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ANOTHER 2-4" OF SNOW IN COLUMBUS

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is posted for Columbus from Noon to 1pm.  A WINTER STORM WARNING in Southern Ohio from Noon to 1pm.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in Eastern Ohio from 4pm to 4pm. 

Heavy snow will develop into the afternoon and tonight.  2-4" of snow in Columbus with significantly higher amounts of 7-12" in Southern and Southeast Ohio.  Traveling will be significantly impacted in these areas.  Areas North and Northwest of Columbus will see under 2" of snow. 

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 06:32 GMT

CELTICS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA's career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter. He was pulled with 4:41 remaining in the period and didn't return, playing 26 minutes.

Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury, and Kevin Love -- who played despite missing the morning shoot-around due to illness -- added 12 points.

Brandon Bass scored 15 points to lead Boston, which lost by its largest margin of the season.

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets, Columbus' seventh loss in a row.

Eric Fehr and Tom Wilson also scored, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-net goal.

Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera each had two assists for the Capitals, who solidified their hold on the first wild-card playoff spot in the East before starting a five-game homestand. Braden Holtby had 27 saves.

Ovechkin, who has won the Richard Trophy as the league's goal-scoring leader the last two years and four times overall, now has 43.

Scott Hartnell had two goals and an assist -- and was stopped on a penalty shot -- while David Savard also scored for the Blue Jackets, 0-6-1 in their last seven.

INDIANS-REDS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each had one of the Cincinnati Reds' six doubles in a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the spring opener for both teams.

Phillips doubled in his first at-bat off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and scored on a single by Devin Mesoraco.

McAllister is trying to win a job as Cleveland's fifth starter, but the right-hander could also wind up in the bullpen. He made seven relief appearances last September and the Indians were pleased to see his velocity improve when he pitched late in games.

Jason Marquis, who is competing for one of two open spots in the Reds' starting rotation, struck out three and walked two in two scoreless innings.

Marlon Byrd drove in a run for the Reds; whose offense sputtered last year with the lack of a run producer in leftfield. The Reds traded for Byrd to fill the void.

INDIANS-SEASON OPENER

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against Detroit in 11 minutes.

The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will again be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. The ballpark opened in 1994.

The Indians removed several thousand seats in the renovation, which will include the home and away bullpens stacked together beyond the center-field wall. Cleveland drew just 1.4 million fans last season -- 29th in in the majors -- and the club hopes the changes at the ballpark will help bring more fans downtown.

Cleveland averaged 18,428 fans per game in a ballpark that was once sold out for 455 consecutive games.

AKRON-MIAMI (OHIO)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Eric Washington scored 16 points and Will Sullivan added 15 with 10 rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) rally past Akron 70-63 on Tuesday.

Sullivan scored 13 of his points in the second half, leading the Redhawks back from a 10-points second-half deficit.

Washington hit two free throws with 5:23 remaining in the game for the Redhawks' first lead of the second half. His makes came during an 11-0 run for a 57-49 lead with 2:06 left.

Miami made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal it.

Logan McLane and Willie Moore added 10 points apiece for Miami (13-17, 8-9 Mid-American Conference). The Redhawks made 28 of 34 free throws compared to 6 of 13 for the Zips.

Antino Jackson scored 17 points for Akron (18-12, 9-8).

The Zips held a 23-17 lead at halftime after Miami went without a field goal for the final 7:47 of the half.

YOUNGSTOWN ST-DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Jenkins scored 21 points and Juwan Howard Jr. added 20 to help No. 5 seed Detroit beat eighth-seeded Youngstown State 77-67 on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Detroit went on a 15-7 run, with nine points by Jenkins, to knot the game at 59 with eight minutes left. The game was tied at 63 and 65 before Jenkins gave Detroit its first lead of the game, 67-65, with two free throws with 3:21 left.

Detroit scored the next 10 points as Youngstown State went scoreless for four-plus minutes down the stretch after leading by as many as eight in the second half.

Horizon League Freshman of the Year Paris Bass added 11 points for Detroit (15-17).

Shawn Amiker had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Youngstown State (11-21)

Youngstown State built a 37-31 lead at halftime after holding Detroit to 10-of-28 shooting (35.7 percent).

Detroit advanced to play No. 4 Cleveland State on Friday in Valparaiso, Ind.

RHODE ISLAND-DAYTON

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Jordan Sibert scored 21 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 8 of 8 at the line to help lead Dayton to a 75-59 victory over Rhode Island on Tuesday night.

Three other Flyers finished in double figures, led by Dyshawn Pierre's 19 and Kendall Pollard's 18. Pierre also added 11 rebounds for the Dayton (23-6, 13-4 Atlantic-10), which has won six of its last seven games and 21 straight at home.

The Flyers, who moved into sole possession of first-place in the Atlantic-10 with the win, shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit 24 of its 31 free throw attempts.

Dayton closed the first half on an 18-8 stretch and led 36-28 at the break. The Flyers pushed their lead as high as 19 on a Pierre jumper with 1:27 left in the second.

E.C. Mathews scored 18 to lead the Rams (20-8, 12-5).

OHIO-BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Justin Moss scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to help Buffalo beat Ohio 93-66 on Tuesday.

The game was Moss' 14th double-double of the season, tops in the MAC and 21st in the nation overall.

Shannon Evans also finished with a double-double for the Bulls (20-9, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), adding 16 points and 11 assists. Buffalo has now won five in a row, its longest winning streak of the season.

The Bulls shot 49.3 percent from the field, hit 10 3s, dished out 23 total assists, and the 93 points scored was their highest mark this year.

Buffalo, which is now tied atop the MAC East standings with Bowling Green, led 41-29 at the break. The Bulls opened the second on an 18-8 stretch to push their lead past 20.

Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (9-19, 4-13) with 25 points.

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 15:54 GMT

MLB-RODRIGUEZ

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez makes his return to the playing field today as the Yankees face the Phillies in Tampa, Florida, in an exhibition game. The game is his first in 17 months following a drug suspension for the entire 2014 season. The soon-to-be 40-year-old predicts he'll be "a little nervous" when he returns to the field.

The three-time American League MVP skipped the Yankees' spring training opener Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater. He is slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats at Steinbrenner Field.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi (jer-AR'-dee) says of Rodriguez: "He was caught. He paid his time and now he's back, and he's a Yankee and we're going to cheer for him."

We'll see if the fans in the stands share that sentiment.

NFL-PETERSON

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Adrian Peterson was facing legal problems last year he felt the Minnesota Vikings didn't show him enough support. Now that he's been given the green light by a federal judge to investigate a return to the NFL, the two sides are reportedly set to meet today.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson's home near Houston to meet with their disgruntled back, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because neither side was publicly discussing the process.

It would be the first time Peterson will meet face to face with Vikings officials since September, and time is of the essence. The new league year, including trades and free agency, opens March 10.

The door opened for the sides to meet after a federal judge ruled last week that an arbitrator erred in retroactively punishing Peterson under the league's new personal conduct policy. U.S. District Judge David Doty (DOH'-tee) said the arbitrator failed in his duties and sent the case back to league. The NFL is appealing Doty's ruling. It has removed Peterson from the suspended list and placed him back on paid leave, which allows the running back to meet with Zimmer and Spielman.

BOSTON MARTHON BOMBING

BOSTON (AP) -- The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has begun in Boston. He is the man charged with planting a backpack with a bomb inside during the Boston Marathon in 2013. Prosecutors say the bomb was designed to "tear people apart and create a bloody spectacle."

The shaggy-haired defendant stared straight ahead and did not look at either the jury or Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb as the prosecutor launched into his opening statement in the nation's most closely watched terrorism trial since the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years ago.

About two dozen victims of the Boston attack took up the entire left-hand side the courtroom.

Three people were killed and more than 260 hurt when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have their leading scorer back for tonight's Southwest Division battle with Memphis. James Harden missed the Rockets' last game because of a league imposed suspension for kicking LeBron James in the groin. His return is timely as the Rockets are 1 1/2 games back of the Grizzlies in the division.

In another game of note,first-place Toronto of the Atlantic Division is playing host to James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Along with topping their division the Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference behind Atlanta. The Cavaliers start the game in fourth in the East, a game back of the Raptors. A Cleveland win would also move the Cavs into first place in the Central as they being play a half-game back of idle Chicago, which is currently third in the conference.

Two teams vying for a postseason playoff berth meet tonight in New Orleans as the Pelicans host the Pistons. New Orleans is a game back of Oklahoma City for the final Western berth while the Pistons are 2 1/2 games behind Brooklyn for the last eastern spot. Oklahoma City by the way is home to the 76ers tonight.

Two teams riding a three-game winning streak are meeting tonight in Los Angeles as the Clippers entertain the Blazers. Portland starts play in first place in the Northwest Division while the Clippers are second in the Pacific.

The rest of tonight's card has Phoenix playing at Orlando, the Pacers home to the Knicks, Utah at Boston, Brooklyn playing host to the Bobcats, L.A.'s Lakers at Miami, the Spurs home to the Kings and Milwaukee at Golden State.

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