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LeBron, Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks 114-103

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were stuck in neutral for most of the first half against Dallas. Then they ramped up their defense and rallied for a second win in as many nights, posting a 114-103 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. "From the ...

Oklahoma ahead of Ohio State in pivotal playoff rankings

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Oklahoma is on the doorstep of the College Football Playoff. The Sooners were No. 5 in the pivotal second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, ahead of Ohio State heading into championship weekend when the final four ...

Chisenhall agrees to $2.75M, 1-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons. The Pirates are in need of help in the outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from surgery on his ...

Sexton scores 29 as Cavs hold off Harden, Rockets 117-108

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team is starting to figure things out. Cleveland's players are proving him right, at least for the last two nights. Rookie Collin Sexton scored a season-high 29 points and the Cavaliers won ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to ...

No. 10 Ohio State routs No. 4 Michigan 62-39

By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 victory Saturday that sends ...

Guentzel’s hat trick leads Penguins past Columbus 4-2

By DAN SCIFO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel couldn't find the back of the net for several games during the Penguins' recent slump. Now that the Penguins are starting to hit stride, Guentzel is starting to fill the net. Guentzel scored his first career ...

Last year’s Buckeyes hero goes at it again against Michigan

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even if Dwayne Haskins Jr. never plays another down for Ohio State his name will live in Buckeyes lore. He entered the Michigan game in relief last year as a redshirt freshman when starting quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with a knee ...

Hyman scores twice, Maple Leafs top Blue Jackets 4-2

TORONTO (AP) — It took the Toronto Maple Leafs a little while to shake their West Coast hangover. Zach Hyman scored two goals late in third period and the Maple Leafs extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Hyman's ...

Drummond, Pistons cruise past Cavaliers 113-102

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Before Detroit's matchup with Cleveland, Pistons coach Dwane Casey stressed the importance of a good start. "When the bell rings, we've got to be ready to run and play fast, and play together," Casey said. "I've had it before and somehow, ...

Ohio State, Michigan preserve prestige of The Game

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Maybe both teams already were looking ahead to The Game. Whatever it was, Michigan and Ohio State struggled with middling Big Ten teams Saturday. Instead of easy tuneups, the games against 5-5 teams nearly became nightmare traps. Ohio ...

Kaleb Wesson leads Ohio State past S.C. State 89-61

By CRAIG MERZ, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brothers Kaleb Wesson and Andre Wesson combined for 29 points to lead four Ohio State players in double figures in an 89-61 win over South Carolina State on Sunday. Kaleb Wesson scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half as the ...

Browns GM: Team not discussed Condoleezza Rice as coach

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' coaching search isn't quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines. General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland's next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former ...

Milton shines, No. 11 UCF routs No. 19 Cincinnati 38-13

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The college football spotlight isn't too bright for UCF. The 11th-ranked Knights feel they are one of the best teams in the country and welcome any opportunity to strut to their stuff on a grand stage. McKenzie Milton threw for 268 ...

Even in Year 16, LeBron James refusing to slow down

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he's the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and ...

LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat 113-97

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat. Sunday was not one of those times. The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson ...

Jackson carries 27 times, lifts Ravens past Bengals 24-21

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — In the days leading up to his first NFL start, Lamar Jackson experienced a stomach ache and insomnia. When the rookie quarterback finally got on the field, Jackson inflicted a whole lot of pain on the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson juked ...

Ohio State beats Creighton 69-60 after blowing its big lead

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bunch of newcomers carried Ohio State for much of the game against Creighton. When the Buckeyes called on their longest-tenured player, he delivered. C.J. Jackson took a cross-court pass from Keyshawn Woods and launched the go-ahead ...

Former Ohio State students air claims of sex abuse by doctor

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former students alleging sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University team doctor are pleading with the school's trustees not to dismiss or minimize victims' claims. Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss told trustees Friday his ...

Bradley Beal scores 20 points, Wizards rout Cavaliers 119-95

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards caught the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers on the second game of back-to-backs Wednesday night. They seized the opportunity. Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Otto Porter added 15 and the Wizards beat the Cavaliers 119-95 for their third straight ...