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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:06

Predators Blow Out Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Craig Smith scored two goals, Pekka Rinne made 30 saves to earn his NHL-leading 22nd win, and the Nashville Predators routed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Monday night.
   Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Seth Jones and Mike Fisher also scored for Nashville, which has won five of six. Victor Bartley added two assists.
   Rookie Alexander Wennberg scored his first NHL goal late in the third period to spoil Rinne's shutout bid. Columbus had its nine-game point streak (8-0-1) snapped, losing for the first time in December.
   The Blue Jackets rode goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who seemed to tire in the third period. He was pulled after the fourth goal and finished with 26 saves on 30 shots.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:04

Browns QB Quandary

CLEVELAND (AP) - Brian Hoyer hurt his shoulder filling in for injured rookie Johnny Manziel on Sunday, complicating the Browns' messy quarterback situation.
   Coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer got injured when he was hit making a long throw against Carolina. Hoyer came in after Manziel, making his second start, injured his hamstring.
   Manziel has been ruled out of Sunday's season finale in Baltimore. If Hoyer can't play, rookie Connor Shaw will start. Shaw, an undrafted free agent from South Carolina, has spent this season on the practice squad.
   Hoyer started Cleveland's first 13 games and had the Browns in the playoff hunt before a slump forced Pettine to switch to Manziel. Hoyer connected with tight end Jordan Cameron on an 81-yard touchdown pass against the Panthers.
   Manziel went 3 of 8 for 32 yards before he had to come out.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:03

Buckeyes Shoot Down Redhawks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and No. 21 Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami (Ohio) 93-55 on Monday night.
   Marc Loving had 16 points, D'Angelo Russell added 15 points and eight assists, and Keita Bates-Diop scored 12 for the Buckeyes (10-2), who are 10-0 at Value City Arena and 0-2 against ranked opponents away from home this season.
   Ohio State fell behind early against No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday and lost 82-74 - similar to the scenario in a 64-55 loss to No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 2. But the Buckeyes never trailed against overmatched Miami.
   LJ Livingston Jr. had 17 points and Geovonie McKnight 10 for the RedHawks (3-8), who have lost seven of eight.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:02

Former Bengals RB Arrested


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson has been charged with public intoxication.
   An Austin police spokesman says Benson was booked early Saturday and released several hours later. Police records show Benson was arrested following a verbal disturbance between a male and a female in a taxi.
   It wasn't clear whether Benson has an attorney. A lawyer who previously represented Benson didn't immediately return messages.
   Benson was a first-round pick who spent eight years in the NFL, with Chicago, Cincinnati and Green Bay. His final pro season was 2012.
   Benson in 2011 pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges in Austin and served five days in jail. He was arrested in 2010 for punching a bar employee. He was arrested in July 2011 for hitting a former roommate.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 07:01

Buckeye Women Upset WVU

   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Kelsey Mitchell scored an Ohio State freshman record 39 points in 27 minutes as Ohio State took down No. 21 West Virginia 96-54 on Monday to snap the Mountaineers' seven-game winning streak.
   Mitchell made 12 of 18 shots, including 8 of 10 from beyond the arc, and hit 7 of 11 free throws to move into a third-place tie on Ohio State's all-time single-game scoring list.
   Ameryst Alston had 26 points for Ohio State (8-4). Alexa Hart added 11 points and five blocks.
   West Virginia went on an 8-0 run to get within 47-39 - its first single-digit deficit since it was 27-18. But Ohio State answered with a 7-0 run and, later, a 17-0 run pushed its lead to 84-50.
   Bria Holmes led West Virginia (9-2) with 17 points.
   Mitchell's 3-pointer at the 5:10 mark of the first half gave Ohio State a 43-21 lead, but the Buckeyes were outscored 8-0 the rest of the way for a 43-29 halftime lead.

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