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Steelers rolling as Bell hints at return

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PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him. The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been inside ...

Kennedy stays on a roll; wins 35-12

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WINDHAM —The echoes rattling through Ohio Stadium are something Jeff Bayuk never forgets; that and the sheer exhilaration of celebrating the 2016 Division VII state championship. John F. Kennedy’s football team reveled in its 14-1 season, which included a convincing win in the title game ...

Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 36-31

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COLUMBUS — With five minutes left in the game and Ohio State clinging to a six-point lead, J.K. Dobbins burst through a hole between center and right guard and rumbled untouched 42 yards for a touchdown and some breathing room in the Buckeyes’ 36-31 win Saturday over Nebraska. The ...

Youngstown State battles Bison in 17-7 defeat

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FARGO, N.D. — Easton Stick threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and top-ranked North Dakota State clinched the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s automatic berth to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 17-7 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. The Bison ...

‘Hunger in their bellies’

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LEAVITTSBURG — The Wickliffe Blue Devils came into Friday’s game averaging around 40 points per game. The stout LaBrae Vikings defense held them to zero, in a 21-0 victory, in a Division V, Region 17 first-round playoff game. “I told everybody before the game that I saw a group of guys ...

Dorsey’s former team in town

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CLEVELAND — John Dorsey’s roughest week running the Browns will close with a reunion. The Kansas City Chiefs were once his football family — before the feud. On Sunday, Cleveland’s first-year general manager will get an up-close look at the team he helped build into a Super Bowl ...

Girard recovers for 34-30 victory

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YOUNGSTOWN — With the game seemingly slipping away, and his career — along with several other seniors — on the line, Mark Waid and the Girard Indians didn’t panic. Five fumbles — four in the third quarter — and blowing a 21-point lead didn’t faze the Indians star quarterback and ...

Ravens get last shot at Steelers today

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BALTIMORE — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Hubbard trending up

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HUBBARD — If the success of local teams in the first round of the Ohio high school football playoffs was gauged by the stock market, it would have been shown red with an arrow trending down on Friday. Hubbard turned the trend arrow upward, and the results were rich as the Eagles bounced ...

Hubbard’s special soccer season ends

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NILES — Hubbard’s historic boys soccer season came to an end Saturday afternoon, as the Eagles fell, 2-1, to Richfield Revere in the Division II regional title game. “These guys made history,” Hubbard coach Cory Reinard said about his team. “We’re very proud of all the ...

Fall sports all-star honors

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Volleyball MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Julia Bogden Jackson-Milton Mackenzie Brannon * Waterloo Ashley Cameron Jackson-Milton Makenzy Capouellez Springfield Laura Sigworth * Western Reserve Lyndsey Smith Springfield Jennie Stitzel Springfield Brooke ...

WGH phased out

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WARREN — Garfield Heights coach Lance Reisland felt his team had an advantage on special teams heading into their Division II, Region 5 playoff matchup with Warren G. Harding. The unbeaten Bulldogs actually had more advantages than he thought. Garfield Heights dominated all three phases ...

Buckeyes focus on fixing running game

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COLUMBUS — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State. After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying to fix the problems enough to still try make ...

Scouting Report: Week 9

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A season that was already on a respirator had its plug pulled last Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Youngstown State fell flat in an embarrassing 43-17 loss to Indiana State that removed all doubt in regard to the possibility of the Penguins making the playoffs. YSU (3-5, 2-3 Missouri ...

Devils a passing fancy

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KENT — Josh Celli took the ball under his arm and stepped a couple feet backward. Interesting for a McDonald quarterback, usually the Blue Devils run behind a powerful offensive line. McDonald attempted one pass in a Week 9 game at Western Reserve. Wing-T. That’s what McDonald’s offense ...

Jackson discusses his firing

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CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson didn’t lose his nerve. Fired this week by the Browns after winning just three of 40 games in two plus-seasons, Jackson on Friday disputed owner Jimmy Haslam’s assertion there was “internal discord” on the coaching staff that made his dismissal — along with ...

Hubbard on rebound into postseason

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The Hubbard High School football team has had no time to absorb a last-second loss a week ago which ruined the Eagles’ chance for an undefeated season. Hubbard (9-1) rallied twice from two-touchdown deficits last Friday against Youngstown East, only to lose, 26-21, on a touchdown with nine ...

Cavaliers’ Love has surgery on foot

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers are missing another star. Forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks — and maybe longer — after surgery on his left foot, another blow to a team in disarray in its first season following LeBron James’ departure. Love, who injured his left big toe in ...

Bombers want outstanding season to continue

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The 101st season of Windham football has been a special one, as the Bombers (9-1) have captured a league championship for the first time in 32 years. After some lean years at the beginning of this decade, including 17 straight losses from 2010 to ’11, Windham has made the playoffs three ...