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NBA: James, Irving lead new-look Cavs to win in Value City Arena

Adam Cairns | Dispatch

Ohio State students Hanna WIlliford, 18, of Bowling Green and Andrew Herringshaw, 19, cheer on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) as he takes to the court during NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at Value City Arena in Columbus on Oct. 20, 2014.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, reborn and re-LeBroned, returned to Value City Arena and beat the Chicago Bulls 107-98 in an exhibition game last night.

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Michael Arace commentary: Coach, LeBron realize Cavaliers are a work in progress

The Cleveland Cavaliers team that played an exhibition against the Chicago Bulls last night in Value City Arena bore little resemblance to the one that played the Philadelphia 76ers here 365 days ago. LeBron is back and the Cavs are stacked. But who was that guy standing in front of the bench?

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Around the Big Ten with Adam Rittenberg 10-21

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Ohio State football: Urban Meyer isn't satisfied, so neither are players

Ohio State scored 56 points in another blowout win on Saturday. Not good enough. Tight end Nick Vannett, who caught two touchdown passes, and quarterback J.T. Barrett, who keeps piling up weekly Big Ten awards, were not graded high enough to merit “champion” status by their position coaches.

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Ohio State notebook: Evan Spencer's great catch had roots in family room

Adam Cairns | Dispatch

Jalin Marshall, left, congratulates Evan Spencer after his one-handed touchdown catch against Rutgers on Saturday.

The aim, Evan Spencer said, was to leap and catch a football in some kind of spectacular way. The run-up was in the family room. The landing pad was a bean-bag chair.

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Blue Jackets: Lines reshuffled for California trip

Sean Kilpatrick | Associated Press

A top-line pairing of, from left, Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell clicked during the Blue Jackets’ 3-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Blue Jackets made their way to San Jose yesterday, even though they don’t play the Sharks until Thursday. It’s one or two days earlier than they’d typically travel. One reason is that coach Todd Richards wants to spend today doing team-building activities away from the rink, a chance for the players to bond with their new teammates.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Players to get Army workout today

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The skates and sticks will be left at the team hotel. As for the helmets? Better grab those. The Blue Jackets will have the day off from hockey today, but they’ll be working hard and working together under the watchful eye of former U.S. Army Ranger J.B. Spisso.

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Around the NFL: Steelers rally, then hold off Texans

Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

The Steelers’ Martavis Bryant makes a touchdown catch against Andre Hall of the Texans.

Steelers 30, Texans 23: Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns, and receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a dizzying stretch late in the first half to help host Pittsburgh rally over mistake-prone Houston last night.

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World Series: Rested or rusty? Giants, Royals to find out

David J. Phillip | Associated Press

Pablo Sandoval of San Francisco prepares to take batting practice. The Giants will face the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching yesterday’s workout.

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College athletics: Pay for autographs not being discussed

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NCAA president Mark Emmert

NCAA president Mark Emmert said yesterday there is no talk about allowing compensation for autographs and signed memorabilia.

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Blue Jackets notebook: First goal eludes Wennberg

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

Blue Jackets rookie Alexander Wennberg has taken 10 shots but still is seeking his first goal.

Rookie forward Alexander Wennberg is third on the Blue Jackets with 10 shots on goal. He’s first among those feeling snakebit.

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