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Ohio State will limit home crowds, prohibit tailgating

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall. Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be ...

Benches clear in Astros-Dodgers game

HOUSTON (AP) — Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles’ expense. The fracas occurred after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw ...

Coach Reno Saccoccia: We’re planning to play football in the fall

STEUBENVILLE — Football is a way of life in the Ohio Valley. It’s held in an even higher regard in Steubenville. Tradition-laden Big Red, which owns four state championships, five runner-ups and 18 regional championships since 1984, has prepared all summer for what they hope will be yet ...

Brewers rally past Pirates in 11 innings

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Sogard doubled home Brock Holt in the 11th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a rain-delayed 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. The Brewers trailed by four entering the ninth but took advantage of another shaky performance by the Pittsburgh ...

After talk of collaboration, college conferences go their own way

NEW YORK (AP) - Plans for the college football season — if it is played — should start coming into focus this week. They will trickle down from the top of major college football, with Power Five conferences putting in place revised schedules they hope will make it easier to manage ...

Bubble hockey begins: NHL playoff teams adjust to quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - When the Boston Bruins boarded their flight bound for Toronto, they thought of it as just another long road trip. Sure, they were spaced out and masked up on the plane, but they were en route to compete for the Stanley Cup that they fell one win short of earning last season. ...

A day of firsts for Shelton as Bucs salvage one in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Pittsburgh’s Derek Shelton staged baseball’s first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday. Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered, and Mitch Keller pitched five solid ...

Presidents’ Athletic Conference suspending most fall athletics

BETHANY — Bethany College and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced Friday that they will suspend most of the fall athletics season until spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This decision was an extremely difficult one, but it was a necessary one that places the health and ...

Carrasco gets first victory since cancer diagnosis as Indians defeat Royals

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco looked toward home plate and clutched the ball in his right hand before firing a 95 mph fastball on the game’s first pitch. It was a beginning and an ending. Carrasco’s comeback from cancer is complete. Starting for the first time since he was diagnosed ...

Thompson wins 3M Open by two strokes

BLAINE, Minn. — Without a gallery around him on the 18th green, Michael Thompson settled for a subdued victory celebration at the 3M Open with a FaceTime call home to his wife and children in Georgia. The tears came from him and his wife as soon as they saw each other on the ...

Wainwright pitches strong 6 innings, Cards beat Pirates 9-1

ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt homered, Adam Wainwright pitched six solid innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Saturday. Wainwright (1-0) pitched out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the second, giving up just one run. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he ...

Pirates’ late rally falls short against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings, Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals opened the season by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Friday night. Tyler O’Neill and Dexter Fowler added solo homers for St. Louis in the first game of an unprecedented ...

Bieber strikes out 14 as Tribe blank Royals in opener

CLEVELAND — From All-Star MVP to ace, and Shane Bieber’s only getting better. Bieber struck out 14 over six scoreless innings as the Indians, making a statement for minorities by wearing their road jerseys with “Cleveland” on the front, took off on a 60-game season sprint by beating ...

Ranking the top stadiums where Ohio State has played

This week, I pick the top 10 road stadiums out of the 39 where I’ve seen Ohio State play during the 29 years I’ve covered Buckeyes football for The Lima News. Here are my top 10: ¯ No. 1: Rose Bowl: Location. Location. Location. The San Gabriel mountains overlook the Rose Bowl. The ...

Camps to open as NFL, union reach deal

NFL training camps are set to open after the league and the players’ union reached agreement on several issues, including future salary cap mechanisms and how players can opt out of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus. The NFL Players Association’s executive committee and 32 ...

Thompson, Werenski share lead at 3M Open at 12-under

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski maintained their momentum at the 3M Open. Tony Finau, fresh off a caddie change, put himself in prime position right behind the leaders at the halfway point of the second-year tournament. Thompson and Werenski topped the ...

Even flow: Shelton brings positivity and grit to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The initial dream died quickly and quietly late in 1993 when surgeons opened up Derek Shelton's mangled right elbow and tried to piece it back together. It didn't take. At least not well enough for Shelton to continue his baseball career as a catcher who relied more on ...

Hamlin holds off Keselowski for fifth Cup victory of season

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Three straight finishes outside the top 10 for Denny Hamlin these days counts as a rough patch. He was once again smooth as they get Thursday night. Hamlin hung around the front of the pack all night, avoiding trouble that cost several playoff contenders in the ...

Ex-Redskins become Washington Football Team for 2020 season

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, giving the organization time to choose a new, full-time name. Gone is the Indian head logo and the name Native American advocates have called a ...

Cole, Stanton lead Yanks past Nats 4-1 in stormy MLB opener

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus-shortened Major League Baseball season finally started amid the pandemic Thursday night with plenty of unusual elements — zero fans, umpires wearing masks, Washington star Juan Soto sidelined by COVID-19, all Nationals and Yankees kneeling together before ...