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Iowa whips slumping Buckeyes

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Luka Garza rushed through a national TV interview after No. 9 Iowa routed No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday because he couldn’t wait to start celebrating with teammates back in the locker room. “They waited on me, and we had a little celebration,” Garza said after scoring 24 ...

Fabulous freshman

YSU Sports

She can attack the rim, she can step back with a jumper in the paint, and she can shoot the 3-ball. It’s been a bizarre season like none other, but Youngstown State’s Nneka Obiazor has made a massive impact in a short amount of time. The Penguins missed the first one-third of their ...

Rookie blanks Penguins

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each scored power-play goals and rookie Ilya Sorokin made 20 saves as the New York Islanders finished a strong February with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. The Islanders went 8-2-2 during February, with all ...

Blue Jackets fall to Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nick Cousins, Eeli Tolvanen and Erik Haula scored and Juuse Saros made 28 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Roman Josi had two assists for the Predators, who have won four of five. Kevin Stenlund scored and Joonas ...

Defense decides it

High School Sports

POLAND — The dream of every basketball player is to have the ball in the final seconds and attempt a game-winning shot at the buzzer. The Poland girls basketball had that scenario play out in the opposite way during Saturday night’s home Division II district final against ...

Rough start

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — The Doug Phillips era got off to a rough start at Youngstown State on Saturday, and that was before the game even started. Phillips got tripped up and fell running onto the Stambaugh Stadium field for the first time as YSU’s head coach. He tucked and rolled as he landed, ...

Missed chances help end Boardman season

High School Sports

BOARDMAN — Going into Saturday’s game, Boardman boys basketball coach Pat Birch said the Spartan offense needed to take advantage of every opportunity if his team was going to walk out of the gym with a win. In the end, missed opportunities early sank the Spartans as they lost 52-30 to ...

Raiders repeat run to regional

High School Sports

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For the second consecutive season, the top-seeded South Range girls basketball team has captured a Division III district title. On Saturday afternoon, the Raiders knocked off the third-seeded Brookfield Warriors, 41-30, to capture the title. “We have kind of set the ...

Blue Devils shut down opponent

High School Sports

BERLIN CENTER — Defense has basically been the key for the past month and a half for the Western Reserve Blue Devils. Coach Steve Miller realized that it was the direction they had to go, and it’s been the strength of the team. It paid off again on Saturday as the Blue Devils got past ...

McDonald smothers Newton Falls in title game

High School Sports

McDONALD — Relentless, smothering defense. They say that defense wins championships. That mantra couldn’t have been more true when Newton Falls visited McDonald on Saturday afternoon with the Division IV district title on the line. The Blue Devils got a hand on nearly every pass the ...