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Mathews earns big NAC win

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VIENNA — When entering Rex Leach Court, fans greet one another by welcoming them to what they affectionately refer to as the shoe box. The cramped, quaint gymnasium was filled to capacity Friday evening as a backyard Northeastern Athletic Conference rivalry unfolded between Badger and ...

Windham bounces back, drills Chalker

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SOUTHINGTON — The Windham Bombers came back with a vengeance after their loss last week to Newbury, taking out their frustrations on Chalker, beating them 77-45. “Much better effort than we had last week,” Bombers coach Marty Hill said. “Last week, physically and mentally, we didn’t ...

Lakeview knocks off Canfield

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LAKEVIEW 65, CANFIELD 61: CORTLAND — It took an extra period Friday night, but Lakeview was able to knock off Canfield 65-61. The Bulldogs outscored Canfield 8-12 in overtime in order to secure it’s third straight win to open the season. AJ McClellan led Lakeview with 31 points, and ...

Falls, Bristol triumph

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NEWTON FALLS 63, WESTERN RESERVE 51: BERLIN CENTER — Western Reserve jumped out to a first-half lead, but Newton Falls quickly answered in the third quarter. Newton Falls defense stood strong, and it outscored Western Reserve 21-6 in the third. Gage Friend led Newton Falls in scoring, while ...

Big win for Raiders

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WARREN — Stop, pop and swish. Dom McGhee felt the rhythm of the basketball reverberate off his hands and gently brush through the twine attached to the metal rims inside the Warren G. Harding gymnasium. His teammates felt the same vibes flow through them as they passed the ball around the ...

Cleveland extends Carrasco’s contract

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CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s career has taken some dramatic turns, re-routed by elbow surgery, a therapeutic trip to the bullpen and several freakish injuries. He persevered, blossoming into a special pitcher — and person — for the Cleveland Indians. They’re going to keep him ...

Harding, LaBrae, McDonald girls still unbeaten

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WARREN G. HARDING 64, LIBERTY 43: LIBERTY — A 19-3 advantage for Warren G. Harding (3-0) in the third quarter kept the Raiders unbeaten. Liberty (2-1) led 30-29 at halftime, but the Raiders held a 35-13 edge in the second half. Kamarah Bender led Harding with 23 points and Diamond Phillips ...

Edmunds brothers ready to contribute to Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Ferrell and Felecia Edmunds didn’t make things overly complicated for their sons Trey, Terrell and Tremaine growing up. The rules of the house were pretty simple. Especially the first two: finish everything and try your best to win. Easy to remember if not always easy to ...

Huscroft, LaBrae get past Lordstown

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LEAVITTSBURG — It was a tale of two halves of basketball for LaBrae on Wednesday night. Ultimately the Vikings would prevail over Lordstown, 49-41, but it would not be without a battle and some help from senior guard Alexis Huscroft. “It was definitely a team effort,” LaBrae coach ...

Hubbard grad LJ Scott to enter NFL draft

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State running back LJ Scott says he will enter the NFL draft after this season. Scott, a senior, injured his ankle in September and has played in only four games this year. Coach Mark Dantonio said last month that Scott would redshirt, but Scott, a ...

Fitch defense, Hunter lead Falcons past Ursuline

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AUSTINTOWN — Ursuline’s Dayshanette Harris is one of the area’s more prolific guards. Austintown Fitch knew that coming into Wednesday’s game and needed something to counteract the University of Pittsburgh signee. Falcon senior Sabria Hunter, a West Point signee, had 33 points to ...

Buckeyes QB Heisman hopeful

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COLUMBUS — It was subtle, but that definitely was the Heisman Trophy pose that Dwayne Haskins Jr. struck in the end zone after throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the Big Ten championship game last weekend. It wasn’t quite the hey-look-at-me, Desmond Howard version, but it was an ...

Day paid dues before OSU top job

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COLUMBUS — When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. So Ohio State bumped up Day’s salary to $1 million per year after last season and promoted him to co-offensive coordinator ...

Curry, Warriors rush past Cavs in Finals rematch

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CLEVELAND — Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories. The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor. Some day. “It was historical,” Curry said. “I’ll definitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years ...

Steelers turn to Samuels, Ridley with Conner out

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PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels doesn’t get caught up in roles. Maybe because the one the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie is asked to fill seems to change by the week. During his college career at North Carolina State he was a hybrid. Sometimes he’d serve as an H-back. Other times he’d line ...

Mayfield believes Riley ready for NFL

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BEREA — Baker Mayfield isn’t campaigning for Lincoln Riley. The rookie quarterback isn’t dismissing the possibility his former coach joins him in Cleveland either. Mayfield said Wednesday that he believes Riley is prepared to move from Oklahoma into the NFL, but he would also ...

Meyer will not coach in college again

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After leading Utah to an unbeaten season in 2004, Urban Meyer had a choice to make. He could become the coach at Notre Dame — a dream job, he once called it — or at Florida. Meyer picked Florida because the Gators were better positioned to win national championships. He won two with the ...

Haskins, Bush receive top Big Ten honors

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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday. Freshman receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue was voted newcomer of the year, ...

No. 19 Ohio State rallies in second half, beats Illinois

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CHICAGO (AP) — After going scoreless in the previous game, Keyshawn Woods was determined to make a positive impact Wednesday night. He stepped up precisely when Ohio State needed it. Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and the 19th-ranked Buckeyes ...

A Warren winner

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WARREN — A 13-point halftime lead didn’t do much for Warren G. Harding coach Gabe Bubon. The first-year Raiders coach was worried after Chaney hit a few shots and cut into what was a 22-point advantage. With a young team returning just two starters from last year, Bubon wasn’t sure how ...