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DETROIT (AP) -- Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots through overtime and two more in a shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.

Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen both scored in the tiebreaker for Columbus against Jimmy Howard, who made 29 saves. Detroit has lost four straight.

Columbus has three shootout wins during its streak.

Pavel Datsyuk had the lone shootout goal for Detroit, which has dropped three consecutive home games in shootouts.

Bobrovsky allowed five goals to Detroit in a Nov. 18 shutout loss in Columbus.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals have stayed ahead of the rest of the AFC North by getting more than expected out of their rookie running back.

Jeremy Hill leads all NFL rookies with 877 yards, which ranks 11th overall. He ran for 148 yards during a 30-0 win at Cleveland on Sunday that kept the Bengals (9-4-1) a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh and Baltimore. It was his third game of at least 148 yards, joining Rudi Johnson as the only Bengals to run for so many in one season.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has decided to make Hill the featured back the rest of the way instead of Giovani Bernard. The Bengals host Denver (11-3) and the league's second-best run defense on Monday night.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bernie Kosar, the Browns' best quarterback in the past 30 years, says the team's front office lacks vision and switching to rookie Johnny Manziel "is a recipe for disaster."

Kosar delivered a harsh critique of his former team in an interview with WTAM radio Monday. Kosar, whose contract as a preseason TV analyst was not renewed last summer, says the Browns' current regime doesn't "know how to lead and organize and set a culture to play winning football."

Manziel made his first start Sunday and played poorly in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati. Kosar called the Browns' constant rotation of quarterbacks -- Manziel is the 21st starter since 1999 -- part of a "systemic" problem within the organization.

Kosar says building up Manziel's first start is "what bad organizations do ... You can't put these kids in these spots. It's almost abuse."


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn't resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

Floyd is 72-72 with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and the Braves. His best season was 2008, when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts for the White Sox.


County goes DIY route to fix Reds stadium seats

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio's Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart.

Facing costs as high as $5 million, the county hired a local firm to design new seat molds, found a plastics company to make the backs and bottoms and is paying ex-jail inmates and others about $10 an hour to install them in the Cincinnati Reds' stadium.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Tuesday the cost to taxpayers will be about $1.3 million. The county's lease with the team requires it to maintain the seats.

About 17,000 of the new seats already are in place, and county officials say they're stronger, better looking, more durable and less expensive than the originals.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Lawrence Alexander scored 22 points and made 10 of 10 free throws to lead North Dakota State to a 55-46 win over Akron on Tuesday night.

Kory Brown scored 15, Dexter Werner grabbed 16 rebounds, and the Bison (6-4) converted 17 Akron fouls into 17 of 20 free throws.

Deji Ibitayo led Akron (6-4) with 10 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. had 11 rebounds.

The Bison led 10-4 after a 3-pointer and layup by Brown, but Akron clawed back to trail 18-17 after a 3-pointer by Noah Robotham. Brown scored 10 points in the half and the Bison led 22-19 at halftime. Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the field.

Akron trailed by four in the second half after Ibitayo hit two free throws at 5:42, but the Bison used a 12-4 run, in which Alexander scored eight, to pull ahead.


HOUSTON (AP) -- Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been hired as Houston's new coach.

Herman takes over for Tony Levine, who was fired last week.

Herman agreed to a five-year, $6.75 million deal to take over the Cougars, who went 7-5 this season.

He has been quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Ohio State teams that have gone 36-3 the past three seasons. He will remain with the Buckeyes throughout the team's playoff run.

Herman won the Broyles Award as the top college assistant coach last week.

The Cougars were 21-17 under Levine, including bowl appearances the past two seasons. They will play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Pittsburgh at Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 2.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs will coach Houston in the bowl game.


UNDATED (AP) -- Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has been hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown.

The school announced the move on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Pelini is a Youngstown, Ohio, native and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the Northeast Ohio city.

He was fired last month after eight seasons at Nebraska. Pelini was 67-27 with the Cornhuskers, but never won a conference championship.

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