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Bluiett helps No. 5 Xavier get past Butler 98-93 in OT

By MICHAEL MAROTAP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 26 points in the final 14½ minutes of regulation and overtime Tuesday night to help No. 5 Xavier rally to beat Butler 98-93. Kerem Kanter added 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:56 left in …

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Persons drains last-second 3, Ball State beats Bowling Green

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Tayler Persons drained a 3-pointer with one second left to give Ball State a 59-56 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday night. Persons, who had just two points in the first half, stepped behind a Trey Moses screen and ripped the net for the winner. It …

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Jackson, Minnie help Eastern Michigan beat Kent State 71-67

KENT, Ohio (AP) – Paul Jackson had 17 points and eight assists, Elijah Minnie added 15 points, three blocks and three steals and Eastern Michigan beat Kent State 71-67 on Tuesday night. Eastern Michigan (14-10, 5-6 Mid-American Conference) won in Kent for the first time since beating the Golden Flashes …

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Suarez loses in arbitration, Sanchez has hearing

PHOENIX (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, and Chicago White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez became the latest player to go to a hearing. Suarez was given a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million on Tuesday rather than his request for $4.2 million, …

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Reds beat infielder Eugenio Suarez in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, who gets a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million rather than his request for $4.2 million. Arbitrators Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and James Darby made the decision Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments. Suarez has …

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Infielder Eugenio Suarez has arbitration hearing with Reds

PHOENIX (AP) – Cincinnati infielder Eugenio Suarez went to arbitration, asking a panel for a raise from $595,000 to $4.2 million rather than the Reds’ offer of $3.75 million. Suarez has been Cincinnati’s starting third baseman the past two years after switching from shortstop. He .260 last season and set …

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Miami great Szczerbiak to return to broadcast game in Ohio

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) – Miami University will welcome former RedHawks star Wally Szczerbiak (SIR’-bee-ak) when he returns to broadcast a basketball game. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Szczerbiak will be a part of the CBS Sports Network broadcast team during Miami’s game against Toledo on Friday. Miami head coach Jack Owens …

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Collier, Nurse lead No. 1 UConn over Cincy, 106-65

By PAT EATON-ROBBAP Sports Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Napheesa Collier scored 25 points and Kia Nurse added 23 as UConn beat Cincinnati 106-65 on Sunday, giving the top-ranked Huskies their 150th straight win over an unranked opponent. Azura Stevens had 20 points and Katie Lou Samuelson chipped in with …

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No. 17 Ohio State holds off pesky Illinois to win 75-67

By MITCH STACYAP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and had 13 rebounds and No. 17 Ohio State held off Illinois 75-67 on Sunday. The Buckeyes, playing without suspended guard Kam Williams, overcame an Illinois lead to tie the score at the 5-minute …

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AP source: Struggling Cavs not planning to fire coach Lue

By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to fire coach Tyronn Lue despite the team’s recent slide. The status of Lue, the only coach to win a championship with a Cleveland team since 1964, …

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