BC-OH–Ohio Sports Digest 2 pm, OH

The state at 2 p.m. All times EDT.

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COLUMBUS — The Detroit Red Wings play the Blue Jackets in Columbus. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.


UNDATED – The opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament allow star players from smaller programs a rare opportunity to shine on the game’s bigggest stage. Here are 10 players worth watching this week from champions of traditional one-bid leagues. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 800 words, with photos.


ST. LOUIS — Xavier, the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, prepares to open NCAA Tournament play against No. 15 Weber State. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim insisted to the NCAA selection committee that his team was different — better — once he returned from a suspension. Now, the Orange can prove it against seventh-seeded Dayton in the first round. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m., photos.


SPOKANE, Wash. — Nearly a week has passed since Cincinnati was shocked by a 70-foot miracle that forced another overtime and eventually led to the Bearcats being bounced from their conference tournament. Saint Joseph’s had no such trouble, cruising to its second Atlantic 10 Tournament title in the past three years and rolling into the NCAAs. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 700 words, developing from 8:10 p.m. availability.


COLUMBUS — The opening round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on Friday in Columbus will pit No. 3 Ohio State against No. 14 Buffalo, and No. 6 West Virginia against No. 11 Princeton. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, developing from afternoon interview sessions.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds play a spring training game. By Gary Schatz. UPCOMING: 300 words. Game time 4:05 p.m.


CINCINNATI — Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Bengals. He was part of their playoff meltdown, drawing a personal foul that set up Pittsburgh’s winning field goal. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.