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Last Update on December 20, 2014 06:32 GMT

NETS-CAVALIERS

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.

BLUE JACKETS MOVES

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.

BROWNS-INJURIES

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.

BROWNS-THOMAS-VIOLATIONS

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.

BENGALS-WINSTON'S QUICK STUDY

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 21:50 GMT

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Brice Johnson had 18 points and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State 82-74. Johnson shot 8-for-10 from the field and also hauled in nine rebounds. Marcus Paige added 16 points for the 8-3 Tar Heels, and Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Buckeyes shot 35 percent. They were averaging 84.2 points and shooting 53.7 percent coming into the day.

In other top 25 play;

-- Fourth-ranked Louisville survived the ejection of star player Montrezl Harrell to hold off Western Kentucky 76-67. Harrell was tossed near the end of the first half for throwing an elbow after a shoving match. He scored 14 points before the incident. Terry Rozier scored a career high 32 points to help the Cardinals improve to 10-0.

-- JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points including the game tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation to help No. 7 Villanova to an 82-77 overtime win over Syracuse. The 11-0 Wildcats never led until overtime and rallied from a 15-point hole to stun their former Big East rival. Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije (BIHN'-ih-zhay) each scored 18 points for 6-4 Syracuse.

NFL-SCHEDULE

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 wild-card spot. Things have fallen apart for the 7-7 49ers, who are out of the postseason derby. They've lost three in a row.

NFL-BROWNS-GIPSON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury he sustained four weeks ago.

Gipson was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, leading the NFL with six interceptions when he hurt his knee on Nov. 23. He had hoped to return, but the Browns put him on IR before traveling to Carolina on Saturday.

Gipson is still tied for the league lead in interceptions.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWLS

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

In the opener, Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette beat Nevada 16-3 to win the New Orleans Bowl for the fourth straight time. Hunter Stover kicked three field goals for the 9-4 Ragin' Cajuns.

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.

The Camelia Bowl matches Bowling Green against South Alabama

NBA-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.

In NBA finals;

-- Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds while Isaiah Thomas added 22 points to help Phoenix top the Knicks 99-90. Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks after missing a game with a sore left knee. New York has lost four straight and is 5-24.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two teams on impressive runs meet tonight in a highlight game on the 12-game NHL schedule when Chicago visits Columbus.

The Blackhawks have won 13 of their last 15 to push them to the top of the Central Division, a point ahead of St. Louis.

The Blue Jackets are on a nice run themselves. They have points in their last eight games including wins over three division leaders. However, the Blue Jackets have lost forward Boone Jenner for up to two months with a stress fracture in his back. He's been placed on injured reserve.

An outbreak of the mumps that has affected three of their players, including captain Sidney Crosby, hasn't derailed the Penguins. The Metropolitan Division leaders have won six of their last nine heading into tonight's game with Florida.

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