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Gianna Clemente, 8, left, is lining up a putt with the assistant of her caddie and father, Patrick.

Heading to Georgia

The National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which will highlight some of the nation’s top youth golfers, will take place at historic Augusta National on April 2, on the eve of the Masters. The event, which will be broadcast nationally on the Golf Channel, features Warren standout Gianna ...

Former area swimming coach honored by Clarion

Former area swimming coach Frank Supancic was five years removed from his swimming career at Clarion University when he got the opportunity to become the Warren Harding head coach in 1978. For a guy living near Pittsburgh, the opportunity came purely by chance. “The strangest thing about ...

Austin Jackson makes Indians’ opening-day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Austin Jackson took an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians and ran with it. Jackson was informed on Sunday that he has made Cleveland’s opening-day roster, giving the AL champions some outfield depth in case Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley ...

Report: Ramirez gets deal

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez’s breakout season was enough to convince the Cleveland Indians he’s worth a long-term investment. The versatile Ramirez, who helped the Indians get to their first World Series since 1997 last year, has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Ramirez will ...

Cavs win physical battle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James sat at his locker dabbing his right eye with a wet compress while having difficulty keeping it open. A battle scar from a rough night. James will meet with an eye doctor after a physical game in which he got poked in the eye by Jeremy Lamb, but remained in ...

Unsettled Indians

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For a defending AL champion, the Cleveland Indians are dealing with a lot of uncertainty less than two weeks before their April 3 opener at Texas. All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is sidelined at least through April with an ailing right shoulder Outfielder Michael ...

Cribbs calls it a career

CLEVELAND — There will be no more returns for Josh Cribbs. The former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver officially announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL, ending a storybook career he began as an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State. Cribbs played ...

QB Barrett ready for final season

COLUMBUS — Social media and sports talk radio dripped with vitriol toward J.T. Barrett after Ohio State was embarrassed by Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The veteran quarterback had heard it all before. He shouldered the blame, shut out the noise and quickly announced his intention ...

Versatile D-lineman added

PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu spent seven years in Jacksonville trying to help revive a struggling franchise while simultaneously trying to live up to his draft pedigree. Neither really happened. Alualu, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, never registered more than 3¢ sacks in a season. ...

Brantley progresses, but Indians are cautious

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For most teams, seeing an All-Star get two hits in a spring training game would be no big deal. For the Cleveland Indians, watching Michael Brantley swing back into action meant something. Coming off a year almost totally lost to shoulder trouble, Brantley singled twice, ...

Safety visits Browns

CLEVELAND Bradley McDougald could fill a sizeable space for the Browns. The free agent safety visited on Monday with Cleveland, which is in the market to replenish its secondary after losing Jordan Poyer in free agency and failing to sign Tony Jefferson. McDougald started 31 games over the ...

Irving scores 46 points in playoff clincher

LOS ANGELES — Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the last-place Los Angeles Lakers, 125-120 on Sunday night. Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who ...

Indians deal with more injuries; SP Anderson out

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season. The AL champions said Sunday that Anderson has elected to have the operation after being diagnosed with a ligament sprain. The 26-year-old made nine starts for ...

Big 3 rest as Clippers defeat Cavs

LOS ANGELES — When the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the same game, they also provided a welcome boost to the Los Angeles Clippers, who got to sit their own starters for the entire fourth quarter of a predictably one-sided victory. The fans ...

New blood in sport

AVONDALE, Ariz. — The NASCAR kids keep coming on strong. Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR’s lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Kyle Larson ...

Allgaier holds on to win Xfinity; Blaney rallies to take 2nd

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Allgaier acknowledges there were some very down moments in his long NASCAR Xfinity victory drought. “I’m not going to lie to you,” he said. “There are moments in my racing career when I wondered why I got up and went to the race track.” But his ...

Ex-coach praised by former Flashes

WARREN — Former Champion High School star Craig Kuszmaul can recall numerous fond memories of his time as a basketball player and of the people who helped make him a Division I player at North Carolina State. No one played a larger role than former Champion basketball coach Roger ...

2 more hurt as Love returns

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers got one player back from injury Thursday night, but lost two others. Fortunately for the defending NBA champions, they can always count on LeBron James. James scored 33 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and Cleveland defeated the Utah Jazz ...

Hot start carries Cavs to romp over Pistons

CLEVELAND — LeBron James got his 52nd career triple-double Tuesday, and that doesn’t even count perhaps his most notable assist of the night. James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, Kyrie Irving had 26 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a blazing start to overpower the ...

Love’s return set for weekend road trip

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin anticipates forward Kevin Love will return during the team’s trip that begins Saturday. Love had surgery on his left knee Feb. 14. The defending NBA champions are 7-6 since he was injured and have been plagued by defensive and ...