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Last Update on February 28, 2015 06:55 GMT

CAVALIERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sidelined, Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double Friday night in the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Indiana won for the seventh time in nine games -- including twice over the Cavaliers in the past three weeks.

James sat out with soreness in his lower back, while Irving stayed home after hurting his left shoulder. So the Cavs relied on J.R. Smith, who had 21 points, and Kevin Love, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cavs responded by jumping to a 21-8 lead midway through the first quarter. But without their two All-Stars, the Cavs couldn't maintain that pace.

CAVALIERS-IRVING INJURY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss Friday's game at Indiana because of a strained left shoulder.

Irving got hurt during the second half of Thursday's 110-99 win over Golden State. He didn't travel with the team and an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. It's the best-case scenario for the Cavs, who have won 18 of 20 games.

The team said Irving's status will be updated before Sunday's game at Houston.

Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists. Matthew Dellavedova will likely start for Irving and LeBron James can also run Cleveland's offense.

Cleveland plays eight of its next 10 on the road, a challenging stretch that includes games at Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Miami.

After missing 49 games in his first three NBA seasons with injuries, Irving has sat out just three this season.

CAVALIERS-JAMES OUT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Cleveland will be without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Friday night at Indiana.

Coach David Blatt says he is holding out James to give him some extra rest. Blatt says James complained of back soreness and general soreness after the Cavaliers' home victory over Golden State on Thursday night. James scored a season-high 42 points and had 11 rebounds.

James has missed time this season with knee and back injuries. Against Golden State, he stretched out on the floor instead of sitting on the bench when he had a rest in the fourth quarter.

Irving didn't make the trip so he could get an MRI on his injured left shoulder. Blatt says he does not believe the injury is too serious.

Cleveland also will be without forward Shawn Marion. He has a strained left hip.

Cleveland has won 18 of its last 20, with the first of those two losses coming at Indiana three weeks ago.

BENGALS MOVES

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals released defensive end Robert Geathers -- one of Cincinnati's most tenured players -- and receiver Greg Little on Friday.

Geathers played 11 seasons with Cincinnati, a span of 152 career games that ranks third in franchise history for a defensive lineman. Only Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170) have played in more games for the Bengals. Geathers, a fourth-round pick in 2004, had 21 tackles, one sack and one interception last season.

The Bengals signed Little as a free agent from Cleveland in October, when injuries depleted the group of receivers. He played in six games for Cincinnati, getting six catches for 69 yards. He didn't have a reception during the Bengals' playoff loss at Indianapolis.

BROWNS-MCCOWN

Browns agree to terms with quarterback Josh McCown

The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Josh McCown on a contract.

McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills.

McCown's signing likely means the Browns will not re-sign Brian Hoyer, who won 10 games for them the past two seasons and is poised to become a free agent next month. Hoyer made 13 starts last season before he was benched in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel. It's not clear if the Browns view McCown as their starter for next season or as a mentor for a young quarterback like Manziel or any QB they may select in the NFL draft.

Manziel entered a rehab facility last month.

McCown previously worked with new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in Oakland.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Matt Calvert on injured reserve and recalled center Brian Gibbons from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Calvert is out indefinitely due to a concussion.

Calvert has recorded 10 goals and nine assists in 49 games this season and has totaled 39 goals and 43 assists in 202 career NHL games after being Columbus' fifth pick in the 2008 NHL draft.

Gibbons, a free agent signing from Pittsburgh last summer, has five assists in 21 games this season with the Blue Jackets. The Braintree, Massachusetts, native has three goals and six assists in 10 games at Springfield.

REDS-BYRD

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he'll bring them more than just another run producer in left field.

Cincinnati is hoping the 14-year veteran also helps with a clubhouse that's still got a lot of young players. Byrd notes that he's been demoted, suspended and traded, so can help everyone learn from his experience.

The Reds got Byrd in a trade with Philadelphia in December to play left field, a trouble spot for the last two years. He joins a lineup that struggled to score runs last season. Byrd batted .264 with 25 homers and 85 RBIs in 154 games for Philadelphia last season. He also struck out a career-high 185 times.

National Sports News

Last Update on February 28, 2015 16:03 GMT

NBA-OBIT-MASON

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks say Anthony Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48.

Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.

The 6-foot-7 Mason won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 1995 with a Knicks team that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in one of its classic clashes with the Indiana Pacers.

Mason played for New York from 1991-1996, and then for the Charlotte Hornets until 2000. He made his only All-Star team in 2001 as a member of the Miami Heat.

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky takes its 28-0 record into an SEC showdown with No. 18 Arkansas as part of the top 25 schedule. The Wildcats haven't been challenged over the past two weeks, winning their past four games by an average of more than 26 points. Arkansas might be Kentucky's most formidable opponent left on the regular-season schedule. The 23-5 Razorbacks have won seven straight and 6-foot-11 forward Bobby Portis is one of the few players in the SEC that has a chance to do some damage against the Wildcats' formidable frontcourt.

A share of the Pac-12 lead is on the line when No. 7 Arizona visits 13th-ranked Utah. The 25-3 Wildcats can guarantee themselves at least a share of the regular season championship with a win. They hold a one-game lead going into the key meeting. The 22-5 Utes have the most wins in the country by 20 or more points and have a 23.3-point margin of victory in 12 Pac-12 wins.

The Missouri Valley Conference's regular season title will be decided when No. 10 Northern Iowa takes on 11th-ranked Wichita State. The 27-2 Panthers are riding a 17-game winning streak into the showdown, including a home win over the 26-3 Shockers on Jan. 31. Both teams are 16-1 in conference.

Second-ranked Virginia will give Virginia Tech a taste of the nation's leading defense when the two meet in Charlottesville today. Virginia is holding opponents to an average of 49.3 points, third lowest since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. The Cavaliers are 26-1.

There are 17 games involving 20 ranked teams on the schedule.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Atlantic Division-leading Toronto looks to break out of a recent slump when it hits the road to face the Knicks tonight as part of a seven-game NBA schedule. The Raptors have dropped four in a row including a 24-point beatdown last night at home against Golden State. The Knicks may just be the remedy for what ails Toronto. They had to go to two overtimes to snap an eight-game losing streak last night against Detroit.

Southwest Division-leading Memphis travels to Minnesota tonight. The Grizzlies have been victimized by Pacific Division teams recently, losing back-to-back games at Sacramento and last night at home to the Clippers by 18 points.

Southeast Division-leading Atlanta looks to up its current winning streak to four games when it travels to Miami.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Nashville tries to get back to its winning ways when it takes the home ice against Detroit today. The NHL leader is coming off a surprising home loss to Minnesota Thursday that snapped the Preds' six-game winning streak. Detroit is in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, trailing first-place Montreal by just six points. Pavel Datsyuk has been on a hot streak for the Red Wings with 11 points in the last seven games.

The Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens have won seven of their last 10 games heading into tonight's rivalry game against Toronto in Montreal.

Nashville isn't the only team Minnesota has beaten lately. In fact, the Wild have gotten points in 14 of their last 19 games, and only Nashville has more points since the All-Star break. The Wild try to keep it going when they skate into Colorado tonight.

There are 10 games on the NHL schedule.

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