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CLEVELAND — LeBron James is expected to be back in Cleveland’s lineup after sitting one game — part of the team’s plans to keep him fresh — as the Cavaliers host the Detroit Pistons, who are unbeaten at home just 1-6 on the road this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — James Harrison finds himself one sack shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ club record, and also back in the starting lineup heading into Sunday’s game in Cleveland. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The New York Rangers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. By stringer Robert Denhard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.
CINCINNATI — Memphis (6-3, 3-3 American Athletic) plays struggling Cincinnati (4-6, 1-5), which hasn’t scored a touchdown in its last two games. By stringer Gary Schatz. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Spartans won’t be repeating as Big Ten champions, but they’d love to pull off another upset against Ohio State in their final home game of the season. By Noah Trister. SENT: 800 words.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After narrowly escaping Missouri, No.11 Xavier hits the court to take on Clemson in the second round of the Tire Pros Invitational. By Terrance Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Tipoff is 1:30 p.m.
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech faces Ohio looking to improve to 3-0 under first-year coach Josh Pastner. By Matt Winkeljohn. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.
— JOHNNY BENCH-ANTI-BULLYING AP: Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench has launched a new cellphone app aimed at combatting bullying in schools nationwide. SENT: 130 words. Also moved on news wires.