SPORTS digest || Liberty's Pickard to attend Westminster


Liberty High School graduate Charles Pickard will continue his football career at Westminster College.

The running back will study engineering and business.

Canfield, Austintown post LL victories


The Canfield 10-12 baseball team defeated Boardman 3-0 on Tuesday at the Fields of Dreams to open the Little League district tournament.

Today at 6 p.m., Canfield will play Poland.

In the 8-10 bracket, Austintown defeated Poland (10-4) and Canfield defeated Boardman (3-1). The losers will play each other today at 6 p.m. The winners will meet at 8 p.m.

Lightning re-sign Miller to 5-year deal


The Tampa Bay Lightning has re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million.

Miller, an East Palestine native, will count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2022-23.

Acquired from the New York Rangers, Miller put up 18 points in 19 regular-season games with Tampa Bay and then another eight in 17 playoff games. The 25-year-old Miller has 82 goals and 108 assist in 360 NHL games.

Miller’s contract puts cap-strapped Tampa bay closer to the $79.5 million ceiling with a new contract still needed for restricted free agent defenseman Slater Koekkoek and forward Cedric Paquette.

Penguins sign Rust to 4-year contract


The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign.

The deal carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.

The 26-year-old Rust set career highs in both assists (25) and points (38) while playing in 69 games for the Penguins this season and added three goals in 12 playoff games.

He has 10 goals and one assist in 18 career elimination games and has 21 points in 58 career playoff games for Pittsburgh. Four of his 16 career playoff goals have been game winners.

WSU quarterback had CTE at suicide


The family of the Washington State University football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that’s been linked to concussions from playing the sport.

Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide note on Jan. 16.

Mark and Kym Hilinski told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday that the Mayo Clinic did an autopsy of their son's brain.

The results indicated that he had the brain of a 65-year-old, with signs of extensive brain damage known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has been found in hundreds of former NFL players.

The mother says she doesn't think football killed her son but that she believes he probably got CTE from the sport.

Wizards send Gortat to Clippers for Rivers


A person familiar with the deal says that the Washington Wizards have agreed to trade center Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers.

The 1-for-1 deal was described to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the swap.

Both players are entering the final season of their contracts.

The 34-year-old Gortat averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, his lowest numbers since 2009-10, when he was with the Orlando Magic.

Rivers, who turns 26 in August, averaged a career-best 15.1 points and four assists last season while playing for his father, Doc, the Clippers' coach.

Staff/wire report

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