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Mayfield will kneel for anthem

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to kneel, ...

Neighborhood rival

Robert Morris, the university located near Pittsburgh International Airport, was rumored for the past couple of years to be coming to the Horizon League. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted out on Thursday that members of the Northeastern Conference were expecting Robert Morris to officially ...

Lake Milton waters are not always predictable

Most every angler prefers fishing trips that never offer up a dull moment. Action aplenty, that’s what anglers want. We go to great lengths to rustle up a few tugs on our lines and rate our success based on how many fish take the bait. Sometimes the pinnacle is catching a dozen or more ...

Greatest Golfer Jrs.

Four more young golfers earned spots in the 2020 Greatest Golfer Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division after the second qualifying event on Thursday at Squaw Creek-Avalon. Division winners from each of the six qualifying events advance to the championship July 17-18 at Squaw Creek-Avalon and ...

Players hope for some game action

CLEVELAND — When Collin Sexton learned that the NBA — and not a pandemic — had prematurely ended his second season, the Cavaliers guard had a guttural reaction. “I was sick,” he said. The league’s decision to invite only 22 teams to resume play at Disney World in Florida next ...

Big money ballin’

WARREN — Jesse Hardin Jr. could soon be entering a basketball tournament with a $2 million grand prize and that will be broadcast on ESPN. He’ll do it as a huge underdog. That’s nothing new to Hardin or his teammates. The Warren G. Harding graduate and Walsh University alumnus is part ...

Browns boast diverse staff

CLEVELAND — The messages of congratulations came from complete strangers. They caught Kwesi Adofo-Mensah off guard. Hired last month as the new vice president of football operations for the Cleveland Browns after seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Adofo-Mensah was inundated with ...

SteelHounds’ first expansion choice was ‘tough guy’ Mallette

Editor’s note: The Youngstown SteelHounds were part of the Mahoning Valley sports scene for three seasons (2005-08) as part of the Central Hockey League. This is one in a series of stories about the minor league hockey franchise written by Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports reporter Brian ...

Pandemic positive

PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel’s roller-coaster season is about to take another unlikely turn: postseason participant. The Penguins All-Star forward has joined a handful of teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play program and figures to be ready when Pittsburgh ...

New coach’s job more about communication

CLEVELAND — When Kevin Stefanski was hired by the Browns in January, the first-time NFL head coach knew he’d face major challenges while preparing for the season. There was an urgency to build team chemistry, install schemes, meet players and gain their trust. There were mini-camps and ...

’20 season shot

The four stood atop a podium inside the track and field facility at Massillon Perry High School in late May of 2019. The four girls represented different schools at the Northeast Ohio Division III regional meet, but all four of the shot putters had something in common — they were from ...

Cavaliers plan to use snub as motivation

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are missing from the NBA’s Disney World summer bubble. They hope Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t need to pop their plans again. One of eight teams whose COVID-19-interrupted season ended when the league decided to resume play with 22 teams in Florida ...

Browns work with coaches in diversity program

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have welcomed six young coaches, including two women and former NFL player Leonard Hankerson, to take part in the final three weeks of their offseason program. As part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the team brought in the coaches so they ...

Greatest Golfer juniors play

HUBBARD — The first of six qualifying events in the Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division of the Farmers National Bank Greatest Golfer of Youngstown competition was held Tuesday at Pine Lakes Golf Course. A total of 54 youth golfers were registered to compete. The juniors qualifiers continue ...

Catching on quickly

There’s generally a pretty big learning curve when an athlete moves on from high school to the college level. There’s an even bigger one when that athlete goes from high school to Division I, specifically the Big Ten Conference – one of the premier leagues in the NCAA. That’s what ...

Two-sport destination

Migel Burgess was with three other Liberty High School teammates this time last year, racing around an all-weather track in Columbus at the Division III state track and field meet. He then transferred to Chaney High School, his home district, for his senior season and ran 7.09 seconds in the ...

YSU adds Valley athlete

Camryn Kohout had a decision to make heading into this spring. She didn’t get to see what might have been in the senior season of her track and field career at Canfield High School. The Cardinals’ middle-distance runner had a chance to have a strong season, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped ...

Gatorade girl

Allison Smith still gets Dairy Queen every now and then after a long day’s work on the softball field. She’ll be adding more Gatorade to her diet now. The Champion High School softball star was named the Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year last week. Smith, an Ohio State ...

Lake Erie living up to walleye reputation

For a place known as “The Walleye Capital of the World,” it would seem to be difficult to find words to expand the hyperbole. But that’s exactly what the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife did in a recent news release. “World-class fishing continues to exceed ...

Dealing with the moment

Miranda Stanhope’s eyes start to widen. Her smile becomes a bit more infectious the more people she sees on her daily runs. The Badger High School senior sees some pass by running like herself, while others walk leisurely by that particular day. Stanhope enjoys seeing more and more people ...