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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on March 26, 2015 05:32 GMT

CAVALIERS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

LeBron James finished with 20 points and Timofey Mozgov added 14 for Cleveland, which won its fourth straight and eighth in its last nine. J.R. Smith had 13 points for Cleveland, which shot 51 percent and was 14 of 34 from 3-point range.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 18 points, while Beno Udrih scored 15. Jeff Green had 11 points for Memphis, which had its three-game losing streak snapped.

The game was not in doubt after a big third quarter from the Cavaliers, extending the lead to as many as 29. The 22-point loss was the biggest of the season at home for Memphis.

RANGERS-REDS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Anthony DeSclafani struck out nine in six impressive innings, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman fanned two in his one inning of work, and the Reds got five hits off starter Ross Detwiler in a four-run second.

DeSclafani was acquired from Miami in the offseason trade that sent Mat Latos to the Marlins. The right-hander permitted four hits and wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam after issuing two of his three walks.

Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart had run-scoring singles off Detwiler, obtained in an offseason trade with the Nationals. He was scheduled to face the Reds on March 19 but the game was rained out.

The four-run inning marred an otherwise solid outing for Detwiler. Two of Cincinnati's hits were bad-hop singles.

Mitch Moreland had three hits for Texas, including a double.

INDIANS-ANGELS

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Joyce hit his first spring homer and Los Angeles Angels starter Nick Tropeano took a step forward in his quest for a rotation spot, leading Los Angeles to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

In his second spring start and third appearances, Tropeano allowed two hits and three runs -- none earned -- in four innings. He's one of several candidates hoping to break camp in the Angels' starting rotation.

Tropeano retired nine of the first 10 batters, allowing only a walk through three innings.

He ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing a leadoff infield single to David Murphy and, after an infield error, walking Ryan Raburn to load the bases with nobody out. After an infield out, he walked Ryan Rollinger to bring in a run and then gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Hayes, Joyce made a diving catch on in left field. Dustin Hood then drove in another run with an RBI single.

Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin allowed nine hits and two runs in four innings in his second Cactus League start.

NCAA-WEST VIRGINIA-KENTUCKY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari expects West Virginia to press his top-ranked team from start to finish in the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats, who are seeking to become the first school to go unbeaten since Indiana's national title team in 1976, have faced presses all season, but not one quite like they'll see from the Mountaineers (29-5) -- or "Press Virginia" as they've been nicknamed. Calipari knows West Virginia excels at "creating havoc" and forcing teams into turnovers.

West Virginia leads the nation in steals, but those will be tougher to come by against a tall and talented Kentucky squad that has shown few flaws.

Still, the Mountaineers are confident their press can work.

"Why wouldn't it?" West Virginia guard Juwan Staten said.

The matchup will also feature Calipari going up against West Virginia's Bob Huggins, one of his closest coaching friends.

NCAA-WICHITA ST-NOTRE DAME

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has relied heavily on the toughness instilled with him by his mother while preparing for a Sweet 16 showdown with Wichita State on Thursday night.

Brey's mother Betty died last Saturday, hours before Notre Dame beat Butler in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32. Brey didn't tell his team until afterward. The coach says he didn't want to provide a distraction. Brey spent last Sunday with his family in Florida to celebrate his mother's life before returning to South Bend to prepare the third-seeded Irish (31-5) for the Shockers.

Wichita State crushed in-state rival Kansas in the round of 32. The seventh-seeded Shockers (30-4) say they were careful not to get too high after knocking off the Jayhawks. Guard Ron Baker says beating Kansas was like landing on cloud nine, but added his team can reach cloud 10 with two wins this weekend.

NCAA-XAVIER-ARIZONA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nearly six years after Sean Miller left Xavier for Arizona, the bonds between the schools' coaching staffs still run wide and deep.

That friendship will get a little spice Thursday night when coach Chris Mack's sixth-seeded Musketeers (23-13) attempt to pull off a major upset of his former boss' second-seeded Wildcats (33-3).

When Miller left Cincinnati, he lobbied for his longtime lead assistant to replace him. Mack has maintained Xavier's consistent success with three Sweet 16 trips, while Miller has led his West Coast powerhouse to this round four times in five years.

Although their game plans and coaching styles still have many similarities all these years later, Mack is pretty sure he has a little more fun.

The serious Miller "needs to loosen up," according to his former assistant.

National Sports News

Last Update on March 27, 2015 00:46 GMT

NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-seed Kentucky continues its push for an unbeaten season and national championship tonight when it faces West Virginia in an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. The 36-0 Wildcats are facing a team that thinks defense first and presses continuously. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is 8-2 lifetime against good friend John Calipari, the coach of the Wildcats.

In the first game in Cleveland, 31-5 Notre Dame is leading Wichita State 33-30 at halftime.

The West Regional semifinals in Los Angeles feature top-seed Wisconsin facing North Carolina and Arizona matching up with Xavier. The top-seeded Badgers are 33-3 and led by player of the year candidate Frank Kaminsky. North Carolina takes a 26-11 mark into the showdown. North Carolina owns a 33-31 lead over the Badgers at halftime.

Arizona coach Sean Miller will be facing his old school in Xavier and his former assistant in Musketeers coach Chris Mack, who took over the program when Miller left. The Wildcats take a 33-3 mark into the game and are giving up fewer than 59 points per game.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-FRAZIER

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A person with familiar with the decision says Florida guard Michael Frazier II is leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Frazier has not officially announced his decision. The person says Frazier is expected to sign with an agent and go through the draft process without considering a return to school.

Frazier is a two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference. He's widely projected as a mid-to-late second-round pick.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-COACHES

UNDATED (AP) -- Four-time NBA All-Star Mark Price has been named the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers. He replaces Alan Major, who left the program after five years amid health problems and a lack of success on the floor. It's the first head coaching job for the 51-year-old Price who spent one season as an assistant on Bobby Cremins' staff at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Elsewhere;

-- Dayton coach Archie Miller has received a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The move comes after Miller led the Flyers to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Dayton is 90-47 in Miller's four seasons.

----Tim Cluess, who has led Iona to 118 wins and two NCAA Tournaments in five seasons, had his contract extended through 2019-20. The Gaels have won at least 20 games and made a postseason appearance in each of Cluess' five seasons. Cluess has a 118-54 record at Iona.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Hall of Fame basketball coach Dean Smith passed away last month. On Thursday, the trustee of a trust that bears the late coach's name confirmed that $200 checks were sent out to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heels teams, about 180 in all.

The letter says Smith directed that following his death, each letterman was to be sent a check with the message "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

The Hall of Fame coach died Feb. 7 at age 83.

NBA-SCHEDULE

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The only game in the NBA this evening is being played in Milwaukee where the Bucks entertain Indiana. The Pacers are tied for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference while the Bucks are the sixth-seed. The Bucks are limping toward the end of the season, losing seven of their last 10 games.

NHL-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for a check to the head of Patrick Maroon of the Anaheim Ducks. The hit came in Tuesday's win over the Ducks. The suspension will cost Boll $27,419.34.

NFL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have waived offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who was acquired last March in a deal with Miami. Martin had left the Dolphins in October 2013 after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying. An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin.

Martin started seven games at right tackle last season in place of injured Anthony Davis, allowing seven sacks.

In other NFL moves:

-- Pittsburgh has re-signed free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old served primarily on special teams for the Steelers in 2014 after coming over from Indianapolis.

-- Miami defensive lineman Derrick Shelby has signed his restricted tender offer and will make $2.4 million this year. Shelby provides depth in a front four upgraded with the recent signing of tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo). Shelby saw significant playing time off the bench last year at both tackle and end and had 21 tackles and three sacks.

---- The Bengals brought back defensive tackle Pat Sims, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland. Sims was Cincinnati's third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the Bengals before leaving as a free agent. He spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, playing in 32 games with a total of 85 tackles.

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