COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping they have more moments to remember in this year's foray into the Stanley Cup playoffs than they had the last time. In 2008-09, they took on the Detroit Red Wings. Four games and eight days later, it was all over. The Blue Jackets open a first-round matchup at the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving doesn't want the Cavaliers' final game of this disappointing season to look anything like the team's previous two. The Cavs were beaten over the weekend by Milwaukee and Boston - two of the NBA's worst teams. They're hoping to rebound and end another non-playoff season on a positive note tomorrow night at home against Brooklyn.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension with the score tied 7-all last night. It was a shocking slugfest, one already in the record book, with at least three innings left. It will be resumed in the top of the seventh inning today at 5:30 p.m.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive during spring training. The left-hander threw 25 pitches in the bullpen before Cincinnati opened a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds hope to have him back sometime in May.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate. Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - With the confusing whirlwind of free agency behind him, Pro Bowl center Alex Mack says he's excited about staying with the Browns. Mack remained with Cleveland after the team quickly matched the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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.
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