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College football: Ohio State, Alabama prepare for bowl with a different feel

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

Ohio State players are greeted by Sugar Bowl representatives after arriving in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — For Ohio State, it wasn’t the journey but the destination that had coach Urban Meyer and his players piqued.

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College football: Report says Jim Harbaugh to accept Michigan job

Jim Harbaugh is in the fourth year of a five-year deal.

Once Jim Harbaugh coaches the San Francisco 49ers for an apparent final time today against the Arizona Cardinals, he reportedly is expected to accept an offer to coach his alma mater, Michigan.

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Ohio State football notebook: Buckeyes make trip in luxury

NEW ORLEANS — Ohio State’s plane to the Sugar Bowl was a little late, but the Buckeyes didn’t mind. They got a taste of the jetsetter’s life on the two-level chartered United 747 that carried them to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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Ohio State 100, Wright State 55: Mismatch gets Amir Williams back on track in Buckeyes' victory

Mike Munden | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ohio State center Amir Williams took advantage of Wright State’s smaller players, including JT Yoho.

Everything fell in place for Ohio State on Saturday night, and maybe a loose end was tied, in the Buckeyes’ final game before the start of the Big Ten portion of the schedule.

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Blue Jackets 6, Bruins 2: Wild second period lifts Jackets

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Jeremy Morin (9) of the Blue Jackets celebrates his third-period goal with teammate Jack Johnson.

The Blue Jackets thumped the Boston Bruins 6-2 last night at Nationwide Arena, riding their first four-goal period of the season to their easiest win of the season.

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Rob Oller commentary: Backyard bowl games not exactly fair

NEW ORLEANS — What I witnessed Friday while traveling through Tuscaloosa, Ala., where apparently state law requires every vehicle be affixed with a Roll Tide bumper sticker: a woman wearing crimson and white made a beeline for a teen boy in scarlet and gray who was on his way to the Sugar Bowl.

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Bob Hunter commentary | These may sting: The 2014 Hunter Awards

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Ohio State QB Cardale Jones

If there’s one thing we learned in 2014, it’s that Ohio is a dangerous place. As our Hunter Awards’ panel of selectors pondered the list of sports successes and failures, it soon realized there were almost as many injured players as healthy ones.

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Steelers stand between Bengals, North title

Michael Conroy | Associated Press

The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell celebrates a 13-yard TD run against the Bengals on Dec.?7. The Bengals will try to control the Groveport graduate today in Pittsburgh.

The past four years, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers have met at Heinz Field in December with one or both teams fighting for their playoff lives.

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Browns suspend Gordon for finale

John Bazemore | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Josh Gordon played in only five games this season, finishing with 24 catches for 303 yards.

BALTIMORE — Josh Gordon’s troubled season will end the way it began — with him suspended.

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Blue Jackets: Four prospects could play in world juniors

The Blue Jackets hope to have four of their prospects playing in this year’s world junior championships, which begin Friday in Toronto and Montreal. Forward Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Collins are awaiting final cuts for Team USA. Defenseman Dillon Heatherington is in the mix for Team Canada. Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand is a lock to play for Denmark.

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Around college basketball: Arizona drops stunner at UNLV

UNLV 71, No. 3 Arizona 67: Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help host UNLV pull off one of its biggest victories in recent years by defeating Arizona last night.

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The Ohio State offensive line coach discusses Cardale Jones, his history with Nick Saban, and OSU's opening at the offensive coordinator's position. Oh, and make sure to watch until the end to see Warinner wink. What do you think it means?

Ohio State's co-defensive coordinator previews the Buckeyes upcoming game against Alabama.

The Buckeye quarterback talks about leading the team against Alabama.

In addition to talking about Alabama, Powell amusingly discusses what it's like to be friends and teammates with Cardale Jones.

Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith reflects on his time with the Buckeyes and talks about what it would mean to add a win over Alabama to the list of the team's accomplishments.

The Ohio State defensive lineman shares his thoughts on making the playoffs and facing Alabama.

The Buckeye running back discusses his game and how it was impacted by a wrist injury, as well as previews their upcoming playoff matchup with Alabama.

The Buckeye linebacker takes umbrage with the fact that OSU is an underdog against Alabama and hates fielding questions about "SEC speed."

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