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Bears wrestle to 2-1 finish

NEW MANCHESTER – The Oak Glen wrestling team went 2-1 Saturday afternoon, defeating Weir High (57-15), while losing to North Mation (39-33).

“We won several key matches when it comes to regional seeding so that is always key,” Golden Bears coach Patrick McGillian said. “Once again, we came out and battled until the very end, which hopefully means we are hitting our stride for the last month of the season as we prepare for the regional and state tournament.”

Oak Glen is back in action Thursday in the OVAC Duals at Steubenville High School. The Bears will take on Harrison Central, while Indian Creek meets Edison. The winners will then wrestle for the Class 4A team title.

Oak Glen (57) v. Weir (15)

106- Ty Logston (OG) won by forfeit; 113- Shawn Moore (OG) 9 v. Austin Serrad (W) 0; 120- Caleb Rea (W) fall 2:06 v. Trey Wright (OG); 126- Jaden Glenn (OG) fall 3:05 v. Blaze Cain (W); 132-Robert Bozek (OG) fall :27 v. Bailey Smitsky (W); 138- Jacob Debee (OG) fall 3:38 v. Dustin Lengyel (W); 145- Reese Willis (W) won by forfeit; 152- Alex Shuman (OG) fall 2:33 v. Jacob Parr (W); 160- Quenten Thorten (W) 4 v. Devon Chadwick (OG) 2; 170- Stevie Cool (OG) fall 1:03 v. Isaac Sweat (W); 182- double forfeit; 195- Nic Rowland (OG) 10 v. Patrick McCoy (W) 3; 220- Dakota Price (OG) won by forfeit; 285- Isaac Rosohac (OG) fall:33 v. Sam Williams (W)

Oak Glen(46) v. Magnolia (27)

106- Ty Logston (OG) fall :35 v. Marshall Higgins (MAG); 113- Kyler Cecil (MAG) 8 v. Shawn Moore (OG) 5; 120- Gage Adams (MAG) 4 v. Trey Wright (OG) 2; 126- Jack Booth (MAG) 11 v. Jaden Glenn (OG) 6; 132- Robert Bozek (OG) fall :50 v. Jacob Myers (MAG); 138- Jacob Debee (OG) 1:29 v. Clay Adams (MAG); 145- Robert Campbell (MAG) won by forfeit; 152- Alex Shuman (OG) won by forfeit; 160- Devon Chadwick (OG) fall :30 v. Jeremy Rodriguez (MAG); 170- Stevie Cool (OG) 7 v. Paden McConaughey 4(MAG); 182- Nic Rowland (OG) fall :44 v. Brody Rush (MAG); 195- Dalton Prichard (MAG) won by forfeit; 220- Caleb Nice (MAG) fall 1:35 v. Dakota Price (OG); 285- Issac Rosohac (OG) fall :24 v. Jay Eller (MAG)

North Marion (39) v. Oak Glen(33)

106- Ty Logston (OG) won by forfeit; 113- Joe Efaw (N.M) fall :45 v. Shawn Moore (OG); 120- Cameron Wilson (NM) 9 v. Trey Wright (OG) 0; 126- Kenneth Saterfield (NM) 8 v. Jaden Glenn (OG) 5; 132- Robert Bozek (OG) fall :46 v. Andrew Hamilton (NM); 138- Jacob Debee (OG) fall 2:23 v. David Harris (NM); 145- Caleb Kuhn (NM) won by forfeit; 152- Alex Shuman (OG) fall 5:02 v. Kyle Elliot (NM); 160- Gavin Barker (NM) 15 v. Devon Chadwick (OG) 3; 170- Stevie Cool (OG) fall 1:27 v. Austin Stahl (NM); 182- Andrew Lewis (NM) 17 v. Nic Rowland (OG) 5; 195- Chance Haught (NM) won by forfeit; 220- Dakota Price (OG) 3 v. D’Aundre Glover (NM) 2; 285- Roger Cummings (NM) fall 5:26 v. Isaac Rosohac OG

White Out at Big Red

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red girls’ basketball team hosts Parkersburg South Monday in an OVAC Class 5A semifinal tournament game. It will be a White Out for all fans.

The Patriots are ranked No. 4 in the West Virginia Class AAA rankings. Big Red is ranked No. 10 in Ohio Division II.

JV tipoff is 6 p.m.

OVAC wrestling duals moved

MOUNDSVILLE – The OVAC Wrestling Duals for Class 5A and 3A have been moved from Wednesday to Friday at the John Marshall Fieldhouse due to Steubenville qualifying for the OHSAA Duals Wednesday at Claymont.

The OVAC meet will begin at 6 p.m. with weigh-ins at 5 p.m. Steubenville will take on John Marshall and Parkersburg South will meet Wheeling Park with the winners to follow.

For the OHSAA Duals, Big Red will meet Carrollton at 5 p.m. with Claymont taking on Ashland. The winners will wrestling approximately 20 minutes after the end of the last match to finish.

Steubenville raised its dual meet record to 19-1 Saturday with victories over Toledo St. John’s (49-21) and Upper Arlington (38-31).

FUS men lose

BUFFALO, NY – The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team dropped a 108-66 game at Hilbert College Saturday afternoon.

Junior Jacob Divens led the Barons with 10 points and a pair of assists while sophomore Garrison Holmes posted 10 points and four rebounds.

The Barons visit Pitt-Greensburg at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FUS women win

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team defeated host Hilbert College, 49-40, Saturday afternoon.

Iliana Gonzales and Lucia Westrick led the Lady Barons with 13 points each while Sarah Schriner added 12. Monica Dawyot finishing with 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists.

FUS heads to Pitt-Greensburg for an 8 p.m. game Wednesday.

FUS swimmers fare well

PITTSBURGH – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s swim team fared well Saturday against Chatham University and Penn State-Altoona.

Senior Kellie Rankin took third place in the 3-meter and 1-meter dives.

Jasmine Florentino was fourth in the 1-meter dive and the 100 fly. Freshman Katherine Kennedy secured her best time of the season in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:35.06.

The conference championships will be held at Grove City College on Feb. 10.

Briefs

Softball sign-ups to be held

TORONTO – Toronto girls softball sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to noon today at Toronto High School and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Roosevelt for those ages 7-18 as of Jan. 1.

Registration is $50 for the first child, $30 for the second and $20 for each additional child.

For information, contact Kathi Meadows at (740) 632-2092.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school main office conference room.

Potters beat Bears

EAST LIVERPOOL – The East Liverpool boys basketball team earned as 74-42 win over Oak Glen on Friday.

Isaac Davidson of the Potters led all scorers with 33 points. For Oak Glen, Chris Kokoski and Cyle Perez had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Golden Bears are back in action Tuesday at Beaver Local.

East Liverpool 74, Oak Glen 42

Oak Glen 8 6 10 18 – 42

E. Liverpool 27 16 15 16 – 74

OAK GLEN: Perez 4 2-5 10, Rice 1 0-0 3, Feicht 2 0-0 5, Craigo 0 0-0 0, Kokoski 4 2-3 12, Taylor 1 2-2 5, Theiss 0 4-6 4, McHaffie 1 1-2 3, Smith 0 0-0 0, Cole 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 11-18 42. 3-pointers: Kokoski 2, Rice, Feicht, Taylor.

E. LIVERPOOL: Dawson 2 0-0 5, Davidson 13 4-5 33, R. Bombach 0 0-0 0, A. Bombach 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Vanescoch 1 0-0 2, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Gill 2 0-0 4, Adams 1 0-0 2, Adkins 6 0-0 12, Brewer 6 0-1 16. TOTALS: 31 4-6 74. 3-pointers: Brewer 4, Davidson 3, Dawson.

Chargers to stay in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos says the team will play in San Diego in 2016 and he’ll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter battle over a new stadium.

From staff, wire reports

Briefs

Red Knights seeking volleyball coach

TORONTO – The Toronto High School Athletic Department is seeking a head volleyball coach. This job does not accompany a teaching position at this time.

Applications should be submitted to high school Athletic Director Andy Reeves no later than Feb. 12 at either 1305 Dennis Way, Toronto, Ohio 43964, at andrew.reeves@omeresa.net or via fax at (740) 537-5054.

Briefs

ICMS hosts BMC tourney

MINGO JUNCTION – Indian Creek Middle School will host the Buckeye Mountaineer Conference Wrestling Tournament today.

The double-elimination tournament starts at 11 a.m. with weigh-ins from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. All-day bands will be sold.

Registration for ICYBSL set

WINTERSVILLE – Baseball registration is open for the Indian Creek Youth Baseball Softball Association by visiting www.icybsl.com. A $10 discount will be received if registered before Feb. 1.

It will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Oak Glen to host Cheerfest

NEW MANCHESTER – The Oak Glen High School cheerleaders will host a Cheerfest for preschool to eighth-graders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the high school gymnasium, with a snow date of March 5. The Cheerfest will be an educational day of cheerleading. A performance and awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m.

The cost is $35 for each child attending. Those attending must bring a packed lunch and those who register no later than Feb. 10 will receive a free Cheerfest T-shirt. Cheering items will be on sale before and after the Cheerfest for cash only purchases. For information, call Robin Weltner at (304) 670-4015.

Spartans earn a win

The St. Joseph Spartans fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball team defeated Bellaire Jr. Irish White, 30-15, in Wheeling Parochial League. Lennon Dietrich scored 15 points to lead the way, while Corey Lyons added six points and Santino Arlia chipped in with five for the Spartans.

Briefs

ICMS hosts BMC tourney

MINGO JUNCTION – Indian Creek Middle School will host the Buckeye Mountaineer Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

The double-elimination tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. with weigh-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. All-day bands will be sold.

There will be 16 weight classes, with a two-pound weight allowance.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school main office conference room.

Mount Aloysius sweeps FUS

CRESSON, Pa. – The Mount Aloysius men’s and women’s basketball teams swept visiting Franciscan University of Steubenville Thursday, 82-65 (men) and 74-34 (women.)

Three Barons reached double figures in the men’s game.

John Paul Dombrowski led the Barons with 12 points while Jacob Divens chipped in 11 and Thomas Rush added 10. Divens, Dombrowski and Christian Duke each pulled down seven rebounds while Richard Cross and Divens handed out four assists each.

The Barons host Pitt-Bradford at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The women shot 22.2 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from the free throw line and lost the rebounding battle, 56-33.

Lucia Westrick came off the bench and notched her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Barons welcome Pitt-Bradford at 4 p.m. Saturday.

No. 22 Purdue beats Buckeyes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – P.J. Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final seven minutes Thursday night, helping No. 22 Purdue pull away from Ohio State 75-64.

A.J. Hammons added 16 points as the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) won their third straight.

Ohio State (12-8, 4-3) was led by Jae’Sean Tate, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

From staff, wire reports

Briefs

Charles Reeves opens recruitment

STEUBENVILLE – Charles Reeves, a junior student-athlete at Steubenville High School, has decommitted from the University of Kentucky. Reeves, a wide receiver and tight end, had made a verbal commitment to play football for the Wildcats in October.

On Wednesday, via Twitter, Reeves announced that he “would like to reopen my recruitment.”

“After having a long talk with my family and coaches I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Kentucky,” Reeves wrote on the social media site.

Reeves is a four-star recruit, according to Scout.com. He also holds scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Purdue.

Umpire classes to be held

WEIRTON – Umpire classes are being offered in Weirton on Mondays, beginning Feb. 8 at Millsop Community Center.

Through the classes, offered by Joe Banovsky, students can obtain a permit to umpire in Ohio and West Virginia. For information, call (740) 632-2871 or email jjbanovsky@aol.com.

Baseball clinic to be held

STRUTHERS – The Bob Cene Baseball Complex in Struthers, near Youngstown, will host a statewide wood bat tournament and showcase in June.

For information, contact Ken Quinn at (330) 719-0581.

Hyundai is title sponsor

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai has reached a deal to become the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club, following Northern Trust’s decision to shift from the Los Angeles tournament to the FedEx Cup playoff opener in the New York/New Jersey area.

Fountain Valley-headquartered Hyundai Motor America and the PGA Tour announced the deal Wednesday, a day after Northern Trust said it was leaving following the Feb. 18-21 event. Chicago-based Northern Trust took over in 2008 as the Los Angeles title sponsor.

Hyundai is moving its sponsorship from the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. South Korea television giant SBS has a 10-year deal through 2019 at Kapalua, and it farmed out the title to Hyundai in 2011.

Hyundai’s deal at Riviera and Northern Trust’s with the FedEx Cup opener will begin next year.

Spieth’s goal is Ryder Cup

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth’s big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder Cup with the United States.

The top-ranked Spieth says “we’re tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We’re tired of hearing about the past. And we’re ready to believe in a younger, more hungry team going forward.”

The European team has won eight of the past 10 editions of the Ryder Cup.

Since losing 16-11 at Gleneagles in 2014, the Americans have appointed Davis Love III for a second stint as captain and created a so-called “task force” to take a closer look at where the team has been going wrong.

Marlins Park moves in fences

MIAMI – Marlins Park will likely remain pitcher-friendly, but work is underway to make the dimensions less daunting for hitters.

The center field wall is being moved 11 feet closer to home plate and will be 407 feet away this season. That’s the biggest change, according to team president David Samson.

In addition, the Marlins are lowering the fence. The height previously ranged from 11 to 13 feet, and with the redesign, it will be 6 to 11 feet. Outfield video boards will remain 11 1/2 feet high.

In the four years since Marlins Park opened, only 412 homers have been hit. That’s the second-lowest total in the majors, behind 411 homers at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Stewart signs deal with Bucs

PITTSBURGH – Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option.

Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday’s agreement. The Pirates’ option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old hit .289 with eight doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs scored in 58 games last year while backing up Francisco Cervelli, and he made $1,225,000. Stewart served as the primary catcher for Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh went 26-10 in the games Stewart started in 2015, including a 15-1 mark at PNC Park.

He had asked for $1.6 million and had been offered $1.35 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged last week.

Pittsburgh also designated right-hander Yoervis Medina for assignment.

Duquesne falls to VCU

RICHMOND, Va. – Doug Brooks and Mo Alie-Cox scored 16 points each to lead five VCU players in double figures and the Rams used a 24-11 burst early in the second half to cruise to their ninth consecutive victory, 93-71 over Duquesne.

Justin Tillman added 15 points, Melvin Johnson 13 and JeQuan Lewis 11 for the Rams (14-5, 6-0 Atlantic 10), who are off to their second consecutive 6-0 start in league play. The Rams led 44-31 at halftime, absorbed an 8-3 run by the Dukes to start the second half, then poured it on, opening a lead of as many as 26 points.

L.G. Gill scored 18 points and Derrick Colter 17 to lead the Dukes (12-7, 2-4), who were playing their second consecutive unbeaten league leader. Duquesne knocked St. Bonaventure from the top of the league standings with a 95-88 victory last Saturday. Micah Mason added 15 points and Eric James 13 for Duquesne.

From staff, wire reports

Briefs

Hawks clip Bruins

MORGANTOWN – The University girls’ basketball team outscored visiting Brooke 24-4 in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 56-32 victory Tuesday.

Payge Farmer led the Bruins (3-10) with 19 points. Brooke entertains Indian Creek Thursday.

University 56, Brooke 32

Brooke 4 5 7 16 – 32

University 24 14 8 10 – 56

BROOKE (3-10): Dodson 0 0-0 0; Elliott 1 0-0 2; Farmer 6 4-11 19; Jackson 1 2-6 4; Velegol 2 0-0 4; Reynolds 0 0-0 0; Edgar 0 0-0 0; Bowman 1 0-0 2; K. Byers 0 0-0 0; C. Byers 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11 7-19 32. 3-pointers: Farmer 3.

UNIVERSITY (4-10): Turner 9 1-2 21; Murphy 3 2-2 8; Philips 1 0-0 2; Okubo 0 2-4 2; Everly 1 0-0 2; Mollohan 4 2-2 10; Spearen 1 0-1 2; Brooks 4 1-1 9; Childers 0 0-0 0; Jenkins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 8-12 56. 3-pointers: Turner 2.

Legislators seek to honor Stewart

CHARLESTON – Several West Virginia state senators want to name an Interstate 79 exit in honor of late West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart.

The resolution introduced Tuesday would request that the state Division of Highways name Exit 153 in Monongalia County the “Coach Bill Stewart Exit.”

Stewart died of a heart attack in May 2012 at age 59.

After head coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan at the end of the 2007 regular season, Stewart led the Mountaineers to a surprising Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma in January 2008 and won the head coach’s job immediately afterward.

Stewart went 28-12 in three seasons. He resigned in 2011 and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen.

Washington makes plea deal

COLUMBUS – An attorney for Adolphus Washington says the Ohio State defensive lineman’s misdemeanor solicitation charge will be dismissed under a plea deal if he completes a program in which men learn about victimization of prostitutes.

Attorney Phil Templeton told The Columbus Dispatch that’s the standard plea offer for such cases and said Washington didn’t get special treatment.

Court records show he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Columbus. His sentencing is Feb. 16. Before then, he must complete the program operated by the city attorney’s office.

The senior from Cincinnati played in 12 games this year but was suspended for the Buckeyes’ Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 1.

Columbus police cited Washington Dec. 9. He issued an apology through the university, saying he’s disappointed in himself and will learn from his mistake.

Eagles hire Schwartz to be DC

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles have hired former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz to be their defensive coordinator.

Schwartz was the first assistant brought in by new head coach Doug Pederson. He last coached in 2014 as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator.

Schwartz was 29-51 as Detroit’s coach from 2009-13. He led the Bills to the No. 4 ranking on defense in 2014. Schwartz was Tennessee’s defensive coordinator for eight seasons before going to Detroit.

Pederson announced the hiring at his introductory news conference on Tuesday. Pederson also said he would retain from Chip Kelly’s staff offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and special teams coach Dave Fipp. Running backs coach Duce Staley also is expected to remain.

Noah has surgery on left shoulder

CHICAGO – Bulls center Joakim Noah has undergone surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder. Coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at practice the procedure Tuesday morning was a success.

The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Noah is expected to miss four to six months. Barring a quick recovery or deep playoff run, he might have played his last game for the Bulls given his expiring contract.

Noah was hurt in the second quarter of Friday night’s 83-77 loss to Dallas. He got tangled up with the Mavericks’ JaVale McGee under the basket, yelled in pain while holding his shoulder, and immediately ran off the court and to the locker room.

He had recently missed nine games with an injury to the same shoulder.

JGR makes crew chief changes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joe Gibbs Racing capped 2015 with its first Sprint Cup championship in a decade. Then the team made some major changes to one of the strongest organizations in NASCAR.

Kyle Busch won his first Cup title, the first for manufacturer Toyota and the first for JGR since Tony Stewart’s 2005 crown.

Behind the scenes, though, personnel changes were being made even though JGR put all four of its drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Dave Rogers was moved from crew chief for Denny Hamlin to crew chief for Carl Edwards, while Mike Wheeler was promoted from the Xfinity Series to replace Rogers. Busch and Matt Kenseth’s teams were left intact.

JGR drivers combined to win 15 of 36 races last season.

Blanton agrees to deal with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday’s agreement: $250,000 each for 50 and 60, and $500,000 for 70.

Blanton largely struggled in his first stint with the Dodgers, and he crashed out of the majors in 2013 after struggling even more with the Los Angeles Angels.

He retired early in 2014 but revitalized his career last season as a reliever with Kansas City and Pittsburgh. He went 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA for the Pirates, making 21 relief appearances after arriving in late July.

From staff and wire reports

Briefs

NFL: Ref determined ‘basic fairness’ dictated re-tossed coin

NEW YORK – No need to flip out over that repeated coin toss.

While there’s no NFL rule specifying the need for another flip, referee Clete Blakeman used his judgment to determine that “basic fairness” dictated that the coin should be re-tossed before the start of overtime of Green Bay’s game at Arizona on Saturday night, according to league spokesman Michael Signora.

When Blakeman tossed the coin, it never actually flipped after the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers called “tails.”

The coin landed on the ground on “heads.” Blakeman picked up the coin and re-flipped it, but Rodgers said after Green Bay’s 26-20 loss that he would have called “heads” on the second toss.

Signora says in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday that a team “gets only one choice to declare heads or tails.”

Florida State tops Virginia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dwayne Bacon scored 18 points and Florida State broke a five-game losing streak against ranked teams, beating No. 13 Virginia 69-62 on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (12-5, 2-3 ACC) trailed 39-36 early in the second half, but took control with a 12-3 run as Malik Beasley had five points. Florida State’s previous win over a ranked team was a 55-54 victory against Miami last season.

Beasley finished with 17 points, 14 in the second half. Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 11 points and Bacon had nine rebounds.

London Parrantes led the Cavaliers (13-4, 2-3) with 19 points while Anthony Gill added 13 and Malcolm Brogdon 10.

No. 16 Iowa defeats Michigan

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Jarrod Uthoff scored 23 points and No. 16 Iowa beat Michigan 82-71 on Sunday for its first 5-0 start in the Big Ten in 19 years.

Peter Jok had 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the surging Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-0), who could make a big leap in Monday’s rankings after a tumultuous week for many of the nation’s top teams.

Iowa broke open a tight game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half, and Jok buried a 3-pointer that made it 76-68 with 2:34 left.

Derrick Walton Jr. had 16 points for Michigan (13-5, 3-2). The Wolverines played their fourth straight game without star Caris LeVert, who was out with a left leg injury.

Wisconsin beats No. 4 Michigan State

MADISON, Wis. – Ethan Happ scored underneath the basket with 10 seconds left and Wisconsin beat No. 4 Michigan State 77-76 on Sunday.

The Spartans had a final chance to win but Denzel Valentine missed a 3-pointer and Matt Costello’s last-second side jumper bounced off the rim.

Bronson Koenig scored 27 points and Nigel Hayes added 25 for the Badgers (10-9, 2-4 Big Ten), who trailed 76-72 after Valentine hit a runner for the Spartans (16-3, 3-3). Koenig hit a 3-pointer with Valentine in his face and the shot clock winding down to pull Wisconsin within 76-75 with 27 seconds left.

The Badgers went to a full-court press for the first time in the game, and forced a turnover as Eron Harris stepped out of bounds while double-teamed.

With the clock winding down, Koenig found Happ for the winning basket.

Valentine led Michigan State with 23 points, while Costello added 18.

Spurs rout Mavericks

SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs received an early spark from Jonathon Simmons to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-83 on Sunday night and remain undefeated at home.

The Spurs are a franchise-best 24-0 at home to open the season and have won 33 straight at the AT&T Center dating back to March 2015.

San Antonio matched its best start after 43 games, tying the mark set by the 2010-2011.

The Spurs did have some bad news, losing Tony Parker late in the third quarter to right hip soreness. The injury forced Parker to miss two games at the beginning of the month.

Wesley Matthews led Dallas in scoring with 12 points, but was the only starter in double figures.

No. 5 Ohio State downs Purdue

COLUMBUS – Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points and Ameryst Alston added 25 to help No. 5 Ohio State beat Purdue 90-70 on Sunday.

Shayla Cooper added 16 points for the Buckeyes (13-4, 5-1), who snapped Purdue’s nine-game winning streak.

Ohio State closed the first quarter on a 10-0 to open up a 24-14 lead, and the Buckeyes never trailed again. The closest Purdue would get was within four points early in the third quarter.

The game left Ohio State, Purdue (14-3, 5-1) and Maryland (16-2, 5-1) in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings.

April Wilson led Purdue with 19 points while Ashley Morrissette scored 17 and Dominique McBryde had 12.

Ohio State shot 59 percent from the floor while holding the Boilermakers to 39 percent.

From wire reports

Hoke new defensive coordinator at Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined Oregon’s staff as defensive coordinator.

Hoke replaces Don Pellum, who was defensive coordinator for two seasons and has returned to coaching linebackers for the Ducks.

Hoke coached the Wolverines for four seasons from 2011-14, going 31-20. He was the Maxwell Football Club national coach of the year in 2011.

“We are extremely excited to welcome coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said in a statement. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint.”

Under Hoke, Michigan’s defense went from 110th in the nation to ranking within the top 17 in three of his four seasons. For his final season, the Wolverines were ranked seventh nationally, allowing 311.3 yards a game.

In addition to Michigan, Hoke also had stints as head coach at Ball State and San Diego State. He was an assistant at Oregon State from 1989-94.

Oregon went 9-4 this past season, the first time since 2007 that the Ducks have finished with fewer than 10 wins. The season was capped by a stunning triple-overtime loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks were up 31-0 at halftime, but the Horned Frogs rallied to win 47-41.

Oregon allowed a school-record 37.5 points per game.

Briefs

Big Red falls to Meadowbrook

BYESVILLE – The Steubenville boys basketball team fell, 51-42, to Meadowbrook on Saturday.

Big Red was led by Mandela Lawrence-Burke, who scored 12 points. Steubenville’s record dropped to 8-3 on the year.

Big Red is back in action Tuesday against Brooke.

Meadowbrook 51, Steubenville 42

Steubenville 15 10 9 8 – 42

Meadowbrook 10 14 9 18 – 51

Steubenville: Petteway 4 0-0 9, Wallace-Jones 2 0-0 4, Walkosky 0 0-0 0, Lawrence-Burke 4 3-4 12, Collaros 1 2-2 4, Reeves 2 0-0 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, Marx 0 0-0 0, Davis 3 0-0 7, Granatir-Lee 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 17 5-6 43. 3-pointers: Petteway, Lawrence-Burke, Davis.

Meadowbrook: Black 3 6-6 13, Touvell 5 0-1 13, Cork 3 3-4 9, Wolverton 3 2-4 8, Urdak 2 2-3 6, Roberts 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 17 13-17 51. 3-pointers: Touvell 3, Black.

Oak Glen girls lose to Park

WHEELING – On Friday, the Oak Glen girls basketball team suffered a 75-52 setback to Wheeling Park.

Logan Andrews scored 28 points for the Golden Bears, while Alex Arnott added 12.

The Golden Bears play again Monday at Madonna.

Wheeling Park 75, Oak Glen 52

Oak Glen 10 17 10 15 – 52

Park 27 11 21 15 – 75

OAK GLEN: Arnott 3 3-5 12; Kovalick 0 0-0 0; Stipac 0 0-0 0; Witherow 3 3-3 9; Grotefend 0 0-0 0; Clunk 0 0-0 0; Andrews 9 10-19 28; Click 0 0-0 0; Severs 0 0-0 0; Deaver 0 0-0 0; Oreuzuk 0 0-0 0; Price 0 1-2 1; McKay 1 0-0 2; Bemis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 17-29 52. 3-pointers: Arnott.

PARK: Robb 4 2-4 10; Morgan Glass 2 0-0 4; Emily Pavlic 1 0-0 3; McKennen 4 0-3 8; Gray 0 0-0 0; Schultz 5 0-0 10; Daugherty 5 2-2 16; Hartman 0 1-2 1; Kendle 1 0-2 2; Standford 1 2-2 4; Bumgardner 7 3-3 17. Totals: 29 10-18 75. 3-pointers: Pavlic, Daugherty 3

Gonzales record 1,000th point

BUFFALO – Franciscan senior guard Iliana Gonzales recorded the 1,000th point of her career in an 80-70 victory for the Barons over Medaille College.

Gonzales is the second FUS womens player to reach 1,000 points, behind Lacey Huck.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to achieve this milestone if it wasn’t for my family, friends, coaches and teammates having such a positive impact in my life,” Gonzales said. “Hard work pays off and I am truly blessed to accomplish this milestone at Franciscan University.”

Gonzales scored 25 points, while sophomore center Lucia Westrick added 21 points with 17 rebounds.

The Barons return home on Monday to face the No. 1 team in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, La Roche.

Medaille tops FUS

BUFFALO – A second half surge led Medaille College to a 95-72 win over the Franciscan mens basketball team. The Barons led 44-40 at halftime but the Mavericks outscored FUS 55-28 to seal the victory on their home court.

Catholic Central graduate John Paul Dombrowski and Keoni Sablan, both sophomores, scored 14 points each. Christian Duke had 11 rebounds, while Jacob Divens had 11 points with eight assists.

FUS plays again on Monday, at home against La Roche.

Caponi hired by Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN – Arizona safeties coach Matt Caponi is joining West Virginia in the same role. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Caponi’s hiring Friday. Caponi spent four seasons with the Wildcats. He was with current WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson on the defensive staff at Pittsburgh in 2011 and with Arizona in 2012.

Caponi is a native of Pittsburgh.

Wickline to lead WVU offense

MORGANTOWN – Former Texas assistant Joe Wickline is the new offensive coordinator at West Virginia.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgersen announced Wickline’s hiring Friday.

Wickline was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for two years at Texas before being fired in December. Before that, Wickline served as offensive line coach at Oklahoma State from 2005-2013 and at Florida from 2002-2004.

Oklahoma State filed a nearly $600,000 breach of contract lawsuit against Wickline in 2014, claiming his move to Texas was lateral – not a promotion. The suit was settled last month for $250,000.

Wickline’s last offensive line at Texas helped the Longhorns finish 18th nationally in rushing.

Big?Red Boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school main office conference room.

All are welcome. Memberships for 2016 are now available.

From staff, wire reports

BRIEFS

Valve replacement work set

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Water Board has scheduled a valve replacement at the intersection of Weir Avenue and Lee Avenue, with work set to begin at 7 a.m. today. During the work, customers on Weir Avenue, and all adjacent streets, and from the Cove Road/Weir Avenue intersection to Harmon Creek Road, may experience cloudy, discolored water or low water pressure.

Customers in those areas are advised to refrain from doing laundry because of the possibility of iron staining.

Enforcement meeting canceled

WEIRTON – The regular meeting of the Weirton Building Enforcement Agency, scheduled for Tuesday, has been canceled because of an expected lack of a quorum.

Briefs

Toronto wins on road

BOWERSTOWN – The Toronto boys basketball team improved to 10-3 on the year with an 85-71 victory at Conotton Valley.

Leading the way for the Red Knights was Blaze Glenn, who scored 32 points. Also scoring in double figures were Ty West (16), Jake Keenan (15) and Hank Clegg.

Toronto is back in action on Tuesday, hosting Steubenville Catholic Central.

Toronto 85, Conotton Valley 71

Toronto 23 23 21 18 – 85

C Valley 20 17 17 17 – 71

Toronto: Glenn 12 5-7 32, West 6 4-6 16, H. Clegg 4 1-2 10, Keenan 5 2-8 15, Carducci 0 1-3 1, Karaffa 1 2-5 4, Kiersey 3 1-2 7, Hill 0 0-0 0, Jordan 0 0-0 0, Myers 0 0-0 0, Roche 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 31 16-33 85. 3-pointers: Glenn 3, H. Clegg, Keenan 3.

C Valley: Pyles 1 1-2 3, Mauge 0 0-0 0, McCreary 1 3-6 5, Beamer 9 4-4 24, Masters 0 0-0 0, Belknap 3 1-1 7, Robinson 2 1-2 6, Bower 6 7-8 22, Rice 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 24 17-23 71. 3-pointers: Beamer 2, Robinson, Bower 3.

Briefs

Oak Glen beats Toronto

NEW MANCHESTER – Maisie Witherow tallied a career-high 32 points as Oak Glen’s girls basketball team had no trouble with Toronto in a 66-40 rout on Wednesday.

Witherow’s previous career-high was 28. Alex Arnott added 18.

Oak Glen moved to 7-5 and will host Wheeling Park on Friday.

Jenna Leasure and Gina Fogle each scored 10 points for the Red Knights, who welcome Madonna Jan. 21.

Oak Glen 66, Toronto 40

Toronto 2 13 9 16 – 40

Oak Glen 21 25 16 4 – 66

TORONTO: Jones 3-0-6, Robinson 1-4-6, Taggart 2-0-4, Jordan 1-0-2, Swearingen 1-0-2, Fogle 4-2-10, Leasure 4-2-10. TOTALS: 16, 8-21: 40.

OAK GLEN: Arnott 7-4-18, Witherow 14-0-32, Clunk 2-0-4, Andrews 2-0-4, Severs 2-1-5, McKay 1-0-3. TOTALS: 28, 5-6: 66. 3-pointers: Witherow 4, McKay.

FUS men lose

ALTOONA, Pa. – Franciscan University of Steubenville sophomore Keoni Sablan scored a career-high 31 points, and added 10 rebounds, but the mens’ basketball team dropped an 83-68 decision at Penn State-Altoona Wednesday afternoon. Junior Jacob Divens dished out 10 assists.

The Barons visit Medaille College at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lady Barons win

ALTOONA,?Pa. – The Franciscan womens basketball team earned a 60-50 win over Penn State-Altoona.

Illiana Gonzales scored 18 points, while Lucia Westrick added 12.

Briefs

FUS men lose

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sophomore John Paul Dombrowksi had 22 points and 11 rebounds, but the Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team dropped a 92-74 decision to D’Youville College Sunday.

Dombrowski was 10 for 13 from the floor. Sophomores Daniel McElroy and Keoni Sablan each chipped in 10 points for the Barons.

The Spartans opened the game on a 16-5 run during the first 7:25 and never looked back. Junior Jacob Divens made a pair of free throws and senior Christian Duke hit a layup to pull the Barons to 22-15 with 8:27 to play in the first half.

The Barons visit Penn State-Altoona at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FUS women lose

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team committed 27 turnovers in a 70-50 loss to D’Youville College Sunday.

Sophomore center Lucia Westrick came off the bench and led the Lady Barons with 11 points and eight rebounds. Seniors Iliana Gonzales and Stephanie Pahren each contributed 10 points.

The Spartans outscored the Lady Barons 22-7 in the quarter and led 34-18 at halftime.

FUS heads to Penn State-Altoona at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Cardinals beat the Bobcats

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – After a turnover with 3.9 seconds left, the Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball team turned up the last-shot defense against the Mountain East Conference’s top inside player, West Virginia Wesleyan’s Tanner McGrew, and saw his shot go off the mark to seal a 60-59 road victory Sunday.

Leading 45-37 with 8:39 remaining, the Cardinals (13-1/6-1 MEC) saw the Bobcats get hot from beyond the arc. West Virginia Wesleyan (9-4/4-3 MEC) drained five 3-pointers over the next six minutes, but WJU never gave up the lead for its seventh win in a row.

“We struggled tonight. We had to gut it out as we made enough plays to win,” explained Cardinals’ head coach Danny Sancomb. “Our defense won the game. I was happy with our effort as we did not let our offense effect our defense.”

Eric Siefert topped the WJU scoring with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds and five assists.

Kyle Ritz and Haywood Highsmith also hit double-digit with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Pat Moseh chipped in nine points, five rebounds and three assist, while Fritts added nine tallies of his own.

WJU visits Glenville State at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Briefs

Big Red loses on road

FARRELL, Pa. – The Steubenville boys’ basketball team dropped an 89-63 decision at Farrell, Pa. Friday.

Steubenville fell to 7-2 and travels to Catholic Central Friday and Meadowbrook Jan. 16.

Farrell outscored Big Red in all four quarters and led 45-33 at the break.

Charles Reeves led Steubenville with 16 points. Alec Davis scored 15 and Shyoun Petteway 10.

Farrell 89, Steubenville 63

Steubenville 16 17 16 14 – 63

Farrell 26 19 20 24 – 89

STEUBENVILLE (7-2): Reeves 8 0-2 16, Davis 5 4-9 15, Petteway 4 0-1 10, Walkosky 0 0-0 0, Lawrence-Burke 1 0-0 3, Collaros 4 1-3 9, Ice 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, Mark 3 2-2 8, Gulan 0 0-2 0, Granatier-Lee 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28 7-14 63. 3-pointers: Petteway 2, Lawrence-Burke, Davis.

FARRELL: T. Holloway 10 5-8 25, Lewis 6 4-4 17, Miller 5 2-2 15, Norton 0 0-0 0, Hubbard 0 0-0 0, J. Holloway 0 0-0 0, Nessett 1 0-0 2, Dea. Phillips 2 0-1 4, McCoy 1 4-6 6, Hosey 1 0-0 2, Jackson 1 1-2 3, Don. Phillips 0 0-0 0, Hammonds 0 0-0 0, Chambers 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 34 17-24 89. 3-pointers: Miller 3, Lewis.

Game times moved

Four basketball games today had times changed.

The St. Marys and Madonna girls varsity game will start at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The Frontier at Toronto girls game will be a 1 p.m. varsity start.

The Harrison Central boys game at Weir will have a 4 p.m. JV tip.

The East Liverpool boys game at Oak Glen will have a 5 p.m. JV start. The freshman game has been postponed with the reschedule date to be announced.

Also, the Martins Ferry at Weir girls game on Jan. 16 has been moved to a 4 p.m. JV tip.

Girls softball sign-ups coming

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Girls Softball League is having registration at the Steubenville High School commons area from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The league is for ages 8 to 15.

For information, contact Butch Brown at (740) 497-3792.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school main office conference room. All are welcome. Memberships are available.

Briefs

Registration for ICYBSL set

WINTERSVILLE – Baseball registration is open for the Indian Creek Youth Baseball Softball Association by visiting www.icybsl.com. A $10 discount will be received if registered before Feb. 1.

It will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Steuben Mall and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Spartans defeat White

WEIRTON – The St. Joseph fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball team defeated St. Paul White, 34-30, in Wheeling Parochial League action. Lennon Dietrich paced the Spartans with 22 points, while Santino Arlia added 12, including the last six points for his team in an exciting fourth quarter which saw the Irish overcome a 12 point deficit to tie the game at 30. The Irish were led by Evan Bone and Michael Burdine who scored 10 points each, while Johnny O’Karma chipped in with six.

Briefs

No. 24 Pitt beats GT

PITTSBURGH – James Robinson and Jamel Artis scored 18 points apiece and No. 24 Pittsburgh held off Georgia Tech 89-84 victory on Wednesday night.

Robinson added eight assists for the Panthers (13-1, 2-0 ACC), who won their ninth straight.

Barons earn conference win

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women earned its first AMCC win on Wednesday, beating Pitt-Greensburg, 75-65.

“It was a quality effort tonight from our entire team,” head coach Suzy Delaney said. “We have a long way to go becoming a complete team but I’m seeing some good things coming together.”

Iliana Gonzales scored a game-high 32 points and Sarah Schriner added 16. Lucia Westrick had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. FUS plays Saturday at Penn State-Behrend.

FUS men lose at home

STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville sophomore Jonas McCaig scored a career-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough for his team to beat Pitt-Greensburg, which earned a 92-73 win over the Barons.

John Paul Dombrowski, a Catholic Central graduate, had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. FUS shot 37.8 percent (28-74) from the floor while the Bobcats went 39-for-76 (51.3 percent). The Barons were nearly perfect at the foul like (7-for-8) while posting seven steals and five blocks as a team.

FUS plays Saturday at Penn State-Behrend.

Madonna starting time changed

WEIRTON – The starting time of Saturday’s girls basketball game in Weirton between Madonna and St Mary’s has been changed to 12:30 p.m.

Neftali Feliz signs with Pirates

PITTSBURGH – Former AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3.9 million, one-year contract.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who became a free agent last month when Detroit failed to offer a 2016 contract, is 15-12 with a 3.17 ERA and 97 saves in 246 big league appearances.

He was 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 18 appearances for the Rangers last year, became a free agent in July after he was designated for assignment, then signed Detroit last July and went 2-2 with a career-worst 7.62 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.

From staff, wire reports

Briefs

Potters defeat Redskins

EAST LIVERPOOL – The East Liverpool boys’ basketball team outscored visiting Indian Creek 16-7 in the third quarter and that was the difference in a 57-48 victory over the Redskins Saturday evening.

Isaac Davison paced the potters with a game-high 33 points, including making all 11 free throws. Dallas Brewer added 12.

Aaron Foldi led the Redskins with 14 points. Adrian Greco added 12 and Greg Wade 11.

Indian Creek welcomes Edison Tuesday and Beaver Local Friday.

East Liverpool 57, Indian Creek 48

Indian Creek 11 19 7 11 – 48

East Liverpool 12 15 16 14 – 57

INDIAN CREEK: Foldi 6 2-5 14, Greco 5 0-0 12, Wade 5 0-0 11, Taylor 3 0-1 6, Freshwater 0 2-2 2, Crawford 0 1-2 1, Sinsel 0 0-0 0, Waggoner 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 20 5-10 48. 3-pointers: Greco 2, Wade.

EAST LIVERPOOL: Davidson 11 11-11 33, Brewer 5 0-0 12, Dawson 1 0-0 2, Adams 0 2-2 2, Adkins 1 2-4 4, R. Bombich 0 0-0 0, A. Bombich 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 31 15-17 57. 3-pointers: Brewer 2.

Briefs

Crash survivor hosts rescuers

PHILADELPHIA – A survivor of a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia is giving back to three police officers who carried him from the wreckage.

Nick Ritrivi has season tickets to see the New York Giants. So the three Philadelphia officers joined him Sunday as the Giants hosted the Philadelphia Eagles at the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The rescuers are identified as Officers Dan Cosme, Tim Stephan and Clarence Manson.

Photographs show the officers carrying Ritrivi from the Amtrak crash last year and holding him again Sunday during a tailgate outside MetLife Stadium, where the Eagles beat the Giants 35-30.

Eight people died and more than 200 were injured when the speeding train derailed May 12.

Cuomo: Take homeless inside

NEW YORK – Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed an order requiring communities statewide to take homeless people from the streets to shelters when temperatures reach freezing, saying he was ready for a legal challenge from anyone who believes “people have a civil right to sleep on the street and freeze to death.”

Cuomo said the executive order, which takes effect Tuesday, will protect the state’s growing homeless population.

The order came as temperatures in parts of New York state were dipping below 32 degrees. It calls for police departments and social services agencies to move people into shelters, including those reluctant to go.

The legality of the order was questioned by Karen Hinton, a spokeswoman for Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We support the intent of the executive order, but to forcibly remove all homeless individuals in freezing weather, as the governor has ordered, will require him to pass state law,” she said in a statement. “This executive order adds no legal or financial resources to New York City’s programs to assist the homeless and merely requires all New York state localities follow many of the same requirements as New York City to shelter families and individuals in need in freezing temperatures.”

In an interview Cuomo said he was ready to go to court, if necessary, to defend his order against any constitutional challenges.

“I want this done statewide,” Cuomo said. “By the way, there is a philosophy out there that says people have a civil right to sleep on the street and freeze to death if they want to.”

Prince William is more emotional

LONDON – Prince William has said that being a father has made him “more emotional” and more prone to welling up.

The royal is the father of two children, 2-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, born in May. In a television interview, the 33-year-old said that becoming a parent has made him more aware of “how precious life is.”

William said that he “never used to get too wound up or worried about things,” but now feels more affected by world events.

“Now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father,” he said.

“Just because you realize how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that.”

U.S. shuts down drone operation

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The U.S. government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia, an embassy official announced.

A decision has been reached that the base in Arba Minch, 280 miles south of Addis Ababa, is no longer necessary, embassy spokesman David Kennedy told The Associated Press by email.

“U.S. military personnel are no longer in Arba Minch,” Kennedy said. “In our ongoing bilateral discussions on defense cooperation, we reached a mutual decision that our presence in Arba Minch is not required at this time.”

Ethiopian media reported about the base when it was set up in 2011 but the U.S. has never publicly confirmed its existence. A security expert in Addis Ababa, who insisted on anonymity for fear of Ethiopian government reprisal, said the base was used to attack Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Ethiopia is a staunch U.S. ally in East Africa and has sent hundreds of troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group. Although Ethiopia has a history of human rights, it is also a key U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia had troops in Somalia between 2006 and 2009 to defeat extremists. Ethiopia redeployed its troops to Somalia in 2011 to combat al-Shabab. Al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s East African affiliate, is fighting the internationally-backed Somali government. The rebels were pushed out of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 with the help of African Union troops. But al-Shabab still carries out numerous guerrilla attacks in Somalia and the countries contributing A.U. troops, including Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda.

By The Associated Press

Briefs

FUS women lose

PITTSBURGH – The Franciscan University of Steubenville women’s basketball team lost at Chatham University Thursday, 77-51.

It committed a season-high 28 turnovers, while sophomore forward Bernadette Roach fouled out in the third quarter and guards Sarah Schriner and Iliana Gonzales each finished with four fouls.

Chatham scored 26 points off turnovers and shot 18 for 24 from the free throw line.

Gonzales earned her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Weir High grad Raegan Stead scored 11.

The Lady Barons (1-8) will host Pitt-Greensburg at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school main office conference room. All are welcome with memberships available.

ICYBSL to hold clinic

WINTERSVILLE – The Indian Creek Youth Baseball Softball League will hold a youth-focused coaches clinic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Bantam Ridge gymnasium. It will offer instructional sessions and drills presents by nine area collegiate baseball coaches.

The event highlights the fundamentals areas of hitting, pitching, catching, infield and outfield practice, drills and practice organization. A Q&A will follow each presentation. Copies of the presentation notes will be offered to all attendees.

Opening remarks will begin with Bethany College head coach Rick Carver and will conclude with an “Inside Baseball” presentation by the West Liberty staff. Washington & Jefferson will also be represented.

For information, visit www.icybsl.com. Cost is $30 per person, or $25 per person when leagues register five or more coaches. Deadline is Jan. 25.

Clelland to be at QDSN

Madison Clelland, a sophomore at Linsly, has been chosen to compete in the Queen of Diamonds North Showcase.

It will be held Jan. 9-10 at Kent State University and is the largest fastpitch showcase event of its kind, the largest in the U.S. and attracts as many as 700 college coaches and recruiters.