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Ravens rookie kicker assaulted, hospitalized


A rookie Baltimore Ravens kicker from Norway has been hospitalized after an apparent assault in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood.

Police and the team confirmed that Kaare Vedvik was injured early Saturday. The Ravens said Vedvik was being treated for head injuries.

T.J. Smith, a city police spokesman, said in a statement that police were investigating.

Smith said Vedvik was found suffering from “upper-body injuries” around 4 a.m. in northeast Baltimore and was taken to a hospital. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The statement said it was unclear how Vedvik’s injuries occurred. No arrests have been made.

Vedvik was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Saturday. He made a 56-yard field goal in the Ravens’ preseason finale on Thursday, but would have been a long shot to make the roster with Justin Tucker as the longtime starter at kicker.

Canfield football tickets on sale this week


Tickets for the Chardon-Canfield football game on Friday will be sold daily this week from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Canfield athletic office.

Advance student tickets are $4, advance adult general admission tickets are $7. Reserved seats are $8.

Poland football tickets available Tuesday


The Poland High School Athletic Office will be selling general admission football tickets for Friday’s home opener against Jefferson from Tuesday through Friday from 12:30-4 p.m.

Tickets also may be purchased at Trolio’s T-Shirts from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Advance student tickets cost $4 and adult tickets cost $6. All tickets at the game cost $7.

For more information, call the athletic office at 330-757-7021.

Leagues at Wedgewood in search of bowlers


The West Side Gals and Thursday Night Ladies leagues at Wedgewood Lanes begin play this week and both are seeking bowlers.

The West Side Gals open play Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. . The Thursday Night Ladies begin play Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, call Karen at 330-792-7388 or Betty at 330-540-4644.

Griner helps Mercury rise against Storm


Brittney Griner scored with 14.1 seconds to play then prevented Breanna Stewart from getting a shot off before the buzzer as the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday and force a deciding Game 5 of their WNBA semifinal series.

Griner had 29 points and 12 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner scored 21 of her 27 in the second half. Diana Taurasi had 16 points.

Game 5 will be Tuesday night in Seattle. Diana Taurasi, who had 16 points, is 13-0 in her WNBA playoff career in winner-take-all games.

The Storm, who dropped both games in Phoenix after winning two at home, lost Sue Bird with a broken nose with 4:23 left in the third quarter when she took an accidental elbow to the face from teammate Breanna Stewart.

Stewart, the WNBA’s MVP, led Seattle with 22 points.

Delle Donne returns to get double-double


Elena Delle Donne had 15 points and 10 rebounds in her return from a bone bruise in her left knee and the Washington Mystics forced a decisive Game 5 with a win over the Dream in the WNBA semifinal series.

Delle Donne started, played 34 minutes, sank 3 of 5 three-point attempts and scored 11 points in the second half after sitting out Friday’s 81-76 loss. She suffered the injury in the final minutes of Atlanta’s 78-75 Game 2 victory.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Staff and wire reports

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