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Undefeated Blue Devils

High School Sports

McDONALD — McDonald was able to stay undefeated with a 36-26 victory over Jackson-Milton Monday night. It did not come easy for the Blue Devils. “We played well for the most part,” McDonald coach Amy Dolsak said. “I would say that we definitely worked hard the whole time, so I will ...

Bold Browns focused on playoff dream

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CLEVELAND — The Browns are young, confident bordering on cocky, and maybe a little naive. Maybe a lot. Following the lead of their brash, rocket-armed rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is getting better by the week, the Browns believe in more than themselves and each other. With ...

Niles, Girard win 1st games

High School Sports

¯ NILES 51, JEFFERSON 39: NILES — The Red Dragons earned their first win of the season as Aneziah Fryer had 21 points with 10 steals, and Madison Johnson added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Niles (1-4, 1-0 Northeast-8) led, 26-15, at the half, and Fryer scored 12 of her 21 in ...

Steelers postseason hopes iffy after loss

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged his team’s spotty track record in Oakland before the AFC North leaders headed west last week but added “it’s not a major component of logistical preparation.” Maybe, but history ended up repeating itself anyway in a ...

Bucks too much for Cavs

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MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks shot 52 percent from 3-point range in the first half of a 108-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Sterling Brown had 12 points and ...

Brotherly love

High School Sports

NILES — Cyler Kane-Johnson dribbled near midcourt and heard someone badgering him. The voice sounded familiar. It should, it was his older brother Cameron, who sat on the sidelines during Friday’s game between Niles and Boardman. “That’s to hype him up,” said Cameron, who is the ...

Spoiler alert

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CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The cocky rookie quarterback urged the crowd to make more noise, and when the clock hit zeroes, the stadium’s sound system blasted “Danger Zone.” The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff ...

Pittsburgh slips to third straight defeat

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A Pittsburgh Steelers team that kept finding ways to win during a six-game winning streak now has fallen short at the end for a third straight game. A slick field that led to kicker Chris Boswell losing his footing on a potential game-tying kick is to blame this ...

Pymatuning Valley, Lordstown post wins

High School Sports

PYMATUNING VALLEY 79, LIBERTY 72: ANDOVER — Pymatuning Valley went off for 31 first-quarter points and held on to beat Liberty in a non-conference clash. The Lakers (2-1) took a 31-16 lead in the first quarter, and while Liberty cut the lead to nine by halftime, PV stretched its advantage ...

Browns face challenge of Newton at QB

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CLEVELAND — During a meeting last week with his defense, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams used star end Myles Garrett as a model. And a warning. A 6-foot-4, 270-pound mass of chiseled muscle, power and speed, Garrett cuts an imposing figure. He’s a physical specimen, the kind of ...

Let’s combine bowl games & playoffs

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College football for me crossed the rubicon in 2018. There were several times in the last week or so that I felt that something was terribly wrong with this great sport. No, it wasn’t the fact that Big Ten champion Ohio State didn’t make the top four and once again fell short of ...

Frustrating defeat

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Frustration. Youngstown State had plenty of it after Tuesday’s triple-overtime loss to Central Michigan. The Penguins had a couple of days to overcome those feelings and instill some confidence in this youthful team. But Western Michigan had other ideas in Saturday’s ...

Brookfield, Liberty girls get to 3-1 with wins

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BROOKFIELD 54, NILES 46: NILES — Bailey Drapola had 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead the the Warriors past the Red Dragons. Drapola was 10 of 12 from the foul line. Becca Litz added 13 for Brookfield (3-1). Aneziah Fryer paced Niles (0-4) with 16 points, while Kenzi ...

Sexton carries Cavs to win over Wizards

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CLEVELAND — The rookie scored a decisive win over the five-time All-Star in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 116-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Collin Sexton, the Cavaliers’ first-year point guard, matched a season high with 29 points, while John Wall was held to a ...

YSU women overcome slow start in 80-56 win

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Jess Kovatch was unfazed by the stringent defense, sinking a couple of quick 3-pointers. John Barnes had seen enough in the first two-and-a-half minutes Saturday as the Youngstown State University women’s coach called timeout, frustrated with his team’s start against St. ...

Wrestling roundup

High School Sports

Girard’s DelGarbino wins title at Cardinal tourney MIDDLEFIELD — Returning state champion Jack DelGarbino began the defense of his title with a first-place finish at the Cardinal Invitational, leading the Indians to a second-place finish. The 285-pound DelGarbino pinned all of his ...

Oakland a tough place for Steelers

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Coliseum has been a bit of a house of horrors for Ben Roethlisberger in his career. While Big Ben has had success almost everywhere he has played, he’s still looking for his first career win in Oakland after losing his three previous trips to Raiders teams that ...

Foul play on the floor?

High School Sports

CHAMPION — Nathan Kish really didn’t know what to say about his team’s free-throw shooting. John F. Kennedy’s Mark Komlanc sure did. Free throws weren’t the only reason Champion pulled away from JFK, 47-43, Friday night at Champion High School, but they certainly played a big ...

Trade brings ‘Delly’ back to Cavs

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CLEVELAND — Matthew Dellavedova is coming back to the Cavaliers. He won’t recognize them. Cleveland re-acquired the popular, scrappy guard on Friday in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards. The Cavs also are getting forward John Henson and two draft picks in ...

4th-quarter surge lifts LaBrae over Howland

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HOWLAND — LaBrae saved its best for last Friday night. After outscoring Howland 17-9 in the fourth quarter, the Vikings were finally able to put away the Tigers, 59-44. “I thought we were able to get some stops and play a little bit better defense,” LaBrae coach Chad Kiser said. “We ...