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Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Bethany Rasile of Niles takes the ball downfield Friday night during the Red Dragons’ 3-0 victory over West Branch at Bo Rein Stadium. It was the opening day of the high school soccer season in Ohio.

She’s back in business

High School Sports

NILES — Bethany Rasile could do nothing but watch last season. She did just that Friday night in the waning minutes of a 3-0 Niles girls soccer victory over visiting West Branch. The senior midfielder/forward suffered a broken leg last summer, ending her junior campaign before it got ...

Scrappers top Batavia to set up key series

Local Sports

BATAVIA, N.Y. — Nolan Jones hit three doubles and drove in three runs to help lift the Mahoning Valley Scrappers past the Batavia Muckdogs, 8-2, Friday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for MV. The Scrappers improved to 30-24 and moved within two games of West Virginia in the ...

JFK star can go one up on dad

Local Sports

WARREN — Matching a few of the accolades of his father wasn’t going to be easy for Chris Urchek, but he can now cross two of them off his list. His new goal is to go one up on dad. Urchek, currently a senior on the John F. Kennedy football team, was a two-way starter on last year’s ...

Bruce leads assault on Royals’ pitchers

Local Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The party that started when the Indians arrived at Kauffman Stadium ground to a halt when Corey Kluber winced while covering first base in the sixth inning against Kansas City on Friday night. It turned out to be merely a blip in the soundtrack. Kluber escaped with a ...

Francona keeps Indians loose on long road trip

Local Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Indians manager Terry Francona figured his tired team could use a morale boost in the midst of a long road trip, so he had a DJ spinning records and a pop-a-shot basketball game waiting in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Friday. The Indians got another big ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Sophomore Logan Gargiulo (28) of Niles battles for the ball with Chris Sams of West Branch on Friday at Bo Rein Stadium in Niles. Ethan Shaffer (22) looks on for Niles.

Niles boys open with loss to West Branch

High School Sports

NILES — West Branch coach Matthew Thomas admits that for his boys soccer team it was a little bit of an adjustment playing on the turf at Bo Rein Stadium. It also was an adjustment for sophomore David Sutton. He saw the Niles goalkeeper couldn’t corral the ball with 27:44 remaining in ...

Senior QB Barrett still working on pass game

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Can Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett become a better passer? That’s the overarching question at preseason training camp as the fifth-year star works with yet another new offensive coordinator and position coach. Barrett arguably is the best quarterback to ever play at Ohio ...

Shazier gets back on the field

Local Sports

LATROBE, Pa. — On a day when the Pittsburgh Steelers were set to break camp and return home, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier was just glad to be back on the field. Shazier fully practiced during the Steelers’ last day in Latrobe after missing the previous two weeks with a slight hamstring ...

Cardinals hold off late Pirates’ rally

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Matt Carpenter seemed to send the St. Louis Cardinals on their way to an easy win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. His three-run homer gave St. Louis a 5-1 lead in the second inning. When Luke Voit replaced Carpenter at first base in the seventh inning, the ...

Flashes’ Howell gets home coaching

High School Sports

CHAMPION — Late-summer days were long for Griffin Howell, and it wasn’t just because 2-a-days lasted from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. That was just the start. When Howell, a senior linebacker at Champion High School, gets home from practice, he has another film session on top of the daily ...

Tribe splits, ends winning streak

Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — Max Kepler made up for a fielding mistake in the top of the inning with the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game on Thursday night to salvage a doubleheader split with the Indians. Twins ...

Arbanas in stretch run of comeback

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Nikki Arbanas sat on the Youngstown State bench in her street clothes as her women’s basketball teammates competed, looking at her right knee. The Hickory (Pa.) High School graduate tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the first official day of practice prior to the ...

To the fifth power

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — The old guys club at Ohio State this year is exclusive. Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, seven players are in their fifth year of eligibility in Columbus, meaning each had a redshirt year. Not only are all at the top of the Buckeyes’ depth chart, they’re among the best ...

Browns submit bid to host draft

Local Sports

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns aren’t anywhere close to being Super Bowl-ready. However, they believe they’re prepared to host the NFL draft. The team announced Thursday that it has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to ...

Ramirez has no serious injury

Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez left Thursday’s game against Minnesota after getting hit by a pitch, but X-rays showed no serious injury. Ramirez was hit in the right forearm by a 93.1 mph pitch from Kyle Gibson in the top of the second inning. He kneeled a few ...

Former YSU coach, S. Carolina assistant sees improved o-line

Local Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford knew when he was hired that his job was to toughen up his players and improve the Gamecocks offensive numbers. He believes that’s happening this summer. Everyone will know for sure in a few weeks. The Gamecocks were ...

Goodell: Gordon’s return not considered now

Local Sports

BEREA — Josh Gordon’s return to the Browns from an NFL suspension remains uncertain. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver hasn’t played in the regular season since 2014. He was due to return from a four-game suspension at the start of last season before being banned indefinitely last year ...

Jackson clarifies comments on protests

Local Sports

BEREA — Browns coach Hue Jackson said comments he made earlier in the week about players protesting during the national anthem were misconstrued. Jackson was criticized — most notably by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe — for appearing to discourage his players for displaying any form of ...

Louder than words

High School Sports

WARREN — If you hear Jalen Hooks refer to himself in the third person, it’ll be the first time. The Warren G. Harding receiver is a reserved senior receiver, unlike some top-tiered players who aren’t shy about saying how good they are. Hooks has drawn interest from Minnesota, Boston ...

Salazar, 5 homers power Tribe past Twins

Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — With Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion providing the power and Danny Salazar added to another deep pitching staff, the Cleveland Indians look ready to defend their American League championship. Santana hit two of the Cleveland’s five home runs and Salazar continued his ...