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Last Update on December 18, 2014 06:33 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.

Mack, a reserve guard who came in averaging 3.8 points, made all six of his 3-pointers as the Hawks went 16 for 28 from behind the arc.

Trailing 50-38 midway through the second quarter, Atlanta outscored Cleveland 89-48 the rest of the way and sent the Cavaliers to their largest loss of the season.

The Hawks, playing without leading scorer Jeff Teague, avenged a 127-94 loss in Cleveland on Nov. 15, when the Cavaliers were 9 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and made their first 11 from beyond the arc.

LeBron James scored 21 points but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Dion Waiters also had 21 for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four since winning eight straight.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel believes he can bounce back from his dreadful debut as an NFL starter.

Manziel threw a pair of interceptions and hardly looked like Cleveland's future in Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Manziel says he'll remember the performance forever. He says it left a sour taste in his mouth.

Manziel is determined to play better this week at Carolina and said the key is for him to trust what he's seeing on the field and "then go out and let it fly."

Browns guard John Greco says the team has "full loyalty and faith" in Manziel, the Browns' 21st starting quarterback since 1999.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar's harsh condemnation of the team's front office "a little dramatic."

Kosar blasted the organization Monday, a day after the Browns were shut out by Cincinnati in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's starting debut.

Pettine says he respects Kosar as a player and that he's entitled to his opinion, but feels with the interaction between ownership, the front office and coaching staff "the commitment is all there for us to be successful."

Pettine said he's "very encouraged" about the future with the Browns, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2002 and have undergone numerous coaching and quarterback changes in recent years. Pettine said it's easier to criticize a team on a three-game losing streak, and he "didn't hear a lot of that when we got our seventh win."


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Newton, wearing a long sleeve black shirt under his red practice jersey and a helmet, participated in all of the team drills Wednesday and did some throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. He didn't do much running.

Coach Ron Rivera is expected to address Newton's status for Sunday's game against the Browns later Wednesday.

Newton missed last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after flipping his truck in a two-vehicle wreck on Dec. 9. Newton suffered two transverse process fractures and was hospitalized overnight after the crash.

The fourth-year quarterback is 3-8-1 this season as Carolina's starter.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

The team said Kipnis had the operation on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Kipnis injured his finger while working out at home in Chicago. Kipnis was examined over the weekend by team medical personnel and his operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

The Indians say they expect Kipnis, who batted just .240 this season, to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The club did not indicate how Kipnis might be limited during spring training.

The 27-year-old Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013, batting .284 with 17 homers and 84 RBIs in 149 games. He hit just six homers and drove in only 41 runs this past season. He signed a $52.5 million, six-year contract in April.


Russell's 21 lifts No. 12 Ohio State past A&T, 97-55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading No. 12 Ohio State to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.

Shannon Scott added 12 assists, while Kam Williams had 15 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (9-1) in the game played before an announced crowd of 14,585 at Nationwide Arena.

Ohio State hit 69 percent of its shots in the second half to finish at 57 percent (35 of 62) from the field.

Bruce Beckford had 26 points and Arturs Bremers 14 for the Aggies (1-11), who have lost 11 in a row -- the last 10 on the road -- after opening with a win against Division III Greensboro College.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Farad Cobb hit a 3-pointer that put Cincinnati in control in overtime, and the Bearcats pulled away to a 71-62 victory over No. 19 San Diego State on Wednesday night after letting a late lead slip away in regulation.

The Bearcats (7-2) were coming off a 56-55 double-overtime loss at Nebraska on Saturday night that underscored their season-long struggle to hit shots. Cobb made the one in overtime that made the difference and finished with 12 points.

San Diego State (7-3) lost for only the second time in its last 20 overtime games.

Winston Shepard had a game-high 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left that tied it 57-all and sent it overtime. The Aztecs were outscored 14-5 in overtime.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Julius Brown had 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Toledo to an 83-57 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night.

J.D. Weatherspoon added 18 points and 14 rebounds and Nathan Boothe chipped in eight rebounds and seven assists for Toledo (6-4). Brown converted 10 of 12 shots and connected on 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

Marcquise Reed scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and David Appolon had 12 points and five rebounds for Robert Morris (3-7). The Colonists shot a mere 16.7 percent from 3-point range.

Boothe hit two jumpers at the end of the first half to give Toledo a 12-point advantage at the midway mark. Weatherspoon's dunk capped a 15-3 run to begin the second half to put the Rockets up 24. Toledo held the lead above 19 the rest of the game.


OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Geovonie McKnight and Eric Washington scored 19 points apiece as Miami (Ohio) beat Longwood 71-60 on Wednesday night.

McKnight also had four rebounds and five steals for the Redhawks (3-7). Will Sullivan scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds and Rod Mills added eight points from the bench.

The Redhawks jumped to a 19-3 start and led 31-21 at the break. A 12-4 run to open the second period extended their lead to 44-25. The Lancers (3-8) fought back to within 7 points with the help of 3-pointers by Quincy Taylor and Kanayo Obi-Rapu Jr. but fell behind again by double digits as McKnight, Washington and Sullivan finished with 8 of 9 shooting from the line.

Taylor led the Lancers with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals. Longwood committed 21 turnovers during the game.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Nigel Pruitt scored 29 points and Delbert Love had 24 to lead Kennesaw State over Youngstown State 90-84 on Wednesday.

Kennesaw State (4-7) used a 10-4 run at the end of the first half -- including five from Yonel Brown -- to take a 46-41 lead into the break. Youngstown State got the deficit to four with 17 seconds left in the game, but DJ Cole's 3-point attempt with 8 seconds missed and Pruitt's free throws clinched it.

The Owls shot 53 percent from the floor and were 11 of 25 (44 percent) from beyond the arc. Love had seven rebounds and five assists, while Brown finished 18 points and eight assists. Orlando Coleman and Jordan Jones dominated the boards with 12 and 10 rebounds respectively.

Youngstown State (7-6) was led by Bobby Hain with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Shawn Amiker had 21 points and DJ Cole added 18.


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Dayton dismissed junior Devon Scott -- the Flyers' top rebounder -- and junior reserve Jalen Robinson from the team on Wednesday for breaking a rule about player conduct.

Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said the players' behavior was "unacceptable" without going into detail about the rule involved.

The 6-foot-9 Scott started nine games and averaged 9.1 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds. Robinson, who also is 6-foot-9, averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in nine games.

The Flyers (7-2) host Boston on Saturday.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."

The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst. There were other instances of profanity on the audio.

The Associated Press left messages for Pelini and Youngstown athletic director Ron Strollo.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Inverness Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, to be contested July 15-20.

The Toledo facility opened in 1903 and its current course was designed by Donald Ross in 1916. The course has been restored three times, most recently by Arthur Hills in 1999. The layout features tree-lined, narrow bentgrass fairways, approximately 80 bunkers and firm, fast bentgrass greens.

Inverness Club will be hosting its eighth USGA championship, including four U.S. Opens. It has also hosted two PGA Championships and two NCAA men's golf championships.

National Sports News

Last Update on December 18, 2014 15:56 GMT


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tonight's NFL game features two teams going nowhere in the midst of lost seasons. The game has Tennessee visiting Jacksonville in a contest that features two teams with identical 2-12 records. For that, they share last place in the AFC South. The Jags and Titans met earlier in the season with Tennessee coming out on top 16-14. To the loser goes a better chance of securing the top pick in the 2015 NFL draft.


UNDATED (AP) -- There are just four games this evening in the NBA and without doubt the marquee matchup has Golden State playing host to Oklahoma City. The Warriors saw their 16-game winning streak come to an end two nights ago while the Thunder have won their last seven straight and 9 of 10. On the year the Warriors are a league-best 21-3, in first place in the Atlantic Division, while the Thunder are 12-13 in the Northwest.

The Warriors will once again not have center Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) for the game as he continues to nurse a troublesome right knee.

Chicago's Bulls are the top team in the Central Division and tonight they're home to the lowly Knicks. New York is just 5-22 on the year while the Bulls are 15-9, a game up on Cleveland.

Two Southwest Division teams are meeting tonight in Houston as the Rockets entertain the Pelicans. Houston has won three straight and eight of 10 to improve to 19-5 on the year. The Pelicans are in the division basement with a mark of 12-12.

In the final game of the night the Kings are playing host to the Bucks. The home team has lost four straight.


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