Ohio Sports

Bobrovsky comes back strong in Blue Jackets’ playoff chase

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Through an odd, erratic season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, nobody has had a bumpier ride than star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. A high-profile contract issue, a slump, a disciplinary suspension and a humiliating healthy scratch. That ...

Aldridge’s double-double paces Spurs to 112-90 win over Cavs

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs, who are in a three-team scramble to determine playoff seeding in the Western Conference, extended Cleveland's losing streak to nine games by beating the Cavaliers 112-90 ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians top Jays 3-1 for sweep

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Toronto was no match for Mike Clevinger, who was stopped Sunday only by upper back tightness that forced him from the game after five scoreless innings. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one hit to lead the Cleveland Indians over the ...

Curry moves up Warriors’ scoring charts in win over Cavs

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State took another step toward securing the top seed in the West, yet coach Steve Kerr has some legitimate concerns as the Warriors close in on the postseason. Specifically, Kerr is bothered by the Warriors' turnovers and ...

Blue Jackets edge Rangers in shootout to earn playoff spot

By VIN A. CHERWOO AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't get discouraged after giving up the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation. They kept their focus and won in a shootout to clinch the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Artemi Panarin ...

Santana’s ‘sweet home’ run gives Indians 3-2 win over Jays

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana touched the plate and was swept up in the arms of his teammates. This was no ordinary home run. This one meant so much more. Days after passing a test to become a U.S. citizen, Santana homered with one out in the ninth inning ...

Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype. A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling ...

Cruz hits first homer, Pineda strong as Twins beat Indians

By MIKE COOK Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two years since his last time on a big league mound, Michael Pineda looked better than ever in his Minnesota Twins debut. Pineda was stellar in his first appearance since 2017, Nelson Cruz hit his first homer with the club and the ...

Raptors, Celtics prepare for new chance in post-LeBron East

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the last two years, they were the final two steps in what had become LeBron James' annual climb to the NBA Finals. Now that he's gone, maybe the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are done being stepping stones. They are among the ...

Bobrovsky stops 38 shots, Blue Jackets top Sabres 4-0

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Don't look now, but goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets are mounting yet another late-season surge to make the playoffs. Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots to earn his third shutout in five games and league-leading ninth of the ...

Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. "He was just efficient," Pirates ...

Setback for Indians star Lindor, with sprained ankle

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor's recovery from a strained right calf muscle has been set back by another injury: a sprained left ankle. Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday in Minnesota, where the Indians will start ...

What to make of Tate: Can Martell make Miami great again?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Quarterback Tate Martell has been ruled eligible to play for Miami this season and it is being hailed as a pretty big deal for the Hurricanes. How much of a big deal is still to be determined? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Paul ...

Celtics beat Cavs 116-106 without Kyrie to snap 4-game slide

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics keep finding ways to win without Kyrie Irving. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics broke away from a fourth-quarter tie to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-106 on Tuesday night. Irving ...

Another shutout for Bobrovsky as Blue Jackets beat Islanders

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his second consecutive shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets keep scrapping to get above the Eastern Division wild-card line. Bobrovsky was excellent again as the Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on ...

Reds open 150-year celebration hoping to leapfrog Pirates

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The baseball commissioner is grand marshal of the pregame parade. All major league teams are wearing patches commemorating Cincinnati's first all-professional team. A new manager and an overhauled lineup provide intrigue. The Reds haven't been ...

Roach scores 21 to lead Texas past Xavier 78-76 in OT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kerwin Roach II had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Texas narrowly beat Xavier 78-76 in overtime in the second round of the NIT on Sunday. Roach was fouled on a drive with 20.2 seconds left in overtime and hit 1 of 2 free throws before getting two more ...

Hobbled Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks past Cavs 127-105

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by an ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift to Milwaukee Bucks over the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-105 on Sunday. Antetokounmpo was listed as questionable after missing ...

Indians star Ramirez hurts knee, opening day status unsure

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez bruised his left knee when he fouled a ball off himself Sunday and his status for opening day is uncertain. X-rays on the two-time All-Star were negative. The team said Ramirez will remain in Arizona, and that it will be ...

Nolf, Nickal, Cassar win NCAA titles for Penn State

By TRAVIS JOHNSON Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal came to Penn State after the Nittany Lions had already seized control of college wrestling. The dynamic duo helped them tighten their grip. Nolf (157 pounds) and Nickal (197) ended their careers with individual ...