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Last Update on September 30, 2014 05:33 GMT


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Wisniewski had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 preseason victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves in recording the shutout for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 5-1.

Artem Anisimov scored the game's first goal at 14:04 of the opening period. Wisniewski, who assisted on Anisimov's goal, doubled the lead at 4:21 of the second, and Jared Boll made it 3-0 at 7:53 of the third.

With the Blue Jackets on a power play, Nick Foligno was behind the Nashville net and found Anisimov in front for an easy tap-in against goalie Pekka Rinne. Foligno had two assists.

Rinne made 24 saves for Nashville, which dropped to 3-2 in the preseason.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James says he has not decided whether he'll play in the 2016 Olympics.

James said Monday following the Cavaliers' practice that he's "nowhere near" deciding if he'll again play for Team USA in two years. Kevin Durant has reportedly said he will play for the American squad in Brazil, but James said following practice that "I haven't even thought about it too much. I haven't decided."

The 29-year-old James has played on three U.S. Olympic teams, winning gold medals in Beijing and London and a bronze in Athens.

James did not play for Team USA this summer as he wanted some time off and had another big decision to make, re-signing with the Cavaliers.

He will likely face more questions about his plans for two summers from now later this month when the Cavs play an exhibition in Rio de Janiero against Miami.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Packages piled up in Devon Still's locker on Monday, gifts from people supporting the Bengals defensive lineman as he cares for his 4-year-old daughter fighting cancer.

Still spent his bye week encouraging Leah through surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her abdomen. She has more chemotherapy ahead to deal with cancer in her bone marrow.

Still's story has gotten international attention. The Bengals are donating sales of his jersey to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati for pediatric cancer care and treatment. Nearly 10,000 jerseys have been sold, bringing the donation total to $1 million.

The support has helped Still and his daughter get through the tough time.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes have scored 116 points in their last two wins and feel as though they're building some momentum heading into their Big Ten opener at Maryland on Sunday.

Still, they know they have a lot of work ahead of them after allowing three touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in last weekend's 50-28 victory over Cincinnati.

Coach Urban Meyer says the Buckeyes have shown great effort on defense, but mistakes are still being made. Co-coordinator Luke Fickell is happy with his players' development and also concedes there is plenty of room for improvement.

Right now, the No. 20 Buckeyes are dealing with some dramatic positives and negatives.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 30, 2014 12:59 GMT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are at the .500 mark after dealing Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) his second-worst loss as coach of the New England Patriots.

Jamaal Charles returned from an injury to rush for 92 yards and score three touchdowns as the Chiefs crushed the Pats 41-14. The Pro Bowl running back caught two short TD passes from Alex Smith, who threw for 248 yards and three scores in a sharp performance.

Charles missed the Chiefs' previous game with a sprained ankle.

Knile (nyl) Davis finished with 107 yards rushing for Kansas City, and tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 93 yards and a score.

The Pats had just 13 first downs, 75 rushing yards and 290 total yards. Tom Brady was of little help, throwing for just 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before giving way to backup Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH'-pah-loh).

The 27-point loss is the highest by the Patriots under Belichick since a 31-0 setback at Buffalo in 2003.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders will have a new head coach.

A person with knowledge of the move has confirmed to The Associated Press that Dennis Allen is out after just two-plus seasons and an 8-28 record.

The firing was first reported by Fox Sports.

The decision comes one day after the team lost its 10th straight contest dating to last season, 38-14 to Miami in London. The Raiders went 4-12 in each of their two full seasons under Allen and haven't had a winning season since capturing the 2002 AFC championship.

Allen was the first coach hired by the Raiders following the death of owner Al Davis.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have benched starting quarterback EJ Manuel. Coach Doug Marrone (muh-ROHN') has announced that Kyle Orton will start Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The move comes after Manuel had another sub-standard performance in the 2-2 Bills loss to Houston Sunday. Orton was signed in the offseason as a veteran back-up to Manuel who was Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2013 and had started 14 games over the past two seasons.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy performed one year after Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found the Kansas City linebacker had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That's the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, filed a lawsuit in December alleging her son was subjected to "repetitive head trauma," and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide.

The attorneys for the family released the details of the autopsy.


UNDATED (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year the same season A.J. Hinch was fired as skipper of the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Monday, Hinch got another major league managerial job and Gardenhire got the boot.

The Astros have hired Hinch, less than a month after firing manager Bo Porter. Hinch previously managed the Diamondbacks, recording an 89-123 record from May 2009 until July 2010. The former major league catcher most recently was the vice president of professional scouting for San Diego from 2010 until August.

The Astros introduced Hinch hours after the Twins fired Gardenhire following 13 seasons and six AL Central division titles. The Twins finished first in their first three seasons under Gardenhire and captured back-to-back division crowns in 2009 and 2010. Gardenhire was the 2010 AL manager of the year, but the team has averaged 96 losses the last four seasons.


UNDATED (AP) -- Baseball's post season gets underway tonight in Kansas City as the Royals play host to the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game. The winner of the game advances to the AL divisional playoffs against the Los Angeles Angels.

The pitching for the game is set with Scott Shields taking the mound for the Royals against Oakland's Jon Lester.

On Wednesday, the Giants send 18-game winner Madison Bumgarner to the hill against Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz) and the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The winner gets the Washington Nationals, who host the first two games of their National League Division Series.

Later this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on St. Louis in an NL division series and Baltimore will play Detroit in an AL division series.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi says returning third baseman Alex Rodriguez will have to show in spring training that he can still play. Rodriguez served a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.

Girardi said he expects Rodriguez will be a starter at third but cautioned the team needs him to prove it.

Rodriguez is signed for three additional seasons for a total of $61 million.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris is slated to make his first start when 15th-ranked LSU plays its first SEC road game of the season at No. 5 Auburn this Saturday. Tigers coach Les Miles announced the change in the pecking order after watching Harris lead touchdown drives on nine of his last 10 series in a backup role. Former starter Anthony Jennings had arguably his worst outings of the season over the weekend before Harris entered the game and led seven straight touchdown drives.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky has suspended four freshmen for Saturday night's SEC game against South Carolina for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on campus. Running back and Wildcats all-purpose yards leader Stanley "Boom" Williams was suspended, along with backup quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker, and defensive end Tymere Dubose. Coach Mark Stoops and athletic director Mitch Barnhart issued a statement Monday night saying the players could face additional internal discipline.

No one was injured Sunday night, but police issued an alert advising people to stay indoors on the Lexington campus as they investigated.


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart says he never considered retiring from racing following the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The three-time NASCAR champion talked with reporters Monday in his first news conference since a grand jury decided last week not to charge him in Ward's death. The 20-year-old Ward was struck and killed by Stewart's car during a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9.

Stewart discussed the accident openly and said if the parents of Ward wanted to hear from him he'd be glad to meet with them.


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