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Meyer, Buckeyes focused on winning Big Ten title

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INDIANAPOLIS — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to ...

Title town

High School Sports

GIRARD — There seemed to be a little magic in the air Friday at Girard High School. How else does one explain having a reunion for the 1993 state championship basketball team — set up one year in advance — the day before the football team competes for its first state title? A packed ...

Browns have something to play for in December

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BEREA — Other than trying to save a coach’s job, secure the No. 1 overall draft pick or simply survive, the Browns haven’t played many meaningful games in December or January. Sunday is an exception. With a chance to further legitimize themselves as no longer being the “same ‘ol ...

Lakeview gets season started with rivalry win

High School Sports

CHAMPION — Not much went well for Champion on opening night. It started with the announcer not getting the starting lineup correct, and continued into the game, which Champion lost, 57-37, to Lakeview. The Flashes played admirably, but the offense just could not produce to keep up with ...

Cavs routed in Boston

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BOSTON — After stumbling through a late November slump, the Boston Celtics scored a season-high for the second game in a row. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters and was one of seven Boston players in double figures as the Celtics routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95 ...

Optimistic Rams open with rout of Rockets

High School Sports

MECCA — Mineral Ridge coach Steven Hughes said he’s been waiting for this day since last season ended, and with his team’s 69-36 victory over Maplewood, it’s clear to see why. “We had a long offseason, and the kids deserve this win after all the work they put in over the ...

Kane-Johnson fires in 55 for Dragons

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NILES 80, LIBERTY 64: NILES — The story of the night was the Red Dragons’ Cyler Kane-Johnson, who was the leading scorer with 55 points. He landed six shots from behind the 3-point arc and grabbed eight rebounds. Liberty hung in there in the second half, but could not recover from a slow ...

Mathews tops GV; Badger, Chalker win

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MATHEWS 61, GRAND VALLEY 53: ORWELL — Two freshmen helped Mathews pull away from Gran Valley in a Northeastern Athletic Conference clash. Freshmen Dominic Greenwood (23 points) and Vinny Sharp (23 points) scored more than half of Mathews’ points. John Smith added 15 points as Mathews ...

Girard trying to corral Cowboys

High School Sports

Evan Prater has a good line of sight over most offensive lines at 6-foot-5 and the 190-pound quarterback has the vision to keep mistakes to a minimum. The Cincinnati Wyoming junior quarterback, who is an accomplished basketball player for the Cowboys, has football offers from Cincinnati, ...

Mayfield playing at high level

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BEREA — Somewhat lost and overlooked amid Baker Mayfield’s public spat with former Browns coach Hue Jackson is that the rookie’s playing at an elite level. This quarterback isn’t all talk. Mayfield had a November to remember, completing 74 percent of his passes (65 of 88) while ...

Lordstown’s legend

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LORDSTOWN — Friends, family and other supporters gathered inside Lordstown’s gymnasium, even the current Red Devils girls basketball players took time to pay homage for a town going through such turmoil and uncertainty. Most people in this small, industrial western Trumbull County ...

Rivers, Roethlisberger on a roll as they renew rivalry

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers. On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview. If the postseason began this week, ...

Badger boys win opener over Jefferson

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¯ BADGER 54, JEFFERSON 45: JEFFERSON — Badger built a big first-half lead and never looked back in a non-league win over the Falcons. The Braves led, 30-15, at the half, led by Aiden Miller’s 12 points. He was one of eight players to score for Badger. Tyler Messenger scored a team-high ...

Akron Hoban wins its fourth straight state title

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CANTON — No. 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (15-0) used a 34-point first-half outburst on its way to claiming its fourth-straight state title Thursday night with a 42-28 win over No. 3 Massillon Washington (14-1) in the OHSAA Division II football state championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame ...

Girard ‘family’ celebrating success

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NILES — Nick Malito could feel the breeze hit his face ever so slightly as the club head whirled by his body. Each shot was counted, but it didn’t matter; it was the company he kept during the nine-hole round with the late Justin Leo, a Girard police officer who was killed in the line of ...

Meyer: Running the ball makes Haskins a leader

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COLUMBUS — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn’t happen until two weeks ago in the ...

Olson paces YSU over Akron

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YOUNGSTOWN — Chelsea Olson looked lost at times this season, struggling to find herself as a mainstay in the Youngstown State backcourt. The 5-foot-9 sophomore seemed more comfortable as a wing when she flourished her freshman season for this women’s basketball team. It changed ...

Harding stings Bees

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WARREN — Warren G. Harding opened the 2018-19 girls basketball season Wednesday night, and did so in commanding fashion. Harding ran over Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 62-24. “I am very happy,” Harding coach Frank Caputo said. “We live and die by pressure. I am very happy the way ...

Westbrook’s triple-double beats Cavaliers

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual Wednesday night. The 2017 MVP moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the ...

Robert Morris drills Penguins

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Kendale Hampton’s 21 points tied a career high with his seven 3-pointers, accounting for about half of Youngstown State’s offense in the Penguins 76-56 loss at Robert Morris Wednesday. No other YSU player scored in double figures. Jelani Simmons and Garrett ...