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CINCINNATI — Their season is slipping away, and now their best player is hurt. The Bengals lost another home game on Sunday and now face the possibility of missing out on the playoffs for the first time in six years. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
CLEVELAND — For the first time in 66 years, the Cleveland Browns’ overall record is below .500 and it’s going to get worse. There are still five games left in a historically bad season for the 0-11 Browns, who on top of everything else may have to change quarterbacks again. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and team captains look ahead to the Michigan game. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— FBC–T25-OHIO STATE-MISSING Ms: Rivalry Week is serious business around here. Ohio State fans’ distaste for Michigan is so strong that even the letter M is unpopular in Columbus this week. SENT: 130 words.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Game has lost its luster in recent years. Ohio State has dominated Michigan, winning four straight and 11 of 12 to diminish intrigue in one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The third-ranked Wolverines have a chance to change the conversation Saturday against the second-ranked Buckeyes in the Horseshoe, where they haven’t won since 2000. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
BKC–WESTERN CAROLINA-OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Western Carolina visits Ohio State. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.
BKC–T25-COLLEG BKB POLL
Kentucky moves into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll, replacing Duke, which dropped to sixth following its final-seconds loss to Kansas in the Champions Classic. By Jim O’Connell. SENT: 270 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Colorado Avalanche visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. By stringer Nicole Kraft. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.