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McDonald runner Wolford is headed to Kent State

Bella Wolford begins her day with some core training, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add some running and weightlifting and you’ll have just a bit of the routine of McDonald High School senior, who is determined to better herself as a middle-distance runner. Next season, Wolford is taking her ...

Hiring at home

Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. “There were people that were very skeptical of that hire,” Phillips recently recalled. “I said, ‘Dabo, if it don’t work out what’s going to ...

Bowl win would salvage Pitt’s season

DETROIT — Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan will meet in the Quick Lane Bowl today (8 p.m., ESPN) hoping to end postseason droughts. The Panthers are 0-4 in bowls under coach Pat Narduzzi. The Eagles have lost all three of their bowls as a Division I football program. One program will ends ...

Giles has impact with flag football

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — As Youngstown State’s leader in yards receiving for a single game (214) and one of just four players all-time with 200-plus receiving yards in a contest, Elliott Giles knows a little bit about the game of football. YSU’s all-time leader in yards per catch for a career ...

Dawn of a new Day

COLUMBUS — At a crowded news conference last December, Ryan Day sat next to Ohio State legend Urban Meyer whose sudden decision to retire overshadowed the announcement of Day’s ascension to head coach of the storied program. This December, Day is a celebrity college football coach, the ...

Steelers take struggling offense into finale

PITTSBURGH — Paxton Lynch hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass in two years. Yet there the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback was on Monday, getting bombarded with questions about whether he’s capable of stepping in and helping lead Pittsburgh to a playoff berth. “Whatever they need me ...

Fields’ knee issue lingering

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may not be fully healthy when the second-ranked Buckeyes face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Fields said Tuesday his left knee is only 80 to 85% heading into Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal in Glendale. He plans to ...

As usual, Browns’ coaching position in question

BEREA — Like he instructs his players, Freddie Kitchens is trying to block out the noise. The speculation about him as Browns coach has gotten loud. Kitchens said Monday that he has not asked for any assurances that he’ll be back next season after a disappointing first one with ...

Cavs’ deal nets 2nd-rounders

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers traded Jordan Clarkson before he could walk away. Cleveland dealt the veteran backup guard to the Utah Jazz for guard Dante Exum and two future second-round draft picks on Tuesday. The teams agreed to terms of the deal shortly before their games in Cleveland and ...

Steelers QB Rudolph shelved; Hodges to start

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph’s star-crossed season is over. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed the second-year quarterback on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after Rudolph hurt his left shoulder in the third quarter of a loss to the New York Jets. The move clears up Pittsburgh’s ...