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CLEVELAND — After scoring 137 points in their previous game, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to improve to 12-2 as they host the Dallas Mavericks, who have lost seven straight and have the NBA’s worst record. By stringers Steve Herrick and Brian Dulik. Game time is 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
— BKN–CAVALIERS-FRYE OUT: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye will be out indefinitely following the death of his father on Thanksgiving.
BALTIMORE — When the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens meet late in the season, the matchup usually involves two playoff-bound teams vying for a high seed in postseason play. This time, it’s about survival. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James is jamming one of college football’s biggest games into his busy schedule. James and several Cleveland teammates plan to attend Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus before they play in Philadelphia that night. By Tom Withers. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: May be updated. Also moving on some news wires.
COLUMBUS — J.T. Barrett against the Michigan pass rush. The Wolverines’ versatile defensive star Jabrill Peppers against Ohio State’s versatile offensive weapon, Curtis Samuel. Michigan’s hard-running De’Veon Smith vs. Ohio State’s hard-hitting Raekwon McMillan. The matchups that could decide The Game. By Ralph D. Russo. 700 words, with photos, by 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Game is set up to be a gem. No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) hosts rival and third-ranked Michigan (10-1, 7-1, No. 3 CFP) on Saturday with a lot on the line, and it could join a long list of memorable games in the storied series. By Larry Lage. SENT: 990 words, photos.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — No. 14 Western Michigan can wrap up an unbeaten regular season — and a division title — with a win over Toledo. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time is 5 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Marshall visits Ohio State. By stringer Jacob Myers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Dayton takes on Portland in the second day of the Wooden Legacy. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game time is 9:30 p.m.
KINGSTON, R.I. — No. 23 Rhode Island host Belmont. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.
ESTERO, Fla. — Kalani Brown scored 17 points, Lauren Cox added 15 and No. 5 Baylor had little trouble with Kent State, winning 84-42 Friday in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 370 words, photos.
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ESTERO, Fla. — No. 8 Ohio State and Florida Gulf Coast went to double-overtime in their last meeting two years ago, and renew acquaintances Friday in the Gulf Coast Showcase. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer takes time out of week preparing for a game with Michigan to visit an 11-year-old Florida girl, who’s battling cancer. By Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 490 words. A Member Exchange. Also moving on some news wires.