Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Lillard's 3 lifts Blazers to 119-116 win at Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 36 points. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year also had a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give Portland a 111-109 overtime victory over Detroit on Sunday.
Portland (22-4) has the best record in the NBA and is 11-0 against the Eastern Conference. The Blazers have won five straight and are 12-2 on the road.
Kyrie Irving's bid for a tying 3-pointer bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer. Irving and Dion Waiters scored 25 points apiece for Cleveland.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds for Portland.
Cavaliers' Waiters denies he has asked for trade
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, the subject of trade rumors for several weeks, denied an Internet report he has asked the team to deal him.
Waiters said before Tuesday night's game with Portland that he's happy and comfortable in Cleveland and was surprised at the latest rumors.
The trade talk involving the second-year guard began last month when reports surfaced Waiters was involved in a confrontation with teammates following a 29-point loss in Minnesota.
Waiters is Cleveland's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.4 points. He's been coming off the bench since mid-November as coach Mike Brown searched for the right combinations after the Cavaliers got off to a 4-12 start. Cleveland has won five of seven.
Waiters suffered a bruised knee in Monday's practice, but planned on playing against Portland.
BLUE JACKETS MOVES
Blue Jackets Boll has ankle surgery; recall Skille
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus right wing Jared Boll will be out three to four months after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle.
The club says the 27-year-old, longest-serving Blue Jacket had surgery Monday. He has 1,001 penalty minutes in 409 NHL games.
They Blue Jackets also recalled forward Jack Skille and sent goaltender Jeremy Smith to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Skille has two goals in seven games with Columbus and two goals and an assist in six games with Springfield.
Smith was an emergency recall from Springfield. He did not play for the Blue Jackets.
Defenseman Ilari Melart was reassigned to Ugra of the Kontinental Hockey League. Melart, with one goal and two assists in 24 games in Springfield, can be recalled after the KHL season.
Bengals' Huber scheduled for surgery on broken jaw
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals punter Kevin Huber says he'll have surgery on Friday to repair his broken jaw, which was injured during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin hit him in the jaw with his helmet during a block on a punt return.
Bengals players were off Tuesday, but Huber visited Paul Brown Stadium. He told The Associated Press that he broke his jaw by the chin and also cracked one vertebra.
The Bengals (9-5) signed punter Shawn Powell as Huber's replacement for a home game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1). Powell was cut by the Bills on Oct. 4 after rough games against Baltimore and Cleveland.
Indians sign free agent C Matt Treanor
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent veteran catcher Matt Treanor has signed a minor league contract with the Indians.
Treanor has also received an invitation to training camp, and if he earns a spot on Cleveland's 25-man roster, he'll make $800,000. The 37-year-old Treanor did not play last season while recovering from left knee surgery. He last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
A career backup, Treanor has a .221 batting average with 18 homers and 129 RBIs in 468 games with the Marlins, Detroit, Texas, Kansas City and Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 1994.
He played in four games during the Rangers' 2010 postseason run, including Game 2 of the World Series against San Francisco.
The Indians have considered moving catcher Carlos Santana to third base, and Treanor could provide them with some depth.
Treanor is married to Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.
Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh 44-43
NEW YORK (AP) — Titus Rubles' rebound basket with 4.2 seconds to play gave Cincinnati a 44-43 victory over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
It was appropriate the winning points came on a missed shot in a game where neither team shot 38 percent from the field.
Justin Jackson had 12 points to lead the Bearcats (8-2), who had lost two straight, and most of his points came on his seven offensive rebounds. He had nine rebounds total. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati's leading scorer at 19.3 points per game, finished with nine on 4-of-13 shooting including going 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Talib Zanna had 12 points for the Panthers (10-1), one of 14 Division I teams to start the day without a loss, while Lamar Patterson added 11.
Toledo beats Arkansas State 78-65
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Justin Drummond scored 19 points and led four teammates in double digits Tuesday night and Toledo came from behind to beat Arkansas State 78-65 to remain unbeaten.
At 10-0, the Rockets equal the third-best start in school history.
Toledo held a 15-13 edge until 13:22, when Ed Townsel hit a 3-pointer to put Arkansas State (5-4) up 16-15. The Red Wolves led by as many as six points and led 44-40 at halftime on a two-point tip shot by Kirk Van Slyke.
Toledo came out on a 10-2 run in the second half and took a 50-46 lead on a layup by J.D. Weatherspoon, then steadily pulled away.
Nathan Boothe scored 14, Rian Pearson had 11, and Weatherspoon had 10 for the Rockets, who were 19 of 23 from the free-throw line.
Van Slyke scored a game-high 22 points for the Red Wolves, Cameron Golden, 11, and Kendrick Washington, 10.
Youngstown St gets past Bethune-Cookman, 71-59
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Kendrick Perry pumped in four 3-pointers and scored 19 points to spark Youngstown State to a 71-59 win over Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night.
Perry gave Youngstown State the lead for good with a 3-pointer five minutes into the contest and the Penguins gradually pulled away, building a 31-22 lead at halftime. Perry, the 2013-14 preseason Horizon League Player of the Year, entered the game with a four-game streak of games in which he scored at least 27 points.
Ryan Weber tossed in 16 points and Bobby Hain added 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Penguins (8-5), who lost back-to-back games coming into the contest, including a 91-73 loss at Pittsburgh Saturday.
Mikel Trapp and Malik Jackson scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Bethune-Cookman. Trapp also grabbed seven boards, sharing team-high honors with Travis Elliott.
The Wildcats (2-12) now have lost 10 straight games.
Ohio State's Meyer concedes he's an 'awful loser'
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer has lost only 24 times in 12 years as a head coach.
Maybe that's why he's so bad at it.
The 49-year-old Meyer concedes he's "awful" at handling the rare defeat.
His Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7. The setback not only cost Ohio State the conference crown, it dropped it out of the running for the BCS national title game (Auburn took the Buckeyes' spot against Florida State) and also ended Meyer's and the program's record winning streak at 24 in a row.
As hard as the losses are for Meyer to swallow, he's made an effort as he's gotten older to at least appreciate the wins more.