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Big ninth inning lifts MV

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A six-run ninth inning powered the Mahoning Valley Scrappers over State College, 10-3, Friday night. State College struck first in the bottom of the second with Brylie Ware hitting a double to center field that scored Spikes first baseman Daniel Gomez. The Scrappers ...

Judge, Yankees serve up one-run loss to Indians

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge was happy with his first multihit game in nearly two weeks, but it was a defensive gem by teammate Brett Gardner that had the right fielder buzzing. In a game with a postseason feel, Judge broke out of his slump with two hits and two runs, Gardner made a game-saving ...

Lordstown tops Maplewood on new scoreboard

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LORDSTOWN — For the first time in school history the Lordstown Red Devils have a scoreboard for their soccer teams. Gone are the days of playing at the village park or on stretches of land surrounding the school that weren’t suitable for game play. Last year, the Devils unveiled their new ...

Harding’s White is leader in trenches

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WARREN — Jarriel White extends his right hand. He’s only only 5-foot-9 inches and weighs 230 pounds, but has a firm handshake. The Warren G. Harding senior lineman is as serious as his initial greeting, taking nothing for granted — despite some opposition thinking ...

Pittsburgh rallies in ninth inning to defeat Cubs

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PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Kevin Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out in the ninth inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Friday night. Tucker, pinch-hitting, worked a bases-loaded walk off Brandon Kintzler ...

Former Mooney star returns as line coach

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YOUNGSTOWN — Ishmaa’ily Kitchen has a lot to offer. The 6-foot-1, 330-pound nose tackle had his way with NFL offensive players during his four-year career — the bulk coming from 2012-14 with the Cleveland Browns when he had 78 tackles. The former Cardinal Mooney High School and Kent ...

Friday roundup

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Boys soccer GIRARD 10, KENNEDY 1 Kennedy (0-1) 1 0 – 1 Girard (1-0) 6 4 – 10 ¯ GOALS: G – Dylan DiPiero 4, Alan Whitfield 3, Stephen Gamble 2, Michael Appiahyei ¯ ASSISTS: G – Adam Whitfield 2, Gamble, Alan Whitfield, DiPiero COLUMBIANA 8, MINERAL RIDGE 2 Columbiana ...

Elliot keeping Annarella’s traditions alive

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AUSTINTOWN — Jon Elliot passed out the annual media guide at photo day. The three sheets included coaches’ names, contact information, returning letterwinners, the team roster. Elliot took over the Austintown Fitch football program on an interim basis, a program looking for answers after ...

Indians hammer Yankees

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NEW YORK — Jose Ramirez hit two early homers, including his first career grand slam in a seven-run opening inning, and the Cleveland Indians pummeled the New York Yankees 19-5 Thursday night in the start of a four-game series between American League pennant contenders. Carlos Santana also ...

Going the mat with Boardman’s Thompson

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BOARDMAN — Nate Thompson’s tackling wasn’t to his liking last season. The Boardman High School senior wanted something more from his defensive game than what he saw in the 2018 campaign. A couple of months followed and the running back and linebacker knew he had to improve. Thompson ...

Kokrak tied for first place

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MEDINAH, Ill. — Fairways and greens for Jason Kokrak. The Warren JFK graduate is tied for first after the first round of Thursday’s BMW Championship. On the range, Justin Thomas had no idea where the ball was going. Some five hours later, he had a share of the course record at ...

Notebook

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ST. JOHN ARENA TO HOST STATE BASKETBALL: COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that two upcoming basketball state tournaments will return to St. John Arena at The Ohio State University, including the 2020 girls basketball state tournament and the 2021 boys ...

Steelers mourning Drake’s death as training camp ends

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The unofficial credo as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff for Darryl Drake this season was, “Shut out the noise,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger relayed as training camp wrapped up Thursday. Drake perhaps was tacitly referring to some of the offseason ...

Thursday roundup

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Girls tennis HOWLAND 4, MOONEY 1 ¯ SINGLES: Francesca Elisco (H) def. Marissa Landers, 6-3, 6-4; Kate Li (H) def. Raneen Musleh, 6-1, 6-2; Gina Lussier (H) def. Ashley Femia, 6-1, 6-0 ¯ DOUBLES: Caitlin Perry/Nicolina Aida-Toss (S) def. Alena Lerakis/Ava Lavelle, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4; Rachel ...

State College beats MV

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — State College scored three runs in the fifth inning as the Spikes pulled away from Mahoning Valley Thursday, 5-2. David Vinsky’s RBI double and a two-run home run by Terry Fuller secured the win. Matt Duce and Martin Figueroa scored on a passed ball in the second ...

St. John goes to 8-man football

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Eight-man football — there are just a few differences between it and the traditional 11-man game. The field’s width shrinks to 40 yards in eight-man, while the length is 80, not 100 yards. Depending on the formations used, two offensive linemen and a skill position are eliminated from the ...

Following his faith

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NILES — One thing that Terry Pluto has an abundance of is faith. Something else he has in abundance is stories. Pluto, a sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 2007, discussed his long career at the paper by sharing anecdotes with the nearly 50 people attending his ...

Late homer dooms Youngstown in PONY Series

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — During the home run derby portion of the skills competition that opened the PONY League World Series last Friday, Chinese Taipei outfielder Sun Yi Lei was emotionless. As he hit several long home runs that landed near an auxiliary road on a hillside beyond the right-field ...

A Tribe turnaround

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CLEVELAND — The Indians’ clubhouse is buzzing with activity about three hours before a three-game series opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, whose season could be over by October. For a stretch, Cleveland’s postseason plans were in serious doubt. As ...

Devers stays hot, Red Sox top Tribe

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CLEVELAND — The Red Sox have survived their most demanding stretch of the season with their modest playoff hopes intact. Rafael Devers homered and singled, extending his robust hit streak to eight straight at-bats, and Xander Bogaerts went deep twice to lead Boston to a 5-1 victory over the ...