Around the Nation (April 29): Ohio State to play three primetime conference games

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FOOTBALL

OSU to play three primetime games

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State says it will open its conference play against Wisconsin in one of the Buckeyes' three Big Ten matchups scheduled as primetime telecasts this season.

The television schedule released Monday includes Ohio State home games at night against the Badgers on Sept. 28 and against Penn State on Oct. 26.

Those games at Ohio Stadium will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, as will the Oct. 5 visit to Northwestern. The Buckeyes are playing the Wildcats for the first time in five years.

It's the sixth season in a row that Ohio Stadium will have a night game.

Tebow era over in N.Y. after Jets waive QB

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Tim Tebow has been waived by the Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.

Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement put out by the team in announcing the move Monday morning: "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped."

The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.

Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow's playing time. The Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.

Tebow had led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011 but became expendable when Denver acquired Peyton Manning.

Bills trade Sheppard to Colts for Hughes

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Bills and Colts have swapped linebackers, with Buffalo trading Kelvin Sheppard to Indianapolis in exchange for Jerry Hughes.

The deal was announced on Monday, two days after the NFL Draft.

Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts.

Hughes was the Colts' 2010 first-round draft pick from TCU. He's had 62 tackles and five sacks in 40 games, including seven starts.

Buffalo's defense is in the midst of transition under new coach Doug Marrone and new coordinator Mike Pettine.

BASKETBALL

Committee recommends denial of Kings move

NEW YORK -- The NBA says its relocation committee has voted unanimously to recommend that owners deny the application for the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.

The committee, made up of 12 NBA owners, held a conference call on Monday and will forward its recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter.

The Maloof family has had an agreement since January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped put together a competing counteroffer complete with a new arena plan and an ownership group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive.

BASEBALL

Laffey chooses free agency over minors

TORONTO -- Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Laffey has chosen to become a free agent rather than report to the minor leagues.

The team announced the decision Monday.

Laffey was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets last Tuesday. The 28-year-old lefty made one start for Toronto, and was wild in a no-decision Friday night against the New York Yankees. Laffey pitched for Toronto last year and is a former Cleveland Indians prospect.

Dodgers prospect arrested for 'almost double' the speed limit

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig faces charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance in Tennessee after police say he went "almost double" the speed limit early Sunday.

Sgt. Daniel Jones of the Chattanooga Police Department says Puig was serving as a designated driver when he got arrested at 1 a.m. Jones says the report didn't indicate exactly how fast Puig was going but that it was nearly twice the speed limit.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has said in a statement that the team takes Puig's arrest seriously and will handle discipline internally.

Puig, a 22-year-old Cuban defector, is hitting .333 with three homers in 13 games for the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga. Puig signed a seven-year, $42 million contract last summer.

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