Sports briefs 4-23-14: Buckeyes, Bearcats kick off at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27

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COLUMBUS -- The Big Ten Network has announced that Ohio State's Sept. 27 home game against Cincinnati will kick off at 6 p.m.

It marks a record fourth night game in the 2014 season for the Buckeyes -- with seven start times still to be determined.

The Bearcats' game at Ohio Stadium will also mark the first time Ohio State has played three home games at night in a season. Ohio State's games at home against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, at Penn State on Oct. 25 and home against Illinois on Nov. 1 will start at 8 p.m.

• Football

No Suh: The Detroit Lions began their first voluntary minicamp under first-year coach Jim Caldwell without Ndamukong Suh.

The two-time All-Pro defensive end was not on the field with his teammates Tuesday afternoon during the 10-minute portion of the workout that was open for the media.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night that Suh will attend organized team activities in May and a mandatory minicamp the next month.

Schedule coming: The NFL will release its regular-season schedule tonight.

The schedule normally is announced earlier, but several issues cropped up to delay its release.

Among the highlights is a Super Bowl rematch, with the Denver Broncos at NFL champion Seattle. Other marquee interconference matchups include San Francisco at Denver, New England at Green Bay, and Philadelphia at Indianapolis.

• Baseball

Suspensions: Major League Baseball suspended four players involved in Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games, while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider received a two-game penalty and catcher Russell Martin will miss one.

Gwynn on leave: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is taking a leave of absence from his job as San Diego State's baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues.

The school didn't set a timetable for Gwynn's return and isn't commenting his medical condition, at his request.

Gwynn has had two operations for cancer in his right cheek since August 2010.

• Basketball

Popovich honored: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career.

Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times.

Randle leaving: Kentucky forward Julius Randle will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections.

With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky's best recruiting class ever.

• Elsewhere

Helio on probation: IndyCar has put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series' social media policy.

Castroneves was penalized Tuesday for a tweet sent from his official account after the Long Beach, Calif., race on April 13 that criticized race control for not penalizing drivers during the race. The tweet included an image of IndyCar's official logo with a "thumbs down" symbol photo-shopped in the center.

Tressel a finalist: Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.

Tressel has been an administrator there for two years.

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