BC-OH–Ohio Sports Digest midnight, OH


The state at midnight. All times EST.

Oskar Garcia, assistant sports editor for the east region of the AP, can be reached at ogarcia@ap.org, or by office phone at 215-446-6632 or cellphone at 702-285-3000. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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FBN–BROWNS-MANZIEL TROUBLES

CLEVELAND — The Browns defend their handling of Johnny Manziel’s late-season concussion, saying that Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 30 by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report that they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice. By Tom Withers. SENT: 420 words, photos.

HKN–ISLANDERS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS — The New York Islanders were visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC–ALABAMA’S CHALLENGE

DAYTON, Ohio — No. 23 Dayton — playing with its highest ranking so late in the season since 1968 — was hosting Duquesne. By Joe Kay. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC–T25-XAVIER-CREIGHTON

OMAHA, Neb. — No. 5 Xavier brought a five-game win streak into its game against Creighton. By Eric Olson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

RAPE ALLEGATIONS-KENT STATE

CLEVELAND — A former softball player and current student at Kent State University in Ohio has sued her coach and the school, claiming they engaged in a cover-up and failed to follow federal guidelines after she reported being raped by the coach’s son. SENT: 325 words.

Also:

— FBC–STANFORD-HART: Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart, who won the 1968 national championship with Ohio State as a player under Woody Hayes and started his coaching career there as a graduate assistant, is retiring after 46 years as a college coach.

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