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Celtics, without Irving, beat Cavaliers, 103-96

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CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena. He walked off the floor. Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on ...

Niles claims basketball edge over rival Girard

High School Sports

GIRARD —It’s never good when the home team’s student section starts chanting, ‘Let’s play football! Let’s play football!’ In Girard’s case, the chant made sense, considering its incredible run to the state final, but it was still music to Niles’ ears. The Red Dragons swept ...

Pens blanked by Carolina

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PITTSBURGH — Curtis McElhinney stopped 23 shots, Brett Pesce and Jordan Martinook scored from way out and Michael Ferland and Andrei Svechnikov poured it on late as the Carolina Hurricanes began a pivotal five-game trip with a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday ...

Harding slips past Fitch; McDonald, Ridge win

High School Sports

WARREN G. HARDING 57, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 51: AUSTINTOWN — The Raiders went on the road and stayed in the All-American Conference Red Tier race. Harding (11-8, 7-2) remains a game behind Boardman (7-0) in the tier. Dom McGhee scored 20 points and D’Muntieze Owens added 14 for Harding. The ...

BLUE JACKETS 6, AVALANCHE 3:

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DENVER — Josh Anderson scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:31 remaining, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a five-game skid by beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice for Columbus, including an empty-netter. ...

LaBrae’s Stephens hits 1,000

High School Sports

LaBRAE 86, CAMPBELL 27: LEAVITTSBURG — Tyler Stephens reached 1,000 points in exciting fashion as his Vikings shut down Campbell in a conference matchup. Stephens scored a game-high 31 points in eclipsing the century makr. The Vikings (13-3, 7-2) outscored Campbell 26-0 in the second ...

County swimmers take aim at district berths

High School Sports

Brandon Staley had his success as a Liberty High School swimmer and at Allegheny College. Now he’s a coach and mentoring some of the best Trumbull County has to offer. It starts with Howland High School’s Jared Mindek, a state qualifier from last season. He made it to the finals of the ...

Big time battle

High School Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — There was a time in the third quarter, just a brief minute or two, where McDonald coach Amy Dolsak felt like her unbeaten Blue Devils let their guard down. A short lull is all Dayshanette Harris and the Ursuline Irish need to take control. Harris, Ursuline’s star guard, ...

Hood traded to Trail Blazers

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CLEVELAND — Rodney Hood made minimal impact on the Cavaliers’ postseason run last season. He’ll get a chance to do more with Portland. Hood was traded Monday by the Cavaliers, who acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin — and their expiring contracts — along with second-round ...

Sally contributes to YSU victories

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — John Sally Jr., looked up and saw his coach, Jerrod Calhoun, motion to him. The last thing Sally expected with 6:19 left in the first half Thursday night against Oakland was for his No. 50 to be called during the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team’s game. He ...

Howland tops Boardman; Champion, LaBrae, NF win

High School Sports

HOWLAND 48, BOARDMAN 39: BOARDMAN — Howland slowly but surely pulled away from the Spartans after a slow start. Boardman led 6-0 before Howland rallied to tie the game after one quarter. The Tigers (13-6) pulled away in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Spartans 23-17. Alex ...

Indians make deal to bolster bullpen

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CLEVELAND — Looking to reconstruct their bullpen, the Cleveland Indians acquired right-hander Nick Wittgren from the Miami Marlins. The three-time defending AL Central champions sent right-hander Jordan Milbrath to the Marlins for Wittgren, who made 32 appearances for Miami last season. The ...

Newest Penguins quickly make a difference

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PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t the hastily arranged private plane ride from Miami to Pittsburgh. Or the police escort from the airport to PPG Paints Arena. It wasn’t the sight of a black-and-gold jersey with his name on the back hanging in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room. It wasn’t even ...

Champion, McDonald earns top seeds in district tournaments

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The Champion Golden Flashes earned the top seed at the Division III Lakeview District girls basketball tournament. Champion (13-4) has won 11 of its last 12 games and starts tournament play against the Grand Valley-Cardinal winner on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., in a sectional bracket final ...

Resiliency, the key to YSU men’s success

Sport columns

DETROIT Shot swish, others clank off the rims inside Calihan Hall for a few collegiate players. It was a Friday night a couple of miles outside one of our nation’s largest cities. The Motor City has tried to reinvent itself, modernizing the downtown area, making that area more palatable ...

Harding swimming seek to end state drought

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The last thing the Warren G. Harding swim and dive team wants is a third straight shutout. For most teams, that’s a good thing. Not these Raiders who have not sent an athlete to the state meet at the C.T Branin Natatorium in Canton for two consecutive seasons. The postseason starts this ...

Pirates famed pitcher, Friend, dies at 88

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88. The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh. Friend holds the Pirates record for innings (3,480 1/3), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander ...

Scrappers bobbleheads set

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NILES — Though outfielder Michael Brantley has left the Cleveland Indians and signed with the Houston Astros as a free agent, Mahoning Valley Scrappers fans have a chance this summer to acquire a bobblehead of Brantley in a Scrapper uniform. The bobblehead of Brantley, who served a rehab ...

High school postseason gets rolling this week

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Area wrestlers kicked off the 2018-19 high school winter sports postseason on Saturday with the Dual Team Tournament regionals, and area swimmers and divers begin their postseason trek this week at sectional meets. The wrestlers competed Saturday in the usual dual match format with each ...

YSU makes the plays to clinch road win

YSU Sports

DETROIT — The last four minutes of games have been a problem for the Youngstown State men’s basketball team the first half of this season. Not so on Saturday, as the Penguins won their second straight game with a 72-70 win over Detroit, sweeping Oakland and Detroit in a two-game road ...