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Going pro: Zallow hurdles into next step in career

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It’s an unusual feeling, but one Chad Zallow is embracing — rest. The former John F. Kennedy High School and Youngstown State University hurdler stays active with Steel Valley Speed, an elite speed training program he and his brother, Carl, currently run. Chad’s training has taken a ...

Wrestling for girls is overdue in Ohio

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The thought certainly doesn’t evoke much excitement for parents. Watching their daughter or son run onto a wrestling mat to face what is often a bigger, more built wrestler can be a tough sight to endure. Furthermore, watching them being twisted, lifted in the air, slammed and pinned would ...

State College wins high-scoring shootout

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The State College Spikes delivered the final blow in a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The Spikes overcame three different deficits, scoring six times in the eighth inning to pull away for a 13-9 victory at Medlar ...

Handed to them

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CLEVELAND — Brad Hand’s sublime season came to a stunning end. For once, the Royals mustered some late-game magic. Hunter Dozier’s grand slam capped Kansas City’s five-run rally in the ninth inning off Hand, Cleveland’s previously perfect All-Star closer, as the Royals rallied for ...

Former Pirate Cole stops Pittsburgh

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HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole tried not to think too much about what it would be like to face his former team leading up to Tuesday night’s meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After turning in a solid performance to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win over the Pirates he allowed himself a ...

Feeling at home

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GIRARD — When Girard Indians football coach Pat Pearson was asked to describe wide receiver and University of Toledo commit Nick Malito, “unselfish superstar” are the two words he used. “He does everything right in the classroom and on the field,” Pearson said. “He definitely ...

OHSWCA to sponsor state girls wrestling

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Former Canfield High School wrestling coach Dean Conley has been involved in wrestling for nearly 40 years, and the former Ohio high school coach of the year can spend hours explaining the benefits he has taken from the sport. Now the president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches ...

Kipnis hits HR for walk-off win

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CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis homered leading off the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians continued their impressive June with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in a game delayed 2 hours, 23 minutes by rain. Kipnis connected on a 1-0 pitch from Wily Peralta (2-4), driving it ...

Canucks draft Phantoms’ Malone

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The list of Youngstown Phantom players drafted into the NHL grew over the weekend, with right winger Jack Malone getting selected in the sixth round by the Vancouver Canucks. “It was a cool experience because you never know what’s going to happen,” Malone said. “You’re kind of ...

Extra inning win

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NILES — It took 11 innings to do it, but the Mahoning Valley Scrappers picked up a series win over Auburn, taking the Doubledays down, 2-1, on Sunday with George Valera crossing home plate after a wild pitch. “I knew we were going to get it,” Valera said. “I knew something was going ...

Newcomer Bradley helps Indians sweep

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CLEVELAND — Bobby Bradley was showered with applause when he ran onto the field, then soaked with beer upon returning to the home clubhouse. Both experiences were even better than he had imagined. Bradley doubled and drove in a run in his first major league plate appearance as the ...

Rally time … again

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PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman isn’t afraid of the big moment. Newman drew a game-winning walk to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a three-run deficit in the 11th inning and beat the San Diego Padres, 11-10, on Sunday. The rookie second baseman was down 0-2 in the count with two outs ...

A better performance

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NILES — Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Dennis Malave has talked about how resilient his team is. They proved it on Saturday evening, coming back after an 8-1 loss the night before for an 8-4 win over the Auburn Doubledays at Eastwood Field. “It’s just like we’ve said before,” ...

Rookie Civale sparkles in debut

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CLEVELAND — Aaron Civale didn’t get much sleep before his major league debut. The 24-year-old right-hander looked wide-awake once he got to the mound. Civale dazzled, striking out the side to begin the game and allowing just two infield hits over six innings to pitch the Cleveland ...

Indians release Martin; Mercado to play centerfield

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CLEVELAND — Leonys Martin’s struggles at the plate forced the Indians to make a tough decision with the outfielder. Martin, who overcame a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer after arriving in a trade, was designated for assignment on Saturday. He was batting .199 with nine ...

Archer, Frazier lead Bucs over San Diego

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PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer and Adam Frazier ended their struggles to keep the Pirates winning. Frazier hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday. Frazier had one hit in his previous 10 at-bats entering play Saturday, but ...

Rough day at the park

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NILES — The first day back for the Scrappers from a three-game road trip led to a rough outcome, falling 8-1 to the Auburn Doubledays. “It’s the game of baseball,” pitching coach Jason Blanton said. “You see it happening in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, those things happen at ...

Young Scrappers tandem tries to follow former stars

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are a Single-A Short-Season Minor League Baseball team, but nothing is short about them. When you enter Eastwood Field, you are reminded of all the great current major league talent who began their respective journey to stardom with this club. Names ...

Garland’s ‘show’ attracted Cavs brass

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INDEPENDENCE — When Darius Garland realized the Cavaliers sent general manager Koby Altman, new coach John Beilein and his entire staff to his private pre-draft workout in Los Angeles, the Vanderbilt guard drew up a personal game plan. “I knew I had to kind of put on a show for them,” ...

Kipnis, Naquin power Tribe’s wild rally over Tigers

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CLEVELAND — Tyler Naquin started Cleveland’s comeback with a home run and ended Detroit’s with a game-saving defensive play. Naquin made a diving catch in right field to start an incredible double play in the ninth inning, and the Indians hung on for a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday ...