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Penguins’ long slump continues

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PITTSBURGH — The Buffalo Sabres might be for real. The Pittsburgh Penguins might be in real trouble. The proof came over the final 30 minutes of Buffalo’s rousing 5-4 overtime victory on Monday night. The Sabres reeled off the final four goals, the last on a shot from the right circle by ...

Higdon stokes hype, predicts win over Ohio State

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COLUMBUS — Michigan running back Karan Higdon pondered the question for a moment, smirked and glanced up at tight end Zach Gentry next to him. Then Higdon leaned forward to the microphone and predicted a Michigan victory over Ohio State. It was the shot heard across the Midwest on Monday as ...

Resilient Pitt takes unlikely path to ACC title game

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi insists he wasn’t making some sort of bold prediction. That he wasn’t guaranteeing anything when he told fans at a kickoff luncheon on the eve of the regular season to clear their schedule for a trip to Charlotte for the Atlantic Coast Conference ...

Browns set to face former coach Jackson, Bengals

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BEREA — While the Browns relaxed during the bye week, their fired former coach went back to work. Hue Jackson’s got a new gig. And this strange season in Cleveland will take another odd turn Sunday when the Browns face the Bengals and Jackson, who somehow survived an 0-16 season and was ...

Pistons cruise past Cavaliers

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DETROIT (AP) — Before Detroit’s matchup with Cleveland, Pistons coach Dwane Casey stressed the importance of a good start. “When the bell rings, we’ve got to be ready to run and play fast, and play together,” Casey said. “I’ve had it before and somehow, there’s some reason we ...

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Bball registration coming Saturday FOLLANSBEE — Registration for the 2018-19 season of the Follansbee Youth Basketball League will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Follansbee Middle School Fieldhouse The league is open to all 4th through 6th grade students and residents of ...

Red Riders are healthy, coming together on run

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WEIRTON — There is a reason playoff games are decided on the field, and not solely by rankings. Case in point, the 2018 Weir High football team. The Red Riders entered the Class AA playoffs as the 12th seed in the 16-team tournament. They have proceeded to take care of business and upset ...

Big Ben leads Steelers comeback

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way ...

Ohio State, Michigan preserve prestige of ‘The Game’

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Maybe both teams already were looking ahead to The Game. Whatever it was, Michigan and Ohio State struggled with middling Big Ten teams Saturday. Instead of easy tuneups, the games against 5-5 teams nearly became nightmare traps. Ohio State played horrendous defense and ...

Rice not discussed for Browns opening

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns’ coaching search isn’t quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines. General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland’s next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza ...

Logano spoils ‘Big 3’ party to win title

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano busted up The Big Three and captured an improbable first NASCAR title by soundly beating a trio of champions. Logano won the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until ...

Ohio wins fourth consecutive OVAC All-Star volleyball match

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MORRISTOWN — All-star get-togethers aren’t so much about winning as they are having fun. And there was plenty of fun to be had Saturday afternoon inside Union Local High School’s “Hangar” as a strong collection of senior spikers gathered for the 19th-annual OVAC All-Star Volleyball ...

Hitting their stride at the right time

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SUMMERSVILLE — When a team has as many weapons as Weir High, it becomes hard for opponents to stop them all. After watching teammates Sebastian Spencer and Tyler Komorowski go off in the playoff opener, Donavan Kirby decided it was his turn in Round 2, racking up 230 rushing yards and four ...

Change Cleveland’s nickname right now

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The Cleveland Indians announced they will unveil a new uniform option on their jerseys to replace Chief Wahoo. They already have the block “C” as their main option, so what could it be? The scripted “I” from the mid 2000s? A tomahawk? Drums? Fire? You know what? Let’s stop right ...

Oklahoma State stuns West Virginia

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius was nearly flawless against Oklahoma last week, only to misfire on a 2-point conversion pass to Tylan Wallace in a one-point loss. On Saturday, the connection worked. Cornelius threw a touchdown pass to Wallace with 42 seconds ...

No. 9 Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace. Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it — one way or another. A gutsy decision by Maryland interim ...

Pitt clinches 1st ACC title game berth

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Coach Pat Narduzzi wasn’t worried about a jinx. The Pitt coach had his equipment staff to bring the commemorative ACC caps and T-shirts all the way from Pittsburgh. “I said, ‘Get them. It’s going to happen,’” Narduzzi said. It did happen — thanks to ...

Steelers have reason to overlook Jaguars now

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more about a rematch in ...

Mayfield has Browns believing dark days over

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent ...

Johnson’s 23 helps Pitt hold off upstart N. Alabama

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — As one of two new Division I programs in 2018-19, not many had high expectations for North Alabama this year. But these Lions can put up a fight. Facing a major-conference opponent for the first time in program history, North Alabama was up to the task, forcing a tight ...