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Armed, dangerous: Browns’ Mayfield flexing rocket arm

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Baker Mayfield threw long passes to his wide receivers and short ones to backs before Sunday's game against Carolina, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams knew his rookie quarterback was going to have a good game. It wasn't any ...

Canucks rally in the third period to beat Blue Jackets 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — None of Vancouver's three goals on Tuesday night were particularly pretty. Two bounced in off skates, and the other caromed into the net off the backside of Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo. The Canucks will take them. After trailing ...

Royals, Hamilton finalize $5.25M contract

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton finalized a $5.25 million contract Tuesday that includes up to $1 million in performance bonuses and a mutual option for 2020. The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium ...

FC Cincinnati roster takes shape in MLS expansion draft

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer Cincinnati acquired striker Kei Kamara from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS expansion draft and then immediately dealt him to the Colorado Rapids for a 2019 international slot. Cincinnati selected four other players in the expansion draft Tuesday: ...

Columbus Crew’s Steffen to join Manchester City next summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — American goalkeeper Zack Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in July. The Crew said Tuesday that Steffen will join City when the summer transfer window opens July 9. The 23-year-old played two seasons at the University of Maryland and joined ...

Cavaliers’ Thompson could miss month with sprained left foot

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson's strong season has stalled. Cleveland's starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few ...

Taider has goal, 2 assists in Impact’s 3-0 win over Crew

MONTREAL (AP) — Saphir Taider scored on a penalty kick and had assists to help the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew 3-0 on Saturday. Alejandro Silva and Ignacio Piatti also scored, and Evan Bush made nine saves for his ninth shutout of the season. The Impact (13-15-4) remained alive in ...

Cumberland has 19 as Cincinnati beats rival Xavier 62-47

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — After getting drubbed on Xavier's home court last season, the Bearcats had extra motivation in a crosstown rivalry already packed with emotions. From start to finish, Cincinnati's defense dominated. Jarron Cumberland scored 19 points, and ...

Holtby, Capitals shut out Blue Jackets 4-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Washington Capitals seemed a step faster than the discombobulated Columbus Blue Jackets all night long and took full advantage of some early opportunities. The result was a 4-0 win by the Capitals over the Blue Jackets on Saturday ...

Brown’s 34 points leads No. 8 Auburn past Dayton 82-72

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown didn't want to take all the credit for his flurry of 3-pointers to end the first half. Brown scored a career-high 34 points and made six 3s to lead No. 8 Auburn to an 82-72 victory over Dayton on Saturday night. He got into a ...

Cavaliers’ Thompson fined $15,000 for gesture to Nets fan

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an "inappropriate gesture" to a spectator. The NBA announced the punishment Thursday. Thompson's action came at the end of the Cavaliers' 99-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays ...

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew ...

Stephen Curry scores 42 points, Warriors rout Cavaliers

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant at Ohio State, he will retire after the ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at a glance

By The Associated Press Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Buckeyes play Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. A look at his career: AGE: 54 CAREER RECORD: 186-32 (overall); 17-6 (Bowling Green); 22-2 (Utah); 65-15 (Florida); 82-9 (Ohio State) TITLES: 3 national ...

Burks’ late dunk seals Cavs’ 99-97 win over slumping Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Burks had a more productive visit to Barclays Center than his last one. Playing just his third game for Cleveland after a trade from Utah, Burks threw down a two-handed dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers avoided a fourth-quarter collapse and edged the ...

McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to Cleveland job

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become ...

Bengals keep getting shredded as season slips away

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The desperation was evident when coach Marvin Lewis fired his defensive coordinator and installed himself in the role the rest of the way. Another season was slipping away. There was no more time to lose. "Game day will be different for me," ...

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and sparked controversy this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant at Ohio State, he will retire after the ...

Ohio State to face Washington in 105th Rose Bowl

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State's consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of ...