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Ohio State stars shine in rout of Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins keep finding holes in opposing defenses. Their ability to take advantage of them quickly is turning Ohio State’s dynamic duo into an unbeatable combination. Dobbins ran for 193 yards and one touchdown, caught one of Fields’ three ...

Double trouble: Twins sweep twin bill from Tribe

CLEVELAND — Miguel Sano’s grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins grabbed firm control of the AL Central by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5, completing a sweep of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. The sweep pushed the Twins 5¢ games ahead of the Indians in ...

Seahawks wary despite Steelers’ loss to Patriots

PITTSBURGH — Pete Carroll watched the tape. The Seattle Seahawks coach isn’t buying what he saw from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a lopsided Week 1 loss to New England. “Opening games are always difficult,” Carroll said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get. New England ...

Get your northern pike experience close to home

You can spend big bucks on a dream trip to a North Woods wilderness lodge where northern pike prowl the cold waters. Or you might just drive up to Bazetta and Mecca townships and work the weedy waters of Mosquito Lake. Northern pike have been slashing and crashing anglers’ baits all across ...

Hoosiers hope to be more than ‘competitive’ vs. OSU

The Indiana Hoosiers feel like they are watching movie sequels each time they see tape of their most recent games against Ohio State: Competitive for three quarters before wearing down in the fourth. On Saturday, they will try to rewrite the script with a surprise twist when the No. 6 ...

Pirates’ Brault drilled by Cubs’ hitters in loss

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam, Willson Contreras launched two long solo homers and the Chicago Cubs kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Rookie Nico Hoerner hit a two-run shot for his first major league homer and had four RBIs ...

Browns lean on bond to support Smith after tragedy

BEREA — Chris Smith’s football family is comforting him through the toughest days of his life. Smith was surrounded by most of his Browns teammates Wednesday, hours after the popular defensive end watched helplessly as his girlfriend was killed in a horrific accident as they were driving ...

Steelers defense working on being in sync

PITTSBURGH — Tom Brady’s good enough on his own, he doesn’t need the help. The Pittsburgh Steelers seemed insistent on providing some anyway while letting Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots zip up and down the field in a 30-point Week 1 blowout in which the Steelers always ...

OBJ claims Williams ordered Browns to hurt him

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr.’s going back to New York seeking revenge. Not on the Giants. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver added some spice to the Browns’ upcoming matchup with Jets on Thursday by accusing former Cleveland defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of getting him injured ...

Pirates win again; Indians’ Hand out

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched five shutout innings and hit a triple, Jacob Stallings homered and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco. The Pirates took three of four in the series and have won 14 of their last 20 games in San Francisco dating to 2014. Musgrove (10-12) struck out seven, ...

Just visiting

YOUNGSTOWN — After coming off of a 31-17 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 of the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers have made a pitstop in the Mahoning Valley this week ahead of their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Farmers National Bank Field saw a bit ...

Eastern Gateway begins volleyball with former YSU coach

YOUNGSTOWN — Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) is adding women’s volleyball to its athletic lineup next year. The new EGCC sport will be under the direction of head coach Joe Conroy of Canfield, who recently was officially announced for the position. “Eastern Gateway Community ...

Indians ‘piece together’ 4-3 victory over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona had the perfect description for Wednesday night’s 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels when he said “we pieced it together.” Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered while Carlos Carrasco won in relief as six Cleveland ...

Steelers prepare to bounce back

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger delivered the message to Donte Moncrief almost immediately, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s way of letting Moncrief know his faith wasn’t shaken in the wide receiver even after Moncrief’s forgettable debut during a 33-3 loss to New England. Ten ...

Plesac blanks Angels; Tribe keeps pace in race

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie Zach Plesac pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the playoff race, blanking the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor and Jordan Luplow homered as the Indians stayed a half-game ...

Steelers’ fullback Nix likely out on Sunday

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without fullback and special teams captain Rosie Nix for Sunday’s visit by Seattle. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Nix is dealing with a knee injury sustained in a 33-3 loss to New England in the opener. Nix did not play an ...

Cavaliers’ announcer McLeod dies suddenly

CLEVELAND — Fred McLeod’s passion poured through the TV no matter what game he was covering. The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland’s NBA championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford’s band was on the field in 1982, died Monday. He ...

Strollo discusses changes at Youngstown State

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Ron Strollo cannot remember a busier time during his 19-year tenure as Youngstown State director of athletics. Now in his 24th year overall at his alma mater — he served as business manager for five years before assuming his current role — his fall sports teams are off ...

Browns vow to correct errors

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield was hurting following a shocking, stinging loss. The Tennessee Titans sacked him five times, chased him all over the field and knocked some of the defiance out of Cleveland’s brassy quarterback in Sunday’s opener. “I’ll be all right,” Mayfield ...

Brown’s absence apparent in blowout loss to NE

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers insist they won’t miss the drama Antonio Brown provided on a weekly — and sometimes daily — basis. Missing the wide receiver’s record-setting production is another matter entirely. Dropped passes. No separation. Little excitement on the rare ...