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McDonald tries to take next step

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As an assistant coach for the last five seasons, McDonald coach Michelle Titus has seen some great softball. Every year for the past four years, the Blue Devils softball team has reached the semifinal or final of their district — losing each time. “In softball it is any given day. Someone ...

Darnold visits Browns; more QBs to come

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CLEVELAND — Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns’ visitation list this week. That doesn’t mean he might not be their No. 1 choice. Southern Cal’s gun-slinging QB visited with Cleveland’s coaching staff and executives on Wednesday as the team continues to evaluate ...

Who wears the pants in area baseball?

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The first few weeks of high school baseball are always rough in northeast Ohio, but Mother Nature is really trying her hardest to show who wears the pants around here this season. How teams even got a few games in over the last two weeks was hard to believe. As is often the case, we’ll have ...

Ohtani, Cozart burn Indians

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani really didn’t think his long drive to center field at Angel Stadium would get out of the park, so he sprinted around first base while it soared over the fence for his second homer in two days. Ohtani made the same sprint with the same thoughts one day ...

Lue to return tonight versus Washington

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CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue is rejoining the Cavaliers’ disjointed season. Cleveland’s coach is expected to return from a medical absence and be back on the bench tonight against Washington, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lue, who has been away ...

Taylor’s career to end in all-star fashion

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Byron Taylor was running late for practice. As he entered the gym, John F. Kennedy coach Mark Komlanc saw Taylor. Crap. It didn’t look good for Taylor. That’s what he thought. He made his way to Komlanc’s office and sat in his chair. The door was closed behind him. Again, not a ...

All together now

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CLEVELAND — Once his layup dropped, LeBron James sent another message. As Cleveland’s crowd cheered following his artistic shot, James walked within a few feet of Toronto’s bench, pounded his chest several times and screamed, “I’m still a problem!” The Raptors didn’t need any ...

Colwell carries torch for Warriors

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Dionte Colwell feels the brisk wind whip through the sides of his head, cut tightly so that you can see a couple of lines above his ears. The top of his head is bushy, curly and takes the brunt force of the conditions when he runs down the straightaway of any track. “If you look around, ...

L.A., Ohtani crush Tomlin, Tribe

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sho Time is off to a powerful start in Anaheim. Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, taking a curtain call after his three-run homer Tuesday night in the Angles 13-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Ohtani capped a ...

Tuesday’s highlights

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Ursuline started the North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand tournament with a five-run inning in an 11-0 win over Virginia High School. Jordyn Kenneally pitched a one-hit shutout. She added two hits and four RBIs for the Irish (2-0). Maris Barbato had four hits with three triples, four runs scored and ...

Battle of AAC wills

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GIRARD — The game was on when Champion met Girard in what most saw as just a normal regular-season baseball game. But this one meant a lot to both teams. The Golden Flashes are the defending state champions, out to prove they’re ready to reload, while Girard is the up-and-coming ...

Clipping? James takes on Alabama football over barber show

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James believes Alabama’s football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted “ideas, concepts and format” from a program on “Uninterrupted,” the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with business partner Maverick ...

Youth shouldn’t hinder Bristol softball’s progress

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After another great season for the tradition-rich Bristol Panthers’ softball program, they are back and ready to do even more than last year. First-year coach Alisha Kugler takes over a team that went 16-2 in 2017, including an 8-4 loss to McDonald in the Division IV Warren District ...

Monday’s highlights

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BASEBALL STRUTHERS — Howland’s Dylan Keller was untouchable Monday, throwing to all 21 batters he faced. The 6-foot Tiger right-hander threw 11 strikeouts and allowed no walks in a 5-0 perfect-game performance against Ursuline at Cene Park. The University of Dayton recruit was backed up ...

Rough 2017 drives WGH

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Nine times last year the Warren G. Harding baseball team played in a one-run game. Nine times the Raiders lost a one-run game. Nine! That’s nearly half the season. An ugly 4-18 record could have easily been 13-9. That was something that weighed on the minds of the coaches and ...

Finishing in the 4th

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James couldn’t get his shot to drop. However, he wouldn’t let the Cavaliers fall. James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and Cleveland had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on ...

Edwin’s HRs aren’t enough

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SEATTLE — Dee Gordon isn’t known for hitting home runs, and before this year he’d never played the outfield. But on Sunday, his power and his glove in center field led the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win against the Cleveland Indians. Gordon, who has never hit more than four homers in a ...

Pair of aces return for refocused Flashes

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CHAMPION — One year after winning Trumbull County’s first baseball state title in 73 years, expectations haven’t changed for the Champion High School baseball team. The only thing is, winning a state title wasn’t necessarily the goal last year, and it’s not the goal this year — not ...

Alonso’s slam powers Indians past Seattle

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SEATTLE — A little of the pressure to contribute right away with his new club has been lifted from Yonder Alonso. Hitting a grand slam in just the second game of the season will take away some stress. “After this game, doing something for the team, I think it helps you get settled a ...

Champion softball on ‘target’ for a run

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One of the realities of winning a championship is what happens the next season. Championship teams are often targeted by their opponents — they get each opponent’s best effort the following season. For most teams and coaches, playing with that target on their backs can be tough. For coach ...