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Beckham feels league is picking on him

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BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. feels the NFL is unfairly watching him. And speaking of watches, football’s fashion plate has another new one. Beckham said Wednesday that he believes the league is holding him to a different standard than other players, pointing to Monday night’s game ...

2019 area league standings

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All-American Conference Independent Tier Team All games W-L Pts Opp Austintown Fitch 3-0 124 60 Canfield 2-1 97 54 Boardman 1-2 48 104 Harding 1-2 90 81 Howland 1-2 51 70 Friday ¯ Austintown Fitch at Warren G. Harding, 7 ≤ Howland at Boardman, 7 ≤ ...

Buckeyes preparing for another tuneup game

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COLUMBUS — No. 6 Ohio State knows the games are going to get harder eventually, but so far everything has just seemed, well, so easy. They haven’t played mistake-free football but avoided any big ones in overwhelming FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana by a combined 138-31. Granted, they were ...

Scoreboard

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Volleyball POLAND 3, NILES 0 Poland 25 28 25 Niles 18 26 14 ¯ LEADING SERVERS: N – Jenna Melius 6. ¯ ACES: P – Maddie Wesson 3; N – Melius 1. ¯ ASSISTS: P – Wesson 25; N – Melius 20. ¯ KILLS: P – Morgan Kuchar 13; N – Taylor Shaner 12. ¯ BLOCKS: N – ...

Fitzpatrick ready to contribute for Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick walked into the locker room fresh off the first practice of the rest of his football life, noticed the semi-circle of cameras and microphones running three deep around his locker and took a step back while his new teammates roared in laughter. How quickly ...

Two of the best

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HOWLAND — Tuesday night’s volleyball match between the Howland Tigers and Canfield Cardinals pitted two of the Valley’s better teams against each other in a rivalry match at Howland High School. The match was hard fought by both sides, but unbeaten Howland walked away with a 3-0 sweep ...

Plutko, Mercado pace Tribe past Tigers

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CLEVELAND — Adam Plutko pitched six effective innings, rookie Oscar Mercado homered and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 7-2 on Tuesday night for their 15th straight victory against the Tigers. Cleveland has won 16 of 17 in the season series, with Detroit’s only win coming on April 10 ...

YSU ‘grit’ campaign has its positives

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YOUNGSTOWN — A little lumberjack, a little grit and maybe even a little swag. That’s the best way to describe the new sideline props of the Youngstown State football team, and if that doesn’t also accurately depict the Mahoning Valley, I don’t know what does. Maybe you caught a ...

McDonald boys, Howland girls win

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LORDSTOWN — Area distance athletes gathered at Lordstown High School Tuesday afternoon for the 2019 Trumbull County Cross Country Championships. The 5K run comes to a finish at Lordstown’s new sports complex — Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. Sixteen schools competed, but three stood ...

Browns better, but still need improvement

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CLEVELAND — Once Odell Beckham switched on the afterburners and jetted away from the Jets for the longest touchdown of his career, the Browns put a disappointing loss and an emotional week behind them. They can breathe again. For a second. Under the bright lights and back where he spent ...

Fitch frustrates Boardman in 4-0 league win

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BOARDMAN — Eleven shots on goal. Over twenty shots for the game. The opposition only had seven and the Boardman Spartans still fell to an opportunistic Austintown Fitch Falcon boys soccer team, 4-0, Tuesday night in All-American Conference Red Tier play. “You don’t know what to say to ...

Trade is part of adjustment by Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to bail on the season with Ben Roethlisberger out until 2020 with an elbow injury. “Our level of expectations in terms of our performance will not change,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. A day removed from announcing ...

Boardman teams sweep Mahoning County Meet

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AUSTINTOWN — Frank Bero admits his teammate, Mitchel Dunham, stays a bit ahead of him on training runs in Mill Creek Park, along the sidewalks on Glenwood Avenue and throughout the grassy surfaces surrounding Boardman High School. Dunham kept the same pace ahead of his teammate as the two ...

Scoreboard

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Football THIS WEEK’S GAMES Friday Non-conference ¯ Austintown Fitch (3-0) at Warren G. Harding (1-2), 7 ¯ Howland (1-2), at Boardman (1-2), 7 ¯ Canfield (2-1) at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (1-2), 7 ¯ Champion (2-1) at Windham (1-2), 7 ¯ Cardinal Mooney (2-1) at Akron SVSM ...

Difficult challenge

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LEAVITTSBURG — The Springfield girls soccer team faced one of its toughest challenges of the year and embraced it, beating LaBrae 5-2 to remain undefeated. Heading into the game, the Vikings had been stellar defensively, allowing only four goals all season. “They’re one of the better ...

YSU soccer coach patient while developing program

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Youngstown State women’s soccer team has produced 16 all-league honorees, 12 all-newcomer selections, seven conference and three CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) academic all-district picks in 23 seasons as a varsity sport. The program will ...

Bristol battles unbeaten Badger to the end

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BRISTOLVILLE — Records can sometimes be deceiving. The Badger Braves volleyball team came in with a perfect record while the Bristol Panthers were sitting a game below .500. This should have been easy, right? Not so fast. Badger stayed undefeated, but it had to fight tooth and nail when ...

Beckham, Browns back on track

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. had an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, and Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns did just enough to beat the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night. Beckham, traded ...

Mooney girls win Terlesky D-II title

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POLAND — Cardinal Mooney and Canton GlenOak were the team winners and Hubbard’s Jackie Adler was Division II medalist Monday in the fourth annual Christine Terlesky Girls Golf Invitational at The Lake Club. GlenOak, led by Maddie Reemsnyder with a 72, won the Division I competition by 19 ...

Future for Ben up in air

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger likes to point out that he’s played through the end of every contract he’s ever signed. It’s tangible proof of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s commitment both to the game itself and the franchise he’s led to a pair of Super Bowl ...