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Tyler Srbinovich of Niles delivers to the plate Friday night against Girard.

Niles offense in top gear in rout of Girard

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NILES — Scoring runs can be an easy proposition for a baseball team if it can get runners on the basepaths and the hitters strike at the right time. Niles McKinley executed in nearly every way possible to pile on the runs in a 15-3 victory over Girard under the lights at Wilder Field on ...

First impressions

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BEREA — Myles Garrett discussed his deep interest in poetry and dinosaurs before shifting to another of his favorite activities. It’s not sailing. “I love to hit,” said the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, drawing a smile from Jabrill Peppers, who was seated to his left as the ...

YSU star Rivers chosen in third round by Patriots

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Derek Rivers had an NFL future when he left Youngstown State. Eighty-three picks into the NFL draft, the former Penguins defensive end began his professional career with a third-round selection. He was the first pick of the defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, a selection ...

Howland rallies past Lakeview in seventh

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CORTLAND — Howland’s three-run seventh inning lifted the Tigers past the Lakeview Bulldogs, 7-4, Friday as starting pitcher Hayden Parker went the distance for Howland, striking out four and not allowing a walk. “We were confident the whole time. Right from the bat, we were hitting the ...

Notre Dame’s Kizer latest Cleveland QB

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BEREA — The Browns found a quarterback right down the road. They drafted one from Ohio, just not the one everyone expected. Cleveland’s winding, seemingly aimless search for a franchise quarterback took them to nearby Toledo on Friday night as the team selected Notre Dame’s DeShone ...

YSU assistant excited about Penguins’ future

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YOUNGSTOWN — Bobby Steinburg shares his father’s gift. Bob Steinburg was a radio personality and serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Knowing or meeting people is more than an art, it’s a way of life for Bob. It’s a trait Bobby has utilized coaching men’s ...

Friday’s stars

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BASEBALL LaBrae’s J.T. Wolke, Andrew Barnhart and Sam Wells combined for a one-hitter to blank Campbell, 5-0. SOFTBALL Hubbard’s Addy Jarvis threw 15 strikeouts and one walk to no-hit Crestwood, 9-0. She led the Eagles offensively with two home runs and six RBIs. LaBrae’s Kaitlin ...

Seattle pitchers shut down Cleveland offense

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CLEVELAND — The defending American League champions ran into an overpowering pitching performance Friday night. Ariel Miranda and two relievers combined to strike out 14 while allowing only four hits and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1. Miranda (2-2) allowed two ...

Browns release Barnidge

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BEREA — Gary Barnidge provided production, leadership and a community presence for some brutally bad Browns teams the past four years. On Friday, they cut him. A former Pro Bowler, Barnidge was released in a surprising move by Cleveland, which used one of its three picks in the first ...

Steelers choose Pitt’s Conner

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PITTSBURGH — A year ago, James Conner was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment as it waged a battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that left the Pittsburgh star running back drained but resolute. Conner never doubted he’d make the NFL. Even as the drugs sapped his strength and wreaked ...

Big second inning carries Pirates over Marlins

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MIAMI — Francisco Cervelli drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight times in the second inning in a 12-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Jordy Mercer homered and had two RBIs, Josh Harrison had three hits and knocked in two, and Andrew McCutchen also drove ...

Penguins eye return of speedster Hagelin

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WASHINGTON — Carl Hagelin could be bringing his trademark speed back to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup. Coach Mike Sullivan said Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals tonight after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The ...

Smart and safe

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BEREA — The Browns didn’t mess around with the No. 1 pick. They didn’t find their franchise quarterback either. Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, Cleveland wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft with the first overall pick on Thursday ...

New staff works hard at getting acclimated

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YOUNGSTOWN — Recruit, coach, converse, repeat. The lives of Jerrod Calhoun and his assistant coaches aren’t as simple as one-word answers, but hectic as a last-minute filer on tax day. The last half of April, especially with a new staff like Youngstown State’s, consists of recruiting ...

Steelers choose linebacker with family pedigree

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PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt spent his childhood playing in the considerable shadow of older brothers J.J. and Derek. The neophyte linebacker still very much in the embryonic stage of his career will get his chance to step into his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reigning AFC North ...

Lindor’s long blast lifts Indians over Houston

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor has added game-changing power to his long list of skills. Lindor’s two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. The 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski (1-1) landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 ...

Crosby, Penguins strike first in playoff series vs. Capitals

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WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL’s top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic. Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the winner in the third period and ...

Sharon’s Steel Valley Thunder is Saturday

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HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway opened the 2017 season last weekend with the first-ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. This weekend, the Steel Valley Thunder weekly program kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. as the track’s 88th anniversary season rolls on. The Hovis Auto & ...

Williams adjusts to life on defending champ’s bench

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CLEVELAND — For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of Indiana, providing scoring and another ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Western Reserve’s Ryan Demsky, left, slides in safely before Champion catcher Nolan Yartz  can apply the tag as the home plate umpire looks on Wednesday in Champion.

State-level matchup: WR edges Champion

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CHAMPION — It’s not often Wyatt Larimer gets laughed at when it comes to baseball. It’s even rarer that his own Western Reserve teammates are the ones cracking jokes. Yet, that was the case all day at school Wednesday. The hard-throwing right hander was hearing it from his buddies from ...