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Ohio State introduces 'top choice' Holtmann as coach
COLUMBUS -- Ohio State's search for a new basketball coach began and ended with Butler's Chris Holtmann.
Holtmann was offered the job by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith one day after Thad Matta's firing was announced, but didn't accept until two days later after Smith agreed to bump the contract from seven years to eight, at about $3 million per year.
"It was clear," Smith said at a news conference introducing Holtmann, who took Butler to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons. "He was my target. He was my target from the very beginning."
While Holtmann considered the offer, Smith looked for a Plan B as rumors swirled about possible candidates. Smith met with the Holtmanns in Dayton on Thursday morning, and the deal was sealed.
"We saw a high-intensity individual with an emphasis on academics, someone who is relentless in recruiting with great ties to the great state of Ohio and the contiguous states," Smith said. "We found a proven winner who is a community engager and, bottom line, fits our culture."
Expectations for the 45-year-old Holtmann are lofty: Return the Buckeyes to the national prominence enjoyed for years under Matta, and win recruiting battles for prep players who can be potential game-changers, starting in Ohio.
"One of the reasons you come to a place like this is because you understand that expectations come with it," Holtmann said. "We're certainly not going to shy away from that."
Holtmann, a Nicholasville, Kentucky, native, started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Taylor University, then had stops at Geneva, Gardner-Webb and Ohio University. He was head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons before moving to Butler as an assistant under Brandon Miller in 2013.
Buckeyes' Snyder, Stieber make U.S. senior world team
Ohio State's Kyle Snyder and former Buckeye Logan Stieber won 97-kilogram and 61kg wrestling titles, respectively, in the World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday.
Each earned spots on the U.S. team for the Senior World Championships from Aug. 21-26 in Paris.
In the best-of-three finals, Snyder beat former NCAA champion Kyven Gadson of Iowa State twice by technical fall, 10-0 and 13-2.
Stieber beat Kendric Maple, a former Oklahoma wrestler and now assistant coach at Purdue, 9-8 and 10-0.
OSU's Nathan Tomasello also made the U.S. team. He lost in the 57kg final, but won the second-place match.
Intrigue continues as Jackets don't ask Hartnell to waive no-trade clause
The Blue Jackets had until 5 p.m. Monday to ask veteran wing Scott Hartnell to waive the no-move clause in his contract, and the deadline came and went without the two sides touching base.
As with so many moves yet to happen as the NHL braces for the expansion draft -- the Vegas Golden Knights will come to life on June 21 -- this one requires interpretation.
It could signal that the Blue Jackets already have agreed to a trade with Vegas, one that would not require general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to shuffle his protected list and pull back a promising young player, say, forward Josh Anderson.
As it stands today, the Blue Jackets are certain to protect forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno and Hartnell, as all three players have no-move clauses in their contracts.
That leaves only four forward spots for seven players: Anderson, Cam Atkinson, Matt Calvert, Boone Jenner, William Karlsson, Brandon Saad and Alexander Wennberg.
Maclin picks Ravens over Bills, signs deal
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Jeremy Maclin has signed a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who spent much of the offseason looking for a deep threat.
After being cut by Kansas City earlier this month, Maclin visited Buffalo and Baltimore last week. He chose the Ravens, who announced the signing on Monday.
Maclin fulfills the Ravens' quest to provide another downfield target for quarterback Joe Flacco. Mike Wallace returns, but Steve Smith won't be coming back after announcing his retirement.
Maclin broke into the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and spent the last two years with Kansas City. A Pro Bowler in 2014, Maclin had 44 catches last year despite missing four games with a groin injury.
His 87 receptions in 2015 are a career high and set the Chiefs' single-season record by a wide receiver.
Maclin also can return punts and has scored 46 career TDs.
Jets release veteran WR Eric Decker
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets have released wide receiver Eric Decker, six days after saying they would do so if they couldn't work out a trade.
The announcement Monday officially ends Decker's tenure with the team after three seasons. It's the latest in a series of offseason moves by the Jets to cut high-priced veterans.
New York cut linebacker David Harris last Tuesday after 10 seasons, and general manager Mike Maccagnan also announced that the Jets would be parting with Decker.
Decker's departure will save the Jets $7.25 million in salary. The 30-year-old receiver had 163 catches for 2,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three seasons with New York.
Decker and Harris have joined Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Nick Folk and Brandon Marshall as veterans who have left the team this off-season.
Falcons celebrate Vick, White with retirement ceremony
Michael Vick received a big hug from Arthur Blank.
Vick also received an embrace from Blank's team that he said would last a lifetime.
Vick, the dynamic quarterback whose career with the Atlanta Falcons ended in disgrace, and Roddy White, the leading receiver in franchise history, were honored with a retirement ceremony Monday.
"I'm here today as a retired Atlanta Falcon, and I can live with that forever and will forever be grateful. Thank you," Vick said.
Vick, who thrilled fans with his dual-threat skills as a passer and runner, and White, the physical and productive receiver, were two of the biggest stars and most dynamic players in Falcons history.
Vick led the Falcons to two playoff appearances and one NFC Championship Game.
appearance in his six years in Atlanta, Vick was sent to prison in 2007 for running a dogfighting operation. The revelation of the abuse of dogs on Vick's property angered fans in Atlanta and around the nation.