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POCATELLO — Years and years ago, Gino Mariani’s relatives relocated from Italy to Ely, Nevada, and worked on the railroads of the small copper mining town. And if you want to know what those houses smelled like throughout the 1900s, Mariani does his best to recreate the aroma in his own home.

Idaho State University

The Idaho State women’s basketball game scheduled for Wednesday against Utah Valley has been canceled due to COVID issues with Utah Valley, ISU announced Monday.

Let’s start with the good news of the weekend for Idaho State men’s basketball. It played all three of its games as scheduled. Woo-hoo! Forget a championship, that is seemingly the most elusive feat in sports right now. Only thing is, none of those games were pretty.

POCATELLO — Seton Sobolewski cracked a smile behind his black mask at the postgame press conference. That, and the fact that he was speaking on a Zoom interview from the bowels of Reed Gym, pushed home just how different things are this season — but on the court, it was shocking just how man…

Prep Stars

Editor’s Note: Prep Stars in College is a weekly glance at former southeast Idaho high school athletes who are now competing at the college level. If we’re missing anyone, let us know at sports@journalnet.com.

ISJ Sports Stars

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Longtime coach and ultra-runner extraordinaire Ty Draney is this year’s keynote speaker for the Idaho State Journal’s Sports Stars awards banquet in Pocatello. Draney is a native of Auburn, Wyoming, and attended Idaho State University and Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho).

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CLEVELAND (AP) — After more than 40 years, the city of Cleveland has granted landmark status to the correct birthplace of John Heisman, the namesake of college football’s most prestigious player award.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man has been charged in the killing of former Indiana University football player and businessman Chris Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — No spectators will be allowed at the Rose Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal on Jan. 1 because of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state, county and city of Pasadena.