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Hubbard grad LJ Scott declares for NFL Draft

East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State and former Hubbard running back LJ Scott has declared for the NFL Draft. He announced the decision via a statement on Twitter.

Scott was limited to 180 yards rushing on 55 carries in four games. He suffered an ankle injury the second week of the season.

He planned to use a medical redshirt, intending to return in 2019 for his final season.

Scott said in the statement, “Especially considering the position that I play, I truly feel in my heart that after four seasons at MSU, the time is right for me to turn pro. I will continue to get healthy, finish the season playing in the RedBox Bowl with my teammates, and then pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

In 42 games, Scott rushed for 2,771 yards and 25 touchdowns on 586 carries. He was Third-Team All-Big Ten in 2016 and received honorable mention in 2017.

YSU hosts toy drive to benefit Akron Children’s


Youngstown State is hosting a toy drive to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley at this Saturday’s basketball doubleheader at Beeghly Center.

Fans are encouraged to bring a donation of new toys or children’s books, which will be delivered to the hospital in Boardman in time for the holidays. Fans who bring a new toy or children’s book will receive a $5 general admission ticket for each item donated for the doubleheader.

The YSU men’s basketball team will host Western Michigan at 2 p.m. The YSU women will follow at 4:45 p.m. against Saint Francis (Pa.) as the Penguins go for their 600th win in program history.

For additional game or ticket information, call 330-941-1YSU.

Pens send Elliott, Lindberg to Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario

The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Tobias Lindberg in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Macoy Erkamps and forward Ben Sexton.

The swap of minor leaguers was announced on Wednesday.

Elliott and Lindberg will report to the American Hockey League’s Belleville Senators. Sexton and Erkamps have been assigned to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The 27-year-old Elliott has eight goals and 16 assists in 84 NHL games with Colorado, Arizona and Nashville. He last appeared in the NHL in April 2016 with the Predators.

Diamondbacks trade Goldschmidt to Cards


The St. Louis Cardinals have struck gold in their search for a big hitter, getting All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a multiplayer trade.

The Cardinals sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Arizona in the deal Wednesday.

A six-time All-Star at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. He hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season and has often finished high in the NL MVP voting.

Farrell VFW to host Army-Navy game party


Farrell VFW Post 5286 is hosting a watch party for the Army-Navy football game on Saturday.

The doors open at 2 p.m. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. Food, including pizza and wings, will be donated by several area restaurants.

The VFW also will offer drink specials.

This is the second year for the event, according to director Frank Zelinsky.

“We want to make our post the place to come for the camaraderie of watching the Army-Navy game,” Zelinsky said.

The 2017 event drew 130 veterans. Zelinsky said Saturday’s second annual watch party is expected to draw a crowd of about 150.

VFW Post 5286 is located at 1233 Idaho St. Call 724-981-1020 for more information.

Staff/wire report

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