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Dealing with the moment

Miranda Stanhope’s eyes start to widen. Her smile becomes a bit more infectious the more people she sees on her daily runs. The Badger High School senior sees some pass by running like herself, while others walk leisurely by that particular day. Stanhope enjoys seeing more and more people ...

No NCAA antitrust exemption in athlete pay bill

Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and the congressman planning to introduce it said there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, a former Ohio State ...

NHL finalizes playoff format; Pens reveal positive test

The NHL unveiled the final details of its playoff format Thursday even as word came out that a ninth player tested positive for the coronavirus. Every playoff series will be a best-of-seven format after the initial qualifying round and teams will be reseeded throughout if the league is able ...

Annual holiday run moved to fairgrounds site with restrictions

BOARDMAN — Mark Lipinsky has heard from his customers at Second Sole in Boardman. One after another, he could see the forlorn faces on those distance runners. No marathons, no road races, even the Boston Marathon, originally rescheduled for September, was canceled. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

Social distance king

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. practiced his own version of social distancing during his first offseason with the Browns. This year, the flashy receiver’s been as close as possible. Beckham, who skipped almost all of Cleveland’s program last spring after being acquired in a trade from ...

If Pirates play, it won’t be with Archer

PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday in St. Louis with Dr. Robert Thompson to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this ...

The season to catch on

YOUNGSTOWN — Jake Coates has always played his role as a football player. That’s his motivation every time he steps on the field, and his role has varied greatly over the years. He was Mr. Everything at John F. Kennedy High School, playing nearly every snap as a three-way starter as he ...

Steelers’ Conner focused on vital year

PITTSBURGH — James Conner didn’t treat the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle, but an opportunity. While the shutdown forced the Pittsburgh Steelers running back to cancel a couple of planned vacations, it also gave him time — a lot of time — to filter out the ...

Let’s play two

The course Jack Nicklaus built is getting golf’s version of a doubleheader. The PGA Tour has reached an agreement with Workday Inc. to be title sponsor of a one-time tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. It would fill a gap in the schedule created by the cancellation of the ...

Aldridge still driving ahead

A couple minutes before Peyton Aldridge answered his phone for this interview, the LaBrae High School graduate said he was talking to Bahcesehir Basketbol coach Zafer Aktas about the upcoming season. Aldridge played for Afyon Belediye last season in the Basketball Super League in ...

Owners, players still bicker about money

NEW YORK — Baseball owners and players have reverted to form — the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles. Players proposed to resume the sport in the coronavirus pandemic with a 114-game regular season and full prorated ...

Non-revenue sports fret over compensation

College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs. More than a dozen national associations in various sports — hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them — have signed a ...

Richards coaching back at alma mater Maplewood

Mike Richards stood there with the large M with blue, yellow and white colors on his outfit. His son, Caleb, finished his 3.1-mile trek around the challenging Boardman High School cross country course. All Caleb’s Maplewood High School team needed was the right places in order to finish ...

#FeedTheNest

AUSTINTOWN — T.J. Parker had his mask up over his beard. It’s not the look he envisioned when he took over the Austintown Fitch football program in December. Then again, who saw this coming? The former Falcons athlete was on social media with the constant hashtag #FeedTheNest. Offseason ...

Back on the field

YOUNGSTOWN — The first phase of bringing student-athletes back to college campuses begins Monday, and Youngstown State University will be part of the initiative. The NCAA announced last week that student-athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball will be allowed to ...

United Way fundraiser a big loss to fishing calendar

Today marks another passage for many of us as the season turns to summer and we cope with the realities of our lives and our circumstances. The final days of May are when many of the species of fish we pursue move into their summer patterns. Daylight lingers longer, our weather is shaping up ...

Grigson officially hired as Berry fills out front office staff

CLEVELAND — Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired Friday as a senior adviser for the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with general manager Andrew Berry. Berry, a first-time GM and the NFL’s youngest, has now filled out his front office in four months. Grigson was the GM in ...

Greatest Golfer event set

The 11th season of Greatest Golfer of Youngstown aims to tee off this summer with its first event scheduled June 9 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Hubbard. That event is the first of the Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division — the first of six events area teens will play through mid-July when ...

Passion of Krivonak ‘pitched’ to others

Stephen Krivonak passed away earlier this month at the age of 74, and the man known as “Sheeny” spent his final years the same way he spent his youth – engrossed in baseball. Baseball was a way of life for Krivonak, who grew up on Youngstown’s west side and spent much of his youth at ...

Browns still in pursuit of DE

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett on one end. Jadeveon Clowney on the other. Just the thought of it elicited a quick smile from new Browns coordinator Joe Woods, who oversaw a star-studded defensive front in San Francisco and could have a similar one in Cleveland. The Browns remain interested in ...