Ohio Sports

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

No. 12 Ohio State uses hot start to upset No. 2 Maryland

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State got off to a sizzling start and then held off Maryland to get one of the biggest wins in school history. Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 points to lead five players in double figures as the 12th-ranked Buckeyes shot 63 percent from ...

Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend ...

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after ’16 run

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it ...

Ekholm scores in 3rd period, Predators beat Blue Jackets 4-3

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Columbus Blue Jackets fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score early in the third period, the Nashville Predators kept up their intensity and Mattias Ekholm got them a win. Ekholm scored his third goal of the ...

Blue Jackets beat weary Penguins in overtime 2-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan ...

Evans scores 17, No. 18 Cincinnati beats Tulsa 80-60

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The only thing that Mick Cronin mentioned to his team at halftime was defense. The 18th-ranked Bearcats got the message. Jacob Evans III scored 13 of his 17 points while Cincinnati took control in the first half, and the Bearcats clamped down ...

Browns sign long snapper Hughlett to 6-year extension

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns signed steady long snapper Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract extension. Hughlett has been with the team since 2014, when he joined Cleveland's practice squad and was eventually signed to the active roster. The ...

Mitchell’s 27 leads No. 12 Ohio St women to 9th straight

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, her eighth straight game with at least 20, and No. 12 Ohio State took control in the first half and rolled to its ninth-straight win, 87-69 over Nebraska. Sierra Calhoun added 13 points and Tori McCoy had 12 for ...

After losing Love for weeks, LeBron and Cavs beat Wolves

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love's knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court. He spent the night backing that up ...