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SPORTS BRIEFING

Leetonia takes a break

LEETONIA — Leetonia Schools suspended athletic practices through Dec. 1 on Monday due to an increase in quarantine numbers. Practices will resume on Dec. 2 if quarantine numbers warrant a safe return to practice.

All games through Dec. 6 are postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

So do Rebel boys

COLUMBIANA–Crestview boys basketball has postponed all games and canceled all practices through Dec. 1 due to a player testing postive for COVID-19 according to the school web site.

UConn sidelined

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The third-ranked UConn Huskies women’s basketball team has postponed its first four games after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19.

The Huskies were going to play Quinnipiac and either No. 6 Mississippi State or Maine this weekend at Mohegan Sun. They were also scheduled to face No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 4 in the Jimmy V Classic women’s game. UConn also had its first Big East game scheduled for Dec. 6 at Seton Hall.

Edison adding baseball, softball fields

RICHMOND — The Edison Local Board of Education is moving ahead with plans to add baseball and softball fields on campus at Edison High School.

Officials agreed Thursday’s regular session to include the project as part of ongoing efforts to unite sports activities at one site for safety and feasibility.

“The board made a commitment to move forward with projects for the Edison High School baseball and softball fields,” Superintendent Bill Beattie said. “Both facilities will have turf and lights.”

Plans remain preliminary but hopes are to have the fields ready for play in the spring of 2022.

Other upgrades have taken place so far with new turf at the multi-purpose athletic field to host football, soccer and track activities.

Demolition and site preparation have taken place to create a new press box and more grandstand seating. Additionally, Canfield-based Hively Construction is overseeing the estimated $6.44 million fieldhouse project that is eyed for completion around December of 2021.

The sports facility will include a new gym and site work has begun on that structure.

“Everything is coming together,” Beattie said. “The grandstands are going up and the foundation for the press box is in. We hope to hear within the next couple of weeks that the area will be wrapped up.”

Further plans call for a new concession stand, locker rooms and restrooms. Beattie said the latter project should be done in time for the start of track season in March. The end goal is to improve safety for students and reduce travel to facilities which are spread throughout the district.

The current baseball and softball fields are located at Jefferson State Lake near Richmond while track practice and meets and junior high basketball practice have been held at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville.

CFB rankings tonight

INDIANAPOLIS — The College Football Playoff committee will announce its first playoff rankings in this coronavirus pandemic season tonight.

The playoff rankings will be released at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN, as well as the next three Tuesdays. Selection days is noon Sunday, Dec. 20.

The top four teams in the final rankings qualify for the national semifinals on Friday, Jan. 1, at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, Jan. 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

PAC plans return to field

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its tentative plan for a return to intercollegiate athletic competition during the Spring 2021 semester on Friday.

Spring 2021 competition in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s and women’s swimming and diving is scheduled to commence no earlier than Jan. 23. The modified scheduling models and postseason championship opportunities will be announced at a later date, and will be subject to further revision as circumstances require.

The PAC Presidents’ Council also affirmed a recommendation of the PAC Athletic Administrators’ Council to cancel the league’s indoor track and field championships, which were tentatively scheduled for the end of February.

Discussions related to men’s wrestling are ongoing with details to be announced at a later date.

Additionally, the league intends to support modified scheduling models and championship opportunities for the sports of men’s and women’s cross country during the months of February and March.

Junior high girls basketball

Salem at Beaver Local

Salem won 26-17 Monday. Salem, Maddy Andres 12, Karlie Sampson 7.

Goff throws for 376 yards against Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, and Matt Gay kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 remaining to give the Los Angeles Rams a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Goff completed 39 of 51 passes, including short scoring throws to Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers. The Rams’ defense pressured Tom Brady all night and sealed the win with its second interception of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 145 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards to help the Rams climb back into first place in the NFC West. Both caught passes on the eight-play, 53-yard drive Goff led to move Los Angeles into position for Gay’s game-winning kick.

Brady was 26 of 48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams sacked him once and safety Jordan Fuller had both of the team’s interceptions.

Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick who was released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks.

The Bucs (7-4) fell to 1-3 in four prime-time games despite avoiding the type of slow starts that hurt them in losses to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints and nearly cost them in a narrow victory over the New York Giants.

Coach Bruce Arians adjusted the team’s preparation schedule last week, holding two practices at night — one of them at Raymond James Stadium.

Brady answered a 10-play, 80-yard, 7-minute, 55-second drive Goff led to give the Rams a 7-0 lead with a couple of long scoring drives of his own to put the Bucs up 14-7 with a 9-yard TD pass to Mike Evans.

Goff threw first-half TD passes to Woods and Jefferson, then used Woods’ 20-yard catch and run to the Tampa Bay 20 to set up Gay’s 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Los Angeles a 17-14 lead at halftime.

With the Bucs trailing 24-17, Brady took advantage of Goff throwing his second interception of the night. Chris Godwin’s 13-yard TD catch made it 24-all, setting the stage for Goff to move the Rams downfield for the go-ahead field goal.

HISTORIC CREW

An all-Black officiating crew worked an NFL game for the first time in league history.

Referee Jerome Boger led the crew, which also included umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed.

The members of Monday night’s officiating crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls.

The first Black official in any major sport was Burl Toler, hired by the NFL in 1965.

INJURIES

Rams: Did not announce any injuries during the game.

Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet missed his third consecutive game due to a concussion. … LT Donovan Smith injured his left ankle on the first offensive play of the game, but returned. … CB Jamel Dean left in the third quarter with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Rams: Host NFC West rival San Francisco next Sunday.

Buccaneers: Remain at home to host defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City on Sunday.

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