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Ohio State's Hankins giving up senior season

Ohio State's Hankins giving up senior season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The guy they call ``Big Hank'' is taking a big, early jump to the next level.

All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced on Monday he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft.

``I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State,'' Hankins said in a release issued through the school. ``My three years have provided amazing experiences for me, and they are years I will never forget or take for granted.''

Hankins, who said he plans to return to finish his degree, appeared in 38 games the past three years and started every game the past two seasons. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67, including 11 for minus yardage. This past season he was fifth in tackles with 55, including four tackles for a loss.

``I have enjoyed coaching and getting to know Johnathan Hankins over the past year,'' Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. ``His hard work on and off the field has given him an opportunity to move on to the next level. The coaching staff and I wish him all the best.''

The 6-foot-3, 322-pound Hankins ends his Buckeyes career with 138 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks.

The Buckeyes went 12-0 and won the Big Ten's Leaders Division, but were barred from playing in a bowl game by violations committed under former coach Jim Tressel.

Hankins thanked several staff people, including Meyer. He also thanked Tressel for recruiting him.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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