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Last Update on January 26, 2015 06:35 GMT


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.


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.


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.


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 27, 2015 04:00 GMT


CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made an impassioned defense of his team's actions and integrity regarding the NFL's investigation into under-inflated footballs being used in the AFC championship game.

He says the team did nothing in violation of NFL rules, adding that it bothers him that the reputations and integrity of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have been called into question. Kraft said he expects an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules.

The NFL has said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC title game victory over Indianapolis. The league is still determining why the balls were underinflated.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Rams have gone from Cleveland to Los Angeles to St. Louis since joining the NFL in 1937. They could be positioning themselves for a return to the West Coast.

The Rams have notified the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The move is another step toward the team making a possible move back to the West Coast.

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.


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.


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 was averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists when he injured his shoulder during a dunk in a loss at New Orleans last week.

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.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder ended a two-game losing streak while Kevin Durant watched from the bench.

Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 13 points and 19 rebounds as the Thunder topped Minnesota 92-84. Russell Westbrook had 18 points for the Thunder, who allowed just 56 points through the first three quarters.

Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson each added 14 points to help Oklahoma City move back over .500.

-- New Orleans has run its winning streak to a season-high four games with a 99-74 rout of Philadelphia. Anthony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Ryan Anderson chipped in 19 points.

-- The New York Knicks' game against visiting Sacramento was postponed by a snowstorm in the area. The storm also caused the postponement of Portland's game at Brooklyn. The Knicks-Kings game will be played on Tuesday, March 2, and the Nets-Blazers contest is now slated for Monday, April 6.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have avoided arbitration with Devin Mesoraco (meh-zah-RAH'-koh) by working out a four-year, $28 million contract with the All-Star catcher.

Mesoraco led all big league catchers with 25 homers and 80 RBIs while batting .273. The Reds were trying to get deals with two other All-Stars, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis (ah-ROHL'-dihs) Chapman.

Also in the majors:

-- Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000. 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 has worked out packages with pitcher Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty. Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract, and Flaherty settled with the Orioles on a one-year deal for just under $1.1 million.

-- Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training camp.

-- The Blue Jays say Paul Beeston has signed a contract extension and will remain as team president through the end of this season. Toronto had made overtures to Baltimore's Dan Duquette and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox about replacing Beeston.

-- The Boston Red Sox say All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouguette (mahn-boh-KEHT') has died due to complications from leukemia at age 78. Monbouquette made the last of his four All-Star appearances in 1963, the year of his only 20-win season. He spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 13 North Carolina picked up its sixth straight win and improved to 7-1 in the ACC.

Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Tar Heels shot 55 percent to beat Syracuse 93-83. Johnson went 5 for 5 after intermission, including three straight baskets in the first 90 seconds of the half

Nate Britt added a career-best 17 points and four 3-pointers off the bench.


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. Duke moved up a notch to fourth, just ahead of Wisconsin.

Kentucky and Virginia are the only unbeaten teams in Division I men's basketball, each with a record of 19-0. The Wildcats got 64 of the first place votes, with the Cavaliers receiving 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.


UNDATED (AP) -- New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (oh-POH'-soh) will be out six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Okposo is tied for ninth in the NHL with 30 assists and tied for 13th with 44 points while playing on the Isles' top line with John Tavares. He's been a large reason for the Islanders' ascension into first place in the Metropolitan Division following a last-place finish in 2014.

Also in the NHL:

-- The Los Angeles Kings have placed underperforming Mike Richards on waivers. Richards has just five goals and 15 points in 47 games this season and has been relegated to the fourth line. He still has six seasons remaining on his 12-year, $69 million contract.

-- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss Tuesday's game against Winnipeg after undergoing treatment for a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Johnston says there's a possibility Crosby could play Wednesday in Washington. Johnston also says he won't know how much time Evgeni Malkin will miss with a lower-body injury, and doesn't expect him to skate for several days.

-- 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 is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.

-- The Buffalo Sabres have suspended rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov (za-DOHR'-ov) for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL all-star break. Buffalo general manager Tim Murray says he anticipates allowing Zadorov to rejoin the team sometime this week during its three-game western road trip.

-- The NHL has handed down an eight-game suspension to Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for charging and boarding Penguins defenseman Kris Letang last Tuesday. Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league's labor agreement. He was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.


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