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Last Update on January 26, 2015 06:35 GMT

ALL-STAR GAME

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game.

The wild, no-defense exhibition even featured a fake fight along with goals in bunches.

The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001.

Ryan Johansen, of the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets, had two goals for the losing team but still won the MVP award in voting by fans on Twitter.

The NHL has determined the teams by a number of geographic and divisional setups over the 60 years. Just like on ponds around the globe, these lineups were determined by a player draft on Friday night.

THUNDER-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

James made a pair of 3-pointers and a nasty fade-away jumper to give the Cavs a 91-80 lead. Later, the four-time MVP fed Kevin Love for a 3-pointer with 3:38 left that put the Thunder away. The Cavs are now 6-1 since James returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee.

Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 21 and J. R. Smith had 14. Tristan Thompson grabbed 16 rebounds.

Kevin Durant scored 32 and Russell Westbrook had 22 for the Thunder, who went 3-2 on their longest road trip this season.

BROWNS-GORDON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says troubled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has failed another drug test.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the testing, says Gordon could be banned by the NFL for one year. Gordon has twice been suspended for substance-abuse violations.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, first reported Gordon's failed test.

The Browns released a statement saying they were disappointed to learn of reports on Gordon. The team said it has not been notified by the league of a failed test. The Browns are "gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time."

Gordon was suspended 10 games last season. He appeared in just five and was suspended by the Browns for violating team rules before the finale.

T25-INDIANA-OHIO STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- D'Angelo Russell scored 22 points and added 10 assists, Jae'Sean Tate added a career-high 20 points, and Ohio State defeated No. 23 Indiana 82-70 on Sunday.

The Buckeyes (16-5, 5-3) won consecutive games for the first time since wins against in-state foes Miami and Wright State on Dec. 22 and 27, respectively. Indiana (15-5, 5-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped despite 26 points from junior guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell.

For the second straight game, Ohio State coach Thad Matta replaced senior center Amir Williams with Anthony Lee and sophomore forward Marc Loving with Tate in his starting lineup. Just like in their earlier meeting this season, the Buckeyes pressured the Hoosiers into 15 turnovers. Indiana entered the game averaging 11.1 turnovers per game -- the second-lowest mark in the Big Ten -- while Ohio State's average of 16.6 forced turnovers a game was second-best.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 26, 2015 23:19 GMT

NFL-RAMS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Rams took the first step toward lame-duck status in St. Louis and a possible move back to the West Coast. The team notified the city's Convention and Visitors Commission they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for use of the Edward Jones Dome.

The CVC, which operates the dome, confirmed the move Monday. The Rams referred comments to the CVC.

Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke (KRAHN'-kee) is part of a joint venture that announced plans earlier this month for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. Any move would be subject to approval by the NFL and its owners. The NFL has already said no moves would be made in time for next season.

NFL-NEWS

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. Woodson will turn 39 in October. He was eligible to be a free agent in March.

In other NFL news:

-- The Buffalo Bills have hired former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer as an offensive line coach while adding five others to coach Rex Ryan's staff. The Bills also hired Michael Hamlin as a special teams quality control coach, Sanjay Lal as wide receivers coach, Anthony Lynn as a running backs coach, D'Anton Lynn as a defensive assistant and Chris Palmer as a senior offensive assistant.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UNDATED (AP) -- The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and ESPN acknowledged having discussions about a one-time schedule shift in separate statements to The Associated Press.

The College Football Playoff semifinals are scheduled to be played on New Year's Eve eight times during a 12-year contract with ESPN.

In another playoff note, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

MLB-ARBITRATION UPDATES

DETROIT (AP) -- Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000. He was Detroit's last player available for arbitration. The 28-year-old right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.51 earned run average in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions.

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Right-hander Bud Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore, and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled with the Orioles on a one-year deal for just under $1.1 million. Norris, who turns 30 on March 2, was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last season. The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221 with seven homers and 32 runs batted in in 312 plate appearances last year, when he made $512,500. At one time or another he played all four infield positions, left field and right field.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco (mehz-uh-RAH'-koh), leaving them with two players in salary arbitration. Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers with 25 and RBIs, 80.

Third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman, also all-stars last season, remain in arbitration.

NBA-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is probably done for the season. The veteran is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn rotator cuff in a game last week against New Orleans. The Lakers say they'll announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott says Kobe "is probably not going to play" again this season.

Bryant's torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The prediction of heavy snowfall in the New York area has caused the NBA to postpone two games this evening. Wiped out are the Portland at Brooklyn and Sacramento at New York games. The Kings-Knicks game will now be played on March 3 while the Nets will face the Blazers on April 6.

A check of the remaining games shows Philadelphia's 76ers on the road in New Orleans, the Thunder back home for a game with Minnesota, the Magic visiting Southwest leader Memphis, the Jazz entertaining the Celtics and the Nuggets in L.A. playing the Clippers.

T25-POLLS

UNDATED (AP) -- The top three spots in the men's Associated Press Top-25 poll remain the same as in last week's poll. That means Kentucky is No. 1 with Virginia second and Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) third. Moving into fourth this week is Duke with Wisconsin fifth.

Both Kentucky and Virginia remain unbeaten, each with a record of 19-0. In the voting the Wildcats got 64 of the first place votes with the Cavaliers getting the remaining one.

This week's second-five in the men's poll consists of Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville.

The women's top five is like the men's in that the top three teams are the same as last week. Number 1 is South Carolina with Connecticut second and Baylor third. Completing the first five are Notre Dame and Maryland.

In the voting South Carolina got 27 of the first place votes and UConn the remaining eight.

The second five features Tennessee, Oregon State, Louisville, Florida State and Kentucky.

T25-MEN'S SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two games are on the men's Top-25 schedule this evening with ninth-ranked Iowa State the highest ranked team in action. The 15th-ranked Cyclones are home to 19th-ranked Texas. Iowa State is 14-4 on the season while the Longhorns are 14-5. In the Big 12, the Cyclones are 4-2 while Texas checks in at 3-3.

The only other game has 13th-ranked North Carolina playing host to Syracuse.

NHL-NOTES

UNDATED (AP) -- A person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have released center Mike Richards. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Kings had not announced the decision. Richards was a standout for the Flyers when he was acquired by the Kings, but his scoring has dropped every year since, from 18 goals in 2011-12 to just five halfway through this season.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 21 and say he'll be out of action for the next four to six weeks with a groin injury. Bobrovsky was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game prior to the injury. He has a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The surprising New York Islanders are starting the second half on a down note as top-line forward Kyle Okposo will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Okposo is second on the club with 44 points -- one fewer than All-Star John Tavares. He has 14 goals, including four against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16.

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