Ohio Sports NewsLast Update: Thursday, February 27, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Irving scores 31, leads Cavaliers past Thunder
Kyrie Irving scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Oklahoma City 114-104 on Wednesday night, giving the Thunder their third straight loss since the All-Star break.
Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, Spencer Hawes scored 19 and Tristan Thompson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Cleveland shot 14 for 21 from the field in the fourth quarter against the Western Conference-leading Thunder.
Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine assists and Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 0-3 since Westbrook returned from his latest knee surgery.
Price wins managerial debut, Reds top Indians 8-3
Bryan Price won in his managerial debut, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto singled home runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Wednesday.
Price was elevated from pitching coach to manager when the Reds fired Dusty Baker after last season despite their third playoff appearance in four years. Price managed a game for the first time at any level.
Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer and a double in the spring training opener for both Ohio teams. Ludwick has recovered from a shoulder injury that cost him most of last season and limited him after his return.
Billy Hamilton, who stole 13 bases for the Reds last September, drew a walk and stole a base as the Reds leadoff hitter.
Ryan Raburn doubled and scored for the Indians.
BLUE JACKETS MOVES
Blue Jackets activate Marian Gaborik off IR list
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Marian Gaborik off injured reserve after he missed the past 22 games, along with the Sochi Olympics, because of a broken collarbone.
They also recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass., to fill in for defenseman Fedor Tyutin, out two to three weeks with an ankle injury sustained while playing for Russia in the Olympics.
The Blue Jackets play Thursday night at New Jersey in their first game after the NHL's Olympic break.
Gaborik represented Slovakia at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics but was unable to play in Sochi. He has five goals and seven assists in 18 games with Columbus this season.
Goloubef has played in three games with the Blue Jackets this season.
Browns release LB D'Qwell Jackson
The Browns have released veteran linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, cutting ties with one of their most popular players.
Jackson made 96 starts in eight seasons with the Browns, who drafted him in 2006. Jackson was due a $4.1 million roster bonus next month, and the team tried to work out a deal with him and his agent, but general manager Ray Farmer said the sides made a mutual agreement "to go in different directions."
The 31-year-old Jackson, who overcame two serious chest injuries earlier in his NFL career, was an asset on the field and in the community. In a statement released by the team, Jackson thanked Browns fans "for opening your arms and hearts to my family and me, and for making Cleveland an easy place to love and call home. It's been an honor playing in front of you."
Miami holds off Akron 65-61
Will Felder and Will Sullivan scored 16 points each as Miami kept Akron at arm's length in the final minute to win 65-61 on Wednesday night.
Akron trailed by 13 with 13:46 to play, but whittled the deficit to eight over the next 3 minutes. The Zips 11-3 run tied the score at 53 with just under 6 minutes to play.
Felder knocked down two jumpers in a row for the RedHawks , and a free throw by Sullivan with 2 seconds left gave Miami a two-point lead. The Zips turned the ball over on their final possession, and Quinten Rollins sank two free throws to end the game.
Rollins finished with nine points, six assists and six steals.
Deji Ibitayo scored 14 points and Demetrius Treadwell added 12 points with 11 rebounds to lead Akron in its final regular-season road game.
Baker leads Northern Illinois past Toledo 74-66
Travon Baker scored 17 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory over Toledo Wednesday night.
Down 32-31 at the break, Aaron Armstead's four points capped a 15-5 run to open the second half and give Northern Illinois a 46-37 lead with 13:01 to play. Rian Pearson scored to pull Toledo within one, 54-53 with 6:19 remaining. The Huskies answered with an 8-3 run, then went 12 of 16 from the line to seal it.
Baker shot just 3 of 10 from the field but was 9 of 10 from the line. Threloff made 3 of 7 shots from the floor and was 7 of 8 from the line. Aksel Bolin added 11 points for Northern Illinois .
Pearson scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead Toledo , which falls one back of Western Michigan atop the East Division.
KENT ST-BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green holds off late Kent St. charge 73-66
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Jehvon Clarke scored 21 points, including four game-clinching free throws, as Bowling Green held off a late Kent State charge to win 73-66 on Wednesday.
JD Tisdale's dunk put Bowling Green ahead 64-52 with 2:04 left but the Falcons went cold from the line, making 9 of 14.
Derek Jackson's basket got Kent State within 69-66 with 30 seconds left. Then Clarke made four straight free throws to seal it.
Richaun Holmes added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Bowling Green , while Spencer Parker had 12, 10 coming from the free throw line.
Kris Brewer had 14 points for Kent State and Devareaux Manley had 11. The Golden Flashes were held to 34.9 percent shooting and were outrebounded 44-31.
Kent State won the previous matchup two weeks ago when Manley hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.9 remaining for a 62-61 victory.
Buffalo holds on to first with 69-64 win over Ohio
Javon McCrea scored 15 points as Buffalo used a balanced attack to protect first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 69-63 win over Ohio on Wednesday.
Joshua Freelove added 14 points, Jarod Oldham 13 and Will Regan 10 for the Bulls , who began the night with a one-game lead over the Bobcats (19-9, 9-6) and Akron.
Nick Kellogg led Ohio with 18 points.
Buffalo only made 2 of 14 three-pointers while Ohio knocked down 8 of 22, three by Kellogg.
The Bulls led 42-27 at the half and pushed that to 17 before Ohio used a 12-0 run to get back in the game. The Bobcats got within two a couple times and trailed 65-64 with 1:10 to play before McCrea and Shannon Evans converted two free throws apiece in the final minute. However, Buffalo was only 13 of 23 from the line.
No. 22 Ohio State remembers loss to Penn State
It's one of the most memorable — or is it forgettable? — home losses for Ohio State in recent years.
When Penn State pulled off a 71-70 shocker in overtime Jan. 29, it ended a string of 80 consecutive victories by the Buckeyes on their home court against unranked opponents. For the Nittany Lions to do it — they came in 0-17 against Ohio State coach Thad Matta — added to the Buckeyes' misery.
When the teams meet again Thursday night in Happy Valley, the No. 22 Buckeyes say they're a different team. Having won six of seven, including their last three, they have a lot riding on the outcome.
So do the Nittany Lions in their final home game.