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Work-in-progress team puts off week to good use

Eric Albrecht | Dispatch

Receiver Michael Thomas, breaking away for a touchdown against Virginia Tech, has been the top playmaker on offense.

vAs lulls go, this bye week comes at an interesting time. It’s early, not even to the halfway point in the season, and there is another once coming after the next two games. Strange as those respites will seem to the players, coaches and fans, they do offer a time to step back and assess a season that has not gone to form.

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Ohio State football: After redshirt year, Michael Thomas ready to make a difference

Jenna Watson | Dispatch

Receiver Michael Thomas scores the first touchdown for Ohio State in a 66-0 win over Kent State.

When J.T. Barrett’s pass deflected off Michael Thomas for an interception near the Kent State goal line, the Ohio State receiver had a simple message for his quarterback.

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Blue Jackets: With camp underway, questions emerge

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Right wing Nathan Horton, who missed training camp a year ago because of shoulder surgery, could miss training camp again because of a back problem.

Between Ryan Johansen’s contract impasse and Nathan Horton’s latest injury, the Blue Jackets didn’t wait for training camp to start generating drama.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Dubinsky knows how difficult holdout can be

Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky knows exactly how teammate Ryan Johansen is feeling as a training-camp holdout, and it isn’t pleasant.

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Bengals’ Green is limited by toe injury

CINCINNATI — Injured Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was limited in practice yesterday, but coach Marvin Lewis said that Green did fine.

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Browns’ Mingo, Cameron practice

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron and linebacker Barkevious Mingo practiced in pads yesterday, but both were limited.

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Jacoby Boren: This brother didn't bother with Michigan

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Jacoby Boren is an excellent student, in addition to being the Buckeyes' center.

Jacoby Boren is the third Boren brother to play for the Buckeyes. Justin transferred from Michigan — where his father, Mike, played football and his mother, Hope, competed in track and field — and played for the Buckeyes in 2009 and ’10. Zach played fullback before making a now-famous switch to linebacker midway through Ohio State’s undefeated 2012 season. Jacoby was a backup his first two years before becoming the starting center this summer.

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Indians 2, Astros 1 (13): Rally in 9th

Pat Sullivan | Associated Press

Outfielder Michael Brantley of the Indians grounds out in the fourth inning against the Astros Scott Feldman. Brantley went 1 for 5 with a walk.

HOUSTON — Jose Ramirez scored on a sacrifice fly to short right field in the 13th inning to give the Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros last night for their third straight victory.

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Soccer | Crew: Fan favorite Hejduk set to join Circle of Honor

FRED SQUILLANTE | Dispatch

Frankie Hejduk spent eight seasons with the Crew.

On a night when he will be given the Crew’s highest individual honor, Frankie Hejduk has his seat picked out.

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Crew tight-lipped about broken leg

Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini suffered a broken leg during practice on Tuesday, and the team is treating it like a major embarrassment.

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College football: Four Cincinnati players disciplined after party incident

CINCINNATI — One University of Cincinnati football player has been suspended for at least four games and three others have been disciplined by coach Tommy Tuberville after a weekend incident near campus.

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College football: Passing game lifts Auburn to victory

No. 5 Auburn 20, No. 20 Kansas State 14: Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the visiting Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone Kansas State last night.

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