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Saturday, August 31, 2019

YSU volleyball tops St. Francis in opener


The Youngstown State volleyball team beat St. Francis (Pa.) 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 in the team’s season opener.

It was the first of a doubleheader for the Penguins on Friday as YSU began the season with the Penguin Classic at Beeghly Center.

Western Reserve graduate Aleah Hughes led the Penguins (1-0) with 12 kills and 121/2 points. Brooklen Pe’a had 11 kills, 14 digs and 141/2 points. Alexia Byrnes had 33 assists, two kills and a block.

The nightcap against Bucknell was unavailable prior to print deadline.

Arrest warrant issued for DeMarcus Cousins


Alabama police have issued an arrest warrant for Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for harassing communications.

The Mobile municipal court website indicates a warrant was issued for harassing communications, but does not list other details

TMZ released an audio recording Tuesday in which it says Cousins threatens to shoot Christy West, the mother of their 7-year-old child.

Lakers spokesperson Alison Bogli said Thursday the team had no immediate comment beyond a statement issued Tuesday after learning of the recording .

The Lakers say they “take this claim seriously” and are gathering information and looking into the allegations.

AP source: Bills trade center Bodine to Pats


A person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have traded center Russell Bodine to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity Friday because the trade hasn’t been announced. first reported the trade.

Bodine was entering his sixth NFL season, and second in Buffalo after starting 10 games at center last year. The trade comes a day after the Bills announced starting center Mitch Morse has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, and a day before NFL teams make their final cuts to establish their 53-player rosters.

Bodine became the odd-man out following Buffalo’s extensive offseason offensive line overhaul in free agency. He was listed third on the depth chart at the position, behind Morse and another newcomer Spencer Long.

On Thursday, Buffalo traded guard Wyatt Teller to Cleveland for a pair of draft picks.

Coroner: Skaggs died of accidental overdose


A medical examiner in Texas has ruled that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a report released Friday that Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol.

The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers.

Browns deal Blough to Lions, swap draft picks


The Cleveland Browns have traded rookie quarterback David Blough to the Detroit Lions, who got a firsthand look at him Thursday night.

Blough completed 11 of 17 passes for 115 yards and threw two interceptions in a 20-16 win in the exhibition finale. The undrafted free agent from Purdue finished 25 of 43 for 271 yards with two touchdown passes and the two picks during the preseason.

Cleveland and Detroit swapped seventh-round draft picks in 2022 in the deal.

The Lions have been moving quarterbacks in and out over the past week. Tom Savage is expected to back up starter Matthew Stafford.

Staff/wire report