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Ohio State football: Recruiting efforts head into home stretch

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

Urban Meyer and his staff have added 25 players to Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class. Four of those players are enrolled at OSU.

Ohio State is still rounding up its recruiting class with just one week left before national letters of intent can first be signed, riding herd on what is considered a consensus top-seven class, trying to find a few more members and working to keep a possible stray or two in line.

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Ohio State football recruiting: 2015 commitments

Twenty-five players are in the Buckeyes' class of 2015, and four already are enrolled at OSU.

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Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3: Atkinson ends scoring drought

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Cam Atkinson, center, celebrates with Blue Jackets teammates after scoring in the third period, ending a 17-game goal drought.

Cam Atkinson took the four-day All-Star break to rest his loins and clear his mind, which is no small feat for a player lugging around a 17-game goal drought. When the right wing arrived at Nationwide Arena on Monday, his mood was lifted further by a note left on the wax board by coach Todd Richards.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Ovechkin, Capitals' power play bottled up

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney gets his body in front of a second-period shot. He totaled 25 saves.

Scene: Washington Capitals power play, Alex Ovechkin standing alone in the left circle, no Blue Jacket within four stick lengths. Panic-inducing? Not for the Blue Jackets. It was by design.

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Around the NBA: Irving scores season-high 38 in Cavs’ seventh straight win

Cavalier 103, Pistons 95: The last time Cleveland played Detroit, the Cavaliers were booed off their home floor following a collapse in one of the worst losses of the season.

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Super Bowl notebook: Seahawks’ Lynch cuts his media day appearance short

Charlie Riedel | Associated Press

The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and Michael Bennett answer questions during Super Bowl media day in Glendale, Ariz.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything.

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NFL: No longer feuding, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

David J. Phillip | Associated Press

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he cares little of what people think of him.

PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks. Then came along this upstart, Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best, and then backed it up.

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Men's basketball: Surprising Dayton is winning despite lack of height, depth

Skip Peterson | Associated Press

Jordan Sibert, a transfer from Ohio State, leads Dayton in scoring, averaging 15.7 points.

DAYTON — The team that knocked Ohio State out of last year’s NCAA basketball tournament hasn’t disappeared. Well, much of the Dayton Flyers team that beat the Buckeyes and advanced to the Elite Eight has gone away. That makes the Flyers’ re-emergence on the national scene all the more surprising.

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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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