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Last Update on January 30, 2015 06:31 GMT


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Bergenheim scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Florida Panthers get a much-needed win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-2 on Thursday night.

Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

Florida snapped a five-game loss streak, won at home for the first time in seven games, and beat Columbus for the first time since a 5-2 road victory on Nov. 21, 2007 -- a span of 11 games.

Alexander Wennberg and Jack Johnson scored for the Blue Jackets and Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon says his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates.

Gordon said in an open letter on Medium on Thursday that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another suspension from the league. The 23-year-old receiver said he had two beers and two other drinks with teammates on a flight to Las Vegas on Jan. 2, after Cleveland's season ended.

The former Pro Bowler was suspended for last season after testing positive for marijuana, but the penalty was reduced to 10 games. Gordon said that as part of the reduction, he agreed not to drink alcohol. He said he was tested for it when he got off the plane in Las Vegas.

Gordon says he thought the agreement to not drink ended after the Browns' regular season but he should have confirmed it.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Marc Loving scored 19 points and D'Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night.

Jae'Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three in a row -- including the last two over ranked opponents at home.

Dez Wells had 12 points and Jake Layman 10 for Maryland (18-4, 6-3), which had won four of five.

Melo Trimble, who came in leading Maryland in scoring at 16.3 points per game, had a forgettable night. He missed all eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and ended up with three points, one rebound and one assist.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Point guard Troy Caupain scored a career-high 20 points on Thursday night before leaving with his second technical foul, and Cincinnati never trailed during a 70-58 victory over sloppy Connecticut to split the season series.

Cincinnati (15-5, 6-2 American Athletic) won its third in a row overall and improved to 12-1 at home this season.

Caupain wiggled free for layups and made eight of his nine shots. He picked up his second technical for taunting with 2:24 to go and Cincinnati up by 14 points.

UConn (11-8, 4-3) won the teams' first matchup in Connecticut on Jan. 10, with Ryan Boatright scoring 18 points in a 67-60 victory. The conference's stingiest defense clamped down on him in the rematch and held him without a field goal until there was 12:56 left in the game.

UConn turned it over 17 times and shot only 33 percent from the field overall.

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Last Update on January 30, 2015 14:03 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have a five-game winning streak and a two-game lead over Houston in the NBA's Southwest Division.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Grizzlies smothered Denver 99-69. Jeff Green added 13 points for the Grizzlies, who were never threatened after building a double-digit lead in the first quarter.

The Nuggets have dropped eight of their last nine.

In other NBA action:

-- Jordan Hill delivered team highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Chicago 123-118 in double-overtime. Wayne Ellington's 23 points helped the Lakers end a nine-game losing streak.

-- Milwaukee had dropped 17 straight in Orlando until Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points in the Bucks' 115-100 win over the Magic. Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece for the Bucks, who never trailed in their second straight win.

-- Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points and the Pacers earned their easiest home win of the season by crushing the New York Knicks 103-82. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Indiana win for only the second time in 10 games.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks' trio of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague (teeg) has been selected as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were selected in the West, despite early season injuries for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat also had two reserves in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

But Portland surprisingly only had one in LaMarcus Aldridge, after point guard Damian Lillard was not selected.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and first-timer Jimmy Butler of Chicago were the other players announced to the East roster.

The rest of the West reserves for the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden are Houston's James Harden, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Chris Paul of the Clippers.


UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky is 20-0 for only the third time in school history following a road win against struggling Missouri.

Andrew Harrison scored 15 points and twin brother Aaron added 11 to lead the Wildcats to a 69-53 win over the Tigers. The Harrisons scored all of Kentucky's points during a 10-2 run that put the Wildcats ahead by 14 midway through the second half.

Missouri has dropped six straight for the first time since 2006.

In other top-25 men's basketball finals:

-- Domantas Sabonis (sah-BOH'-nihs) had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 3 Gonzaga beat Portland 64-46. Przemek Karnowski added 10 points and 11 boards to help the Bulldogs extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 37 games.

-- Marc Loving scored 19 points and D'Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds as Ohio State ripped No. 16 Maryland 80-56 in Columbus. Jae'Sean Tate added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes, who are 6-3 in the Big Ten following their third straight win.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lih-mahn) has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) said in a statement that Sulaimon "has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program." Krzyewski didn't give any details as to what standards or conduct Sulaimon failed to meet, but a university spokesman said that Sulaimon remains in good academic standing and is expected to finish the spring semester.

Sulaimon was averaging 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 1.8 assists this year, coming off the bench in every game.


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Athletics Kenya has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo (JEP'-too) two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October. Traces of the banned blood-booster EPO were found on Jeptoo's out-of competition test in Kenya on Sept. 25.


UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL's Eastern Conference lead has changed hands once again. The Tampa Bay Lightning are back on top, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens.

Rookie Cedric Paquette capped his first career hat trick by netting a short-handed goal in the Lightning's 5-1 rout of Detroit. Paquette snapped a 1-1 tie late in the first period and guided Tampa Bay to its fourth victory in five games. Steven Stamkos and Mark Barberio also tallied as the Lightning ended the Red Wings' six-game winning streak.

The Islanders had won six of seven before Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 43 shots in Boston's 5-2 triumph over New York. Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) and Reilly Smith each had a goal and two assists in the Bruins' seventh victory in nine games.

Montreal picked up its fourth straight win by beating the New York Rangers 1-0 on Max Pacioretty's (pash-uh-REH'-teez) goal with 4:17 remaining. Carey Price handled 24 shots in his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career.

Anaheim's lead in the Western Conference is down to two points over Nashville. Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist while San Jose was scoring five times in the second period to take a 6-1 lead in a 6-3 rout of the Ducks. Patrick Marleau also had a goal and an assist for the Sharks.

The Predators picked up a point on Anaheim, although T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as St. Louis downed Nashville 5-4. Kevin Shattenkirk provided the deciding shootout goal that sent the Blues to their eighth victory in nine games, leaving St. Louis four points behind the Central Division-leading Predators.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds furnished a goal and an assist apiece in Philadelphia's 5-2 triumph over Winnipeg. Steve Mason made 36 saves as the Flyers handed the Jets their second straight loss since a five-game winning streak.

-- Sean Bergenheim's goal with 6:52 remaining lifted Florida past Columbus 3-2. Roberto Luongo (loo-AHN'-goh) stopped 30 shots to help the Panthers pull within six points of the Rangers for the final East playoff berth.

-- Dallas blew a 3-0 lead before John Klingberg scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period of the Stars' 6-3 win over the Senators. Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) was held scoreless in his return to Ottawa.

-- Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) stopped 30 shots and Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) scored the only goal in Minnesota's 1-0 shutout of Calgary. The Flames still own a one-point lead over Los Angeles in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

-- Third-period goals by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Martin Hanzal and Sam Gagner (GAHN'-yay) lifted Arizona over Toronto 3-1. The Maple Leafs have scored just seven times during their eight-game losing streak.

-- Buffalo extended its losing streak to 13 games as Matt Fraser and Anton Lander each had a goal and two assists in Edmonton's 3-2 triumph over the Sabres. Ben Scrivens needed to make just 17 saves to preserve the win.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mar-TAHN' broh-DYOOR') has officially announced his retirement as an NHL player.

The all-time leader in victories and shutouts has accepted a front-office position with St. Louis, where he wrapped up his career after 21 outstanding years with the Devils. He said he is leaving the game with a smile on his face and excited about his next opportunity.

Brodeur ends his career with 691 victories, 125 shutouts, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He said he would certainly entertain a return to the Devils as a team executive.


CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Tom Brady's cold continues to be big news in Phoenix as the Patriots and Seahawks gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl. The Patriots quarterback still sounded congested when he said Thursday "I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I'll be ready to go."

He participated fully in practice on Wednesday and said he felt a lot better today.

On the Seattle side of things, running back Marshawn Lynch actually made some comments to reporters. In short he simply said he's got nothing to talk about. He left after his mandatory five minutes.

In actual football news, Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll says the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason. Carroll spoke about conversations he had with league officials after Seattle and New England reached the Super Bowl to get an understanding how those players would be identified.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon says his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates on a flight to Las Vegas on Jan. 2, after Cleveland's season ended.

The former Pro Bowler was suspended for last season after testing positive for marijuana, and he says the penalty was reduced in part by his willingness to agree not to drink alcohol for the rest of the season. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another suspension from the league.


PHOENIX (AP) -- The NFL says the rate of concussions among players fell 25 percent this season, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve lists rose overall.

Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012. That's a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.

League Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Jeff Miller says the reason things have changed is because the players have changed the way they are tackling.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has opened his 2015 PGA schedule with a 2-over 73 in the first round of the Phoenix Open. Woods was plus-5 following four bogeys, a double-bogey and a birdie, but he rallied with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

Ryan Palmer was the clubhouse leader after carding five birdies and an eagle for a 7-under 64, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley. Daniel Berger was on the course at minus-6 when play was suspended by darkness.


OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Ha Na Jang was the clubhouse leader when the second round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship was suspended.

Jang fired a 7-under 65 for a 12-under total, putting her four shots ahead of Stacy Lewis. Jang's best LPGA finish was third in the 2014 Evian Championship last year.

Fifty players were still on the course when play was halted by darkness.


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