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Bengals aim to limit Browns’ Mayfield after historic game

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The previous time the Bengals tried to stop Baker Mayfield, he set a Browns rookie record with four touchdown passes in little more than half a game. He also gave a cold shoulder to his former head coach while leaving the field. The Bengals are ...

Ohio wins Frisco Bowl for Solich, oldest head coach in FBS

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ohio running back A.J. Ouellette doesn't think of Frank Solich as the oldest head coach in FBS. He sees him as the guy who stuck around a smaller program long enough to run it for going on 15 years. Ouellette gave Solich and the ...

Tilmon’s big night helps Missouri beat Xavier 71-56

By JOE WALLJASPER, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Jeremiah Tilmon caught the ball in the post on Missouri's first possession against Xavier, he waited for a double-team. It didn't arrive. So he spun into the lane and powered his way to the basket, hitting the shot and drawing a ...

Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award. The new award recognizes ...

Bengals end 5-game losing streak, beat Raiders 30-16

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010. Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game. Mixon ran for 129 ...

Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — Whether it was "The Fumble" or "The Drive" in the playoffs in the 1980s or the 11 consecutive times Denver had dumped Cleveland, the Broncos always served as the Browns' biggest bugaboo. With John Elway watching from his suite at Mile ...

Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers past Cavs in Butler’s return

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Jimmy Butler's return brought out the best in his Philadelphia teammates. Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the 76ers routed the Cleveland ...

LeBron’s season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers’ eventful week

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows. And arriving one night after what seemed to be a breakthrough performance, this dud demonstrated just ...

Bengals end 5-game losing streak, beat Raiders 30-16

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010. Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game. Mixon ran for 129 ...

Armed, dangerous: Browns’ Mayfield flexing rocket arm

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Baker Mayfield threw long passes to his wide receivers and short ones to backs before Sunday's game against Carolina, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams knew his rookie quarterback was going to have a good game. It wasn't any ...

Canucks rally in the third period to beat Blue Jackets 3-2

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — None of Vancouver's three goals on Tuesday night were particularly pretty. Two bounced in off skates, and the other caromed into the net off the backside of Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo. The Canucks will take them. After trailing ...

Royals, Hamilton finalize $5.25M contract

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton finalized a $5.25 million contract Tuesday that includes up to $1 million in performance bonuses and a mutual option for 2020. The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium ...

FC Cincinnati roster takes shape in MLS expansion draft

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer Cincinnati acquired striker Kei Kamara from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS expansion draft and then immediately dealt him to the Colorado Rapids for a 2019 international slot. Cincinnati selected four other players in the expansion draft Tuesday: ...

Columbus Crew’s Steffen to join Manchester City next summer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — American goalkeeper Zack Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in July. The Crew said Tuesday that Steffen will join City when the summer transfer window opens July 9. The 23-year-old played two seasons at the University of Maryland and joined ...

Cavaliers’ Thompson could miss month with sprained left foot

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson's strong season has stalled. Cleveland's starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few ...

Cumberland has 19 as Cincinnati beats rival Xavier 62-47

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — After getting drubbed on Xavier's home court last season, the Bearcats had extra motivation in a crosstown rivalry already packed with emotions. From start to finish, Cincinnati's defense dominated. Jarron Cumberland scored 19 points, and ...

Holtby, Capitals shut out Blue Jackets 4-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Washington Capitals seemed a step faster than the discombobulated Columbus Blue Jackets all night long and took full advantage of some early opportunities. The result was a 4-0 win by the Capitals over the Blue Jackets on Saturday ...

Brown’s 34 points leads No. 8 Auburn past Dayton 82-72

By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown didn't want to take all the credit for his flurry of 3-pointers to end the first half. Brown scored a career-high 34 points and made six 3s to lead No. 8 Auburn to an 82-72 victory over Dayton on Saturday night. He got into a ...

Cavaliers’ Thompson fined $15,000 for gesture to Nets fan

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an "inappropriate gesture" to a spectator. The NBA announced the punishment Thursday. Thompson's action came at the end of the Cavaliers' 99-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays ...

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew ...