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Ohio State tight end transfers to YSU

According to reports by Cleveland.com, Ohio State redshirt freshman Kierre Hawkins has transferred to Youngstown State.

He didn’t play as a Buckeye. Hawkins sat behind Marcus Baugh, Rashod Berry and Luke Farrell during his only season on the active roster.

He played running back his junior year of high school, and ran for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns. He named third-team Associated Press Division I all-state as a senior at Maple Heights High School.

Mooney schedules second Petty game

YOUNGSTOWN

Cardinal Mooney High School will host its 2nd annual Men’s and Women’s Alumni Basketball Game in honor of Alumnus Dave Petty on Dec. 27.

Petty, a 1984 graduate, was a coach and teacher at Cardinal Mooney before his death in 2010.

To honor Petty’s legacy, Cardinal Mooney will host a co-ed basketball game to benefit its Adopt-A-Student Scholarship Fund. Last year’s inaugural game raised more than $3000 for tuition assistance.

Registration to play in the game is required and donations are welcome. Players may register or interested parties may donate at the website https://www.cardinalmooney.com/events/. Admission cost is $5.00 at the door.

Thompson set to return for Cavs as a reserve

INDEPENDENCE

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson could play for the first time since Nov. 1 on Tuesday against Atlanta.

Thompson has been sidelined with a strained left calf. The team initially said Thompson would be out for up to four weeks, but he said Monday that timeline was inaccurate and that his injury was more serious. Thompson did not divulge any other details about the injury.

Coach Tyronn Lue says Thompson will not start when he returns, meaning Kevin Love will remain at center. Thompson says he’s fine with a reserve role and made it clear he’s willing to do whatever Lue needs.

The Cavaliers have won 14 of 15 and their defense has improved dramatically over the past month.

Wentz’s season cut short by torn left ACL

PHILADELPHIA

Eagles coach Doug Pederson has confirmed that star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss rest of the season and playoffs.

Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that confirmed the severity of the injury. Wentz was hurt late in the third quarter at Los Angeles. Backup Nick Foles rallied the Eagles (11-2) to a win that secured the NFC East title and put them in first place in the conference with three games remaining.

The Eagles have overcome several key injuries and now have to move forward without their most indispensable player. Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, return specialist/running back Darren Sproles, star linebacker Jordan Hicks and special-teams captain Chris Maragos already went down for the season.

Ole Miss QB Patterson to transfer to Michigan

OXFORD, MISS.

Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan.

Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus last weekend. Patterson is recovering from a right knee injury that cost him the final month of last season, but he should be ready to compete in 2018.

In seven games, Patterson passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. The sophomore was one of the top recruits in the 2016 class.

Ole Miss was hit with NCAA sanctions two weeks ago that included a bowl ban next season. The NCAA said Mississippi’s seniors could transfer without sitting out next season, as is usually required. Patterson does not qualify for that but could petition the NCAA to be immediately eligible.

staff/wire report

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