Record set at EP meet

EAST PALESTINE — Western Reserve’s Josh Miller broke the school long jump record with a leap of 22 feet, 6 3/4 inches on Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational. The previous record was 21-4 3/4 set by Brian Sunderman.

Bearcats hire coach

CINCINNATI (AP) — John Brannen has been hired as Cincinnati’s coach after leading Northern Kentucky to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years.

The Bearcats announced Brannen’s hiring Sunday and said he would be introduced Monday at Fifth Third Arena.

Brannen replaces Mick Cronin, who left Cincinnati for the UCLA job.

Brannen guided Northern Kentucky to the 2017 and 2019 NCAA Tournaments, as well as the 2018 NIT. The Norse went 81-51 in Brannen’s four seasons, winning two Horizon League regular-season titles and a pair of conference tournament championships.

Perfect inning for pitcher

TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays simply couldn’t touch Toronto reliever Thomas Pannone.

Pannone became the 89th different pitcher in major league history to strike out the side on nine pitches, setting down the Rays in the fifth inning Sunday.

The 24-year-old lefty fanned a swinging Avisail Garcia, then caught Brandon Lowe and Daniel Robertson looking at strike three.

Pannone became the third Toronto pitcher to accomplish the feat, joining Roger Clemens (1997) and Steve Delabar (2013).

Rossi takes Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alexander Rossi conquered the streets of Long Beach for the second consecutive year.

Rossi became just the eighth driver to win more than once on the temporary street course through the picturesque downtown. The others? Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Alex Zanardi, Paul Tracy, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power and Mike Conway.

“This is a special one,” Rossi said.