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Steelers are stuck at home for camp

Tim Flynn was looking forward to one final year as the mayoral host of training camp for the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, Calif. So much for that. The pandemic forced the NFL to abandon, at least for this year, the fading but still time-honored tradition of teams traveling to training ...

Ivy League cancels all fall sports

The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to suspend all fall sports, including football, leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled by then. “We simply do not believe we can create and maintain ...

With no guarantee of fans, Ryder Cup postponed until 2021

Seth Waugh knows how a Ryder Cup is supposed to look and how it should sound. In his first week as CEO at the PGA of America, Waugh was in the 72-foot high grandstand behind the first tee at Le Golf National outside Paris. Flags were waving. Fans were singing. Players were trying to conceal ...

Pirates’ Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller’s first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren’t great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability ...

Nailers sign Butcher to a contract

WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers Tuesday announced their first player signing of the offseason, forward Alec Butcher, who has the team has resigned to an ECHL contract. Butcher, 26, is set to begin his third season with the Nailers, after finishing the 2019-20 campaign tied for third on the ...

OHSAA announces change in leadership

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that its executive director has been replaced by an interim leader while the organization searches for a permanent replacement. The president of the association’s board of directors, Dan Leffingwell, said Monday that ...

Mahomes’ big bet on football pays off

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the reigning Super ...

Positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

NEW YORK (AP) - As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League Baseball released ...

Browns restructure Vernon’s contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Olivier Vernon’s status with the Browns has more certainty. So does his paycheck. The defensive end, whose future in Cleveland seemed in doubt for months, has renegotiated his contract for next season, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press on ...

Weirton’s bats come alive against Moundsville

GLEN DALE — Trailing host Moundsville 9-0 after three innings, Weirton never gave up. The end result, a stunning 13-10 victory in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on the toasty John Marshall High School diamond. The Bobcats and Expos both end the regular season with 9-9 marks and tied for ...

Yankees, Nationals to meet in MLB opener

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts, Gerrit Cole and a pair of high-profile matchups are set for opening day as Major League Baseball begins its shortened 60-game season on July 23 in ballparks without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB released the schedule Monday, and it starts with two ...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 schedule

Friday, July 24: @ St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 25: @ St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 26: @ St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Monday, July 27: vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 28: vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, July 29: vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 31: @ Chicago ...

Cleveland Indians 2020 schedule

Friday, July 24: vs. Kansas City, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, July 25: vs. Kansas City, 5:10 p.m. Sunday, July 26: vs. Kansas City, 1:10 p.m. Monday, July 27: vs. Chicago W.S., 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 28: vs. Chicago W.S., 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 29: vs. Chicago W.S., 6:10 p.m. Thursday, ...

Jefferson County Elite squad takes second in Conneaut tourney

CONNEAUT, Ohio — The Jefferson County Elite 19U A baseball squad finished runners-up in the Conneaut Tournament over the weekend. The locals dropped a 5-2 decision to the Cowle Post 151 Dugout Bruisers 18U in the championship tilt as the winners jumped out to a 3-1 advantage after two ...

NHL, players tentatively agree to restart Aug. 1

The NHL is not only in a position to resume playing within the next month, the league has the potential of enjoying labor peace through 2026. The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association on Monday announced reaching a tentative deal on a return-to-play format which is coupled ...

Mahomes gets historic payday: 10 years, $503 million

The Kansas City Chiefs made sure they’ll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms and includes a no-trade ...

Jason Merryman takes helm at Buckeye Local

CONNORVILLE — As it pertains to prep sports, Jason Merryman has definitely been around. From his pee-wee wrestling days in Shadyside through 27 years of coaching that includes at least one season in every sport except volleyball and swimming, Merryman’s sports roots are firmly ...

Pirates’ Josh Bell finds his voice calling for social change

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month during ...

Francona: ‘It’s time’ for Cleveland Indians to change name

CLEVELAND — Cleveland manager Terry Francona won’t sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname. “I think it’s time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday. Francona’s comments came two days after the Indians, amid a ...

Harvick continues his dominance in Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick turned up the heat on Denny Hamlin late in the Brickyard 400. And on a cooling track, Hamlin’s worn tires simply gave out. With the sun setting Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hamlin seven laps from victory, he went careening into the first ...