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Golf season on tap

SALEM — The high school golf season opens today with the Mineral Ridge Invitational at Salem Hills Golf & Country Club.

Lisbon, Columbiana and Sebring will be the among the teams participating. Action will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Clipper CC Series continues

COLUMBIANA — The second race in the 22nd annual Clipper Cross Country Series will be held tonight.

It will be held on the 1.85-mile junior high course at the Ward Athletic Complex behind Columbiana High School.

Races will be held at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each race is limited to 50 runners. A 7:30 p.m. will be held if needed.

Cost is $6 per runner. Register online at secondsoleracing.com or email crystal.boggs@columbianaschools.org.

Poland hits speed bump

POLAND — Poland Local Schools suspended all school activities late on Monday to investigate a student-athlete who was potentially exposed to COVID-19.

The district said it worked with the Mahoning County Public Health Department to perform contact tracing on Tuesday and would resume all activities today.

Minn. delays some sports

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.

The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July.

The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened.

Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.

Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.

Twins stay hot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field.

The Twins won their fifth in a row, completed a 7-1 homestand and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The other was 2001.

“It was a great way to cap off a great homestand and a memorable one at that,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.

The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder, but missed.

“Definitely a 2020 moment right there,” Baldelli said.

Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game, and at 2-9 has baseball’s worst winning percentage at .182.

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