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Blue Jackets to OT again; this time a defeat

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COLUMBUS — Lars Eller scored in the second overtime period and the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday night to tighten up the their first-round playoff series. The Capitals won at Nationwide Arena after Columbus won the first two games — both in ...

D’Amicos enjoying practicing patience

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EAST PALESTINE — Dean D’Amico stood by the 4-foot, chain-link fence, watching that blur in a white tank top and shorts go by his line of sight. Shades of red blended in the cluster of runners jockeying in a 100-yard race. Dean’s eyes are fixated on one runner, his son, Dominic. The ...

More than a game

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GUYABO, Puerto Rico — Cleveland star Francisco Lindor held a baseball in his hand, ready to pitch, and asked the young boy standing at home plate if he knew how to swing a bat. The kid said no. The kid might have been fibbing. Lindor’s soft-toss pitch became a line drive, and the kid at ...

Former Steeler Harrison retires

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Harrison is taking another shot at retirement, and this time it’s likely to stick for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. The five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram early Monday he is ...

Indians, Twins to play in San Juan

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hiram Bithorn’s statue is no longer standing. The stadium bearing his name is ready to bustle again. That’s an apt way to show how things are right now in Puerto Rico, which is about to host its most significant sporting events since Hurricane Maria dramatically ...

Blue Jays-Indians postponed

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays will try again in a couple of weeks. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader starting at 1:10 p.m. on May 3 at Progressive Field after their series finale was postponed by rain Sunday. The game was called about four hours ...

McDonald’s Gray follows in footsteps of great throwers

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EAST PALESTINE — Mary Domitrovich glances up from her clipboard, seeing one of her throwers compete. Sometimes it’s about the numbers. Not in this case. Positioning and consistency, those are two staples of a McDonald thrower. Zach Gray has felt the discus leave his hand and travel 158 ...

Phantoms confident for playoffs

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms capped off their regular season in an exciting fashion with a 5-3 comeback victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Saturday night at the Covelli Centre. The Phantoms quickly found themselves down 1-0 early after Anthony Del Gaizo scored his 40th goal of ...

Change of pace

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EAST PALESTINE — Miranda Stanhope’s fingers danced over her phone, something she’s done many times — texting. This one had a bit more meaning, a message to her mother, Christina. It followed Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational where Miranda won the girls 3,200-meter run. She was ...

Better with age

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed — better than ever. Still the NBA’s undisputed king. Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers’ roster morphed twice and despite being ...

Hoosier winner?

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in the series opener, handing James and ...

Cavs look to take care of Pacers again

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James has mastered the first-round knockout. Better protect those chins, Pacers. One of the most dominant postseason players in NBA history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a perfect 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in ...

Spring game a QB showcase

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COLUMBUS — Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Joe Burrow both showed flashes of big-play ability in a condensed spring game Saturday as each tried to make his case for being the next starting quarterback at Ohio State. The third guy, redshirt freshman Tate Martell, wasn’t bad either, showing off his ...

Weather finally shuts down Indians

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have dealt with record-low temperatures, snow flurries and bone-chilling winds during their first homestand. The Indians managed to play the first eight games despite the obstacles. That run ended when Saturday’s game against Toronto was postponed by ...

Dickerson’s bunt lifts Pirates to win

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MIAMI — Corey Dickerson has been one of the hottest hitters in the National League. So when he stepped to the plate for Pittsburgh in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, with runners at the corners and one out, his teammates were sure he’d swing away. Instead, Dickerson bunted. And it ...

Tribe blows 4-0 lead, 5-game win streak ends

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CLEVELAND — Teoscar Hernandez thought for a moment Andrew Miller had struck him out. Then he struck back. Hernandez made the most of his season debut — and a close call against Miller that went his way — by driving in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh inning as the Toronto ...

Weaver’s personality part of Flashes’ success

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COLUMBIANA — If you don’t come away feeling better about yourself, maybe you don’t have a soul. That’s most people’s experience after talking to Champion softball coach Cheryl Weaver. It’s her demeanor, something that has you at ease when you say hello and engage in conversation ...

Big first inning carries Harding over Kennedy

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NILES — About a half-hour after the first pitch was thrown, Warren G. Harding’s Brandon Arnold grounded out to bring a merciful ending to a six-run top of the first inning for the Raiders. Harding added three more runs in the third and tacked on two in the 7th for an 11-2 victory over ...

Browns finalize big contract with Landry

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CLEVELAND — Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass, the Browns made a huge commitment to him. Cleveland signed the star wide receiver to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Friday night, locking up a game-changing player they’re counting on for the future. A three-time Pro ...

Four at a time

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NILES — Behind two four-run innings, Girard defeated Liberty, 10-1, at Eastwood Field in All-American Conference Blue Tier baseball action. Girard (5-3, 4-1 AAC Blue) got off to a hot start as Adam Warga lined a double into play. Tyler O’Dell doubled and Warga scored to give the Indians a ...