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SPORTS BRIEFING

Springfield, Mooney fall in regionals

TWINSBURG — The Springfield Local and Youngstown Mooney boys basketball teams had their seasons end in the Division III regional semifinals Tuesday at Twinsburg High School.

Springfield (18-5) fell behind 42-39 after three quarters and lost 55-49 to Norwayne in the nightcap.

Mooney (17-5) dropped a 74-31 to fifth-ranked Lutheran East.

Lutheran East (12-3) will take on Norwayne (23-4) in the regional final at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tough test ahead for Warren JFK

AKRON — Warren JFK got the best of Lucas again — this time on the basketball court.

JFK beat Lucas (19-8) by a 54-48 score in a Division IV regional semifinal Tuesday at Firestone High School.

The teams met in a regional final football game on Nov. 6 with JFK winning 21-0.

In Tuesday’s nightcap, 10th-ranked Richmond Heights handled Bristol (13-4) for a 77-37 victory.

JFK (13-4) plays Richmond Heights (16-4) in the regional final at 7 p.m. Friday.

Oak Glen works overtime for first win

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — It took an eight extra minutes, but the Oak Glen boys basketball team secured its first victory of the season on Tuesday, defeating Madonna 68-60 in double overtime.

In the second overtime period, Madonna scored first, but the Bears scored the last 10 points to pull away for the win. Oak Glen improves to 1-2, while Madonna falls to 0-2.

“We are starting to get some confidence,” Oak Glen coach Jerry Everly said. “Guys are getting some experience and they aren’t a nervous wreck right off the bat. We are starting to settle down as a ball club and having Jacob (Clark) back in there to get some rebounds, that helps you.”

Everly added “having that presence inside to clean up the boards helps us get into an offense.”

Oak Glen senior forward Jacob Clark returned for the Bears after missing the opening two games with a knee injury. Clark briefly left the game due to cramps but did return. “I have been playing with him my whole life and it just makes the game easier,” Oak Glen senior point guard Gage Patterson said. “I am glad he is back.”

Cleveland State wins Horizon League

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Torrey Patton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Tre Gomillion added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and top-seeded Cleveland State beat Oakland 80-69 on Tuesday night in the Horizon League championship for the program’s third NCAA Tournament berth.

Cleveland State (19-7) snapped a string of four straight 20-loss seasons this year to win its first conference title since 2009 — when it upset No. 4 seed Wake Forest in the NCAAs. The Vikings also reached the Sweet Sixteen as a 14-seed in 1986, losing 71-70 to All-America center David Robinson and Navy.

D’Moi Hodge added 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Cleveland State. Patton, who entered averaging 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the tournament, was 9 of 16 from the field and also had four assists.

Wright St. women claim Horizon title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Angel Baker scored 23 points and top-seeded Wright State used a 14-0 run in the second half to beat defending champion IUPIU 53-41 on Tuesday in the Horizon League championship for its second NCAA Tournament bid in three seasons.

Baker, averaging 26 points in the tournament, outdueled three-time player of the year Macee Williams — who scored every second-half point (16) for IUPUI.

Williams started to take over at the beginning of the third quarter by scoring all of IUPUI’s 11 points for a 36-30 lead, but the Jaguars did not score in the final 5:34. Baker made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give Wright State a 38-36 lead entering the fourth.

Wright State stated the fourth on a 10-2 run for the first double-digit lead of the game at 48-38 as IUPUI went without a field goal for 13-plus minutes of the second half — missing 14 straight shots.

Ohio State football halts workouts

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State has halted football team workouts for a week because of an increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the program.

The school said Tuesday that team activities would pause and administrative offices in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center would close “out of an abundance of caution and with the health, safety and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches and football and facility support staff as the highest priority.”

The Buckeyes are scheduled to open spring practice on March 19.

“We have been successful in safely hosting nearly 100 athletic events on campus this year with limited disruptions, but this pandemic is not over,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “We will continue to stress the safety measures of wearing masks, consistent and thorough hand washing and physical distancing, and we will remain vigilant in those areas.”

Browns clear cap space

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns released veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn after one season on Tuesday, clearing out a little more salary cap space.

Clayborn appeared in 15 games for the Browns last season after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract as a free agent in March.

The 32-year-old had 3 1/2 sacks, 12 tackles and forced a fumble while in Cleveland’s defensive line rotation.

The team will save $3 million under the cap with Clayborn off the books.

What’s your longest streak?

Jordan Spieth has gone 389 holes without making a double bogey or worse, the longest such streak of his career. His last double bogey was on the par-3 16th hole in the first round of the Masters.

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