Saturday, February 6
Bradley's 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Avery Bradley made a corner jumper at the horn to give the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Bradley's shot just in front of Boston's bench dropped through as the final second ticked off the clock, giving the Celtics their eighth win in nine games.
Boston trailed by five points with 18 seconds left before Celtics forward Jae Crowder made a 3-pointer — his only basket — and Evan Turner scored on a layup while being fouled by J.R. Smith with 4 seconds to go. Turner missed his free throw but the ball went out of bounds off Cleveland's LeBron James.
Boston coach Brad Steven drew up an inbounds play during a video review and Bradley dropped his shot, triggering a wild celebration by the Celtics.
James led the Cavs with 30 points.
Karlsson snaps slump, Blue Jackets beat Flames 2-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — In hockey, Columbus rookie William Karlsson broke out of a slump with two goals to lead the surging Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames last night.
Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal 1:42 into the third period, taking advantage of a miscue by Dougie Hamilton. The Flames defenseman had the puck knocked off his stick at the Columbus blue line and on the subsequent odd-man rush, Matt Calvert set up Karlsson's sixth goal of the season.
The 23-year-old Karlsson entered the night with just one goal in his previous 30 games.
Columbus picked up six of eight possible points on a four-game road trip. The Blue Jackets do not play again until Tuesday, when they host the New York Islanders to open a five-game homestand. The Blue Jackets are 4-1-1 in their last six.
Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames, who have lost four of their last five.
Jackson, Williams help Akron beat Central Michigan 92-87
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — In college basketball, freshman Josh Williams hit six 3-pointers and scored 22, both season highs, and Antino Jackson added 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting to help Akron beat Central Michigan 92-87 last night.
Reggie McAdams scored 14, Noah Robotham had 13 with a career-best eight assists and Isaiah Johnson added 12 points for the Zips (19-4, 8-2 Mid-American Conference), who have won six in a row.
Akron hit five of its season-high 16 3-pointers during a 22-1 run that gave the Zips a 20-point lead with 8:24 to play.
Central Michigan (13-10, 6-4) used an 11-2 run to pull within nine about four minutes later and a 15-6 spurt — capped by back-to-back 3s by John Simons and Josh Kozinski — to make it 89-85 with 24 seconds left.
Akron hit 3 of 4 free throws from there to seal it.
Simons had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Central Michigan, which had six players score in double figures.
Dallas police reopen Manziel assault probe
UNDATED (AP) — Dallas police are opening a criminal investigation into a reported assault by Johnny Manziel on his ex-girlfriend.
A day after saying their investigation was closed, police said in a statement last night that they received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred Saturday. The statement listed the Cleveland Browns quarterback as the suspect and said detectives would investigate and determine whether criminal charges were warranted.
Colleen Crowley told Fort Worth police that Manziel was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends last weekend in Dallas. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear, before they drove back to Fort Worth and he was physical with her during the ride. Crowley said she later fled her apartment and ran to a neighbor's for help.
The Dallas police statement noted that "as there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault."
Manziel's ex-girlfriend gets protective order
CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel's former girlfriend has gotten a protective order against the quarterback.
According to the order first obtained by television station WFAA, Manziel cannot see Colleen Crowley for two years.
The order says Manziel must stay at least 500 feet from Crowley's home and place of work, and owes $12,000 in legal fees.
The order was signed by district court Judge Mike Sinha on Wednesday.
Manziel was under police investigation for allegedly hitting Crowley last weekend.
Browns owner reached out Manziel, no response
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he hasn't been able to reach troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Haslam told reporters yesterday in San Francisco ahead of the Super Bowl that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner hasn't responded to multiple attempts to reach him.
Haslam says, "We'll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family."
He continued: "We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue."
Dallas police said Friday they have opened a criminal investigation into a reported assault by Manziel on his ex-girlfriend. She got an order of protection against him.
Manziel's father told The Dallas Morning News that he fears for the quarterback's safety.
Manziel's agent drops quarterback after police inquiries
CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel's agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend.
Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets yesterday saying "with deep regret" he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month.
Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel's family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him.
Manziel was under police investigation for allegedly hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. She told police the Heisman Trophy winner struck her "several times" at a Dallas hotel and later when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth.
Burkhardt isn't the first to end business ties with Manziel. Cavaliers star LeBron James' marketing agency ended its association with him last month.
Johnny Manziel's father says he fears for the quarterback's safety.
UNDATED (AP) — Johnny Manziel's father says he fears for the quarterback's safety.
The troubled quarterback was under investigation by two police departments following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas.
His father, Paul Manziel, told The Dallas Morning News that he worried that without help, his son "won't live to see his 24th birthday."
He said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic.
Johnny Manziel entered the NFL with a party-boy reputation.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner spent 73 days last winter in a Pennsylvania treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency.
Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month after two tumultuous seasons.
Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test
NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.
Duran tested positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said yesterday.
He became the first player penalized under the big league program since St. Louis catcher Stanley Cody on Sept. 12.
A 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, Duran has spent eight seasons in the minor leagues since signing with the Reds in February 2008 but has not appeared in a major league game. He was added to the 40-man roster in November 2013 and spent the last two seasons on option to the minors.
Hoover beats Reds in arbitration, improving players to 2-0
PHOENIX (AP) — Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.
Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million yesterday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000.
A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions. As a setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman, he gave up 44 hits and 31 walks in 64 1-3 innings while striking out 52. He allowed three of 12 inherited runners to score and had a streak of 30 games in which he did not give up an earned run.
Hoover is a candidate to take over as closer this season after Chapman's trade to the New York Yankees.
Tampa Bay pitcher Drew Smyly won the first decision of the year Thursday and will have a $3.75 million salary rather than $3.2 million.
BASKETBALL FIGHT CHARGES
Brawl erupts after girls high school game, 2 players charged
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police investigating a brawl involving players, coaches and fans following a girls high school basketball game in Ohio have charged two teammates in the melee.
Akron police say a player touched off the fight and hit the opposing team's coach. The 17-year-old has been charged with riot and assault.
Her twin sister who also is on the team has been charged with riot.
The fighting broke out right after Kenmore High School beat North High School on Thursday night.
Police used pepper spray to control the crowd and several people were treated after inhaling the fumes.
Akron police say a student from Kenmore will be charged with riot and that more charges could be coming.
Ohio plant workers take pride in making Super Bowl footballs
ADA, Ohio (AP) — The players in the Super Bowl hail from across the United States. But the footballs the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will use in Sunday's big game come from one place: Ada, Ohio.
The village is home to the Wilson Sporting Goods factory that makes footballs used by the NFL, many of the nation's top college teams, high schools, and more.
The Wilson brand is so dominant that plant manager Dan Riegle says every offensive point scored in an NFL game since 1941 was with one of the company's footballs.
According to Riegle, the factory's 100-plus employees make 3,000 to 4,000 footballs daily.
For this year's Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, Wilson sent each team 108 footballs. They feature the Super Bowl 50 logo, team names, date, and location.