Ohio Sports

Top this: Xavier, Cincinnati share a city, hoops accolades

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Only 2½ miles apart on the map, Xavier and Cincinnati are separated by one spot in The Associated Press' latest Top 10 — quite a coup for a city that values its college basketball almost as much as its unusual recipe for chili. "It's been ...

Zabo’s hot hand in OT lifts Kent State over Ball State 88-80

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and Danny Pippen finished with a double-double to power Kent State to an 88-80 victory over Ball State on Tuesday night. Pippen scored 11 with 16 rebounds for the Golden Flashes (10-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), who ...

Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Cleveland's drama club is acting up again. Frustrated by their recent poor play in a season when their NBA title hopes seem to be slipping away, the Cavaliers held an emotional pre-practice meeting on Monday in hopes of clearing the air. They've lost 10 of 14 ...

AP source: Browns hiring fired Steelers coordinator Haley

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson is finally handing off his Browns offense. Cleveland's coach, who has handled game-planning and play-calling duties while going 1-31 over two seasons with the Browns, is hiring former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd ...

LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him. "I gotta be much better," he said. As Cleveland has staggered to a 3-9 record since it lost at Golden ...

Bates-Diop scores 20 as No. 13 Buckeyes slip past Nebraska

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing its fourth game in eight days, No. 13 Ohio State seemed vulnerable Monday night. Facing a surprising Nebraska team that upset Michigan last week, the Buckeyes were at risk of letting one slip away. But that didn't happen. Keita ...

No. 14 Maryland women top No. 12 Ohio State in Big Ten duel

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored a career-high 32 points, Eleanna Christinaki added 26 with six 3-pointers and No. 14 Maryland cruised past 12th-ranked Ohio State 99-69 Monday night in a duel for first place in the Big Ten. The Terrapins ...

Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair. While he was cool, Lue's ...

Kerem Kanter rallies No. 11 Xavier over St. John’s 88-82

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Mack didn't get to do much as a Xavier player because of knee injuries. As the Musketeers' coach, nobody has won more games. Kerem Kanter scored 22 points and made the biggest plays during a late run that swept the 11th-ranked Musketeers ...

Holding: Browns tackle Thomas still undecided about future

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He's still holding. Cleveland's star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that ...