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Indians extend win streak to 8, beat White Sox

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CHICAGO — Jose Ramirez had four hits, including a homer, Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley also homered, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Friday night for their eighth straight victory. Ramirez went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs, and Yan Gomes had two hits and ...

Kizer impresses in camp

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BEREA — Nothing screams rookie about DeShone Kizer. After wrapping up a news conference Friday, when he handled questions about Cleveland’s three-way quarterback competition with the finesse of a polished politician, Kizer was escorted into the Browns’ facility with two members of the ...

Small beats tall

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NILES — A game that looked like a great pitchers’ duel certainly lived up to the billing. It was a matchup between 7-foot Williamsport starter Kyle Young (yes, he’s really 7-foot tall), a Philadelphia Phillies prospect, and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ Zach Plesac, a right-hander ...

Former Penguin Perry chases pro dream

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YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry looked at this thing on top of his steak. He knew Hungary embraced some American food like chicken and steak, but the unorthodox food on top of his plate was something new. Perry, a former Youngstown State University men’s basketball standout, took a piece ...

Indians run win streak to 7 games

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending AL champions. Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles ...

Garrett stars at Browns’ 1st practice

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BEREA — On Day One, Myles Garrett looked like a legitimate No. 1. Bursting off the line of scrimmage during a pass-rush drill, Garrett quickly got around offensive tackle Rod Johnson, a fellow rookie who could do little to slow down the speedy defensive end and top pick in this year’s ...

Buckeyes aim to fire up air attack

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State opened training camp Thursday morning eager to bury memories of the last time the team played a game. That was New Year’s Eve in Arizona, where the Buckeyes were humiliated by Clemson 31-0 in the College Football Playoff. The significant flaws in the Buckeyes’ ...

Steelers arrive for camp minus RB Bell

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LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons. And in the case of ageless linebacker James Harrison, a firetruck. Because of course he did. Left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva showed up too, arriving ...

Area father-son duo plays at Ohio Open

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North Bloomfield’s Craig and Thomas Lydic took to the course for the 97th annual Davey Tree Ohio Open at Medina’s Weymouth Country Club last week. Perhaps the only father-son duo in the tournament, the Lydics are certainly no stranger to the Open, as this is their fourth year competing ...

Kyrie’s break-up would be hard to do

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It kind of felt like the first time a good-looking girl broke up with you. You’re kind of in shock for a few seconds. Your heart drops to your stomach. You feel like you got the wind knocked out of you. One thought enters your mind and you can’t escape it: THIS REALLY SUCKS! Yes, that’s ...

Cleveland execs reject Irving trade talk

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise. The reality is that the Cavs are troubled. In his first public comments since Kyrie Irving asked to be traded, Gilbert would not confirm whether he’ll honor the ...

Garrett ready to return to action

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BEREA — The Cleveland Browns already have their first win: Myles Garrett is ready for training camp. The rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 ...

Indians’ 8th-inning rout leads to 6th straight win

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CLEVELAND — Bradley Zimmer isn’t playing like someone who wasn’t called up from the minors until May 16. In fact, the rookie center fielder is a big reason why the Cleveland Indians are playing their best baseball of the season. Zimmer hit a home run on the game’s second pitch and ...

Grand finish

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CLEVELAND — Bradley Zimmer didn’t care one bit that his mouth was filled with talcum powder. To the rookie, it tasted like victory. Edwin Encarnacion connected for a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Cleveland Indians, who wasted a seven-run lead and were held scoreless for eight ...

Pelini: YSU can compete with anybody

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The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2017 preseason poll Tuesday, but it doesn’t appear Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini took a glance at it. If he did, he really didn’t care how it read. Pelini’s Penguins were picked to finish third behind North Dakota State ...

A well-oiled machine

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CHICAGO — The tailored, slate-gray suit, the scarlet and gray power tie, the blacked-out chronograph on his wrist — if you didn’t know Urban Meyer was the football coach at Ohio State, your first guess would be a Fortune 500 CEO. That’s hardly a coincidence. After five seasons in ...

Cavs, Rose make it official

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CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s goal is to win an NBA championship. He’s a little closer to one. The free-agent guard signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has blocked his path to a title before and one that needs him now more than ever. Rose is ...

AAU plays big role for recruits

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COLUMBUS — Steve Vega was busy pacing the sidelines during Friday’s Nike Summer Championship, coaching his team. After that, the Avon native is busy going around Whitehall-Yearling High School trying to tend to the needs of teams, college coaches and even parents — making sure his ...

MVFC honors four for YSU

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Youngstown State landed four players on the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason all-league team, which was announced Monday. The offensive line was well represented with center Vitas Hrynkiewicz and tackle Justin Spencer each earning first-team honors for the Penguins, the FCS ...

Indians keep rolling

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CLEVELAND — It’s taken longer, much longer than expected. But after four shaky months, the Cleveland Indians may be finally hitting their stride. About time. Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2, over the ...