Ohio State football: A perfect pitch

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Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel, who won a national championship, talks with recruits.

Prized quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson came, saw, and he liked what he saw. Gibson, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of the elite recruits on hand for Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights at Ohio Stadium. And he even jumped into the drills, something he had indicated he wouldn’t do during the four-hour session.

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NFL: Browns fans flock to see Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- They came to see what he's all about, to see if Johnny Football can be the one to lead the Browns back to glory. Today, Manzielmania grew even bigger. With No. 2 jerseys ringing the field, celebrated rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel began his quest to win Cleveland's starting job.

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Bengals notebook: Defense builds mentality of being ‘smart bullies’

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Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, left, talks with offensive counterpart Hue Jackson.

CINCINNATI — Bengals first-year defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said he isn’t worried about putting his stamp on a unit that ranked third in the NFL last season under Mike Zimmer.

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Royals 6, Indians 4: Two-run homer in eighth keeps Tribe reeling

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The Indians’ Yan Gomes slides safely into home in the seventh inning as Royals catcher Salvador Perez waits for the ball on a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For the second straight game, Cleveland reliever John Axford gave up the winning hit. Billy Butler’s two-run, two-out, eighth-inning, pinch-homer off Axford was the difference in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night.

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Nationals 4, Reds 1: Reds’ bats quiet in 7th straight loss

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Bryce Harper of the Nationals safely returns to second base on a pickoff attempt in the fourth inning.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds had as many hits combined as Washington’s leadoff hitter, the latest poor showing by an offense that hasn’t done anything since the All-Star break. Denard Span matched Cincinnati’s hit total with his four singles, and Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings yesterday night, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory that extended their surge and the Reds’ slump.

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Basketball: Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

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Kevin Love told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would be unavailable for Team USA training camp.

With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's Team USA basketball roster. Love is in limbo while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star, a process that was complicated and likely lengthened when Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract this week.

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Around the NFL: Rob Gronkowski cleared but still cautious

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared by doctors to play, but he said he is not at that point just yet.

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Sports report: NBA may take week off for All-Star break, report says

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Victory formation Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins takes a photo with U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Lee, Va., after practice at the team’s training facility.

The NBA is poised to turn the All-Star break into All-Star week this coming season, the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported, providing teams with a full week off at midseason.

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Sports roundup: Cavs sign top draft pick Wiggins; the wait begins

Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home, though it still could be a temporary one.

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

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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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Maurice Clarett Joins Bishop and Rothman

Segment One: 0:00-8:46

  • Maurice discusses his upcoming charity football game, and how he has worked his way back into being considered a member of the Buckeye football family.

Segment Two: 8:46-20:22

  • A little talk about the state of modern football, for instance, does Maurice think college players should be paid?

Segment Three: 20:22-26:37

  • Now we look at the current Buckeye football team. Who does Clarett enjoy watching? Plus, the amusing reason he thinks he and Braxton Miller could never play in the same backfield.
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