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ON THE COURT — Above, Weir’s Nick Krutilla dribbles the ball in between Oak Glen defenders, Jeffrey Rice (5), Marcus Poling (42) and Ethan Travis in the first half of Wednesday’s game in Weirton. (Matthew Peaslee)

Weir earns first victory

WEIRTON — Maybe the Weir High boys basketball team should schedule more games on Wednesday nights, because the Red Riders took control of a close game in the fourth quarter and won their first game of the season over rival Oak Glen. Weir prevailed, 70-53, on the Ron “Fritz” Williams ...

Sooners shock WVU in overtime

MORGANTOWN — Buddy Hield may be gone, but teams in the Big 12 thinking the Sooners from Oklahoma (8-9, 2-4 Big 12) will be an easy out in 2016-17 may be in for a surprise. Wednesday night it was No. 7 West Virginia’s turn to face the ‘new’ Sooners. Making his first appearance at the ...

Montreal Canadiens' Alexander Radulov (47) is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fehr and Guentzel help Penguins top Canadiens

MONTREAL — Matt Murray got back into form, and that’s good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray made 19 saves, and Eric Fehr and Jake Guentzel scored in the second period to lead the Penguins past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night. Defensemen Ian Cole and Olli Maatta ...

Steubenville dominates John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — For the first three minutes of Wednesday night’s game at the John Marshall Fieldhouse, Steubenville coach Mike Haney wasn’t thrilled with his team’s defensive effort. The Monarchs (4-7) gained a 9-7 lead on a Tanner McLaughlin 3-pointer, but the tide was about to change ...

Buckeye girls defeat Ferry

RAYLAND — The Buckeye Local girls basketball team earned a 41-38 win over visiting Martins Ferry. Leading the Panthers was Emily Holzapfel and Danielle Dvorcek, who each scored 15 points. Maddie Gill added eight points. Buckeye Local plays again today, hosting Barnesville. Buckeye ...

Steelers WR Antonio Brown apologizes for livestreaming

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown insists he didn’t mean to disrespect his coach or create a distraction when the All-Pro wide receiver livestreamed the raucous aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The ever social media savvy Brown also ...

Patriots facing a healthy Big Ben

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots got a break by not having to face Ben Roethlisberger during their regular-season win over the Steelers in October. The Patriots’ coaching staff is expecting to get his best this time around with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake. The ...

BOXING OUT — Madonna’s Chase DiBartolomeo, left, and Tripp Moore go for a rebound against Notre Dame’s Jarret Mulloly in the second half of Tuesday game. The Blue Dons lost, 57-48. (Matthew Peaslee)

Irish hold off Madonna boys

WEIRTON — In Clarksburg Notre Dame’s four losses this season, the Fighting Irish blew leads of 18, 16, 15 and six points. Against Madonna on Tuesday, they weren’t letting an eight-point advantage slip away in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame, coached by former West Virginia University ...

BATTLE FOR THE BALL — Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik and Madonna’s Kali Krynicki go for the ball in the first half. (Matthew Peaslee)

Oak Glen’s late run downs Blue Dons

WEIRTON — Down by nine points at halftime, the Oak Glen girls’ basketball team ratcheted up the defense in the second half and the pressure forced Madonna into 20 second-half turnovers resulting in a 33-29 victory Tuesday night in the Bill Barrett Gymnasium inside of Madonna High ...