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Pirates’ Lyles fans 12 in win

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and Jordan Lyles struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off ...

Jackson-Milton grad Pierce is softball star for UMBC

Jackson-Milton graduate and softball star Sierra Pierce is now thriving at the Division I level of college, having success with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. The Retrievers are having a great season, finishing 26-22 in the regular season, and sweeping through the America ...

Kipnis homers twice in Indians’ win

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cleveland Indians hammered the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Kipnis hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth off reliever Gabriel Ynoa ...

Howell pitches Flashes back into regional

LEAVITTSBURG — District dominance. For the first time in school history the Champion girls have won a district title in soccer, basketball, and softball in the same school year. They finished off the trifecta with a 10-0 defeat of Newton Falls (17-9) in the Division III LaBrae District ...

Beckham doesn’t attend voluntary Wednesday practice

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr.’s current part-time employment isn’t bothering the Browns. Not yet, anyway. The star wide receiver did not practice Wednesday after showing up Tuesday for Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program, ending an excused — if not questionable — monthlong ...

Hunt speaks to media about incident

BEREA — Once he found the courage, Kareem Hunt watched the infamous video of him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was on the ground. Like millions of others, he was disturbed. “I was like, ‘Wow, it’s pretty bad. That’s not me,’” he said, recalling his reaction. ...

Greinke shuts down Pirates; Archer struggles in return

PHOENIX — Zack Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Chris Archer and the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-1 on Wednesday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke would get an MRI on Friday. Greinke ...

Luplow, Indians romp over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Luplow hit two of Cleveland’s five homers, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday. Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Manny ...

Bell, Pirates roll past Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Bell homered twice and Joe Musgrove allowed one hit through seven strong innings as Pittsburgh Pirates beat Arizona, 6-2. Phoenix native Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to cap off the victory. The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing ...

Beckham practicing with Browns

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr.’s excused, debated absence is over. He’s run a comeback route to the Browns. The star wide receiver practiced with his new teammates for the first time Tuesday after skipping Cleveland’s voluntary workouts last month. Beckham, who was acquired in a ...

Cavs give Beilein first NBA shot

CLEVELAND — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college. He’s getting his NBA shot. The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made ...

Hubbard’s Scott joins Browns

While one former star running back from the Mahoning Valley left the Cleveland Browns, another one has joined. Former Hubbard High School standout L.J. Scott signed with the Browns, the team announced Monday. Scott was invited to the Baltimore Ravens camp following last month’s NFL Draft, ...

Indians’ bats continue cold spell

CHICAGO — Yo’n Moncada admitted he was a little tired, and then chuckled at the whole thing. “It’s nothing,” he said through a translator. “I’m just 23 years old. I can play.” No kidding. Moncada hit two of Chicago’s four solo homers and Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 2/3 ...

Buckeyes to Eastwood

For only the second time the Youngstown State University baseball team is going to play host to Ohio State. The Penguins and Buckeyes are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eastwood Field. Lucas Nasonti, leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Penguins, is excited for the matchup against ...

Perez, pitcher power Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodri-guez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November. They like what they’ve seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Roberto Perez hit a ...

Pittsburgh’s Bell rings up big day in win over Cards

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell put on a show for his mom on Mother’s Day. With his mother Myrtle in the stands at Busch Stadium, Bell homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Adam Frazier added a two-run, ...

Veteran official Montana honored

Tony Montana suffered an injury two years into his Youngstown State University football career. The center from nearby Ursuline High School eventually graduated from YSU in 1973. Montana wanted to stay close to the game he loved and played for the Irish before graduating in 1968. He ...

Champion’s Allen concludes standout softball career

Brittany Allen, a graduate of Champion High School, recently concluded her collegiate softball career at Edinboro University and has left an unforgettable mark on their program. “College softball has changed my life in different ways.” Allen said. “Not only did I enjoy being a college ...

Liberty’s Leshnack concludes standout softball career

“She is the player every coach dreams of having on their team.” That’s how Ursuline College softball coach Sue Woodford feels about Leah Leshnack, the Liberty High School graduate who just completed a prestigious career as an infielder with the Arrows. “She has been a great leader ...

Athletics beat Tribe in 12th, 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Chapman homered against Brad Hand leading off the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Friday night. Chapman hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line for his first career game-ending hit. The homer was his 10th this season and the ...