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Maplewood’s Maria Danko, far left, hits the ball over the net at Chalker’s Caitlyn Stuart, right, defends during Monday’s Division IV Lakeview District sectional first-round match. Maplewood’s Lori Wakefield, left, and, Kelsey Swogger, center, are also pictured. Maplewood beat Chalker 3-0 to advance.

Rocket power

High School Sports

CORTLAND — In the first round of the Lakeview District, the Newbury Black Knights and the Maplewood Rockets won to advance to the district quarterfinals. Newbury faced off against the John F. Kennedy Eagles. It won quite convincingly in three sets 25-12, 25-4, 25-11 to advance. “I ...

LeBron’s status unclear for opener

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INDEPENDENCE — Following Cleveland’s final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn’t sure if LeBron James was playing tonight. J.R. Smith knows. “Oh, he’s gonna go,” Smith said of his celebrated teammate. ...

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YSU’s Braun Hartfield looks on during a recent practice. The sophomore guard looks to be one of the Penguins big contributors this season.

Hartfield to be big contributor for YSU

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Braun Hartfield dribbled, bounced the basketball and drove some more. The Garfield Heights High School graduate knew his role last year, dysfunctional as it was, playing around the basket and maintaining a 6- to 8-foot circumference around the rim. Hartfield did his due ...

Fitch’s quick goals too much for WGH

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — On a frigid night in Austintown, the Fitch girls soccer team came out on fire in a 2-0 victory over Warren G. Harding in a Division I Austintown District first-round sectional game. With 1:19 into the game, the Falcons flew down the field and scored. Austintown quickly moved ...

Downward spiral continues for Browns

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CLEVELAND — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston’s getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but chose to go in a different ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and ...

Weather drier for XC postseason

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My eyes deceive me. I really can’t believe what I’m seeing on my laptop. These AccuWeather forecasts are wrong. It’s the cross country postseason. Rain, cold, mud. Repeat three early and often. This year, not so much. I’m confused by the 72-degree forecast for Saturday’s district ...

Marlatt wins NCL honors; Hubbard girls victorious in OT

High School Sports

Girls tennis MARLATT TOPS IN NCL: John F. Kennedy’s Kaytlin Marlatt was voted North Coast League MVP Monday by a vote of the league’s coaches. Marlatt finished the season with a 15-1 overall record, playing No. 1 singles all season. She was 6-0 in league matches, including a ...

Bryant downplays reports of demand

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PITTSBURGH — Yes, Martavis Bryant wants a trade. To the Golden State Warriors. Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team to ship him elsewhere. Asked Monday if he’d like a change of scenery, Bryant ...

From bad to worse

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HOUSTON — Cleveland started a new quarterback on Sunday. The results were the same. Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starter at quarterback for the Browns since 1999 after rookie DeShone Kizer was benched this week. But Hogan’s mistakes kept the Browns (0-6) winless with a 33-17 loss ...

The meaning of ‘Lakeview football’ showed up Friday

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POLAND — Where does this game rank in games you’ve seen? Lakeview football coach Tom Pavlansky asked the question before either reporter could utter a question. Lakeview rallied from 17 points down and upended previously undefeated Poland on Friday, 35-30. It ranked high on my list, ...

Streak stopper

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Sunday beating up on the Kansas City Chiefs. Beating up the goal-post padding, too. The Steelers’ star running back churned out 179 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of January’s playoff victory over ...

Steelers ‘Killer Bs’ back on track

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so disheartened after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week that he half-jokingly talked about having lost it. Running back Le’Veon Bell subtly criticized the Steelers’ play-calling this week, and ...

Kennedy tennis duo qualifies for state

High School Sports

John F. Kennedy High School girls tennis players Kaytlin Marlatt and Lauren Kraker have earned a spot in the Division II state tournament scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Marlatt and Kraker finished fifth in the district tournament at Springside ...

Former Struthers, Kent star Beachy was focused on wins

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Kent State’s all-time leading basketball scorer died Friday in Houston. Bonnie Beachy, 57, who led Struthers High School’s girls basketball team to a 1978 state championship, scored 1,448 career points for the Wildcats and had 2,071 at Kent State in her illustrious career. Beachy passed ...

YSU's WR #4 Damoun Patterson makes a 22 yard reception and  falls into the end zone for a 1st Qt.  TD while being hit  by NDSU's #6 James Hendricks and #45 Levi Jordheim...by R. Michael Semple

Tough loss

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — People seemed to be waiting for it within seconds after the ball sailed through the uprights. What would he say? What would he do? Fans, players and media appeared to be bracing for an emotional explosion of some kind from Bo Pelini following eighth-ranked Youngstown State’s ...

Brookfield’s Stevens 3rd at state

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Brookfield sophomore Connor Stevens fired a round of 74 on Saturday to finish with a 3-over par 147 score in the Division III boys golf state tournament at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus. Stevens helped the Warriors to a repeat of their fifth-place finish as a team. ...

Buckeyes make quick work of Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. — J.T. Barrett passed for five touchdowns and ran for two others, and ninth-ranked Ohio State scored on its first eight possessions on its way to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) continued their dominant surge since their loss to ...

Richmond contributes in key moments of game

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — The chance Ma’lik Richmond has been waiting for finally came — and it was on one of the biggest stages. Richmond is the former Steubenville High School player who was convicted of rape as a teenager. He was allowed to join the Youngstown State football team — under ...

Hogan gets first start for Browns

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns both looked to rookies to start at quarterback this season. While Houston’s Deshaun Watson has improved each week since taking over at halftime of the season opener, Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer has struggled so much the Browns (0-5) ...