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Ohio State's Russell Declares for 2015 NBA Draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell has elected to declare for the 2015 National Basketball Association Draft. Russell made the announcement Thursday at Value City Arena.

Russell was a consensus All-American in 2015, making the first team on the Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Associated Press All-America squads. He was named 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, first team All-Big Ten, a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team and honored with the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate shooting guard. He also was a 2015 Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

Russell set an Ohio State freshman record in leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 675 points, leading the Buckeyes and all freshmen nationally with 19.3 points per game. The Louisville, Ky., native led the team in scoring in 24 games this season and his 32-consecutive double figure scoring games marked the most by an Ohio State freshman since Jared Sullinger had a streak of 17 games in 2010-11.

Russell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week and seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, tallied a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest and ranked second on the team with 5.0 assists per game. He posted the fourth triple-double in program history, the first by a freshman and first against a Big Ten opponent with 23 points, 11 boards and a career-high 11 assists at Rutgers Feb. 8.

The Buckeyes concluded the 2014-15 campaign with a 24-11 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 2015 NBA Draft will be held, starting at 7 p.m. June 25, at the Barclays Center in New York. It will be televised by ESPN.

Since 1947, 50 Ohio State basketball players have competed for roster spots on National Basketball Association teams as league draft selections, including 23 first round draft picks. Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook were all taken in the first round during the 2007 NBA Draft with Oden going No. 1 (Portland), Conley No. 4 (Memphis) and Cook No. 21 (Philadelphia). All had just completed their freshman season at Ohio State. Jared Sullinger is the most recent Buckeye selected in the draft’s first round. He went to the Boston Celtics with the 21st pick in 2012. Evan Turner (2010, Philadelphia), B.J. Mullens (2009, Dallas then traded to Oklahoma City) and Kosta Koufos (2008, Utah) also are recent opening round Ohio State selections. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in 2010.
Ohio State's Russell Declares for 2015 NBA Draft

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INDIANS-RAYS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Aviles homered on the first pitch of the 10th inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 victory and four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

Corey Kluber struck out 14 over eight innings. Brian Shaw (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win, and Cody Allen struck out the side in the 10th to earn his 15th save in 16 opportunities.

Aviles homered off Xavier Cedeno (1-0), extending Tampa Bay's losing streak to five games. Michael Brantley had a RBI single and sacrifice fly for the Indians, who also got run-scoring singles from Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.

MLS FINES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto FC's Damien Perquis, Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain, New England's Kelyn Rowe and Real Salt Lake's Demar Phillips have been fined by MLS for infractions.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee fined the players undisclosed amounts on Thursday.

The infractions occurred in matches played last week -- Perquis (embellishment) against D.C. United; Higuain (simulation) against the Revolution; Rowe (hands to neck) against Columbus; and Phillips (failing to leave the field in timely manner after red card) against the New York Red Bulls.

CAVALIERS-MOZGOV

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.

The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter.

Late last month, the team picked up the $5 million option on his contract for next season.

The 7-foot-1 center was acquired in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

Mozgov transformed the Cavs on defense, giving them a rim-protecting big man after Anderson Varejao was lost for the season.

Mozgov, who will turn 29 in mid-July, averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 regular-season starts. He became a needed offensive option during the postseason, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20 postseason starts.

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