SPORTS BRIEFING

County meet on May 1

EAST PALESTINE — The 115th annual Columbiana County Track and Field Meet will be held Tuesday, May 1, at Reid Stadium.

Action gets under way at 4:30 p.m. with the finals in the boys discus and high jump and girls shot put and long jump along with the running preliminaries.

It is the oldest continuous county meet in Ohio, being held every year since 1904.

Boyer races at Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Malone College standouts George McCartney and Nate Boyer raced in the 10,000 meters at the Bucknell University Classic on Saturday.

McCartney was 26th (30:49.45) and Boyer was 28th (30:54.24) to climb to seventh and 10th, respectively, in Great Midwest Athletic Conference history. Boyer is a graduate of East Liverpool High School.

Two Mount Union school records also were established.

Senior Jaquill Scott bested his own school record in the javelin throw as he placed second with a toss of 214-feet-10s. That mark is third best in NCAA Division III so far this season and provisionally qualifies Scott to return to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Junior Hilary Reigle set a school record in the women’s 5,000 meters with a time of 17:18.14.

Patriots’ Day game postponed

BOSTON (AP) — The annual Patriots’ Day game scheduled for Monday morning at Fenway Park has been postponed because of the forecast of heavy rain.

The Red Sox made the announcement about an hour after their 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, which completed an abbreviated three-game series sweep and gave Boston an 8-1 record on its first homestand of the season.

The game is scheduled for a May 17 makeup, which is a mutual off day for the teams before they start an already scheduled series at Fenway Park.

It’s the first postponement of the game — which has been scheduled annually since 1959 — for weather since 1984. The game was canceled due to a players’ strike in 1995.

The first pitch had been slated for 11:05 a.m.

Colon nearly perfect

HOUSTON (AP) — Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night.

The 44-year-old Colon turned back the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining pitchers’ duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander. Colon walked Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third.

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove. Two outs later, he was removed with the score tied at 1-1.

A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed “Big Sexy” is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.

Blue Jackets up 2-0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in Game 2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Calvert’s goal held up after the NHL situation room reviewed the play for a possible offside. Calvert was just onside when Josh Anderson brought the puck into the zone.

Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history.

Rossi gets third IndyCar win

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alexander Rossi spent his early racing career in Europe, and his extended family back home in California hardly ever saw him in person.

With a chance to race an exceptionally fast Honda on the Long Beach streets in front of about 60 friends and relatives Sunday, Rossi showed everybody what they might have missed. He also demonstrated what his Honda looks capable of doing in the rest of this very promising IndyCar season.

Rossi pulled away after a late restart to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach, completing a dominant weekend by holding off Will Power for his third career victory.

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