Bowling Green tops No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27
DETROIT (AP) - Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending the Huskies' shot at playing in a marquee bowl game.
The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game.
Jordan Lynch ran for 126 yards and two TDs for the Huskies to break his own single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college football, but he didn't take advantage of an opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters.
The Falcons (10-3) won a MAC title for the first time since 1992 - just months after Johnson was born.
Lynch was 21 of 40 for 219 yards with a TD and two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that set up Johnson's fifth TD that put Bowling Green up 40-20.
Korver sets 3-point mark, Hawks beat Cavs 108-89
ATLANTA (AP) - Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, Al Horford scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-89 Friday night.
Korver's 3 with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter gave him at least one in a record-90th straight game, breaking a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96). Korver was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc and finished with 10 points.
Paul Millsap had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks.
Dion Waiters scored a season-high 30 points for the Cavaliers. Andrew Bynum tied his season high with 20 points and grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack added 13 points.
The rest of the Cavs, however, combined to shoot 12 for 50 and starters Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee went scoreless. Irving, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points per game, shot 0 for 9.
McElhinney's shutout leads CBJ past Wild, 4-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger scored and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 in leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
It was the Blue Jackets' second win in a row, the first time they've won back-to-back games since Oct. 25.
They did it in their first game without last year's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss the next month or so with a strained groin.
McElhinney made 20 saves in his first shutout since Feb. 5, 2011, while with the Anaheim Ducks.
Foligno and Umberger each also had assists and Ryan Johansen added two assists.
Meyer benches Marcus Hall for Big Ten title game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will not let right guard Marcus Hall start Saturday night's Big Ten championship game against No. 10 Michigan State.
Meyer said Friday that Hall would be replaced in the lineup by freshman Pat Elflein. Meyer did not say how long Hall would sit out.
The move comes less than a week after Hall was involved in a scuffle at archrival Michigan. He and kick returner Dontre Wilson were ejected from the game. Before leaving the sideline, Hall threw his helmet to the ground, then made an obscene gesture to the Wolverines fans as he walked into the tunnel.
The No. 2 Buckeyes (12-0) could reach a fourth BCS title game if they beat the Spartans (11-1) in Indianapolis.
Campbell to start at QB for Browns vs. Patriots
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Jason Campbell will start at New England on Sunday.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced after practice that Campbell would start. Campbell was replaced last week by Brandon Weeden, who sustained a concussion in Cleveland's loss to Jacksonville.
Campbell missed that game with a concussion sustained on Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. He was cleared to practice for the first time since the injury on Thursday and only had to get permission from an independent neurologist before he can play.
With Campbell and Weeden recovering, the Browns signed free agent Caleb Hanie earlier this week. Last week, they signed Alex Tanney off Dallas' practice squad last week. Hanie started four games for Chicago in 2011. Tanney has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
Browns DE Bryant has corrective heart procedure
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant has undergone a successful procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Bryant's season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and been treated for in the past. A Browns spokesman said Bryant had a cardiac ablation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and resume his NFL career.
Bryant was one of Cleveland's biggest offseason acquisitions, signing a five-year, $34 million contract in March.
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 symptoms on Monday and the Browns announced on Wednesday that his season was over.
Clinton-Massie wins 2nd straight Division IV title
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Clarksville Clinton-Massie rallied in the second half Friday to defeat Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 27-21, and win Ohio's Division IV title for the second straight year as plows tried to clear the field of steadily falling snow.
Brothers Bayle and Chase Wolf put together a running attack that wiped out Mooney's 21-14 halftime lead and made the Falcons the third team to repeat as state champions this weekend.
The inclement weather forced both squads to keep the ball mostly on the ground.
Bayle Wolf rushed for 172 yards on 33 carries and scored the game-winner on a 2-yard run with a little over a minute left to play. Chase Wolf had 91 yards on 20 carries.
Mooney's Mark Handel, an all-Ohio defensive back, gained 140 yards on 16 attempts.
Loveland wins 1st Ohio high school football title
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Loveland has beaten Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Ohio Division II high school football final to win its first state title.
In a driving snowstorm at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Loveland's defense was cold-blooded Friday as Michael Weber was part of a unit that forced seven turnovers. Weber forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.
It was the Tigers' first finals appearance and snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Tarblooders.
Loveland is 15-0 and the No. 2 team in The Associated Press' poll. It scored 34 points off Glenville miscues to send the 13-2 Tarblooders home without a state title in their second try.
The 27 points the Tigers scored in the second quarter were a Division II state record and put things away early.
Luke Waddell ran for 175 yards and added a touchdown for Loveland.
Kirtland claims 2nd Ohio football title in 3 years
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Adam Hess rushed 177 yards on 22 carries, scored two touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversions to lead Kirtland to a 44-16 victory over Wayne Trace in Ohio's Division VI finals at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Sam Kukura also did damage Friday for the Hornets (15-0), adding 196 yards and a score as Kirtland earned its second title in three years.
The squad logged the fourth-most total yards of offense in a state championship, finishing with 588 yards.
Wayne Trace (13-2) tied things up in the second quarter on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Colby Speice to Jake Arend. That woke up Kirtland, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll, and the Hornets rolled off 36 straight points.
Kirtland has won 44 of its last 45 games.
Mystics G Tayler Hill pregnant with 1st child
WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill is pregnant and will miss at least part of next season.
The team said in a statement Friday that the first child for Hill and David Lighty, who also played college basketball at Ohio State, is due in May.
Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault says Hill "intends to play at some point next season, and we will be glad to welcome her back when she is ready to return."
The fourth overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, Hill averaged 6.5 points and 1.7 rebounds last season, which began in late May.
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