Ohio Sports News

Last Update on October 02, 2014 05:32 GMT

HURRICANES-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Matt Calvert had two goals and an assist and rookie Marko Dano also scored twice in the third period in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 6-3 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Michael Chaput and Artem Anisimov added goals for the Blue Jackets (6-1-0) and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves.

Rookie Victor Rask had two goals and an assist for Carolina (1-4-1), and Michal Jordan had a goal and an assist. Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots.

Blue Jackets second-year forward Boone Jenner had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left hand that could sideline him five weeks. He was injured Sunday in practice.

BLUE JACKETS-JENNER OUT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAHR'-moh kehk-uh-LYN'-uhn) said Jenner underwent successful surgery on Wednesday.

Jenner, who had 16 goals and 33 assists as a rookie a year ago, was struck by a puck during practice on Sunday.

He is the third top forward not with the club. Leading-scorer Ryan Johansen is in the middle of a contract dispute and last year's top free-agent signing, Nathan Horton, is not practicing due to a bad back.

BENGALS GET BETTER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are in position to get better in the one area where they're lacking on offense.

Receiver Marvin Jones is back this week as the Bengals (3-0) get ready to play at New England (2-2) on Sunday night. Jones is one of Cincinnati's best options close to the goal line. He had 10 touchdown catches last season, becoming one of Andy Dalton's favorite targets with his ability to make tough catches and out-jump defenders.

The Bengals have struggled to finish drives during their three games, sending Mike Nugent out for 11 field goal attempts. Jones makes them more dangerous when they're close to the goal line.

Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict is expected back from his second concussion of the season.

TITANS-LOCKER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball.

Locker isn't overly concerned, he expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The quarterback says he feels really good and was able to do everything Wednesday, which he calls encouraging. Locker lobbied coach Ken Whisenhunt to play in last week's 41-17 loss at Indianapolis but watched from the sideline as backup Charlie Whitehurst played. Locker says it's always tough staying on the sideline.

Whisenhunt wants to see how Locker feels Thursday after a full practice. Locker struggled in his last two starts, but the coach says all of the Titans must play better.

The Titans (1-3) host the Browns (1-2) on Sunday having lost three straight.

CAVALIERS SCRIMMAGE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Long lines wrapped around Quicken Loans Arena as Cavaliers fans eagerly waited to welcome back LeBron James.

Four years after the NBA superstar left for Miami, James has returned to the Cavs. He wore a No. 23 uniform and performed in front of Cleveland fans for the first time Wednesday as the team held a scrimmage. The Cavs gave away 20,000 free tickets for the event that also was the public's first look at the new-look Cavs with James, All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and rookie coach David Blatt.

James re-signed with the Cavs to try and bring Cleveland its first pro sports championship since 1964.

The 29-year-old left Cleveland in 2010 on bad terms with some fans, but he's back and all seems to be forgiven.

LEBRON-TV SERIES

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story.

The NBA superstar is co-producing a half-hour TV series called "Becoming," which will showcase the journeys of some of today's top athletes. The pilot focuses on James, his struggles growing up in a single-parent home in Akron, Ohio and his rise to become one of the world's best basketball players.

The show premieres Oct. 26 on Disney XD.

James says he was inspired as a kid by Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Allen Iverson. James says their stories "kept me dreaming" and when he learned they had similar struggles "it made everything seem possible."

James, who re-signed with the Cavaliers this summer, has always had a strong connection with kids, a bond that's grown as he became a father.

The pilot includes rarely-seen footage of James playing AAU basketball and at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

OHIO ST-FAN SLAM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case.

Defense attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies.

The fourth-year engineering student is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. His attorney entered a not-guilty plea in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Wunder was stopped and slammed down by an assistant strength and conditioning coach Saturday during Ohio State's home victory over Cincinnati. The coach, Anthony Schlegel, is a former Buckeyes linebacker.

The hit has been a sensation on social media.

Coach Urban Meyer said he had a somewhat serious conversation with Schlegel about the hit.

National Sports News

Last Update on October 02, 2014 15:00 GMT

MLB-PLAYOFFS

UNDATED (AP) -- Play in the American League divisional playoff series starts today in Baltimore and Anaheim, California.

In the first game of the day the Orioles are hosting Detroit with the pitching matchup featuring Max Scherzer of the Tigers against Chris Tillman of the O's. During the regular season Scherzer, the winner of the AL Cy Young Award last year, was 18-5 while Tillman was 13-6.

The Tigers once again won the AL Central Division while the Orioles won the AL East. Record-wise Baltimore had 96 wins against 66 defeats while the Tigers were 90-72.

If playoff experience and Cy Young Awards mean anything, the Tigers have to be favored as their first three pitchers, Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price, have three Cy Young Awards among them and 35 games of postseason experience.

Game 2 in the best-of-five affair will be played Friday afternoon.

Tonight's game has the Angels playing host to the Royals. KC advanced with a 12-inning win over Oakland in the AL Wild Card Game two nights ago.

Eighteen-game winner Jered Weaver is on the rubber for the Angels against 11-game winner Jason Vargas for the Royals.

Los Angeles racked up the best record in the American League this season with 98 wins and 64 defeats while the Royals finished second to the Tigers in the AL Central with 89 wins and 73 losses.

During the season the Royals and Angels met six times with each team winning three games.

The second game in that best-of-five series will be Friday evening.

NFL

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The NFL game this evening features a pairing of old rivals, the Vikings and Packers. Tonight's game is being played in Green Bay and each team is 2-2 on the young season. In their last meeting, last November, the game finished in a tie at 26-all.

The Packers aren't sure who they will be seeing behind center as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who made his pro debut last week, is recuperating from an ankle injury. If he can't play veteran Christian Ponder will get the snaps. Bridgewater, who played his college ball at Louisville, passed for 317 yards last week against the Falcons.

advertisement

Sports Director Clay Hall

WSYX - Clay Hall

Clay Hall is the Sports Director for ABC 6 and FOX 28.

Find out more about Sports Director Clay Hall

advertisement