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Last Update on October 02, 2014 05:32 GMT


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Last Update on October 02, 2014 12:37 GMT


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants captured the 2012 World Series by winning six elimination games. They've also advanced to this year's National League Division Series with a winner-take-all Wild Card victory at Pittsburgh.

Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were the stars as the Giants hammered the Pirates 8-0.

Bumgarner scattered four hits and struck out 10 in his first postseason complete game. He allowed just two runners to get into scoring position the entire night.

The game was scoreless until Crawford sent a blast into the right-field bleachers in the fourth inning. Pablo Sandoval and Pence opened the fourth with singles and moved up on Brandon Belt's walk before Crawford smacked his first career postseason homer. It also was the first postseason grand slam by a shortstop.

Belt went 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBIs as the Giants earned a trip to Washington to face the Nationals in the NLDS.

Losing pitcher Edinson Volquez entered the game 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA in his last 10 starts before surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks in five-plus innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) says he'll go with a rotation of Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series, which puts Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) in the bullpen.

The 23-year-old Wacha was the NL Championship series MVP last year, outpitching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. But he's struggled since coming back from a shoulder injury in September, recording a 5.40 ERA without going more than five innings in four starts.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn-ryoo) pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Dodgers say Ryu used all of his pitches at his normal velocity and had no problems with his left shoulder during the 45-pitch session. The 14-game winner faced several teammates.

Ryu will be examined by a doctor on Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for their game at Green Bay Thursday night. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over Atlanta. He was back on the sideline before the end of the game without crutches, and an MRI showed no major damage.

The NFL's definition of the questionable designation is a 50 percent chance of playing.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith has ripped his former team, saying his release by the Carolina Panthers was personal and that the team stabbed him in the back. Smith took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, saying on WFNZ-AM's Bustin' Loose that Carolina's second-year general manager said he was "a shadow of the player I used to be." Smith spoke out three days after catching seven passes for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Ravens' 38-10 rout of the Panthers.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Fisher initially said that Shaun Hill would return as the starter as soon as he was completely healed from a quad injury. That has changed after Davis played well in his 2 1/2 games as a starter since replacing Hill during the season opener.

The 25-year-old Davis has sparked the Rams offense, throwing for 754 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, while completing 72 percent of his passes. His 93.1 quarterback rating is ninth-highest among NFC quarterbacks.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out rookie receiver Marqise Lee for the third consecutive game Sunday against Pittsburgh because of a strained right hamstring.

Lee caught eight passes for 73 yards the first two weeks. Without him, fellow rookies Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have stepped up.

The Jags are expected to be without receiver Cecil Shorts III, who injured his left hamstring in last week's 33-14 loss at San Diego. Shorts missed the first two games with the same injury.


GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.

A Grapevine, Texas, police spokesman said Wednesday night that the alleged incident took place early the morning of Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.


FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Lawyers for ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez have continued their effort to have cellphone evidence thrown out, and a judge began hearing testimony Wednesday on what the defense claims was an unlawful interrogation of him at his home.

Judge E. Susan Garsh issued no immediate ruling after considering testimony over two days on whether the seizure of the ex-player's BlackBerry was illegal. The defense also maintains Hernandez was unlawfully questioned while state police executed search warrants at his North Attleborough, Massachsetts, house.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.

The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The deal is worth $20 billion over eight years, according to a person familiar with the contract.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand. Jenner was struck by a puck on Sunday. He had 16 goals and 29 points with a plus-6 in 72 games for the Jackets as a rookie last season.

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.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, say they broke up a mail-order steroid ring whose participants included three prison guards, a probation officer and a football player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year and was recently cut.

The state attorney general's office announced charges against 13 people. That includes undrafted free agent offensive lineman Brian Clarke, who was released by the Cowboys after suffering a groin injury. The charges against Clarke included the possession and delivery of anabolic steroids.

The prison guards and probation officer worked at county facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania.


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