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Last Update on November 26, 2014 06:35 GMT

JETS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Evander Kane scored two power-play goals, as the Winnipeg Jets held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd both had a goal and an assist, and Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba added two assists apiece for Winnipeg, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves to improve to 4-1-1.

Jordan Leopold and Ryan Johansen scored for the banged-up Blue Jackets, who are on a franchise-record pace for games lost to injuries. Columbus, which entered tied for the fewest points in the NHL, have lost four in a row and 13 of 15.

BENGALS-NUGENT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mike Nugent's worst moment of the season came in overtime. He missed a 36-yard field goal on the final play, forcing Cincinnati to settle for a 37-37 tie with Carolina on Oct. 12.

He got messages from other kickers providing encouragement. He fixed the problem that led to the miss. And he's been perfect since then, making all eight of his kicks, including a clinching 49-yard field goal during a 22-13 win at Houston on Sunday.

The Bengals (7-3-1) have held onto their thin lead in the AFC North with the help of Nugent's proficiency. Their special teams rank among the league's best in every category.

Cincinnati plays at Tampa Bay (2-9) on Sunday, trying for its third straight road win.

BENGALS-ASMITH

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put right tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve with a torn left triceps on Tuesday, ending his season.

Smith got hurt during a 22-13 win in Houston on Sunday. He'd missed the two previous games with a sprained ankle.

The Bengals filled his roster spot by signing offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, a sixth-year veteran who has started 24 games. He was Green Bay's fifth-round pick in 2009 from South Carolina. He was on the Colts' roster for the first nine games this season, playing in four, and was waived on Nov. 4.

The Packers signed him four days later and waived him on Nov. 15.

BILLS-BACK HOME

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expects Ralph Wilson Stadium to be "100 percent operational" in time to host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Brandon provided the update Tuesday after a tour of the stadium uncovered some minor damage from a severe lake-effect storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Buffalo region last week.

The problems ranged from burst pipes, to leakage to parts of the wall separating the field from the stands being damaged during the snow-removal process. A portion of the wall of the Bills' practice facility caved in, but has already been repaired.

Brandon says engineers found no structural issues to the stadium itself.

The Bills (6-5) beat the New York Jets 38-3 in a "home" game at Detroit on Monday night.

REDS-TOWERS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel on Tuesday.

Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks. He also was general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009.

He replaces Bob Miller, who spent nine seasons with the Reds, most recently as vice president and assistant general manager to Walt Jocketty. Miller was hired by the Nationals as assistant general manager earlier this month.

The Reds also hired Jeff Schugel as a special assistant for pro scouting. Schugel was a special assistant with the Braves last season. He also has worked with the Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Angels during a 31-year career.

NC CENTRAL-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Octavius Ellis threw down a pair of dunks midway through the first half to spark Cincinnati into the lead en route to a 59-50 win over North Carolina Central Tuesday night.

Ellis got his first jam with the score tied at 11-11 to give the Bearcats the lead. He then fed Farad Cobb for a 3-pointer and emphasized the point with a second dunk to make it 18-13.

Gary Clark finished with 12 points to lead the unbeaten Bearcats (4-0), with Ellis adding another 11 points. Both pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as Cincinnati out-boarded the Eagles, 33-15.

Nimrod Hilliard tossed in 14 points to lead North Carolina Central, with Karamo Jawara and Jordan Parks each contributing 10 points.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line. Cincinnati was 14 of 19 from the line while the Eagles (1-3) were just 4 of 5.

AKRON-PENN ST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- D.J. Newbill scored 29 points, Penn State outscored Akron by 19 points in the second half and the Nittany Lions defeated the Zips 78-72 Tuesday night.

Brandon Taylor was 4 of 11 from 3-point range and added 14 for the Lions, who trailed 45-32 at the half. Geno Thorpe scored 10 points.

Penn State (5-1) opened the second half by holding Akron (3-2) scoreless for 6:19 and built a 47-45 lead off a 15-0 run.

Deji Ibitayo scored 17 points and Noah Robotham 16 for the Zips, but Akron's second-half shooting woes opened the door for the Nittany Lions.

The Zips, who shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, went 6 of 29 in the second half. Penn State was 14 of 22.

DETROIT-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Juwan Howard, Jr. was 11 of 23 from the field for 28 points and Detroit narrowly held off Toledo 82-79 on Tuesday in the Progressive Legends Classic sub-regional championship game.

Toledo (2-3) led by five with 4:19 left after a 3-point play by Justin Drummond. Howard responded with a three-point play of his own, they a jumper as Detroit (4-2) went on a 9-point run to tie the game at 73 with 1:38 left.

Brandan Kearney drilled a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and Detroit made its free throws late to hold off the Titans.

Detroit used a 9-2 run in the middle of the first half -- including a 3-pointer by Howard -- to open an 8-point lead. Toledo called timeout at 7:20 then closed the half on a 15-6 run -- including 3s by Julius Brown, Drummond and Jonathan Williams -- and led 37-36 at the break.

J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo with 20 points.

SE MISSOURI-BOWLING GREEN

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Jovan Austin hit a jump shot and made two free throws with 39 seconds left to secure a 62-54 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night.

Nino Johnson hit a jumper to pull the Redhawks within two, 54-52 with 1:53 left. Austin's four-point surge stretched the lead to 58-52. Zack Denny and Spencer Parker added two late free throws.

Bowling Green is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since opening the 1999-2000 season with three straight wins.

Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green with 14 points, Parker had 10 and Denny added nine.

Bowling Green made 23 of 57 attempts (40.4 from the floor but only hit 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. The Redhawks were 19 of 46 overall.

Jarekious Bradley, who nailed 4 of 8 from long range, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Redhawks (2-3).

NORTHWESTERN-MIAMI (OHIO)

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Alex Olah and Vic Law scored 13 points apiece as Northwestern held off Miami (Ohio) 55-46 on Tuesday, advancing to face Northern Iowa in the Cancun Challenge championship game Wednesday.

Northern Iowa knocked off Virginia Tech earlier in the day.

Miami (2-2) trailed much of the second half, but tied it at 40 with 6:12 remaining on a pair of Eric Washington free throws. Northwestern (5-0) then went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by Vic Law's 3-pointer, and held off the game Redhawks.

Both teams started slowly and the game was tied five times in the first half, the latest at 25 with 3:14 left. Scottie Lindsey made a jumper before Tre Demps drilled a 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put Northwestern up by six at intermission. Demps finished with 11 points.

Washington led the Redhawks with 12 points, while Logan McLane and Chris Bryant had eight apiece.

ARK-PINE BLUFF-OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ndour scored 21 points with 12 rebounds as Ohio held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff 69-60 on Tuesday night.

Ndour hit 7 of 12 shots and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line as Ohio (2-1) scored 21 points at the line in the win.

Marcel Mosley led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5) with 20 points and the Golden Lions hung close, trailing just 30-28 at halftime.

Ghiavonni Robinson (13 points) provided some fire during a 9-0 run just after halftime -- nailing a 3-pointer and then a dunk as the Golden Lions went up by five.

But Javarez Willis (16 points) hit one of his four 3-pointers with 11:42 to play that gave Ohio the lead 46-45. Though the Bobcats were often tied they never trailed again, and finally broke clear in the last 4:22 on free throws by Ryan Taylor and Ndour and a layup by Willis.

MD-EASTERN SHORE-BUCKNELL

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Chris Hass' three free throws with 5 seconds left lifted Bucknell to a 58-55 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday at the Progressive Legends Classic.

The Bison (2-4) blew a 15-point halftime lead, and baskets by Mike Myers and Ishaq Pitt gave the Hawks (1-6) a 54-50 advantage with 1:38 left in the game. Hass made a 3-pointer with 33 seconds but Myers hit 1 of 2 free throws to leave UMES up 55-53 with 14 seconds left. Haas was fouled by Myers and he converted all three free throws. D.J. MacLeay added a basket for Bucknell for the final score.

Haas finished with 17 points, J.C. Show added 10 and MacLeay grabbed 10 rebounds.

Iman Johnson scored 12 points and Pitt 10 for the Hawks.

The Bison committed 19 turnovers but had a 35-25 rebounding advantage.

OHIO-MIAMI (OH)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Josiah Yazdani kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift Ohio to a 24-21 win over Miami (OH) in "The Battle of the Bricks" Tuesday night.

Jordan Reid hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Derrius Vick with 11:28 left to tie the 91st meeting between the teams at 21-21.

Yazdani missed a 42-yard attempt with under two minutes left. Miami (2-10, 2-6 Mid-American) drove to the Ohio 45 yard line, but the drive stalled and the RedHawks sailed the ensuing punt into the end zone for a touch back.

After running for a first down at the Miami 33, Vick found Chase Cochran for 18 yards and Brendan Cope for 38 yards for a first down at the Miami 11, where Yazdani booted the game-winner.

The Bobcats (6-6, 4-4 MAC) now have won eight of the past nine meetings.

T25-OHIO ST-TITLE TALK

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Every year except one from 1935 to 2012, the Ohio State Buckeyes were able to focus entirely on their annual season-ending rivalry with Michigan.

But now, for the second year in a row, their most important and emotional regular-season game will be followed by a trip to the Big Ten championship a week later.

The Buckeyes barely dispatched Michigan in their backdoor struggle a year ago, then turned around and had a 24-game winning streak ended the following week when they lost 34-24 to Michigan State in their first appearance in the conference title game.

There's no doubt the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) are concentrating on the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4) this week. But they also know they have another big game just around the corner.

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