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STIFF ARMING — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell runs against the New England Patriots on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo)

Steelers prepare for today’s game at Texans without Brown

HOUSTON — Already in the playoffs after winning the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for in their last two games, starting with Monday’s matchup with the Houston Texans. A win over the struggling Texans combined with a loss or tie by the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

Browns get no Christmas miracle this year

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Browns got pushed to the brink of a winless season, hurt by two more interceptions by DeShone Kizer and two turnovers in the red zone on the way to a 20-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on a snowy Sunday. One more loss and the Browns will join the 2008 Detroit Lions ...

Athletes heeded call for help when disasters struck

J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The Texans’ three-time Defensive Player of the Year said he hoped to raise $200,000 in a video he posted on Twitter after a preseason game on Aug. 26. It took less than two hours to ...

SKY HIGH — Steubenville’s James Roundtree shoots over Wheeling Park’s Alex Vargo on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Big Red, Crusaders gear up for the third annual Watt/Nese Holiday Classic

STEUBENVILLE — The third annual Chuck Watt/John Nese Holiday Classic will be staged at Steubenville starting Wednesday. Teams from Big Red, Steubenville Catholic Central and six other schools are set to compete in the event, which was launched to honor the accomplishments of two local ...

GETTING AROUND — Toronto’s Trillion West maneuvers his way around a Union Local defender on Saturday. (Photo by Kim North)

Union Local boys soar past Toronto

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was "The Cody Ray-Ty Kildow Show" on Saturday afternoon at OUE. Ray scored a game-high 20 points, and Kildow dropped in 16 as Union Local raced past Toronto, 60-48, in the second game of the Buckeye 8 Challenge inside the college's Physical Education and Recreation ...

DEFENDING — Barnesville's Kyle Keiser (5) dribbles against Harrison Central's Tyler West (21) during Saturday's third game of the Buckeye 8 Challenge at Ohio University Eastern. (Photo by Rick Thorp)

Mitchell’s 30 leads Harrison to easy win

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Freshman Kobe Mitchell exploded for a game-high 30 points as Harrison Central jumped out to a 10-point lead and never looked back in downing Barnesville 90-46 in Game 3 of the Buckeye 8 Challenge at OUE. The Huskies (4-2) led by nine after one quarter before stretching ...

WALKING TALL — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden walks with crutches before a game against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 16 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo)

Haden on track to return against Texans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn’t taking anything for granted. The eight-year veteran, who has never played in the playoffs, experienced a scare when he broke his leg a month ago against Indianapolis. Five weeks later, Haden has recovered to the point where ...

WHAT? — A Cleveland Browns fan holds up a sign after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo)

Browns look to hit brakes on winless march against Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season. And the idea they could wind up without a win is weighing on quarterback DeShone Kizer. “You definitely feel it,” he said. A Christmas Eve victory over the Chicago Bears ...

Ducks fly together; Penguins sink

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh. He downplayed his annual homecoming Saturday night, but his teammates with the Anaheim Ducks understood this wasn’t just any game and it wasn’t just any arena for the 24-year-old who has helped keep them afloat during an uneven first ...

DOUBLING UP — Seattle Mariners' Yonder Alonso doubles against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning on Aug. 14 in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations says free-agent first baseman Yonder Alonso and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to contract terms. (AP Photo)

Indians sign Yonder Alonso to 2-year, $16 million deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yonder Alonso changed his swing last season and his statistics soared. The Indians hope they can rise even more. Alonso, who reached a career high in home runs and made the All-Star team for the first time, signed a two-year, $16 million contract on Saturday with Cleveland, ...

DRIVING DOWN — West Virginia guard Jevon Carter drives up court while being defended by Fordham guard Perris Hicks during the second half on Saturday in Morgantown. (AP Photo)

Carter, Konate lift No. 10 WVU over Fordham

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jevon Carter and Sagaba Konate had double-doubles to lead No. 10 West Virginia to its picked up his second double-double 11th straight victory, 86-69 over Fordham on Saturday. The Mountaineers (11-1) started out a little sluggish but managed a 16-point lead with 4 minutes ...

No. 5 UNC bounces back to fend off Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II viewed North Carolina’s recent upset loss to Wofford as a test of their leadership. The seniors provided a convincing response in a neutral-site, made-for-TV matchup against Ohio State. Berry and Pinson each scored 19 points, and No. 5 ...

Delbrugge steps down as manager of Wheeling Post 1 after four seasons

WHEELING — Mark Delbrugge knows the importance of American Legion baseball, and more importantly, how prestigious it is to be a part of Wheeling Post 1. His four seasons in charge were some of the most successful in the history of the program, but now is the time to walk away. Delbrugge ...

POSTING UP — Weir’s Jake McCoy posts up against CCHS on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Central’s lone lead came with no time left against Weir

WEIRTON — The Catholic Central Crusaders trailed from the start and would not get a lead until there was just 7.5 seconds left, but coach Chris Tarquinio's club found a way to earn a comeback 58-56 victory over the Weir Red Riders Friday night on the road. "CCHS stands for courage, ...

FLYING HIGH — Steubenville’s Calvin Bickerstaff hits the game’s first layup past Wheeling Park’s De’Vaughn McWhorter on Friday. Also shown is Big Red’s Davon Smith (20). (Photo by Joe Catullo)

The Park spoils Big Red’s fun during banner night

STEUBENVILLE — Wheeling Park’s band of young guns was just too much for Big Red to handle Friday inside the Crimson Center. Three underclassmen reached double figures as the Patriots, who didn’t have a senior in uniform, rolled to a 72-50 victory. Alex Vargo, Park’s talented 6-4 ...

Brooke rallies past John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — Brooke coach Cameron Koehler received an early Christmas present Friday night. The second-year Bruins’ basketball boss saw his improving Bruins run off the game’s final 11 points to escape the Moundsville Fieldhouse with a 38-33 win over John Marshall. Brooke is now 3-3 ...

FRIDAY BOX SCORES

BOYS BASKETBALL Toronto 72, Leetonia 52 Toronto 20-20-19-13 — 72 Leetonia 16-13-10-13 — 52 TORONTO: West 3 0-0 8; Herrick 1 0-0 2; Karaffa 9 5-6 24; Fulton 0 0-2 0; R. Matyas 0 0-0 0; B. Matyas 3 1-2 10; Roberts 0 0-0 0; Gulczynski 4 0-0 8; Clegg 2 0-1 4; Keenan 1 0-0 3; Reeves 0 ...

It’s a catch. Wait, there’s a catch to the catch

It’s a catch. Wait, there’s a catch to the catch. While coaches, players, fans and broadcasters become puzzled or annoyed by the NFL’s “catch rule,” the people in charge of developing and refining it through the years also have struggled. They simply couldn’t find language to ...

BRIEFS

Colgate beats NAIA Pitt-Bradford HAMILTON, N.Y. — Jack Ferguson scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Malcolm Regisford added 15 points with eight rebounds to help Colgate cruise to a 103-52 win over NAIA Pittsburgh-Bradford on Friday. Ferguson had three 3-pointers, four assists and ...