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OSU reinstates Wesson

COLUMBUS — Ohio State center Kaleb Wesson will play in the Big Ten tournament after missing the last three games because of a suspension. Coach Chris Holtmann announced the status of his star player Monday during a Big Ten coaches’ conference. No. 8 seed Ohio State opens against No. 9 ...

Phantoms complete sweep

YOUNGSTOWN — Goals by Matthew Barnaby and Brett Murray and a 20-save performance by Chad Veltri were decisive in the Youngstown Phantoms’ (27-14-1-4, 59 points) 3-1 win over the Green Bay Gamblers Sunday night at the Covelli Centre. The victory, coupled with a 5-3 win over the Gamblers on ...

On his way out

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted. A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that ...

Pirates’ Archer making progress

TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on Sunday. The right-hander, who underwent surgery to ...

Penguins stop Boston streak

PITTSBURGH — Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation loss since January with a 4-2 victory on Sunday night. Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who survived another ...

Blue Jackets end skid vs. Penguins

COLUMBUS (AP) — Cam Atkinson had two goals, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets broke an eight-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets. They had ...

Rotation remains Tribe’s strength

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Presumably, they will all be ready to pitch the first week of the season. Right now, Cleveland’s loaded starting rotation is in limbo. With the March 28 opener at Minnesota drawing near, manager Terry Francona has yet to say who he will start against the Twins or how he ...

New team, new role for Chisenhall

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime between mid-April and ...

Zallow, Elliott seasons end

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Chad Zallow and Jaliyah Elliott saw both of their seasons end on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Zallow, a Youngstown State University senior hurdler and sprinter, ran a time of 7.787 seconds in the 60m hurdles, ...

Browns work out deal for Giants’ pass rusher

CLEVELAND — The Browns didn’t wait for free agency’s opening to make some noise. Looking for a pass rusher to bookend with Pro Bowler Myles Garrett, Cleveland has agreed to acquire defensive end Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for guard Kevin Zeitler, a person ...

Miami pulls away from Cleveland

MIAMI — Rodney McGruder was having a quiet night. And in a span of 22 seconds, everything changed. Josh Richardson scored 20 points to lead a club record-tying eight Miami players in double figures, McGruder had a seven-point possession in the fourth quarter to help put the game away, and ...

More of the same: Pens dominate Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Mike Sullivan isn’t looking for an explanation. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach isn’t sure there is one that can adequately describe why his team dominates the Columbus Blue Jackets. “All I can tell you is, every game we play them is a hard-fought battle and the margin for ...

Steelers invest in linemen

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers made a significant investment in protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, signing Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and left guard Ramon Foster to new deals Thursday. Foster was set to become a free agent when the new NFL year begins next week but ...

BROWNS TO MEET WITH CB:

CLEVELAND — Free agent cornerback Kevin Johnson is scheduled to meet with the Browns, a person familiar with the visit confirmed to The Associated Press. Johnson, who was released this week by the Houston Texans, is scheduled to be at the team’s headquarters later this week, said the ...

Twin State club hosts showcase

The Twin State Auto Racing Club is kicking off the 2019 racing season at the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage, Pa., with a race car show Friday through Sunday. The event will showcase circle track, drag cars, go-karts, vintage race cars and more. The long-standing club has been around for 47 ...

It’s a brand new Day for OSU Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Ohio State has a new head coach, a reconstituted offensive line and a transfer quarterback who has never started a college football game. But that doesn’t mean expectations will be adjusted for a team that went 86-9 in the past seven seasons under Urban Meyer. Former Meyer ...

Browns release linebacker Collins

CLEVELAND — Jamie Collins had flashes of brilliance with the Browns. Not nearly enough of them, though. Cleveland released the veteran linebacker on Wednesday with two years remaining on his contract. Collins never lived up to high expectations with New England or the Browns, who were in ...

Nets top Cavaliers, 113-107

NEW YORK — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-107 on Wednesday night. D’Angelo Russell added 25 points for the Nets, who put things together in time after some sloppy play across the middle two quarters ...

Reeling Buckeyes clobbered by Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. — Dererk Pardon had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Northwestern snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 68-50 win over Ohio State on Wednesday night. Vic Law and A.J. Turner had 10 points apiece and Pardon was 8 for 10 from the field as the Wildcats (13-17, 4-15 Big Ten) won for ...

Pirates’ Kang regaining form

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million, one-year contract in November as a free agent. Kang missed the entire 2017 season because he was unable to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States following a ...