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Looking forward

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The Cavaliers haven’t gotten consistent production at small forward since LeBron James left in free agency for the Lakers two years ago. Cleveland also hasn’t made the playoffs without James on its roster since 1998. Auburn small forward Isaac Okoro is eager to change that after being ...

Times changed for finals

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COLUMBUS — In order to assist with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s 10 p.m. statewide curfew order, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has adjusted the game times for the football state championship games this weekend at Fortress Obetz in Columbus. The games will now kickoff at 1:15 p.m. ...

Browns’ star ‘feeling sick’; 3 more to COVID list

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CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield joked about sending a care package to Myles Garrett’s house. “Some soup and maybe some poems he can read up on,” the quarterback cracked. As they try to stay one step ahead of the coronavirus, the Browns practiced Wednesday without their defensive star and ...

Deer gun seasons get started this week

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s hunters are eagerly anticipating the chance to take to the woods and fields when gun seasons begin this weekend for white-tailed deer. Youth hunters younger than 18 years old have their own weekend to hunt Ohio’s favorite big-game animal on Saturday and Sunday. All ...

QB battle

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WARREN — It’s obvious that John F. Kennedy coach Dom Prologo is a college football fan, as he often compares his Eagles, and their opponents, to famous NCAA players. So, as JFK prepares to face New Bremen in the Division VII state championship at 2 p.m. Friday at Fortress Obetz, Prologo ...

Tomlin voices ground game concerns

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin said minutes after the Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 9-0 after a victory over Cincinnati on Sunday that he wasn’t worried about his team’s scuffling running game because “we can give it to you however you want it.” Upon second glance, maybe not. While ...

Chubb’s decision was the right call

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It was during the Green Bay Packers’ resurgence under Brett Favre and Reggie White that the late defensive guru Fritz Shurmur dropped one of his most enduring maxims. Growing tired of all the nitpicking over a closer-than-expected victory, Shurmur interrupted the interrogation at Lambeau ...

Ground & pound style fueling Browns

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CLEVELAND — The hurricane-like gusts, thunder, lightning, sheets of rain and hail struck first. The Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt storm followed. In their first game back from the bye on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns may have found the formula to carry them into the NFL playoffs. Hand the ball to ...

Timeout, YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN — The COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses, led to massive unemployment and wreaked havoc with schools flipping between in-person and online classes. Positive cases amassed quicker than popcorn in a hot, oily pan. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team was not ...

Big Ben enters MVP talks

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s resume is stacked. Two Super Bowl rings. Six Pro Bowls. Two passing titles. A spot likely awaiting in the Hall of Fame five years or so after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback retires. There is one accolade Roethlisberger hasn’t achieved in 17 ...

Former Steeler enjoying life after NFL

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — At age 73, most people are retired and looking forward to enjoying their twilight years. If you’re former Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive lineman Jon Kolb, who spent 13-years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and won four Super Bowl championships — he was a ...

Kennedy, Springfield add to area’s history

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When the playoffs were introduced to Ohio high school football in 1972, the Mahoning Valley’s presence was immediate. Warren Western Reserve won the first-ever Class AAA title in ’72 with a 37-6 win over Cincinnati Princeton. Reserve returned to the title game the following year, only to ...

Run and done

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CLEVELAND — Nick Chubb stepped out of bounds and on the Texans’ necks. With a heady play in the game’s closing moments, Chubb made sure the Cleveland Browns put away Houston on a day where both teams equally fought the elements and each other. Chubb returned from a stint on injured ...

Warren Senior Masters

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Greg Martha rolled a 994 Sunday, competing in the ages 50-59 division, on the second day of qualifying for the 2020-21 Joe Scarnecchia Warren Senior Masters. Martha leads with a pin count of 1,868 after two qualifying rounds. Joe Nuzzo, in the 60-69 division, rolled a 945 Sunday. Jim ...

Phantoms drop pair

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GREEN BAY — The Youngstown Phantoms dropped a pair of games Friday and Saturday to the Green Bay Gamblers. The Phantoms lost Friday’s game 4-3, while dropping Saturday’s contest, 5-4. The Gamblers scored in the final 4 minutes of both games to seal the victory. Youngstown started ...

Steelers’ QB not rattled by week off practice

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger spent the week stuck at home, equal parts pre-Kindergarten teacher to his young children and overzealous student to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff after being forced to prepare remotely because of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. It wasn’t exactly ...

Dominating display

High School Sports

COLUMBUS — The Howland boys soccer team had been waiting a year for this moment. Getting the opportunity for revenge against Tipp City Tippecanoe, the team that beat the Tigers in last year’s state final, Howland dished it out on Saturday with a 5-0 win in the Division II state title ...

Browns excited about return of RB Chubb

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CLEVELAND — The Browns can hand off the ball to Nick Chubb again. Cleveland activated the star running back from injured reserve on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play today (1 p.m., FOX) against Houston (2-6) after missing four games with a sprained right knee. Chubb practiced ...

Four recruits sign commitment to play for Penguins

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YOUNGSTOWN — Not much has been normal in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wednesday was one of those days for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball program. Coach John Barnes planted future plans for the 2021-22 season by signing four high school seniors: Athena Hocevar ...

Mooney’s quest ends in 4-1 loss

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COLUMBUS — A rush of goals early in the second half proved to be the difference as Cardinal Mooney fell, 4-1, to Cincinnati Mariemont in the Division III boys soccer state championship game on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. “I’m extremely proud of this group,” second-year Cardinals coach ...