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Steve Vega, an Avon native, coaches his TNBA team during Friday's Nike Summer Championship in Columbus. Vega is the co-director of the tournament.

AAU plays big role for recruits

COLUMBUS — Steve Vega was busy pacing the sidelines during Friday’s Nike Summer Championship, coaching his team. After that, the Avon native is busy going around Whitehall-Yearling High School trying to tend to the needs of teams, college coaches and even parents — making sure his ...

Indians keep rolling

CLEVELAND — It’s taken longer, much longer than expected. But after four shaky months, the Cleveland Indians may be finally hitting their stride. About time. Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2, over the ...

Cavs, Rose reportedly reach 1-year deal

CLEVELAND — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard. Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at ...

Altman officially new GM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Koby Altman’s summer job has turned into something permanent. The Cavaliers, who have had a bumpy few weeks since losing in the NBA Finals, named Altman their full-time general manager on Monday. Altman’s promotion had been expected for days and is a reward for the ...

NYPL: Tati, Scrappers silence Spikes

STATE COLLEGE, PA. — Mahoning Valley Scrappers pitcher Felix Tati threw five scoreless innings in MV’s 5-1 defeat of the State College Spikes on Monday. Tati struck out three and allowed just two hits to pick up his second win of the year. Ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the ...

Scrappers stopped, 5-1

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Mahoning Valley fell behind 3-0 after one inning and never got much of a comeback mounted in a 5-1 loss Sunday at Lubrano Park. The defeat, coupled with a win by West Virginia, drops the Scrappers into second place, a half-game behind the Black Bears, in the New York-Penn ...

Time off is helpful

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s stiff neck cleared up a day too soon for the Toronto Blue Jays. Cleveland’s ace struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and showed no signs of the neck problem that pushed him back in the rotation with another dominating performance in the Indians’ 8-1 ...

Browns sign Peppers in time for training camp

CLEVELAND — Browns rookie defensive back Jabrill Peppers has signed and now Cleveland’s entire draft class is under contract. Peppers and the Browns had been haggling over guaranteed money on his four-year-deal, which is worth $10.3 million and includes a $5.6 million signing bonus. The ...

Pirates clobbered by Rockies, 13-3

DENVER — A two-week stretch between starts didn’t seem to bother rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland. Freeland pitched six strong innings in his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth the day before the All-Star break, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-3 on ...

Scrappers alone in first after 5-4 win over Auburn

AUBURN, N.Y. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers earned their third straight win Saturday night at Falcon Park, beating Auburn, 5-4, the Scrappers’ eighth straight victory over the Doubledays this season. Mahoning Valley used Ulysses Cantu’s first inning home run and outstanding pitching ...

Legends Reunion Sept. 24-25

The second annual NFL Legends Reunion at Trumbull Country Club is scheduled the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The event, hosted by the Warren Gridiron Club, celebrates the number of professional football players from Warren City Schools and this year will feature the four coaches who won state titles ...

Lindor, Salazar star in 2-1 win

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor knows about good timing. Shortly after a hard rain began to fall in the bottom of the 10th inning, Lindor hit a leadoff home run and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Saturday night. Lindor belted a 2-2 pitch from Danny Barnes (2-3) ...

Pirates see six-game winning streak end

DENVER — German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Saturday night. Mark Reynolds added a pair of run-scoring singles and Charlie Blackmon ...

CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15)

OPEN CAMP: July 27, Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio. LAST YEAR: Coach Hue Jackson’s first season started with 14 straight losses and finished as worst in franchise history. Once again, Browns were decimated by costly injuries, forcing them to shuffle through quarterbacks and offensive ...

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-6)

OPEN CAMP: July 28, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. LAST YEAR: Steelers shook off underwhelming first half to win seven straight and clinch second AFC North title in three years. Two more playoff wins followed before lopsided loss at New England in AFC championship game. RB ...

Scrappers stay in first with road win

AUBURN, N.Y. — Oscar Gonzalez hit a game-winning single in the top of the ninth inning and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers kept pace with West Virginia to remain tied for first place. Gonzalez ripped a run-scoring single to right field, plating Austen Wade from second base, to break a tie and ...

WGH grad Bubon no longer interim

It took awhile, but it’s finally official: Gabe Bubon is the men’s basketball coach at Point Park University. The Warren native and Warren G. Harding graduate was the Pioneers’ interim coach for all of last season following a leave of absence from longtime coach Bob Rager, who ...

Sources: Irving wants out

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving wants the stage for himself. Cleveland’s All-Star point guard has asked the Cavaliers to trade him, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Friday. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the people who spoke on ...

That’s more like it

CLEVELAND — The Toronto Blue Jays know better than any team in baseball what happens when Edwin Encarnacion gets hot. Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs against his former team as the Cleveland Indians routed Toronto 13-3 on Friday night. “Yeah, many a time, thanks for reminding ...

Pirates rip Rockies for sixth straight win

DENVER — Rookie Josh Bell had a career-high four hits, Andrew McCutchen had three hits and reached base five times, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night. Rookie Trevor Williams overcame a rough start to pitch 6 2/3 strong innings for his first ...