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New Cavs make home debuts

CLEVELAND — Larry Nance Jr. has run into an unexpected snag since joining the Cavaliers. “Trying to convince my mom that I’m not living at home,” he said, smiling. “We’re out looking for rental properties and stuff like that and she’s like, ‘Oh, our basement is pretty nice.’ ...

Salem’s Chase Aukerman pulls down a rebound away from South Range’s Brennan Toy on Tuesday.

South Range has good feeling about Salem

SALEM — The South Range boys basketball team goal for Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Salem was to make the Quakers home floor home for the rest of the season. “Our goal was to make Salem’s floor our home floor for the rest of the way,” South Range coach John Cullen said. ...

West Branch’s Brandon Zuchowski shoots between Columbiana defenders Erik Hopfenziz (left) and Nate Whitehead on Tuesday.

Branch breaks Clippers

From Staff Reports COLUMBIANA — Seven West Branch players combined for 16 three-pointers as the Warriors beat Columbiana, 82-51, Tuesday. Michael Boosz had three three-pointers in the first quarter as the Warriors build an early 24-9 lead. T.J. DeShields led the way with 20 points and ...

Dogs show bite

LORDSTOWN — East Palestine let everyone into the act in a 78-47 win over Lordstown on Tuesday. Dominic Posey scored 19 points, Braden Kemp 16, Nate Beatty 12, Clayton Murray 10, Andrew Cunningham eight and Joe Monteleone seven to lead the way. The Bulldogs finish the regular season with a ...

2018 WEST VIRGINIA STATE WRESTLING QUALIFIERS

By DAN SANTARELLI Staff Writer HUNTINGTON, W.Va—The 71st Annual West Virginia state high school wrestling tournament will take place Feb. 22-24 at the Big Sandy Super Store Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Five Oak Glen westlers have qualified for the Class AA/A meet this weekend. ...

South Range 12th in boys poll

COLUMBUS — The South Range boys basketball team is backing it up. The Raiders posted their second straight 21-1 regular season in claiming a 12th-place Division III state ranking in the final Associated Press high school boys basketball poll released Tuesday. The Raiders — a 63-56 ...

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SPORTS BRIEFING

Johnson sets Hiram mark HIRAM — Hiram College junior Erica Johnson set a school record for rebounds in a season. Johnson, a starter on West Branch’s 2015 Division II state semifinal team, had 15 rebounds in a 55-44 loss to Kenyon College on Saturday to raise her season total to 258. ...

Akron numbers up 89 percent

Buoyed by turnaround season, Purdue bucked a trend in college football by increasing attendance by more 13,000 fans per game in 2017 — and, in the process, banked an extra $2.5 million in revenue compared to 2016. Attendance at the FBS level was down overall last season by 1,409 fans per ...

Team LeBron's LeBron James, top, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, dunks over Team Stephen's Kyle Lowry, of the Toronto Raptors, defends during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LeBron gives game life

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game. James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen ...

Earning Division II state swimming berth at Friday’s district meet were (from left) Crestview’s Rachel Klem, West Branch’s Jamyson Robb and Crestview’s Rebekah Klem. (Submitted photo)

Klems, Robb reach state

CLEVELAND — A trio of area swimmers are on their way to the state swimming tournament. West Branch sophomore Jamyson Robb, Crestview senior Rebekah Klem and Crestview freshman Rachel Klem all earned berths to the state meet after district competition on Friday at Cleveland State University. ...