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Leopards on a tear

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LIBERTY — Chet Allen had a good feeling going into his third year as the Liberty Leopards football head coach. That feeling looked a bit misplaced after two games. The Leopards were 0-2 and making some silly mistakes, ones Allen thought a team with 22 returning lettermen and 16 seniors was ...

Indians relaxed prior to decisive fifth game

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CLEVELAND — There were no noticeable signs of panic or pressure. Now is not the time to show any weakness. As the Cleveland Indians got ready for their biggest game this season, a winner-take-all Game 5 against the New York Yankees, everything seemed normal, routine. Before answering ...

Loss sharpens focus for arrival of Bison

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YOUNGSTOWN — Just knowing that North Dakota State is up next on the schedule is usually more than enough to catch a team’s attention. A tough loss the week before is making preparation even more intense for Youngstown State. The eighth-ranked Penguins welcome the second-ranked Bison to ...

Mineral Ridge program seeks tourney success

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With the 2017 season nearing its end, the Mineral Ridge boys soccer team (11-3) has put together a good couple of years. In its third year as a varsity team, the Rams have been quite successful. With the district tournament right around the corner, Ridge has been gearing up. “I think we ...

Gordon reveals struggle as addict

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CLEVELAND — Revealing he was scared for his life amid another drug relapse, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a ...

Canfield’s Keffler qualifies for state

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MASSILLON — Canfield junior Hannah Keffler won a playoff hole Tuesday at Legends of Massillon to qualify for next week’s State golf tournament at Columbus. Keffler, playing in the Division I District tournament with her Canfield teammates, shot a 74 to tie with Nora Nelson of Notre ...

Ben confident he’s got ‘it’

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PITTSBURGH — On second thought, Ben Roethlisberger believes he still has “it.” In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure he’s never lost “it,” even if he found himself somewhat facetiously wondering it out loud after his career-high five interceptions led to a ...

Stevens leads Brookfield golfers to state

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Brookfield golf coach Larry Smoot sees Conner Stevens stand at the tee box — though not for long. The Brookfield sophomore subscribes to the grip-it-and-rip-it approach to golf. “The pedal is always to the metal for me,” Stevens said. Smoot said his initial reaction is to be ...

Warren Hall of Fame added seven new members

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Seven former Warren athletes were inducted last month as the 2017 class of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame. They are: Carl Angelo, a 1966 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, enjoyed all-state honors and played football on scholarship at Bowling Green State University and then returned ...

JC transfer adds energy in the paint

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YOUNGSTOWN — Francisco Santiago grins a bit when talking about Tyree Robinson. The two live with Cameron Morse and Ryan Strollo on the Youngstown State University campus, helping Robinson — who calls Fall River, Mass., his hometown — adjust to the Mahoning Valley. Santiago, Morse and ...

Bronx bumbling

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NEW YORK — Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees are headed back to Cleveland for a decisive Game 5 — thanks to plenty of help from the Indians. Severino rebounded from his playoff debacle, Judge delivered a big hit and the Yankees took advantage of shoddy defense by ...

Browns face QB question

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BEREA — Hue Jackson made a drastic decision on Sunday with DeShone Kizer. Now he’s got a bigger one: keep the rookie quarterback on the bench or play Kevin Hogan. And as Jackson weighs the pros and cons on how to best handle Cleveland’s latest quarterbacking conundrum, he again said ...

New starting lineup includes Wade, Rose

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CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job. He’s got one anyway. After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tryonn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland’s ...

Don’t pass on Lakeview

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CORTLAND — It’s easy to point to Zach Rogers when analyzing Lakeview’s 6-1 start to the season. The senior is a three-year starter who puts up gaudy statistics on a regular basis. He currently has 12 touchdowns (just two interceptions) to go along with 1,228 passing yards and a ...

Bird is the word

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NEW YORK — Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7. Judge prevented a home run to save Tanaka’s seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller and New York edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 to extend their AL ...

Jackson’s choices questioned as Browns remain winless

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CLEVELAND — Moments after losing for the 20th time in 21 games as Cleveland’s coach, Hue Jackson began the long, cruel walk toward the locker room. As he headed for the tunnel, Jackson was already pondering his postgame speech and an explanation on his decision to bench rookie quarterback ...

Injuries hamper JFK

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WARREN — Injuries have plagued the John F. Kennedy Eagles this season. Saturday, the visiting Royal Imperial College of Canada took advantage in its 27-22 victory over JFK. However, Eagles coach Jeff Bayuk said turnovers, more than anything, are what hindered his team and their momentum on ...

Indians slugger feeling better

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NEW YORK — Even on their days off, things keep going right for the Cleveland Indians. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is hoping to play again this postseason after spraining his right ankle during a frightening moment in Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees. Manager ...

Change of fortune

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VERMILLION, S.D. — A week after one its most impressive performances in years, the Youngstown State defense endure its worst showing of the season. Sixth-ranked South Dakota racked up 486 total yards, including a record-setting performance by wide receiver Shamar Jackson, and beat No. 3 ...