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Coach pushed Badger’s Lendak to 1,000 points

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When a coach sees potential in a player, they can tend to be harder on that player. Badger senior Logan Lendak showed potential early and Braves coach Joshua Upshire made sure Lendak was able to live up to those expectations. “I probably rode Logan harder than I rode even Aidan (Miller) or ...

Former Steelers make deals

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ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos have agreed to a two-year free agent deal with former Seattle and Pittsburgh tight end Nick Vannett that’s worth $5.7 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL ...

Hopeful for changes

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Beeghly Center has been around since the early 1970s. The facility has held near capacity crowds of 6,000 fans or more in the past, watching the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team. Fans have taken to the red, hard-plastic chairback seats, have sat on the ...

Adjustments

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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

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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

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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 ...

Penguins may lose Simmons

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — College basketball always has its coming and goings, but that has been more in the limelight in recent years with the NCAA transfer portal. This week was one of those cases as Youngstown State sophomore Jelani Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard and former first-team All-Ohio standout ...

Fishing can be calm distraction from daily stress

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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

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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

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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 ...

Nothing official yet from OHSAA

High School Sports

Ohio High School Athletic Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass did not make any official cancellations when he addressed on Thursday the state’s postponed winter state tournaments and the spring sports season, which are both in limbo because of the statewide closure of schools during the ...

College seniors put in tough situations

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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 ...

Softball Penguins focus on classes

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YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Campbell, his staff and players heard the news on Monday. The Youngstown State University softball team was no exception as the Penguins’ program, along with all spring sports around the Horizon League, were canceled for the 2020 season. They knew something like that ...

Cleveland adds 2 on defense, returner

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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

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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

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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 ...

‘Special’ season lost

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YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Dan Bertolini’s eyes were affixed on his television, smartphone or laptop, just like most everyone around the Mahoning Valley — watching Gov. Mike DeWine speak the afternoon of March 15. All bars and restaurants closed at 9 p.m. His Youngstown State University ...

Watts up with Steelers

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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

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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 ...

All-Ohio boys basketball

High School Sports

DIVISION I ¯ Player of the Year: VonCameron Davis, Columbus Walnut Ridge ¯ Coach of the Year: Tony Staib, Gahanna Lincoln First Team ¯ Max Land, Cincinnati Moeller, 6-4, sr., 14.1 (points per game); Matt Allocco, Hilliard Bradley, 6-4, sr., 18.0; VonCameron Davis, Walnut Ridge, 6-5, ...