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SPORTS BRIEFING

Brett was a real go-getter “Nobody plays harder than George Brett. He hustles every minute. Right now we’re in one of those ruts. Against us, those guys looked like Babe Ruth.” — Baltimore Orioles coach Jim Frey, after Brett hit for the cycle and added a walk-off home run in the ...

Soap Box Derby downer

AKRON — Derby Downs will be silent for the rest of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 83rd All-American Soap Box Derby scheduled for July 25 was canceled on Tuesday. Mark Gerberich, International Soap Box Derby’s president and chief executive officer, said on Facebook the ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

Double threat “The worst curse in life is unlimited potential.” — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ken Brett, who took a perfect game into the ninth inning to beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 in the opener of the May 27, 1974, Memorial Day doubleheader and then hit a two-run pinch-hit triple in ...

Becker still standing on YSU offensive line

YOUNGSTOWN — Playing football at Youngstown State University seemed to be a few years away when Dan Becker left Indian Hill High School near Cincinnati. Becker was a star middle linebacker in high school, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, that position didn’t seem to be the right fit for ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

Heads up baseball “I’ll be on ESPN for about a month. Anybody got a Band-Aid?” — Texas Rangers right fielder Jose Canseco, after Carlos Martinez hit a fourth-inning home run off his head in a 7-6 loss to Cleveland on May 26, 1993. Martinez hit a deep fly ball off Kenny Rogers that ...

Newton heads to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — Former Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton, the younger brother of ex-Carolina Panthers starter Cam, says he is transferring to Auburn. Newton announced his decision on Twitter Friday, following in his brother’s footsteps. Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 ...

SPORTS BRIEFING

An Indian uprising “I wanted to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and just happened to hit a home run. The important thing was not making the last out. Nobody wanted to do that.” — Cleveland Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, whose three-run homer in the ninth inning helped the ...

Keselowski stays on track and wins Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show. Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to ...

McFadden earns his keep at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN — Earning respect hasn’t always been a given for Colt McFadden. The Poland High School graduate has been a place kicker throughout his football career, and said kickers don’t always garner the same esteem as the rest of the team. Fortunately for McFadden, he isn’t the ...

Nothing can mask his excitement

Without a doubt the world as we have known it has been changed due to COVID-19 and the cautions it demands. Even fishing and the way I now approach it is different. I often fish using nightcrawlers and red worms for bait and in the past I dug my worms out of the garden and spent many a night ...