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Don’t forget to maintain your vessel

Thanks to good engineering, quality craftsmanship and attention to necessary maintenance chores, my fishing boat continues to serve well this summer even as it works through its 11th season under my command. Quick … knock on wood! I’m not superstitious, but I also do not take my ...

Plenty of dirt track action in area

Area auto racing fans have waited a long time, but live local racing is finally here. Sharon Speedway, the “Grand Old Lady” of auto racing, will swing open the gates today for its 91st season of racing. The world’s fastest dirt short-track race cars will headline the program. The Super ...

SANDLOT: Class B 18U

Late Thursday Whiting Roll-Offs (4-3) 10, Roth Brothers (3-4) 4 – Chase Tomko led the way for Whiting with two hits, including a double, and four RBI. Cre Calabria also had a double among his two hits and scored three times, while Tyler Kamerer contributed two hits, three runs scored and an ...

He’ll manage

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton ended nearly each press availability during spring training by jokingly telling reporters they picked the wrong day to ask the Pittsburgh Pirates first-year manager about his opening day starter. His answer was always some variation of “sorry, that’s ...

Berry, Browns launch racial justice initiative

CLEVELAND — Andrew Berry was moved emotionally, and eventually into action. Dismayed by George Floyd’s tragic death in Minneapolis, yet strengthened by the nationwide wave of protests that followed, Berry, Browns vice president of football operations and one of only two Black general ...

Pandemic strikes again

The NFL on Thursday canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first ...

GC-360 Summit focusing on more than sports

WARREN — As Michael Engram attempted to put together the fifth annual GameChangers GC-360 Summit, he was faced with plenty of challenges. With the pandemic ruining any chance of bringing dozens of student-athletes together, as the event has done each year, Engram realized this year’s ...

One last opportunity

LIBERTY — Sophie Howell and Allison Smith looked at the lineup. Smith batting fourth. Howell in the fifth spot. It seemed appropriate for the Champion High School senior duo during Trumbull County’s 6-2 win over the Mahoning team on Wednesday at the 17th annual Bill Sferra Classic senior ...

SANDLOT: Class B 16U ­– Wednesday

Astro Falcons (5-0-1) 14, Whiting Roll-Offs (3-3) 6: William Morrow picked up the win in relief for Astro, allowing just one run on two hits in four innings, while striking out six and walking only one. Tino Campoli had the big bat for Astro, slugging three hits, including two doubles, scoring ...

Game Changers event

Game Changers’ annual leadership summit for high school student-athletes will be a virtual event this year, livestreaming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube under @GCTheNewAthlete. The event helps to prepare high school athletes to compete at the next level through ...

Phantoms’ fans pick all-decade team

With the final third of the USHL season wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youngstown Phantoms put together an online event to keep the team’s fans involved. With the club having played 10 seasons, team officials came up with a fan vote to choose the Youngstown Phantoms All-Decade ...

Offering support

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the club has engaged in “intimate ...

Goalie Murray ready to return

PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray is thinking about the uncertainty ...

Drummond says he will stay in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond, who was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Pistons in February, said on an ESPN podcast Tuesday that he intends to pick up the option. ...

Game Changers event set

Game Changers’ annual leadership summit for high school student-athletes will be a virtual event this year, livestreaming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube under @GCTheNewAthlete. The event helps to prepare high school athletes to compete at the next level through ...

Juniors through 4 qualifiers

Seventy young golfers competed Monday at Mill Creek Park in the fourth of six qualifying events in the Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division of the Greatest Golfer of Youngstown competition. Golfers who qualified for the Junior finals scheduled July 17 (Squaw Creek) and July 18 (Avalon Lakes) ...

Tabulating a title

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of a three-part series looking back on Warren G. Harding’s Division I boys track and field state championship in 2010. The sun began to set on Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as athletes and coaches from the Warren G. Harding High School boys track and field ...

The SteelHounds’ architect

What do you do when you need a player to draw a crowd to your budding Central Hockey League franchise in northeast Ohio? You get a former second-round draft pick with NHL experience who spent a large portion of his pro career in Cleveland. That guy was Jeff Christian, and for their first ...

Hunt ‘blessed’ for last chance

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt knows he’s run out of second chances. “I’ve got to do better,” he said. Scared he jeopardized his NFL career when police found a small amount of marijuana in the Browns running back’s car during a traffic stop, Hunt, who served an eight-game league ...

All about the W

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series looking back on Warren G. Harding’s Division I boys track and field state championship in 2010. DeAver (D.J.) Williamson came across the finish line in his all-white track outfit, winning the 100-meter dash in the Division I state ...