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PITTSBURGH — The seemingly effortless rhythm the Pittsburgh Steelers offense generates at home vanishes on the road. Pittsburgh is averaging just 10 points a game during its current three-game road slide and they’re not quite sure what the problem is, though a trip to Cleveland offers hope. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
DALLAS — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel reaches a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 480 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers star LeBron James is giving back to a champion who shaped his life, donating $2.5 million to support an exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. By Tom Withers. SENT: 230 words, photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Providence visits Ohio State. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No. 7 Xavier came to Disney World last year and won an early season tournament, and now the Musketeers will try to prevail in another. They open play in the Tire Pros Invitational on Thursday against Missouri. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:30. p.m.
FBC–BIG TEN-UNHAPPY RETURNS
Nebraska’s Mike Riley for weeks has been lamenting his team’s inability to consistently return punts. He’s not the only coach with that problem. The number of returns per game in the Bowl Subdivision since the start of the 2015 season is the lowest on record, and average yards per return also have declined. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Indiana visits No. 4 Michigan in the game of the week in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have won 20 straight against Indiana, but this is no gimme. By Eric Olson. SENT: 510 words, photos.
FBC–PLAYOFF-MARGIN OF VICTORY
The stretch run of the regular season makes it tempting for playoff contenders to run up big margins for the sake of style points, even though members of the College Football Playoff committee insist they don’t take margin of victory into consideration when compiling their rankings. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
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