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Perez ready for new role as No. 1 catcher

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 ...

Disgruntled WR Brown voices complaints

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 ...

Taillon gets Pirates’ nod

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 ...

Penguins lose to Calgary

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 ...

BLUE JACKETS 5, BLACKHAWKS 2:

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 ...

Bubble watch

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 ...

Tressel to speak at Curbstone

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 ...

Phantoms crush U17

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 ...

Illini holds off Buckeyes for first road win

COLUMBUS — Illinois is winless on the road no more. Trent Frazier had 15 points and Ayo Dosunmu buried a key 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining as Illinois held off Ohio State 63-56 Thursday for its fourth win in a row. Dosunmu also scored 15 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 13 for ...

Bauer calls hearing’s ending ‘character assassination’

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes in a rebuttal by Major League Baseball labor relations staff he viewed as “character ...

OHSAA changes state baseball site

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association approved a change to the location of the 2019 baseball state tournament on Thursday. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the Executive Director to complete contracts for the baseball state tournament and the 2019 football state ...

Indians’ Bauer, others win arbitration battles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole and Alex Wood won their salary arbitration cases Wednesday, giving players a 6-3 advantage over teams to ensure a winning record in consecutive years for the first time since 1989-90. Bauer won his hearing for the second straight year ...

Even Pirates optimistic as spring training starts

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Optimism always runs high on the first day of spring training, even for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “This club has a feel that we can be a postseason team, that we can be a team that can advance deep in the postseason,” general manager Neal Huntington said Wednesday ...

Russell, Nets outlast Cavs in 3OTs

CLEVELAND — DeMarre Carroll saved the day for the Brooklyn Nets, and D’Angelo Russell took advantage of the extra opportunity. Russell scored 14 of his 36 points in the third overtime after Carroll’s desperation 3-pointer in the second OT tied the game, and the Nets outlasted the ...

Brown doesn’t want to come back to Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019. Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial ...

BLUE JACKETS 3, CAPITALS 0

COLUMBUS — Sergei Bobrovsky made 13 of his 20 saves in the third period to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Tuesday night. Anthony Duclair, Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin scored for the Blue Jackets, who won their fourth straight and remained in third ...

Malkin suspended

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been suspended one game for high-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl late in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win over the Flyers on Monday night. The league announced the suspension on Tuesday following a hearing between Malkin and the ...

Risky or rewarding?

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns believe there’s remorse in Kareem Hunt’s heart. The NFL hasn’t gotten that far. Following their own investigation, the Browns signed Hunt to a one-year contract Monday, giving the former star Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him ...

LaBrae star stays a Viking

Cleveland State’s track and field program started recruiting Dynesty Ervin, showing a strong interest in the LaBrae High School senior. The feeling was mutual. Ervin chose Cleveland State over Bowling Green and Duquesne (she also had contact with Cincinnati and Youngstown State). “I ...

Cavs hold on, send Knicks to historic loss

CLEVELAND — The New York Knicks’ franchise-record 17th straight loss might have been the toughest one to take. The Knicks erased a 17-point deficit in the second half and had several chances to take the lead or tie the game in the final minute before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...