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Last Update on November 27, 2014 06:34 GMT

WIZARDS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers exacted a little revenge on Washington with a 113-87 win over the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Five days after they were embarrassed in a 91-78 loss to Washington, the Cavs controlled this one from the start and got back to .500.

James led the way, also collecting 10 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. The four-time MVP, who called his team "fragile" during a recent four-game losing streak, was energized from the start as he powered to the basket and imposed his will on the Wizards.

With Cleveland up by 19, James took a seat with 7:52 left, getting an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for the Cavs.

BENGALS-ROAD WINNERS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals have turned their season around by excelling during one of the toughest road tests in franchise history.

Victories in New Orleans and Houston during the last two weeks have left Cincinnati (7-3-1) alone in first place in the tightly bunched AFC North. The Bengals have a third straight road game this Sunday at Tampa Bay (2-9).

It's the ninth time in Bengals history that they've had three consecutive road games. They've never gone 3-0 in such a stretch. The club record for consecutive road games in a season is five.

They're going to have to play without linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has missed the last four games following knee surgery. He didn't practice on Wednesday, an indication he's not ready.

BENGALS-STILL

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still says his former girlfriend's comments about a failure to pay child support are "untruthful" and he's letting the dispute play out in court.

Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has gained national attention for her fight against cancer. More than $1 million has been raised for cancer research and treatment from the sale of Still's jersey.

The girl's mother, Channing Smythe, told the New York Daily News that Still hasn't made child support payments for the last four months, causing a hardship. Still issued a statement on Wednesday calling the story "untruthful" but declining to go into detail while the matter is worked out in court.

Still and Smythe are no longer a couple.

BROWNS-GORDON

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says the lowest point during his 10-game suspension was that he was treated differently by friends and teammates.

Gordon returned last week after serving his suspension for substance abuse, catching eight passes for 120 yards in a win over Atlanta. In an NFL Network interview with former teammate Nate Burleson, Gordon said people with the Browns were "more standoffish" with him. He said "it's kind of like a disease" with people wanting to keep their distance.

Gordon couldn't practice or work out with his teammates during the suspension, but he was allowed to attend meetings and interact with employees in the facility.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he can understand why Gordon may have felt alienated since it's "human nature" to treat someone who is injured or suspended a little differently. Pettine says Gordon is well-liked by his teammates and Cleveland's coaching staff.

BILLS-WHITNER FEUD

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Bills running back Fred Jackson hasn't forgotten or forgiven what former teammate Donte Whitner had to say about the franchise, the city of Buffalo and rookie receiver Sammy Watkins last summer.

Jackson says it was "dumb" of the Cleveland Browns safety to do that, and referred to Whitner as being "an idiot" for trying to ruffle some feathers.

Jackson spoke Wednesday as Buffalo (6-5) prepares to host Cleveland (7-4) on Sunday.

Whitner spent his first five seasons in Buffalo before leaving in free agency in 2011.

In July, Whitner went to Twitter and engaged -- and enraged -- Bills fans during the uncertainty of the franchise's sale process by referring to the team as the "Toronto Bills." In June, Whitner exchanged comments with Watkins.

Whitner says he isn't sorry.

ORIOLES-NAVARRO

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Infielder Rey Navarro and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old spent last season with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville in Cincinnati's organization. His deal calls for a $550,000 salary in majors and $150,000 in minors, with $75,000 guaranteed.

Navarro was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft and has a .265 batting average over eight minor league seasons.

Also on Wednesday, the Orioles obtained left-hander Scott Barnes from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Barnes pitched in 28 games for Triple-A Columbus this year and was 0-1 with one save and a 5.20 ERA for Cleveland in 22 relief appearances in 2012 and `13.

T25-CLEVELAND ST-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Louisville beat Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Pitino's 700th college victory.

One of five active Hall of Fame coaches and among four in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitino is 700-245 overall and 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals.

Chris Jones added 11 points, and freshman Chinanu Onuaku blocked seven shots for the Cardinals (5-0), who needed a lot of defense to put away the determined Vikings two nights after beating Savannah State by 61 points.

Cold shooting and missed free throws by Louisville allowed Cleveland State (2-3) to stay close throughout and trail just 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining.

But the Vikings made just two of their next 14 shots after that, and the Cardinals pulled away despite their lowest scoring output this season.

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Last Update on November 26, 2014 23:37 GMT

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Butler got 17 points each from Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin to knock off No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 in the opener of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Bulldogs crashed the boards for 29 offensive rebounds to improve to 4-0. That helped offset 7 percent shooting from the field over the final 8 minutes of the game. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 18 points. North Carolina fell to 3-1.

In other Top 25 action:

-- Bahamas native Buddy Hield scored 24 points, Frank Booker added 11 and Oklahoma beat No. 22 UCLA 75-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Jordan Woodard added 10 points for the 3-1 Sooners.

There are four top 25 teams in that tournaments eight-team field including No. 2 Wisconsin. The Badgers have been impressive in posting four wins this season heading into their meeting with UAB. No opponent has scored more than 60 on the Badgers, who are holding teams to 34 percent shooting.

A battle of ranked teams will decide the championship at the Maui Invitational. No. 3 Arizona takes on 15th-ranked San Diego State in a meeting of 5-0 teams.

There are 10 games on the top 25 schedule.

NFL-QUARTERBACK CHANGES

UNDATED (AP) -- The 2-9 New York Jets have announced that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback over Michael Vick for the game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. Vick had started the Jets' last three games, but struggled against Buffalo before being replaced by Smith in the loss in Detroit.

Smith last started on Oct. 26 in a loss to the Bills in which he threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions and was benched.

The Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. In announcing the decision, coach Jay Gruden said he feels like McCoy gives the 3-8 Redskins a better opportunity.

The Redskins are 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and have scored only one touchdown in each of the last two games.

Houston has placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve with a chest injury, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against Tennessee. Fitzpatrick started the first nine games before being benched during the bye week in favor of Mallett, who went 1-1 as the starter.

NFL-NEWS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension.

Slater called the extension "humbling" but declined to go into details. The Patriots don't announce contract extensions.

The total value of the deal is $4 million.

In other NFL news:

-- The Indianapolis Colts have claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers from Tennessee. Team officials say they waived linebacker Victor Butler to clear room on the 53-man active roster.

---- Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for striking New England's Zach Moore late in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

NFL-BROWNS-GORDON

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says the lowest point during his recently completed 10-game suspension was that he was treated differently by friends and teammates.

Gordon returned last week after serving his suspension for substance abuse, catching eight passes for 120 yards in a win over Atlanta. In an NFL Network interview, Gordon said people with the Browns were "more standoffish" with him. He said "it's kind of like a disease" with people wanting to keep their distance.

Gordon couldn't practice or work out with his teammates during the suspension, but he was allowed to attend meetings and interact with employees in the facility.

T25 FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-GURLEY SURGERY

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia says tailback Todd Gurley has had successful surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Gurley suffered the season-ending injury in No. 8 Georgia's win over Auburn on Nov. 15. Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career rushing list, behind Herschel Walker.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Some of the elite NBA teams are part of the league's Wednesday schedule. And then there are the 76ers.

The 0-14 Sixers will be looking to avoid a franchise record for futility to start a season when the host Brooklyn tonight. Philadelphia is also just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18. If the losing continues, Philadelphia could break the NBA record for losses to start the season on Dec. 5 when hosting Oklahoma City.

Northwest Division-leading Portland is on an eight-game winning streak heading into their road game at Charlotte. It's the Trail Blazers' longest winning streak since stringing together 11 in a row in November of last year.

Despite the winning ways, 11-3 Portland still trails Memphis and Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. The 12-2 Grizzlies are in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers, while the 11-2 Warriors take a six-game winning streak into their game at Orlando.

Toronto has won five in a row, as the Raptors prepare to take on the Hawks in Atlanta. Toronto is tied with Memphis for the best record in the NBA.

Thirteen games dot the NBA schedule.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders are riding high with the best 21-game start to a season in franchise history. They'll try to improve on that when they host Washington tonight. The Isles have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 to improve to 15-6. That has them tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the Metropolitan Division of the NHL.

The high-scoring Penguins will try to keep pace when they host refocused Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5. The Maple Leafs are 8-4-1 in their last 13.

There are nine games in the NHL tonight.

MLB-WRIGLEY RENOVATION

CHICAGO (AP) -- The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by Opening Day.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St. Louis is April 5.

The demolition of the bleachers is part of a larger $575 million project. The Cubs are also building a jumbo video board and six outfield signs.

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