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YSU assistant leaves basketball team

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown State assistant men’s basketball coach Bobby Steinburg has left the team. He was with the Penguins for one season after leaving Kent State’s program to join head coach Jerrod Calhoun.

The move was reported by The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, WFMJ, on Tuesday. A YSU spokesman told the TV station that Steinburg “is going into private business closer to his home in North Carolina and will not be removed far from the game.”

YSU is looking for a new assistant.

Mooney selling football tickets

YOUNGSTOWN

Tickets for the Toronto St. Joseph’s-Cardinal Mooney game at Stambaugh Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. are on sale at the Cardinals’ Nest today through Friday during school hours.

Prices are $8 for reserved seats, $7 for adult general admission and $4 for students.

Browns expect Gordon to practice soon

BEREA

Browns coach Hue Jackson expects wide receiver Josh Gordon will be on the practice field “very soon.”

Gordon returned to the team Saturday following a three-weeks-plus absence connected to his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The former Pro Bowler has only been allowed to attend meetings and watch from the sideline since returning. He may need to be cleared by the NFL before he can practice.

Following the team’s final training camp practice on Tuesday, Jackson said the team is making sure Gordon is “in great shape, in a great place” before he practices.

Gordon won’t play in Thursday’s exhibition against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson said his goal is for the 27-year-old to appear in the preseason finale on Aug. 30 against the Detroit Lions, and ultimately play in the Sept. 9 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns’ next practice is Saturday.

Nationals trade Murphy, Adams

WASHINGTON

Essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season, the Washington Nationals traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Despite a roster that boasts such stars as Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper, Washington went into a three-game series at home against Philadelphia with a losing record of 62-63, 71/2 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

General manager Mike Rizzo and ownership gambled at the July trade deadline, standing pat and expressing faith in the roster as constituted. The Nationals trounced the New York Mets 25-4 that night, but are 9-10 since, including a 2-5 road trip through Chicago and St. Louis that featured a 4-3 loss at Wrigley Field on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

“We felt that coming off that road trip and into this most recent homestand was a time that was a litmus test for us ... and we felt that the timing was right to make the vital decisions that we had to make,” Rizzo said.

The deals came three weeks after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Nationals aren’t getting much in return.

Peterson believes he has more in tank

WASHINGTON

Adrian Peterson believes he still has something left.

The 33-year-old running back had his first practice with the Redskins on Tuesday, a day after signing a one-year deal with Washington.

“I can give a lot. I really believe that,” Peterson said following his first practice. “I feel like the sky is the limit.”

Injuries and opportunity limited Peterson to 13 games over the past two seasons. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry in 10 games last season with the Saints and Cardinals.

“I know what I have left in the tank,” Peterson said.

Staff/wire report

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