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CANTON — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will host the Division III football championship game in 2020 and 2021.

Also awarded to the hall by the NCAA was the 2022 men's volleyball championship for that division.

The football title games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The volleyball championship will be staged in the Performance Center at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.







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DAYTON, — March Madness will continue its start in Dayton, as the NCAA says the Ohio city will host the pair of play-in games known as the First Four through 2022.

The University of Dayton beat Detroit, Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Evansville, Indiana, to retain the opening games of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

The university has played host to the First Four since 2011. Prior to that, the opening-round game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, or play-in game, was played at UD Arena every season from 2001-10.

Dayton's athletic director, Neil Sullivan, said stadium upgrades are planned.

Nationwide Arena in Columbus will host the game's first and second rounds in 2019. U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati hosts the first two rounds in 2022.

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CLEVELAND — Even after practice ended, J.R. Smith didn't stop.

He jogged, sprinted and did everything possible to test his sore left hamstring. The Cavaliers starting guard spent the entire second half of Game 2 on the bench and doesn't want to be there again if he can help it.

Smith is listed as questionable for Game 3 tonight at Indianapolis as the Cavaliers look to take a 3-0 lead over the Indiana Pacers.

Smith, who hurt his leg at some point in the first half of Game 2, said he'll "absolutely" be ready for Game 3. However, the Cavs aren't willing to go that far just yet and will likely wait until game time before clearing him. Smith said an MRI "came back fine" and that treatment should help him heal.

If Smith can't play, Iman Shumpert, who came off the bench to replace him Monday night and gave Cleveland a lift, likely will start. Shumpert stepped up after being benched in the series opener, a demotion that seemed inevitable after his late-season struggles and coach Tyronn Lue's tightening of his rotation in the postseason.

Smith and Shumpert have swapped roles before. When Smith missed 36 games following thumb surgery, Shumpert filled in for the defending champs.

Shumpert limited Indiana star Paul George to just four points in the third quarter Monday when the Cavs built a 19-point lead. He also dropped a 3-pointer and gave Cleveland energy.

As for Smith, the hamstring injury is just a blip in what has been a personally challenging season.

In January, Smith's wife, Jewel, gave birth to their daughter five months prematurely. The baby remains in the hospital, but earlier this week Smith got to give her a bottle for the first time.