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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on October 21, 2014 05:40 GMT

BULLS-CAVALIERS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James was the star attraction but Kyrie Irving stole the show with 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-98 win against the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game Monday night at Ohio State.

Irving had 20 points in the second half. James had 18 points in 31 minutes in his first game in Columbus since rejoining the Cavaliers this summer from the Miami Heat.

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 30 points.

Chicago was without guard Jimmy Butler (thumb). His replacement in the starting lineup, Kirk Hinrich, had two points in 16 minutes.

BROWNS-UGLY LOSS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine has no plans to bench starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel following Sunday's ugly loss at Jacksonville.

Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and threw a late interception as the Browns lost to the previously winless Jaguars. Pettine acknowledged Hoyer played poorly, but said he is not making a change, adding: "Brian is still firmly our starter."

Pettine said "we are not going to hit the panic button after one loss." Pettine says the coaching staff did not consider bringing in Manziel as a spark during the 24-6 defeat. Manziel has only been on the field for a handful of plays this season.

Hoyer dropped to 6-3 as Cleveland's starter. He missed several throws, including missing wide-open tight end Jordan Cameron in the end zone for an easy touchdown.

RAIDERS-SPARANO

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- As if the Oakland Raiders' defensive problems weren't bad enough, another injury will force them to use a third-stringer at strong safety.

Usama Young left Sunday's 24-13 loss to Arizona with a significant injury to his left knee. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN reported that he has a torn ACL and MCL in the knee and will miss the rest of the season.

With starter Tyvon Branch already out for the season with a broken foot, the Raiders (0-6) once again are forced to turn back to Brandian Ross, who struggled in that role last year after Branch got hurt.

Ross was released after training camp this summer and signed with Miami before returning to Oakland late last month.

SOARING RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- One week after the Baltimore Ravens' offense put up 38 points in the first half at Tampa Bay, the defense took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter against Atlanta.

It appears the Ravens can now rely on either unit to win a game.

Baltimore ranks second in the AFC in scoring and have allowed fewer points than any team in the league.

Special teams have been solid, too -- Justin Tucker is 14 for 14 in field goal tries inside 50 yards.

Playing well in all three phases of the game is more important to coach John Harbaugh than trying to figure which unit is playing the best.

Harbaugh says, "We're not going to say we want to be one thing or the other. We want to be everything."

The Ravens (5-2) play at Cincinnati on Sunday.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve and have added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

McElhinney, the backup to top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's game at Ottawa and is expected to miss at least one week.

The 21-year-old Forsberg, the Blue Jackets' sixth pick in the 2011 draft, is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season.

REDS-COACHES

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have decided to replace third base coach Steve Smith. The rest of the staff is expected to return following a rough season.

Smith joined the Reds last season. He worked in the Mariners' system with Bryan Price, who was promoted to manager last season. The Reds did not announce his replacement on Monday.

Bench coach Jay Bell was a candidate for the managing job in Arizona, but the Diamondbacks gave it to third base coach Chip Hale. He'll return next for season.

The Reds lost 86 games this year and finished ahead of only the Cubs in the NL Central, their worst result since 2008.

OPENING NIGHT-TIMES SQUARE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charles Barkley is coming to Times Square to tip off the NBA season.

Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson will host live pregame, halftime and postgame shows from the New York landmark Oct. 28 when TNT airs a doubleheader on opening night.

Two days later, TNT will televise a live pregame concert from Cleveland featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar before LeBron James makes his regular-season home debut in his return to the Cavaliers.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 21, 2014 07:47 GMT

NFL-STEELERS/TEXANS

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to alternate wins and losses this season.

The Steelers are 4-3 after following last weekend's hideous 31-10 loss in Cleveland with a 30-23 triumph over Houston. The Texans actually grabbed a 13-0 lead before the Steelers scored 24 unanswered points to end the first half, including three touchdowns over the final 87 seconds of the second quarter.

The Steelers took advantage of two Houston turnovers while Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lis-bur-gur) sandwiched two scoring passes around receiver Antonio Brown's option pass for a TD. Roethlisberger was 23 of 33 for 265 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Brown had nine receptions for 90 yards in addition to his touchdown pass.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had 262 passing yards, two touchdowns and a costly interception for the Texans, who've dropped four of five since a 2-0 start. Arian Foster ran for 102 yards and grabbed Fitzpatrick's final scoring pass, but he also fumbled during the Steelers' touchdown flurry before halftime. DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 108 yards.

NFL-INJURIES

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday.

Kilgore fractured his left ankle in the third quarter of Sunday night's 42-17 loss at Denver. He was carted off after linebacker Brandon Marshall inadvertently ran into his lower leg at the end of a run by Frank Gore.

Rookie Marcus Martin is the favorite to fill in for Kilgore. Martin recently returned to practice following a training camp knee injury.

Martin's NFL debut would likely be Nov. 2 at home against the Rams after the bye.

In other NFL injury news:

-- The Buffalo Bills are down two running backs. C.J. Spiller has had surgery to repair a collarbone injury, and it's uncertain if his season is over. Fred Jackson said Monday that he expects to be out for about four weeks with a groin injury. Jackson told WGR radio that doctors gave him that prognosis. Both were hurt in the Bills' 17-16 win Sunday over the Vikings.

-- Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo (oh-RAK'-poh) will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on a torn right pectoral muscle. He's a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

WORLD SERIES-STARTERS

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- The wait is almost over for the opening game of the World Series.

Game 1 for the Giants and Royals will be played Tuesday night in Kansas City, with James Shields taking the mound for the home team against NLCs most valuable player Madison Bumgarner. Shields is getting the opening game assignment for the third time this post season, while Bumgarner hasn't allowed a postseason run away from home in an MLB-record 26 2/3 innings. That record goes back to 2010.

The Royals advanced with a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series while the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in five games to win the NLCS.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night in Kansas City before the series moves to San Francisco.

Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief for the World Series and oversee four umpires who are working the Fall Classic for the first time. Hunter Wendelstedt, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Eric Cooper will call their first Series. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson round out the seven-man crew.

WORLD SERIES-ANTHEMS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series. According to Major League Baseball, Yearwood will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 1 Tuesday night and Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on Saturday at the AT&T Park in San Francisco.

MLB-RANGERS/BOGAR

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tim Bogar (BOH'-gahr) will not be part of the Texas Rangers' coaching staff after serving as interim manager in September.

General manager Jon Daniels says he and new manager Jeff Banister had discussions with Bogar in recent days and "decided that it is best for us to go in another direction." Daniels said Bogar has been offered another position in the organization.

Bogar was manager Ron Washington's bench coach before going 14-8 as interim skipper for the last-place Rangers. Washington stepped down with a 53-87 record this season after leading the Rangers to back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011.

NHL-SCHEDULE

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers have finally earned their first win of the NHL season following an 0-4-1 start.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winner with 3:25 remaining to push the Oilers past Tampa Bay 3-2. The go-ahead goal came less than three minutes after Brett Connolly tied the game for the Lightning.

Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot and had an assist as the Oilers dropped the Lightning to 3-2-1.

NHL-FLAMES

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman T.J. Brodie to a five-year contract extension. Brodie is in the final year of a two-year deal that paid him an average annual salary of $2.1 million. The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames.

The defenseman has 11 goals and 66 points in 192 games.

NBA-STERLING/LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.

Judge Richard Fruin issued a tentative ruling last week saying he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelly Sterling's lawyer. The judge found V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Shelly Sterling called her a thief and an embezzler in media reports.

NHL-KINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NHL has suspended Slava Voynov indefinitely after the Los Angeles Kings defenseman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Police say Voynov was booked and released after his arrest early Monday morning at a Torrance hospital on suspicion of corporal injury to a spouse. The Kings issued a statement saying they support the league's decision and will take appropriate action throughout the legal proceedings and the NHL investigation.

HOCKEY-LAWSUIT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.

The complaint was filed in Minnesota, where the case already had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It's a combination of several previously filed lawsuits.

The six former players serving as class representatives are seeking a jury trial for unspecified financial damages and NHL-funded medical monitoring for neurological disorders. Dan LaCouture (lah-koo-TOOR'), Michael Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, David Christian and Reed Larson all played 10 or more NHL seasons.

WOMEN'S SOCCERE/CONCACAF

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team has advanced to the CONCACAF semifinals by going undefeated and unscored upon in group play.

Abby Wambach scored twice and the Americans improved to 3-0 by hammering Haiti 6-0 in Washington. Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also scored for the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals to be played Friday and Sunday at Chester, Pennsylvania.

The U.S. has outscored its opponents 12-0 in the tourney.

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