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NFL | Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Tony Dejak | Associated Press

Josh Gordon met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4 to appeal his suspension

CLEVELAND -- Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.

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Ohio State athletics | Ask the Experts: Your questions, our answers

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Former Ohio State quarterback Tom Tupa has two sons playing college football.

Got a question about anything related to sports and the Scarlet & Gray? The Dispatch's team of sports reporters and editors and show hosts from Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan are ready to provide answers.

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Ohio State football: Vannett steps into spotlight at tight end

Adam Cairns | Dispatch

Westerville Central graduate Nick Vannett participated in 289 plays on offense for Ohio State last year, catching eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Vannett pointed out that Ohio State is dealing with one of the dark truths about football heading toward its season opener against Navy on Saturday in Baltimore.

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Manziel Throws Some Good Wishes Miller's Way

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had surgery to repair a torn labrum this morning.

“Everything is good. He just sent me a picture of him and the doctor and his dad, so it’s very positive,” said coach Urban Meyer, “All reports are there were no surprises, and everything went well.”

Happy to hear the news was Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who joined the list of Miller’s well-wishers.

“It’s tough to see a friend like Braxton…I mean, it’s rough. I don’t wish that for anybody. I don’t wish that for him especially. Hopefully everything in that situation works out for him,” Manziel said.

Miller has said that his plan is to graduate in December and then attend graduate school, thus returning to the Buckeyes in 2015.

“I hope he can…because first and foremost, I’m a fan of Braxton,” Manziel said. “I think he’s incredible for college football. I think he’s incredible for Ohio State and the state of Ohio.”

While Miller is out, redshirt freshman JT Barrett is expected to take over, and Manziel had some advice for the young signal caller.

“I think more than anything, he needs to depend on Coach Meyer, who’s been through it all. Their quarterbacks coach is a very creative guy, who is a standup guy as well. I would say lean on those guys. Lean on the older players that have been there. They have a lot of playmakers, so you get the ball to those guys in space, and they can really do a lot with it. Don’t try to do too much. I would say rely on your coaches. Rely on what they’re telling you, and most of all, have fun and go out and play football like you did in high school and like you’ve been doing your whole life.”

In the end, what Manziel would like to see is pretty simple.

“Man, I really wish them nothing but the best,” he said, “And I hope Braxton is OK.”

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Navy football: Middies’ heart makes up for a lack of size

Nearly 10 years later, Ricky Dobbs still remembers his senior year of high school, when the college coaches who had seen his statistics and sent him recruiting letters finally came to see him play quarterback in Douglasville, Ga.

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Baseball: Clippers rally to clinch IL West

Jeremy Wadsworth | Toledo Blade

Clippers players celebrate after clinching the International League West title, ending a two-year playoff drought.

TOLEDO — The at-bat painted a picture of a little team that could. Carlos Moncrief led off the seventh inning of a tied game between his Clippers and the Toledo Mud Hens last night at Fifth Third Field with the International League West title on the line.

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Indians 8, White Sox 6 (10): Walters' home run lifts Tribe

Paul Beaty | Associated Press

Carlos Santana of the Indians doubles off the White Sox’s Jose Quintana to drive in a run in Cleveland’s three-run first inning.

CHICAGO — Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona turned to his bottomless bullpen one more time last night, and one more time it came through. Rookie Zach Walters helped, as well.

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Cubs 3, Reds 0: Bats give Cueto silent treatment


Skip Schumaker reaches first on a bunt single in the eighth, one of only three hits for the Reds.

CINCINNATI — The five runs they scored on Sunday notwithstanding, the Cincinnati Reds’ offensive funk is alive and well.

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Michael Arace commentary: Pete Rose makes it hard for baseball to reinstate him

On the morning of Aug. 24, 1989, baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti stepped to a lectern in New York and announced that Pete Rose had been banned from the game.

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Around baseball: Pirates star still bothered by ribs

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left a game against the St. Louis Cardinals last night because of left rib discomfort.

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Around the NFL: Brady Quinn’s comeback with Dolphins is cut short

Brady Quinn’s attempt to resurrect his NFL career didn’t last long. Yesterday, shortly before NFL teams had to trim their rosters to 75 players, the Miami Dolphins released Quinn.

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Ohio University football: Basham gives Bobcats real force on defensive line

Daniel Kubus | Ohio University

Ohio defensive end Tarell Basham had 7 1/2 sacks as a freshman despite starting only five games.

ATHENS, Ohio — The promotional video begins with Tarell Basham spotting an Ohio University employee leaning on a water cooler watching the women’s basketball team practice.

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NBA: Love says he’s committed to Cavaliers for the long haul

The Cavaliers introduced forward Kevin Love yesterday.

Kevin Love’s phone rang in July, and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.

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Tennis | U.S. Open: Bellis, 15, pulls off upset in first match

NEW YORK — As 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of defeating a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

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