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Opportunity knocks

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Coach Jerrod Calhoun wants his team to have the best opportunities heading into year four with the Youngstown State University men’s basketball program. The Penguins, coming off an 18-15 season, have solidified two tests in the 11-game non-conference slate — at Virginia Commonwealth ...

Mill Creek courses open with guidelines

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BOARDMAN — Saturday was opening day at the Mill Creek MetroParks golf courses off U.S. Route 224. Brian Tolnar, the PGA director of golf at the courses, said people flocked back to the fairways and greens. Tolnar said that this past weekend he was taking tee times up until 5:50 p.m. The ...

A chance not taken

High School Sports

NILES — Those interesting years spent coaching little league baseball were finally about to be pay off for Niles High School coach Mike Guarnieri. It was back then that Guarnieri first utilized a “bullpen” game, in which several relief pitchers combine to pitch the entire game. The ...

A chance not taken

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NILES — Those interesting years spent coaching little league baseball were finally about to be pay off for Niles High School coach Mike Guarnieri. It was back then that Guarnieri first utilized a “bullpen” game, in which several relief pitchers combine to pitch the entire game. The ...

Eerie quietness comes over Cortland

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CORTLAND — The drive up state Route 11 provided no sense of anticipation, not even when my vehicle headed west on state Route 305 toward my destination. The road leading to Lakeview High School was barren, not a soul in sight as I made my way to the back toward Don Richards Stadium. ...

Eerie quietness comes over Cortland

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CORTLAND — The drive up state Route 11 provided no sense of anticipation, not even when my vehicle headed west on state Route 305 toward my destination. The road leading to Lakeview High School was barren, not a soul in sight as I made my way to the back toward Don Richards Stadium. ...

Teams to have refund policy

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While planning to play a full regular-season schedule, the NFL has formulated a ticket refund plan for canceled games or those held without fans. In a memo sent to the 32 teams by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, a uniform baseline for full refunds ...

Hobbs continues her path at Malone

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Trinity Hobbs wanted someplace that felt like home. She found it about an hour away at Malone College in Canton. Hobbs, a McDonald High School senior, talked to Malone track and field coach Mark McClure. The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt on making a campus visit, but it didn’t prevent Hobbs ...

Legendary loss

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MIAMI — Measuring Don Shula by wins and losses, no NFL coach had a better year. Or career. He looked the part, thanks to a jutting jaw and glare that would intimidate 150-pound sports writers and 300-pound linemen alike. He led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history, ...

No option for former OSU safety

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have decided not to exercise their fifth-year option on starting safety Malik Hooker, which could make him an unrestricted free agent after next season. Team officials faced a Monday afternoon deadline to extend the deal but opted against it. Hooker ...

A virtual presence

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Mady Aulbach considers herself luckier than most in quarantine, going through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Youngstown State University women’s basketball freshman guard has her brother Jack, a senior at Blackhawk (Pa.) High School. He’s a distance runner and has signed to run for the ...

Bristol was reloading

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Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio has been canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers can approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have ...

Dunn awaits NCAA decision

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Mary Dunn has been busy at her western Pennsylvania home. There’s a concrete surface in her backyard with a basketball hoop nearby. She’s shooting baskets with her brother (Michael) and father (Joseph). She does sprints in front of her house. There’s a hill close to her home. It ...

Struthers star Ryan is right at home as Penguin

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The last three years Carson Ryan has been a fixture on the Youngstown State University campus, even though he’s been attending Struthers High School. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Wildcat guard spent time getting to know YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun, who will begin his fourth year ...

Phantom family

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Dean and Beth Rapp have three children, although sometimes it seems like five or six — even seven. And they had 12 “super bowl” parties just over the past few months. Confused? Well, the Rapps are what’s known as a billet family for the Youngstown Phantoms. They house players on the ...

Fishing: family, fun and food

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One can almost taste the delicious fish as George Denney describes his experiences on the water as a youngster, as a vacationing adult and as a father who believes in the importance of quality fishing time with his son. Denney has had his share of fishing adventures — from a frightening ...

Indians’ reliever suspended for positive test

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CLEVELAND — Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland’s trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The ...

Basketball with a bite

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D’Muntize Owens, a 6-foot Warren G. Harding senior guard, is usually called Munch. His boys basketball coach, Keelyn Franklin, was unsure of the nickname’s origin. Why not go right to the source, Owens, who averaged 16 points per game for the Raiders this past season. He was named ...

Basketball with a bite

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D’Muntize Owens, a 6-foot Warren G. Harding senior guard, is usually called Munch. His boys basketball coach, Keelyn Franklin, was unsure of the nickname’s origin. Why not go right to the source, Owens, who averaged 16 points per game for the Raiders this past season. He was named ...

Concerned Miocic hesitant about UFC restart

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CLEVELAND — Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic welcomes UFC’s plans to reopen the octagon. The fighter — and firefighter — does have some concerns, though. After scrapping an idea to hold fights on tribal land in California and cancelling or postponing several events since the start of ...