Past Big Red honorees invited

STEUBENVILLE — The 21st-annual Lew Giammarco Appreciation and Kickoff Dinner, sponsored by the Big Red Boosters Club, will be held on Sunday in the high school commons. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Those being honored by the boosters club this year are Ruth Ann Bruzzese, Virginia Fabian, Bob Giammarco, Craig Klein, Henry Maxim and the late Margie Radakovich.

The club has invited all past honorees to be its guest for the dinner, which will feature a preview of the upcoming 2017 Big Red football season by veteran coach Reno Saccoccia. Past honorees interested in attending should contact Ed Takach (740) 264-3522 by Thursday.

Tickets, priced at $10, can be purchased through Thursday by calling Takach or Herb Crossland (740) 282-5123. Tickets also can be purchased at the high school.

Edison scramble coming

RICHMOND — The Friends of Edison Levy Committee is hosting a four-person scramble Sunday at Spring Hills Golf Course. The cost of the tournament is $60 per person and the fee includes prize money for the top three teams, coffee and donuts, a light lunch and steak dinner at the conclusion of the tournament.

There will also be 50-50 drawing, skins and skill games.

To register for the tournament, call Spring Hills at (740) 543-3270. For other information regarding the tournament, call Bill Beattie at (740) 282-0065.

Weir boosters meeting coming up

WEIRTON — The July Weir High Soccer Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the team room at Weir High Shool.

Concussion awareness upcoming

STEUBENVILLE — Trinity Health System’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center will hold a concussion awareness and management workshop at 5:30 p.m. on July 26 at the YMCA gym floor.

The workshop will include tips on concussion prevention and recovery, diet and nutrition alternatives and EMT demonstrations. Those interested must RSVP by Wednesday at (740) 283-7241. Information can be found at

Second Viper camp set

WEIRTON — A second session of the Ohio Valley Viper skills and drills camp will be held Monday through July 26 at the Boys and Girls Club, 927 Edna St.

The camp fee is $40, and the camp is open to the first 40 people who register and pay. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt. Daily water and basketballs will be provided, with a pizza lunch and awards on the final day.

Viper head coach A.J. Forte said the camp will cover all fundamentals offensively and defensively, and will have three main points — importance of prayer, family and teamwork.

The deadline to register is Thursday. To register, call Forte at (740) 424-0119, or e-mail

Free youth football clinic coming

MARTINS FERRY — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is hosting its annual free youth football clinic in conjuction with the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic Saturday at Purple Rider Stadium.

Registration is from noon to 12:45 p.m. on that day. The clinic will last from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is for boys and girls ages 6-13.

For information, visit, e-mail or call (304) 639-1238.

Flyers sign Patrick to contract

PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers have signed first-round pick Nolan Patrick to an entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old center was selected No. 2 overall last month after playing the past three seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. Patrick had 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) in 55 games. He had eight goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games to help Brandon reach the WHL championship game, and was the WHL Rookie of the Year.

Steelers, Bell fail to reach deal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.

Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.

Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. General manager Kevin Colbert says the team will “resume its efforts” to re-sign Bell next offseason.

The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.

Pierce to retire with Celtics

BOSTON — The Truth is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Paul Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part the “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Drafted by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek’s 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform.

The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise’s lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).

From staff and wire