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Fitch-Lakeside football tickets available


Tickets for Friday’s Lakeside-Austintown Fitch football game will be sold on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the South Circle Ticket Booth.

Tickets also are available at Aardvark Sportswear, 5329 Mahoning Ave.

Scrappers release 2019 schedule


The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have released their schedule for the 2019 season. The Scrappers will open the 2019 season at home on June 16 against the Batavia Muckdogs. Opening Night festivities will be highlighted by a post-game fireworks show.

Additional highlights of the 2019 schedule include a home game on July 4 featuring Buck Night and post-game fireworks. The Scrappers will have five Thursday Buck Nights with $1 general admission tickets, hot dogs and 12 oz. drinks and a total of seven fireworks nights at Eastwood Field during the season.

The Scrappers, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians play a 76 game schedule in the New York-Penn League, including 38 home games at Eastwood Field.

Ticket packages for the 2019 season are now on sale. For more information, contact the Scrappers Front Office at 330-505-0000 or visit for a complete schedule.

YSU men’s, women’s hoops tickets on sale


Season tickets for the 2018-19 Youngstown State men’s and women’s basketball season are on sale.

From Monday-Friday, any new or renewed season-ticket order will receive a coupon good for two free tacos courtesy of Hot Head Burrito. The coupon will be mailed with the season tickets.

There are three different packages available for Penguins fans to enjoy the action at Beeghly Center. The Penguin Package, which includes a ticket in the lower chairback section to every men’s and women’s game, is available for $175. A season pass to all 13 men’s games costs $145, and a pass to the women’s 16-game home slate costs $130.

The seats at midcourt in the lower chairback sections are available exclusively to Penguin Club Courtside Coaches Club members at the Royal Level or above.

Soccer star Ronaldo sued, accused of rape

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is being sued by a Nevada woman who said he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and then dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for $375,000.

The suit filed Thursday asks the Clark County District Court to void the 2010 settlement and non-disclosure agreement, claiming the woman was so traumatized by the events that she was incapable of participating in negotiations. The suit also accuses unknown people and companies of conspiring to undermine the criminal case and manipulate her into accepting a six-figure payoff from a player who now makes about $35 million (30 million euros) a year.

Ronaldo’s attorney, Christian Schertz, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. But after a report on the case in Der Spiegel last week, he threatened to sue the German magazine, saying: “It violates the personal rights of our client Cristiano Ronaldo in an exceptionally serious way.”

Former Blue Jacket Scott Hartnell retires


Forward Scott Hartnell has announced his retirement after playing 17 NHL seasons.

Hartnell posted news of his retirement to Twitter on Monday, just a few days before the regular season. The 36-year-old Hartnell was unsigned after spending last season in Nashville.

Known for his feisty attitude and the hashtag (hash)HartnellDown that made light of how many times he fell to the ice, Hartnell put up 327 goals and 380 assists for 707 points in 1,249 regular-season games with the Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Staff/wire report

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