Jefferson, Walker lead Bobcats past Cavs 101-92
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Al Jefferson scored 28 points, Kemba Walker had 20 points and 14 assists, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-92 Friday night for their sixth straight win at home.
Jefferson shot 12 of 18 from the field and reached 20 points for the 22nd time in his last 24 games. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and a season-high nine rebounds for Charlotte (29-33), which surpassed its win total from the previous two seasons combined.
The Bobcats, seventh in the Eastern Conference, improved to 3-0 this season against the Cavaliers and now own the tiebreaker against both Detroit and Cleveland, the ninth- and 10th-place teams in the East.
Dion Waiters and Luol Deng each scored 19 points for Cleveland, which began the night 3½ games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East.
Browns' Bryant says he's cleared after heart scare
CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant says he's been medically cleared to play after a health scare.
Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and had been treated for in the past.
On Friday, Bryant posted a message on his Twitter account, saying "the doctor gave me full clearance and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!"
The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent last March with Cleveland. He finished with 3 1-2 sacks and 45 tackles in 12 games.
Bryant had been taking medication for the condition, which forced him to leave an Oct. 3 game against Buffalo. He experienced a rapid heart rate following a game against Jacksonville on Dec. 1 and doctors determined he needed a heart ablation.
Carrasco strikes out 6, Indians beat Cubs 7-2
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Edwin Jackson allowed three runs and four hits in three innings for the Cubs while Carlos Carrasco struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in leading the Cleveland Indians over a Chicago split-squad 7-2 Friday.
Jackson, coming off a subpar first year of a four-year, $52 million contract, hit two batters and struck out two.
Mike Aviles hit a first-inning homer, givng the Indians a quick 2-0 lead after Nyjer Morgan opened the game with a single off Jackson.
Carrasco was strong in his first start and third appearance. He gave up three hits and two runs - none earned - in three innings. He did not walk a battter.
Indians reserve outfielder Ryan Raburn left in the third inning with a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall chasing Kris Bryant's home run in the second. The Indians said the injury is not expected to be serious.
Heisey hits 2 HRs, sends Reds over Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Heisey hit two home runs, Brandon Phillips also connected and a Cincinnati Reds split squad defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-9 Friday.
Heisey hit his second and third homers of spring training and drove in four runs. Phillips hit his first homer and drove in three while scoring three.
Billy Hamilton stole two bases, giving him four in Cactus League play for the Reds.
Reds starter Brett Marshall threw three shutout innings, working around four hits and three walks while striking out four.
Randy Wolf allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in three innings.
Jesus Montero doubled twice for the Mariners and Kyle Seager reached base three times.
Dunn plays starring role, White Sox beat Reds
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Adam Dunn hit a pair of RBI singles and the Chicago White Sox beat a split squad of Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Friday.
Dunn returned to the White Sox this week after attending the Academy Awards ceremony in California last weekend. He had a nonspeaking role in the Oscar-nominated "Dallas Buyers Club."
Dunn's first single came off Mike Leake, who was making his first spring start. Dunn later broke a 3-all tie in the fifth.
Jay Bruce homered in the Reds first off Felipe Paulino. Bruce added a double in the fifth and also made a throw from right field to cut down Jeff Keppinger at third base.
Aroldis Chapman pitched two innings for the Reds, allowing a run and two hits. He struck out three.
BLUE JACKETS MOVE
Blue Jackets recall defenseman Frederic St. Denis
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Frederic St. Denis from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
St. Denis (saint deh-NEE) is expected to join the club prior to Saturday's game at Nashville.
The 28-year-old has nine goals and 15 assists with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-14 plus rating in 51 games with Springfield this season.
Before signing with Columbus in July 2013, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound native of Quebec spent four seasons in the Montreal Canadiens' organization.
The Blue Jackets are down two defensemen due to injuries.
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Ohio State women upset No. 11 Penn State 99-82
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ameryst Alston scored 33 points and Cait Craft 24 as eighth-seeded Ohio State stunned top-seeded and No. 11-ranked Penn State 99-82 Friday in the Big Ten Conference tournament quarterfinals.
The Buckeyes (17-17) advance to a Saturday semifinal against Iowa.
Raven Ferguson added 15 points for OSU, which shot 71.9 percent in the first half when it made all 10 of its 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead. The 58 points were a tournament record.
The Lady Lions (22-7) were led by Ariel Edwards' career-high 29 points plus 10 rebounds. Maggie Lucas added 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave her the conference's career record with 358.
OSU built its lead to 27 points before PSU cut it to nine with 2:56 left. OSU then went on an 11-2 run to seal the outcome.
OSU's last win over a top-15 team came against Michigan State in the 2011 conference tournament.
Cincinnati holds off UCF 54-52 in AAC opener
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Alyesha Lovett scored 19 points and eighth-seeded Cincinnati held on, edging Central Florida 54-52 Friday in the first game of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
The Bearcats (13-17) face No. 1 Connecticut in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Andrea Hines of 9th-seeded UCF (10-20) had a three-quarter length of the court heave hit the rim at the buzzer after the Knights used a turnover for two baskets within six seconds and then Cincinnati missed a layup with three seconds left.
Cincinnati, which trailed 26-24 at the half, raced to a 40-30 lead early in the second half but UCF battled back to get within one, the last time at 48-47 on a Stephanie Taylor jumper with 3:24 to go. But Kayla Cook quickly responded with a 3 and Marley Hill made a jumper at 1:54 to make it 53-47.
Zykira Lewis had 15 points for UCF, which grabbed 20 offensive rebounds.
Wright State defeats Oakland 73-57
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) - Miles Dixon scored 20 points to lead No. 3 seed Wright State over sixth-seeded Oakland 73-57 in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament on Friday night.
Wright State (19-13) has won five-straight games and will face Cleveland State (21-10) in the semifinals on Saturday.
Dixon was 6 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts. Matt Vest chipped in 11 points. Dixon and Vest each dished out four assists for the Raiders.
Travis Bader scored 20 points on 5-of-13 shooting and Dante Williams added 13 points to lead Oakland (13-20). Bader, who came into the game ranked second all-time in the Horizon League with 144 3-pointers, was 3 of 8 from beyond the arc. Kahlil Felder added seven points and eight assists for the Golden Grizzlies.
Akron edges past Kent St. 58-54
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Demetrius Treadwell scored 14 points as Akron clinched a 58-54 win over Kent State on Friday night to close out the regular season at home and secure a No. 4 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Treadwell shot just 4 of 14 from the floor, but made one of his baskets to snap a 51-51 tie with 2:22 left to play, and Nick Harney followed up with a layup to give the Zips (20-11, 12-6) the advantage they needed.
Kent State's Devareaux Manley hit a 3-pointer to close within one with 27 second left, but the Golden Flashes missed their next three shot attempts and Treadwell knocked down three free throws to ice the game.
Kellon Thomas led Kent State (16-15, 7-11) with 14 points, and Khaliq Spicer came off the bench to add 10. The Golden Flashes shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range.
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