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A fraternity of the heart in the NBA
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, March 21, 2014 8:15 PM

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Three years ago, Jeff Green joined one of the most exclusive clubs in the NBA. He didn’t ask to be a part of it. Didn’t even know it existed until a doctor told him that he had an aortic aneurysm and his career with the Boston Celtics was in jeopardy.

Open-heart surgery was looming and Green never felt more alone, more uncertain. That’s when the calls, the text messages, the overtures started coming. First from Fred Hoiberg and Etan Thomas, then from Ronny Turiaf.

They offered advice. They offered encouragement. They had all been there before. And just like that, Green wasn’t alone. But as he quickly found out, it was so much more than a club.

 
Unbeaten Knights one step nearer State boys title
Written by John Parent   
Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:18 PM

BY JOHN PARENT

Times Bulletin Sports Editor

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COLUMBUS – Play 29. That’s been the rallying cry of the undefeated and top-ranked Crestview Knights coming into the Division IV tournament. After a 54-50 win over New Madison Tri-Village on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Crestview will do just that.

The Knights, now 28-0 on the year, will take on Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Crestview stands now just one win away from its first-ever boys basketball state championship.

For the second straight game, Tyson Bolenbaugh was responsible for a crucial 3-point play that helped seal a Crestview victory. With 5:55 to play in the game on Thursday night, Bolenbaugh got his defender in the air, absorbed contact and wound up on the floor, watching as a desperation shot found its way through the net.

Bolenbaugh’s free throw game the Knights a commanding 7-point lead and clutch free throws from Cam Etzler and Damian Helm salted away the Crestview win.

Crestview hasn’t trailed at halftime often this season and, after they had jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the Division IV state semifinals, it didn’t look like Thursday night would be any different.

 
Craft, Ohio State fall short in loss to Dayton
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:17 PM

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Aaron Craft’s career at Ohio State ended with a thud.

The senior guard was left lying on his back in the paint looking up toward the rafters after his driving 10-foot jumper rolled off the rim, sealing 11th-ranked Dayton’s 60-59 victory over the sixth-seeded Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

“I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win and down the stretch I couldn’t do that today,” Craft said. “I can take the blame for that.”

Craft finished with 16 points and four steals, upping his Big Ten Conference-record total to 337. But he couldn’t steal away a victory in what became the Buckeyes’ earliest tournament exit since a first-round 74-72 overtime loss to Siena in 2009.

Vee Sanford hit a layup with 3.8 seconds left to seal the win for Dayton (24-10) in a showdown of Ohio schools separated by just 75 miles.

 
RPM has banner day with a pair of top-5s
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:16 PM

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 75 races as teammates, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose had never before run in the top five together. They finally broke through at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Richard Petty Motorsports scored its best overall day as an organization in years.

Almirola finished a career-best third at Bristol, while Ambrose was fifth. It marked the first time since Almirola moved into Petty’s iconic No. 43 Sprint Cup seat in 2012 that both drivers finished in the top five in the same race.

Now they had to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., looking for another big finish.

“Last week gave our team a lot of momentum going into this weekend,” Almirola said. “It showed that all of our hard work and all the investment from our partners is paying off. We have shown speed everywhere we’ve gone this year, we just haven’t seen the results to prove it. We did just that last week.”

For Ambrose, his finish at Bristol was his first top-5 since Bristol in August 2012. Last season was a disappointing year of only six top-10 finishes for the Australian.

But California will be a different animal.

 
Bengals sign QB Campbell to be backup
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:16 PM

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed quarterback Jason Campbell to be Andy Dalton’s backup on Thursday, a move that brings the franchise full circle in several ways.

Campbell’s broken collarbone with the Raiders midway through the 2011 season had deep reverberations in Cincinnati.

The injury prompted then-Raiders coach Hue Jackson to lobby for a trade with the Bengals, who sent them Carson Palmer for a first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick. Palmer was holding out, saying he’d never play again for the Bengals.

 
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