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Gillespie leads No. 10 Nova past Xavier in Big East opener

By AARON BRACY Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright leaned on Collin Gillespie in crunch time, and the sophomore guard delivered. Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over Xavier on Monday ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — West Virginia freshman guard Miles McBride remains an avid Ohio State football fan. The Cincinnati native doesn't share the same love for its basketball team. McBride scored a season-high 21 points, including six in the final 2:22, as No. 22 ...

One, done: Browns fire Kitchens after disappointing season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Freddie Kitchens made a great first impression. Everything after that was underwhelming. Kitchens, who famously crowed "if you don't wear brown and orange, you don't matter" at his introductory news conference less than a year ago, was ...

Indians, Hernández finalize $6.25 million, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and the Cleveland Indians finalized a $6.25 million, one-year contract Sunday. The sides agreed to terms early last week, pending a physical. The 29-year-old Hernández had spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets in shootout

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks won in a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets may have lost something more valuable than the game: their starting goalie. Joonas Korpisalo had to leave the game with an injury after unsuccessfully trying to stop ...

No. 22 West Virginia rallies, upsets No. 2 Ohio State 67-59

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59 Sunday. The Mountaineers (11-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a ...

Clutch Clemson: No. 3 Tigers beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaring from the Clemson locker room after yet another playoff victory was Aretha Franklin's classic "Respect." The Tigers have won two of the last three national titles and become college football's gold standard program, ...

Fiesta referee explains crucial calls that flipped semifinal

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Fiesta Bowl referee defended two key calls that went Clemson's way after video review in the Tigers' 29-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. A crew of officials from the Southeastern Conference worked ...

Ohio State’s Wade ejected for targeting in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has been ejected for targeting, leaving the second-ranked Buckeyes without a key defensive player against No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Wade was ejected late in the second quarter Saturday night for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Clemson ...

Garland, Sexton each score 18 to lead Cavs over Wolves 94-88

By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland's young backcourt showed just enough composure to overcome an otherwise rough night taking care of the ball. Rookie Darius Garland and second-year backcourt partner Collin Sexton each scored 18 points, and the Cavaliers overcame ...