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Raiders postponed

GREENFORD – South Range senior Izzy Lamparty was hospitalized after hitting her head during a basketball game Monday afternoon.

The game between South Range and Poland was postponed after her injury with the score tied 4-4 with 5:35 left in the first quarter.

South Range coach Jeff Fishel said she was still in the hospital Monday night, but her breathing has stabilized.

Lamparty got her feet tangled after going up for an offensive rebound and crashed to the floor, hitting her head.

She was unconscious, but regained consciousness before being taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Mitchell hits 2,000

CLEVELAND — It was a milestone night for Harrison Central senior Kobe Mitchell Saturday.

The Akron-bound standout scored 27 points to give him 2,006 in his career during a 76-54 loss to Olmsted Falls at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mitchell is Harrison Central’s all-time leading scorer and his point total ranks 20th in Ohio Valley Athletic Conference history.

Harrison Central (6-5) is scheduled to host East Liverpool on Feb. 2.

LSU’s new coordinator

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because some contractual details were still pending.

Nielsen is in line to become LSU’s third defensive coordinator in three seasons. He replaces Bo Pelini, whose defense struggled in the 2020 season.

Gleason leaving OAC

TWINSBURG — Tim Gleason, in his 30th year as commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), is set to retire at the end of June. Gleason will join only a handful of full-time commissioners in NCAA history to reach the 30-year milestone of serving a single multi-sport conference.

Gleason has served on 17 NCAA and other national committees, including the Division III Management Council (2005-2009). He was a founding officer (secretary) of the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators (NADIIIAA). He was chair of the NCAA Honors Committee for three years and also served on the Division III Championships, Interpretations and Legislation, Infractions Appeals, Convention Planning (chair) and Football Committees.

A native of Pittsburgh, Gleason moved to Youngstown in 1959 and graduated from Youngstown Chaney High School in 1973. He is a resident of Mineral Ridge and serves on the Weathersfield Local Board of Education.

Ohio State loses Fields, keeps Olave

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, while Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave is returning for his senior year.

The teammates announced their decisions Monday on Twitter.

Fields, expected to be a first-round pick, said in his lengthy Twitter post that his path to OSU was not direct, but that he couldn’t “have asked for a better final destination.” He went on to thank his family, coaches, support staff and teammates.

“Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level. Now thanks to God’s grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in a position to turn that dream into reality,” the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Fields posted.

The 21-year-old Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist and went 20-2 as a two-year starter at Ohio State. He led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff twice, losing to Clemson last season in the semifinals and falling to Alabama in this season’s title game.

No in-person workouts at combine

(AP) — The NFL will not allow in-person workouts for the scouting combine due to health and safety precautions because of COVID-19.

The league informed teams Monday that any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses. Interviews of prospects and psychological testing and assessments will be done virtually.

“We will work with the schools to encourage consistency in testing and drills across pro days and ensure that all clubs have access to video from those workouts, irrespective of whether the club is represented at a particular workout,” the NFL told teams in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

An in-person examination will take place at one or more designated locations, likely in early April, for a certain number of prospects. Each team will be permitted to send one physician and one athletic trainer to conduct these in-person exams.

Pirates trade Musgrove to Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown team in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Another person confirmed the New York Mets were also involved in the trade, acquiring left-hander Joey Lucchesi from San Diego. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not been announced.

Musgrove, who played at Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, California, will join a rotation that includes Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, who were obtained in blockbuster trades after Christmas.

Musgrove will head from a Pirates team that had the worst record in the majors during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season to a Padres club that ended a 13-year playoff drought and believes it can contend for the World Series title.

Anchored by a star-studded infield with Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop and Manny Machado at third base, San Diego won a wild-card series against St. Louis before being swept out of the NL Division Series by the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who went on to win the World Series.

The Pirates will get a number of prospects in return, including well-regarded outfielder Hudson Head.

Musgrove, Pittsburgh’s opening day starter in 2020, went 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA last season, striking out 55 in 39 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old made a pro-rated $1,037,037 of a $2.8 million salary, then avoided arbitration last week when he and the Pirates agreed to a $4.45 million salary for 2021. He can become a free agent after the 2022 season.

Musgrove won a World Series ring with Houston in 2017 before being sent to the Pirates in the trade that sent Gerrit Cole to the Astros in January 2018. Musgrove was the winning pitcher in Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers.

The Padres needed to beef up their rotation after running out of starters in the playoffs, and then losing Mike Clevinger to Tommy John surgery. Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet both came out of their final regular-season starts with elbow injuries. Clevinger came back for the NLDS opener, but his injury forced him out in the second inning of a 5-1 loss. Lamet missed the playoffs entirely but has avoided surgery.

The additions of Darvish, Snell, Musgrove and South Korean slugger Kim Ha-seong to a core of players led by Tatis and Machado are expected to make the Padres one of the best teams in the majors — perhaps good enough to end the Dodgers’ eight-year reign as NL West champions.

The Pirates hoped Musgrove would be part of a starting rotation that would carry the club after the departure of Cole and 2013 NL Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen. The athletic Musgrove went 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 2018 and 11-12 with a 4.44 ERA in 2019, one of the few constants on a team that plummeted during the second half that season, leading to a massive leadership overhaul.

With Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington in the midst of a full reset focused on replenishing the team’s talent pool — he traded star first baseman Josh Bell to Washington on Christmas Eve — Musgrove was one of the few major league trade chips available. He now gets a homecoming with a team coming off its first playoff berth since 2006 and aiming to end the Dodgers’ eight-year reign in the NL West.

Lucchesi is likely to compete for a spot at the back of New York’s rotation behind two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman and David Peterson. The Mets also expect to have Noah Syndergaard back from Tommy John surgery some time after May.

The 27-year-old Lucchesi made 56 starts for San Diego over 2018 and ’19 but struggled in limited duty last season. He made two starts and one relief appearance, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA.

Cavs move on without Porter Jr.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers went to extremes to help forward Kevin Porter Jr. He pushed them too far.

Cleveland has decided to move on from the troubled and talented player, a person familiar with his standing with the team told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Cavs are shopping Porter around to see if they find can a trade partner before they’ll consider releasing the 2019 first-round draft pick, said the person on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Porter has not played this season and only rejoined the team last week after tending to personal issues, which included a legal issue from November. The 20-year-old was in street clothes and on the bench Friday night when the Cavs beat the New York Knicks.

But after the game, Porter reportedly became angry when he learned the Cavs had moved his locker for newly acquired forward Taurean Prince, who came over in the four-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week.

According to reports, Porter had a heated confrontation with general manager Koby Altman. Following Monday’s practice, during which the Cavs welcomed center Jarrett Allen and Prince on the floor for the first time, coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he was disappointed things didn’t work out with Porter.

“We all want to see Kevin be successful and I still feel that way, so whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him,” Bickerstaff said. “It’s part of our responsibility as coaches to give everyone our all and try to make the best of every situation and I can say that we did that.”

The Cavs have always been intrigued by Porter’s ability, but his problems off the floor slowed his development and made him a distraction.

In November, he was involved in a single-car accident, and police found a loaded handgun and marijuana in his car. Porter contended he didn’t know the gun was there. Charges were dismissed.

The team worked with Porter in trying to get his life together. He seemed to make progress and returned to the Cavs last week for practice only to have the outburst on Friday the team deemed as a breaking point.

Cleveland drafted Porter with the No. 30 overall pick in 2019 knowing he had issues while at Southern California. As a rookie, he averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games.

The Cavs once viewed him as part of a their young core with Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and others. Now, they’re just hoping Porter can start fresh elsewhere.

“We’ll keep building together,” Bickerstaff said. “All we want is the best for him moving forward. No matter what that looks like, we want the best for Kevin.”

Vanderbilt kicker invited to inauguration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she’s been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller posted Sunday on social media.

“This historic inauguration is especially meaningful for American women and girls. The glass ceilings are breaking,” she added, including the Twitter handles for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — who will become the first woman to hold that office — Biden, and their inaugural committee.

Attendance at the inauguration will be strictly curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and security measures put in place after a violent mob supporting President Donald Trump invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was certifying Biden’s victory.

Fuller helped Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women’s soccer tournament as the goalkeeper. She helped out the football team while it was dealing with COVID-19 issues.

She became the first woman to play in a Power Five game Nov. 28 with a squib kick to open the second half of a loss at Missouri in the only time she got on the field in that game. She got another chance on Dec. 12, when Vanderbilt had only 49 scholarship players for its game against Tennessee.

Fuller, listed second out of three available kickers on the depth chart, came out for the extra point that tied the game at 7 with 1:50 left in the first quarter. She converted her second point-after with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter of the 42-17 loss.

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