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Bengals sign former Giants offensive tackle Bobby Hart

By JOE KAYAP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals took their first step in bolstering their offensive line, signing former New York Giants tackle Bobby Hart on Wednesday. Hart started 21 games for the Giants in the past three seasons, including seven last season. He was a seventh-round pick …

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‘Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies.

By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) – Former major leaguer John “Tito” Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Francona played in the majors …

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James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder 120-112

By CLIFF BRUNTAP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night. It was Cleveland’s second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, …

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Mitchell scores 28, No. 16 Ohio State women top Illini 88-69

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Linnae Harper had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State bounced back for an 88-69 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night. Mitchell sank a wide open 3-pointer early in the first quarter to extend her …

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Moses, Teague lead Ball State to 90-77 win over Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Trey Moses and Tahjai Teague both recorded double-doubles as Ball State pulled away in the second half to beat Akron 90-77 in Mid-American Conference action on Tuesday night. Moses was 9 of 11 from the floor to match his career high of 22 points to go …

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Lillard sinks late FTs, Bowling Green rallies for 83-81 win

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) – Antwon Lillard sank three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds and Bowling Green rallied to beat Western Michigan 83-81 on Tuesday night. Bowling Green trailed by as much as 15 points in the first half and was …

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Bjorkstrand, Dubois lead Blue Jackets past Islanders, 4-1

By VIN A. CHERWOOAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and the Blue Jackets went on to a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson …

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Sanford scores 21, Fletcher 17 as Toledo beats Ohio 82-74

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Jaelen Sanford scored 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Tre’Shaun Fletcher had 17 points and eight rebounds to help Toledo beat Ohio 82-74 on Tuesday night for its fourth win in a row. Nate Navigato hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, five rebounds and …

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Eastern Michigan holds off Miami 58-57

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) – Elijah Minnie tossed in 24 points and James Thompson IV finished with his 18th double-double of the season to help Eastern Michigan hold off Miami (Ohio) 58-57 on Tuesday night. Minnie hit four 3-pointers and added nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Eagles (15-11, …

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Harris, Clark help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Jeremy Harris had 24 points and Wes Clark scored 19, including three 3-pointers, to help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72 on Tuesday night. Harris and Clark combined to make 17 of 29 (58.6 percent) from the field. Nick Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while …

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