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Second shot: Browns hiring Kevin Stefanski as next coach

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski coached running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks in Minnesota. He's about to take on his most challenging group yet — the Browns. The Vikings offensive coordinator, who came close to getting Cleveland's job last year but ...

Diggins, Ottey help UIC upset Wright State 76-72

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Diggins scored 20 points and Marcus Ottey made two free throws with 11 seconds left to help Illinois-Chicago hold off Wright State 76-72 on Sunday. Diggins sank 7 of 13 shots from the floor for the Flames (7-12, 2-4 Horizon League), who handed the Raiders (15-4, 5-1) ...

Browns’ coaching search nearing end, GM interviews planned

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' two-week-old coaching search has come into focus, and perhaps may soon come to an end. Cleveland appears to have narrowed its list of candidates to three presumed finalists — 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Vikings ...

Ballock, Alexander lead Creighton past Xavier 77-65

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — The Creighton Bluejays earned an important Big East road win on Saturday, and in doing so helped head coach Greg McDermott achieve a career milestone. Mitch Ballock scored 19 points and went 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Ty-Shon Alexander ...

Green, Phinisee lead Indiana past No. 11 Ohio State 66-54

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Wirter BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Archie Miller promised to make changes Saturday. He doubled down with one move: giving Rob Phinisee his first start of the season and bringing Devonte Green off the bench. It worked perfectly. Phinisee gave the ...

Toppin hurts ankle while No. 15 Dayton beats UMass 88-60

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin landed with a loud thud and grabbed his left ankle. The capacity crowd at University of Dayton Arena went silent as the Flyers' top player lay on the court. Dayton's spectacular season had hit a speed bump. Toppin scored 16 points ...

Cavaliers rally past Pistons, 115-112 in OT

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished a tumultuous couple days with an emotional victory. However they felt about what had unfolded between them and coach John Beilein, the Cavaliers kept playing hard. Thompson scored a ...

Thornton scores as Sharks top Blue Jackets 3-1

GIDEON RUBIN Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is being asked to take on a bigger role these days. And at 40, Jumbo Joe has responded. Thornton scored and moved into a tie for 11th place on the NHL's career list for games played as the San Jose Sharks defeated the ...

Patriots OC McDaniels back home to interview with Browns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit. The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as an NFL coach didn't go well, interviewed Friday with the Cleveland Browns, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Canton, ...

Beilein says he apologized for ‘thugs’ comment about Cavs

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein said Thursday he has apologized after reportedly using the word "thugs" during a film session with his players the previous day. ESPN.com, citing unidentified sources, reported that Beilein suggested ...