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Browns place second-round tender on RB Isaiah Crowell


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have placed a second-round free-agent tender on running back Isaiah Crowell.




The tender — worth $2.8 million — would allow the Browns to match any contract offer Crowell might get from another team. If the Browns decided not to match an outside offer, they would receive a compensatory second-round draft pick for Crowell.


The 24-year-old rushed for 952 yards and scored seven touchdowns last season, and was one of the few bright spots as Cleveland went 1-15.


Coach Hue Jackson identified Crowell as one of the core players and the Browns would like to sign him to a long-term contract extension.


Crowell has run for 2,265 yards with Cleveland, which signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season while falling just short of his goal of 1,000 yards.


TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer


Cavs lose again...FSU crushes BC


UNDATED (AP) â€Â" The 12th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 22-6 on Monday, but not before they received a huge scare.


Head coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees and clutched his chest during a timeout just before halftime of the Mountaineers' 77-62 win against visiting Texas. Huggins' players quickly surrounded him as he stood up and briefly massaged his chest before staying on the sideline. Huggins said after the game that his defibrillator had gone off and that he experienced light-headedness from standing up too fast.


The 63-year-old Huggins had a heart attack at the Pittsburgh airport in 2002 when he was the coach at Cincinnati.

Jevon Carter had team highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia, which improved to 10-5 in the Big 12. Lamont West added a career-high 23 points to pad the victory.


WVU led 46-32 at intermission despite falling behind 12-2.


Meanwhile, Virginia continues to stumble through the latter portion of its ACC schedule.


Bruce Brown capped his 14-point performance by hitting a 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds left in overtime to send Miami past the 18th-ranked Cavaliers, 54-48. The Hurricanes trailed 48-47 until Brown nailed his only 3-pointer of the game. It came 15 seconds after Marial Shayok hit a putback that put the Cavs ahead.


The Cavaliers have their first four-game losing streak since 2009-10, Tony Bennett's first season as their head coach. Virginia had been 18-5 overall and 8-3 in the conference before the skid.


Also in the ACC, Dwayne Bacon's 16 points helped Florida State improve to 10-5 in the conference by slamming Boston College, 104-72. The Seminoles got 59 points from their bench, with PJ Savoy delivering 15. Jonathan Isaac added 14 points for FSU, which led by 34 six minutes into the second half.




NC State: Gottfried won't return as men's basketball coach



RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried won't return for a seventh season but will coach the remainder of this season.




The school announced the decision Thursday, less than a day after the Wolfpack fell by 24 points to 10th-ranked rival North Carolina in the team's sixth straight loss as a once-promising season continues to unravel. N.C. State hosts No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.


Gottfried had a 122-82 record with the Wolfpack, including NCAA Tournament trips in his first four years that included two Sweet 16 appearances. But N.C. State has slid to 30-30 over the past two seasons, including 8-24 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and struggled to maintain continuity amid transfers, players leaving early to pursue professional playing careers, and staff turnover.


AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer


NBA Getting Ready for The All-Star Break


UNDATED (AP) — The NBA All-Star break begins at the conclusion of play this evening. Play in the regular season will not resume until a week from tonight.


The first half comes to a close this evening with two games. In the first the Pacers are playing host to the Wizards, just a day after losing to the Cavaliers in Cleveland. With the loss, Indiana is two games above .500 at 29-27, while the Wizards are in first place in the Southeast Division with a three-game winning streak, wins in nine of their last 10 games and a record of 33-21.


The final game has Boston playing in Chicago. The Celtics begin the day just 2 ½ games back of Cleveland for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celts top the Atlantic Division by 4 ½ games over the fading Toronto Raptors.


Busy night in the NBA Leading up to All-Star Game


UNDATED (AP) — It's a basketball bonanza with 14 games on the NBA schedule on the last busy night before the All-Star game.


League-leading Golden State will be at home, where the Warriors have lost just three times, to face Sacramento.


The Kings handed Golden State one of its NBA-best nine losses the last time the two teams met earlier this month.


The Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers can put even more distance between themselves and second-place Indiana in the Central Division when they meet tonight. Cleveland heads into the game with a 9 1-2 -game lead over the Pacers, who have dropped four straight.


The Celtics try to keep their run going when they host Philadelphia. Atlantic Division-leading Boston has won ten of its last 11 games.


Atlanta will try to gain some ground on idle Washington at the top of the Southeast Division, when the Hawks visit the Clippers. Atlanta is just a game and a-half behind the Wizards. The Hawks may have Thabo Sefolosha back after he missed eight games with a groin injury.


Northwest Division-leading Utah tries to end three-game skid when the Jazz host Portland.


Southwest Division-leading San Antonio is making the sixth stop on an eight-game road trip when they visit Orlando.



Cardinals Reyes out for season


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right arm.




General manager John Mozeliak (moh-ZAY'-lahk) confirmed the diagnosis after an MRI. Reyes didn't throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday because of a sore elbow.


The 22-year-old Reyes made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances. His fastball averaged more than 97 mph.


Reyes was a candidate for the final spot in the starting rotation.



Browns claim defensive back Tyvis Powell from Seahawks


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have claimed former Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell off waivers from Seattle.



Powell appeared in eight games last season for the Seahawks, who signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Powell spent the entire 2016 season on Seattle's active roster. He made three tackles on special teams.


A Cleveland-area native, Powell played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and led the team in interceptions in 2015.


After signing with the Browns on Monday, Powell sent out thanks to his former Seattle teammates, including star cornerback Richard Sherman, on Twitter. He also posted a chart of the odds for teams to win next season's Super Bowl — the Browns' odds are 150 to 1 — and sent a message to Browns cornerback Joe Haden, saying "we have to make BELIEVERS."




After LBJ fouls out, Irving lifts Cavs past Wiz 140-135, OT


WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 11 of his 23 points in overtime, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Washington Wizards 140-135 in a playoff-type atmosphere Monday night.



The loud, sellout crowd was standing, and so were the players on both benches, when James somehow missed a gimme layup late in the fourth quarter. Moments later, he banked in a maximum-degree-of-difficulty, step-back 3 with 0.3 seconds left to send the game overtime, where he fouled out and Irving took over for Cleveland.


James finished 32 points and a career-high 17 assists. Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference leaders, who ended surging Washington's winning streaks of 17 in a row at home and seven in a row overall.

Bradley Beal had 41 points and eight assists for the Wizards, but he missed a potential tying 3 with about 5 seconds left in overtime.



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