Jackets vs. Penguins: Old friends Jack Johnson, Sidney Crosby meet in playoffs

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Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, above, and Penguins center Sidney Crosby attended the same private school in Minnesota as teenagers.

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson scrolled through his text messages on Saturday after a game at the Florida Panthers, a win that locked the team into a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The first text was from Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby.

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Now Is The Time To Join The Battle

For the past couple seasons, the Blue Jackets marketing slogan has been “Join The Battle.” Well, members of the CBJ know that now is the perfect time to “recruit” by capturing the attention of the casual sports fan. And today’s bandwagon jumpers are tomorrow’s diehards.

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NHL | Penguins notebook: Tickets still available for games in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — “No seats … now what?” For Blue Jackets fans greeted with that unpleasant message on the Ticketmaster website yesterday, the answer might lie in Steel Country.

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Bob Hunter commentary: Leaving Pittsburgh worked out for duo

Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu and coach Todd Richards have shared memories of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. They don’t have anything to do with winning the Stanley Cup.

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College notebook: Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Allison Elber receive Big Ten Medal of Honor

Jason DeCrow | Associated Press

Aaron Craft, who was named one of Ohio State's recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, will leave the school as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men’s basketball.

Basketball player Aaron Craft and rower Allison Elber were named the Ohio State recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Each of the conference’s 12 schools gives the award to student-athletes who “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”

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Reds notebook: 10 homers hit before rain interrupts game

CINCINNATI — Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back home runs twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension with the score tied at 7 last night.

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Indians: Bourn’s bat should provide boost

CLEVELAND — Hamstring injuries are tricky, so when Michael Bourn suffered a strained one on his left side running the bases on March 16, and said he’d be back by opening day, well, the statement was taken with a grain of salt.

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NHL | Blue Jackets notebook: Richards helped Bylsma climb coaching ladder

Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Dan Bylsma, center, was hired by Todd Richards to be his assistant at the Penguins’ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton American Hockey League affiliate in 2006.

In the summer of 2006, Todd Richards had just been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to coach their American Hockey League affiliate. His first task was to hire an assistant.

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Soccer: Crew snaps streak of 25 games, no ties

All it took was one corner kick by the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday to snap what had been a record-setting streak for the Crew. For the first time since June 1, 2013, the Crew came away with a tie, 1-1, snapping a 25-game stretch without one.

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Clippers: Carson happy he’s still in organization

Jonathan Quilter | DISPATCH

Matt Carson, right, hit 14 home runs and batted .252 with the Clippers last season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Rain, with the grin-and-bear-it possibility of snow in mid-April, postponed a game last night between the Clippers and Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. Clippers outfielder Matt Carson used the time before the announcement to take a round of batting practice with his teammates in the indoor cages. Bad weather in April is nothing new to Carson, who is in his second season with the Clippers and his 13th as a professional.

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Sports report: Browns sign former Bengals fullback Pressley

The Cleveland Browns signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.

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Around the NBA | Irving: Cavs’ recent play unacceptable

Gerald Herbert | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Serge Ibaka, right, of the Thunder loses the ball while being fouled by the Alexis Ajinca of the Pelicans. New Orleans won 101-89.

As a disheartening season dwindles to its final moments, Kyrie Irving stood up and took responsibility for how he and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates played in their past two games.

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