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Ohio State football: After redshirt year, Michael Thomas ready to make a difference

Jenna Watson | Dispatch

Receiver Michael Thomas scores the first touchdown for Ohio State in a 66-0 win over Kent State.

When J.T. Barrett’s pass deflected off Michael Thomas for an interception near the Kent State goal line, the Ohio State receiver had a simple message for his quarterback.

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Work-in-progress team puts off week to good use

Eric Albrecht | Dispatch

Receiver Michael Thomas, breaking away for a touchdown against Virginia Tech, has been the top playmaker on offense.

vAs lulls go, this bye week comes at an interesting time. It’s early, not even to the halfway point in the season, and there is another once coming after the next two games. Strange as those respites will seem to the players, coaches and fans, they do offer a time to step back and assess a season that has not gone to form.

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Blue Jackets: Alexander Wennberg standing out among young prospects

Adam Cairns | DISPATCH

Alexander Wennberg, center, has an opportunity to make the Blue Jackets this season. “You watch him out here and he fits right in,” coach Todd Richards said.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards shared a sheet of ice with center Alexander Wennberg for the first time yesterday. Richards had seen Wennberg, considered the Jackets’ brightest young prospect — at summer development camps and at an NHL prospects tournament that concluded this week in Traverse City, Mich.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Another season with no captain?

Unless they name a captain before their Oct. 9 opener at Buffalo, the Blue Jackets will begin their third consecutive season without one. That news likely will be met with a collective shrug by nearly everyone within the organization.

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Around the NFL: Josh Gordon’s suspension is reduced to 10 games

Tony Dejak | Associated Press

All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon is eligible to return to the Browns for a Nov. 23 game at Atlanta.

After a drawn-out ordeal that at times left him depressed, All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon is coming back to the Cleveland Browns.

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Bengals’ Green is limited by toe injury

CINCINNATI — Injured Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was limited in practice yesterday, but coach Marvin Lewis said that Green did fine.

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Twins 5, Indians 4: Indians’ playoff hopes drift even further away

Jim Mone | Associated Press

Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia hits the wall trying to catch a drive by the Indians’ David Murphy.

MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland last night, further damaging the Indians’ slim playoff hopes.

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Cardinals 2, Reds 1: Reds run skid to five games

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey pitched 72/3 strong innings, and Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Reds last night.

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Soccer | Crew: Fan favorite Hejduk set to join Circle of Honor

FRED SQUILLANTE | Dispatch

Frankie Hejduk spent eight seasons with the Crew.

On a night when he will be given the Crew’s highest individual honor, Frankie Hejduk has his seat picked out.

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Crew tight-lipped about broken leg

Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini suffered a broken leg during practice on Tuesday, and the team is treating it like a major embarrassment.

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College football: Four Cincinnati players disciplined after party incident

CINCINNATI — One University of Cincinnati football player has been suspended for at least four games and three others have been disciplined by coach Tommy Tuberville after a weekend incident near campus.

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College football: Passing game lifts Auburn to victory

No. 5 Auburn 20, No. 20 Kansas State 14: Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the visiting Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone Kansas State last night.

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