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Scouting Report: Week 10

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It's not often — nor good — that a football team shows improvement in a losing effort, but such is the case with the Youngstown State Penguins. YSU couldn’t pull off a monstrous upset against unbeaten and top-ranked North Dakota State, losing 17-7, but the Penguins looked like a ...

Cavs lose another starter to injury

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CLEVELAND — This painful season isn’t subsiding for the Cavaliers. If anything, it’s getting worse. Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter on Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back ...

Steelers get a chance to rest before final stretch

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger was still in the process of picking himself up off the Heinz Field turf when the scrum started, one that sent a message that at the moment it might be unwise to mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro ...

JFK faces Mapleton’s prolific passer

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Logan Pharmer stands 5 feet-9 inches and weighs 165 pounds. His stature might not be big, but his accomplishments make the Ashland Mapleton High School quarterback seem like he’s 7-feet tall. The Mapleton signal-caller has passed for 3,815 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. He holds the ...

Officials fail to protect Mayfield

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BEREA — Baker Mayfield has become the NFL’s unwanted poster boy for helmet-to-helmet hits. Twice this season, Cleveland’s rookie quarterback has been struck in the head by tacklers during games and both times the officials failed to call a penalty for the obvious ...

LaBrae defense out to stop run

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As the high school football playoffs begin, opponents get better and games get tighter. Or, you can just shut out your opponent, and move on to the next round. That is exactly what LaBrae did, defeating Wickliffe, 21-0, to advance to a Division V, Region 17 regional semifinal against Akron ...

Pounding the Panthers

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent ...

Runners deal with delay of a week, altered course

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The state cross cross country meet this season has not been a simple thing. There was an unprecedented week delay and a change to the schematics of the course at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The race is scheduled Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., after being pushed back from the original ...

McDonald confident in battle vs. Mogadore

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Walking around practice, McDonald football coach Dan Williams overheard one of his players talking about the Blue Devils’ history against Mogadore, their opponent in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal. “A kid mentioned today, ‘We’re 0-5 against Mogadore,’ ” Williams recalled from ...

Browns defensive starters Kirksey, Gaines out for season

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BEREA — The losses are piling up for the Browns — in the standings, and on the sideline. On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack. Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games ...

Haslams say Dorsey will head search for new coach

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BEREA — Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam will count on John Dorsey’s keen eye for talent to find a coach. Cleveland’s general manager since December, Dorsey will head the team’s search for a coach to replace Hue Jackson, who was finally fired last month after winning just three of ...

Cavs rally, but fall short

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CLEVELAND — Oklahoma City’s big fourth-quarter lead was gone and Russell Westbrook was unavailable. The Thunder didn’t panic and regrouped in the closing minutes to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-86 on Wednesday night. “Thank God we were able to make a few more shots and get some ...

Rejuvenated running game gets test at MSU

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COLUMBUS — After seeing its two star running backs shut down by a series of less talented opponents, No. 8 Ohio State finally managed to break them loose last weekend. It was a timely development, as the Buckeyes this week prepare to face the top defense in the country against the run. J.K. ...

Ohio State overcomes Cincinnati on road in opener

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CINCINNATI — Ohio State knew what awaited when the Buckeyes agreed to help Cincinnati reopen its on-campus arena. It was even louder than expected until the closing seconds, when the Bearcats fans were silently filing out. With a solid effort, the visitors from up north spoiled the ...

Thursday night football

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PITTSBURGH — Cam Newton spent a portion of the summer studying Ben Roethlisberger and working out alongside Antonio Brown, something the Carolina Panthers quarterback did out of a mix of curiosity and respect. Newton found himself enamored of Roethlisberger’s footwork — “The play is ...

Girard gets another shot at Perry

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Girard nearly missed making it to round two of the Division IV playoffs after Saturday night’s closely contested 34-30 victory over Youngstown East. The Indians were able to overcome five turnovers and a three-point deficit to move on to the Region 13 semifinal Saturday against Perry at ...

Roethlisberger misses practice, but expected to play

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field. Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...

Shooting blanks

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PITTSBURGH — Darius Quisenberry let the basketball roll off his fingers as he had done so many times his senior season at Huber Heights Wayne High School. The Youngstown State University freshman made a 3-pointer just before the half to cut into Pittsburgh’s lead by three. He replicated ...

Pelini, Penguins play out season

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YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini didn’t want to talk about his contract, and he wasn’t really into discussing moral victories either during his weekly press conference. But, both are suddenly important topics for the Youngstown State football team. Pelini, whose contract expires after the ...

Penguin women win in overtime over RMU

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YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer made a bucket with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team went on to beat Robert Morris, 69-59, in the season opener Tuesday night at the Beeghly Center. The Penguins scored the first seven points in ...