Mavunga seems likely to have a bigger season scoring than she did last season.

If players such as Sierra Calhoun, Linnae Harper, Alexa Hart, Asia Doss, Makayla Waterman and Jensen Caretti all play to their potential, the Buckeyes could be a force.

They’ll get a little sense of what a Final Four might be like early on. The Buckeyes host Stanford, which advanced to its 13th Final Four last season, on Nov. 10 at St. John Arena. Then in a Nov. 12 doubleheader at Nationwide Arena, where the Final Four will be played, Ohio State meets Louisville and Stanford takes on 11-time NCAA champion UConn.

If the 2016 Pro Bowl selection regains his form, Ajayi is likely to emerge as the No. 1 back for the Eagles (7-1). Roseman, however, said LeGarrette Blount will remain the starting running back for an Eagles offense that already ranks third overall in production at the midpoint of the season.

That’s how the evening ended. It began much differently, with Magic Johnson perched in the tunnel, watching the Dodgers thrash the Cubs on the Jumbotron while reminiscing about his own debut 38 years ago. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hit a game-winning hook shot from the free-throw line at the San Diego Sports Arena, Johnson jumped into his arms, and Abdul-Jabbar chided the zealous rook for overreacting.

Here was Ball, another prodigal point guard, again facing the Clippers. “I can’t imagine being him,” Johnson said.

“Jimmy made big catches in the middle of some drama,” Sherman said. “There are fake reports out there that say we are trading Jimmy Graham. Thankfully our GM and our head coach come out and they are very transparent about everything and put those to rest.”

Pederson homered in the seventh against Joe Musgrove, connecting off the right-hander for the second time in three games and making it a record 24 long balls that have been hit in this Series. flames_016

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