Ohio Sports

No. 11 Xavier overcomes huge setbacks to reach Sweet 16

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Point guard Edmond Sumner eased himself down the hallway from Xavier's practice gym on Monday using a pair of crutches to protect his surgically repaired knee. Somehow, his team has figured out how to move on without him. The Musketeers (23-13) ...

Back from shoulder woes, Indians’ Brantley gets 2 hits

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — For most teams, seeing an All-Star get two hits in a spring training game would be no big deal. For the Cleveland Indians, watching Michael Brantley swing back into action meant something. Coming off a year almost totally lost to ...

Jets sign veteran QB Josh McCown to 1-year deal

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have turned to Josh McCown in their winter-long search for a quarterback. The team announced the signing of the veteran free agent on Monday night. A person familiar with the one-year contract told The Associated ...

Texas-Arlington routs Akron 85-69 in NIT second round

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kaelon Wilson scored 18 points, Erick Neal added 13 points and nine assists and Texas-Arlington routed Akron 85-69 on Monday night in the second round of the NIT. No. 6 seed Texas-Arlington (27-8) will host eighth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield (24-9) in a quarterfinal. ...

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South ...

Reds pick newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day

By GARY SCHATZ, Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds chose newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies. It'll be the third opening day start for the 33-year-old Feldman. The right-hander also opened seasons for Texas in 2010 and ...

While the Big 3 get rest, Clippers rout Cavaliers 108-78

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the same game, they also provided a welcome boost to the Los Angeles Clippers, who got to sit their own starters for the entire fourth quarter of a ...

Blue Jackets top Islanders 3-2 on Atkinson’s overtime winner

By DENIS P. GORMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — John Tortorella and Doug Weight were only a few feet away from each other. The mental and emotional distance separating the coaches was another matter following a 3-2 victory by Columbus over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Cam ...

No. 11 Xavier upsets No. 3 FSU, 91-66, in second round

By TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Xavier Musketeers didn't have the regular season they hoped to have. They are making up for it now. The 11th-seeded Musketeers dominated third-seeded Florida State 91-66 during Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. ...

Tennessee rebounds in the second half to put away Dayton

By STEVE BITTENBENDER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It's been an up-and-down season for Tennessee, so it figured the Lady Vols would start their NCAA Tournament run in a similar fashion. Diamond DeShields scored 24 points to lead fifth-seeded Tennessee to a 66-57 first round ...

11-seed Xavier upends 6-seed Maryland 76-65 in NCAA tourney

By TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Trevon Bluiett doesn't spend a lot of time worrying about missed shots because he knows the makes will eventually come. After missing his first seven shots and contributing just 3 points in the first half, Bluiett found his rhythm ...

Love returns in win over Jazz, but 2 more Cavs injured

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers got one player back from injury Thursday night, but lost two others. Fortunately for the defending NBA champions, they can always count on LeBron James. James scored 33 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, ...

Canton McKinley’s Kierstan Bell named Ohio Ms. Basketball

By Craig Merz, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As much as Canton McKinley's outstanding sophomore guard Kierstan Bell credits her teammates for her success, there are times when they rely on her to do something special. Such was the case March 2 when Bell, still feeling the effects ...

Penn State seeking 6th national title in 7 years

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer Conventional wisdom held that Penn State would peak in March, just in time to win their sixth wrestling title in seven years. Ohio State and Oklahoma State will look to prove otherwise this weekend in St. Louis. The Nittany Lions, Buckeyes and Cowboys are ...

Cavaliers sign forward Larry Sanders, waive Andrew Bogut

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Sanders walked away from the NBA. He's coming back to a team that needs his help. Sanders, who left the league two years ago after five seasons with Milwaukee, signed Monday with the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6-foot-11 shot ...

Blue Jackets set franchise records with 5-3 win over Flyers

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A change in mindset during the preseason has turned the Columbus Blue Jackets from a perennial loser into one of the NHL's best teams. Cam Atkinson scored twice and Brandon Dubinsky had the go-ahead goal in the third period to help the ...

Bengals retain OT Eric Winston, bolstering depleted line

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have retained offensive tackle Eric Winston for their beleaguered line, signing him Monday to a one-year contract. Winston, president of NFL players' union, was an unrestricted free agent. He joined the Bengals late ...

Pryor not concerned about uncertainty surrounding Redskins

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Terrelle Pryor doesn't know if Kirk Cousins will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback, but he hopes so. Pryor signed a one-year deal with the Redskins last week hours after Cousins signed his franchise tender, and the day ...

Disrespected Big 10 can ‘make some noise’ in NCAA Tournament

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A season of criticism for not having elite teams has made the Big Ten feel like the Big Disrespected. Perhaps that's about to change. The conference has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, second only to the ACC's nine. After ...

Harden’s triple-double helps Rockets top Cavs 117-112

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets have shown at times this season that they could be title contenders. Lately, however, they've failed to rise to the occasion against the NBA's elite. That changed on Sunday night when Harden had a ...