December 20, 2014


Browns Pro Bowler Joe Thomas accused of multiple environmental violations in Wisconsin

Joe Thomas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison. The state Department of Natural Resources sent the former Wisconsin Badgers standout and seven-time Pro Bowler a letter Wednesday accusing him of 11 violations. They range from building Read More…

Ohio State football: Cardale Jones wants to show world Big Ten final wasn’t a fluke


COLUMBUS — Cardale Jones realizes many people weren’t even aware he was still playing football. It had been five years between big games — a state championship game as a junior in high school to the Big Ten title game Dec. 6 — and the only time people heard of him was because of an Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Ohio State handles North Carolina A&T


COLUMBUS — In its first game against a North Carolina school, No. 12 Ohio State did all right. The next one will be a truer test. D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading the Buckeyes to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night. The win set the stage Read More…

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman expected to be named University of Houston coach


HOUSTON — Houston is negotiating with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be its new head coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn’t been completed. Houston fired coach Tony Levine last week. Fox Sports first reported Herman was Read More…

Cavaliers put up a fight but fall short against Thunder


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday’s game that they would be without LeBron James. They couldn’t have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of the short-handed Cavaliers with a 103-94 victory. James Read More…

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Alabama’s Nick Saban have history of big-game battles


Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer. Sure, players win games. But the coaches will be center stage at the Sugar Bowl in college football’s inaugural playoff. Saban’s top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) faces Meyer’s fourth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) on New Year’s Day, a semifinal matchup between two of the nation’s most storied programs. Saban has Read More…

Indians pick up power bat in trade for A’s Brandon Moss


CLEVELAND — The Indians addressed the need for more power in their lineup. Now Brandon Moss has to provide it. Cleveland finalized a trade Monday — the first of the winter meetings — that has been in the works for weeks by acquiring Moss, a first baseman/outfielder and All-Star last season, from the Oakland Athletics Read More…

Cavaliers pull away from Nets in third quarter, right after royal couple show up


NEW YORK — LeBron James showed Prince William that it’s good to be the King. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers turned a close game into a clinic after Prince William and his wife, Kate, grabbed courtside seats to watch them, beating the Brooklyn Nets 110-88 on Monday night. Cleveland outscored Brooklyn 49-27 after Britain’s royal Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Nets in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts


NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and multiple Brooklyn players wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts while they warmed up for Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Nets. Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams were among four Nets wearing the shirts in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after Read More…

Ohio State rides dominant win in Big Ten Championship game to playoff berth against Alabama


GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power. Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban Meyer’s No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at the Sugar Bowl. Marcus Mariota, this season’s Heisman Trophy front-runner, Read More…