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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Full of power and polish, shortstop Francisco Lindor burst onto the major league stage as a rookie. The fun-loving 22-year-old is a star in the making, and perhaps a player capable of taking the Cleveland Indians to greater heights in 2016. By Hayden Grove. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Carrasco makes his second start as the Cleveland Indians, who have won three straight Cactus League games, host the San Diego Padres. Game time 3:05 p.m.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Seventh-seeded Ohio State might need another win or two to convince the NCAA tournament’s selection committee it belongs in the 68-team field. The Buckeyes’ quest begins Thursday when it faces 10th-seeded Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten tourney. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time is 6:30 p.m. ET.
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is likely to share a court with LeBron James for the final time when the Lakers host the Cavaliers. Bryant has missed several recent games with a sore right shoulder, but he usually plays in the biggest matchups of his farewell season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 7:30 p.m. PST.
CINCINNATI — The Bengals have signed starting safety George Iloka and offensive tackle Eric Winston while working on a deal with cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
CLEVELAND — Johnny Manziel hasn’t been bounced by the Browns yet. Cleveland did not release the partying quarterback as expected on Wednesday, but the team lost four starters when the NFL opened free agency and kicked off a new calendar year. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
Thursday, March 10, 1 p.m.: Division III Girls Semifinal, Gates Mill Gilmour Academy (23-5) vs. Marion Pleasant (26-2) at Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
Thursday, March 10, 3 p.m.: Division III Girls Semifinal, Ironton (27-0) vs. Columbus Afroentric (22-5), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m.: Division II Girls Semifinal, Columbus Eastmoor Academy (22-6) vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter (26-2), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
Thursday, March 10, 8 p.m.: Division II Girls Semifinal, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (17-10) vs. Ottawa-Glandorf (25-2), Value City Arena. UPCOMING: 130 words.
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