Ohio State football: Braxton Miller’s injury will test team, players say

Kyle Robertson | DISPATCH

Cornerback Doran Grant said the team showed no hangover in practice from the loss of Braxton Miller.

The Ohio State players’ immediate reaction to Braxton Miller’s injury was understandable.

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Ohio State football: Buckeyes want Barrett to be ‘distributor’

Ohio State football director of performance Mickey Marotti had a nickname for J.T. Barrett well before he was elevated to No. 1 quarterback in place of injured Braxton Miller this week.

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Rob Oller commentary: Urban Meyer's mission is to rally the troops

Kyle Robertson | DISPATCH

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said his team can’t dwell on the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller. “You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you possibly can,” he said.

Urban Meyer resembled the glum but positive funeral-home visitor who passes by the casket and thinks, “I’ve seen him look worse.” The Ohio State football coach appeared unusually subdued yesterday while discussing quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury. Meyer spoke softly and sounded tired. But his quiet delivery belied the elevating content of his message.

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Men's basketball: Ohio State schedules series with Connecticut

Ohio State and defending NCAA men’s champion Connecticut announced a home-and-home series in December 2015 and December 2016.

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Manziel admits he’s not ready to lead Browns

Mark Duncan | Associated Press

Brian Hoyer (left) practices alongside fellow Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The two were together yesterday after the veteran was named the starter for the opening game on Sept. 7.

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel, who lost out to Brian Hoyer yesterday in the competition to be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback, admitted that he doesn’t think he is ready for that role yet.

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Bengals: Burfict OKs extension for four years, $20 million

CINCINNATI — The Bengals and linebacker Vontaze Burfict agreed to terms on a contract extension reported at four years and $20 million that is to keep him in Cincinnati through the 2017 season.

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Cardinals 7, Reds 3: Cueto struggles

Scott Kane | Associated Press

Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso turns a double play over the Reds’ Zack Cozart to end the top of the fifth inning.

ST. LOUIS — Not even Johnny Cueto could stop the Cincinnati Reds’ descent into the baseball abyss.

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Indians: Swisher out for season after knee surgeries

Jim Mone | Associated Press

The Twins’ Joe Mauer, left, falls as he and Brian Dozier converge on a fly ball off the bat of the Indians’ Zach Walters.

Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in Los Angeles yesterday and is done for the season.

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Around the NFL: Steelers’ Bell, Blount face pot charges

Le’Veon Bell

Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are expected to be charged with marijuana possession based on a traffic stop in a Pittsburgh suburb yesterday afternoon.

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College football notebook: Kent State player found dead in his apartment

Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died yesterday from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said Bitsko, 21, was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment.

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NHL: Kalamazoo will be ECHL affiliate for Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season.

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Sports roundup: Stewart will miss third straight Sprint Cup race

Adam Cairns | Dispatch

Buckeye booster A billboard along Olentangy River Road near King Avenue displays get-well wishes for Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who learned on Tuesday that he will miss this season because of a shoulder injury. Miller has said he will return in 2015.

Tony Stewart will not race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he has skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint-car race.

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Golf: McIlroy wants to carry mojo into FedEx Cup

John Locher | Associated Press

“I want to finish the season well,” said Rory McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked golfer. “I want to be up there in contention week in and week out.”

PARAMUS, N.J. — The last player to win back-to-back majors in the same season didn’t even make it to the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

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