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Perez ready for new role as No. 1 catcher

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Roberto Perez waited for his turn and vows to make the most of his big chance. Perez figures to get plenty of time behind the plate for the Cleveland Indians after the AL Central champions traded All-Star Yan Gomes to Washington. The 30-year-old Perez is eager to get ...

No matter the format, tourney is exciting

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With area girls basketball teams having started tournament action on Saturday and the rest getting into action this week — to be followed next week by the start of the boys’ tournaments — it’s time for the debate regarding the location of games during the first two rounds of the ...

Six straight for YSU

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Billy Hahn, a former West Virginia assistant basketball coach, had a big impact on the Mountaineers and then WVU director of basketball operations Jerrod Calhoun. Calhoun, now the Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach, has a team on a six-game winning streak ...

WGH girls win opener in tourney

High School Sports

WARREN — The Warren G. Harding Raiders are off to the next round of the Divison I girls basketball tournament after taking down Kent Roosevelt, 60-35, Saturday at Harding. The Raiders got off to a bit of a slow start, trailing 16-14 after the first quarter. “We have to come out with ...

Disgruntled WR Brown voices complaints

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PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown’s laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership style and how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against ...

Niles girls hold off Hubbard in tourney opener

High School Sports

NILES — The Division II Austintown District tournament got underway with a sectional first-round clash between Hubbard and Niles. The Red Dragons were able to hold off a pesky Eagle team, 44-40, behind a game-high 17 points from junior Nae Fryer. “The girls came out and kind of thought ...

Taillon gets Pirates’ nod

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day starter. The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon’s four-year career. Taillon was 14-10 with ...

Girard sectional title is 3rd in row

High School Sports

The Girard bowling program continued its dominant streak after finishing first by a wide margin in the Division II Trumbull/Mahoning Sectional tournament last weekend. As a team, the Indians bowled 3867, almost 400 more than the second place Hubbard Eagles’ 3501. The key for Girard’s ...

Penguins lose to Calgary

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PITTSBURGH — Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Frolik, Austin Czarnik, Travis Hamonic and Sam Bennett scored during a mid-game 17-minute ...

Bristol nips WRA; Howland girls win

High School Sports

BRISTOL 45, WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY 43: BRISTOLVILLE — Gage Elza had 12 of his game-high 24 in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers past the Pioneers. Elza was 6-of-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter for Bristol (17-3). Matt Church added 10 for the Panthers which trailed 34-33 ...

BLUE JACKETS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2:

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CHICAGO — Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist against his former team, and the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed their fifth win in six games. Pierre-Luc Dubois added a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in his sixth straight start. Cam Atkinson and Josh ...

Division I swimmers await fate of state bids

High School Sports

CLEVELAND — Boardman junior Noah Basista finished third in the Division I 100-yard breaststroke at the Division I Cleveland State District Saturday. Basista finished in a time of 59.82 seconds. The top two in each event automatically qualify for state. The other top finishers in the other ...

All-conference honors

High School Sports

Boys bowling TRUMBULL-MAHONING-COLUMBIANA VALLEY CONFERENCE Regular season First team Dan Barker*McDonald Logan Cullison*Lordstown Mathew Ferree*Ursuline Zach Labon*Heartland Christian Jonathan Walker*Wellsville Second team Alex Alcantar*McDonald Michael ...

Irish get game point

High School Sports

WARREN — The ending only seemed appropriate to Robert Clark. The Ursuline star had the ball with time running down, seconds after Warren G. Harding standout guard Dominic McGhee hit a pull-up jumper to tie the game. “Me and him are probably the best two players around here,” Clark ...

Bubble watch

Local Sports

The Big Ten has three teams that should have NCAA Tournament spots all but locked up. No. 6 Michigan, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 12 Purdue have done enough so far and their spots in the field of 68 are pretty much assured. The rest of the teams in the conference keep beating up on each ...

Streak may result in memorable season

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YOUNGSTOWN Looking across the way at the Beeghly Center, I remember those red, plastic chairback seats where I was sitting, about four rows up. Joining me was the late Dan Peters, as he normally did when I stopped by practice. I was in my mid-20s, my first year covering Youngstown State ...

Vikings pull away from rival Flashes

High School Sports

CHAMPION — The LaBrae Vikings visited Champion on Friday evening to face the Golden Flashes in an All-American Conference Blue Tier rivalry game. After battling for the majority of the game, the Vikings pulled away with a 69-55 victory. “Both teams played really hard,” Champion coach ...

Tressel to speak at Curbstone

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Youngstown State University president Jim Tressel will be the guest speaker at Monday’s luncheon meeting of The Curbstone Coaches at the Avion Banquet Center on Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township. The event begins at noon and the public is welcome to attend. Also, plans are underway ...

Howland swimmer advances

High School Sports

CLEVELAND — Howland sophomore Jared Mindek is heading back to the state swim meet in Canton. He swam 58.45 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, edged out by Pepper Pike Orange’s Jonah Katz (58.42) in Friday’s Division II Cleveland State District swimming meet. Mindek won a sectional ...

Phantoms crush U17

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms had their best offensive output of the year and saw 14 skaters appear on the scoresheet as they down the United States National Team Development Program’s U17 squad 8-3 Friday night at the Covelli Centre. Youngstown (22-16-1-3, 48 points) scored six ...