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Giants trade Beckham to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland. The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback Baker Mayfield as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade, two people familiar with the deal told The ...

Malkin gets 1,000th point in victory over Caps

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most formidable power plays, ...

Panthers get by in tourney contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel gave his freshmen backcourt simple instructions Tuesday night: Attack the hole. The strategy worked as Trey McGowens scored 26 points, Xavier Johnson added 23 and Pittsburgh defeated Boston College 80-70 in the first round of the ACC ...

Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers, 106-99

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was “trash.” When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, ...

Big Red gearing up for return to Athens

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville boys basketball team accomplished one goal by winning its district on Saturday. If it has anything to say about it, though, it’s far from done. Big Red returns to the Athens Regional tournament for the first time since its seniors were freshmen for a date ...

Karaffa leads locals in District 5 awards

UHRICHSVILLE — Nate Karaffa added another player of the year honor to his credentials when the District 5 Basketball Coaches Association’s 2019 boys all-star teams were announced Monday. Karaffa, Toronto’s outstanding senior guard, was named the association’s Division IV player of the ...

Accolades keep adding up for Nate Karaffa

TORONTO — For three-sport standout Nate Karaffa, the 2018-2019 school year brought with it one incredible ride. The ride started in the fall for Karaffa, the son of Matt and Jennifer Karaffa, when he smashed two school passing records (career touchdowns and total passing yards). He managed ...

Indians ace Kluber makes first start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians were waiting for the right time to turn Cory Kluber loose in spring inning. Kluber made his first Cactus League start Monday, pitching 3 2/3 innings against Cincinnati and giving up three runs and six hits, including a homer by Yasiel Puig. Indians ...

Sexton, Cavs beat Raptors 126-101, 2 ejected for fight

CLEVELAND (AP) — Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss. Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night. Leonard scored ...

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Brooke soccer meeting planned WELLSBURG — There will be a boys informational meeting for anyone wishing to play high school soccer at Brooke High School on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. A parent or guardian must accompany the student. For information, contact coach Joe ...

McCann scores twice, Pens end Boston’s streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the first time in nearly two months, the Boston Bruins ran out of time. It tends to happen when the Bruins play in Pittsburgh, no matter how hot they are. Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Penguins handed the Bruins their first ...

Hartzell headed to Kent

STEUBENVILLE — Justin Hartzell, Catholic Central’s double grand quarterback in 2018, will continue his football and athletic careers at Kent State University. Last week, the speedy Hartzell, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 195 pounds, agreed to be a preferred walk-on for the Golden Flashes, ...

Oak Glen youth wrestlers place at state tourney

Oak Glen Junior Matmen participated in the annual West Virginia Junior State wrestling tournament this past weekend, placing 10 wrestlers. They were Logan Davis (champion), Wesley Molish, Braxton Dlugopolski, Greg Sauers, Aiden Anderson, Talea Guntrum, Owen Schmidt, Rob Woolley, Monte Guntrum ...

AP source: Raiders get Brown from Steelers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted. A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press ...

Archer back from hernia operation

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on Sunday. The right-hander, who underwent ...

Buckeyes rally, but fall in OT to finish the regular season

COLUMBUS (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard wasn’t sure whether to be mad at his players for blowing a 23-point second-half lead at Ohio State or happy they found a way to win. Ultimately, Gard settled on a positive outlook after his 21st-ranked Badgers rallied for a 73-67 overtime win on ...

Chisenhall ready to move around field for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime between mid-April and ...

Big Red boys advance to regional action

UHRICHSVILLE — Eight of the nine seniors on Steubenville’s boys basketball team made the trip to Athens for the regional tournament as freshmen. With Saturday’s 54-51 victory over John Glenn in the East 1 District championship, their journey in Crimson and Black comes full circle as ...

Many familiar faces grace the podium at Ohio state wrestling tournament

COLUMBUS — Two hundred and twenty-four of Ohio’s best wrestlers converged on OSU’s Jerome Schottenstein Center this weekend. After three days of competition and 1,260 matches, only eight in each of the 14 weight classes would go to place. Seven local wrestlers were among the elite, as ...

Jackets defeat Penguins

COLUMBUS — Columbus’ Boone Jenner was sent to the penalty box for slashing just 20 seconds into Saturday night’s game, giving Pittsburgh an early power-play chance and sucking some of the energy out of a sold-out Nationwide Arena. But the Blue Jackets killed the penalty, and Jenner ...