January 30, 2015

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Ohio State: Big expectations greet Meyer in first season

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer came into the Ohio State job with his eyes wide open about what Buckeyes fans demand from their new coach. “Win it all,” he said of the expectations. He’s done that twice, capturing two national championships at Florida before coming to Ohio State on Nov. 28 to take over a bedraggled Read More…

Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader,’ dead at 69

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong Il, the mercurial and enigmatic North Korean leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, has died. He was 69. Kim’s death 17 years after he inherited power from his father was announced today by the state television from the North Read More…

Browns blow 10-point lead in fourth quarter, lose to Cardinals in OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A difficult week came to a frustrating end for the Cleveland Browns, and a bad season got worse. The Browns blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and were beaten in overtime by the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 on Sunday. Cleveland (4-10) has lost four straight and seven out of eight. The Read More…

Ohio State gets a win … and a scare … against South Carolina: Jared Sullinger OK after hurting foot; Deshaun Thomas steps up with 30

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ohio State coach Thad Matta might have a second career ahead as a comedian. Asked about the status of injured star forward Jared Sullinger, Matta quickly said the Buckeyes sophomore wasn’t hurt, just yanked from the second-ranked Buckeyes’ 74-66 win over South Carolina on Saturday for shoddy defense. “He had no problems, Read More…

Kyrie Irving has solid debut as Cavaliers beat Pistons in preseason opener

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving’s first exhibition game was a success. Irving scored 21 points — including five free throws in the final minute — in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 91-87 victory over Detroit on Friday night. The Pistons nearly rallied from an 11-point deficit, but they turned the ball over with a chance to Read More…

State jobless rate takes deep drop

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate saw its largest one-month decline in nearly 30 years during November amid improvement in the state’s job market and overall economy, and as thousands of the state’s jobless stopped searching for work, officials said Friday. Gov. John Kasich called the report “encouraging.” Joblessness dropped to 8.5 percent last month, from Read More…

Ohio unemployment takes biggest one-month drop in nearly 30 years

COLUMBUS — Officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate has taken its biggest one-month drop in nearly 30 years amid improvement in the state’s job market and overall economy. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that joblessness fell in November to 8.5 percent, from an even 9 percent in October. Department spokesman Ben Read More…

2011 has been a deadly year for police officers in Ohio, nationwide

It has been a deadlier year for law enforcement officers in Ohio and nationwide. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 166 U.S. police officers have died in the line of duty so far this year. The Washington, D.C., organization says that’s up from 152 officers killed on the job during all of 2010. Read More…

Lake Erie has worst toxic algae ever, officials say

COLUMBUS — State officials warn that Lake Erie has its worst toxic algae ever and say fish and tourism are threatened. Lake Erie overseer Roger Knight with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the trends are going in the wrong direction no matter where on the lake you go. The algae blooms are fed Read More…

College basketball: Sullinger not himself, but OSU still rolls

COLUMBUS — Everyone was pleased with how All-America forward Jared Sullinger played in his first game back after missing two because of back spasms. Everybody but Sullinger, that is. Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points and No. 2 Ohio State welcomed back Sullinger in an 82-58 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night. “I was Read More…