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Last Update on November 27, 2014 06:34 GMT

WIZARDS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers exacted a little revenge on Washington with a 113-87 win over the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Five days after they were embarrassed in a 91-78 loss to Washington, the Cavs controlled this one from the start and got back to .500.

James led the way, also collecting 10 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. The four-time MVP, who called his team "fragile" during a recent four-game losing streak, was energized from the start as he powered to the basket and imposed his will on the Wizards.

With Cleveland up by 19, James took a seat with 7:52 left, getting an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for the Cavs.

BENGALS-ROAD WINNERS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals have turned their season around by excelling during one of the toughest road tests in franchise history.

Victories in New Orleans and Houston during the last two weeks have left Cincinnati (7-3-1) alone in first place in the tightly bunched AFC North. The Bengals have a third straight road game this Sunday at Tampa Bay (2-9).

It's the ninth time in Bengals history that they've had three consecutive road games. They've never gone 3-0 in such a stretch. The club record for consecutive road games in a season is five.

They're going to have to play without linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has missed the last four games following knee surgery. He didn't practice on Wednesday, an indication he's not ready.

BENGALS-STILL

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still says his former girlfriend's comments about a failure to pay child support are "untruthful" and he's letting the dispute play out in court.

Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has gained national attention for her fight against cancer. More than $1 million has been raised for cancer research and treatment from the sale of Still's jersey.

The girl's mother, Channing Smythe, told the New York Daily News that Still hasn't made child support payments for the last four months, causing a hardship. Still issued a statement on Wednesday calling the story "untruthful" but declining to go into detail while the matter is worked out in court.

Still and Smythe are no longer a couple.

BROWNS-GORDON

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says the lowest point during his 10-game suspension was that he was treated differently by friends and teammates.

Gordon returned last week after serving his suspension for substance abuse, catching eight passes for 120 yards in a win over Atlanta. In an NFL Network interview with former teammate Nate Burleson, Gordon said people with the Browns were "more standoffish" with him. He said "it's kind of like a disease" with people wanting to keep their distance.

Gordon couldn't practice or work out with his teammates during the suspension, but he was allowed to attend meetings and interact with employees in the facility.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he can understand why Gordon may have felt alienated since it's "human nature" to treat someone who is injured or suspended a little differently. Pettine says Gordon is well-liked by his teammates and Cleveland's coaching staff.

BILLS-WHITNER FEUD

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Bills running back Fred Jackson hasn't forgotten or forgiven what former teammate Donte Whitner had to say about the franchise, the city of Buffalo and rookie receiver Sammy Watkins last summer.

Jackson says it was "dumb" of the Cleveland Browns safety to do that, and referred to Whitner as being "an idiot" for trying to ruffle some feathers.

Jackson spoke Wednesday as Buffalo (6-5) prepares to host Cleveland (7-4) on Sunday.

Whitner spent his first five seasons in Buffalo before leaving in free agency in 2011.

In July, Whitner went to Twitter and engaged -- and enraged -- Bills fans during the uncertainty of the franchise's sale process by referring to the team as the "Toronto Bills." In June, Whitner exchanged comments with Watkins.

Whitner says he isn't sorry.

ORIOLES-NAVARRO

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.

T25-CLEVELAND ST-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Louisville beat Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Pitino's 700th college victory.

One of five active Hall of Fame coaches and among four in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitino is 700-245 overall and 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals.

Chris Jones added 11 points, and freshman Chinanu Onuaku blocked seven shots for the Cardinals (5-0), who needed a lot of defense to put away the determined Vikings two nights after beating Savannah State by 61 points.

Cold shooting and missed free throws by Louisville allowed Cleveland State (2-3) to stay close throughout and trail just 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining.

But the Vikings made just two of their next 14 shots after that, and the Cardinals pulled away despite their lowest scoring output this season.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 27, 2014 23:24 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Calvin Johnson's big day was exactly what Detroit's dormant offense needed.

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the traditional Turkey Day game in Detroit.

After losing at Arizona and New England and falling out of first place in the NFC North, the 8-4Lions spotted Chicago a 14-3 first-quarter lead before rallying with relative ease in the second. Johnson had perhaps his best game of the season, and Detroit finally showed a bit of life offensively.

Joique (JOYK) Bell ran for two touchdowns for the Lions, and Jay Cutler threw two TD passes for Chicago (5-7). Detroit's Matthew Stafford went 34 of 45 for 390 yards with the two touchdown passes to Johnson.

Detroit had not scored this many points since a 35-14 win over the New York Giants in the season opener.

The Lions have now won back-to-back games on Thanksgiving after losing their previous nine.

Joique (JOYK) Bell ran for two touchdowns and Detroit's Matthew Stafford went 34 of 45 for 390 yards with two touchdown passes.

Jay Cutler threw two TD passes for the 5-7 Bears, who saw their bleak playoff chances damaged by the loss.

At AT&T Stadium, the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the Cowboys 23-7 at the start of the second half. Mark Sanchez is 17 of 24 for 202 yards and one TD pass in the first half. The winner gets sole possession of first in the NFC East. Both teams entered play with an 8-3 record.

Not only does the game feature two of the league's top teams, but also two of the best runners.

The Cowboys' DeMarco Murray has put together ten 100-yard games this season and leads the league with 1,354 yards. Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy has rushed for 859 yards, fourth best in the league.

It'll be the first of two games between the division rivals in the next 18 days.

The Seahawks and 49ers go into tonight's game with 7-4 marks and trailing NFC West leader Arizona by two games. It's the first of two meetings between the two in the next three weeks. Seattle is looking for banged-up running back Marshawn Lynch to bounce back after rushing for just 39 yards in 15 carries in the win over the Cardinals Sunday. He averaged 131 yards in the previous two games.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAH'-lihn KAP'-ur-nihk) has zeroed in on receiver Anquan (AN'-kwahn) Boldin recently. He's made at least five catches in each of the last six games, including nine for 137 yards in last week's win over Washington.

NFL-NEWS

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald said it's "highly likely" he will be able to play Sunday against Atlanta, then backtracked and said it's not his call whether his sprained right knee will be sufficiently heal. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has not practiced for two weeks and sat out last week's loss at Dallas, snapping a streak of 110 consecutive games played.

T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- No. 5 TCU is 9-1 but still on the outside looking in, in the College Football Playoff picture. The Horned Frogs hope to do no worse than hold their position when they visit Texas tonight. TCU is currently fifth in the CFP rankings, one spot out of the top four that will get an invitation to the national championship tourney. Coach Gary Patterson's crew didn't help itself by struggling to hold off lightly-regarded Kansas two weeks ago.

Texas is on a roll, having won three in a row under first-year coach Charlie Strong to improve to 6-5.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- -- Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes' acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and No. 2 Wisconsin needed to rally from nine points down in the second half to beat previously unbeaten Georgetown 68-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. The Badgers hadn't trailed in the second half this season, but improved to 5-0.

In other Top-25:

Perry Ellis scored 17 points and No. 11 Kansas beat Rhode Island 76-60 in the opening round of the Orlando Classic. Ellis had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes to help Kansas cruise to a 43-25 halftime lead. The Jayhawks went ahead 31-11 with just over 6 minutes in the first half, and cruised from there.

No. 5 North Carolina and No. 22 UCLA had expected to be in the tournament semifinals as well, but were upset yesterday. They'll meet today in the consolation round. The same with Florida, which faces UAB.

The Orlando Classic has No. 20 Michigan State against Rider.

NHL-SCHEDULE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville is thriving under new coach Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-oh-LEHT') and looks to keep its early season success going when the Predators host Edmonton tonight.

The Predators have yet to lose consecutive games and have 30 points through 21 games. Nashville is 8-1-1 at home this season. The Predators are tied for second in the NHL in goals-against average allowing 2.10 goals per game.

The Oilers have plunged to the bottom of the Western Conference going 0-6-1 in their last seven games. The last time they had a lead was against the Rangers Nov. 8.

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