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ANOTHER 2-4" OF SNOW IN COLUMBUS

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is posted for Columbus from Noon to 1pm.  A WINTER STORM WARNING in Southern Ohio from Noon to 1pm.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in Eastern Ohio from 4pm to 4pm. 

Heavy snow will develop into the afternoon and tonight.  2-4" of snow in Columbus with significantly higher amounts of 7-12" in Southern and Southeast Ohio.  Traveling will be significantly impacted in these areas.  Areas North and Northwest of Columbus will see under 2" of snow. 

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 06:32 GMT

CELTICS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter. He was pulled with 4:41 remaining in the period and didn't return, playing 26 minutes.

Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury, and Kevin Love -- who played despite missing the morning shoot-around due to illness -- added 12 points.

Brandon Bass scored 15 points to lead Boston, which lost by its largest margin of the season.

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets, Columbus' seventh loss in a row.

Eric Fehr and Tom Wilson also scored, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-net goal.

Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera each had two assists for the Capitals, who solidified their hold on the first wild-card playoff spot in the East before starting a five-game homestand. Braden Holtby had 27 saves.

Ovechkin, who has won the Richard Trophy as the league's goal-scoring leader the last two years and four times overall, now has 43.

Scott Hartnell had two goals and an assist -- and was stopped on a penalty shot -- while David Savard also scored for the Blue Jackets, 0-6-1 in their last seven.

INDIANS-REDS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each had one of the Cincinnati Reds' six doubles in a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the spring opener for both teams.

Phillips doubled in his first at-bat off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and scored on a single by Devin Mesoraco.

McAllister is trying to win a job as Cleveland's fifth starter, but the right-hander could also wind up in the bullpen. He made seven relief appearances last September and the Indians were pleased to see his velocity improve when he pitched late in games.

Jason Marquis, who is competing for one of two open spots in the Reds' starting rotation, struck out three and walked two in two scoreless innings.

Marlon Byrd drove in a run for the Reds; whose offense sputtered last year with the lack of a run producer in leftfield. The Reds traded for Byrd to fill the void.

INDIANS-SEASON OPENER

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against Detroit in 11 minutes.

The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will again be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. The ballpark opened in 1994.

The Indians removed several thousand seats in the renovation, which will include the home and away bullpens stacked together beyond the center-field wall. Cleveland drew just 1.4 million fans last season -- 29th in in the majors -- and the club hopes the changes at the ballpark will help bring more fans downtown.

Cleveland averaged 18,428 fans per game in a ballpark that was once sold out for 455 consecutive games.

AKRON-MIAMI (OHIO)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Eric Washington scored 16 points and Will Sullivan added 15 with 10 rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) rally past Akron 70-63 on Tuesday.

Sullivan scored 13 of his points in the second half, leading the Redhawks back from a 10-points second-half deficit.

Washington hit two free throws with 5:23 remaining in the game for the Redhawks' first lead of the second half. His makes came during an 11-0 run for a 57-49 lead with 2:06 left.

Miami made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal it.

Logan McLane and Willie Moore added 10 points apiece for Miami (13-17, 8-9 Mid-American Conference). The Redhawks made 28 of 34 free throws compared to 6 of 13 for the Zips.

Antino Jackson scored 17 points for Akron (18-12, 9-8).

The Zips held a 23-17 lead at halftime after Miami went without a field goal for the final 7:47 of the half.

YOUNGSTOWN ST-DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Jenkins scored 21 points and Juwan Howard Jr. added 20 to help No. 5 seed Detroit beat eighth-seeded Youngstown State 77-67 on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Detroit went on a 15-7 run, with nine points by Jenkins, to knot the game at 59 with eight minutes left. The game was tied at 63 and 65 before Jenkins gave Detroit its first lead of the game, 67-65, with two free throws with 3:21 left.

Detroit scored the next 10 points as Youngstown State went scoreless for four-plus minutes down the stretch after leading by as many as eight in the second half.

Horizon League Freshman of the Year Paris Bass added 11 points for Detroit (15-17).

Shawn Amiker had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Youngstown State (11-21)

Youngstown State built a 37-31 lead at halftime after holding Detroit to 10-of-28 shooting (35.7 percent).

Detroit advanced to play No. 4 Cleveland State on Friday in Valparaiso, Ind.

RHODE ISLAND-DAYTON

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Sibert scored 21 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line to help lead Dayton to a 75-59 victory over Rhode Island on Tuesday night.

Three other Flyers finished in double figures, led by Dyshawn Pierre's 19 and Kendall Pollard's 18. Pierre also added 11 rebounds for the Dayton (23-6, 13-4 Atlantic-10), which has won six of its last seven games and 21 straight at home.

The Flyers, who moved into sole possession of first-place in the Atlantic-10 with the win, shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit 24 of its 31 free throw attempts.

Dayton closed the first half on an 18-8 stretch and led 36-28 at the break. The Flyers pushed their lead as high as 19 on a Pierre jumper with 1:27 left in the second.

E.C. Mathews scored 18 to lead the Rams (20-8, 12-5).

OHIO-BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Justin Moss scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to help Buffalo beat Ohio 93-66 on Tuesday.

The game was Moss' 14th double-double of the season, tops in the MAC and 21st in the nation overall.

Shannon Evans also finished with a double-double for the Bulls (20-9, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), adding 16 points and 11 assists. Buffalo has now won five in a row, its longest winning streak of the season.

The Bulls shot 49.3 percent from the field, hit 10 3s, dished out 23 total assists, and the 93 points scored was their highest mark this year.

Buffalo, which is now tied atop the MAC East standings with Bowling Green, led 41-29 at the break. The Bulls opened the second on an 18-8 stretch to push their lead past 20.

Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (9-19, 4-13) with 25 points.

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 23:37 GMT

MLB-RODRIGUEZ

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez made his return to the playing field, going 1-for-2 with a walk in an exhibition game between the Yankees and Phillies in Tampa, Florida. The game was his first in 17 months following a drug suspension for the entire 2014 season. He was greeted by a 10-second mixture of cheers and boos. In his first at bat the three-time American League MVP lined a single to left field. He grounded out his second AB and walked in his third.

Before the game Yankees manager Joe Girardi (jer-AR'-dee) said of Rodriguez: "He was caught. He paid his time and now he's back, and he's a Yankee and we're going to cheer for him."

A-Rod was greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd of 9,673 at Steinbrenner Field on a sunny, 80-degree afternoon. Rodriguez had not played since September 2013, four months before an arbitrator said he must serve a one-year suspension imposed for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

A-Rod said of the cheers: "Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise."

MLB-OBIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Johnson, who won the American League batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died at 72. Alex Johnson Jr. says that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. The elder Johnson played for eight teams in his 13-year career. He won the American League batting crown with a .329 average.

He also played for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

MLB-TIGERS

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Facing a second Tommy John surgery, pitcher Joel Hanrahan has been released by the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers signed Hanrahan last May, a year after his first surgery, but he never appeared in a game. Detroit re-signed him in November.

Hanrahan is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves in seven seasons with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston.

NFL-PETERSON

UNDATED (AP)-- The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman (SPEEL'-muhn) and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours Wednesday afternoon at Peterson's home north of Houston. Photographers captured Spielman and Zimmer leaving together, dressed in sport coats and blue jeans.

This was the first time meeting they've had with Peterson since the star running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings. They've said repeatedly they'll welcome him back once he's fully reinstated by the NFL, but only if Peterson wants to be there.

NFL-TRADE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have agreed with the Buffalo Bills to trade quarterback Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) next week for an undisclosed draft pick. The Vikings made the announcement, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. The trade can't be completed until then, but the announcement wouldn't have been made if there were potential roadblocks for the deal. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job. He lost the starting job to injury last season.

NFL-COWBOYS

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley. The four-year contract is reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014.

BOSTON MARTHON BOMBING

BOSTON (AP) -- The question is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime.

"It WAS him," said defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty specialists.

It's a strategy aimed at saving Tsarnaev from a death sentence

The shaggy-haired defendant stared straight ahead and did not look at either the jury or Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb as the prosecutor launched into his opening statement in the nation's most closely watched terrorism trial since the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years ago.

About two dozen victims of the Boston attack took up the entire left-hand side the courtroom.

Three people were killed and more than 260 hurt when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have their leading scorer back for tonight's Southwest Division battle with Memphis. James Harden missed the Rockets' last game because of a league imposed suspension for kicking LeBron James in the groin. His return is timely as the Rockets are 1 1/2 games back of the Grizzlies in the division.

In another game of note, first-place Toronto of the Atlantic Division is playing host to James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Along with topping their division the Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference behind Atlanta. The Cavaliers start the game in fourth in the East, a game back of the Raptors. A Cleveland win would also move the Cavs into first place in the Central as they being play a half-game back of idle Chicago, which is currently third in the conference.

Two teams vying for a postseason playoff berth meet tonight in New Orleans as the Pelicans host the Pistons. New Orleans is a game back of Oklahoma City for the final Western berth while the Pistons are 2 1/2 games behind Brooklyn for the last eastern spot. Oklahoma City by the way is home to the 76ers tonight.

Two teams riding a three-game winning streak are meeting tonight in Los Angeles as the Clippers entertain the Blazers. Portland starts play in first place in the Northwest Division while the Clippers are second in the Pacific.

The rest of tonight's card has Phoenix playing at Orlando, the Pacers home to the Knicks, Utah at Boston, Brooklyn playing host to the Bobcats, L.A.'s Lakers at Miami, the Spurs home to the Kings and Milwaukee at Golden State.

NBA-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert will not play tonight against New York.

Coach Frank Vogel says he's giving the two-time All-Star extra rest during a week in which Indiana plays only one game in four days. Vogel says Hibbert is not injured and should start Friday night.

Ian Mahinmi will replace Hibbert with Lavoy Allen moving into the backup role.

NBA-ALLEN

MIAMI (AP) -- Ray Allen, the leading three-point shooter in the history of the NBA, says he will not play this season but that he will consider returning to the NBA next season. The two-time champion made the announcement through his agent, Jim Tanner. It had been rumored that several teams, most notably Cleveland, had been wooing him to return for the rest of this season.

The 39-yeaer-old has made 2,973 shots from 3-point range in his 18 NBA seasons, 413 more than anyone else in league history. On the NBA's all-time lists, Allen is 15th in games played, 22nd in field goals and 22nd in scoring.

T25-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- There are four games in Top-25 action this evening with No. 3 Duke leading the way. The 26-3 Blue Devils are home to Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

In the lone game of the night featuring two ranked schools 12th-ranked Notre Dame is on the road for a game against 16th-ranked Louisville.

Completing the schedule Ohio State, the 23rd-ranked school, is at Penn State and No. 24 Providence is at Seton Hall.

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