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Pirates invite two to camp

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed reliever Brandon Maurer and outfielder J.B. Shuck to minor league contracts that include invitations to big league camp when spring training begins next month. Maurer, 28, is 16-31 with 36 saves and a 5.36 ERA in 289 games with Seattle, San ...

Letang hits milestone in win

PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang tied Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s franchise record for career goals by a defenseman, Matt Murray stopped 33 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Wednesday night. Letang’s shot from the right circle in the second period beat ...

Michigan handles Buckeyes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zavier Simpson had 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and No. 5 Michigan beat Ohio State 65-49 on Tuesday night. Jordan Poole scored 15 points for the Wolverines (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten), who led by six at halftime and kept the Buckeyes frustrated after that. Ohio State ...

Cavs hold off Wizards’ late comeback

CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t sure the clock would ever run out Tuesday night. The Cavaliers’ forward wasn’t the only one. Cleveland nearly squandered a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding off Washington’s comeback for a 116-113 win over the Wizards. “We were ...

YSU’s Zallow, Elliott get honors

Youngstown State’s Chad Zallow and Jaliyah Elliott have been named the Horizon League Runners of the Week for their performances at the Penn State National Open, the league announced on Tuesday. After posting the fastest times in the prelims and semi-finals at the Penn State National Open, ...

A perfect ending

McDONALD — Olivia Perry had the basketball in her hands for a brief moment, on the pass from just in front of her McDonald team bench. It went out and toward the baseline as she and Western Reserve’s Dani Vuletich each grappled for possession as they slid out of bounds. Ball to Western ...

Bender’s 35 sinks Flashes; Rockets nip Newbury

GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ HARDING 70, CHAMPION 66: CHAMPION — Kamarah Bender scored 12 of her game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and made two big 3-pointers to help the Raiders snap Champion’s 10-game winning streak. Champion led by four in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders went on a ...

Stop, look up from your phone screen

YOUNGSTOWN — Screen goes blank. Quick vibrate on an attempted restart. Nothing. Quick trip to my cell phone provider confirms my worst fears. My phone is dead. A new one isn’t coming until Monday. Weird feeling not having that tether cord attached, being the slave to that handheld ...

Dual team wrestling gets started Saturday

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Dual Team Tournament is the first postseason action of the winter sports season and it begins Saturday with a new format in its seventh season of existence. All four rounds — in some cases five — of the regional tournaments will be ...

Still learning

CHICAGO — Cleveland Cavaliers coach Larry Drew looked at a rare victory as a learning experience. Jordan Clarkson and Alec Burks each scored 18 points, Cedi Osman added 17 and the Cavaliers ended a six-game losing streak, rallying to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-101 on Sunday. “We ...

Jackets winning despite uncertainty

COLUMBUS — Drama stemming from the uncertain future of two of the team’s biggest stars has simmered in the background for half a season, but the Columbus Blue Jackets don’t seem all that bothered. With a bye week bumping up against the All-Star weekend, most of the Blue Jackets enjoyed ...

Cash is doggone good in Penguins’ win

YOUNGSTOWN — Troy and Janet Cash showed a picture of their daughters, Sarah and Lauren, posing with Santa Claus and their five dogs. It was after Youngstown State’s game Monday over Northern Kentucky, but Sarah was nowhere to be found. She’s not one for crowds, so that wasn’t too ...

Cleveland State’s first Horizon win comes over YSU

CLEVELAND — Devin Morgan had all of his team-high 17 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game, 72-62. Naz Bohannon had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for YSU (6-16, 2-7 Horizon ...

Ohio State finally ends long losing skid

LINCOLN, Neb. — The shot clock was about to hit zero when Ohio State’s Luther Muhammad launched a shot from behind the key. The ball hit the front of the rim, bounced off the backboard and dropped straight through. “To be honest, every time I let it go I feel like it’s good,” ...

Morgan not hesitant to fire away for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan dribbled up the court with the clock nearing zero as he launched the ball from half-court. Morgan didn’t see his grandmother, Portia Harris, in the stands at the AAU tournament. She was going though the last stages of cancer. The basketball left the hand of ...

Heat pull away from Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-94 on Friday night. Dwyane Wade had 13 points in his final game at Quicken Loans Arena, and Derrick Jones Jr. added 14 points. Cedi Osman ...

MLB: Tribe’s Perez signs 1-year deal

CLEVELAND — Left-handed reliever Oliver Perez is staying with the Cleveland Indians, agreeing to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. Perez’s deal, announced Friday, includes a $2.75 million team option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches in 55 games this year. The 2020 ...

Coming up Roses

YOUNGSTOWN — Grayson Rose constantly has her parents phone numbers handy. The FaceTime feature comes in handy, seeing Willow on her hand-held screen — all the way back in Portage County. Rose, a Garfield High School graduate, plays for the Northern Kentucky University women’s ...

White passes the test for Flashes

CHAMPION — The day of the ACT test can be a tough one for a high school senior. A pressure-packed, timed evaluation of your intelligence awaits you at an unfamiliar venue. It would be nice to have a place to unwind after the stressful endeavor. Champion senior Abby White woke up at 6:30 in ...

MLB: Carrasco could get 2023 option

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s $14 million club option for 2023 under his new deal with the Cleveland Indians would become guaranteed if he pitches 170 or more innings in 2022 and is expected to be healthy for the following season. The 31-year-old right-hander agreed Dec. 6 to a $47 ...