Ohio Sports News
Last Update on December 12, 2013 06:34 GMT
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick finally gets his chance to make his mark in the NFL.
The Bengals are missing their top two cornerbacks, giving the first-round draft pick a chance to become a mainstay on one of the NFL's top defenses. Leon Hall is out with a torn Achilles tendon, and Terence Newman hurt his left knee during a 42-28 win over the Colts on Sunday.
Kirkpatrick knows Ben Roethlisberger will probably target him during their game in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The Bengals (9-4) can clinch the AFC North if they beat the Steelers and second-place Baltimore loses at Detroit on Monday night.
Kirkpatrick has been used primarily on special teams this season, getting in for only 15 percent of the plays on defense.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- No receiver in NFL history has strung together four weeks like Cleveland's Josh Gordon.
With 774 yards receiving, Gordon set a league record for a four-game span. And although his performance on Sunday at New England wasn't his highest game statistically, it may have been Gordon's best as a pro.
He dominated the Patriots highly touted cornerback Aqib Talib, who tried to be physical with Gordon and failed. A frustrated Talib was called for three penalties -- one was declined -- and could only watch as Gordon ran away from him on an 80-yard touchdown.
Gordon leads the league with 1,400 yards and he's averaging 127.3 yards per game. Gordon has posted those stats in just 11 games since he was suspended from Cleveland's first two.
However, the most impressive number tied to Gordon may be 22 -- his age. He's just getting started.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has put to rest trade rumors involving right-hander Justin Masterson.
"I called him yesterday and told him whether he liked it or not, he's not getting rid of us," Francona said Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings.
"Knowing you, I doubt if you're reading it. And he said, `But my mom might.' I said, `Tell her you're not going anywhere.' I thought it was getting a little out of hand, so I did call him."
Also, catcher Carlos Santana could add third base as another viable option to keep his bat in the lineup. The Indians already planned on using him at first base and designated hitter.
"Santana is down at winter ball just kind of trying," Francona said of his playing third. "I don't know where that's going to go."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points and No. 3 Ohio State pulled away early to beat Bryant 86-48 on Wednesday night.
Amir Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (9-0).
It was an early round game in the Blackrock Gotham Classic which will conclude on Dec. 21 with the Buckeyes meeting Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden.
Dyami Starks had 16 points for Bryant (6-5), which was playing its second game in three nights. The Bulldogs lost at Notre Dame, 70-59.
The Bulldogs hung around with the Buckeyes for a while, but then went scoreless over the last 5:25 of the first half and watched the Buckeyes close on an 8-0 run to take a 43-23 lead.
Ohio State then scored the first five points of the second half before Garvin's layup ended a drought of 6:40.
Smith hit 6 of 9 shots from the field including half of his four 3-point attempts. He had eight rebounds and three assists.
National Sports News
Last Update on December 13, 2013 01:55 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Some of college football's top awards are being doled out today, two days before the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston has been selected as the Walter Camp player of the year. The redshirt freshman has set FBS freshman records for yards passing (3,820) and touchdown passes (38), leading the top-ranked Seminoles to a 13-0 record and a berth in the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn. His 190.6 passer efficiency rating is tops in the country and on pace to set an NCAA record.
Fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College has won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. The Heisman Trophy finalist became the first running back at the Football Bowl Subdivision level since 2008 to rush for 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Eagles to seven wins and a bowl berth this season.
Oregon State junior Brandin Cooks has won the Biletnikoff (bih-LET'-nih-kahf) Award as the nation's most outstanding wide receiver. Cooks had 120 receptions for 1,670 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been recognized as the nation's best defensive back by receiving the Jim Thorpe Award.
Florida State freshman Roberto Aguayo has won the Lou Groza (GROH'-zah) Award as the nation's best place kicker.
Also in college football:
-- Florida coach Will Muschamp says freshman quarterback Max Staver is among six offensive players who have decided to transfer. Tight end Kent Taylor, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman are changing schools as well following the school's first losing season since 1979. Their decisions came a little more than a week after Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.
-- Weber State has chosen Utah assistant Jay Hill as its new head football coach. He replaces Jody Sears, who was fired after going just 4-19 in his two seasons. Hill was a full-time assistant for the Utes the last nine years, working as the special teams coordinator.
-- Texas coach Mack Brown isn't saying what he's going to do after the upcoming Alamo Bowl. There has been plenty of speculation that he would either resign or be fired. Brown says he has yet to talk with new Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers about his job. The Longhorns had a record of 8-4 this season.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup. Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain. Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.
Linebacker Lance Briggs participated on a limited basis and Trestman was not optimistic about him returning from his shoulder injury against the Browns.
UNDATED (AP) -- This has been another busy day of wheeling and dealing in Major League Baseball. Here are some of the headlines:
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Tigers have added depth to their bullpen by working out a one-year contract with Joba (JAH'-buh) Chamberlain. The hard-throwing, right-hander was 2-1 with one save and a career-high 4.93 ERA in 45 games for the New York Yankees last season. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 games over seven seasons with the Yankees.
-- The Athletics have completed their trade with Baltimore that brought closer Jim Johnson to Oakland. The deal now sends minor league catcher David Freitas to the Orioles as the player to be named. Infielder Jemile Weeks also went to Baltimore in last week's swap.
-- Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $1.49 million, one-year contract. Walden was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings.
-- Tomo Ohka (TOH'-moh OH'-kah) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after spending the last three years pitching in Japan. The 37-year-old right-hander compiled a 51-68 record for six major league teams.
-- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that right-hander Roberto Hernandez and the Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical. Hernandez was 6-13 with a 4.89 earned run average for Tampa Bay last season.
-- The Cubs and Marlins worked out a deal. Chicago obtained outfield Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for Brian Bogusevic (boh-guh-SEHV'-ihk).
-- Michael Morse has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- If things don't work out for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he might have a future in big-league baseball. The Texas Rangers have selected the second-year signal caller in the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter draft from the Colorado Rockies.
Wilson played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, hitting .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs in Class-A.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Blake was hurt Nov. 26th in a game against Washington. He says he won't undergo surgery and that he hopes to return this season. Blake is the third guard the team has lost as Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar (FAR'-mar) are both injured.