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Ohio State men's basketball: Russell notches double-double in win over Maryland

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, drives for a layup in the first half against Maryland.

As his players returned to the bench for the first timeout of the game, Ohio State coach Thad Matta told them he had good news and bad news. “We finally outscored somebody to start the game,” he said, “but it’s only 3-1."

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Bob Hunter commentary: Check out D'Angelo Russell's act before he leaves Ohio State

For the past four games, D’Angelo Russell has shown that he can perform a special kind of magic on a basketball floor. But when the freshman guard banked in a three-point shot with 7:27 left last night against Maryland, Ohio State coach Thad Matta called him on it.

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Matta already lands ‘replacement’ recruit for Russell

With Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell accelerating up the NBA mock draft boards, making his departure after this season a foregone conclusion, the Buckeyes invited his potential replacement to Value City Arena for their 80-56 win over Maryland last night.

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After fast start, Blue Jackets run out of steam against Panthers

ALAN DIAZ | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney stops a shot by Panthers center Brandon Pirri in the second period. McElhinney finished with 28 saves.

SUNRISE, Fla. — The controversial, winning goal was scored by the Florida Panthers late in the third period last night. But, in reality, the Blue Jackets lost the game much earlier. The Panthers won 3-2 before 7,917 at the BB&T Center, snapping the Blue Jackets’ 10-game winning streak against Florida that dated to November 2007.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Morin’s heart issue touches coach, teammate

SUNRISE, Fla. — Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and left wing Scott Hartnell know all too well what forward Jeremy Morin experienced during Tuesday’s game against Washington.

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College football: Alabama hires former Ohio State assistant coach

Alabama has hired former NFL defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, a former Ohio State assistant, as defensive backs coach and assistant head coach.

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Around the NBA: Cavs’ Irving named All-Star reserve

Kyrie Irving’s memorable week continued yesterday when he was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers two representatives for the first time since 2009.

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Super Bowl: Gronkowski poses tough challenge for Seattle

Mark Humphrey | Associated Press

Rob Gronkowski, right, has been the go-to receiver for Patriots QB Tom Brady this season with 82 catches.

PHOENIX — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a matchup nightmare for just about any NFL defense. He is big, powerful and surprisingly elusive. He is the most effective pass-catching target for quarterback Tom Brady.

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Sports roundup: Woods shoots 73 in return, trails by nine shots

Tiger Woods struggled mightily with his short game again, and it didn’t help that he only hit three greens in regulation on the front nine at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Around college basketball: Krzyzewski gets 1,000th victory

Kathy Willens | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

Steven Senne | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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