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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.

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Last Update on December 21, 2014 04:46 GMT

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Critical turnovers and missed field goals have the Philadelphia Eagles on the brink of elimination from the NFC playoff hunt.

Kai (ky) Forbath hit a 26-yard field goal with five seconds left to give Washington a 27-24 win over the Eagles. It came following an interception by Mark Sanchez, who also had a first-quarter fumble that set up a field goal.

Cody Parkey missed field-goal tries of 34 and 46 yards after stalled drives by the Eagles.

Sanchez completed 37 of his 50 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns, but his two turnovers contributed to the Eagles' third straight loss.

Philadelphia dropped to 9-6 and now needs the Dallas Cowboys to lose their final two games to have a shot at repeating as NFC East champs.

Robert Griffin III threw for 220 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for Washington, which improved to 4-11.

San Diego is facing a "must win" situation as it visits the 49ers tonight. Things weren't going well for the Chargers, who trailed 28-7 midway through the third quarter.

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 following three straight losses.

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.

Gipson is still tied for the league lead in interceptions.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky made an impressive statement while improving to 12-0.

The Wildcats scored the first 24 points in an 83-42 rout of UCLA. The 24-0 run was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams at the start of a game, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 41-point margin was seven shy of the Bruins' record for most-lopsided loss.

The Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission, the lowest points total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.

In other top 25 play:

-- Terry Rozier scored a career-high 32 points and fourth-ranked Louisville improved to 10-0 by holding off Western Kentucky 76-67. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points before he was tossed near the end of the first half for throwing an elbow after a shoving match.

-- JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points, including the game tying basket with 4.2 seconds left in regulation to help No. 7 Villanova beat Syracuse 82-77 in overtime. The 11-0 Wildcats never led until OT and rallied from a 15-point hole to stun their former Big East rival.

-- Javan Felix hit three 3-pointers and scored a season-best 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting to help ninth-ranked Texas beat Long Beach State 78-68. Jonathan Holmes finished with 14 points and Cam Ridley added 13 for the 10-1 Longhorns.

-- Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas beat Lafayette 96-69. The Jayhawks improve to 9-1.

-- Naz Long scored 13 points and Monte Morris had 12 to lead 13th-ranked Iowa State's 83-54 rout of Drake. Dustin Hogue added 10 points to help the 9-1 Cyclones earn their sixth straight win.

-- No. 21 Notre Dame was a 94-63 winner ov Purdue behind Pat Connaughton's 19 points and 14 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson scored 22 points for the 11-1 Irish.

-- Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Yogi Ferrell added 20 to help Indiana beat No. 23 Butler 82-73 for coach Tom Crean's 300th victory. The 9-2 Hoosiers beat a ranked opponent for the 17th time since 2011-12, the most in the Big Ten.

-- 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.

-- Texas Southern shocked No. 25 Michigan State 71-64 in overtime at East Lansing as Chris Thomas scored 22 points for the Tigers. Texas Southern held the Spartans to 4-for-21 shooting from 3-point range and bounced back from a 40-point loss to Gonzaga.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers have followed Friday night's triple-overtime victory with a laugher at New Orleans.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Blazers to a 114-88 rout of the Pelicans at New Orleans. Damian Lillard added 17 points and seven assists in Portland's fifth straight win, while former New Orleans center Chris Kaman (KAY'-mihn) had 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Trail Blazers drained nine 3-pointers, shot 53 percent and forced 17 turnovers.

Also in the NBA:

-- Charlotte beat Utah for the first time in six years as Kemba Walker had 20 points in a 104-86 win over the Jazz. Al Jefferson added 19 points and 10 rebounds before sitting out the last six minutes with a mild groin strain.

-- Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix downed the Knicks 99-90 in New York. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 22 points and Markieff Morris added 19 points to help the Suns win their second straight since a six-game skid.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BOWLS

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

Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in leading No. 23 Utah to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Wilson rushed for a season-high 91 yards on 11 carries and completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards.

Shayne Davern ran for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead Air Force to a 38-24 over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Dexter Walker returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown to help the Falcons finish 10-3.

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.

Nick Vigil ran for a touchdown and also combined with his brother to make 16 tackles as Utah State shut down UTEP 21-6 in the New Mexico Bowl. It's the t third straight bowl victory for the 10-4 Aggies, a first in school history.

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