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SPORTS BRIEFING

Salem QB breaks into record books Salem senior quarterback Jackson Johnson set a pair of career records in last Friday’s 23-21 win at Parma Padua. He now has the school record for career rushing yards (3,007) and the Columbiana County record for passing yards (7,830). Johnson broke the school rushing mark of 2,992 yards set by speedy Ed Beck from 1929-31. Johnson also surpassed the county passing mark of 7,751 yards set by Columbiana’s Mitch Davidson from 2013-16.

Salem girls tennis team beats East Palestine

EAST PALESTINE — Maria Sargent didn’t drop a game in her first singles match as the Quakers topped East Palestine, 4-1 in girls tennis action Thursday. The Quakers’ other three wins came by forfeit. Salem’s Darian Sharp & Emily Humphreys lost 6-0, 6-0 in doubles.

Celtics suspend head coach for 2022-23 season

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, effective immediately, and with no guarantee he will be back with the franchise. The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka was suspended for “violations of team policies.” Earlier Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said Udoka was being sanctioned because of an improper relationship with a member of the organization. Those people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not reveal that detail publicly. “A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics said. Udoka, in a statement published by ESPN, apologized but did not offer detail. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he said. One of the people who spoke with The AP said Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over on an interim basis.

West Virginia beats Virginia Tech, 33-10.

The Cleveland Browns come away with the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-17 on Thursday Night Football.

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