BC-OH–Ohio Sports Digest midnight, OH

The state at midnight. All times EST.

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James is expected to be back in Cleveland's lineup after sitting out Sunday's loss in Washington as the Cavaliers, who have dropped three of four, host the Indiana Pacers. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.



CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks with an injured left knee. Williams has been bothered by soreness in his knee for much of the season. He did not travel with the team for weekend losses at Toronto and Washington. By Tom Withers. SENT: 220 words.


NEW YORK — Eric Staal is expected to make his Rangers debut when New York plays host to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The Latest on the NHL trade deadline. Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was unsure if general manager Jarmo Kekalainen planned to be active at the deadline. SENT: 750 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Breno Giacomini and Gary Barnidge — a couple of ambitious NFL players intent on making a difference beyond the field — and their buddy Ahmed Awadallah set out on a mission five years ago to take American football all over the world. The three are the founders of American Football Without Barriers, a non-profit organization that educates disadvantaged children in the United States and overseas about the sport they love. Next stop: Egypt. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 900 words, photos.


MARYVILLE, Tenn. — David Douglas, a former offensive lineman who played five seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 52 years old. Douglas' wife, Karla Douglas, said Monday that her husband died of brain cancer Saturday at their home in Maryville, Tennessee. She said Douglas had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. SENT: 220 words.



GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Billy Hamilton hasn't fully recovered from shoulder surgery last September, slowing his quest to regain the leadoff spot for the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton struggled at the plate during his second full season in the majors and was dropped to ninth in the order. He hurt his right shoulder and had surgery in September to repair a torn labrum. He's taking it slowly during spring training. By Gary Schatz. SENT: 740 words.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The navy blue Indians uniform wasn't the only thing Juan Uribe wore as he walked around the team's spring training complex for the first time. He also sported a wide grin. SENT: 660 words.

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— BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL: Kansas is back at No. 1 in the men's college basketball poll by The Associated Press, and Villanova falls from the top spot to third after losing to Xavier.

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