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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 December 20, 2014 06:32 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 22 points and Mike Miller, making his first start of the season, added 21 on seven 3-pointers, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

James, who moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list, scored eight points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers bounced back from their biggest loss of the season Wednesday against Atlanta.

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. Brooklyn guard Deron Williams limped off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and didn't return.

Brooklyn cut an eight-point lead to 94-91 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers committed a turnover, but Kevin Garnett missed a contested 3-pointer and James split two free throws with 1.3 seconds left.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Brian Gibbons on injured reserve and recalled center Alexander Wennberg and defenseman Cody Goloubef from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Goloubef was on a conditioning assignment after a knee injury. He had two penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets before being injured Nov. 1.

Gibbons, who played last year for the Pittsburgh Penguins, suffered a knee injury in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Washington and is expected to miss two to three weeks. He has collected five assists in 21 games with the Blue Jackets.

Wennberg, a first-round pick and 14th overall in the 2013 draft, has three assists in 21 games for the Blue Jackets this year.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns star cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice and is questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Haden injured his right shoulder last week when he fell hard while trying to make an interception in a loss to Cincinnati. He didn't practice two days this week and was limited Friday. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Haden is sore and it's a "timing thing" if he plays.

Browns leading receiver Andrew Hawkins returned to practice after missing one day with an unspecified illness. Safety Tashaun Gipson will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury. Gipson still leads the AFC with six interceptions.

Linebacker Karlos Dansby is questionable with a knee injury that has sidelined him for four straight games with a knee injury. Rookie cornerback K'Waun Williams has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of multiple environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.

The state Department of Natural Resources sent the former Wisconsin Badgers standout a letter Wednesday accusing him of doing work on the land without permits, including building bridges and dams and dredging a pond.

The letter also accused Thomas of tearing down a barn without notice of intent as well as discharging manure into a wetland.

The agency wants to meet with Thomas on Jan. 6 to discuss the violations. He could face $10,000 in fines for every day in violation.

DNR spokesman Bob Manwell declined to comment on the violations.

The team said they would try to make Thomas available for comment following Friday's practice.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Right tackle Eric Winston sat out most of the season, waiting for a team to give him another chance. He finally got it with the Bengals, and he's settling right in.

Winston was in for 45 percent of the offensive plays during Cincinnati's 30-0 win in Cleveland on Sunday, less than two weeks after signing as a free agent. The 31-year-old lineman was released by Seattle during the preseason and didn't get an offer until the Bengals needed someone to fill in for the injured Andre Smith.

They're impressed by how fast he's learned the system, making him an important part of a team on the cusp of its fourth straight playoff appearance.

Winston is still president of the NFL Players Association.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 20, 2014 17:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL's holiday schedule gets going with a pair of games today and tonight.

Philadelphia visits Washington in a key battle for the Eagles, who trail in the race for the NFC East lead. Philadelphia has dropped its last two games, including last week to Dallas. That put the Eagles a game back of the Cowboys for the conference lead. In the Redskins Philly gets an opponent that has lost six in a row and goes into the game 3-12. Robert Griffin III returns as Washington's starting quarterback in the team's fifth change at that position this season.

San Diego is facing a "must win" situation when it visits the 49ers tonight. The 8-6 Chargers are on the periphery of the AFC playoff picture and not only need to win out, but have to get some help to grab a wildcard spot. Things have fallen apart for the 7-7 49ers, who are out of the postseason derby. They've lost three in a row.


UNDATED (AP) -- The college football bowl seasons kicks off today with five of the 39 postseason games that are scheduled.

Colorado State looks for the school's first 11-win season since 1997 when the Rams take on No. 23 Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Colorado State has won 16 of its last 20 games, but did not face a ranked team this season. The 8-4 Utes feature a defense that led the nation in sacks with 52.

Utah State goes for its third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history when it meets UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. The 7-5 Miners haven't won a bowl game since 1967. The Aggies are 9-4.

Air Force faces Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It's a meeting of schools that staged dramatic turnarounds this season. The Falcons went from 2-10 a year ago to 9-3. The Broncos finished 8-4 just a season after posting a 1-11 mark.

Louisiana-Lafayette will be looking for its fourth straight win in the New Orleans Bowl when it takes on Nevada.

The Camelia Bowl matches Bowling Green against South Alabama


UNDATED (AP) -- A pair of high-profile college basketball match-ups are on tap in a showcase doubleheader in Chicago. Top-ranked Kentucky puts its 11-0 mark on the line when it takes on UCLA. The talented and deep Wildcats have already racked up impressive wins over Kansas, Texas and North Carolina. The 8-3 Bruins are led by Bryce Alford, who's averaging 18 points a game. All five of the UCLA starters average in double figures.

The opener of the twinbill has No. 12 Ohio State facing the 24th-ranked Tar Heels. The Buckeyes have only lost to Louisville in their first 10 games this season. North Carolina has struggled after opening the season in the top five in the country. Included in the Tar Heels' 7-3 record is a home court loss to Iowa.

No. 15 Oklahoma takes on 16th-ranked Washington in Las Vegas. The Sooners have put together three straight wins to improve to 7-2. The 9-0 Huskies are off to their best start to a season since going 11-0 in 2005-06.

There are 15 games involving top 25 teams on the schedule.


UNDATED (AP) -- The weary San Antonio Spurs are back in action tonight, visiting Dallas in one of seven games on the NBA schedule. San Antonio is coming off its second consecutive triple-overtime loss last night, against Portland.

The Spurs have lost four in a row.

The Northwest Division-leading Trail Blazers don't get any rest either, heading to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.

Surging Atlanta is back in action, taking on Houston. The Hawks have won 11 of 12 and trail Washington by a game for first in the Southeast Division. Houston can climb to within a game of first-placed Memphis in the Southwest Division with a win.


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