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Freese stars in Bucs’ 5-4 win

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates needed someone to lean on with three of their better hitters out of the lineup Friday. On cue, David Freese came through in a big way. Freese drove in five runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the New York Mets ...

Pirates might be buyers instead of sellers at trade deadline

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates pay Felipe Vazquez millions of dollars to close out games. It’s a great way to make a living. It just doesn’t happen to be the All-Star reliever’s favorite thing about his gig. Vazquez’s biggest perk comes in a giddy postgame clubhouse, when “DJ ...

Errors plague MV in defeat

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NILES — At the midway point of the season, with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers enduring through a stretch where they play 37 games in about 39 days, manager Jim Pankovits has one goal in mind. “It’s kind of ridiculous that we play that many games, but that’s what it is and that’s the ...

Optimistic thinking

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BEREA — Myles Garrett’s rookie season with the Browns was historic — and horrific. The 0-16 nightmare left him scarred, but determined. “It drives me a little bit, because I’ll never let something like that happen again,” the defensive end vowed Thursday as the Browns opened ...

Not so Big Ben seeks another title for Steelers

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LATROBE, Pa. — A new offseason workout plan has rejuvenated Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 36-year-old indicated that he’s in the best shape of his career Thursday following the team’s first training camp practice at St. Vincent College. A leaner, trimmer ...

Mets handle Bucs

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs to break out of an extended slump, and the New York Mets pounded the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 on Thursday night for their first three-game winning streak since mid-June. Cabrera entered hitting just .184 (7 ...

‘Pacman’ Jones gets tryout with Browns

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BEREA (AP) — Free agent cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones will get a tryout with the Cleveland Browns on Friday. The 34-year-old Jones has been out of the NFL since March when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to pick up his $5.5 million contract option. The Browns have a comfort level ...

Wins keep coming

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NILES — With a 2-1 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers extended their New York-Penn League best five-game win streak. For the most part, the Scrappers (24-12) have been a late-inning rally type of team all year. This game, however, they were the opposite. Tyler ...

TCCA celebrating 50 years of honoring area athletes

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They happened nearly 50 years ago, but Bob Terlecky remembers the nights like they were yesterday. Terlecky is one of the longest-tenured members of the Trumbull County Coaches Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The TCCA was formed in 1968, and Terlecky, a ...

Browns look at Bryant with Gordon absent

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BEREA — While Josh Gordon’s away, the Browns may launch Plan B with their wide receivers. Dez Bryant is on their radar. As they await clarity on Gordon’s cloudy situation, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey said Wednesday the team has discussed signing Bryant, the former Dallas ...

Bauer quiets red-hot Bucs

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CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer, Adam Cimber and Brad Hand combined for an emphatic end to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 11-game winning streak. Bauer struck out 10 over seven innings and the newly acquired relievers completed a three-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the Pirates 4-0 on ...

Star-powered Steelers enter in style, silence

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LATROBE, Pa. — The theatrics came from all the usual suspects. So did the silence. Antonio Brown, just weeks after wondering aloud why he receives so much attention, arrived in a helicopter with his family in tow not far from a Nike-sponsored bus emblazed with his latest hashtag ...

Not rain, nor sleet…

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NILES — Winds circulated, blowing mostly in toward home plate. Occasional cool breezes blew over the 2,005 fans around Eastwood Field. Dark clouds surrounded the short-season Class A field since the third inning. No thunder or rain pouring from the skies above. Seemingly the eye of the ...

Browns, Baker reach deal

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CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield’s first win was beating the clock. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft signed his rookie contract on Tuesday with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the gun-slinging quarterback from Oklahoma can lead them back to respectability and more. Mayfield ...

Love is in the air

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INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love signed his new contract and proudly put on a hard hat. The Cleveland Cavaliers will rebuild around him. The All-Star forward made a long-term commitment to the franchise on Tuesday by signing a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers, who believe ...

Pirates win 11th straight, crush Tribe

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CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a simple philosophy when it comes to hot streaks. “I have a saying that I use all the time,” he said. “I’m not superstitious but just in case, there’s some things I’ll continue to do.” Whether it’s superstition — or ...

Fun-loving crew helps Weller succeed on track

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HARTFORD — There’s a couple of guys hovering around the back of Jimmy Weller Jr.’s white trailer. A couple of jokes. Plenty of smiles. Just another day at Sharon Speedway for Weller and his crew, one the Liberty native wouldn’t trade for anything. “I’m trying to find new ...

Bucs blast Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struggled in his return while the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hot streak showed no signs of letting up. Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run triple off Kluber, and the Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 in a six-inning, rain-shortened ...

Ohio State WR coach dismissed

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State has fired receivers coach Zach Smith, who was charged last week with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his ex-wife. Coach Urban Meyer announced Smith’s dismissal in a two-sentence statement on Monday. The move came after multiple media outlets ...