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Ursuline stands tall to beat Falls

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NEWTON FALLS — JennaLyn O’Hara and Destiny Goodnight timed their jumps. The Ursuline High School volleyball players outstretched their arms over the tethered net inside Gene Zorn Gymnasium. Newton Falls’ Elizabeth Barreca saw the set from her teammate as the volleyball went up in the ...

Damage control

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he has sent letters and had conversations with families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension, a saga he describes as “a window in time I made an error.” He acknowledged ...

Enough is enough: Gordon dealt to Pats

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CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s strange, stuttering career will start anew in New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a new offensive toy. The Browns severed ties for good with the problematic wide receiver by trading him to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick on Monday, ending a ...

Browns cut struggling kicker, sign rookie

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CLEVELAND — Zane Gonzalez got kicked straight to the curb. The Browns released the wayward kicker on Monday after his four misses on Sunday in New Orleans cost Cleveland a possible first win since 2016 with a 21-18 loss to the Saints. Gonzalez has been replaced by rookie free agent Greg ...

A Zane-y finish

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NEW ORLEANS — A day after deciding to move on from troubled receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns now have cause to consider cutting loose their kicker, too. The Browns were kicking themselves after yet another missed opportunity Sunday, losing 21-18 to the Saints in no small part ...

Indians have sights set on playoff preparation

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is already thinking about the postseason. The Indians rested several of their regulars a day after clinching the AL Central and lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday as Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four runs. Cleveland ...

Day returns to role after job well done

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ARLINGTON, Texas — No more acting for Ryan Day after more than a passing performance. Urban Meyer is back full time as Ohio State’s coach. Day can return his complete attention to being offensive coordinator and position coach for young quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. after the pair got ...

Steelers shredded by young Chiefs’ QB

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PITTSBURGH — Forget the communication issues in the secondary. The lack of a consistent pass rush. The inability to get off the field. Forget the eye-popping statistics the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up in a 42-37 loss to Kansas City on Sunday that left the two-time defending AFC North ...

Two local runners finish first at Boardman

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BOARDMAN — The Mineral Ridge girls joined the usual suspects — McDonald and Maplewood, both boys and girls — in competing for trophies Saturday at the Boardman Invitational. In addition, Badger junior Miranda Stanhope and Garfield senior Tyler Klouda won individual races. Division III ...

Tribe finally clinches Central Division title

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CLEVELAND — With ski goggles perched on his head, Michael Brantley stood in the middle of Cleveland’s rocking clubhouse just a few feet from a bin overflowing with dozens of empty beer and champagne bottles. The party was in full swing on Saturday. So were the Indians. And as he watched ...

That’s more like it

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YOUNGSTOWN — The situation was all too familiar for Youngstown State senior Armand Dellovade. The Penguins had a two-touchdown lead at home against a non-scholarship opponent from Indiana. Last time that happened — just two weeks ago against Butler — the Penguins collapsed and endured ...

Buckeyes pass test against TCU, 40-28

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Big defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones returned an interception thrown right at him 28 yards for one of No. 4 Ohio State’s three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter in a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (3-0), in their last ...

Assistant coach to return on Monday

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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State co-defensive coordinator Richard McNutt will return to the team Monday following a university investigation. McNutt served a five-day suspension that started Monday and ended Saturday after allegedly engaging in a domestic violence incident. In a report from ...

Browns plan to cut WR Gordon

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CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended. The team isn’t going to help him any longer. He’s let them down for the final time. The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent ...

Bauer improving, throws off mound

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CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching in the postseason, throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday. It was a positive step in the All-Star right-hander’s recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of the rotation for more ...

KC’s Mahomes hopes to pierce Pittsburgh ‘D’

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PITTSBURGH — A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from a veteran. Yeah, Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger may know a little something about that. Still, the two-time Super Bowl winner’s eyes get a little wide when talking about Kansas ...

‘Must-win game’ is won

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AUSTINTOWN — Warren G. Harding senior Kay’Ron Adams called Friday night’s matchup against Austintown Fitch a “must-win game,” and for good reason. The Raiders had little-to-no margin of error following a 1-2 start to the campaign and, according to joeeitel.com, Harding was sitting ...

Indians crawling toward another division crown

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CLEVELAND — The Indians’ sprint to another division title has turned into a crawl. Andrew Miller gave up two RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Cleveland’s march to a third straight AL Central championship was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Indians 5-4 on Friday night to ...

Scouting Report: Week 3

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A game that seemed like a laugher just two weeks ago suddenly isn’t a laughing matter. Youngstown State hosts Valparaiso today, and while a matchup with a non-scholarship, lower-level FCS school normally appears to be an easy victory, the Penguins found out that’s not always the ...

Junior QB Burgess sparks Liberty to win

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LIBERTY — A dedicated performance from junior Migel Burgess helped the Liberty Leopards come from behind to defeat the Brookfield Warriors 47-27 Friday night in Liberty. Burgess was a one-man wrecking crew accounting for six total touchdowns in almost every fashion possible. “My grandma ...