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CINCINNATI — If Shane Bieber felt a bit off at the start, it sure didn’t show. Bieber kept up his record strikeout run, fanning 13 and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday. Bieber (2-1) became the first pitcher in big league history to begin the season ...

Moran’s bat lifts Pirates to series win

MILWAUKEE — Colin Moran hit an early three-run homer, then had an RBI double in the 10th inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Sunday. The Pirates withstood a two-homer performance from the Brewers’ Daniel Vogelbach to earn their first series win in ...

Penguins in disappointing loss at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres interim coach Don Granato hoped a re-emphasis on speed and forechecking would lead to a better result in a rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The difference was evident from the beginning. Arttu Ruotsalainen scored by converting Dylan Cozens’ pass an 2-on-1 ...

Defensive miscue dooms Cleveland

Josh Naylor lined into a triple play in the eighth inning, then let a routine grounder roll through his legs at first base with two outs in the ninth that led to Cincinnati’s tying run as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in the 10th Saturday. Pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson’s single ...

Buckeyes’ QB battle expected to carry into fall

COLUMBUS — With spring practice in the books, Ohio State’s quarterback derby will carry over into fall workouts. That’s not a surprise, considering the candidates to succeed star Justin Fields are two second-year players and a true freshman. Neither has thrown a pass in a college ...

Brewers’ two-out hits send Pirates to defeat

MILWAUKEE — Brett Anderson pitched seven effective innings and the Milwaukee Brewers built a big lead early and breezed past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Saturday night. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a leadoff single in the first inning and the Brewers went on to score five times, with every run ...

March to the waters begins in earnest this week

Crazy weather, finicky fish, low water and litter galore all add up to a great deal of frustrations for anglers ready to rev up their 2021 fishing season. Troll through the various social media and you’ll no doubt notice reports about the on-and-off rhythm of the fishing so far, certainly ...

Browns release veteran DT Richardson

CLEVELAND — This off-season remodeling of the Browns’ defense includes a surprising removal. Veteran tackle Sheldon Richardson’s contract was terminated on Friday, a head-scratching move that creates more salary-cap space but also a hole in the middle of Cleveland’s defensive ...

Brubaker pitches Pittsburgh to win

MILWAUKEE — JT Brubaker struck out eight in six impressive innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their recent surge by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Friday night. Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco homered for the Pirates, who have followed a six-game skid by winning five of seven. ...

Indians clobbered by Cincinnati, 10-3

CINCINNATI — Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to cap a seven-run third inning and the Cincinnati Reds cruised to a 10-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Jeff Hoffman (2-1) gave the Reds another solid start, surrendering just a run and seven hits through six innings and helping ...

Youngstown gymnasts continue building

It’s a nonstop build. For club gymnasts, it’s building on top of skills they learned before, constantly adding new tricks on top of what they knew before, in a continuously growing desire to test themselves. Coach of the Youngstown Gymnastics Team, Tani Blount has been coaching for a ...

Ramirez, Tribe bounce back from no-hitter

CHICAGO — Slumping Jose Ramirez connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians bounced back from being no-hit, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday. After Carlos Rodon just missed a perfect game in pitching a no-hitter Wednesday ...

Warriors’ Curry stays hot in win over Cavs

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry scored 33 points — topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game — and the Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 119-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Curry, who made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over the previous three games, ...

Browns join group of those to skip offseason workouts

CLEVELAND — Following the guidance and advice of Browns center and NFL Players Association President JC Tretter, Cleveland’s players joined a growing list of teams vowing to skip voluntary in-person workouts this offseason. The Browns followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, ...

Padres earn split with Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The San Diego Padres needed a boost with a showdown against the Los Angeles Dodgers looming. Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer didn’t wait to provide one. Machado hit his third home run of the season during a four-run first and Hosmer added a two-run single in the second as the ...

Curbstone returns for 6 weeks of luncheons

The Curbstone Coaches organization was founded in 1958, and over the past eight decades, the weekly Monday meetings and yearly hall of fame banquet have become staples of the Mahoning Valley’s sports scene. With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on all sports nationwide over the past 13 ...

Clowney signs 1-year deal with Cleveland

CLEVELAND — As he considered his next stop in the NFL, Jadeveon Clowney said there was something about the Browns that made them very appealing. “They’re winning,” he said. They are now, and Clowney wants to help them win it all. The dynamic free agent defensive end signed a ...

Chicago’s Rodon throws no-hitter to beat Indians

CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander retired his ...

Pirates knock off Padres and Musgrove, 5-1

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Wednesday night, beating Joe Musgrove in his first start since throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history. Polanco hit a solo shot into the right-field stands in the second inning. ...

Prince leads Cavaliers’ win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Taurean Prince scored a season-high 25 points with six 3-pointers, Jarrett Allen had 15 points and eight rebounds in his first action since March 26 and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Charlotte Hornets their third straight loss at home Wednesday night, 103-90. Kevin ...