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Last Update on November 29, 2014 06:35 GMT

CANUCKS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his second consecutive shutout, his third of the season and 32nd of his career, and the streaking Vancouver Canucks topped the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0 on Friday night.

Columbus couldn't muster anything against Miller, who extended his scoreless run to 152 minutes, 5 seconds. The Canucks are tied for first in the Western Conference with 33 points, propelled by a 6-1-1 run.

Miller is tied for the NHL lead with 15 wins.

Chris Higgins and Brad Richardson both had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which played the first game of a season-high, seven-game, 12-day road trip.

OHIO ST-PLAYER MISSING

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared.

A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening says defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge (KOH'-stah KAHR'-ah-jorj) told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up.

His mother told police the text was sent at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from.

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police he has had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused.

The team's physician said Friday he's confident in the policies in which athletes are returned to play after injury or illness.

T25-MICHIGAN-OHIO ST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- From an early age, kids in Ohio and Michigan are tutored in what happens every year in late November in the cold of a massive stadium.

It's called "The Game." To everyone else, it's enough to just say Michigan vs. Ohio State.

The bitter rivals -- if you doubt that, remember that three players were tossed out last year for fighting -- meet for the 111th time when the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) try to salvage their season and coach Brady Hoke's job when they take on the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0, No. 6 CFP).

No. 7 Ohio State is playing to remain in the national title picture.

A year ago, it took an intercepted conversion pass in the final minute.

What will decide the outcome this time?

BROWNS-MANZIEL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel says he tried to avoid an altercation with a man who was "very aggressive" when he approached the Browns' rookie quarterback in the lobby of his apartment building last week.

Speaking on Friday for the first time since the incident, Manziel said the fan, identified in a police report as Chris Gonos, was "very intoxicated" when he confronted the QB inside The 9, a downtown hotel where the popular former Heisman Trophy winner lives. Police responded to the skirmish, which took place at 2:30 a.m.

Manziel didn't have any marks on his face and would not say if he threw any punches. Manziel added he does not have an entourage.

Manziel said he is approached by fans on a daily basis and typically enjoys the interaction.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said earlier this week that the incident has not affected Manziel's playing status.

T25-JAMES MADISON-OHIO ST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- D'Angelo Russell scored 14 points, Sam Thompson had 13 points and No. 16 Ohio State got big contributions from its big men in beating James Madison 73-56 on Friday.

Starting center Amir Williams had seven points and nine rebounds, and backups Trey McDonald and Anthony Lee had eight points each.

Jae'Sean Tate also provided a jolt when he was inserted midway through the second half.

Playing his first game after a five-game suspension, last year's leading scorer and rebounder Andre Nation had 15 points for James Madison (4-2), which was playing its first road game. Yohanny Dalembert added 14 and Winston Grays 10.

Ohio State came in shooting 61 percent from the field but was held to 41 percent.

FBC-TOLEDO-E MICHIGAN

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Logan Woodside passed for a career-high five touchdowns and Toledo rolled over Eastern Michigan 52-16 on Friday to clinch a share of the Mid-American West crown.

Despite gaining a piece of the division title, the Rockets won't be going to the conference championship game, having lost to West co-champion Northern Illinois 27-24 on Nov. 11.

The Rockets (8-4, 7-1) took a 42-9 lead in the first half with Woodside throwing touchdown passes of 41 yards to Corey Jones, 22 yards to Justin Olack, 89 yards to Kishon Wilcher and 59 yards to Alonzo Russell. Woodside also had an 11-yarder to Michael Roberts in the third.

Woodside was 14 of 18 for 323 yards. Kareem Hunt ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, surpassing 100 yards for the 10th straight time. Toledo finished with 513 yards of offense.

Reginald Bell Jr. threw two touchdown passes for the Eagles (2-10, 1-7).

AKRON-KENT ST

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Colin Reardon threw a 5-yard pass to Chris Humphrey for a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute to push Kent State ahead of Akron 27-24 on Friday.

Kent State trailed 24-20 after Jawon Chisholm ran 80 yards for a touchdown with 4:30 left to play. The Golden Flashes then drove 77 yards in 10 plays, and on third-and-goal Reardon threw the TD pass to Humphrey with one minute left on the clock.

Akron (5-7, 3-5 Mid-American) got the ball back, but on the first play Kyle Pohl's pass was intercepted by Jordan Italiano to end it.

Reardon finished with 298 yards passing and two touchdowns, Nick Holley added two touchdowns on the ground, and Humphrey had 123-yards receiving for the Golden Flashes (2-9, 1-6).

Chisholm ran for all three of the Zips' touchdowns and finished with 184 yards.

BALL STATE-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Ozzie Mann threw for three touchdowns -- including the go-ahead TD pass in the second quarter -- and Ball State beat Bowling Green 41-24 on Friday.

Ball State trailed 21-7 at the end of the first quarter, but a field goal and 25-yard TD pass from Mann put the Cardinals within four, 21-17. With just 41 seconds left in the second quarter, Mann threw a 16-yard TD pass to Jordan Williams to put Ball State ahead at the break.

The Cardinals held Bowling Green to just three second-half points, and scored 17 points of their own to stretch the lead.

Mann threw for 286 yards, and Jahwan Edwards ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (5-7, 4-4 Mid-American).

Bowling Green's Travis Greene ran for 159 yards, Fred Coppet added 140 on the ground, and each scored a touchdown for the Falcons (7-5, 5-3).

UTEP-XAVIER

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- C.J. Cooper scored 22 points and Vince Hunter added 12 rebounds as UTEP held on in the final seconds to stay ahead of Xavier 77-73 in the Wooden Legacy on Friday.

The Miners led by five points with two minutes left, but Matt Stainbrook and Myles Davis both made jumpers for Xavier to cut the difference to two points with 19 seconds to go.

Trailing 76-73 with three seconds left, the Musketeers turned over the ball on the inbounds play to send UTEP to the line. The Miners shot 4 of 6 on free throws in the final 10 seconds to stay ahead.

Hunter scored 17 points, Earvin Morris added 15, and Cedrick Lang finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Miners (4-0).

Davis led Xavier (5-1) with 15 points, and three other Musketeers finished in double figures.

UTEP will play in the Wooden Legacy championship on Saturday.

National Sports News

Last Update on November 29, 2014 08:47 GMT

NFL-RAY RICE APPEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ray Rice can play football again, as soon as he finds a new team.

The Ravens running back has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones decided commissioner Roger Goodell's (guh-DEHLZ') demonstrated abuse of discretion by altering Rice's two-game suspension after video surfaced of him punching his fiancee, who's now his wife. Jones ordered the suspension vacated immediately, allowing Rice to sign with any NFL team.

Rice was released by the Ravens before Goodell extended the suspension. It's unclear how many teams might be interested in Rice with only about a month left in the regular season.

The National Organization for Women again called for Goodell's resignation and an independent investigation into the NFL's response to domestic violence incidents.

NFL-NEWS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says he tried to avoid an altercation with a fan who was "very aggressive" when the Browns quarterback was approached in the lobby of his apartment building last week. Speaking for the first time since the incident, Manziel says Chris Gonos was "very intoxicated" when he confronted the quarterback. Police responded to the 2:30 a.m. skirmish.

According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage."

Manziel didn't have any marks on his face and would not say if he threw any punches. He added he does not have an entourage.

In other NFL news:

-- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald practiced on a limited basis and coach Bruce Arians says the eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver's participation will be a game-time decision Sunday in Atlanta. The Pro Bowl receiver sprained his left MCL two weeks ago.

T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Nick Wilson ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns and No. 12 Arizona claimed the Pac-12 South title by holding on for a 42-35 victory over No. 13 Arizona State.

Arizona needed to beat its biggest rival and have Stanford knock off No. 9 UCLA to win the Pac-12 South.

The Cardinal took care of that part by rolling over the Bruins 31-10. The Wildcats handled their end with a stream of big plays and a final defensive stand.

Arizona moves on to face No. 3 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium in the Bay Area.

In top-25 finals:

-- Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 9 UCLA's hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory over the Bruins.

-- Newcomer Missouri is going to the SEC championship for the second straight year. Marcus Murphy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard run with 4:38 left and Markus Golden recovered a fumble to seal No. 17 Missouri's 21-14 victory over Arkansas.

-- Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes to lead Western Kentucky to a 67-66 overtime win over previously unbeaten and No. 19-ranked Marshall. Doughty's last scoring pass was followed by a game-winning 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal. Marshall's Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions. Marshall dropped to 11-1 and likely lost its chance to earn a place in the New Year's bowls.

-- Will Conant booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired after backup quarterback Nate Romine completed a long pass to help Air Force upset No. 21 Colorado State 27-24. That ends the Rams' nine-game winning streak.

T25 FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-PLAYER MISSING

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A search is underway for Ohio State defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, whose family has reported him missing. The 22-year-old left his apartment, then uncharacteristically missed two practices and didn't check in.

Sophia Karageorge says her brother apparently was upset, and roommates say he went for a walk, dressed in all black.

His sister says he didn't take his wallet or motorcycle. She says he has a history of sports-related concussions, including one a month ago. The family is concerned that he might have become disoriented.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Marreese Speights (muh-REES' spaytz) scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Charlotte Hornets 106-101 for their eighth straight win. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry finished with 26 points and Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors, who are 13-2 in the young NBA season.

In other NBA action:

-- Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and the Thunder steamrolled the Knicks 105-78. Westbrook was injured in the second game of the season and hadn't played since. He returned in grand fashion, making 12 of 17 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and adding eight assists and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes.

-- Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL') had 26 points and nine assists as the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers 112-99 to snap a nine-game Portland winning streak. Mike Conley added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have the NBA's best record at 14-2.

---- Tony Parker had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-104 in their second straight victory without Gregg Popovich, who missed his second straight game following a recent undisclosed minor medical procedure.

-- Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 24 points and David West had 18 points in his first game of the season to lead Indiana to a 98-83 win over Orlando. West had missed the first 18 games with an ankle injury.

-- Ersan Ilyasova (eel-yah-SOH'-vah) scored 22 points and Jared Dudley added 16 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the slumping Detroit Pistons 104-88. The Pistons have lost seven in a row.

-- Monta Ellis hit for 30 in the Dallas Mavericks' 106-102 victory over Atlantic Division-leading Toronto. Chandler Parsons added 16 for the Mavs.

-- Blake Griffin had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 21 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers coast to a 102-85 win over Houston.

-- The Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to nip the L.A. Lakers 120-119 behind Zach LaVine's 28 points. That drops the Lakers to 3-13.

-- Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 21 as Chicago rallied for a 109-102 win over Boston. The Bulls outscored the Celtics 24-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') scored 15 to go with 15 rebounds.

-- Jeff Teague scored 26 points, DeMarre Carroll added 19 and the Atlanta Hawks held off the New Orleans Pelicans 100-91.

-- Arron Afflalo (AHF'-ah-loh) hit for 22 points in the Denver Nuggets' 122-97 win over Phoenix.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') reached 1,000 career points with a goal and an assist in the New York Rangers' 3-0 win at Philadelphia. Cam Talbot stopped 26 shots as the Rangers blanked the Flyers for the second time in nine days. New York improved to 10-8-4 and dropped the Flyers to 1-6-1 in their last eight games.

In other hockey:

-- The Carolina Hurricanes earned a rare road win by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. Nathan Gerbe's (GEHR'-beez) power-play goal broke a third period tie. The `Canes are 3-9-and-2 on the road this season.

-- Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils.

-- Boston rallied for a 2-1 overtime win over Winnipeg. Dougie Hamilton's goal at 3:39 of OT ended it.

-- Buffalo got a power-play goal from Matt Moulson with 1:18 left to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over Montreal.

-- Washington outscored the New York Islanders 5-2. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored the go-ahead goal, his 12th of the season.

-- Chicago beat Anaheim 5-1. Patrick Kane scored two goals and Andrew Shaw and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist.

-- Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 4:20 of overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3.

-- Vancouver blanked Columbus 5-0. Ryan Miller gets his second straight shutout with 31 saves.

---- Minnesota beats Dallas 5-4 in overtime. Marco Scandella's goal in OT won it.

---- Jimmy Hayes scored the winning goal to lift the Florida Panthers over the Ottawa Senators 3-2.

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