Around The Horn
Rebels place fifth
SALEM — Crestview’s boys team finished fifth on Friday at the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Division tournament at Salem Hills.
Brookfield won with a 393.
Crestview had a 428. For the Rebels, Emily Hill had a 96, Luke Requardt 99, Matt Wollett 106 and Jon Beveridge 127.
McDonald won the Scarlet Division title with a 350. Sebring was seventh with a 482.
MVAC Championship Gray Division
at Salem Hills Golf Course
STANDINGS: 1. Brookfield 393 (Kenny Montgomery 91, Cameron Wellman 93, Anthony Cesiorio 93, Hunter Warrender 117, Robert Lucarell 116); 2. Garfield 400; 3. LaBrae 407; 4. Champion 421; 5. Crestview 428; 6. Newton Falls 436; 7. Liberty 0;
MVAC Championship Scarlet Division
at Salem Hills Golf Course
STANDINGS: 1. McDonald 350 (Caleb Domitrovich 83, Michael Porter 77, Matthew Porter 98, Calen O’Connell 92, Gavin Schriner 102); 2. Waterloo 351; 3. Jackson-Milton 356; 4. Mineral Ridge 368; 5. Springfield 408; 6. Lowellville 450; 7. Seb. McKinley 482;.
Big Ben will play
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play on Sunday against Cincinnati, while star outside linebacker T.J. Watt is questionable due to a groin injury.
Roethlisberger was a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday while dealing with a bruised chest suffered in a loss to Las Vegas last week.
Watt, who left the 26-17 setback to the Raiders in the second quarter, was limited for the third straight day on Friday. Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, however, is out with a groin injury. Melvin Ingram and Jamir Jones will both likely see more playing time with Highsmith unavailable.
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson, whose 14 receptions lead the team, is also out after injuring his knee on the final play last weekend. James Washington will take over for Johnson. Defensive lineman Carlos Davis is also out with a knee injury.
Cornerback Joe Haden and inside linebacker Devin Bush, both of whom sat out the loss to Las Vegas with groin injuries, are expected to play.
Eckes leads Thorsport
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rookie Christian Eckes held off teammate Ben Rhodes and crossed the finish line under a caution flag for his first career win in the NASCAR Trucks Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night.
In addition to Eckes and Rhodes, their Thorsport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter finished third and fourth respectively.
The sweep marked the first time in truck series history the top four finishes represented the same team.
With his second-place finish, Rhodes moved into first for the playoff lead. John Hunter Nemechek, Friday’s pole winner, won Stage 1 on Lap 30, marking his series-best 11th stage win of the season.
“Man, this is big,” said the emotional 20-year-old Eckes from Greenville, New York whose been racing on a part-time schedule. “It’s been a tough year since last November. Hopefully I proved I can still do this.”
Racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports last year, Eckes saw his playoff hopes evaporate in a final lap crash at Talladega Speedway last October.
Friday’s race restarted with just four laps remaining after a late-race caution. Todd Gilliland — who finished fifth — had the lead on the restart but lost it on the first lap back under green.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Thorsport Racing; super proud of Christian Eckes,” Rhodes said. Eckes was the beneficiary of a shove from Rhodes coming out of the last green.
The Round of 8 continues Oct. 2 at Talladega Superspeedway with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 250.