Cavaliers thump Knicks 109-94
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Jarrett Jack added 17 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-94 win on Tuesday night over the sinking New York Knicks.
Irving added 11 assists. The All-Star point guard had 12 points in the third quarter, when the Cavs outscored the defenseless Knicks 33-20 and pulled away. Tristan Thompson added 12 points and nine rebounds as Cleveland won its fourth straight at home.
New York, coming off an embarrassing 41-point loss at home to Boston, dropped to 5-15 and made coach Mike Woodson's future even more uncertain.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Amare Stoudemire 15 for the Knicks, who erased an early 18-point deficit, gave it all back, fell behind by 19 and lost for the 11th time in 13 games.
Foligno gives Blue Jackets 5-4 win over Devils
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen's shot went in off his skate, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and three assists and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won their last four at home.
Damien Brunner scored twice and Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder also had goals for the Devils, who have lost four of five.
The Blue Jackets trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in 49 seconds in the second period against Martin Brodeur, who came in with a record of 7-2-2 with two shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average and .916 save percentage against Columbus.
Bengals waive fullback Chris Pressley
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals have waived fullback Chris Pressley, who was sidelined the entire season by a knee injury.
Pressley went on the physically unable to perform list because of a knee injury before training camp began. He recently was cleared to resume practice on a roster exemption, which expired Tuesday.
The Bengals also chose not to add quarterback Zac Robinson to the active roster. He's been on the physically unable to perform list with a sore passing elbow. He'll remain on the injury list for the rest of the season.
The Bengals (9-4) play at Pittsburgh (5-8) on Sunday night.
Browns waive QB Caleb Hanie
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns waived quarterback Caleb Hanie, who backed up starter Jason Campbell on Sunday in New England.
Hanie was signed as a free agent last week when Campbell was recovering from a concussion and not a certainty to play. Hanie's release means quarterback Brandon Weeden may be ready to be cleared to return to practice after sustaining a concussion.
The Browns also signed running back Edwin Baker off Houston's practice squad. He could have a role this week against Chicago because starter Willis McGahee suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Patriots and is following NFL protocol on head injuries.
A seventh-round draft choice by San Diego in 2012, Baker spent 15 weeks of his rookie season on the Chargers' practice squad. He spent 11 weeks this season with Denver and three with the Texans.
Cleveland also re-signed linebacker Justin Staples to the practice squad and released linebacker Jonathan Stewart.
Christon rallies Xavier over Evansville 63-60
CINCINNATI (AP) - Semaj Christon scored 19 points and rallied Xavier from a 13-point deficit in the second half to a 63-60 victory over Evansville Tuesday night in the renewal of an old Ohio River basketball rivalry.
Christon led a 23-8 run that got Xavier (7-3) ahead. He went only 3 of 14 from the field but was 13 of 17 from the free-throw line, a place where he'd struggled all season.
Evansville (6-4) had a shot to tie, but D.J. Balentine's long 3-pointer went off the back of the rim in the closing seconds. Matt Stainbrook got the rebound to seal it.
Balentine finished with 15 points but was 2 of 7 from beyond the arc.
The Aces and the Musketeers contended for titles in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference for 15 years. Xavier coach Chris Mack was a two-year starter at Evansville until 1990, when he transferred home and played for Xavier.
IUPUI defeats Cincinnati Christian 94-72
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ian Chiles scored 22 points, Marcellus Barksdale added a career-best 18, and IUPUI won its third straight with a 94-72 victory over Cincinnati Christian Tuesday night.
Chiles scored 18 points in the first half, and his layup at the 12-minute mark broke a 15-all tie. IUPUI (4-7) took a 51-35 lead into halftime and led the rest of the way. Barksdale, who averages a team-best 7.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, pulled in five rebounds and added three assists. Barksdale followed a previous career-high 17 points against North Carolina Central Saturday.
Donovan Gibbs grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Jaguars.
Cincinnati Christian pulled within 11 points on Mike Hill's Layup with 12:16 remaining, but did not get any closer. Hill scored a team-high 27 points to lead four Eagles in double figures.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Clawson ready to begin rebuilding Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Dave Clawson is eager to start his next rebuilding project at Wake Forest.
Clawson was introduced Tuesday as the Demon Deacons' coach and said the job is "truly a dream come true."
Athletic director Ron Wellman says "we have a winner" in Clawson.
The 46-year-old Clawson faces a tough job at Wake Forest, which is coming off its fifth straight losing season.
His hiring caps a weeklong search for Jim Grobe's replacement. Grobe stepped down Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included the best three-year run in school history.
Clawson says Wake Forest "is a special place" and says when the job came open last week, he hoped to be considered for it.
Scheier interim Bowling Green coach at bowl game
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Adam Scheier will be the interim coach at Bowling Green after Dave Clawson left to take over at Wake Forest.
Bowling Green State University athletic director D. Christopher Kingston announced the move on Tuesday. Scheier will lead the Falcons against Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.
Scheier is in his fifth season at Bowling Green, previously serving as special teams coordinator while overseeing tight ends. Scheier's special teams units have been among the best in the Mid-American Conference - blocking 16 kicks while returning three kicks and four punts for touchdowns - during his tenure.
Kingston says the search for the next coach is underway.
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