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Gordon’s next step comes on the field

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BEREA — Josh Gordon’s complicated and curious journey from drug-riddled streets to NFL stardom to suspensions to rehab to possible redemption is headed to a fitting location. In Hollywood’s shadow. Banned from the league the past two seasons for multiple violations of the league’s ...

Peppers fined for big hit

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BEREA — Jabrill Peppers scanned the email from the NFL and saw the amount of his fine. “I stopped reading the letter,” he said. “Yeah, I shut it down.” Cleveland’s rookie safety was fined $24,000 by the league for his illegal hit on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone ...

Steelers giving up too many big pass plays

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PITTSBURGH — Heading into December, the numbers are gaudy. Second in sacks. Third against the pass. Fourth in total yards allowed. Fourth in points against. Fifth in interceptions. They are the kind of numbers that back up Mike Tomlin’s words back in July, when the Pittsburgh ...

Rough and tumble

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BROOKFIELD — In a scrappy, rough game on both sides, Brookfield defeated Niles 38-32. Early on in the first quarter, Brookfield got to free-throw line quite a bit but couldn’t string together a run. Niles (1-1) took advantage of that and led Brookfield (1-0) 10-9 after one ...

Key drop still haunting Browns’ Coleman

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BEREA — The spiral slipped through Corey Coleman’s hands, depriving the Browns of a certain touchdown. Worse, his miscue may have cost them a so-far-distant first win. Coleman dropped quarterback DeShone Kizer’s perfectly thrown pass in the end zone last Sunday in Cincinnati, and when ...

Penguins run out of gas

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YOUNGSTOWN — Jaylen Benton had that look in his eyes, one his teammates have seen in preseason and in practices. Intensity. Pressure. Forcing turnovers. A quick pass to Naz Bohannon and a flip to Garrett Covington for a quick basket. More pressure followed the up-tempo offense. For ...

Junior tandem powers Bristol

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LEAVITTSBURG — A pair of juniors led the way for a team that doesn’t have a senior on the roster. Brenna Rimer scored 12 points and Kendyl Switzer had 11 as Bristol’s girls basketball team defeated LaBrae, 35-27, in basketball Wednesday evening in Leavittsburg. “You definitely see a ...

Price-led offensive line a key to Buckeyes’ 2017 success

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COLUMBUS — Coach Urban Meyer has long said that any successful offense starts with a rugged offensive line. And it was the big guys up front who absorbed much of the blame last year when the Buckeyes’ attack sputtered at times. With improvement in the passing game and running backs ...

Howland, Badger, Champion cruise

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Tribune Chronicle ¯ Badger 54, Windham 25: WINDHAM — The Badger Braves (1-1, 1-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Division) at the Windham Bombers (0-1, 0-1). Keristen Tricker scored a game-high 17 points while hitting three 3-pointers. Badger traveles to Mathews on Dec. 4 at 7 ...

Chalker’s all-purpose player

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SOUTHINGTON — When she was in the eighth grade, people knew that Courtney Warnick would be quite the scorer, but no one anticipated she would become this good. As just a junior at Chalker High School, Warnick eclipsed the 1,000-point mark before the end of last season. She entered the ...

Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer Monday

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COLUMBUS — Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ohio’s deer-gun season remains open through Sunday. Two additional days of deer-gun season (Dec. 16 and Dec. 17) have ...

Coming together a huddle at a time

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YOUNGSTOWN You can see it out on the grassy area, yards ahead from the starting line. Clusters of athletes wearing their tank tops, shorts and sweatbands, or other thermal wear — depending on the conditions. Each cross country team gathers before the race. Sometimes the coach has a ...

Top four announced; Buckeyes 8th

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Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will enter championship weekend positioned to earn a playoff spot with just one more victory. But a potential Alabama-Ohio State controversy looms. Clemson moved up to No. 1 in the final College Football Playoff rankings before the semifinals are set ...

Ferguson, Morse getting back to form for YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN — Jeremiah Ferguson returning to the court was something the Youngstown State men’s basketball team desperately needed. Cameron Morse’s shot? It was something that returned as well. The Penguins went 0-3 on their recent trip to South Dakota, but they made strides with these ...

LeBron ousted; Love scores 38 in Cavaliers win

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James lost his cool. Kevin Love and Cavaliers stayed just as hot. Incensed at not getting a foul called on a drive to the basket, James was ejected for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday night, tossed in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 108-97 win over ...

Penguin women look to cut out mental mistakes

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YOUNGSTOWN — Frustration, knowing the inevitable is that close. With a simple blip on the Youngstown State women’s basketball radar, the hard work is all for naught. Mental mistakes have cost this Penguins team in different parts of each game. It’s not like YSU has been playing our ...

Former Struthers standout dies at 36

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WARREN (AP) — Former Syracuse tailback Walter Reyes, second all-time on the school’s rushing list, has died, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s office. He was 36. Reyes, who was honored Monday night in the Carrier Dome with a moment of silence prior to the men’s basketball ...

One shining moment

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HOWLAND — There was a moment during Dra Rushton’s career when the Liberty football player felt compelled to speak up and motivate his teammates. That might not seem like a big deal to some, but it was a pivotal point for Rushton. It came at halftime, with the Leopards trailing Lakeview, ...

James leads Cavs in rout of 76ers

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PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James showed the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers just how high the bar is to compete with the Eastern Conference’s best. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the 76ers 113-91 on Monday night. The three-time ...

McCaster, Spencer lead YSU in MVFC honors

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Youngstown State junior tailback Tevin McCaster and senior offensive tackle Justin Spencer were named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference the league announced on Monday. Overall 10 Penguins received all-conference accolades for the 2017 season. Earning second-team accolades ...