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Last Update on December 19, 2014 06:31 GMT

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Eric Fehr scored 42 seconds into overtime to lead Washington to a 5-4 victory over Columbus on Thursday night, extending the Capitals' point streak to seven games and snapping the Blue Jackets' winning streak at seven.

Mike Green skated past the goal line on the right wing and slid a centering pass to Fehr, whose quick shot beat Sergei Bobrovsky.

Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, 5-0-2 in their last seven games -- including the 20-round shootout loss at Florida on Tuesday. Braden Holtby had 22 saves.

Nick Foligno had two goals and an assist, Michael Chaput scored his first NHL goal, and Jack Johnson also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who fell one short of tying the team's longest winning streak. Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots.

BENGALS-BACK IN PRIME TIME

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Two big goals are still out there for the Cincinnati Bengals: Shine in prime time, win in the playoffs.

The AFC North leaders have a chance to put a dent in the first one on Monday night when they host Denver (11-3), which has already clinched the AFC West. The Bengals (9-4-1) have been at their worst at night.

Cincinnati is 18-41 all-time in prime time, including 10-20 on Monday night. The Bengals were beaten badly by New England and Cleveland in their two night games this season.

They're generally healthy heading into this one, although receiver A.J. Green missed practice on Thursday with an illness. A lot of the focus will be on Andy Dalton, who is 2-6 in prime time.

PLUCKY PEYTON

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning is over his illness but not his injury.

Denver's quarterback was limited Thursday when the Broncos reconvened for their first practice since their 22-10 win at San Diego on Sunday. Manning fought through the flu in that game and strained his right thigh in the first half, which he blamed on dehydration.

Manning participated in the walkthrough but retreated to the Broncos' facility after the team stretch.

Manning didn't appear in any discomfort afterward. He had his coloring back in his face and even jokingly referenced Bill Belichick three times when he answered reporters' questions with a "We're onto Cincinnati" mantra.

That's something the Patriots coach did five times a day after their 41-14 drubbing at Kansas City on Sept. 29.

BROWNS-INJURIES

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was not on the practice field during the portion of the workout open to the media.

Hawkins leads Cleveland with 58 receptions for 763 yards and two touchdowns. The team did not have an immediate reason for Hawkins' absence.

Earlier this week, Hawkins, who is in his first season with the Browns, poignantly spoke about his reasons for wearing a T-shirt before Sunday's game protesting two police shootings in Ohio.

Browns cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder), safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring) are also sidelined. Haden and Williams rode stationary bikes during the early stages of practice.

Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas returned after his normal rest day. Thomas was voted the team's player of the year by the local chapter of the Football Writers of America.

BROWNS-SLIM HOPES

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns left tackle Joe Thomas knows his drought may continue. He'll probably have to wait at least another year to get into the playoffs.

Cleveland's odds of making the postseason this season are extremely long, and Thomas, who's expected to earn his eighth straight Pro Bowl appearance, has accepted the Browns' likely fate. Thomas enjoyed being in the race this season and hopes for a taste of the postseason "before I retire."

Last week, Thomas called former longtime teammates D'Qwell Jackson and Josh Cribbs, now with Indianapolis, and congratulated them on qualifying. Thomas told them he was happy about their success and says he hopes he's next.

The Browns have made just one playoff appearance (2002) since returning to the NFL in 1999. Thomas believes the organization is finally on the right path toward sustained success.

PANTHERS-QUARTERBACKS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week.

The Panthers increased the fourth-year quarterback's workload on Thursday and Rivera says Newton seemed to handle it well. However, Rivera was hesitant on naming Newton the starter in case he begins to experience soreness in his back.

Rivera says, "I would say he is on target. He had a good day and took the reps he was supposed to."

Newton says he's pain-free.

He was a full participant in practice, nine days after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash that left him hospitalized for one night with two fractures in his lower back.

Newton says, "If I can play, we all know I want to play."

T25-CLEVELAND ST-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Justin Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half Thursday night and No. 6 Virginia returned from an 11-day layoff for exams with a 70-54 victory against Cleveland State.

Malcolm Brogdon also scored 16 and Anthony Gill had 13 for the Cavaliers (10-0), who matched their best start since the 2001-01 season. Next up for Virginia is a visit from scrappy Harvard on Sunday.

Trey Lewis scored 18 to lead the Vikings (5-6). Cleveland State scored just four points in the first 13 1/2 minutes against the Cavaliers' top-ranked scoring defense and No. 3-rated field goal percentage defense.

Virginia led 31-18 at halftime, and Anderson scored the Cavaliers' first eight points of the second half, twice converting on drives inside and then making a four-point play from the top of the key.

WRIGHT ST-W CAROLINA

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) -- JT Yoho scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Wright State pulled away from Western Carolina 69-56 on Thursday.

Western Carolina (3-8) tied it at 49 with 6:23 left on Rhett Harrelson's layup. Reggie Arceneaux's 3-pointer broke the tie and Wright State (8-4) closed the game on a 20-7 run to win going away.

The Raiders were down by six after 5 1/2 minutes but clawed back to up 14-12 on Grant Benzinger's 3-pointer midway through the half. An 11-6 run to end the frame put Wright State up 31-24 at the break.

Yoho was 7 of 14 from the floor. Arceneaux finished with 15 points -- including three 3-pointers -- and Joe Thomasson added 14 points and seven boards. The Raiders were 8 of 16 from beyond the arc.

Western Carolina was led by Mike Brown with 16 points. Harrelson finished with 14 points and James Sinclair added 10.

OHIO-EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- D.J. Ballentine scored 23 points, including eight in overtime, to lead Evansville to an 81-69 comeback win over Ohio on Thursday.

The Purple Aces (8-2) scored 12 unanswered points in OT and made 23 of 28 free throws.

Ohio built a five-point second-half lead, 57-52, on a 3-pointer by Javarez Willis, but Evansville pulled ahead with a 13-2 run. Ohio rallied and Willis tied it at 69 with a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

The lead changed hands 11 times and there were six ties in the first half until Stevie Taylor hit a layup with 1 second to play for a 38-36 Ohio lead.

Egidijus Mockevicius scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Evansville, Blake Simmons added 14 points and Adam Wing 11.

Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (3-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Willis scored 12, and Antonio Campbell and Taylor had 10 apiece.

T25-OHIO ST-JONES' CHANCE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cardale Jones has come a long way. The question now is: Can he take Ohio State a long way, too?

Jones, once almost kicked off the team for tweeting that classes were pointless, was a forgotten third-string quarterback just four months ago. Now he's the central figure in the Buckeyes offense heading into their national semifinal game against Alabama at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

No one has ever doubted Jones' talent. But there have been a lot of questions about his maturity, his intelligence and his backbone.

He provided a lot of answers with three TD throws in his first collegiate start against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

Now he knows people will be watching to see if he can do it again.

OHIO GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich (KAY-sik) says he's all for Ohio State, but don't expect him to move his inauguration events if the football team makes it to the national championship game.

The Republican governor's swearing-in ceremony is planned for 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Southern Theater in Columbus, with a gala scheduled in the evening.

Should the Ohio State Buckeyes defeat No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the team would play that night in the championship game in Texas.

If that's the case, Kasich said, he would not change his events but attendees could expect access to big-screen TVs.

Kasich joked that if he's the only person there with his wife, "it'll be OK." He says he hopes his kids would still come.

T25-NORTH CAROLINA-TOUGHNESS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams says it's time to get tougher on his team.

The No. 24 Tar Heels (7-3) just haven't looked like one of the favorites in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship so far, leaving their Hall of Fame coach displeased with everything from turnovers to a lack of toughness.

Williams says he was harder on his team during Wednesday's practice and will stay that way heading into Saturday's game against No. 12 Ohio State in Chicago. Speaking before Thursday's practice, Williams said he would be that way again because "being a nice guy's not working."

Sophomore Kennedy Meeks said Williams had a "more serious" approach in Wednesday's practice. He says he thinks it will stay that way because UNC hasn't played "to the best of our abilities."

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