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Lost at the line

YOUNGSTOWN — Donel Cathcart made a 3-pointer with 5:15 remaining in regulation, watching as it hit nothing but net. His arm was extended and wrist snapped after the shot. He finished with a team-high 19 points. The bucket gave Youngstown State a six-point lead, one the Penguins could not ...

Beal, Wizards beat Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — Bradley Beal scored 36 points and the weary Washington Wizards, overcoming an overtime loss and early-morning arrival in town, defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-112 on Thursday night. The Wizards started slowly after not getting in until around 4 a.m. following an OT defeat in ...

Carr lifts Gophers over OSU

COLUMBUS — Marcus Carr hit a game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left and Minnesota beat struggling Ohio State 62-59 on Thursday night. Carr had 21 points as the Gophers rallied to stay with the Buckeyes in the second half, tying the game twice in the last 1:37. His 3-pointer came ...

Davis was coach to several locals

Bill Davis spent the 1980s as an NFL executive with the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. It was Davis who, as the Browns’ Vice President of Player Personnel from 1981 to 1986, who brought in Cleveland legends like Boardman High School graduate Bernie Kosar, Hanford ...

Browns GM candidate gets second interview

CLEVELAND (AP) — New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski isn’t campaigning to bring a former close colleague and friend to Cleveland. At least not publicly, Looking for a general manager to pair with Stefanski, the Browns interviewed Vikings assistant general manager George Paton for the ...

Jackets earn 6th straight win

COLUMBUS — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice, Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. Bjorkstand broke the tie with a top-shelf shot over the shoulder of Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit with ...

Browns’ Beckham recovering from surgery on core muscle

CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to make a full recovery following surgery on a core muscle injury that limited the star wide receiver during his first season with the Browns. Beckham had the operation Tuesday to repair a sports hernia that curtailed his speed and production ...

NCAA: Coombs returns to Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Kerry Coombs is returning to the Ohio State coaching staff, this time as defensive coordinator. Coombs spent 2012-2017 on the Ohio State staff as cornerbacks coach and has spent the past two seasons in the NFL as cornerbacks coach for the Tennessee Titans. Coombs moves into the ...

NHL: Penguins blanked by Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Elliott made 19 saves, Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk scored, and Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh. It was Elliott’s first shutout of the season and 39th of his career. Justin Braun added an empty-netter for the Flyers, playing their eighth game in 15 days. They ...

Browns interview Vikings’ Paton

CLEVELAND — The Browns could be turning a little more purple. After hiring former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as its coach, Cleveland interviewed Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton for its GM opening this past weekend, a person familiar with the team’s ...

Phantoms assistant says team set for stretch run

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Youngstown Phantoms are currently in the middle of a six-game homestand and with a 2-1 overall mark, anxiously awaiting the start of this weekend’s three-game series with the Green Bay Gamblers and the team directly in front of them in the United State Hockey ...

Morris, Randle pace Knicks past Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — The New York Knicks came out on top in a matchup between teams at the bottom of the standings Monday night. Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle each scored 19 points and New York used a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86. Both teams are 12-32 and lead ...

Struthers’ Kuntz officially hired by Miami

MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator Monday, and promoted Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator. Steve Marshall was hired as offensive line coach, Robby Brown as quarterbacks coach, Austin Clark as outside linebackers coach and former ...

Penguins, Columbus both win by one goal

PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson’s goal into his own net was one of the low points of a forgettable first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Johnson’s short-handed slap shot later in the game helped the Penguins complete another memorable comeback. Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period ...

Ohio coaches honor Fitch coach Steiner

Some snow fell on the ground, at least a couple of times. That brisk air got a bit colder. It didn’t matter to Austintown Fitch coach Seth Steiner, his assistant coaches or athletes. They went indoors, sped through the hallways. Yes, running inside the school is permitted at this time, ...

Late goal lifts Blue Jackets past Rangers

NEW YORK — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the game with 26.5 seconds left to lift Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 Sunday night for their fifth straight win. Bjorkstrand was playing for the first time after 13 games with an oblique injury. He tied it 6:08 ...

Gradishar more than Hall of Fame worthy

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has been known for questionable, or frankly, downright stupid decisions over its lifespan. The Hall of Fame class for the NFL’s centennial season was a chance to make up for all the mistakes that have been made. All the legends over the years who have yet to ...

A different story

YOUNGSTOWN — After Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Tri-City Storm, Youngstown Phantoms coach Brad Patterson talked about the team’s poor execution and compete level. His players heard the message loud and clear as the Phantoms rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to pull out a 5-3 victory. “I ...

Packers’ Linsley remains a good guy

People cannot say enough good things about 2009 Boardman High School graduate Corey Linsley. Sure, he’s the starting center for the Green Bay Packers. He’s a former standout with Ohio State University and the former Spartans standout has received numerous accolades for his football ...

Mooney in common for NFL executives

Coincidence, fate, some would call it just that. For Ed Policy and Jed York, it’s a path the two seemed destined to follow growing up in the shadow of the San Francisco 49ers system — a juggernaut in NFL circles in the 1980s and early-to-mid 90s with five Super Bowl championships. There ...