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Trestman will lead XFL team

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One-time NFL and Canadian Football League coach Marc Trestman will be the coach and general manager of the XFL’s Tampa Bay franchise.

The league announced the move Tuesday, with XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck calling Trestman “just the kind of offensive-minded coach whose style will fit the up-tempo, fast-paced game” the XFL plans to feature.

Trestman was coach of the Chicago Bears from 2013 to 2014 and won three Grey Cup championships as coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes (2009, 2010) and Toronto Argonauts (2017).

The XFL will begin play in February 2020 with franchises in Tampa Bay, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle and Washington.

The league previously announced Bob Stoops (Dallas), Pep Hamilton (Washington) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) will lead XFL teams.

Beavers need jayvee coach

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local is looking for a junior varsity baseball coach. If interested, contact Mike McKenzie at (330) 386-8700.

Potters play tonight

URICHSVILLE — Coming off its first sectional title since 2012, the East Liverpool boys basketball team opens Division II district play tonight.

The fifth-seeded Potters (18-5) will play seventh-seeded Cambridge (13-10) in a district semifinal at 7 p.m. today at Claymont High School.

Rockets eliminate McDonald

STRUTHERS — With one big win out of the way, Lowellville is hunting for a bigger one in the Division IV district final.

Third-seeded Lowellville held second-seeded Lowellville to 12 total baskets in a 56-36 victory in Tuesday’s district semifinal at the Struthers Fieldhouse.

Lowellville improves to 18-6 — two of the losses coming to McDonald in the regular season — and will take on top-seeded Springfield (19-5) in the district championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. The Rockets and Tigers split the regular-season series.

McDonald scored 72 points in each of its two Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference wins over Lowellville, but the Rockets surrendered only 36 points Tuesday.

Micah Mamula Zarlingo led the charge with a game-high 17 points, including five three-pointers in the first half to give the Rockets a 29-16 lead. Jake Ratz added 14 points and Matt Hvisdak had 10 points, connecting on 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter.

McDonald junior Zach Rasile, who averaged 36 points a game during the season, was shut out in the first half and finished with nine points. Jake Portolese topped the Blue Devils with 10 points.

McDonald ends the season with a 13-11 record.

Six get franchise tags

NEW YORK (AP) — Five defensive players, all premier pass rushers, and 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould, were given franchise tags by their teams before Tuesday’s NFL deadline.

Ends DeMarcus Lawrence of Dallas and Frank Clark of Seattle, linebackers Dee Ford of Kansas City and Jadeveon Clowney of Houston, and DT Grady Jarrett of Atlanta received non-exclusive tags. So did Gould.

That means the players can negotiate with other teams, which would be required to give up two first-round draft choices as compensation for signing the tagged player — something that rarely occurs.

The amount a defensive end must be offered is $17.128 million for 2019. Linebackers would get $15.443 million. A defensive tackle must get $15.209 million and a kicker $4.971 million.

Free agency begins March 13 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Lawrence, 26, was tagged for a second straight year. He is in line for $20.5 million, 120 percent more than he made under the tag last season. Even if the 26-year-old signs it, Lawrence and his representatives have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Dallas.

Last year, Lawrence signed a $17.1 million contract the same day the Cowboys placed the franchise tag on him. He had 10 1/2 sacks as the main cog in Dallas’ improved defense this past season.

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