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Raiders keep rolling

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WARREN — Warren G. Harding took control early and put Canfield away late to earn another critical win in All-American Conference Red Tier action. A fast start powered the Raiders to a 54-38 victory over Canfield, taking over sole possession of first place in the Red Tier. Harding has won ...

Thomas refutes rift with Love

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas denied a rift with Kevin Love, insisting there is no “bad blood” between the teammates. Following days of drama with the never-a-dull-moment Cavs, Thomas spoke Saturday to reporters for the first time since the struggling team — Cleveland is ...

Penguins fall after rallying from 18 down

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — After deleting an 18-point deficit, the Youngstown State University women’s basketball team fell short to Wright State University, 69-59. Youngstown State (8-13, 4-6 Horizon League) held an early lead before Wright State (16-6, 7-3 HL) took control of the game. The Raiders ...

Bristol’s pressure overwhelms Mooney

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BRISTOLVILLE — Coach Carey Palermo knew exactly what his team faced Saturday, subjecting them to opponents and practices to prepare for the inevitable. Palermo said the Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team faced the same run-and-jump pressure the past few games against John F. Kennedy, East ...

Young Clemente wins in Florida

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WARREN — Fans watching the PGA Honda Classic this year might see a familiar face. No, not Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson or Ricky Fowler. Not even Tiger Woods. Sure, those players might be a part of the event, but that’s not the person Mahoning Valley natives should notice. It’s a ...

Road swoon goes on for YSU

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Khalil Small scored 27 points with seven rebounds and Green Bay beat Youngstown State 85-67 on Saturday. Kameron Hankerson added 12 points and David Jesperson and Sandy Cohen III 11 each for the Phoenix (10-15, 5-7 Horizon), who made 11 3-pointers. Small and ...

Tamarkin’s late jumper lifts Howland

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¯ HOWLAND 45, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 43: HOWLAND — Howland was down 43-42 with 9 seconds left. Connor Tamarkin drove in and hit a five-foot shot while getting fouled. He made the free throw to make it 45-43. Austintown Fitch failed to score on their last attempt with 1 second to go. Howland ...

Phantoms end four-game skid

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms ended their four-game losing streak with a 6-5 overtime victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Merrimack College commit Chase Gresock scored a hat trick in the contest, including the game-winner with 3:56 left in the extra period. The Phantoms opened ...

Canfield rallies to top Harding

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GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ CANFIELD 52, HARDING 42: WARREN — Canfield turned things around in the second half to claim a pivotal All-American Conference Red Tier victory over Harding. The Cardinals (9-4, 5-1) trailed, 25-22, at halftime, but they went on a 16-5 run in the third quarter to take ...

Cards win Bulldog Invitational

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GREEN — Canfield crowned four champions and took first place as a team at the Green Bulldog Invitational at Green High School. The Cardinals’ Ethan Fletcher (106 pounds), Anthony D’Alesio (170), Tyler Stein (220) and Dan Kapalko (285) each won their individual weight class. Canfield ...

Payback, plus a comeback

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WARREN — Curse words wouldn’t even come close to describing the feeling the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team felt after being blown out by Youngstown East in mid-December. “We live in an incredibly reactionary society,” WGH coach Andy Vlajkovich said. “A month and a half ago, ...

Garfield grad Rose makes progress at NKU

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YOUNGSTOWN — Camryn Whitaker couldn’t be happier with the progress of Grayson Rose. The Garfield High School graduate is a freshman on the Northern Kentucky women’s basketball team, choosing the Norse over Youngstown State. Thursday, Rose got to showcase her talents in front of her ...

Conference control

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POLAND — In a battle of the Bulldogs in a key All-American Conference White Tier game, Poland held court. Poland beat Lakeview, 57-48, improving to 14-0 and 7-0 and has now taken control of the White Tier. Early on, Lakeview (11-4, 6-3) came to play, starting the game on a 7-2 run and led ...

Things are OK, for now, after win

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CLEVELAND — Before leaving the Cavaliers’ locker room, LeBron James made sure doughnuts from the team’s tasty postgame spread were packed in his bag. He had enough turnovers. James recorded his 63rd career triple-double — overcoming a career-high 11 turnovers — and J.R. Smith ...

Young, restless Tigers top Liberty

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LIBERTY — There were some technical difficulties prior to the Liberty-Newton Falls boys basketball game Friday, and “The Star Spangled Banner” wasn’t being played over the loud speaker as expected. No matter. After a few moments of awkward silence, the Liberty students started singing ...

Spending of Pirates, Marlins questioned

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NEW YORK — Concerned after the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates cut major league payroll, the baseball players’ association has taken the first step toward trying to force changes in the clubs’ behavior. The union said it expressed concern to Major League Baseball that the teams are ...

McDonald rolls on, routing Mineral Ridge

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McDONALD — The dynamic duo of Zach Rasile (35 points) and Braedon Poole (34) led McDonald to another big win, but don’t think the Blue Devils are a two-man team. After McDonald’s 96-44 thrashing of rival Mineral Ridge, coach Jeff Rasile made sure to credit the rest of the ...

James won’t reveal order of All-Star picks

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James wouldn’t reveal the order he drafted players for his All-Star team. Kevin Love had an idea when he was chosen. “Probably dead last,” Love said, joking. “Kev would say that,” James said. Cleveland’s All-Stars will indeed play together in the Feb. ...

Howland outscores Jefferson; wins 87-74

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HOWLAND — The Howland Tigers got another victory Friday evening, but the mood in the locker room wasn’t celebratory. “We just scored 87 points and this is as angry as I’ve been all year. We gave up 74. That’s the most we’ve given up all year long,” Howland coach Dan Bubon said. ...

LaBrae’s Kiser notches 200th career victory

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≤ LaBRAE 84, BROOKFIELD 46: LEAVITTSBURG — LaBrae coach Chad Kiser has had seen plenty of wins in his career as boys basketball coach of the Vikings. Friday, he hit a milestone with 200 victories. There’s been a Division III Final Four appearance with Davidson College junior Peyton ...