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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 28, 2014 06:36 GMT


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Infielder Rey Navarro and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old spent last season with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville in Cincinnati's organization. His deal calls for a $550,000 salary in majors and $150,000 in minors, with $75,000 guaranteed.

Navarro was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft and has a .265 batting average over eight minor league seasons.

Also on Wednesday, the Orioles obtained left-hander Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Barnes pitched in 28 games for Triple-A Columbus this year and was 0-1 with one save and a 5.20 ERA for Cleveland in 22 relief appearances in 2012 and `13.


GENEVA (AP) -- Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names Thursday to The Associated Press after the five were identified in European media reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FIFA probe is confidential.

The current FIFA board members under investigation are FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar of Spain, Michel D'Hooghe of Belgium and Worawi Makudi of Thailand.

The others are German great Franz Beckenbauer and Harold Mayne-Nicholls. Beckenbauer was a FIFA voter when Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar secured the 2022 tournament. Mayne-Nicholls inspected the bids for FIFA.


FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Stainbrook was in the thick of things, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and dishing eight assists as Xavier defeated San Diego 82-71 in the Wooden Legacy tournament Thursday.

The Musketeers (5-0) rallied past San Diego (3-2) early and shot 58 percent -- 29 of 50 with 10 3-pointers. Xavier also scored 14 of 21 foul shots to just five for the Toreros.

Trevon Bluiett scored 17 for Xavier.

San Diego led by six early before Stainbrook scored three straight baskets in a 9-0 run as Xavier caught up. Stainbrook also dished to Jalen Reynolds for a dunk and fed Brandon Randolph on a 3-pointer as the Musketeers shot into the lead, 39-31 by halftime.

He was also active during a 9-6 rally after halftime, hitting a jumper and assisting Remy Abell and Bluiett for 3-pointers.

Johnny Dee scored 20 for San Diego.

Xavier plays UTEP Friday; San Diego meets Princeton.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 28, 2014 21:37 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union says.

The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension, making it indefinite after video of the Baltimore running back punching his fiancee-- now his wife -- became public.

Rice was released by the Ravens and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the suspension indefinite shortly after the video surfaced.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says he tried to avoid an altercation with a fan who was "very aggressive" when the Browns quarterback was approached in the lobby of his apartment building last week. Speaking on Friday for the first time since the incident, Manziel says Chris Gonos was "very intoxicated" when he confronted the quarterback. Police responded to the 2:30 a.m. skirmish.

According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage."

Manziel didn't have any marks on his face and would not say if he threw any punches. He added he does not have an entourage.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City gets one of its two top players back when Russell Westbrook returns to action tonight against the New York Knicks.

The three-time All-Star broke a bone in his right hand against Portland in the second game of the season, and he hasn't played since.

Westbrook was expected to pick up the slack after MVP Kevin Durant broke a bone in his right foot before the season began. Instead, the stars spent about a month together wearing suits on the bench. Without them, the Thunder have won just four of their first 16 games.

Durant is still unavailable.


UNDATED (AP) -- After having the day off to enjoy turkey and all of the trimmings, the NBA resumes play with a 12-game schedule today and tonight.

The schedule includes a showdown of two of the hottest teams in the league, when Portland hosts Memphis. The Trail Blazers take a nine-game winning streak into the battle of division leaders. That's helped them build a 12-3 record, good for the top spot in the Northwest Division. The Grizzlies are tied for the best record in the league at 13-2, which puts them atop the Southwest Division. They've yet to lose a game in nine meetings with Western Conference rivals.

Toronto is the other 13-2 team in the league and the Atlantic Division leader take a six-game winning streak into its home game against Dallas.

Golden State has won seven in a row as the Warriors prepare to visit Charlotte.

In afternoon play;

-- Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 21 as Chicago rallied for a 109-102 win over Boston. The Bulls outscored the Celtics 24-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') scored 15 to go with 15 rebounds while Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah had 15 points and 14 boards for Chicago. Jared Sullinger had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics who have lost six of seven.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A search is underway for Ohio State defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge whose family has reported him missing. The 22-year-old left his apartment, then uncharacteristically missed two practices and didn't check in.

Sophia Karageorge says her brother apparently was upset, and roommates say he went for a walk, dressed in all black.

His sister says he didn't take his wallet or motorcycle. She says he has a history of sports-related concussions, including one a month ago. The family is concerned that he might have become disoriented.


UNDATED (AP) -- Just one thing stands between No. 9 UCLA and the Pac-12 title game -- Stanford. The Bruins and the Cardinal meet in the Rose Bowl this afternoon with UCLA needing a win to clinch the Pac-12 South title and a meeting with Oregon for the conference championship. The 9-2 Bruins take a five-game winning streak into the season finale, and the offense has scored at least 30 points in seven of the last eight. Stanford has allowed 30 points just once this season in building a 6-4 mark.

Should UCLA fail to win the game, the division title and conference championship game berth will go to the winner of No. 12 Arizona and 13th-ranked Arizona State. The Wildcats and Sun Devils have matching 9-2 records and will be playing for the oldest rivalry trophy in college football at the same time as the UCLA-Stanford game.

In top-25 finals;

-- Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes to lead Western Kentucky to a 67-66 overtime win over previously unbeaten and No. 19-ranked Marshall. Doughty's last scoring pass was followed by a game-winning 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal. Marshall's Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions. Marshall dropped to 11-1 and likely lost its chance to earn a place in the New Year's bowls.


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