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Battling back for YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago looked at his bruised, hyper-extended knee. The bruising and swelling were there on his right leg as he rode a stationary bike that blew massive amounts of wind. The senior Youngstown State University point guard felt the resistance and pedaled harder during ...

Tribe makes it 15 in a row

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CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians didn’t need much help to match last season’s team-record 14-game winning streak, batting .317 and pitching to a 1.86 ERA over the last two weeks. No. 15 was over almost before it started. Cleveland jumped all over emergency starter Mike Pelfrey for ...

Injured Thomas happy to be a Cav

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INDEPENDENCE — Isaiah Thomas beamed as he held up his new No. 3 Cavs jersey for the first time. There’s no telling when he’ll wear it in a game. Stunned by Boston’s decision to trade him to Cleveland as part of a package for Kyrie Irving, Thomas chose not to share much information ...

Browns’ luck? Garrett out with ankle injury

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CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett’s NFL debut for the Browns won’t happen for weeks. Is that Cleveland’s luck or what? The top overall pick in this year’s draft will miss Sunday’s opener against Pittsburgh and possibly a few more games after severely spraining his right ankle during ...

Haden ready to return to Cleveland

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers made an uncharacteristic open-market splurge when they lavished Joe Haden with a $27 million contract on the eve of the regular season firm in the belief the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback could give the secondary a needed jolt. The least Haden figures he ...

Buckeyes’ defensive line faces big task

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s game against Oklahoma on Saturday will feature two potential Heisman Trophy candidates in quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Baker Mayfield. The marquee battle will likely be in the trenches when the Sooners have the ball. Oklahoma returned all five starters on the ...

Indians extend win streak to 14

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CHICAGO — In a season where the Cleveland Indians hope to get one more win than last year, the team has a chance to take its best stretch of baseball farther than a year ago. Carlos Carrasco was the latest Indians starter to shine with a complete game dismantling of the Chicago White Sox on ...

YSU’s thrill seeker

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YOUNGSTOWN — It’s hard for Jake Coates to explain exactly why he loves such a dangerous situation so much. He just does. Returning punts for the Youngstown State Penguins as a true freshman was a goal since the day he signed on with YSU. Why exactly he enjoys Division I athletes running ...

MV rallies to beat Bears

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NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers erased a three-run deficit in a big eighth inning to rally past West Virginia, 7-5. Austen Wade secured the key hit — a two-run double that gave Mahoning Valley (44-29) a 6-5 lead. Wade scored an insurance run later in the inning, and Jonathan Teaney ...

Penguins open Horizon League in Cleveland

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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State is starting 2018 with the only game on the Horizon League schedule. The Penguins men’s basketball team begins this year’s league schedule Jan. 1, 2018, at rival Cleveland State. The Horizon League announced its complete 2017-18 schedule. Times will be ...

Garrett injury leaves him in doubt for Sunday

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BEREA — Myles Garrett’s big plans to sack Ben Roethlisberger in the season opener may be on hold. At this point, everything’s suddenly in question. Cleveland’s rookie defensive end, who through preseason has lived up to enormous expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in this ...

Pick six games of the week

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Massillon (1-1) at Harding (0-1) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Mollenkopf Stadium, Warren. LAST MEETING: 2016, Harding won, 41-28 LAST WEEK: Massillon 24, GlenOak 10; Harding was idle. COACHES: Nate Moore, Massillon; Steve Arnold, Massillon ABOUT MASSILLON: The Tigers came back ...

Doing their part

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Members of the Lakeview High School volleyball program, along with other athletes at the school, gathered donated athletic T-shirts and shoes last week to be shipped to the University of Houston. Cougars basketball coach Kelvin Sampson reached out to fellow coaches and athletes to provide ...

Scrappers return home for final 2 after 4-3 win

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — Dillion Persinger connected on his first two home runs as a professional on Tuesday night to lead the Mahoning Valley Scrappers over the Batavia Muckdogs, 4-3, completing a three-game sweep. Persinger hit a two-run homer in the second inning and added a solo shot in the ...

Penguin basketball team involved in community

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On Thursday, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball is hosting the first Penguin Premiere at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. Fans have the opportunity to interact with new head coach Jerrod Calhoun and the rest of the coaching staff — learning how the team is ...

Locals shine in YSU’s invitational at Mill Creek

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BOARDMAN — Two Mahoning Valley golfers helped their women’s golf teams to second and third-place finishes, respectively, in the Roseann Schwartz Invitational hosted Monday and Tuesday by Youngstown State University at Mill Creek Park Golf Course. Boardman graduate Jacinta Pikunas, a ...

Make it 13 in a row

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CHICAGO — Jose Ramirez hit two more homers, Austin Jackson also connected and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory, the longest run by a major league team this season. Danny Salazar got just two outs in his return from right ...

Moves show team all in for 2017

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes his team’s hectic final week of the preseason had everything to do with the NFL’s decision to move from two roster cut downs to just one and nothing to do with some sort of change in mindset heading into 2017. Six days, a slew of moves ...

Bucs extend contracts for manager, GM

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PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington arrived in Pittsburgh a decade ago confident he had the right plan to turn around the floundering Pirates. Three years later, the general manager hired Clint Hurdle to take the building blocks the front office put in place and mold it into finished — and winning ...

Young Pirates star in win over Cubs

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PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle agreed to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday afternoon, confident the next wave of Pittsburgh Pirates could help steer the club through what it hopes is a transitional period and back into the thick of the playoff chase. The early returns have been ...