March 2, 2015

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Ohio State football: Urban Meyer still looking for playmakers

COLUMBUS — The list of big-time players Urban Meyer had while winning two national championships at Florida goes on and on: Percy Harvin, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Joe Haden and Brandon Spikes, among others. So far, during his first few weeks working with his new team at Ohio State, he has yet to find anyone Read More…

Crashes up 5 percent after Ohio Turnpike gets 70 mph speed limit

COLUMBUS — The State Highway Patrol says the number of crashes reported along the Ohio Turnpike increased about 5 percent during the first year of its higher 70 mph speed limit compared with the previous year. The speed limit for the 241-mile toll road increased from 65 mph to 70 mph in April 2011. There Read More…

Ohio gas prices inch upward after 2 weeks of decreases

COLUMBUS — The price of gasoline in Ohio has risen slightly after two weeks of decreases. The average price for regular gas is about $3.79 a gallon in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That’s a bit above the average of $3.77 a week ago. But this Read More…

Indians: Shin-Soo Choo beats Royals in 10th inning

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shin-Soo Choo sat at his locker in the Indians clubhouse, the bruise on the outside of his right knee just larger than a baseball and turning every shade of red and blue imaginable. “It’s nothing,” he said with a smile. Driving in the winning runs must have made the pain go Read More…

Cavaliers: Luke Harangody brings a win in 1st career start

WASHINGTON — Luke Harangody had a one-night audition as an NBA starter thanks to the compact scheduling in the lockout-shortened season, and he capitalized on the chance. Harangody had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading six Cavaliers players in double figures as Cleveland beat the Washington Wizards 98-89 on Saturday night. Harangody played for Canton Read More…

Cavs crushed in third quarter as Pacers clinch playoff spot

INDIANAPOLIS — Darren Collison might want to get well soon. While he has been recovering from a sore groin, backup point guard George Hill has proven capable as a starter. Hill had 15 points and seven assists to help the Indiana Pacers clinch a playoff spot by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-83 Friday night. Indiana Read More…

Hits galore? That’s a first: Indians snap out of offensive funk, down Royals with big opening inning

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Brantley had one hit in 17 at-bats during Cleveland’s season-opening homestand. One measly hit. He had two of ’em in the first inning alone Friday. The Indians’ anemic offense broke loose against Luke Hochevar and the Royals, pounding out seven runs in the opening inning, and Asdrubal Cabrera tacked on Read More…

Abandoned puppies are in high demand, shelter says

TOLEDO — Six bulldog-mix puppies that were stuffed into a suitcase and discovered next to a trash bin in Ohio aren’t going to have trouble finding a new home. An animal shelter in Toledo says they’ve received hundreds of calls from people who want to adopt the 4-week-old pups. Some even say they’re willing to Read More…

Three people dead in shooting at Cleveland-area Cracker Barrel

BROOKLYN, Ohio — Police shot and killed an armed man Thursday night at a restaurant where two other people were killed and one was wounded. Authorities said the shooting happened after a woman called 911 from a Cracker Barrel restaurant, saying her husband was upset because she told him she was leaving him. Officers heard Read More…

Urban Meyer denies accusations in story critical of Florida program

COLUMBUS — In his first speaking engagement with his Big Ten coaching peers, new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had to defend what he did in his last coaching job. Meyer said he was disappointed by a story this week in the Sporting News which said he showed favoritism to star players during his six-year Read More…