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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on January 30, 2015 06:31 GMT


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Bergenheim scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Florida Panthers get a much-needed win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Thursday night.

Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

Florida snapped a five-game loss streak, won at home for the first time in seven games, and beat Columbus for the first time since a 5-2 road victory on Nov. 21, 2007 -- a span of 11 games.

Alexander Wennberg and Jack Johnson scored for the Blue Jackets and Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon says his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates.

Gordon said in an open letter on Medium on Thursday that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another suspension from the league. The 23-year-old receiver said he had two beers and two other drinks with teammates on a flight to Las Vegas on Jan. 2, after Cleveland's season ended.

The former Pro Bowler was suspended for last season after testing positive for marijuana, but the penalty was reduced to 10 games. Gordon said that as part of the reduction, he agreed not to drink alcohol. He said he was tested for it when he got off the plane in Las Vegas.

Gordon says he thought the agreement to not drink ended after the Browns' regular season but he should have confirmed it.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marc Loving scored 19 points and D'Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night.

Jae'Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three in a row -- including the last two over ranked opponents at home.

Dez Wells had 12 points and Jake Layman 10 for Maryland (18-4, 6-3), which had won four of five.

Melo Trimble, who came in leading Maryland in scoring at 16.3 points per game, had a forgettable night. He missed all eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and ended up with three points, one rebound and one assist.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Point guard Troy Caupain scored a career-high 20 points on Thursday night before leaving with his second technical foul, and Cincinnati never trailed during a 70-58 victory over sloppy Connecticut to split the season series.

Cincinnati (15-5, 6-2 American Athletic) won its third in a row overall and improved to 12-1 at home this season.

Caupain wiggled free for layups and made eight of his nine shots. He picked up his second technical for taunting with 2:24 to go and Cincinnati up by 14 points.

UConn (11-8, 4-3) won the teams' first matchup in Connecticut on Jan. 10, with Ryan Boatright scoring 18 points in a 67-60 victory. The conference's stingiest defense clamped down on him in the rematch and held him without a field goal until there was 12:56 left in the game.

UConn turned it over 17 times and shot only 33 percent from the field overall.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 30, 2015 22:11 GMT


PHOENIX (AP)-- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could be hit with increased penalties if the league investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.

Goodell says at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday: "We have rules. We're a league of rules."

The league appointed lawyer Ted Wells to look into what happened to the Patriots' footballs during the 45-7 victory over the Colts that sent New England to the Super Bowl.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said he expects the investigation to determine his team did nothing wrong, and he expects an apology from the NFL.

Goodell also announced that the league is creating a new position of chief medical officer to oversee all of the NFL's health policies.

Carroll's comment regarding Sherman was the biggest news to come out of the final media availability with the coaches as both were extremely complementary of the other. Patriots coach Bill Belichick says preparing his team to face the defending Super Bowl champions has "been a huge challenge." Adding that the Seahawks "do so many things well on so many levels."

PHOENIX (AP)-- On a day that two other quarterbacks were putting the final touches on their game plans and practice sessions for the Super Bowl, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was telling reporters has hasn't yet decided if he will return next season. After accepting the Bart Star Award in Phoenix, Manning said that he's "taking some time to assess some things and see," about his future.

Manning, prior to the Broncos loss to Indianapolis in the playoffs had been saying that he will return, but after that defeat, he admitted to his uncertainty.

New Denver head coach Gary Kubiak and Denver vice president John Elway have urged Manning to take his time before making a decision.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)-- Tiger Woods is heading home after shooting the worst round of his professional golf career. His 11 over second round 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open left him looking lost on the golf course Friday as he closed his two days 13 over par.

Woods hit wedges fat and thin, but never close. He hit a tee shot in the water and another into a desert bush. Woods previous worst score was an 81 in the third round at Muirfield in the 2002 British Open, in that round he could attribute at least some of his trouble to the 40 mph wind and rain.


UNDATED (AP) -- It's a busy Friday for the NBA. Nine games are scheduled.

The Minnesota Wild are in Philadelphia to face the Sixers. Portland is at Atlanta. The Houston Rockets take on the Celtics in Boston. The Brooklyn Nets host Toronto. Sacramento faces the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The L.A. Clippers are in New Orleans to play the Pelicans. Dallas is in Miami, Golden State is at Utah and the Chicago Bulls are in Phoenix to play the Suns.


UNDATED (AP) -- There's a light Friday schedule in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to New Jersey to face the Devils. St. Louis is at Carolina. The Avalanche host Nashville. Buffalo travels to Vancouver. And the Chicago Blackhawks are in Anaheim to play the Ducks.


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)--Rita Jeptoo (JEP'-too), a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, has been handed a two-year doping ban Friday in a case that has cast a shadow over Kenya's famed distance runners.

Jeptoo tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test last September, a few weeks before winning her second straight Chicago Marathon title. Both the "A" and "B" samples were positive.

Athletics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo was suspended from all competition until Oct. 29, 2016 ruling her out for this year's world championships in Beijing and next year's OIympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 33-year-old Jeptoo is the biggest name among dozens of Kenyan athletes who have failed drug tests in recent years. The World Anti-Doping Agency has urged Kenya to step up its drug-testing program and is working with the east African country to help set up a national anti-doping body.

Boston Marathon organizers said they would evaluate Jeptoo's ban before making any decision on stripping her results in the race.

In a statement, the Boston Athletic Association says that they "are deeply disappointed in the findings." Adding that the group is "committed to upholding the integrity and credibility of the Boston Marathon."


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