Ohio Sports

For Isaiah Thomas, no hard feelings in his return to Boston

BY KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn't holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left. Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the ...

Browns coach Jackson apologizes after dismal 0-16 season

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson apologized. There was nothing else to do after making unwelcome history. One day after an inconceivable season ended without a win, Cleveland's coach was grateful to still have his job and Jackson took steps to sooth an angry ...

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis still unsure of future with team

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis talked to owner Mike Brown about his future with the Bengals on Monday, but they reached no conclusions and planned more discussions. The Bengals failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season, and Lewis' contract ...

Bengals oust Ravens from playoff hunt with 31-27 victory

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — The crowd was yelling as the clock was winding down. The Baltimore Ravens and their fans were poised for a New Year's Eve celebration, long before the clock struck midnight. And then, an instant later, silence. There would be no football ...

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that's known little else over the last two decades. Fourth down. Trailing by four. One last shot at avoiding NFL infamy. Cleveland ...

Johnson scores twice in Lightning’s 5-0 rout of Columbus

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning lit off some fireworks well ahead of midnight on New Year's Eve. The NHL's best team scored four goals in a span of 7:23 of the second period in a 5-0 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday ...

No. 21 Cincinnati routs Memphis 82-48, extending home streak

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The Bearcats' shooting touch was off after a long layoff. The defense was crisp as always, allowing them to have an easy time extending their streak. Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the ...

Reliever Jared Hughes, Reds agree to $4.5M, 2-year deal

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Reliever Jared Hughes and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2020. Hughes gets $2,125,000 in each of the next two seasons under the deal announced Tuesday, and the Reds have a $3 ...

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in ...

Davidson beats Akron 91-78 for 7th at Diamond Head Classic

HONOLULU (AP) — Freshman Kellan Grady made five 3-pointers and scored a season-best 30 points to help Davidson beat Akron 91-78 on Monday for seventh at the Diamond Head Classic. Grady only had six points in the first half as Davidson led 39-34, but the Wildcats opened the second half by ...