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Around the NBA: Irving scores 55 as Cavs win minus James

Tony Dejak | Associated Press

The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving drives between LaMarcus Aldridge and Will Barton. Irving set a Quicken Loans Arena points record in Cleveland’s victory.

Cavalier 99, Trail Blazers 94: Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat.

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Ohio State men's basketball: Freshmen guards not acting their age on court

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Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell ranks among the top 10 in Big Ten games in scoring, free-throw percentage and steals.

Star freshman guards D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Melo Trimble of Maryland will be on display Thursday night in Value City Arena when the Buckeyes play host to the Terrapins.

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Ohio State women's basketball: Craft says young players hungry to get better

The skinned knee is a rite of passage for the young. Finding a bandage and the will to return to the playground tag game is the best way to address the pain.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Jeremy Morin hospitalized with elevated heart rate

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Jeremy Morin (9) of the Blue Jackets was hospitalized Tuesday night after complaining of an elevated heart rate. He was placed on injured reserve.

Blue Jackets forward Jeremy Morin was taken by ambulance to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center on Tuesday during the second period of a victory over the Washington Capitals after complaining of an elevated heart rate.

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Blue Jackets' fourth line showing signs of energy again

There have been signs in recent games — a thunderous shift here, a scoring chance there — that the Blue Jackets’ fourth line is starting to recapture the magic it possessed last season. But in a 4-3 victory on Tuesday over the Washington Capitals, the play of Corey Tropp, Mark Letestu and Jared Boll was impossible to ignore.

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Super Bowl: Surprise players often land in spotlight

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

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Super Bowl: Opposites Carroll, Lynch make perfect pairing for Seahawks

Elaine Thompson | Associated Press

One of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s strengths has long been relating to players of all backgrounds.

The ranch-style house where Pete Carroll grew up sits on a suburban cul-de-sac in Marin County, Calif., one of the wealthiest counties in the country. It was a gathering place for friends, with a pool table inside and football games out front. The door was always open.

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Sports roundup: Second-half goals send Chile past U.S. in friendly

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes to lead Chile to a 3-2 victory over the United States in an international friendly in Rancagua, Chile, that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.

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Around college basketball: Grant’s clutch plays help Notre Dame top Duke

Joe Raymond | Associated Press

Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem drives past Duke’s Tyus Jones. The No. 8 Irish topped the fourth-ranked Blue Devils.

No. 8 Notre Dame 78, No. 4 Duke 73: In a matchup of player-of-the-year candidates, Jerian Grant made more clutch plays for Notre Dame than Jahlil Okafor did for Duke.

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Around college basketball: Krzyzewski gets 1,000th victory


Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, is hugged by associate head coach Jeff Capel after the game.

No. 5 Duke 77, St. John’s 68: Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, and Duke surged past host St. John’s yesterday in a nonconference game.

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Blue Jackets: Foligno taps into potential

Lynne Sladky | Associated Press

The encouragement of coach Todd Richards helped Nick Foligno realize he can be a star player in the NHL.

Above the main entrance of Nationwide Arena hangs the supersize images of four NHL All-Stars: Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and the Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno. That Foligno would ever be clustered with players of that ilk — much less part of an NHL marketing scheme — was unthinkable even three months ago.

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NHL All-Star Game players

Note: Players will be drafted by team captains at 8 tonight in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. TV: NBC Sports Network

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NHL All-Star Game: Format changes with times


Hockey greats Gordie Howe, left, and Wayne Gretzky enjoying a moment during All-Star Weekend in 1999 in Tampa, Fla.

The NHL All-Star Game in Nationwide Arena on Sunday won’t look anything like a regular league game. There will be no hits, very few penalties, only a sprinkling of blocked shots — most of them by accident — and absolutely, positively no fights.

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