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SPORTS BRIEFING

Penn-Ohio tickets on sale

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — The 40th annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic all-star football game will be held Wednesday at Reeves Field on the campus of Geneva College. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at South Range HIgh School, Belleria Pizza in Columbiana, Columbiana Radio Shack, Sitler the Printer in Columbiana, Belleria Pizza in Columbiana, Sport Connection in Salem and the Forty10 Grille in Canfield.

Southern Hall of Fame

SALINEVILLE — The Salineville-Southern Athletic Hall of Fame will induct athletes Todd Brammer (Class of 1979), Jim Hickman (1991), Tyler Clemens (2002) and Cody Warnock (2007) as part of its class of 2019. The induction breakfast will take place at 10 a.m.Sept. 14. Members will be introduced at halftime of the football game that evening.

Chester moves to 5-1

The Chester Old Timers baseball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 7-1 win over Girard on Sunday.

Bill Sattler went the distance, giving up only two hits.

Mike Logston led Chester with a double and single. Doug Comm and Bill Sattler two singles each and Brian Wright a double.

Chester returns to action at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Greenville, Pa.

Salem youth soccer camp

SALEM — The Salem High School girls soccer team will be hosting a youth soccer camp for boys and girls July 16-18 at Kent State Salem. Ages 5-7 will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and cost $30. Ages 8-14 will be from 6 -7:30 p.m. and cost $40. Deadline to register is June 28. Registration forms can be found on the Salem Youth Soccer League Facebook page.

U.S. takes on Spain

REIMS, France (AP) — Spain coach Jorge Vilda says part of the challenge in facing the United States is making sure his players aren’t intimidated by the defending Women’s World Cup champions.

Spain faces the top-ranked U.S. team today in Reims, marking the first time La Roja will appear in the knockout round at the World Cup.

“We need to insure that it doesn’t get in our head. We’ve had the right level of competition, and we hope that tomorrow that we can put our best foot forward,” Vilda said Sunday through a translator. “When the girls look at the players in front of them they are not going to see stars, they are going to see a team like any other. They are a good team, but we are also a team that has been known to be up to scratch and shown what we can do on the pitch.”

Pirates walk off

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman isn’t afraid of the big moment.

Newman drew a game-winning walk in the 11th inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a three-run deficit in the 11th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday.

The rookie second baseman was down 0-2 in the count with two outs before he took four straight balls from Matt Wisler to win the game. The Pirates scored four runs in the inning. That came after they scored three in the ninth to tie the game at 7 to walk away with a series sweep.

“It’s a big situation, but I try not to think of it in that it’s more than it really is,” said Newman, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games. “It’s him against me. Two strikes. I can’t control anything else. I’m just trying to go up there and battle.”

Rookie trifecta

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith had seen fellow Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo deliver walk-off homers during their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Hours after being called up from the minors on Sunday, it was Smith’s turn to join the fun.

The rookie catcher connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory and a three-game sweep over their closest NL West pursuers.

“Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We talk about these young players not being afraid of the moment. For Will to get a pitch in and carry it to the opposite part of the field is pretty impressive.”

It is the first time in major league history that rookie teammates have hit walk-off homers in three straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Matt Beaty hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday.

The last team to win three straight games in walk-off fashion was Oakland two years ago. The Dodgers had not done it since a 2010 series against Arizona.

Mets confrontation

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team’s clubhouse after a loss Sunday.

The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact.

In a story published by Newsday on Sunday night, Healey said Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon called him “to apologize on behalf of the organization.”

The incident followed a tense postgame news conference, when reporters asked Callaway repeatedly about his decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead, three-run homer to Javier Baez.

After the news conference, Callaway walked past Healey and other reporters in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would “see you tomorrow,” and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, telling Healey to leave the clubhouse.

“I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, ‘See you tomorrow, Mickey,'” Healey said. “And then he said, ‘Don’t be a smart-ass.’ I tried to tell him, I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just saying, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’ And then he said, ‘Get this guy out of here,’ and that got the attention of Jason Vargas.”

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