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Buckeyes add another transfer big man in Thompson PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:14
COLUMBUS— Virginia Tech’s Trevor Thompson, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, says he’s transferring to play at Ohio State.
Thompson will have three years of eligibility remaining, most likely sitting out a year to begin playing in the 2015-16 season.
On his Twitter account, Thompson posted, “Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye.”
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Dumars officially stepping down as Pistons’ GM PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:08
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons’ president of basketball operations.
The team made the move official Monday, a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and dropped to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year.
“It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said in a statement. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.”
Gores took over as owner in 2011, with the team clearly in a rebuilding mode, but expectations were higher this season after the Pistons signed Josh Smith and traded for Brandon Jennings. The new-look roster flopped, and now somebody else will be in charge of the next effort to bring Detroit back to the postseason.
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Blue Jackets say just making playoffs not enough PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:04
COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets have never won a playoff game.
Forward Mark Letestu looks at that as an opportunity instead of a stigma.
“I don’t think there’s a burden,” he said during preparations for the Blue Jackets’ first-round playoff battle with Pittsburgh that opens Wednesday. “This team’s into firsts. We set a franchise record in wins, we’re back in the playoffs now after a long drought. This team’s all about setting firsts. I don’t think we view that as an ‘if’; I think it’s a ‘when.”’
At the very least, the Blue Jackets are hoping their second trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs lasts somewhat longer than the first.
In 2009 they took on the Detroit Red Wings. Four games and eight days later, it was all over.
Jared Boll, the longest serving Blue Jacket, concedes that maybe the big thing five years ago was just making it into the postseason.
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Cavs, Irving staggering to finish PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:06
CLEVELAND — As this disheartening season dwindles to its final moments, Kyrie Irving stood up and took responsibility for how he and his teammates played in their past two games.
Finally, some effort.
Showing little fight or interest, the Cavaliers were beaten Friday at Milwaukee by the NBA’s worst team and followed it up with a loss to Boston, another non-playoff squad.
On Monday, Irving said the performances were unacceptable.
“It’s disappointing, just based on our effort,” Irving said following practice. “Our fans definitely don’t deserve that, especially to end the season. We preached it and said we wanted to finish strong, but teams are just getting the best of us. Our effort level just wasn’t there and it can show. It’s disappointing and we have to be disappointed in ourselves these last two games. Our fans don’t deserve it.”
The two dreadful losses came just days after the Cavs were officially eliminated from the postseason. It would be understandable for there to be some kind of letdown, but what made them more troubling was that coach Mike Brown implied his team gave up.
“We look like we’re going through the motions,” Brown said after the 111-99 loss to the Celtics. “It’s not good. It’s not good at all.”
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Reds, Pirates hit 10 HRs before game is suspended PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:52
CINCINNATI — Ryan Ludwick had never experienced anything quite like this rainy night.
“Nope, not in 35 years,” the Cincinnati Reds outfielder said. “Well, make that 30. I started playing baseball when I was 5.”
No matter how long he plays, he’ll have a new reference point for weirdness. And the game’s not even over yet.
Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and the Pirates and Reds hit 10 homers in all before rain forced a suspension after six innings with the score tied 7-all on Monday night.
The shocking slugfest will resume Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the top of the seventh inning. Conditions are expected to be drier but much colder.
Not that the weather seems to matter much when these two rivals get together.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “The way we got started, one team going in front of the other with home runs. I’ve seen a lot of home runs hit, but not in those conditions. You wouldn’t imagine they would carry that far.”
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