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Warriors win

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OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the ...

Tough non-conference slate ends at Indiana

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Jerrod Calhoun looked at the Utah State film again. He and his coaching staff saw it live, but had it reinforced — seeing their players understand their roles on this Youngstown State University team. He’s seeing players like Garrett Covington and Braun Hartfield step up as essential ...

After Cotton Bowl, OSU faces rebuild

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COLUMBUS — Reloading is going to be more challenging than usual this time for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who is accustomed to losing much of his talent to the NFL each year. Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors this season are departing, including quarterback J.T. Barrett ...

Steelers roll past Texans into 1st-round playoff bye

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HOUSTON — Ben Roethlisberger told his teammates they didn’t need to make up for Antonio Brown’s absence. He just wanted everyone to do what they could to help out, figuring that would be enough. It certainly was. “I know everyone was thinking about A.B. not being out there and ...

Working overtime

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NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Tigers added another win to their record with their 55-53 overtime thriller Saturday over Southeast. Senior Izzy Kline put up 20 points in the contest, 11 of which came in a monster third-quarter performance for the Tigers, which saw them post a 19-9 point ...

Browns hoping for another Christmas Eve gift

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season. And the idea they could wind up without a win is weighing on quarterback DeShone Kizer. “You definitely feel it,” he said. A Christmas Eve victory over the Chicago Bears today ...

Frustration is building

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CHICAGO — The Cleveland Browns got pushed to the brink of a winless season, and the anger and embarrassment were as easy to spot as the mistakes they made. DeShone Kizer called it a low point in his life. Coach Hue Jackson made his feelings clear, too. Kizer threw two more interceptions ...

Penguins start league play

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YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer said her team’s goal was to hold Penn State-Beaver to less than 40 points on Wednesday. She asked how many Beaver scored. Someone at the postgame news conference said 40 and the Beloit native had reason to smile. Trimmer, a junior guard for the Youngstown ...

Howland girls knock off unbeaten Geneva

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¯ HOWLAND 53, GENEVA 41: HOWLAND — The Tigers did it again. Howland became a roadblock for another previously undefeated team. This time, it was Geneva. Earlier this week, Howland sent Poland away with its first loss. The Tigers (7-3), which won their fourth straight game, was led by ...

Indians, Alonso make it official

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CLEVELAND — Yonder Alonso changed his swing last season and his statistics soared. The Indians hope they can rise even more. Alonso, who reached a career high in home runs and made the All-Star team for the first time, signed a two-year, $16 million contract on Saturday with Cleveland, ...

Browns slide one step closer to history

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CHICAGO — The Browns are barreling toward a winless season, and defensive end Myles Garrett had a message for anyone afraid Cleveland will draft them — don’t be. Instead, embrace the opportunity. “Don’t be fearful, be grateful,” said Garrett, the No. 1 pick this year. “No ...

Gillespie in 2nd turn as NF coach

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NEWTON FALLS — Michael Gillespie is back on the Newton Falls football sideline — as head coach. Gillespie was hired at Thursday’s board of education meeting on a supplemental contract as varsity football head coach. Gillespie is a retired 35-year special education teacher from the ...

Buckeyes can’t keep up with NC in 86-72 defeat

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NEW ORLEANS — Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II viewed North Carolina’s recent upset loss to Wofford as a test of their leadership. The seniors provided a convincing response in a neutral-site, made-for-TV matchup against Ohio State. Berry and Pinson each scored 19 points, and No. 5 North ...

Steelers go to Texas without star Brown

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HOUSTON — Already in the playoffs after winning the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for in their last two games, starting with today’s matchup with the Houston Texans. A win over the struggling Texans combined with a loss or tie by the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

Haden ready for return from broken leg

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn’t taking anything for granted. The eight-year veteran, who has never played in the playoffs, experienced a scare when he broke his leg a month ago against Indianapolis. Five weeks later, Haden has recovered to the point where ...

Finding a fill-in

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HOWLAND — Connor Tamarkin was ruled out Friday morning with a wrist injury, even though it was probably just for one game. It wasn’t broken. Breathe that proverbial sigh of relief. The senior point guard is a seasoned veteran — a three-year starter on the Howland boys basketball team. ...

Quick start fuels Lakeview win

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LIBERTY — Senior captain TJ Lynch scored 18 points to help Lakeview get past Liberty, 66-46, Friday night, in Liberty. Lynch grabbed six rebounds and had three steals. The guard has a nice all-around game, with impressive skill on offense and hustle and effort on defense. Lynch scored 11 of ...

Bombers win NAC battle vs. Bristol

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BRISTOLVILLE — A packed house at Bristol High School witnessed an instant classic between two Northeastern Athletic Conference powerhouses. Coming down to the final seconds, the 69-67 victory for Windham came through the hard-nosed aggressive play of the Bombers. A 14-point fourth quarter ...

Girard holds off Niles rally down stretch

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GIRARD — “I just have to make it. It has to go through.” That’s what went through Christian Graziano’s head as he let go of a 3-point shot that hit nothing but net to put Girard ahead 49-45 after Niles had come back from down 11. Girard won the game, 51-45, Friday night. Graziano ...

McDonald, Badger remain undefeated

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≤ McDONALD 93, MINERAL RIDGE 38: MINERAL RIDGE — It was a tough day for Mineral Ridge as McDonald’s Zach Rasile scored as many points as the entire team, 38. McDonald (7-0, 4-0 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference) used Rasile’s 38 to propel it to big conference road win. Rasile hit ...