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United boosters meet

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

Chester sweeps doubleheader

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Chester Old Timers sweep doubleheader Sunday to improve to 10-2 on the season.

Chester defeated Youngstown 6-3 in the first game. Dave Smith went the distance to get the win. Doug Comm led the offense with a double and two singles. Marshall Simcox had a double and single and Bill Sattler and Brian Newlyn had two hits each.

In the second game Chester defeated Springfield 9-0. Bill Sattler went the distance for the win. Mike Logston led the attack with a double and two singles. Dave Smith and Brian Six had two hits each.

Chester will play Boardman at 2 p.m. Sunday at the East Liverpool High School field.

Brady signs extension

(AP) – Tom Brady has never known what it’s like to play out the final season of a contract in his 20-year NFL career, and the New England Patriots superstar quarterback isn’t about to find out.

Brady, who turned 42 on Saturday, is signing a two-year, $70 million extension that runs through 2021 and includes a hefty raise this season, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

Brady will get an $8 million raise in 2019, when he’ll make $23 million. The extension also calls for him to make $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, when he would be 44.

Branch spread the field

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Branch, one of the Raiders’ career-leading wide receivers who won three Super Bowls in 14 seasons with the franchise, has died. He was 71.

Branch was found dead Saturday in a hotel room in Bullhead City, Arizona, the city’s police department said. It said an initial investigation revealed no foul play and that Branch died of natural causes.

“Cliff Branch touched the lives of generations of Raiders fans,” the Raiders said in a statement on their website. “His loss leaves an eternal void for the Raiders Family, but his kindness and loving nature will be fondly remembered forever.”

One of the game’s top deep threats from 1972 to 1985 in Oakland and Los Angeles, Branch was an All-Pro three straight seasons (1974-76) and made four Pro Bowls. He scored 67 touchdowns through the air, leading the NFL in TD receptions in 1974 with 13 and in 1076 with 12. Branch also had a league-high 1,092 yards receiving in 1974.

He was a force in the postseason, with 1,289 yards receiving. The Raiders won Super Bowls after the 1976, 1980 and 1983 seasons — the last one in Los Angeles, where the franchise moved in 1982 after protracted court fights before returning to the Bay Area in 1995.

In 1983, Branch tied the NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown catch in a regular-season game. He stands third among Raiders pass catchers in yards receiving with 8,685, trailing Tim Brown and Fred Biletnikoff — both Hall of Famers.

Minnesota quarterback out

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad has a foot injury that will sideline him indefinitely, ending for now the competition with fellow sophomore Tanner Morgan for the starting spot.

The Gophers announced Saturday that Annexstad was hurt in practice the day before.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we feel terrible for Zack,” coach P.J. Fleck said. “He worked extremely hard in the spring and summer to put himself in position to compete for the starting job, and I know he will recover from this setback to be even stronger.”

Annexstad started Minnesota’s first seven games in 2018 as a true freshman, before injuries hampered him over the second half of the season and Morgan took over the job. Annexstad completed 51.9% of his passes for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Saban denies Smith claim

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban denies offering a job to ex-Ohio State assistant Zach Smith last year, citing the results of a background check as the reason.

The Crimson Tide’s connection with Smith surfaced with the release Friday of former Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s texts and emails by Ohio State after an external investigation into what he knew about allegations of domestic violence made by Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

Meyer fired Smith in July 2018. Months earlier, Saban talked to Smith about a job, although accounts differ about whether an offer was extended.

“We talk to a lot of coaches about a lot of things,” Saban said Saturday at the Tide’s media day. “I really never did offer this guy a job. We did interview him and he did a nice job in the interview. But it’s when we did the background check, that we decided that it was a better opportunity to hire somebody else and that’s what we did.”

The receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator job went instead to Josh Gattis.

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