Ohio Sports

Back from break, Blue Jackets sharp in routing Islanders 7-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Unlike some other NHL teams coming off their bye week, there wasn't a spot of rust on the sleek Columbus Blue Jackets. In their first game following a five-day break, the high-energy Blue Jackets blew out the New York Islanders 7-0 ...

Ryan Merritt starts Indians spring training opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Having made one major league start, Ryan Merritt was summoned from the instructional league in Arizona last October and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Toronto to help Cleveland close out the AL Championship Series. Four days after his 25th birthday, the ...

Reds OF Duvall trying to build on 2016 season.

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Duvall is hard at work in the Arizona desert, looking for an encore to his breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds. For the slugging outfielder, the biggest key is the smallest details. "You don't try to repeat anything," Duvall ...

Deron Williams clears waivers, intends to sign with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free-agent guard Deron Williams has cleared waivers and told the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to sign with them. Williams, a five-time All-Star, was waived this week by Dallas. He will give the defending NBA champions a playmaker they've needed all season and one LeBron ...

Bulls benefit as James sits with strep, beat Cavs 117-99

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — With LeBron James missing from Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reminded again just how tough life can be without their star. James stayed home with strep throat while Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded ...

Jackson scores 18 as Ohio State beats No. 16 Wisconsin

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing for little more than pride in front of a home crowd and a national TV audience, Ohio State put together its most complete game of the season. The Buckeyes, out of the Big Ten race and nearing the end of a second straight ...

Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Knicks, 119-104

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was still a member of the New York Knicks when he awoke from his afternoon nap Thursday. Once the game started, the Cleveland Cavaliers made sure the Knicks' nightmarish season continued. LeBron James recorded his 48th ...

No. 15 Cincinnati extends home streak, beats Memphis 87-74

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — After a dominant first half, No. 15 Cincinnati relaxed and wound up sweating one out. Jacob Evans III scored 12 of his 15 points during the Bearcats' lopsided first half on Thursday night, and they let most of a big lead slip away before ...

Feeling the (g)love: Indians shortstop Lindor in high demand

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Just this week, Francisco Lindor has given a hitting lesson on national television, modeled for commercial shoots and magazine cover, even worn a uniform outfitted with electrical sensors as the subject of a sports science ...

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

No. 12 Ohio State uses hot start to upset No. 2 Maryland

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State got off to a sizzling start and then held off Maryland to get one of the biggest wins in school history. Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 points to lead five players in double figures as the 12th-ranked Buckeyes shot 63 percent from ...

Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend ...

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after ’16 run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it ...

Ekholm scores in 3rd period, Predators beat Blue Jackets 4-3

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score early in the third period, the Nashville Predators kept up their intensity and Mattias Ekholm got them a win. Ekholm scored his third goal of the ...

Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime 2-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan ...

Evans scores 17, No. 18 Cincinnati beats Tulsa 80-60

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The only thing that Mick Cronin mentioned to his team at halftime was defense. The 18th-ranked Bearcats got the message. Jacob Evans III scored 13 of his 17 points while Cincinnati took control in the first half, and the Bearcats clamped down ...

Browns sign long snapper Hughlett to 6-year extension

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns signed steady long snapper Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract extension. Hughlett has been with the team since 2014, when he joined Cleveland's practice squad and was eventually signed to the active roster. The ...

Mitchell’s 27 leads No. 12 Ohio St women to 9th straight

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, her eighth straight game with at least 20, and No. 12 Ohio State took control in the first half and rolled to its ninth-straight win, 87-69 over Nebraska. Sierra Calhoun added 13 points and Tori McCoy had 12 for ...

After losing Love for weeks, LeBron and Cavs beat Wolves

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love's knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court. He spent the night backing that up ...

Ellis’ 3-pointers help Michigan State beat Ohio State 74-66

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Alvin Ellis chose to stay at Michigan State, resisting the urge of following two of his former teammates and transferring to another school. The Spartans are glad he did. Ellis scored 15 of his 18 points with a 3-point barrage in ...