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Boardman resident Joe Vanek was on a 12-week cycle preparing for what is one of the biggest races in a runner’s life — the Boston Marathon. Twenty-mile runs were part of his routine, in preparation for the 26.2-mile trek through the outskirts of the Massachusetts capital and into the ...

Still going at a safe distance

Keep your distance; stay at least 6 feet apart. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people approach everyday life. Former Maplewood High School runner and distance coach Ted Rupe said life as we once knew it has been altered. “It’s going to affect us significantly for sure. If ...

Niles baseball products ready for next step

Baseball wasn’t really on the mind of Jaret Johnson when he decided to go to Westminster University. The former Niles baseball standout was headed to the nearby western Pennsylvania school because it had a good pre-med program, and that was the field he wanted to pursue. While human anatomy ...

Fishing can be calm distraction from daily stress

As we come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly evident we are in a crisis like none in recent history. When we think we’ve seen it all, a new day dawns with another wave of bad news. What the virus already has done is scary enough. What it might yet do is still unclear. ...

Conklin to stabilize Cleveland offensive line

Jack Conklin helped make Derrick Henry a rushing champion in Tennessee. The Browns wouldn’t mind if he made running back Nick Chubb the next one. One of the NFL’s top right tackles, Conklin signed with Cleveland on Friday as the Browns finally announced part of a free-agency haul aimed ...

Steelers getting Roethlisberger some help

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is getting a little help. The defensive line is getting a little depth. The offensive line a little veteran experience, all in the name of helping the Pittsburgh Steelers make some headway in the new-look AFC North. The Steelers have agreed to terms with ...

College seniors put in tough situations

The season had just begun for the Westminster College baseball team, and it was off to a solid start. The Titans were 4-2 and finishing a season-opening trip to Florida with a doubleheader. In the middle of the first game, they were asked to stop playing — and life as they knew it suddenly ...

Cleveland adds 2 on defense, returner

CLEVELAND — The Browns stayed inside their division — and state borders — to add some defensive line help. Cleveland beefed up its front by agreeing to a one-year contract on Thursday with free agent Andrew Billings, who spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. His ...

Indians close down facility in Arizona

CLEVELAND — With no end to the coronavirus shutdown in sight and no certainty about baseball’s return this season, the Cleveland Indians will continue to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the hiatus. The team also is closing its ...

Browns concentrating on defense now

After adding some key offensive pieces when NFL free agency opened, new Browns general manager Andrew Berry got defensive on Wednesday. Berry continued to be aggressive and addressed two major needs by striking deals with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph, a person familiar with ...

Watts up with Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the opening day of free agency into a family reunion for the Watt family. The team agreed to terms fullback Derek Watt on a three-year contract worth $9.75 million, luring him from the Los Angeles Chargers to Pittsburgh to join All-Pro younger ...

Phantoms’ season ended

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms’ season has come to a close as the United States Hockey League Board of Governors has voted unanimously to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs. “The decision was not an easy one to make, but was a necessity in order to ...

Making the call

Karen (Lane) Pavlansky always loved the rhythmic bounce of a basketball and the squeaking of tennis shoes. Long after her playing days were over, she wanted to give back to the sport she played at Champion High School before graduating in 1982. That’s when she learned to love the sound of ...

Steelers place Shazier on retired list

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier’s NFL career is over. For now at least. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed the inside linebacker on the reserved/retired list on Tuesday. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in ...

EGCC baseball season ends

YOUNGSTOWN — The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) announced Tuesday that all spring sports have been cancelled to due health and safety concerns over COVID-19, ending Eastern Gateway Community College’s baseball season. Eastern Gateway finished its season with a 7-4 ...

Making a splash

CLEVELAND — The Browns were a major disappointment last season. They’re determined not to be one again. As the NFL’s free agency period kicked off under an unprecedented backdrop due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cleveland addressed several major needs on Monday while agreeing to player ...

Steelers keeping Dupree

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Ramon Foster is walking away. The team placed the franchise tag on Dupree on Monday, hours before the NFL-mandated deadline for teams to use the designation. Hours later, Foster announced his retirement ...

Curbstone cancels meetings

The Curbstone Coaches have cancelled all the remaining Monday luncheons for the season that ends May 18. They also cancelled their Hall of Fame Banquet, which was scheduled for May 3. Plans will be made to have the same 2020 Inductees enshrined in next year’s banquet on May 2, 2021. If ...

Her Kentucky home

McDONALD — Eight laps around the track. For Ohio high school runners, that means the 3,200-meter run. Anna Guerra knows the steps all too well. She took to the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium track on June 1, 2019. The scarlet, all-weather surface was below her feet. White lines separated each ...

Winter sports all-conference honors

Boys basketball ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE RED TIER ¯ Player of the year: Derrick Anderson, Boardman First team Ethan Andersen Boardman Jr Derrick Anderson Boardman Sr Aston BatesHarding Jr Joe Bruno Canfield Sr Cam Durig Howland Sr Tommy Fryda Boardman Sr D’Muntize ...