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Scrappers relieved to defeat Black Bears

NILES — Gray skies and a passing thunderstorm threatened the start of Sunday’s game between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and West Virginia Black Bears. However, the rain and clouds gave way to sunshine and, once the game started, a much-maligned Scrappers’ bullpen shined. A trio of ...

Bumbling, stumbling

CHICAGO — Brian Goodwin homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Goodwin hit a 3-1 pitch from Nick Wittgren (2-4) over the wall in right for his sixth home run of the season. Liam Hendriks ...

Philly pounds Pirates to avert sweep

PITTSBURGH — Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning in his Phillies debut and got plenty of support as Philadelphia avoided a series sweep by pounding the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4 on Sunday. J.T. Realmuto got five of the Phillies’ 20 hits, with two doubles and four RBIs. Bryce Harper ...

Report: Browns, Chubb agree to extension

CLEVELAND — The Browns weren’t going to let Nick Chubb run away. Cleveland and the star running back agreed Saturday night to a three-year, $36.6 million contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Saturday night. Chubb has developed into one ...

Browns owners realistic about hype and chatter

BEREA — After so many miserable seasons, including a winless one four years ago, numerous coaching mistakes, front-office flubs and busted draft picks, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam finally have a legitimate team. Maybe even a Super Bowl contender. They’re optimistic —— and ...

He did it his way

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers, like most NFL teams, enter the draft with a group of players they’d like to find a way to land with their first pick. Not in 2003. There was only one name on then-director of football operation Kevin Colbert’s list: Troy Polamalu. One problem: ...