BC-OH–Ohio Sports Digest 1:30 pm, OH

The state at 1:30 p.m. All times EST.

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NEW ORLEANS — The Cleveland Cavaliers try to avoid a fifth loss in seven games when they visit the struggling Pelicans on Monday night. New Orleans is trying to bounce back from an embarrassing blow-out loss to languishing Brooklyn. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m.


LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic — Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name “Ventura” emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. Four current or former major league players have died in traffic accidents here in recent years, including Andy Marte, a 33-year-old infielder who also died Sunday. He had played in the Major Leagues from 2005-2010 with Atlanta and Cleveland and returned in 2014 with Arizona.

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. SENT: 470 words, photos.