Sports Briefs 1-30-14

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS -- D.J. Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory over No. 24 Ohio State and ending years of futility against the Buckeyes.

Newbill, who led the Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) with 25 points, hit a 3 that forced overtime. Brandon Taylor added 19 points and Graham Woodward had 11 as Penn State ended Ohio State's string of victories in the series at 18.

LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points, Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 15 and Amir Williams added 12 for Ohio State (16-5, 3-5), which has lost five of six after a 15-0 start that saw it rise to No. 3 in the polls.

Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was 17-0 against Penn State since taking over as head coach in 2004-05.

• Basketball

Toledo wins: Justin Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Toledo pulled away from Miami of Ohio for an 83-70 victory on Wednesday night at Oxford.

Nathan Boothe added 14 points and J.D. Weatherspoon had 13 for Toledo (18-2, 6-1 Mid-American), which shot 55 percent from the field and won its sixth straight game.

EMU beats BG: Glenn Bryant came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and grab 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan to a 69-57 victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday night at Ypsilanti, Mich.

Richaun Holmes led the Falcons (9-11, 3-4) with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Cavs still missing banner: The Cavaliers still don't know what happened to Austin Carr's retired jersey banner. The large No. 34, which was hanging from a walkway high inside Quicken Loans Arena, came up missing Tuesday night when Cleveland hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. The team said the banner was in place on Monday night for a pro wrestling event. The Cavs are continuing to investigate and plan to install a new one in time for the next home game.

LeBron apologizes: LeBron James of the Miami Heat apologized Wednesday night for using the word "retarded" while answering a question posed in a pregame interview.

James says the word's usage is a bad habit that he's trying to break, and that he'll try not to use it again.

• Football

Irish upgrade: The University of Notre Dame plans to move ahead with a $400 million project to add up to 4,000 premium seats to its football stadium and buildings on three sides.The buildings will house a student center on the west side, the anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center on the east side, and music and sacred music departments on the south side. The Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, calls it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame."

Best suing NFL, Riddell: Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet maker Riddell after concussion problems helped cut short his career.

• Elsewhere

Reds sign Santiago: Infielder Ramon Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds after 12 seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

Petty inducted: Maurice Petty has been formally inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, joining his father, brother and cousin as members of the exclusive group. Also in the Hall from the Petty Enterprise dynasty is patriarch Lee Petty, and the Petty boys' crew chief and cousin, Dale Inman.

Sochi security threats: There has been an uptick in reports of security threats against next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but the key concern for an attack centers on locations outside the main event areas, a top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday.

Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there is extensive security at the sports venues in Sochi.

But, he added, "The greater threat is to softer targets in the greater Sochi area, and in the outskirts, beyond Sochi, where there is a substantial potential for a terrorist attack."

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