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Spencer returns, Red Riders win thriller in two overtimes

WEIRTON — Weir High and East Fairmont played the most exciting game in many years inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse Saturday night and the Red Riders, after leading until the final shot in regulation, came from behind to send the game to a second extra period before hanging on for the win ...

Weir High girls finally get in the win column

WEIRTON — It took the Weir High girls basketball team eight games, but the Red Riders put it all together Saturday afternoon and won for the first time this season, 42-24, over Grafton on the Ron “Fritz” Williams Court inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. The Red Riders got out to an ...

Madonna girls give Boniti a victorious birthday present defeating Caldwell

WEIRTON — Madonna’s girls basketball team gave coach Rodney Boniti a birthday to remember Saturday. The Blue Dons used a huge fourth quarter to break open a tight game and earn a 53-40 victory over Caldwell in the inaugural Madonna Girls Basketball Holiday Shootout, played inside the Bill ...

CCHS girls win third game in three consescutive days

WEIRTON — Steubenville Catholic Central will take a 9-3 record into the new year following Saturday’s 78-47 victory over Bellaire St. John Central in the inaugural Madonna Girls Basketball Holiday Shootout. Ten players cracked the scoring column for the Crusaders, who won their third game ...

Toronto back to winning, beats Edison

TORONTO — One day after suffering a first loss of the season, Toronto boys basketball coach Sean Tucker was hoping to see his club bounce back. It did just that in front of a packed house on Saturday, out-lasting rival Edison for a 74-58 triumph to get back in the win column. “I am so ...

Big Red wins Wheeling Park Duals

WHEELING — Steubenville wrestling coach Mike Blackburn learned just how good his team can be in the last two days. After two state finalists in Jashon Hubbard and Tyler Ely picked up their diplomas a year ago, Big Red had to rely on a new core of younger grapplers. They rose to the ...

Oak Glen boys suffer first loss

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen boys basketball team suffered its first setback of the season, 58-51 to Wellsville. Ethan Travis led the Golden Bears (7-1) with 13 points. Zach Taylor and Jarrett Gittings each had 10 points, and Sean Smith nine points. Luke Green led Wellsville (6-2) with ...

Red Devils win their tournament

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - For the first 23 years of the St. Clairsville Americas Best Value Inn wrestling tournament, the hosts had to watch another school celebrate with the championship team trophy on John Jenkins Court. Saturday night, the Red Devils made it back-to-back team titles, as the event ...

Holzopfel lifts Buckeye Local over Barnesville

CONNORVILLE — Barnesville’s been offensively challenged much of the season. Facing off against Buckeye Local, which features standout scorer Emily Holzopfel, made the challenge even tougher Saturday morning in the inaugural Wheeling Hospital Women’s Health Holiday Classic. Holzopfel ...

Steelers need a win (and some luck)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an “s” to the end of his last name. Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, promising to send the rookie “a little something ...

Ravens get what they want: Beat Browns to win North

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday’s AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns. “At the beginning of the season, if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the division, we’d have all ...

Beaver runs past Madonna

WEIRTON — The Madonna boys basketball lost at home on Saturday, 89-62, to Beaver Local. Gavin Dietrich led the Blue Dons with 21 points. Brennan Secrist had 11 points. Evan Boniti finished with five points. Logan Reed led Beaver Local with 21 points. Luke Chetok hit six 3-pointers and ...

Crosby’s 4 points lead streaking Pens

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to lead the surging Pittsburgh Penguins past the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Saturday night. Juuso Riikola, Zach Aston-Reese, Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who converted on all four power ...

CCHS girls best Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — The girls basketball teams from Catholic Central and Big Red brought the fourth-annual Chuck Watt/John Nese Holiday Classic to a thrilling end inside the Crimson Center Friday night. Central, thanks to a couple of Julia Zatta free throw makes, pulled out a hard-fought 56-53 ...

Steubenville bounces back in big way

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville boys basketball team is known for its ability to go on runs. Big Red did just that against Martins Ferry, as the team started the game strong and ripped off a big run in the second half to pull away for a 72-52 victory in the second of three games at the ...

Marlington wins again, this time against Toronto

STEUBENVILLE — The Toronto boys basketball team fell behind by 16 points against Marlington in the second quarter and later staged a furious comeback to pull within striking distance in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Red Knights, Marlington was able to convert from the free ...

Grier-less Mountaineers blown away by Syracuse

ORLANDO, Fla. — Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson made their Syracuse debuts memorable, combining to score three touchdowns and helping the 17th-ranked Orange secure their first 10-win season since 2001 by topping No. 15 West Virginia 34-18 in the Camping World Bowl on Friday. Adams rushed ...

Brown questionable for Sunday

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is uncertain to play in the team’s biggest game of the season. Brown was listed as questionable to play in the Steelers’ must-win, regular-season finale at home against Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three ...

Browns owners agree to buy Crew

CLEVELAND (AP) — With their NFL franchise in better shape, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are tackling soccer. The Haslams have agreed to take over the Columbus Crew, guaranteeing the Major League Soccer team will not relocate. Since October, the Haslams have been working with a group ...

Smith-Schuster voted team MVP

PITTSBURGH (AP) — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team’s most valuable player. But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his ...