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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 ...

Chicago rallies past Cavs

CHICAGO — Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from 15 points down in the final period for a 118-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Chicago, which trailed by as many as 19 points, held the Cavaliers to 14 points ...

Storm blasts Phantoms, 4-1

YOUNGSTOWN — With the score tied 1-1 after the first period Friday night, it looked like there would be a battle between the Youngstown Phantoms and Tri-City Storm. But that battle turned out to be one-sided, as the Storm poured in three unanswered goals and claimed the first game of the ...

Memories help Berlin return to 2020 plans

Winter is the season for the strategic planning meetings I conduct with myself after a busy year of fishing on all of my favorite waters. Perhaps in your business, strategy meetings are contentious. Mine are not. It’s just me, myself and I working through the trends, conditions and ...

Browns continue to interview for GM

CLEVELAND — Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns. After spending three seasons in Cleveland’s front office, Berry, who is currently the Eagles’ vice president of football operations, interviewed Friday to be the Browns’ new general manager. Berry was with the ...

New coach aids search for new GM

CLEVELAND — The Browns passed on a chance to hire one of the Patriots’ coaches. Now, they’ll consider someone who helped build New England into an NFL dynasty. With Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on board as their new coach, the Browns have accelerated the search for a ...

Culver, Tshiebwe are WVU standouts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 12 West Virginia’s opponents don’t have to dribble the ball past midcourt to the point of exhaustion anymore. But it comes at a cost. In abandoning a suffocating full-court pressure defense from past seasons, the Mountaineers have doubled down on an even-greater ...

NHL: Penguins fall; Jackets win

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal, Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak both had two assists, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Thursday night. Sean Kuraly and Par Lindholm also scored for the Bruins and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the final ...