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Ohio State football: Billy Price still growing into role at guard

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Guards Billy Price (54) and Pat Elflein (65) and the rest of the Ohio State offensive line struggled against Virginia Tech’s packed-in defense.

Two years ago, Billy Price was a defensive lineman at Austintown Fitch High School near Youngstown. One year ago, he was a newly converted Ohio State offensive lineman who redshirted.

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Bengals: A.J. Green’s injury isn’t serious, Marvin Lewis says

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis did not provide an update yesterday about the many players who were injured in the victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but said he didn’t think receiver A.J. Green’s foot/toe injury would linger.

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NFL: Browns offense prospers even without stars

Ed Suba Jr. | Akron Beacon Journal

Andrew Hawkins catches a 28-yard pass from Brian Hoyer to set up the winning field goal on Sunday.

CLEVELAND — In Sunday’s most pivotal moment — as Brian Hoyer’s pass floated toward him — Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins fell backward intentionally.

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Around the NFL: Peterson returns, denies child abuse

Michael Conroy | Associated Press

Colts tight end Jack Doyle dives past Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin for a 2-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter.

Running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, insisting he is not a child abuser and wanting “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child” after he was charged with a felony in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

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Blue Jackets: Kekalainen takes hard line in Johansen talks

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — As training camp draws near, the heat is getting turned up under unsigned Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen, in his strongest words yet, warned against Johansen not being signed by the start of camp on Thursday, and he questioned the motivation of Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

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Rob Oller commentary: Population shift behind Big Ten's decline

There’s a reason Big Ten rhymes with pig pen. What a mess. The conference is 1-10 against other power conference teams this season. That’s more than just a little sloppy. Thank goodness for Rutgers — never thought I’d type those words — or the Big Ten would be looking at a goose egg in the win column against schools from the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Pac-12 and Notre Dame.

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Astros 3, Indians 1: Hopes fade with loss

DAVID J. PHILIP | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Indians first baseman Carlos Santana stretches to make the out against the Astros’ Matt Dominguez.

HOUSTON — It’s one thing to get swept by the first-place Detroit Tigers. It’s another to get beat by a team trying to avoid 90 losses.

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Cubs 1, Reds 0: Simon’s outing wasted

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo’s home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Reds last night before a crowd of 33,144 at Wrigley Field.

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College football notebook: Rutgers athletic director apologizes to Penn State

Rutgers’ Julie Hermann said that shirts were “classless.”

Rutgers offered an apology to Penn State yesterday for offensive signs and shirts referencing the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal that some Rutgers fans displayed during Saturday’s game in Piscataway, N.J., the Scarlet Knights’ first as a member of the Big Ten.

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Sports report: Gus Johnson quits as soccer announcer for Fox

Gus Johnson is stepping down as Fox’s lead soccer announcer.

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Sports roundup: Texas basketball prospect Mitchell recommits to Ohio State

Mickey Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 forward from Plano, Texas, who rescinded his commitment to Ohio State three weeks ago, announced on his Twitter account that he has recommitted to the men’s basketball program.

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