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Osuna home run helps Pirates earn DH split

PITTSBURGH — Jose Osuna made the most of his brief stay with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Osuna, called up from the minor leagues to serve as an extra player for the second game of a doubleheader, hit a three-run home run to lift the Pirates to an 8-3 victory Wednesday night and a split with the ...

Big Red’s Davis credits father for success

TRIADELPHIA — Athletes are usually judged on their physical build. However, on some occasions there is that rare specimen that defies the numbers. Growing up, Javon Davis had heard all the talk about how small he was and that he couldn’t follow in the footsteps of his father, Jose, or ...

Weather forces OVAC softball schedule changes

WHEELING — For the second straight day, the wet weather has forced the OVAC to postpone the semifinals of the Tom Bechtel Softball Championships at the I-470 Fields. The result: A tripleheader on each field today in what normally was a scheduled off day for teams before the championships ...

Miller aboard with Washington and Jefferson

Buckeye Local’s Brooklynn Miller signed her letter of intent to extend her softball and academic careers at Washington and Jefferson College. Joining her were, from left, front, her parents, Mark Miller and Kelley Miller; and back, Principal Coy Sudvary, brother Tyler Miller and Panthers’ ...

LeBron’s buzzer-beater saves Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — The game, the series, the season and perhaps Cleveland’s future were in jeopardy. LeBron James saved everything. James dropped a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana ...

Steelers to focus on defense early in draft

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Colbert isn’t a fan of the word “need.” The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager believes it points too specifically to one area of weakness. “We have to be better and I do not think we were better in 2017 than we were in 2016 because we got eliminated a ...

Browns mulling four QB’s with No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) — As far as Cleveland fans are concerned, only one quarterback fits all the essential criteria for the Browns to draft him with the No. 1 overall pick. His last name? Darnoldallenrosenmayfield. With the NFL draft quickly approaching, the team’s die-hard supporters, and ...

Same series, different year: Pens, Caps meet again

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington in the playoffs has become a rite of spring. The Penguins and Capitals will face off in the second round for the third consecutive year with the core ...

Homers lift Indians past Cubs, but Miller injured

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion hit sixth-inning home runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night despite losing relief ace Andrew Miller to a left hamstring injury. Miller grabbed the back of his leg after throwing two pitches to ...

Penguins face familiar foe in Capitals

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Sidney Crosby has faced the Washington Capitals three times in the playoffs. All three times the Pittsburgh captain has led his team to victory. And all three times the Penguins used the win as the springboard to a raucous mid-June parade with the Stanley Cup in ...

Diamond in the rough

STEUBENVILLE — Driving down to Kroger on Hollywood Boulevard on a Saturday morning means grocery shopping for most. For senior Jonathan Blackmon, it is the time and place to put forth extra strength and motivation. Big Red track coach Jason Kernahan witnessed it firsthand, even though it ...

Indian Creek girls dominate, claim second straight Buckeye 8 championship

Buckeye 8 Championship at Hammondsville GIRLS RESULTS: 1. Indian Creek 161, 2. St. Clairsville 90, 3. Martins Ferry 57, 4. Union Local 54, 5. Edison 50, 6. Beaver Local 48, 7. Buckeye Local, 8. Harrison Central 34, 9. Bellaire 25, 10. East Liverpool 18. BOYS RESULTS: 1. St. Clairsville ...

Locals donning pads for football classic

MASSILLON — Five local products will don the pads once again when the 73rd-annual North-South Football Classic is held on Saturday inside Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The classic features the top senior football players in the state as selected by the Ohio High School Football Coaches ...

Toronto competes

BOYS RESULTS TEAM STANDINGS: East Palestine 108 1/2, Columbiana 77 1/2, Leetonia 34, Toronto 14. 3200 RELAY: Columbiana 9:35.1, East Palestine, Toronto. 110 HURDLES: Jack Carney (C) 18.1, Cooper (T), Early (EP). 100 DASH: Roman Ferry (L) 11.8, Bonace (EP), Wisser (EP). 800 RELAY: ...

LeBron, Cavaliers set for critical game with Pacers

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — By now, LeBron James is usually getting some rest in the NBA playoffs. The Pacers are making him work much harder than he has in years. After splitting the first four games, Indiana and Cleveland will meet on Wednesday night in the critical Game 5 of a first-round ...

Pirates, Tigers become 28th postponement

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steady rain forced the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers to postpone the opener of their three-game interleague series on Tuesday. The game was the 28th postponement in the majors this season, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner’s office ...

Browns, Cleveland wait to see if draft number is called

BEREA (AP) — The Browns get the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft this week. Next month, they hope to get the entire draft. In partnership with the cities of Cleveland, Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Browns are a finalist to host the 2019 or 2020 drafts. The league is also ...

Madonna rips Paden City in OVAC Class 1A semifinal

WHEELING — Madonna was staring adversity in the face in the early going of an OVAC semifinal game against Paden City. A throwing error by the Blue Dons in the top of the first gave the Wildcats two runs, and ace pitcher Katie Gasvoda had a little trouble in the circle. However, the Madonna ...

Red Riders score late, down Wheeling Park

WEIRTON — The Weir softball team fell behind early against Wheeling Park, but the Red Riders scored five unanswered runs en route to a 5-2 victory on Monday. “We fell behind early, but the kids were able to dig deep,” Weir (12-6) head coach Frank Sisinni said. “They came back. They ...

Redskins walk-off over Oak Glen with grand slam

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek saw its lead slip away in the top of the seventh inning against Oak Glen, but Ally Bevilacqua made sure the win did not get away in bottom half. With one out and the bases loaded, she crushed a walk-off grand slam over the left field wall to lift the Redskins to ...