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Steelers veterans Haden, Gilbert return to practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) — For vastly different reasons, two of the Steelers veteran starters were prevented from practicing fully or playing in games during December. That changes this week — and Marcus Gilbert and Joe Haden couldn’t be happier. “I’m super, super excited,” said Haden, ...

No. 10 WVU tops Coppin State

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Bob Huggins has never been one to mince words so it wasn’t a surprise when he described No. 10 West Virginia’s 77-38 victory over winless Coppin State as “horrific.” Teddy Allen scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (10-1), ...

Wheeling Park QB Wilkinson signs with Toledo

WHEELING — Several years of hard work and two of full-on recruitment came to an end Wednesday at Wheeling Park High School’s Performing Arts Center. That’s where Patriots quarterback Cross Wilkinson signed on the dotted line to lift off and continue his academic and athletic careers at ...

Pitt loads up on quarterbacks after transfers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After losing a pair of quarterbacks over the last month to transfers, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson replenished their ranks at football’s most important position on Wednesday, as two of Pitt’s 15 early signees are ...

Ohio State inks 21 recruits on first early signing day

COLUMBUS (AP) — The nation’s top-rated tight end and defensive tackle were among the 21 recruits locked up by Ohio State on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. Jeremy Ruckert from Lindenhurst, New York, could make an immediate impact at tight end, with the departure of ...

WVU lands at least 19 recruits

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia has landed at least 19 recruits on the first day of the early signing period, including a four-star defensive lineman who joined his brother in staying close to home. Dante Stills of Fairmont Senior High School is the son of former West Virginia linebacker ...

Isaiah Thomas could play for Cavaliers next week

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday. Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers. Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s ...

Weir makes Madonna’s time miserable in 29-point victory

WEIRTON — It was all about the tough Weir High defensive pressure Tuesday night as the Red Riders forced 23 turnovers and got up and down the floor in transition for an easy 71-42 win over Madonna on the Ron “Fritz” Williams Court inside the Carl R. Hamill Fieldhouse. Twelve Weir ...

Golden Bears run over Crusaders

NEW MANCHESTER — In a game filled with momentum swings, the final one went the way of Oak Glen as the Golden Bears boys basketball team used a big second half effort to defeat Catholic Central 54-47. “I think that was two hard-nosed teams going at it,” Oak Glen coach Jerry Everly said. ...

Big Red topples Monarchs

MOUNDSVILLE — There is no secret when it comes to Steubenville Big Red basketball. Coach Mike Haney’s charges will bring relentless defensive pressure and loads of athleticism. It is a formula that has proven quite successful during Haney’s 10 years at the Steubenville helm. A solid ...

Indian Creek boys double up Edison

RICHMOND — The Indian Creek boys’ basketball team controlled the paint and the game against rival Edison. The Redskins scored the majority of their points on the inside and they won the battle of the boards en route to doubling up the Wildcats, 54-27, Tuesday night on the road. The ...

Steubenville, Indian Creek at Brooke swimming

GIRLS RESULTS: 1. Brooke 74, 2. Steubenville 69, 3. Indian Creek 55. BOYS RESULTS: 1. Brooke 84, 2. Steubenville 49, 3. Indian Creek 31. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS GIRLS 200 MEDLEY RELAY: Brooke (Emily Donley, Bethany Harlan, Cammie Hill, Mary Ossman) 2:23.76, Indian Creek 2:37.60, Steubenville ...

BRIEFS

Youth basketball tourney upcoming CAMBRIDGE — The annual Cambridge Youth Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 23-25. It is a boys-only tournament with four divisions (third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades). Each team costs $125 with discounts available for entering multiple ...

CCHS overcomes slow start to beat Weir High

WEIRTON — Steubenville Catholic Central ran its girls basketball winning streak to five Monday with a hard-fought 48-40 victory over Weir High. The Crusaders (7-1 overall) trailed by five (12-7) after the opening quarter before outscoring the Red Riders 17-13 in the second. Central took ...

Redskins outlast Panthers, defeat them for second time this season

WINTERSVILLE — Defense has been the focus for the Indian Creek girls basketball team’s turnaround this season, and it was put to the test going against a solid Buckeye Local club and standout Emily Holzopfel Monday night at Indian Creek High School. The Redskins passed with a 56-50 win to ...

Columbiana dominates Toronto girls

TORONTO — The Columbiana girls’ basketball team completely dominated Toronto in all four quarters en route to a 100-27 victory in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Monday night inside the George J. Gunzler Memorial Gymnasium. “There are positives we can take from this,” ...

Steelers trying to recover from near miss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maybe Mike Tomlin called it. Maybe it was Todd Haley. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Rogers went rogue. The chaos surrounding Pittsburgh’s decision to go for the win instead of force overtime late in a 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday doesn’t lead ...

Penguins buried in Avalanche

DENVER (AP) — Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored twice, Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots — even getting a little help from the posts along the way — and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Monday night. J.T. Compher also scored and Mikko Rantanen sealed the win with a ...

Browns hoping to ruin plans for 0-16 parade

CLEVELAND (AP) — A pity parade has given the Browns more motivation to avoid NFL shame. Just two losses from becoming the second team in league history to go 0-16, the Browns want to avoid further embarrassment by having their inglorious season celebrated with a parade around their downtown ...

Patriots rally to win over Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The New England Patriots have built a dynasty on second chances. Miss an opportunity to bury the Super Bowl champions and they will find a way to find a way, usually behind a mix of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, and defensive playmaking at just the right time. It’s a lesson ...