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CLEVELAND — LeBron James jerseys in assorted colors hung inside the Cavaliers team shop, their retail price slashed by 40 percent. Eight years ago, some of them were still smoldering in the streets. The day after James announced he is leaving Cleveland as a free agent for the second time ...

Bobblehead bonanza

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EASTLAKE — Todd Isaacs remembers the day well, the slide into home plate. The jokes followed last July. The Lake County Captains outfielder mimicked a scorpion, coming head first, contorting on his neck. A sight to see. “So, a lot of my teammates were making fun, that’s going to be a ...

Error figures in Scrappers’ loss

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The State College Spikes took advantage of a two-out error by Mahoning Valley in the bottom of the second to break a 2-2 tie, then added two insurance runs in the fourth inning of a 5-2 victory Sunday. The Scrappers (11-4) got their runs on a two-out double in the first ...

James takes talents to West Coast

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By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the ...

Indians blow it open with 8-run 8th

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians reached double digits, and then some. Lindor homered and hit two of the Indians’ 11 doubles Sunday as they ended the Oakland Athletics’ six-game winning streak with a 15-3 romp. “It was really good,” Lindor said. ...

Moran’s slam lifts Pirates over Padres

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SAN DIEGO — Colin Moran hit his second grand slam of the season and Corey Dickerson and Elias Diaz also homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who held off the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Sunday to take two of three games. Moran connected in the fifth to put the Pirates ahead 6-3. With two outs, ...

Minor league stories

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — A college-aged girl and four of her friends, who at first glance seemed like those mean types — don’t talk to me and so on — hovered around a rectangular table where a propped white board showed two prizes remaining. A year-long membership at the Lynchburg YMCA. The ...

Mahoning Valley posts fifth straight series victory

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers captured a three-game series over the West Virginia Black Bears with an 8-4 victory on Saturday. It is the fifth straight series win for Mahoning Valley since the start of the New York-Penn League. The Scrappers (11-3) scored five runs in ...

Struggling Indians’ offense stopped again

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Edwin Jackson is making the most of his opportunity with yet another new team. The 34-year-old journeyman earned his first win with Oakland, pitching neatly into the seventh inning as the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Saturday for their season-high sixth ...

Where is best fit for James?

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean. He could be there longer than usual. Hours before NBA free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned Saturday to Southern California, where he has two homes ...

Pirates’ 9th-inning rally falls short

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SAN DIEGO — Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and rookie Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Padres had to hold on after closer Brad Hand allowed two runs in the ...

Aldridges trusting the process

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When Peyton Aldridge was a high school player at LaBrae, just a few years ago in 2014, he used to wake up around 5 a.m., every morning. The premier player in the Mahoning Valley — and one of Ohio’s best — wasn’t satisfied with his game, so he went to the school early and spent an hour ...

Scrappers’ bats go quiet in rare loss to WV

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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost for just the third time this season, falling 6-2 to West Virginia. Mahoning Valley’s Richie Palacios accounted for three of the Scrappers’ seven hits, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He was all the offense they could muster ...

All is not lost

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James made the first move. Now what? Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philadelphia? A surprise? Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer’s blockbuster, and it’s coming soon. James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season ...

Blackburn quiets Tribe, spoils Bauer’s outing

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Paul Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics won their fifth straight game, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis drove in runs against Trevor Bauer (7-6) as the A’s followed up a ...

Former YSU assistant takes over at Struthers

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STRUTHERS — Mike Wernicki couldn’t wait until he stepped out on the Beeghly Center floor. Familiar faces surrounded him, officials, opposing players and coaches. He chatted with them as both teams warmed up prior to a Youngstown State University men’s basketball game. Sitting ...

Aldridge heads west

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Peyton Aldridge was honest with himself, maybe more so than others. The recent Davidson College graduate had a spectacular career with the Wildcats, earning Atlantic-10 Player of the Year honors and leading Davidson back to the NCAA Tournament as a senior. It wasn’t enough to get him ...

Oviedo sets new mark in MV’s win

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Luis Oviedo struck out 12 West Virginia Black Bears on Thursday to set a new Mahoning Valley Scrappers single-game record in a 5-2 win. The Scrappers scored three of their five runs in the top of the third inning. Tyler Freeman and Elvis Perez each had RBI singles, ...

Striders send 11 to USATV Region 5 meet

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Eleven members of the Warren Striders Track Club have qualified for the USATV Region 5 Junior Olympic Championships to be held July 5-8 at Olivet (Mich.) University. The top five finishers in each event at the regional will advance to the USATV National Junior Olympics Championships scheduled ...

Indians avoid sweep, beat Cards

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ST. LOUIS — Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, rookie Shane Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night. Bieber (3-0) struck out seven to become the seventh pitcher in baseball’s modern era ...