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Back from break, Blue Jackets sharp in routing Islanders 7-0

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Unlike some other NHL teams coming off their bye week, there wasn't a spot of rust on the sleek Columbus Blue Jackets. In their first game following a five-day break, the high-energy Blue Jackets blew out the New York Islanders 7-0 ...

Ryan Merritt starts Indians spring training opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Having made one major league start, Ryan Merritt was summoned from the instructional league in Arizona last October and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Toronto to help Cleveland close out the AL Championship Series. Four days after his 25th birthday, the ...

Reds OF Duvall trying to build on 2016 season.

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Duvall is hard at work in the Arizona desert, looking for an encore to his breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds. For the slugging outfielder, the biggest key is the smallest details. "You don't try to repeat anything," Duvall ...

Deron Williams clears waivers, intends to sign with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free-agent guard Deron Williams has cleared waivers and told the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to sign with them. Williams, a five-time All-Star, was waived this week by Dallas. He will give the defending NBA champions a playmaker they've needed all season and one LeBron ...

Bulls benefit as James sits with strep, beat Cavs 117-99

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — With LeBron James missing from Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reminded again just how tough life can be without their star. James stayed home with strep throat while Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded ...

Jackson scores 18 as Ohio State beats No. 16 Wisconsin

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Playing for little more than pride in front of a home crowd and a national TV audience, Ohio State put together its most complete game of the season. The Buckeyes, out of the Big Ten race and nearing the end of a second straight ...

Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Knicks, 119-104

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was still a member of the New York Knicks when he awoke from his afternoon nap Thursday. Once the game started, the Cleveland Cavaliers made sure the Knicks' nightmarish season continued. LeBron James recorded his 48th ...

No. 15 Cincinnati extends home streak, beats Memphis 87-74

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — After a dominant first half, No. 15 Cincinnati relaxed and wound up sweating one out. Jacob Evans III scored 12 of his 15 points during the Bearcats' lopsided first half on Thursday night, and they let most of a big lead slip away before ...

Feeling the (g)love: Indians shortstop Lindor in high demand

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Just this week, Francisco Lindor has given a hitting lesson on national television, modeled for commercial shoots and magazine cover, even worn a uniform outfitted with electrical sensors as the subject of a sports science ...

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 ...