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Bell’s blast not enough for Pirates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for Colorado in its win over Pittsburgh. Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ahead 3-0 in the first inning. Bell then sent a changeup from Jon Gray ...

Four for four

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MASSILLON — Liberty’s Alyssa Wilson talked about her making state in the Division III girls shot put. To the left of her was Newton Falls’ Libby Barreca, flipping a half-full gallon water jug from an attached handle. Earlier, the two were sitting in the infield of the track facility ...

NFL Draft heads to Cleveland in 2021

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The NFL’s draft road show is headed to Cleveland and Kansas City. To celebrate the Browns’ 75th anniversary, the 2021 draft will be held in Cleveland. Two years later, the home of the Chiefs gets its chance. In recent years, the league has taken the draft out of ...

McDonald, Panthers eye rematch

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The Division IV Akron Regional Semifinals get underway today with two Trumbull County schools lining up for a potential rematch of the 2018 Warren District Finals. Speaking of rematches, the Warren District champion Bristol Panthers take on Jeromesville Hillsdale in their semifinal matchup. ...

Extra sports help Payiavlas boys reach state

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WARREN — Anthony Payiavlas made a sudden move to his right, then to his left with a netting up to his waist in front of him. His tennis racket moved in tandem with his body, acting as one. His brother, Alex, had a forehand come toward the baseline, and he moved in a step, being there for ...

Numbers, tradition flashy for Flashes

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Coach Cheryl Weaver and the Champion softball team have put together yet another special season. After wrapping up the 23rd district title in school history — and the 11th of Weaver’s tenure — last week, the Flashes (26-2) begin the regional round of play in Division III against South ...

Eagles batter Lisbon ace, advance to final

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STRUTHERS — John F. Kennedy’s Cameron Hollobaugh just smiled and gave a nod when asked about matching up with Lisbon’s Logan Bell in a Division IV Struthers District semifinal. Bell is a hard-throwing right hander and a University of Akron recruit, and he seemed to be the headline ...

Bauer not sharp in loss to A’s

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CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Mark Canha’s two-run homer off struggling Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in the third inning sent the Oakland Athletics to their fifth straight win, 5-3 over the Indians on Tuesday night. Canha replaced injured slugger Khris Davis and connected off Bauer (4-3), ...

Church pitches Bristol to win

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FAIRPORT HARBOR — In a battle of pitching and defense, the Bristol Panthers came out on top, beating Newbury 3-1 in their Division IV Fairport Harbor District semifinal matchup on Tuesday. Bristol advances to face another Northeastern Athletic Conference opponent, Mathews, in the district ...

ROCKIES 5, PIRATES 0:

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PITTSBURGH — German Marquez struck out seven over eight dominant innings and Trevor Story hit his 11th home run. Marquez (5-2) gave up three hits, walked one and didn’t allow a runner to third base as the Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak. Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 for ...

Mathews gains revenge vs. Maplewood

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FAIRPORT HARBOR — Some wins taste sweeter than others. That was the case for Mathews as the Mustangs avenged their 2018 district semifinal loss to Maplewood, beating the Rockets 7-1, Tuesday in the Division IV Fairport Harbor District. “We got a lot of respect for Maplewood,” ...

Range of emotions

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STRUTHERS — “The thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat.” That famous quote from ABC’s Wide World of Sports could apply to Tuesday’s Division IV Struthers District semifinal between the McDonald Blue Devils and the Springfield Tigers. You could almost say that McDonald ...

Ridge has several athletes in regional

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NEW MIDDLETOWN — The team of sophomores Pryce Allen and Katelyn Lesko, along with junior Josie Shultz and senior Kaylee Suarez went handoff by handoff, each splitting the 400-meter track at Springfield High School into quarters. Eventually, the Mineral Ridge foursome ran more than a second ...

Relaxed Gray finds discus distance

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NEW MIDDLETOWN — Stay calm and just throw. McDonald throwing coach Mary Domitrovich tells Zach Gray, a senior, that the first attempt inside the throwing circle is hers. “Going everything into your first throw you have to be long and loose,” Gray said. “Coach Mary said it’s her ...

District play at the plate

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STRUTHERS — Niles coach Mike Guarnieri said the Red Dragons and Poland were as evenly matched as any two teams could be prior to their Division II Struthers District semifinal Monday. They proved to be just that in an incredible game at Cene Park. Niles rallied from a six-run deficit to ...

Anderson leaves with strain as A’s hold off Indians, 6-4

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CLEVELAND — Brett Anderson had a quick reaction when the baseball and both pieces of a broken bat came sailing at him in the fifth inning. Get out of the way. Oakland’s left-hander managed to do that, but left the game in the following inning with a cervical strain, and the Athletics ...

Champion holds off LaBrae, 6-4

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NILES — Redemption was on the mind of the Champion Golden Flashes on Monday afternoon in a Division III Niles District semifinal. Champion, the number two ranked team in the state in the district semifinal round last season, was upended by Grand Valley after coming off of a state title run ...

YSU to add new rec field

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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University community and the Cafaro Family gathered on Monday to break ground for the new Cafaro Family Field on the north side of campus. The new facility will be located on Elm Street, across from Cafaro House residence hall at YSU. The $2.5 million field ...

Late-inning magic lifts Edgewood past Grand Valley

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NILES — The Edgewood Warriors try to have the classic mentality in baseball that the late legend of the sport Yogi Berra always had. That mentality being the game is not over until it’s over. And that was the case Monday night at Wilder Field. “That’s their identity,” Edgewood ...

Cavs hire former Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have given new coach John Beilein a seasoned right-hand man. Former Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff is joining Beilein’s staff as an associate head coach, and potentially as his replacement in a few years. Bickerstaff was a candidate for Cleveland’s opening ...