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McDonald’s Rasiles OK with move to W. Liberty

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It’s not often a teenage boy and his parents come to an agreement on a big decision. It was a cinch for the Rasiles. When the family came home from a trip to West Liberty University in West Virginia, they had much to ponder. Zach, a senior at McDonald High School, was attempting to pick ...

Steelers, Browns renew rivalry, plenty on line

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CLEVELAND — Separated by roughly 130 miles and six Super Bowl titles, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have a hostile, historic rivalry resuscitated from being heavily one-sided to much more competitive the past few years. The hatred has never waned. “It’s a big game. ...

YSU Scouting Report: Week 11

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The Youngstown State football team may have officially hit rock bottom in a topsy-turvy season that has been in a downward spiral for weeks. The Penguins were whipped, 56-21, by a sub-par South Dakota team last week. It was the second-straight game YSU (4-5, 1-5 Missouri Valley Conference) ...

Ohio State’s Young to miss 1 more game for NCAA violation

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as punishment for breaking NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan. The penalty was announced by Ohio State in a statement Wednesday. The school had sought immediate reinstatement from the NCAA. The ...

Turnovers, play plague YSU women

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The UPMC Events Center hosted its first women’s basketball game Wednesday on the campus of Robert Morris University and the Colonials christened the new facility with a dominating 58-43 victory over Youngstown State. Turnovers and poor play on the offensive end of ...

Hot start fuels No. 16 OSU past No. 10 Villanova

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Not even Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann saw this coming. His 18th-ranked Buckeyes looked NCAA Tournament-ready in their third game, racing out to a big lead, playing solid defense and smothering No. 10 Villanova 76-51 on Wednesday night for a significant early-season ...

YSU women sign 3 recruits

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YOUNGSTOWN — Malia Magestro, Nneka Obiazor and Emma Randall have each signed a National Letter of Intent to spend their academic and basketball futures at Youngstown State University, YSU head women’s basketball coach John Barnes announced on Wednesday. Magestro is a 5-foot-9 guard from ...

Moore rolls with Penguins

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Kirsten Moore has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and bowling careers at Youngstown State University, Penguins coach Doug Kuberski announced on Wednesday. Moore is a native of Tallmadge and has qualified for the state tournament twice in her three years at ...

Beautiful game boost?

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Little eyes peering over the metal railing. They see so much, curious about their surroundings. This day, those youthful stares are meant for those older boys on the grassy, sometimes field-turf, pitch. Soccer balls bounce off their feet and heads — maintaining control and dribbling ...

Browns seek production from new backfield pairing

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BEREA — Freddie Kitchens has struggled to make two star wide receivers happy. The Browns coach now has a pair of elite running backs to please as well. One football. Four playmakers. That’s not necessarily a bad problem. With Kareem Hunt returning from his eight-game NFL suspension to ...

Questions surround collapse of Penguins

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YOUNGSTOWN — There are plenty of fingers being pointed by followers of the Youngstown State football team on what’s going wrong. Defense. Offense. Coaches. Players. Fans have taken to social media to call out the litany of issues and who’s to blame. The Penguins are pointing fingers ...

Steelers won despite poor ball security

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PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald should have been pumped. Thrilled. Yet he wasn’t. He couldn’t be. As his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates celebrated around him following a 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the veteran tight end stewed. Yes, the Steelers had pushed their ...

Women’s lacrosse starting at YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN — Being a first-year head coach is not an easy task. Being a first-year head coach while having to set up a new program is even more of a challenge, especially when it’s your first time as the leader of a program. Theresa Walton is up for the task, though. She is at the helm ...

Cavs lose close one to Sixers

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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid scored 27 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Josh Richardson added 17 points and Ben Simmons had 15 for Philadelphia, which won despite missing ...

Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame

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The Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 2019 class on Oct. 27 at DiVieste’s Banquet Center. It was the organization’s 17th annual banquet and induction ceremony. Among those honored are, front, from left, Leshun Daniels, football; Robbie Green, accepting for deceased father, ...

Technology key to promoting YSU athletes

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For Youngstown State sports information director Trevor Parks, no two days are alike, nor is there a script he follows from one day to the next. In his eyes, that’s a good thing. The longest tenured SID in YSU athletics history — he’s currently in his 20th season ...

Browns welcome strange victory

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CLEVELAND — When the Browns finally reached the end zone after so many embarrassing, empty trips inside the red zone, they also re-discovered Rashard Higgins, their mysteriously lost wide receiver. Perversely perfect. This strange, unpredictable season had another weird ...

Steelers riding opportunistic defense

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PITTSBURGH — The ball left Jared Goff’s hands and fluttered to the ground. And for a split second, everyone around Minkah Fitzpatrick eased up. Not Fitzpatrick. Easing up isn’t really his thing. Instinctively, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety at the epicenter of his team’s remarkable ...

Hardware for Howland

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COLUMBUS — Sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don’t. It was the latter for the Howland High School boys soccer team on Sunday, as the Tigers lost 1-0 to Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II state championship at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. It was the first loss of ...

Browns post much needed ugly win

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CLEVELAND — When Buffalo’s game-tying field-goal try with 22 seconds left failed to clear the uprights, the Browns spilled onto the field and celebrated almost from goal line to goal line. They jumped. They hugged. They exhaled. Their season has new life. Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard ...