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Last Update on September 30, 2014 05:33 GMT

BLUE JACKETS-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Wisniewski had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 preseason victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves in recording the shutout for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 5-1.

Artem Anisimov scored the game's first goal at 14:04 of the opening period. Wisniewski, who assisted on Anisimov's goal, doubled the lead at 4:21 of the second, and Jared Boll made it 3-0 at 7:53 of the third.

With the Blue Jackets on a power play, Nick Foligno was behind the Nashville net and found Anisimov in front for an easy tap-in against goalie Pekka Rinne. Foligno had two assists.

Rinne made 24 saves for Nashville, which dropped to 3-2 in the preseason.

LEBRON-OLYMPICS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James says he has not decided whether he'll play in the 2016 Olympics.

James said Monday following the Cavaliers' practice that he's "nowhere near" deciding if he'll again play for Team USA in two years. Kevin Durant has reportedly said he will play for the American squad in Brazil, but James said following practice that "I haven't even thought about it too much. I haven't decided."

The 29-year-old James has played on three U.S. Olympic teams, winning gold medals in Beijing and London and a bronze in Athens.

James did not play for Team USA this summer as he wanted some time off and had another big decision to make, re-signing with the Cavaliers.

He will likely face more questions about his plans for two summers from now later this month when the Cavs play an exhibition in Rio de Janiero against Miami.

BENGALS-STILL'S DAUGHTER

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Packages piled up in Devon Still's locker on Monday, gifts from people supporting the Bengals defensive lineman as he cares for his 4-year-old daughter fighting cancer.

Still spent his bye week encouraging Leah through surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her abdomen. She has more chemotherapy ahead to deal with cancer in her bone marrow.

Still's story has gotten international attention. The Bengals are donating sales of his jersey to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati for pediatric cancer care and treatment. Nearly 10,000 jerseys have been sold, bringing the donation total to $1 million.

The support has helped Still and his daughter get through the tough time.

T25-OHIO ST-BIG TEN

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes have scored 116 points in their last two wins and feel as though they're building some momentum heading into their Big Ten opener at Maryland on Sunday.

Still, they know they have a lot of work ahead of them after allowing three touchdown passes of at least 60 yards in last weekend's 50-28 victory over Cincinnati.

Coach Urban Meyer says the Buckeyes have shown great effort on defense, but mistakes are still being made. Co-coordinator Luke Fickell is happy with his players' development and also concedes there is plenty of room for improvement.

Right now, the No. 20 Buckeyes are dealing with some dramatic positives and negatives.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 30, 2014 22:49 GMT

MLB PLAYOFFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Baseball's second-season, the playoffs, gets started tonight with the American League Wild Card game. This evening's matchup has Oakland playing the Royals in Kansas City. For the A's, this is their third straight trip to the postseason while for the Royals, tonight's game marks their first trip to the playoffs in 29 years. Recordwise the A's finished the regular season with 88 wins and 74 defeats to finish second in the AL West, while the Royals were second to the Tigers in the AL Central with 89 wins and 73 defeats.

The pitching matchup is a good one with Jon Lester going for the visitors against James Shields. Lester was 16-11 with a 2.46 earned run average this season while Shields was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA. Against the Royals, Lester is 9-3 lifetime with a 1.84 ERA.

The A's and Royals met seven times during the season with the Royals coming out on top in five of the games.

The winner of tonight's game faces the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Divisional playoffs.

MLB-TIGERS ROTATION

DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) gets the start to open Detroit's postseason when they meet Baltimore Thursday in the AL Division Series. Scherzer went 18-5 this season with a 3.15 ERA. Manager Brad Ausmus will go with Justin Verlander in the second game and David Price in Game 3 when the series shifts to Detroit.

MLB-YANKEES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran has undergone elbow surgery to remove a bone spur and loose pieces that limited his throwing ability for most of the 2014 season. The team says Beltran can start throwing and hitting in about six weeks and can play baseball in approximately 12 weeks.

NFL-RAIDERS

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach to replace the fired Dennis Allen. Sparano takes over a winless team after four games.

He had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11.

NFL-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Linebacker Robert Mathis has agreed to a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts through the 2016 season. Mathis is the Colts' career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19 1/2 sacks last season.

He was suspended for the first four games of this season after violating the NFL's the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, and then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon.

NFL-PENALTY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah (ab-DOO'-luh) should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception in last night's game. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression.

The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 41-14 victory over New England last night touched off a firestorm on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.

PHELPS-DUI

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has apologized for his arrest early today on a DUI charge in Baltimore.

Officials say he was doing 84 miles per hour in a 45-mile-an-hour zone and that he failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over. Phelps says in a statement that he takes full responsibility for his actions.

This is Phelps' second DUI charge in Maryland. He faced the first charge in 2004.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian with 22 medals.

TV BLACKOUTS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission has voted to end the decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV.

The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s.

This may not spell the end to sports blackouts. The NFL would still be able to privately negotiate its own rules with cable and satellite companies that would not have the backing of the federal government.

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