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Ohio State notebook: Buckeyes remain sixth in playoff rankings

Despite a lackluster victory over Indiana last week, Ohio State remained No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings released last night.

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Ohio State football: Noah Spence loses appeal, is permanently ineligible

The Ohio State career of defensive end Noah Spence is over. The Big Ten denied Spence’s appeal of his substance-abuse suspension and ruled him permanently ineligible, Ohio State announced in a statement last night.

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Ohio State men's basketball: Trey McDonald's patience starting to pay off

This is the time of the basketball season when teams and players can put up some big numbers against undersized and overmatched opponents, as Ohio State did on Sunday. The Buckeyes tallied 106 points and won by 58 against Sacred Heart. Freshman D’Angelo Russell scored 32 of them. Point guard Shannon Scott set an Ohio State record with 16 assists.

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Ohio State football: Tyvis Powell still smiling about interception vs. Michigan

Brooke LaValley | Dispatch

Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell said he expects Michigan to “give us their best shot” this week.

Ohio State players who are part of a team that beats Michigan are awarded a pair of miniature gold pants. But Tyvis Powell wanted more for his effort in last year’s victory at Ann Arbor. He got a ball — and not just any ball, but the ball, the one he intercepted to thwart Michigan’s two-point conversion attempt in the final minute that sealed Ohio State’s 42-41 win.

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Ohio State vs. Michigan: New coordinator hasn’t solved Wolverines' problems on offense

Tony Ding | Associated Press

Fifth-year senior quarterback Devin Gardner is playing in his third offensive system at Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Balanced and explosive. Those were the words coach Brady Hoke used in January to describe the offenses that Doug Nussmeier had run at Alabama after hiring him to replace Al Borges as Michigan’s offensive coordinator. Borges was fired after spending five years on Hoke’s staffs at San Diego State and Michigan, where the offense had steadily regressed each season.

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Jets 4, Blue Jackets 2: Staggering start

Chris Russell | Dispatch

The Jets’ Evander Kane gets a power-play goal past Sergei Bobrovsky as Jordan Leopold looks on in the second period.

The word was never uttered in the Blue Jackets dressing room after last night’s 4-2 loss to Winnipeg, and yet the feeling was everywhere. "Fragile." The Blue Jackets — who have misplaced their identity, lost 12 of their past 14 games and run the risk of their season being over only two months after it started — are playing like a fragile team. Before last night’s game, they talked about getting off to a fast start and putting together, finally, a 60-minute effort.

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Michael Arace commentary: Management needs to do something with Jackets

Last night, a crowd of 13,745 was on hand to watch the Winnipeg Jets beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 at Nationwide Arena. It was the Jackets’ 11th loss in 15 games, not counting two shootout losses. They are in last place in the Metropolitan Division and tied for last in the NHL in points.

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Soccer: Crew announces new minor-league affiliate in Texas

The Crew has signed a partnership with a new United Soccer Leagues Pro division team, the Austin Aztex, ending its affiliation with the Dayton Dutch Lions after one season.

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Sports roundup: Sandoval leaves Giants, takes deal with Red Sox

Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a multiyear contract.

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