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Ohio State was well positioned to recruit cornerback Cavazos

COLUMBUS — One might say Denzel Ward, Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Eli Apple and Bradley Roby recruited Lejond Cavazos to Ohio State. It wasn’t necessarily anything they said. It was what they did. The former Ohio State cornerbacks played the same position Cavazos wants to play for ...

Indians paying minor leaguers stipends, shut spring complex

CLEVELAND — With no end to the coronavirus shutdown in sight and no certainty about baseball’s return this season, the Cleveland Indians will continue to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the hiatus. The team also is closing its ...

Inside the week that has left the NBA and NHL shut down

It has been just one week. That’s all. Just one full week since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, just one full week since the NBA became the first of the North American pro sports leagues to suspend operations, one week since sports essentially stopped. The NHL ...

Browns stay busy, sign three more free agents

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns stayed inside their division — and state borders — to add some defensive line help. Cleveland beefed up its front by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent Andrew Billings, who spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. His agency, ...

Steelers place Shazier on reserve/retired list

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier’s NFL career is over. For now at least. The Steelers placed the inside linebacker on the reserved/retired list on Tuesday. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. ...

Bernabei-McNamee named ACC women’s coach of the year

Weirton’s Joanna Bernabei-McNamee has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in only her second season as the head coach at Boston College. The award was made at the ACC Women’s Tournament the first week of March in Greensboro, ...

FB Derek Watt joins brother T.J.

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the opening day of free agency into a family reunion for the Watt family. The team agreed to terms fullback Derek Watt on a three-year contract worth $9.75 million, luring him from the Los Angeles Chargers to Pittsburgh to join All-Pro younger ...

Kansas finishes first in final AP poll

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school’s proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to count and ended in the unprecedented cancellation ...

Browns may turn to defense

CLEVELAND — After blasting out of the gate in NFL free agency, the Browns have been relatively quiet the past two days. That doesn’t mean they’re done. On Monday, first-time general manager Andrew Berry showed his resolve to fill some of Cleveland’s numerous holes by agreeing to ...

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Softball league looking for teams STEUBENVILLE — The Tri-County Church Softball League is in need of teams for the up- coming season. Games will begin in May and run Tuesday and Friday nights at Belleview Park. For information, contact Orion Beninger at (740) 416-0911 or Mark Reiner at ...

Brady leaving Patriots, says ‘football journey’ is elsewhere

For two decades, Tom Brady was the face of the Patriots, and even of the NFL. When he turns 43 in August, his home address no longer will be in New England. The six-time Super Bowl champion plans to keep playing. But the centerpiece of the Patriots’ dynasty, the most successful quarterback ...

OSU’s Fleming knows expectations are big

COLUMBUS — Julian Fleming’s first scholarship offer came from Michigan as a freshman in high school. Growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, the conventional wisdom was that Fleming, rated the No. 1 wide receiver nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, would lean toward Penn State. ...

Get ready for 2021 Summer Olympics

One by one, some of the world’s grandest sporting events have fallen or faded away to a later spot on the calendar. March Madness. The Masters. Baseball’s opening day. On Tuesday, at least four more huge spectacles were taken down by the coronavirus: the French Open tennis tournament ...

How rumors can spike hotel prices in Augusta for the Masters

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Masters was postponed, and it didn’t take long for speculation to begin on when it would be played. Augusta National closes in mid-May for the summer. The grass effectively turns brown before it gets back into shape for the reopening for its members in ...

OHSAA to hold press conference Thursday

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hold a press conference Thursday to provide updates and information about the indefinitely postponed winter sports tournaments and spring sports seasons, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Monday. The press ...

Steelers place franchise tag on OLB Dupree as Foster retires

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Ramon Foster is walking away. The team placed the franchise tag on Dupree on Monday, hours before the NFL-mandated deadline for teams to use the designation. Hours later, Foster announced his ...

Huskies’ Mitchell second team All-Ohio

COLUMBUS — Harrison Central’s Kobe Mitchell was named second team All-Ohio in Division III. Division III and IV boys basketball All-Ohio teams, which were selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, were announced Monday. Mitchell, a junior, averaged 31.4 points per ...

Browns make big splash, agree with Conklin, Hooper on deals

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent right tackle Jack Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press on Monday. Conklin, perhaps the best tackle available on this year’s market, will get $30 million guaranteed ...

MLB delays opening day to mid-May at earliest due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the ...

NHL pushes timeline on potential resumption of season back

(AP) - The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season by several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players’ Association told players Monday they can go home — even out of North America — and must self-isolate through March 27 while the season is on hold ...