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Becker standing tall on Penguins’ offensive line

YOUNGSTOWN — Playing football at Youngstown State University seemed to be a few years away when Dan Becker left Indian Hill High School near Cincinnati. Becker was a star middle linebacker in high school, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, that position didn’t seem to be the right fit for ...

Newton transfers to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — Former Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton, the younger brother of ex-Carolina Panthers starter Cam, says he is transferring to Auburn. Newton announced his decision on Twitter Friday, following in his brother’s footsteps. Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 ...

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Doesn’t have a prayer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he’s with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek ...

Keselowski claims Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show. Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to ...

McFadden makes name for himself

YOUNGSTOWN — Earning respect hasn’t always been a given for Colt McFadden. The Poland High School graduate has been a place kicker throughout his football career, and said kickers don’t always garner the same esteem as the rest of the team. Fortunately for McFadden, he isn’t the ...

GOLF RESULTS

Pinky’s Tavern, Coil Line Service Eagle Pass League Standings: Jerry Gabriel & Jeff Cain 14 1/2, Chad Wood & Rod Davison 12 1/2, Dick Cope & Kevin Beresford 12 1/2, Bob Reeder & Galen Brandt 11 1/2, Jay Gamble & Lucian Clewell 11, John Arter & Scott Cope 10, Steve ...

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Ruritans golf scramble set COLUMBIANA — The Leetonia Ruritan Club has announced it will host perhaps the county’s first fund-raising golf scramble of the year: Saturday, June 13, at the Valley Golf Club. The four-person, 9-hole event will benefit the Ruritans’ scholarship fund. The ...

Xavier’s Swetye grew up like a Quaker

DARIEN, Conn. — As a teenager, 1978 Salem High School graduate John Swetye had legendary Quaker boys basketball coach John Cabas as his driver education teacher. Cabas had stepped down from coaching by then, but spent hours riding around in the car recounting Salem’s rich basketball ...

More teams heading to playoffs

COLUMBUS — The Ohio high school football playoffs are expanding in the 2021 season and will include nearly half of all teams. “I’m not a fan of it at all,” Salem coach Ron Johnson said. “I was involved back when there was two, then four and eight (from each region). I think there ...

Hydrick may have to start baseball career all over

SALEM — Former United High School baseball standout Parker Hydrick is going to have to use what he learned in his shortened freshman season at Bowling Green State University. “Be patient. Things will happen if they’re supposed to,” he said. It will not be happening at Bowling Green ...

YSU cuts budgets, not teams

YOUNGSTOWN — The University of Akron cut men’s cross country and golf, along with women’s tennis. Bowling Green State University eliminated its baseball team. Central Michigan dropped the men’s track and field program. Earlier this month, Western Michigan slashed more than $6 million ...

NASCAR manages small miracle in problem-free return

DARLINGTON, S.C. — The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports. No plan is ever perfect and all the assistance from outside health officials ...

ESPN to show film about Game 6 of ’98 NBA Finals

The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance.” The ...

Team accused of putting sex dolls in seats

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean soccer club has apologized after being accused of putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match. FC Seoul expressed “sincere remorse” over the controversy, but insisted in a statement that it used mannequins — not sex dolls — to mimic a home ...

NFL prospects pondering threat of a lost season

COLUMBUS — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the Heisman ...

Zlatan’s statue to stay in Malmo

The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Where, exactly, remains to be seen. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council met Monday to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside ...

Byers shines on and off the field for Pioneers

CANTON — Malone University junior catcher Bailey Byers has been named to the Academic All-District team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the ...

Jordan’s shot doomed Cavaliers

Craig Ehlo still believes he played great defense. Bryon Russell has long insisted that he got shoved. Doesn’t matter if they’re right or not. They each shared an ultimate moment with Michael Jordan, and Jordan came out on top each time. They’ll be on highlight reels forever and ...

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All-Star Week in Ohio FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast a week-long celebration of All-Star Week. Every day at 8 p.m. beginning Sunday, the network will replay a memorable All-Star Game held in Ohio. The previous night’s game will also re-air the following day at noon. The week’s schedule ...

Akron drops three sports

AKRON — With its athletic budget being stretched and future funding uncertain, Akron dropped three sports on Thursday in a cost-cutting move necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio school announced it will discontinue men’s cross-country and golf and women’s tennis at the end of ...