Hurns was “probably in surgery at this time” after the game Saturday night.

Hurns was being dragged down by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his lower left leg appeared to buckle.

The 27-year-old Hurns writhed in pain on the turf as medical personnel rushed out to immobilize his leg. He was taken off the field on a cart after being placed on a stretcher, tears streaming down his face.

Several players from both teams crowded around the stretcher as Hurns was wheeled off.

Suarez will drive for SHR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Suarez will hit a reset on his career, getting a second chance to prove he can win at NASCAR’s top level.

Pushed out of a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the top teams in the sport, Suarez found a soft landing at Stewart-Haas Racing. The SHR four-driver lineup combined for 12 victories last season and claimed half the spots in the round of eight in the playoffs.

“I came from a great team that is capable of winning races, but things just didn’t work out for me there,” Suarez told The Associated Press. “Maybe to win races in the Cup Series, I needed something different.”

Blackhawks end Penguins’ winning streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dylan Strome broke a tie 1:48 into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh 5-3 on Sunday night to end the Penguins’ winning streak at eight games.

Strome scored seconds after a power-play expired, beating fallen goalie Casey DeSmith off a pass from Patrick Kane. Jonathan Toews added an empty-net goal and had an assist to run his points streak to six games.

Alex DeBrincat scored on a power play for his 19th of the season, and Chris Kunitz and Duncan Keith both scored their first for the Blackhawks. They won their 10th straight against the Penguins, including five straight in Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks haven’t lost to the Penguins since March 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh.

Chicago snapped a two-game skid and has won three of five and six of nine following an eight-game losing streak in November.

Kane had three assists. He’s the 20th player in NHL history and the first American-born skater to begin his career with at least 12 straight seasons with 30-plus assists. Cam Ward stopped 31 shots.

Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard scored for the Penguins, and DeSmith stopped 26 shots.

Pittsburgh scored twice in the first 4:33.

Hornqvist opened the scoring at 2:43 with a blocker-side, one-timer from the right faceoff dot, and Guentzel gave Pittsburgh a two-goal lead when he swept a rebound underneath Ward from the top of the crease.

DeBrincat put Chicago on the board with a power-play goal. He scored his eighth goal in 13 games on a one-timer from Kane.

Kunitz tied it for Chicago at 6:46 of the second period.

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