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Girard sneaks past Irish in opener

GIRARD — The 2020 season left the Girard Indians as a motivated group. After tallying a 3-14 record, the Indians turned their attention to a more normalized offseason training program after the COVID-19 pandemic and came into this season with a newly found focus. Opening their campaign ...

OSU upsets No. 1 Duke, 71-66

COLUMBUS — Zed Key scored a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held top-ranked Duke scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes, completing a rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils 71-66 on Tuesday night. E.J. Liddell hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give ...

Transfer Ritz excelling for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Playing Division I basketball wasn’t originally the end goal for Youngstown State’s Lilly Ritz. Now that she’s here, though, she’s taking advantage of the opportunity. A senior transfer from Division II Wheeling University, Ritz is off to a strong start through her ...

Sharpshooting leads McDonald past Lordstown, 56-40

McDONALD — It’s time for another high school basketball season. The Lordstown Red Devils and McDonald Blue Devils got their seasons started with a clash on Tuesday and McDonald prevailed 56-40, at home, in a matchup between a pair of virtually brand new teams. McDonald doesn’t return ...

Pirates sign former Cleveland catcher

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t waste time finding a replacement for Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Pirates have agreed to a 1-year deal worth $5 million with former Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez. ...