LeBron, Love power Cavs after trade of popular Varejao

CLEVELAND (AP) — There was no loud music, none of the usual joking around inside Cleveland's locker room.

The mood was somber after a win. The Cavaliers no longer have Anderson Varejao.

  • Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

Hart scores 18, No. 5 Ohio State routs Nebraska 96-70

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No. 5 Ohio State was so hot to start the game that Ameryst Alston couldn't explain it.

"I don't know. It was just contagious I guess," the OSU senior said.

  • Written by MARCUS HARTMAN, Associated Press

With cap set to soar, NBA trade deadline brought caution

MIAMI (AP) — In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They're holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league's hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.

Yet on this trade-deadline day, they did nothing.

  • Written by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

Texas Tech could give Big 12 seven NCAA Tournament teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Big 12 has bragged the past few years that it's the toughest conference in college basketball, and its brutal double-round robin format has consistently produced strong RPI ratings.

When March Madness rolls around, the league keeps coming up empty.

  • Written by DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer