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Injury listed as sprain for Indians’ Mercado

GOODYEAR, Ariz — Oscar Mercado’s left wrist is only sprained, and the Cleveland Indians are crossing their fingers it will heal in time for the outfielder to be ready for opening day. An MRI taken Friday confirmed the sprain, which happened when Mercado made a diving catch in an ...

Penguins stumble in 5-2 loss to Washington

PITTSBURGH — The playoffs are still a month away. It just feels like they’ve already started for the Washington Capitals. Dominant at the start and disciplined at the finish, the Capitals pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins around 5-2 on Saturday to give them a little breathing room over their ...

Shorthanded Cedar Rapids beats Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms dropped their fifth straight game, falling 5-2 to a short-staffed Cedar Rapids RoughRiders team. The RoughRiders ran three forward lines as opposed to the traditional four lines and gave goaltender Nikolas Simo his first opportunity at the United States ...

Returns substantial on fishing license investment

March here in Northeast Ohio has a reputation as a big teaser, particularly for anglers hankering to get out on their favorite lakes after their winter break. The forecast over the next two weeks is favorable for those who cannot wait to start fishing for walleyes, crappies, bluegills and ...

Twin State show is first sign of racing season

To me the first sign of spring and the approach of the area racing season is the Twin State Auto Racing Club race car mall show. The 40th annual show will take place March 13-16 at the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage, Pa. This year’s show is much more than a race car show. Friday, March ...

No. 19 Ohio State rallies past No. 23 Illinois

COLUMBUS — With one of Ohio State’s key big men out with an ankle injury, freshman E.J. Liddell stepped in and played his best game as a Buckeye so far. Liddell slammed in a dunk that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good on the way to tying a career high with 17 points and pulling down a ...

Penguins knock off Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patric Hornqvist scored twice in leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday night that extended the Sabres’ skid to five straight. Sidney Crosby and Marcus Pettersson also scored, and the Penguins won consecutive games after losing six in a row. ...

Curbstone fame event set

The 53rd Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame banquet is scheduled for May 3 with 12 new members set for enshrinement during ceremonies at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center in Boardman. Former Ohio State University and NFL quarterback, and current YSU assistant football coach, Mike Tomczak, is set to ...

YSU: Intensity, defense, must travel to Chicago

YOUNGSTOWN — John F. Kennedy High School graduate Justin Bofenkamp looked at his current coach, Jerrod Calhoun, near the end of Tuesday’s game with Milwaukee. No high-flying theatrics or a game in the 80s or 90s. That’s not how this Youngstown State University men’s basketball team ...

Second-half defense carries South Range

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The South Range girls basketball team played lock-down team defense in the second half of its Division III regional semifinal Wednesday night against Champion to pull away from the Golden Flashes and advance to Saturday’s regional final against Elyria Catholic. The ...