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Leadoff hitter Rizzo bashes Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn’t much of a stolen base threat and he doesn’t exactly motor down the line. But there’s more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done ...

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New Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Luke Carlin talks to the media Saturday at Eastwood Field. Carlin’s first professional managing assignment is with the Scrappers who begin the season Monday at West Virginia. The team’s home opener is Wednesday.

Opening day approaches

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NILES — At first glance, Luke Carlin looks like he might be a Scrapper himself. Clean-shaven, with what some might call a baby face, the 36-year-old hardly looks his age. He acts it though. The first-year manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers is only a rookie when it comes to managing. ...

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Will Benson was the Cleveland Indians’ first-round draft choice in 2016 and spent the season in the Arizona Rookie League.

Youngster Benson having lots of fun

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NILES — Exuberant, upbeat and always having a good time, the Cleveland Indians’ 2016 first-round draft pick, Will Benson, will be bringing his enthusiasm to Eastwood Field this summer. For Benson, having fun playing baseball is important, but he’s still learning how to maximize the ...

Indians sweep Twins to take over 1st place

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MINNEAPOLIS — Lonnie Chisenhall hit two home runs for Cleveland in the second game after Jose Ramirez went deep twice in the opener, and the Indians took over first place in the AL Central by sweeping a doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins with 9-3 and 6-2 victories on Saturday. Austin ...

Browns’ top pick Garrett has sprained foot

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns finally caught a break. Top pick Myles Garrett only has a sprained foot. After fearing the rookie defensive end might be out for a significant period, the Browns announced Saturday that Garrett has a lateral sprain in his left foot, but that he’s expected ...

Rivero sharp again for Bucs, this time in victory

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PITTSBURGH — The way Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon figures it, the list of relievers with better stuff than Pittsburgh’s Felipe Rivero is short. Really short. There might be five. After spending two nights watching Rivero have his way with Chicago’s lineup, the list might be getting ...

JFK grad LaMonica sprints her way to YSU

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Recent John F. Kennedy graduate Antonella LaMonica overcame adversity to become one of the area’s best sprinters the past four years. The 5-foot dynamo outclassed many of her bigger and stronger competitors, and now it has led to a track and field scholarship to Youngstown State. For ...

Zallow’s eventful season not over

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Chad Zallow looked around at his display of trophies. Horizon League. Florida Relays. NCAA Championships. They’ve all been great accomplishments, but none is better than staying healthy. That is a welcome rarity for Zallow, who has been plagued by hamstring problems throughout his ...

Closing in on Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — The surprising Minnesota Twins have had at least a share of first place in the AL Central since May 11. However, their lack of starting pitching depth might be starting to show. Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin ...

Cubs rally in ninth to beat Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to contribute at the end. Rizzo almost led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid after a replay review, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth ...

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The Trumbull County team huddles up prior to Thursday’s Jack Arvin Classic in Hubbard. Trumbull defeated the Mahoning County team, 20-7.

Bowden bows out with W

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HUBBARD — Former Warren G. Harding standout Lynn Bowden — arguably the area’s best football player the past few years — helped lead the Trumbull County squad over the Mahoning/Columbiana squad, 20-7, in Friday’s 33rd annual Jack Arvin Football Classic at Hubbard Memorial Stadium. ...

Ohio Sprint Speedweek gets started tonight

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One of the best and most demanding weeks in the country for Sprint car racing returns to Ohio for the 35th annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Eight nights of racing in nine days kicks off tonight at Attica Speedway. Sharon Speedway will host night five on Tuesday. A large car count, headed by some ...

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Brookfield track and field coach Adam Hughes, left, with the Warriors’ 4x200 relay team, from left, Dionte Colwell, Nicholas Varga, Xavier Bailey and Alexander Bell.

Brookfield relay team runs one more time

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Xavier Bailey said after this year’s Division III regional track and field meet that he had one goal — to take his teammates to the state meet and get them the experience on the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium track. It didn’t seem that was going to happen after three legs of the ...

Browns offer no injury update

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CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett missed the final practice of Browns’ minicamp. It’s still not known when he’ll be back. The No. 1 overall draft pick was kept off the field Thursday with a left foot injury that is still being examined. The team had been expected to provide an update on ...

Former opponents get together for win

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Two All-American Conference standout linemen, LaBrae’s Xavier Hubbard and Brookfield’s Carmen Furillo, played their final high school game in Friday night’s 33rd annual Jack Arvin Football Classic in Hubbard. The two Trumbull County players helped their squad defeat the ...

Chisenhall’s pinch-homer keys victory

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CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall usually senses when Indians manager Terry Francona is going to call on him as a pinch-hitter. That moment came earlier than normal for Chisenhall on Thursday, and he was ready. Chisenhall connected for a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning and had ...

Penguins consider changes in quest for threepeat

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PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury knew this day was coming, though the winningest goaltender in Pittsburgh Penguins history did his best to push the idea of his inevitable departure to the back of his mind. No need to become a distraction with a shot at history on the line. It was only in the ...

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Former Warren G. Harding quarterback Lynn Bowden, center, awaits the snap from LaBrae’s Alec Jerina, left, as Niles’ Joey Kendall, right, guards Bowden. McDonald coach Dan Williams, who is mentoring the Trumbull team in tonight’s Jack Arvin Classic, looks on during a recent practice in McDonald.

Not just a line for those up front

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McDONALD — Football coaches have said it for years, with most fans rolling their eyes at another so-called cliche. The old adage that teams “win or lose games up front” doesn’t exactly cause people to start training their children to become offensive or defensive linemen. Not only ...

JFK grad eyes U.S. Open

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Erin Hills was built about a decade ago, transforming farmland into a links-style golf course — one that you would find in the United Kingdom. But oh, that fescue. It’s picturesque, with the wind blowing against the knee-length strands whipping around. Not so much for the golfers ...