AROUND THE HORN

Boardman hosts Big Red game

BOARDMAN — There will not be any high school football games in Columbiana County this weekend, but there will be a good one not far away.

Second-ranked Steubenville (10-1) will play seventh-ranked Hubbard (10-1) in a Division IV Region IV semifinal at 7 p.m. Saturday at Boardman’s new Spartan Stadium.

In Division III Region 9 action at Ravenna’s Gilcrest Field, third-ranked Canfield (10-1) plays 11th-ranked Akron East (9-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.

In Division VI, Region 21 action Friday night, fourth-ranked Mogadore (10-1) plays fifth-ranked McDonald (11-0) at Aurora’s Veterans Stadium and top-ranked Kirtland plays 12th-ranked Creston Norwayne (10-1) at Strongsville’s Pat Catan Stadium.

In Division V, Region 17 on Saturday night, fifth-ranked Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (11-0) plays 11th-ranked Orrville (9-2) at Twinsburg’s Tiger Stadium.

See Monday’s Salem News for the complete playoff pairings.

United boosters meet

HANOVERTON — The United Athletic Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. today in the high school library.

East Palestine powder puff football

EAST PALESTINE — The East Palestine powder puff football game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the football stadium. The junior girls will be taking on the senior girls in the game sponsored by EPHS student council. Admission is $3.

Brady, Patriots beat Rodgers, Packers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 294 yards and a touchdown, and James White ran for two scores to lead the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

It was the sixth straight victory for the Patriots (7-2).

Rodgers completed 24 of 43 passes and two touchdowns in his second career matchup with Brady.

It was 17-all late in the third quarter when Aaron Jones fumbled for Green Bay (3-4-1).

New England receiver Julian Edelman hit White on a 37-yard catch-and-run to set up White’s second score, a 1-yard run. On the Patriots next possession, Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 55-yard TD.

Gordon caught four passes for 115 yards, the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career.

With tight end Rob Gronkowski out with a back and ankle injury and leading rusher Sony Michel out for the second straight week with a knee issue, Brady and the Patriots had to get creative.

They again turned to receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to help carry the load in the backfield.

Patterson was effective for the second straight week, rushing 11 times for 61 yards and touchdown . He worked in tandem with White to keep the Packers defense guessing. White took advantage and found space to turn short completions into first downs.

Air Force mascot injured

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force falcon injured at West Point during a prank Saturday before the annual rivalry football game between the service academies is back home and showing signs of improvement.

The 22-year-old bird named Aurora “was able to fly around in her pen” on Sunday, said Air Force Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko.

The development is “an extremely good sign,” Bunko said, adding that the academy is “grateful for the outpouring of support and optimistic for Aurora’s recovery.”

The falcon will continue to be evaluated and will get antibiotics to prevent infection, Bunko said.

Army officials at West Point apologized Sunday for the injuries to the falcon and promised a full investigation.

Keitany wins fourth NYC Marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan’s First Avenue, she had no reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan’s lead was growing over the strong women’s field with every stride, and all she thought about was the finish line.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia didn’t break out into a big grin until he pulled away from two opponents late in the race.

In perfect crisp autumn weather for distance runners, Keitany and Desisa won the New York City Marathon on Sunday in near record times.

Keitany, 36, became the second woman to win the marathon four times. She ran the race in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds, the second fastest time for the course in history.

Crew beat Red Bulls

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored his 20th goal of the season in the 61st minute, helping the Columbus Crew beat the Supporters’ Shield holder New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Sunday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The second leg is next Sunday in Harrison, New Jersey.

Zardes had a sliding finish of a back-heel pass from second-half substitute Federico Higuain. It was Zardes’ third career postseason goal.

New York goalkeeper Luis Robles denied Pedro Santos’ open shot from distance in the 89th, and Steffen blocked Bradley Wright-Phillips’ glancing header in stoppage time.

New York’s best scoring chance came in the 27th minute when Tim Parker headed a corner kick off the post that deflected off Steffen and was cleared away.

Columbus entered off a penalty-kick shootout victory over D.C. United while New York had a bye following its third Supporters’ Shield title in six seasons. The Crew are the only Eastern Conference team New York hasn’t beaten this year.

The teams have met three previous times in the postseason with the Crew winning each one.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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