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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on January 28, 2015 06:33 GMT

CAVALIERS-PISTONS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James added 32 to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons.

The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. That game was part of a seven-game winning streak for the Pistons, but now Detroit is struggling to overcome the loss of Brandon Jennings, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.

James fell to the floor near the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter and got up grimacing, apparently concerned about at least one of his wrists. He went to the bench, but only briefly. His two-handed breakaway dunk early in the fourth put Cleveland up 80-68.

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist, and Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen also scored, and Nick Foligno, captain of one of the teams in Sunday's NHL All-Star game played on the Blue Jackets' home ice, had two assists. Johansen was the All-Star MVP.

McElhinney, starting in place of top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss four to six weeks with a groin injury, made several big saves down the stretch.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, and Andre Burakovsky and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, who have lost four in a row (0-3-1). Braden Holtby made 26 saves and Matt Niskanen had two assists.

T25-XAVIER-GEORGETOWN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myles Davis scored 19 points in his third start of the season, and Xavier held No. 21 Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half Tuesday night in a 66-53 victory that completed a sweep of the Hoyas.

Davis went 6 for 9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run in which the Musketeers totally shut down Georgetown's motion offense. Aaron Bowen made a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half, and the Hoyas didn't make another field goal until Isaac Copeland's mid-range buzzer-beater made the score 29-16 at halftime.

Georgetown got as close as seven late in the second half, but the Hoyas went cold again -- going more than three minutes without a field goal -- as Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East) closed with a 12-6 run to snap a five-game road losing streak.

BALL ST-AKRON

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Pat Forsythe scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Akron beat Ball State 59-47 on Tuesday night, winning its 12th straight game in the series.

Noah Robotham had five assists for the Zips (14-6, 5-2 Mid-Atlantic Conference).

Akron tied it at 7 then again at 20 before Forsythe scored two free throws and a layup for a 24-22 Zips lead. Bo Calhoun hit two free throws for Ball State to tie it at 24 at halftime. Neither team shot better than 33.3 percent in the half.

Akron pulled ahead on a 9-2 run, then used a 9-1 run to lead 46-35 midway through the second half after a layup by Deji Ibitayo. Aaron Jackson scored four points amid a 7-0 run and the Zips led 59-44 with 2:06 to go and the Cardinals couldn't catch up.

Calhoun led Ball State (7-11, 2-5) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

CENT MICHIGAN-KENT ST

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Devereaux Manley and Kris Brewer scored 16 apiece, and Jimmy Hall had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help Kent State beat Central Michigan 63-53 on Tuesday night to extend its win streak to six games.

Manley scored seven-straight points to start a 17-0 run by Kent State (15-5, 6-1 Mid-American) which opened up a 41-26 lead with 13 minutes to play. Central Michigan went scoreless for more than 7 1/2 minutes during that stretch.

The Chippewas (14-4, 4-3) responded by scoring 12 in a row, including back-to-back three-point plays by Chris Fowler and Austin Keel to cap the spurt, trimming its deficit to 43-40 with 8:33 left.

Central Michigan, however, would get no closer, shooting just 5-of-18 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line in the final 8:30.

Fowler led Central Michigan, which came into the game averaging 83.9 points per game, with 15 points.

MIAMI (OHIO)-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Jonathan Williams scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Toledo held off Miami (Ohio) 70-65 on Tuesday.

Toledo (12-8, 4-3 Mid-American) used a 9-4 run midway through the first half -- sparked by Stuckey Mosley's 3-pointer -- to lead 34-27 at the break.

The lead reached 10 on Williams' 3-pointer two minutes after intermission. Willie Moore's layup capped an 8-0 run for Miami which tied it at 65 with 1:11 left, but Williams made 3 of 4 from the line and Miami missed its last two shots. Williams' dunk as time ran out was the exclamation point on the win.

Julius Brown and J.D. Weatherspoon scored 13 points apiece for Toledo, which shot 49 percent as a team. Nathan Boothe added 10 points, five boards and five assists.

Miami (7-13, 2-5) was led by Eric Washington's 16 points. Logan McLane added 14 points and seven boards.

National Sports News

Last Update on January 29, 2015 02:11 GMT

NBA-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Kobe Bryant's season is officially over.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard has undergone surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff. Bryant is expected to need nine months to recover from his third straight season-ending injury, but the Lakers say their superstar doesn't believe his career is finished.

Bryant hurt his right shoulder while dunking last week in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, two other NBA superstars are hurting. Cavaliers forward LeBron James is sitting out tonight's game against Portland with a sprained right wrist sustained in a hard fall at Detroit last night. James got hurt late in the third quarter when he fell after trying to block a shot by Pistons guard Jodie Meeks. He is also doubtful for Friday's game against Sacramento.

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is missing a second straight game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Durant was hurt Sunday in a loss to Cleveland.

In other NBA injury news:

-- Kevin Martin has returned to Minnesota's lineup after missing the previous 34 games with a fractured right wrist. Martin averaged 20.4 points and shot 48 percent on 3-pointers in nine games this season before he was injured.

-- Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his injured left knee. Walker leads the Hornets in points, assists and steals.

-- And Denver's JaVale McGee is back after missing 26 consecutive games with a strained muscle in his lower left leg.

SUPER BOWL

PHOENIX (AP) -- It's cold and flu season and apparently even Super Bowl quarterbacks aren't impervious to getting sick. Patriots' signal-caller Tom Brady says he's been dealing with a cold for about four days now but adds he will be ready for Sunday's Super Bowl 49.

Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman reacted by laughing and saying, "His arm doesn't have a cold."

Brady went through a full practice on Wednesday despite his cold. He's listed as probable on the injured report with an ankle problem.

Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas are listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Browner has a knee injury and Thomas is bothered by a sore shoulder.

MLB-PLAYER MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with a one-year option.

Janssen had spent his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 29-24 with 90 saves and a 3.52 ERA since 2006. He compiled a 3.94 ERA last season, converting 25 of his 30 save opportunities.

Also in the majors:

-- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal for $6.425 million. Freese batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, getting off to a weak start in his first AL season before finishing with 10 homers and 55 RBIs.

-- The White Sox have come to terms with free agent infielder Gordon Beckham on a $2 million, one-year contract. The Sox also announced that outfielder Dayan Viciedo (dy-AN' vih-see-AY'-doh) has been designated for assignment.

-- Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year, $6 million contract. The 25-year-old is a left-handed hitter who batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba.

NHL-BRUINS

UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have placed veteran forward Simon Gagne (gahn-YAY') on waivers for the purpose of releasing him. That's according to a person familiar with the.

The Bruins announced two weeks ago that Gagne was placed on their "suspended" list and would miss the remainder of the season following the death of his father in December.

The two-time 40-goal scorer and 2000 Calder Trophy winner was attempting a comeback with Boston after missing all of last season. He had three goals and an assist in 23 games with the Bruins this season.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Semifinal play for the women is tonight, U.S. time, at the Australian Open. Top-seed Serena Williams is facing fellow American Madison Keys while second-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) is play No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova.

In a men's semi, sixth-seed Andy Murray is facing No. 7 Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK'). The other men's semi-final match will be played Thursday night, U.S. time.

In head to head action, Sharapova leads her series with Makarova 2-0 while this is the first meeting between Williams and Keys. Berdych tops Murray in their series, 6-4.

FED CUP

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Fed Cup team has announced its roster as it tries to regain a spot in the upper division of Fed Cup competition. Captain Mary Joe Fernandez has announced that the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, along with teenage Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys have been chosen for the squad along with 30-th ranked Varvara Lepchenko.

The American's will face Argentina in Buenos Aires on Feb. 7th.

The Americans have fallen out of the Fed Cup's World Group for just the second time since the current format was introduced in 1995. They must beat Argentina then win another series in April to return to the top group next year.

NASCAR-PEARSON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR Hall of Famer and former three-time Cup champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered on Dec. 9.

Pearson's family has released a statement saying he is "doing great and well on the road to recovery."

Pearson's 105 Cup wins are second-most all-time behind Richard Petty's 200.

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