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RB Johnson repeats trade request

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BEREA — Duke Johnson came to Browns camp and made his feelings clear. “I want to be somewhere I’m wanted,” he said. Johnson doubled down on his demand to be traded Tuesday, saying he felt betrayed by Browns general manager John Dorsey, who began shopping the running back to other ...

High School Valley All-Star Classic

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Game is Friday, 6 p.m., at Eastwood Field Trumbull County roster No. Name Pos. Team 1 Gage Elza P/OF Bristol 2 Frank Manios 2B/3B Howland 3 Jamie Thomson OF Hubbard 4 Lukas Mosora 1B/OF Hubbard 5 Clay Lazzari P/3B Lakeview 6 Kevin Ellsworth-Myers C Lakeview 7 Jacob ...

Indians win series opener

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona doesn’t need any reminders about how well the Minnesota Twins have played this season. The numbers are in front of him every day. Francona’s approach is for the Indians to try to win each game, and that is just what they did against the team ...

Braves rally past sloppy Pirates, 12-5

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PITTSBURGH — Austin Riley and Josh Donaldson hit three-run home runs in consecutive innings, and the Atlanta Braves rallied for 12-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Freddie Freeman added a two-run homer, his 15th, in a three-run ninth inning that sealed the Braves third ...

Veteran Steeler safety Davis focused on season

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PITTSBURGH — Sean Davis couldn’t help but notice the big-money contracts fellow NFL safeties landed during free agency. It was impossible not to. Landon Collins scored $84 million from the Washington Redskins. Earl Thomas snagged $55 million from Baltimore. Tyrann Matthieu and LaMarcus ...

Calmness on the mound

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When Gage Elza dribbled down the basketball court, weaving his way through the defense and finding a shot or an open teammate, he did so with a certain aura. The Trumbull County Player of the Year recipient never looked frazzled or unsure of himself. He was always in control, according to his ...

Shazier wins Halas Award

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has won the 2019 George Halas Award by the Professional Football Writers of America. Shazier, the 51st Halas Award winner, is the third Steeler to receive the honor from the PFWA, joining Rocky Bleier (1975) and John Stallworth (1985). He is making ...

Quit clapping, just respect these athletes

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COLUMBUS THIS column was to be about how great this year’s state track and field meet was and how it is my favorite event to attend every year. I was going to talk about how Howland senior Vinny Mauri was amazing in his final running, winning his long-awaited state championship in the ...

OBJ reports to Browns, will practice

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BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. reported for Cleveland’s mandatory minicamp and will practice Tuesday after missing most of the team’s voluntary workouts. The star wide receiver has been training in California, and missed nine of 10 practices. But he’ll take part in the Browns’ three-day ...

Pirates slugger embracing simple approach

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PITTSBURGH — The conversations were polite but also respectfully blunt. Little small talk. No sugarcoating or coddling. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell would have seen right through that anyway. So when newly hired hitting coaches Rick Eckstein and Jacob Cruz sat Bell down early ...

Pirates pick Priester first

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have drafted right-handed pitcher Quinn Priester Monday with the 18th overall selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President and General Manager Neal Huntington and Senior Director of Amateur ...

Flashes look forward

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CLICK HERE to view a SLIDESHOW of Saturday's big win Fresh off the heels of their third straight Division III softball state title, it’s hard not to look at Champion’s roster and wonder if they could be in the same exact position this time next year. Returning both starting pitchers, ...

Dirt tracks, local racing still popular with fans

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While NASCAR continues to struggle with declining attendance and slipping television ratings, dirt track racing shows just get bigger and better. This past weekend, here in Ohio, Mansfield Motor Raceway hosted what they call the Sprint Car World Championship paying $100,000 to win. Another ...

Tribe bats stopped by hot White Sox pitcher

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CHICAGO — After struggling mightily last season, Lucas Giolito is developing into one of best starters in the majors. The 24-year-old right-hander pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning and Tim Anderson homered, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians ...

Pirates fall to Brewers

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PITTSBURGH — Zach Davies wanted a shot at becoming the first Milwaukee pitcher in two years to toss a complete game. So with the Brewers nursing a two-run lead heading into the ninth on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Davies went to manager Craig Counsell and pleaded his case. “I told him that I ...

At the top of the list

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AKRON — Only two schools in Ohio have won as many as nine softball state titles. Akron Springfield won seven over an eight-year span from 1988 to 1995, then won its ninth (the Spartans had won their first in 1978) in 2005. On Saturday, the Champion Golden Flashes added their name to the ...

Nominees, senior all-stars & Flashes

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Before we talk about the amazing success of the Champion High School softball program, a couple of housekeeping notes. First, is the timeline for the annual Tribune Chronicle Senior Athletes of the Year awards. Each year, we contact area schools through their athletic directors and invite ...

Howland’s Mauri reaches his goal with win in 3200

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COLUMBUS — His face was the shade of cherry red. The Howland High School junior distance runner couldn’t grasp what had just happened. Exhaustion, disappointment, anger. It wasn’t what the dominant distance runner, who had been amazing the track and field and cross country community ...

Indians turn things around in 5-2 win

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CHICAGO — A day after the Chicago White Sox benefited from a bunch of Cleveland mistakes, they doomed themselves with a big blunder on the bases. Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin homered and the Indians took advantage of a lapse by the White Sox to end Chicago’s five-game streak with a ...

Rupe’s 4th helps Blue Devils finish third

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COLUMBUS — Brody Rupe was bounced around more than a pinball. The McDonald sophomore was part of a swarm of 18 runners clustered together, running as one in the Division III boys 1600-meter run Saturday at the state track and field meet. “It was all over the place,” said Rupe, who ...