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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.
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INDIANS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO (AP) -- Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Monday night.

Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since fanning 10 against Baltimore on June 6.

Bryan Shaw got two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen finished for his 28th save.

Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run as the Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season and halted Toronto's run at four.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who was named AL player of the week after batting .391 (9 for 23) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a leadoff single in the sixth.

INDIANS-SHAPIRO

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after this season to run Toronto's front office.

Shapiro has had several prominent roles in his 24 season with Cleveland. He will become the Blue Jays' next president and CEO.

Shapiro will replace Toronto CEO Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Shapiro has been with Cleveland since 1992, when he began as an assistant in baseball operations. He spent four years as the team's minor league director and three as vice president before becoming general manager in 2001. The Indians made the playoffs twice with Shapiro calling the shots before he took over as team president in 2010.

Shapiro says the decision to leave Cleveland is difficult, and owner Paul Dolan says he will not look for a replacement.

BLUE JAYS-ANTHOPOULOS

TORONTO (AP) -- The ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays says it would "love" to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos and has been in discussions about extending his contract.

The news comes on the day Rogers Communications announced the hiring of Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro to become team president. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Rogers spokesperson Andrea Goldstein said Monday the team would "love to extend Alex's contract" and that he "has a done a terrific job." His contract expires in October.

Goldstein says the immediate focus, however, is a strong finish to the season. Toronto leads the AL East by 1 1/2 games.

Anthopoulos acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki before the deadline to give Toronto a chance at its first playoff spot since 1993.

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