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Steelers not sure how to handle tie

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PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a win. It wasn’t a loss. It was ... weird. Seventy minutes of flags, fumbles and the occasional fight. Forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers if they’re not quite sure what to make of their 21-21 tie against Cleveland in the season opener. A full day removed, they ...

Feels like a loss

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CLEVELAND — One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Now that’s progress. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked ...

Saturday’s loss ‘better’ than previous week

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The outcome was still a loss, but it was much less shocking. The Youngstown State Penguins were embarrassed by what a recent Sports Illustrated article called “one of the biggest upsets of the century” last week. Really, that’s only about 18 years, but still, the story wasn’t a good ...

Jays substitute beats Indians

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TORONTO — Blue Jays right fielder Randal Grichuk was injured in a bizarre collision with a security guard’s chair, and replacement Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Sunday. The Indians began the day with a magic number of ...

Conner plays well in place of Bell

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CLEVELAND — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell. Maybe they can do it again. Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon. Conner scored ...

Howland girls, Niles boys win cross country races

High School Sports

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Howland girls cross country team won its second invitational title this season as the Tigers took first in Saturday’s Pat Ritchie Cross Country Invitational. The Tigers won the meet held at Walsh Jesuit High School by holding off Hawken in the Division II-III race, ...

Legends Reunion Sept. 22-23

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Downtown Development Group presents the third annual Warren Football Legends reunion and celebrity golf outing at Trumbull Country Club the weekend of Sept. 22-23. The event, hosted by the Warren Gridiron Club, celebrates the number of professional football players from Warren City Schools and ...

WVU denies upset bid

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Gary Jennings slammed the door on more than just several jokes at his expense about his lack of scoring a year ago. The senior shut down any thought Youngstown State had of an upset. Jennings caught three touchdown passes from Will Grier to lead No. ...

Fitch beats Shaker, improves to 3-0

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¯ AUSTINTOWN FITCH 16, SHAKER HEIGHTS 6: SHAKER HEIGHTS — Austintown Fitch’s defense held the Raiders to just one touchdown late in the fourth quarter and improved to 3-0. The Falcons struck first with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Cavalier to Anthony Caulton in the first quarter. ...

Browns, Steelers get season started

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CLEVELAND — For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a franchise and fan base that has suffered ...

Perez leads Indians to 9-8 win over Jays

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TORONTO — In one productive inning, Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez snapped the longest homer drought of his career and boosted his season RBI total by 50 percent. Perez hit his first home run since April 10 and drove in a career-high four, Michael Brantley had a two-run shot and the ...

Buckeyes rout outmanned Rutgers

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COLUMBUS — No. 4 Ohio State rolled over toothless Rutgers in a final tune-up game before the season’s first real challenge — a prime-time clash with No. 16 TCU next week in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes flashed their cache of riches at quarterback Saturday in a 52-3 rout of the ...

Bell stays hot in support of Nova

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PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. “I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,” Bell said. “Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in the cages and get back to the ...

More than just offense

High School Sports

CORTLAND — John Armeni just kind of nodded and smiled as he talked about his team’s offense. The LaBrae football coach has all kinds of options at his disposal when he’s deciding which play to call, and the ear-to-ear smile on his face after a 49-13 win over Lakeview on Friday showed ...

Indians let 1 slip away as Jays walk off

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TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched a gem, and AL MVP contender Jose Ramirez came to the plate at the perfect moment. And still the Cleveland Indians couldn’t turn it into a victory. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th after Ramirez grounded out with the bases ...

YSU Scouting Report: Week 2

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A season can’t be lost in one game, but it sure felt that way after Youngstown State’s stunning defeat to Butler in Week 1. The Penguins blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead to a non-scholarship Butler team that had never defeated a Missouri Valley Football Conference team. The only ...

Massillon too much for Harding, 51-21

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MASSILLON — Steve Arnold looked back at his Warren G. Harding team in the southwest corner of Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The Raiders football head coach knew what this game meant. It’s history and plenty of it, plus some ugly moments between both teams. It was personal. The hostility may ...

Undrafted rookie Harrison to start at LT

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BEREA (AP) — Months ago, Desmond Harrison was confident he’d replace Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas. The Browns only realized it in the past few days. An undrafted rookie with a checkered past, Harrison will open the season as Cleveland’s starting left tackle — a position held down by ...

Girard bounces back, wallops Kennedy, 47-0

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GIRARD — The most prolific passer in the history of Trumbull County added to his impressive resume in a 47-0 victory over John F. Kennedy Friday night. Indians senior quarterback Mark Waid completed 20 of 22 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 32 yards and a score as ...

Buckeyes expected to win easily again today

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COLUMBUS — No. 4 Ohio State scored 77 points in rolling over out-manned Oregon State last week, while suspended coach Urban Meyer watched the game on TV from home. The Buckeyes probably will do OK without him this week, too, when Big Ten bottom-dweller Rutgers comes to town. The coach ...