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Get the latest sports news you want from ABC 6's Clay Hall, including player interviews, updates on coaches, hiring and firing, and happenings on and off the field. Whether it is about Columbus Ohio State Buckeyes, the Columbus Crew, the Columbus Blue Jackets, local Columbus area collegiate or high school teams, count on ABC 6 for the sports news you need.


Ohio Sports News

Last Update on November 21, 2014 06:35 GMT


CINCINNATI (AP) -- AJ McCarron's first throws in practice were way off target. It didn't ruin his mood.

The rookie quarterback returned to practice this week after spending all of training camp and the season getting his passing shoulder back in shape. The Bengals drafted him in the fifth round intending to develop him into a backup for Andy Dalton. A sore passing shoulder pushed back those plans.

McCarron said on Thursday that the shoulder feels strong and he's ready to be a backup this season, if that's what the Bengals need. They have three weeks to decide whether to add him to the active roster for the final three games of the regular season.

The AFC North-leading Bengals (6-3-1) play at Houston (5-5) on Sunday.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- With Josh Gordon back, quarterback Brian Hoyer has his favorite target again. The Browns want to make sure it's not his only one.

Gordon returned from his 10-game suspension on Wednesday, and Browns coach Mike Pettine joked the ball was "mysteriously" thrown in his direction throughout practice. Pettine said Hoyer was "like a kid with a new toy at Christmas" with Gordon around.

Pettine said Hoyer has to be careful not to have "tunnel vision" just because Gordon, who led the league with 1,646 yards receiving, is on the field.

Gordon was a little sore following his first workout, but Pettine said the star wide receiver is further along than the team expected.

As for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Pettine said it would be tempting to play Gordon for 75 snaps, "but I don't know if that's the most prudent approach."


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season.

In federal court records, the 27-year-old says his finances have fallen apart under his parents' management. He says creditors and his financial advisers took advantage of him through fraudulent transactions and predatory lending, with his contract earnings pledged as security for unconventional loans that he didn't authorize.

Johnson filed for bankruptcy Oct. 7, two days before the team began the regular season. Those filings indicated he owed more than $12 million. For estimated assets, he checked the box indicating $1 million to $10 million.

Johnson tells The Columbus Dispatch others led him down the wrong path and he's trying to fix that, but declined to comment further.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Kwan Cheatham had 15 points and Pat Forsythe added 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Akron past Southern Cal 66-46 in the opening game of the Charleston Classic on Thursday.

The Zips took a double-digit lead in the first half and held off the Trojans to beat a Power Five conference member for the fourth straight season.

Noah Robotham added 14 points for Akron, which opened 2-0 for the fourth time in coach Keith Dambrot's 11 seasons.

Southern Cal (1-2) cut Akron's 17-point lead down to 47-40 on Nikola Jovanovic's basket with 10 minutes left. That's when Antino Jackson hit two straight 3-pointers to give the Zips back their comfortable lead.

Jovanovic had 11 points to lead the Trojans, who shot 28.3 percent (15 of 53) for the game.


Late tip-in lifts Dayton over Texas A&M 55-53

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Dayton's Devon Scott tipped in a missed layup with 1 second remaining and the Flyers held on to beat Texas A&M 55-53 Thursday in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Aggies' Alex Caruso got off a 3-pointer as time expired, but it bounced off the side of the rim.

Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 14 points. Kyle Davis added 10 for the Flyers (2-0), who were outrebounded 48-25 by the Aggies, including 24-4 on offense. Texas A&M didn't help itself, committing 21 turnovers that led to 20 Dayton points.

Caruso led the Aggies with 17 points. Kourtney Roberson had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Dayton plays the winner of College of Charleston and Connecticut on Friday. Texas A&M plays the loser in the consolation bracket.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 21, 2014 21:49 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson has a date for his hearing with the NFL. The league has announced the Peterson will be able to appeal his suspension on Dec. 2 with longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal by himself or appoint someone else.

Goodell suspended the Minnesota running back for the rest of the season earlier this week after Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.


LOS ANGELES (AP) --The Dodgers and Rays have worked out a deal involving four pitchers. Relief pitcher Joel Peralta (johl puh-RALL'-tuh) and lefty Adam Liberatore are headed to L.A. for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris along.

The trade is the first major move for the Dodgers since Andrew Friedman left the Rays to become president of baseball operations for the National League club.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota shooting guard Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and is out indefinitely. He suffered the injury Wednesday playing against the Knicks. He managed to stay in the game and score 37 points.

Martin is averaging 20.4 points a game while shooting 48.1 percent on 3-pointers this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Memphis, the winningest team in the NBA with a mark of 10-2, is home this evening to Boston. The Grizzlies are unbeaten in six home games this season. They could be short handed for the game as seven members of the team are dealing with a stomach virus and their status is uncertain.

On the other side of the ledger are the Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost all 11 games played this season and tonight they will attempt to get into the win column with a home game against Phoenix.

Two division leaders are meeting in Portland as the Blazers, who top the Northwest Division, are playing host to Central leader Chicago. The Blazers have won their last five games while the Bulls lost last night to the Kings in Sacramento.

Two teams riding a losing streak are squaring off tonight in Oklahoma City as the Thunder play host to the Brooklyn Nets. The home team has dropped its last four games while the visiting Nets have lost five in a row.

The rest of the games tonight feature the Magic at Charlotte, the Hawks home to the Pistons, Milwaukee in Toronto for a game with the Raptors, the Spurs at Minnesota, Cleveland playing the Wizards in Washington, the Lakers at Dallas, Denver home to the Pelicans and Utah at Golden State.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- San Jose and Dallas have consummated a deal that sends defenseman Jason Demers and a third round draft pick in 2016 to the Stars for defenseman Brendon Dillion.

The 24-year old Dillon has nine goals and 17 assists in 149 career games with Dallas. Demers, who is 26, has 16 goals and 82 assists in 300 career games.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL announced yesterday that because of all the snow in the Buffalo area that tonight's game with the Rangers has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

The loss of that game means there are just three games on ice this evening. In Pittsburgh the Penguins are hosting the Islanders in their second meeting of the season. Back on Oct. 18 Pittsburgh skated off the ice with a 3-1 win. A year ago the Pens took three of four games between the clubs. Tonight's game is Pittsburgh's first since announcing Wednesday that forward Pascal Dupuis (doo-PWEE') will miss the next six months with a blood clot.

The Blue Jackets are home tonight to the Bruins. This is the first of three games between the clubs this season. Boston is coming off a 2-0 win over the Blues while the Jackets were 5-0 losers to the Red Wings in their last game.

And in the final game of the night New Jersey is skating at Edmonton. This is their first meeting of the season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The No. 1 team in the AP men's Top-25 basketball poll is back in action this evening. Kentucky's Wildcats, winners of all three games this season, are playing host to Boston University.

In other Top-5 games tonight No. 3 Duke is home to Temple, seventh-ranked Louisville is playing host to Marshall, No. 8 Florida is entertaining Louisiana-Monroe and ninth-ranked Virginia is on the home floor against George Washington.


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Fourth-ranked Mississippi State has suspended starting safety Justin Cox after his arrest on felony aggravated domestic violence and burglary charges. Cox was arrested early Friday morning. The senior has played in nine games this season, starting eight.


NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- First round leader Julieta Granada shares the midway lead at the LPGA's CME Group Tour Championship with Carlota Ciganda. Each stands 7-under-par after 36 holes of play. Ciganda earned her share of the lead with a 5-under-67, while Granada followed up her 66 with a 1-under-71.

This is the season finale on the LPGA Tour and is the conclusion to the Race to CME Globe that pays a $1 million bonus.


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