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Canton hopes for state games to return

CANTON — The Ohio high school football championship games are expected to return to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium this fall.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are holding a joint news conference at 1 p.m. today at the James Allen Gold Jacket Lounge.

The football championship games were held in Canton from 2017-19, but moved to Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state finals are scheduled for Dec. 2-5.

Penn-Ohio game coming up

EAST LIVERPOOL — The 41st Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic all-star football game will be held Thursday, June 24, at Patterson Field.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and introduction of players will be at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at East Liverpool High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Radio Shack in Columbiana, Sitler the Printer in Columbiana and from any player or at practice.

Southern unveils HOF class

SALINEVILLE — The 18th class of the Salineville-Southern Athletic Hall of Fame includes Cory Leek, Class of 1996 (athlete); Deanna Sell, Class 0f 2002 (athlete); Tyler Baker, Class of 2008 (athlete); Jake Boyle, Class of 2011 (athlete); and George Whittaker, (coach, 2000-2015).

Members will be inducted the weekend of Sept. 10-11. The Class of 2020 will also be inducted after their induction was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

South Range needs a wrestling coach

GREENFORD — South Range High School is seeking a head wrestling coach.

Letters of interest and resumes can be sent to South Range High School, c/o Don Feren, 11300 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield, Ohio 44406 or email athletic cirector Don Feren at Dferen@southrange.org.

The position will be posted until July 9.

Dover graduate likely Olympian

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryan Murphy is going back to the Olympics to defend America’s dominance in the backstroke.

At age 36, Matt Grevers won’t get another shot.

Murphy held on to win the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials on Tuesday night, the first of two spots he hopes to claim in his bid to pull off another backstroke double at the Tokyo Games.

He won both the 100 and 200 back in Rio, extending a U.S. winning streak in the men’s events that began after the 1992 Barcelona Games — three years before the 25-year-old Murphy was born.

His winning time was 52.33 seconds.

Grevers, who won the 100 back at the 2012 London Games and just missed making the U.S. team five years ago, failed again in what was surely his final bid to make his third Olympics. He finished sixth in 53.27.

The expected second spot on the Olympic team went to Dover High School graduate Hunter Armstrong (52.48).

Shoulder pain slowed Bieber

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians ace Shane Bieber had been bothered by irritation in his right shoulder for most of the season. But when the pain hit a different area of his upper arm, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner knew it was time to stop.

“It’s something we’ve been trying to manage for a while, but when my discomfort started to move in my last start, that’s generally not a good sign,” Bieber said Tuesday.

“It made things a little bit dangerous, a little bit sketchy, so we’re giving the shoulder a little break,” he said.

Bieber, who is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 starts, was put on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained muscle. He won’t be permitted to throw a baseball for at least two weeks.

It was his first career stint on the inured list.

One day earlier, the 26-year-old righty was tagged for a season-high five runs in 5 2/3 innings during a 6-2 loss to Seattle. He struck out eight, but his curveball command was shaky and his fastball slower than usual.

“Obviously, this is super unfortunate timing for this to happen, so I’m frustrated,” Bieber said. “But it’s not an arm fatigue thing, I definitely think it’s execution based. I’ve just got to come out better on the other side.”

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