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OSU Won't Have Easy Road to Repeat

Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times

Sore Elbow Benches Manziel

Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cavs Hope to Cut Minutes for LeBron

Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Times' annual college football countdown continues its march toward No. 1 with the pick for No. 2. My fingers tried typing No. 1 next to Ohio State but locked up with what digi...(full article)

Thirteen years after a record-setting freshman season at Ohio State and nine years after a descent into crime branded him as one of college football's tragic figures, Maurice Clare...(full article)

There has never been a bigger AP Top 25 preseason favorite than Ohio State. Ever. Roll that around in your mind for a second. That's historic. That's monumental. That also might be...(full article)

Mike Pettine revealed Wednesday that Johnny Manziel has been dealing with elbow soreness since high school from his three-quarter release, but the Browns aren't 'overly alarmed' ...(full article)

The Cavaliers and J.R. Smith were able to find a compromise that worked and is good for both sides. The Cavs wanted to keep their payroll under control this season because of the l...(full article)

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