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Ochman, White shine in finale

High School Sports

CANFIELD — Two Trumbull County seniors impressed in their final games, making statements in the girls 2019 Al Beach Classic at Canfield High School. Alex Ochman of Howland came away with the MVP of the game, scoring 22 points and grabbing plenty of rebounds despite Trumbull County losing, ...

NFL: Steelers sign former Rams LB

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Now it’s Mark Barron’s turn to try and replace Ryan Shazier. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Barron to a two-year deal on Tuesday and tasked him with filling the void left by Shazier. The Pro Bowl linebacker’s career is on hiatus while he recovers from a spinal injury ...

Stephens, Rasile, Elza named 1st-team All-Ohio

High School Sports

COLUMBUS — Three area players were named first-team All-Ohio when the Division III and IV boys basketball teams were announced Tuesday by a statewide media panel. In Division III, LaBrae senior Tyler Stephens was named first-team All-Ohio after the 6-foot-6 senior averaged 19.9 points per ...

Carolina tops Pens in shootout

Local Sports

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped Pittsburgh cold and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Penguins, 3-2. Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in regulation, and Brock McGinn also scored for the Hurricanes. They won their fourth in ...

Overcoming Detroit

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton scored 27 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just under two minutes to play, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 126-119 on Monday night. Both teams were missing star players. Blake Griffin (rest) sat out for Detroit, while Kevin ...

Good grief, it’s tough to be an official

Sport columns

THERE was a recent article on Yahoo.com that reported the average salary of an NBA referee is between $150,000 and $550,000 per year. Impressive, huh? Yeah, well, they deserve it. As a sports reporter for the last 15 years, the ignorance and outlandish criticism I’ve heard spewed toward ...

YSU back in WNIT

YSU Sports

Sarah Cash has toiled through numerous knee issues dating back to her career at Lordstown High School. She came to Youngstown State University as a preferred walk-on player. Then, Cash had an opportunity in the first couple of games into her career. From there, she became the heart and soul ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

Local Sports

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin ...

Padres handle Indians

Local Sports

PADRES 3, INDIANS 1 San Diego pulled rookie and possible opening day starter Chris Paddack was scratched hours before the game and will instead pitch in a minor league game Tuesday. Robbie Erlin pitched instead and delivered two scoreless innings. Wil Myers hit his first homer of the spring ...

Niles runner battles injuries

High School Sports

Hailey Zelinsky knows she isn’t there just yet, but that’s OK. The Niles McKinley High School senior is still running, but trying to get her pace back to where she wants it to be. Zelinsky is doing what is called cadence training. Normal runners go 160 to 170 steps per minute, while elite ...

Penguins lose in overtime

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Sean Couturier beat Matt Murray with 3 seconds remaining in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers put together an improbable rally to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday night. James van Riemsdyk tied the score with 18 seconds left in regulation when Murray’s glove ...

Pirates win, Indians in tie

Local Sports

PIRATES 8, RED SOX (SS) 1 Starling Marte hit a three-run homer and stole a base for Pittsburgh. Jameson Taillon allowed an unearned run in five innings, striking out six. REDS 9, INDIANS 9, 9 innings Corey Kluber struggled in his second start for Cleveland, pitching 3 2/3 innings and ...

Beach Classic set Tuesday

Local Sports

The 49th annual Al Beach Classic takes place Tuesday at Canfield High School. The all-star basketball game highlights the best girls and boys players within Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Admission is $6 for all spectators. The event starts with the girls game at 6 p.m., with a ...

Block or charge?

Local Sports

As a referee for the last eight years, David Walker Jr. has heard just about every taunt, vulgarity, criticism and bad joke that fans have to offer. They don’t faze him. He’s got bigger worries — literally and figuratively. “Blocking out the noise from fans isn’t the super ...

It’s not about promoting a school’s brand

Sport columns

THIS is the look you want your program to have heading the NCAA Tournament? Bradley University, you just disgraced your fans who have waited since the 2005-06 season to return to this pinnacle. Your players, who have given everything they have each and every practice and then some, are ...

Mavericks end losing skid, beat Cavs

Local Sports

DALLAS — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki closed within three points of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA scoring list and the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak with a 121-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Nowitzki got hot early in the ...

Browns QB Mayfield takes turn as 1B coach

Local Sports

PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn’t get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback ...

Indians, Gonzalez agree to minor league deal

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the agreement says free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical and join the Indians at spring ...

Hunt suspension set at eight games

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word. The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two “physical altercations,” one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas ...

Waiting for word

Local Sports

CHICAGO — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start. Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 14 points, and Michigan State gave Hall of ...