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Greatest Golfer juniors play

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HUBBARD — The first of six qualifying events in the Joe Dickey Electric Juniors Division of the Farmers National Bank Greatest Golfer of Youngstown competition was held Tuesday at Pine Lakes Golf Course. A total of 54 youth golfers were registered to compete. The juniors qualifiers continue ...

Catching on quickly

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There’s generally a pretty big learning curve when an athlete moves on from high school to the college level. There’s an even bigger one when that athlete goes from high school to Division I, specifically the Big Ten Conference – one of the premier leagues in the NCAA. That’s what ...

Two-sport destination

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Migel Burgess was with three other Liberty High School teammates this time last year, racing around an all-weather track in Columbus at the Division III state track and field meet. He then transferred to Chaney High School, his home district, for his senior season and ran 7.09 seconds in the ...

YSU adds Valley athlete

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Camryn Kohout had a decision to make heading into this spring. She didn’t get to see what might have been in the senior season of her track and field career at Canfield High School. The Cardinals’ middle-distance runner had a chance to have a strong season, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped ...

Gatorade girl

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Allison Smith still gets Dairy Queen every now and then after a long day’s work on the softball field. She’ll be adding more Gatorade to her diet now. The Champion High School softball star was named the Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year last week. Smith, an Ohio State ...

YSU goes ahead with plan to replace turf

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YOUNGSTOWN — It was a thrill for Youngstown State University to host the San Francisco 49ers football team last year when the NFL team practiced at the campus prior to a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers practiced indoors at the WATTS Center, and it wasn’t because the weather ...

Lake Erie living up to walleye reputation

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For a place known as “The Walleye Capital of the World,” it would seem to be difficult to find words to expand the hyperbole. But that’s exactly what the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife did in a recent news release. “World-class fishing continues to exceed ...

Dealing with the moment

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Miranda Stanhope’s eyes start to widen. Her smile becomes a bit more infectious the more people she sees on her daily runs. The Badger High School senior sees some pass by running like herself, while others walk leisurely by that particular day. Stanhope enjoys seeing more and more people ...

No NCAA antitrust exemption in athlete pay bill

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Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and the congressman planning to introduce it said there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, a former Ohio State ...

NHL finalizes playoff format; Pens reveal positive test

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The NHL unveiled the final details of its playoff format Thursday even as word came out that a ninth player tested positive for the coronavirus. Every playoff series will be a best-of-seven format after the initial qualifying round and teams will be reseeded throughout if the league is able ...

Annual holiday run moved to fairgrounds site with restrictions

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BOARDMAN — Mark Lipinsky has heard from his customers at Second Sole in Boardman. One after another, he could see the forlorn faces on those distance runners. No marathons, no road races, even the Boston Marathon, originally rescheduled for September, was canceled. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

It’s official; Dunn gets 2nd shot at senior year

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Mary Dunn’s phone rang on Tuesday. It was her coach, John Barnes. Not a surprise the Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach called. It was Dunn’s 22 birthday. Dunn played the first four games of last season — her senior season — before succumbing to problems with ...

Social distance king

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CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. practiced his own version of social distancing during his first offseason with the Browns. This year, the flashy receiver’s been as close as possible. Beckham, who skipped almost all of Cleveland’s program last spring after being acquired in a trade from ...

If Pirates play, it won’t be with Archer

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PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday in St. Louis with Dr. Robert Thompson to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this ...

The season to catch on

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YOUNGSTOWN — Jake Coates has always played his role as a football player. That’s his motivation every time he steps on the field, and his role has varied greatly over the years. He was Mr. Everything at John F. Kennedy High School, playing nearly every snap as a three-way starter as he ...

Steelers’ Conner focused on vital year

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PITTSBURGH — James Conner didn’t treat the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle, but an opportunity. While the shutdown forced the Pittsburgh Steelers running back to cancel a couple of planned vacations, it also gave him time — a lot of time — to filter out the ...

Let’s play two

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The course Jack Nicklaus built is getting golf’s version of a doubleheader. The PGA Tour has reached an agreement with Workday Inc. to be title sponsor of a one-time tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. It would fill a gap in the schedule created by the cancellation of the ...

Aldridge still driving ahead

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A couple minutes before Peyton Aldridge answered his phone for this interview, the LaBrae High School graduate said he was talking to Bahcesehir Basketbol coach Zafer Aktas about the upcoming season. Aldridge played for Afyon Belediye last season in the Basketball Super League in ...

Owners, players still bicker about money

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NEW YORK — Baseball owners and players have reverted to form — the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles. Players proposed to resume the sport in the coronavirus pandemic with a 114-game regular season and full prorated ...

Non-revenue sports fret over compensation

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College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs. More than a dozen national associations in various sports — hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them — have signed a ...