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Big Red gains control over Brooke

WELLSBURG — After his team got off to an 0-2 start, Big Red girls basketball coach Jeff Lombardo said his squad needed to learn to play in control. Wednesday night inside the Brooke Wellness Center, Steubenville did just that, never surrendering the lead in the second half to defeat ...

Late bucket lifts Buckeye

CONNORVILLE — Tom Figurski found out a lot about his Buckeye Local girls’ basketball team Wednesday night. Trailing visiting Linsly by 11 points after three quarters, he told his squad he was disappointed and thought they were better than they were showing. He left them with two words ...

Slumping Steelers weigh changes

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s ribs are bruised but not broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season. Roethlisberger believes he’ll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few certainties for a team in ...

Blackhawks end slide with win over Pens

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks finally got to celebrate Wednesday night. It had been a while. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists, and Chicago stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I think we played a winning style ...

Struggling Boswell fighting for his job

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Boswell knows the drill. Heck, the drill is the reason he’s in the NFL in the first place. The Pittsburgh Steelers kicker earned a roster spot three years ago by booting balls in the rain and wind at Heinz Field during an open tryout after Josh Scobee flamed out ...

Hood’s late basket sends Cavs past Knicks

CLEVELAND (AP) — A laugher nearly turned into a nightmare for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and a basket by Rodney Hood in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a late lead as the Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 113-106 Wednesday after squandering a 22-point ...

Armed, dangerous: Browns’ Mayfield flexing rocket arm

BEREA (AP) — As Baker Mayfield threw long passes to his wide receivers and short ones to backs before Sunday’s game against Carolina, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams knew his rookie quarterback was going to have a good game. It wasn’t any sight. It was a sound. “You can hear ...

BRIEFS

Record setter with local ties FREDERICK, Md. — Elena Zinaich, granddaughter of Milt Zinaich of Weirton, completed her volleyball career at Hood College in Frederick, Md., with school records in kills, attack percentage and points. During her four years at Hood, a Div. III school in the ...

Weir High nabs first victory

WEIRTON — Down by four points at halftime, Weir High outscored John Marshall by 14 in the third quarter and hung on going down the stretch to get the first win of the season, 63-60, Tuesday on the Ron “Fritz” Williams Court inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. In the lead 40-30 after ...

Oak Glen shakes off rust, defeats Brooke

NEW MANCHESTER — After a week off, the Oak Glen boys basketball team looked a little out of sync in its second game of the year against Brooke on Tuesday. Luckily for the Golden Bears, their rival is still learning and improving under first-year head coach Mel Coleman. Despite a slow start ...

Blue Dons sting Clay-Battelle after slow start

WEIRTON — The Madonna boys basketball team overcame an early deficit to beat Clay-Battelle, 72-61, Tuesday night at home. After trailing 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Dons (2-0) opened up a 37-24 lead at halftime. The Blue Dons pulled away from Clay-Battelle (0-2) even ...

Big Red stops East Liverpool

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville boys basketball coach Mike Haney had to use a timeout with 3:37 to go in Tuesday’s game in the Crimson Center after watching his team’s 21-point halftime lead trimmed to five by visiting East Liverpool. Big Red’s experienced group of nine seniors responded ...

Creek beats rival Edison

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek controlled crunch time. Keyed by a late run in the third quarter and a big fourth quarter, the Indian Creek boys’ basketball team rallied to defeat rival Edison, 48-44, Tuesday night to remain unbeaten. Trailing 47-44 with 19.8 seconds left, the Wildcats had ...

Martins Ferry boys catch fire against Harrison Central

MARTINS FERRY — After a sluggish start in its home opener, Martins Ferry caught fire toward the end of the first quarter, carried it over to the second and rallied past Harrison Central, 63-55, in boys high school basketball action inside Tolbert Gymnasium Tuesday night high atop the Purple ...

Beaver Local defeats Buckeye Local, 69-30

CONNORVILLE — Although both coaches are thinking that their respective teams are works in progress, Beaver Local looks to have the edge on Buckeye Local at this point in the season with speed, shooting and defense. It was apparent Tuesday night as the Beavers erupted from a five-point lead ...

Madonna girls edge Catholic Central

WEIRTON — The Madonna girls jumped out to an early lead, relinquished it briefly once in the first quarter, then staved off a furious Catholic Central rally in the third period to pocket an impressive 55-51 victory Monday night on the JoAnna Bernabei Court inside the Bill Barrett ...

Oak Glen comes back to defeat Weir High

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen girls basketball coach Scott Wiley knew visiting Weir High would provide his Golden Bears a physical challenge. After overcoming a slow start, Oak Glen was up to the task, taking over in the fourth quarter to claim a 52-44 victory over the rival Red Riders. ...

Big Red blows early lead but bounces back to down Huskies

STEUBENVILLE — A good start and finish led to a good result for the Steubenville girls basketball team. Big Red jumped out to a big lead only to see Harrison Central rally. However, Big Red regrouped and rallied for a 47-42 victory Monday night inside the Crimson Center. “We got off to ...

Penguins win in shootout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury. DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Monday night. “He was really good all night. He ...

Steelers’ playoff hopes iffy after pratfall in Oakland

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged his team’s spotty track record in Oakland before the AFC North leaders headed west last week but added “it’s not a major component of logistical preparation.” Maybe, but history ended up repeating itself anyway in ...