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Big East showdown: No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — With the Big East's bragging rights at stake, Villanova showed it's not ready to relinquish its reign. Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats beat No. 4 Xavier 95-79 on ...

All-Stars collide in LA with teams picked by LeBron, Steph

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy ...

Indians sign OF Rajai Davis, hit big HR in 2016 World Series

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history. The Indians announced the deal with the 37-year-old Davis on Saturday. Davis led the American ...

Dayton shoots lights out in 80-70 victory over Fordham

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Trey Landers tallied a career-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Dayton shot 64 percent from the floor on its way to an 80-70 victory over Fordham on Saturday night. Jalen Crutcher added 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting as the Flyers (12-14, 6-8 Atlantic 10 Conference) ...

LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James says he will not stick to sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation's political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star ...

Ohio edges Miami (OH) 92-87 in overtime

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Jordan Dartis scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, to lift Ohio past Miami (OH) for a 92-87 win Saturday. Dartis had seven of Ohio's 13 points in the extra period and put the Bobcats (11-15, 4-10 Mid-American Conference) on top for good with a ...

Carr, Watkins lead Penn State over No. 8 Ohio State

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A mob of white-clad fans stormed the court at Bryce Jordan Center and Tony Carr disappeared among them. Carr was the most noticeable player on the court until then, scoring 30 points to lead Penn State to a 79-56 rout of No. ...

Houston ends No. 5 Cincinnati’s 16-game win streak, 67-62

HOUSTON (AP) — Defense has been Cincinnati's cornerstone this season. The Bearcats defense couldn't make up for a second half offensive slump Thursday night, and Houston made Cincinnati pay. Corey Davis Jr. and Devin Davis each scored 16 points, and Houston beat No. 5 Cincinnati 67-62 to ...

Bengals QB McCarron wins grievance, becomes free agent

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market. McCarron challenged the Bengals' decision to put him on a ...

Bjorkstrand, Dubois lead Blue Jackets past Islanders, 4-1

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Columbus was in Brooklyn just 10 days ago, it didn't have much to show after a flurry of shots in the first period and then let a lead after 40 minutes slip away in a loss. This time, Sergei Bobrovsky made a big save to ...

James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder 120-112

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James and his new teammates are playing like old buddies. James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday ...

Mitchell scores 28, No. 16 Ohio State women top Illini 88-69

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Linnae Harper had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State bounced back for an 88-69 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night. Mitchell sank a wide open 3-pointer early in the first quarter to extend her NCAA ...

Former Browns WR Massaquoi lost 4 fingers in ATV accident

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi has divulged that he lost most of his left hand in an all-terrain vehicle crash last April. Massaquoi, who starred at Georgia before he was drafted by Cleveland in the second round in 2009, revealed his prosthetic and details of ...

Xavier hosts Villanova in top-5 matchup on Saturday

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Villanova and Xavier were among the four teams to earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA's preliminary rankings before Selection Sunday. One will get knocked off its perch this weekend. One of the biggest games of the Big East season — maybe of the college ...

Truth is: Cavaliers beat Celtics 121-99 on Paul Pierce’s day

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday. And this time, Paul Pierce was sitting courtside in street clothes, unable to do anything about it. With the ...

No. 6 Cincinnati routs short-handed SMU for 16th win in row

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer DALLAS (AP) — Sixth-ranked Cincinnati is still undefeated in the American Athletic Conference, with its longest winning streak and highest ranking in coach Mick Cronin's 12 seasons. The key now for the Bearcats is staying focused on the immediate ...

Laksa scores 41, USF women run past No. 13 Ohio State 84-65

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa scored a career-high 41 points, 18 in a decisive first quarter, and South Florida went on to defeat No. 13 Ohio State 84-65 on Sunday. Maria Jespersen added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (20-5), who won their fourth straight to reach 20 wins for the ...

Blue Jackets snap losing streak with 6-1 win over Devils

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets outshot opponents in the last four games but just couldn't get the puck to bounce their way as the losses piled up. Things finally started going the Blue Jackets' way again on Saturday night as they beat ...

No. 14 Ohio State drops Iowa 82-64, takes Big Ten lead

By JACOB MYERS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann warned his team to avoid a letdown after his team's upset of No. 3 Purdue. A letdown at this point for the Buckeyes would be as hard to imagine as them owning sole possession of first place of the Big Ten ...

Goodin’s last-second FTs push No. 5 Xavier past Creighton

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — His team trailing by a point, Xavier's Quentin Goodin was bumped as he drove to the basket. Suddenly, he heard the sweet sound of the referee's whistle with three-tenths of a second showing on the clock. "Every kid's dream," Goodin said. ...