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Ohio State Basketball Insider: Tate’s energy as starter provides big lift

Maybe it was a turning point; time will tell. Exasperated by the Buckeyes being dominated inside at Iowa, coach Thad Matta finally changed his starting lineup, subbing in Jae’Sean Tate and Anthony Lee for Marc Loving and Amir Williams.

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Blue Jackets: Playoff spot will require long climb

Oh, right. The regular season. After a weekend bathed in radiant glow, Nationwide Arena was a chaotic deconstruction site yesterday, with workers loading crates, moving risers and removing signage after All-Star Weekend in Columbus.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Richards enjoys All-Star festivities as a fan

ADAM CAIRNS | DISPATCH

Ryan Johansen, center, was named the NHL’s first star after his performance on All-Star Weekend.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards had intended to spend All-Star Weekend away from Columbus, lounging for a couple of days at a resort in western Pennsylvania with his wife, Maryann. Instead, he elected to stay in Columbus and soak in the experience with his family. For one weekend, coach became fan.

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Ohio State football: Pickerington Central's DaVon Hamilton commits

After picking up a scholarship offer from Ohio State over the weekend, defensive lineman DaVon Hamilton of Pickerington Central last night committed to the Buckeyes, stepping away from his previous pledge to Kentucky.

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College football: Playoff officials pressured to switch date of semifinals

Officials from the College Football Playoff reportedly are being pressured on several fronts to move the dates of several future semifinal games.

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Former Ohio State walk-on makes it to Super Bowl

Nate Ebner

Boys throughout Ohio grow up dreaming of playing football for Ohio State and maybe, just maybe, reaching the Super Bowl. Nate Ebner wasn’t one of them. His story has been told, but it bears repeating: Rugby was his first love, and the Rugby World Cup was his ultimate dream.

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Around college basketball: Jim Foster makes Top 25 with fourth school

Former Ohio State coach Jim Foster became the first coach to lead four schools into the Associated Press women’s Top 25 poll, with Tennessee-Chattanooga entering the rankings yesterday at No. 25.

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Around the NBA: Shoulder surgery likely to end Kobe Bryant’s season

Kobe Bryant will have surgery on Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Ohio State women's basketball: Kelsey Mitchell scores 37 to lead rally past Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Freshman Kelsey Mitchell etched her name into the lore of Mackey Arena yesterday in the same manner that she has in other arenas all season: She just kept playing basketball. The point guard shook off a sluggish first half to score a Mackey-record 37 points while willing Ohio State to a 79-71 overtime victory over Purdue.

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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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