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No matter what, the game against the team whose name shan’t even be spoken by Ohio State remains sacrosanct. No matter that Ohio State is a 20-point favorite. No matter that Michigan is 5-6 and that if Brady Hoke were any more of a lame-duck coach he would quack instead of speak. No matter that Ohio State is already guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten championship game next week.
Michigan has foundered since Brady Hoke’s first season, when it went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With a heavy sense of finality hanging in the air, Brady Hoke fielded a barrage of questions from reporters yesterday about his tenuous status as Michigan’s football coach. Hoke, as usual, didn’t lose his patience in the 20-minute news conference. He didn’t snap at his inquisitors. He didn’t raise his voice.
Coach Urban Meyer told his Ohio State players that there will be dire consequences for anyone caught throwing a punch after the way a second-quarter melee marred the Michigan game last season.
An imaginary line runs through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this week. On one side of it, Ohio State players are getting fired up for Michigan. On the other, the Buckeyes are getting fed up with one specific method of motivation used by Urban Meyer.
A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown Cleveland hotel and left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.
The Cavaliers’ Kevin Love takes the ball away from the Magic’s Dewayne Dedmon. Love scored 12 points.
Cavaliers 106, Magic 74: After a blunt assessment of his play at the team’s shootaround yesterday, LeBron James responded with a dominant performance.
The sight of Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll dropping his gloves and exchanging haymakers with Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo on Saturday was familiar, yet increasingly rare. It was the 138th fighting major of Boll’s career. No. 137 came 10 games earlier, a stretch that would have been considered an eternity during Boll’s rookie season of 2007-08.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is gearing up for a fight after a mass was found in his chest following last week’s game in Oakland. He was placed on the nonfootball injury list yesterday, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry might have lymphoma.
Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a multiyear contract.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, stopping a shot against Boston, has a .911 save percentage in 12 games.
The Blue Jackets have reached the quarter point of the season like a runner that hasn’t prepared for the race. Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Philadelphia was like so many others early this season: an emotional engagement was not evident for 60 minutes, the penalty kill faltered and there were ill-timed defensive breakdowns.
Guard Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State is pressured from behind by Brittani Burgess.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team continued to put up points like a bug zapper puts down light-happy moths on the patio deck yesterday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Notre Dame forward Jon Gallagher scored past Ohio State goalkeeper Alex Ivanov in the 68th minute, and the top-seeded Fighting Irish defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 last night in the second round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament in South Bend, Ind.
Andrew Harrison of Kentucky is fouled by Montana State’s Marcus Colbert during the top-ranked Wildcats’ 86-28 victory in Lexington, Ky.
Dayton 65, Boston College 53: Jordan Sibert, a former Ohio State player, had 20 points and Dyshawn Pierre added 16 points as Dayton held off Boston College yesterday in the third-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.