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Shuck’s big night lifts Marlins over Pirates

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MIAMI — JB Shuck couldn’t help but smile when he got to first base with his career-high fourth hit of the game. Playing in the big leagues for the first time since 2016, Shuck tied a Marlins franchise record for hits in a debut, sparking Miami to a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Falls rallies past Jays

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NORTH JACKSON — The Newton Falls Tigers captured their first win of the year with a thrilling comeback over the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays. NF scored six times in the top of the seventh to overcome a 5-1 deficit in a 7-5 triumph. “I thought our kids kind of grew up today,” Tigers coach ...

Flyers bounce back, thump Pittsburgh, 5-1

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PITTSBURGH — His team embarrassed by the defending Stanley Cup champions in a lopsided playoff-opening loss, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol could have panicked. Instead, he doubled down. No switching up the lines. No swapping the goaltenders. Nothing. Hakstol didn’t think changes ...

Golden girls

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COLUMBIANA — The American flag couldn’t stop flying from its post out in center field, just to the north end of the Crestview football stadium. The occasional sand flew in from the infield, funneling at about 35 miles an hour to home plate. People scrambled to hold on to their folding ...

Playoff-bound Phantoms beaten as season nears end

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms found themselves in the loss column for the second game in a row after a disappointing 6-2 finish Thursday morning against the US National Team Development Program. The game was held at 10 a.m. as the School Day game. Due to the hot hand of Eric ...

Cleveland’s offense warms up vs. Detroit

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor sparked Cleveland’s slumbering offense with one big swing. Then he kept going. Lindor hit his fourth career leadoff homer, drove in three runs and scored three times, and the Indians beat Detroit 9-3 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive victory against ...

Playoff rotation to start with 10

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INDEPENDENCE — With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now. Nothing has been typical about this season for the Cavs. Lue said Thursday that he plans to use a 10-player rotation for Cleveland’s opening-round ...

Browns prepared to pay Landry as big-time WR

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CLEVELAND — Jarvis Landry is about to make a major grab. The star wide receiver is close to finalizing a multiyear contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the three-time Pro Bowler can hasten their turnaround. The team and Landry’s representatives are closing in on a ...

Polanco, Pirates pummel Cubs

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CHICAGO — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from the Chicago Cubs ...

Timely hitting, pitching lift Mathews softball past Chalker

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SOUTHINGTON — Behind a strong pitching performance from Addy Jarvis along with some timely hitting, the Mathews Mustangs defeated the Chalker Wildcats by a 9-0 mark. Early on, the Mustangs got two runs as Alivia Oulton and Addy Jarvis scored in the inning. Both players reached by a hit by ...

Indians down Tigers

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CLEVELAND — Jordan Zimmermann was back in Detroit’s clubhouse a few hours after being hit in the face by Jason Kipnis’ line drive in the first inning of Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians and felt fortunate to come away with only a bruised jaw. “Obviously it ...

YSU men add four players

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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun always emphasized recruiting is one of the lifebloods of program, especially ones who are trying to establish a winning culture like YSU. Wednesday, the Penguins took another step in that direction by signing three junior ...

Spartans surging

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HOWLAND — Much like the weather, the Howland Tigers softball team began the game fairly well, but slowly deteriorated as the day progressed in a 12-2 loss to the Boardman Spartans. With the sun creeping through the clouds, the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead over the Spartans Wednesday night ...

James plays, rests as Cavs lose to Knicks

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CLEVELAND — The trades, dysfunction and months of madness are all behind the Cavaliers. A new season lies ahead. The one that matters. LeBron James played in his 82nd game, scored 10 points and then got some rest for the playoffs as the Cavaliers concluded a “crazy” regular season ...

Penguin women add 6-4 transfer from Western Michigan

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The Youngstown State women’s basketball team just added some more height. Western Michigan University transfer Emma VanZanten is heading to YSU as a grant-in-aid transfer. Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes is excited to announce that Emma VanZanten has signed a ...

Wednesday’s highlights

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BASEBALL Brendon Kilpatrick hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel Lakeview to a 2-1 win over South Range. Mathews remained undefeated as Jackson Gillis threw a one-hitter while Jackson Iceman had two doubles and Jake Miller smacked a home run. Mathews won ...

Tigers triumph

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LEAVITTSBURG — In a cold, windy softball matchup between the LaBrae Vikings and Newton Falls Tigers, Newton Falls came out with a 6-1 win on the road Tuesday evening. Newton Falls (2-0) quickly got out to a lead as the Tigers used timely hitting to score a run in both the first and second ...

Home runs, pitching carrying Indians early

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CLEVELAND — The Indians’ pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season. Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on ...

McDonald’s Mitchell never shies away from challenges

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MINERAL RIDGE — Malina Mitchell stood in Lane 4, but not for long. Her energy had her jumping up and down before getting ready for a 1,600-meter run, mostly to keep herself warm. The cold breezes swept through the low-lying area at the March 31 Joe Lane Invitational. No one came within 200 ...

Pirates ruin Cubs’ home opener

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CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them. Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings, Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer and Pittsburgh ruined the Chicago Cubs’ home opener with an 8-5 victory on Tuesday. It was the third opening day ...