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Common Man & Krenzel Recap Big Ten Media Day 7-28

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 0 Comments

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Ohio State football: Urban Meyer focused on present; players talk titles

PAUL BEATY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says all he is thinking about is getting the Buckeyes into preseason camp, which begins on Sunday.

CHICAGO — Coach Urban Meyer isn’t interested in talking much about Ohio State being the Big Ten favorite and a candidate for the first four-team College Football Playoff, but Michael Bennett said he and his teammates are comfortable being included in that conversation.

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Big Ten football: Heavyweights crowd East in new format

PAUL BEATY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State face a tough road to the Big Ten championship game under the realigned divisions.

CHICAGO — The Legends and Leaders divisions are history, no longer fuel for mockery of the Big Ten. With the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, the Big Ten has switched to divisions based on geography. Such a change makes sense, but it also presents a major challenge for teams in the East.

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Big Ten football: Delany strikes milder tone on NCAA issues

PAUL BEATY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said, “We’re in a very dynamic period of time and transformation.”

CHICAGO — This is the time of year when commissioners of the most powerful conferences take to the bully pulpit. In front of hundreds of media members assembled to discuss a league’s upcoming football season, the commissioners make demands — often swaddled in veiled threats — against the backdrop of forecasted major changes in college sports. They employ various degrees of rhetoric about what their conferences need or desire.

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NFL | Browns: Hawkins, now on stable ground, looks to soar

BEREA, Ohio — Receiver Andrew Hawkins got the stability he long sought when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Browns in March.

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NFL | Bengals: Versatile receiver gives offense options

CINCINNATI — In his first two seasons in the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu has proved he can run with the ball and pass it, in addition to his regular role of catching it.

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Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1 (15): Lifeless offense brings another loss

AL BEHRMAN | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce just misses catching a double hit by Arizona’s Mark Trumbo in the fourth.

CINCINNATI — The Reds’ offensive struggles might have reached a new high — or rather, a low — last night.

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Sports roundup: Lakers make it official ... Scott is their new coach

The Los Angeles Lakers officially hired Byron Scott as their coach yesterday, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers.

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NBA: Judge OKs the sale of Clippers for $2 billion

Nick Ut | Associated Press

Shelly Sterling talks after a judge ruled in her favor that the Los Angeles Clippers could be sold.

LOS ANGELES — A judge gave Shelly Sterling a sweeping victory yesterday and cleared the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s record $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers to proceed.

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NHL: Blue Jackets sign forward Tyrell to two-way deal

The Blue Jackets signed forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract. He was acquired in a minor-league trade with Tampa Bay in March, after which he had six goals and six assists in 19 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.

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Soccer | Crew 2, Crystal Palace 2: Reserves stretch their legs; no injuries vs. Berhalter’s former team

Adam Cairns | DISPATCH

Crew forward Adam Bedell, left, fights for the ball with Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney during the first half.

The outcome wasn’t the key goal last night for Crew coach Gregg Berhalter. With English Premier League team Crystal Palace at Crew Stadium for an exhibition, both teams treated the unseasonably cool evening as a glorified practice.

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MAC football: Bobcats picked to finish third in division

DETROIT -- Josh Kristoff was wearing a tie, dress shirt and slacks and sitting high above Ford Field, but the Ohio University linebacker spoke as if he wanted the games to begin immediately so he could forget the past.

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Sports roundup: Wallace wins Trucks race at Eldora Speedway

Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Mudsummer Classic on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the year.

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