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Last Update on December 18, 2014 06:33 GMT

HAWKS-CAVALIERS

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.

BROWNS-NO EDGE

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.

BROWNS-PETTINE

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."

PANTHERS-NEWTON

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.

INDIANS-KIPNIS SURGERY

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.

T25-NC A&T-OHIO ST

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.

T25-SAN DIEGO ST-CINCINNATI

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.

ROBERT MORRIS-TOLEDO

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.

LONGWOOD-MIAMI (OHIO)

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.

KENNESAW ST-YOUNGSTOWN ST

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-PLAYERS DISMISSED

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.

PROFANE PELINI

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.

INVERNESS CLUB-US JR AMATEUR

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 19, 2014 01:53 GMT

NBA-CELTICS-MAVERICKS TRADE

BOSTON (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade four-time all-star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics will get Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade is not official yet.

The deal gives Dallas a pass-first point guard and gives long-time Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) a chance at another title. The Mavericks also get forward Dwight Powell in the deal while giving up a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-rounder the next season.

NFL-49ERS-HARBAUGH

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.

Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, including ESPN and the NFL Network, have reported Harbaugh has a six-year offer on the table from the Wolverines.

San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said this week that a decision on Harbaugh's future would come after the season. The 7-7 Niners have been eliminated from playoff contention.

NFL-BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Jay Cutler has been benched as quarterback of the Chicago after only managing a 5-9 record this season. Coach Marc Trestman says Jimmy Clausen will start Sunday's game against the Lions in Soldier Field. Cutler leads the league in interceptions with 18 and turnovers with 24.

NFL-SCHEDULE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville is hosting Tennessee in tonight's NFL game that pits the co-holders of last place in the AFC South with 2-12 records. Tennessee won the earlier meeting this season 16-14.

The Jaguars started Blake Bortles at quarterback even though he was limited in practice this week due to a sprained right foot.

Jaguars receivers and defensive end Ryan Davis wore "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts during warmups before the game. The slogan refers to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes.

The Titans have lost eight consecutive games and are down to third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who is making his eighth career start.

The Jaguars have dropped six of seven, have scored two offensive touchdowns in the past four games and are without their top rusher, top receiver and top tackler.

NFL-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says barring any physical setbacks, Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Newton was in a vehicular accident last week and suffered two fractures in his lower back.

Rivera says Newton is, "on target" to start.

NFL-REDSKINS NAME-FCC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed a petition that called for one of the Washington Redskins' flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word "Redskins" violates rules against indecent content.

But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature -- meanings that don't relate to the name of the football team.

Many Native American and other groups consider "Redskins" to be a racial slur and have demanded that owner Dan Snyder change the name. Snyder has vowed to keep it, despite mounting pressure over the past two years.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-DAWSON

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State forward Branden Dawson has a non-displaced fracture on his left wrist and will miss the team's next two games. He was injured in Wednesday's win over Eastern Michigan.

The Spartans says Dawson could be back in time for the start of the Big Ten season. The 6-foot-6 senior is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

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