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Last Update on December 21, 2014 06:33 GMT

BLACKHAWKS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Johnson faked a forehand and then jammed in a backhand before Bobrovsky clinched the win by blocking Bryan Bickell's low attempt.

It was the sixth game in a row to go past regulation for the Blue Jackets, who have a nine-game point streak (8-0-1).

Jack Skille and Kevin Connauton scored goals for Columbus. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 17 saves.

The Blue Jackets ended a 13-game losing streak (0-10-3) to the Blackhawks.

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.

The 24-year-old finished with 52 tackles in 11 starts and had a 62-yard interceptions return for a touchdown. Gipson led the Browns with five interceptions last season.

Cleveland's defensive secondary has been ravaged by injuries. Star cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) is questionable for the Panthers while cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring) is out.

To take Gipson's roster spot, the Browns promoted linebacker Scott Solomon from the practice squad.

OHIO ST-NORTH CAROLINA

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds, and No. 24 North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off No. 12 Ohio State for an 82-74 victory Saturday.

Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), and Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Meeks and Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage.

Marc Loving made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Ohio State (9-2), which had won four in a row. Sam Thompson scored 17, and D'Angelo Russell had 11 points and eight rebounds.

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

VCU-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Melvin Johnson scored 18 points with four of Virginia Commonwealth's 15 3-pointers on Saturday in a 68-47 win over Cincinnati, which was playing without coach Mick Cronin.

The Bearcats (7-3) were dealing with the unexpected absence of their coach, who was diagnosed with an aneurysm that was revealed earlier in the day. A school release did not say where the aneurysm was in the 43-year old Cronin, who is in his ninth season with the team. Associate head coach Larry Davis will run the team in Cronin's absence.

VCU (8-3) held Cincinnati to 33 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. The Rams were 15 of 31 from 3-point range.

Cincinnati, which was led by Octavius Ellis' 12 points, had won its last 16 regular-season nonconference home games.

The Rams led 20-9 midway through the first half on the strength of six 3-pointers, two each by Terry Larrier and Jordan Burgess. The Rams had two more 3s in the first half to build a 34-21 lead and then scored the first seven points of the second half to go up by 20.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 21, 2014 20:22 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Washington handed Dallas a gift yesterday and the Cowboys are hoping to unwrap the present.

The Redskins upset of the Eagles yesterday put the Cowboys in position to clinch the NFC East with a win today at home against Indianapolis. Dallas has built its 10-4 record on the strength of NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray who is expected to play today despite having surgery on his broken left hand.

Indianapolis has already clinched the AFC South title with its 10-4 mark.

Arizona is in position to wrap up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win today, but it appears to be a tall order. For starters, 11-3 Arizona will have Ryan Lindley at quarterback against Seattle due to injuries. He has yet to through a touchdown in the NFL. Arizona is 7-0 at home this season but is facing a hard-charging 10-4 Seahawks team, who's defense has surrendered just 27 points in its last two games.

New England can take another step toward locking down home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a road win over the Jets.

Green Bay is looking to rebound from its stunning loss to Buffalo last week, when it visits Tampa Bay. A Packers wins earns them a playoff spot and keeps them in position to capture the NFC North with a win over playoff-bound Detroit next week.

A Pittsburgh win over Kansas City today earns the 9-5 Steelers their first playoff spot in three years. The Chiefs need a win to stay in the playoff chase.

The 6-8 Saints host 5-9 Atlanta in a key game in the sub-par NFC South. New Orleans can wrap up the division with a win and Carolina loss to Cleveland. The Saints need to win to stay alive. Despite the team's record, the game features the top two passing offenses in the NFC. Falcons receiving star Julio Jones returns to the line-up after missing last week's game with a hip injury.

Quarterback Cam Newton will start for Carolina against the Browns today, after missing last week's game with two fractures in his lower back suffered in a car accident.

There are 12 games in all on the NFL schedule.

NBA-SCHEDULE

DATELINE (AP) -- Memphis will try to regroup after a rare home loss to Chicago Friday, when they visit Cleveland this afternoon. The loss snapped the Grizzlies six-game winning streak that included impressive wins over Golden State and San Antonio. Still Grizzlies enter the game against LeBron James and his bunch with the best record in the Southwest Division. The Cavs are a game and half back of Chicago for the Central Division lead but have only won two of their last five games.

Toronto is cruising along with a 9 1-2 game lead over second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division heading into today's game against the Knicks. The Raptors have won five in a row.

The Southeast Division leading Wizards have won six straight heading into today's home game against Phoenix.

Hard-charging Oklahoma City is back home for a meeting with New Orleans. The Thunder have won eight of nine. OKC hopes to have Kevin Durant back in the line-up after he missed Friday's win over the Lakers with a sprained right ankle.

There are nine games on the NBA schedule.

TOP-25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Mike Tobey scored 15 points in the first half and No. 6 Virginia held Harvard to one field goal before the break in a 76-27 rout.

Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 for 11-0 Virginia, which equaled its best start since the 1992-93 season with its stingiest defensive performance in a season already full of them.

Harvard (7-2), coming off a 12-day break for exams, looked rusty from the start and unprepared to have such difficulty getting inside or finding open shots from the perimeter. Its only basket in the first half came on a drive by Zena Edosomwan with 16:31 left, and Harvard missed its final 15 attempts.

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