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Big Red, Hubbard’s ground games set to collide

BOARDMAN — A couple of teams that like to run the football will square off Saturday in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals. Second-seeded Steubenville, the defending Division IV champion, ran for 335 yards in its 38-13 quarterfinal victory over Akron Buchtel. Meanwhile, Hubbard, the third ...

Capel wins Pitt debut against YSU

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trey McGowens scored 17 points, fellow freshman Xavier Johnson added 16 points, six assists and five rebounds and Pittsburgh opened the Jeff Capel era with a 69-53 victory over Youngstown State on Tuesday night. Malik Ellison, a transfer from St. John’s, scored 13 for ...

WVU’s Holgorsen is still not ready to talk about the playoffs

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen will talk about anything these days — well, almost anything. Asked about using the Big 12 Conference championship game as a carrot to motivate his No. 9 (CFP) Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12) as they prepare to take on an ...

Nailers forward Josephs ready for bigger role

WHEELING — In minor league hockey, things can change quickly. Such is life in a game where the main mode of transportation is a bus. Take the case of Wheeling Nailers forward Troy Josephs, for example. A year ago Josephs (6-foot, 194 pounds) was a wide-eyed rookie but has had to morph ...

Another big season for local product

West Allegheny senior Nathan Dragisich became the all-time career leader in goals and assists in West Allegheny soccer history. With his 74th career goal and his 46th career assist he surpassed the previous marks. Dragisich has committed to play Division I soccer at Duquesne University where he ...

New faces leading OVAC programs

WHEELING — While a handful of high school football teams are still seeking state championships in Ohio and West Virginia, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestling season officially kicked off Monday night when coaches, head and assistant, and media members from across the area converged ...

District 5 volleyball All-Stars announced

The District 5 Volleyball Coaches Asscociation All-Star teams were released on Monday. In Divison II, Steubenville’s Sidney Snyder was a first-team selection. Indian Creek’s Chelsea Connor made second-team. Big Red’s Sammi Cucarese and the Redskins’ Sarah Mazzaferro were honorable ...

Steubenville Broncos are champions

The Steubenville Broncos won the OVYFL championship on Sunday, defeating Beaver Local 18-0 in the championship game.

Boyle, Devils defeat Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle wants to serve as a role model in the fight against cancer. He certainly was inspiring on Monday night. The cancer survivor scored three times for his first career hat trick, leading the Devils to a 5-1 victory over the slumping ...

Conner, Steelers keep rolling as Bell hints possible return

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him. The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been ...

Have Buckeyes solved running game?

COLUMBUS (AP) — After seeing its two star running backs shut down by a series of less talented opponents, No. 8 Ohio State finally managed to break them loose on Saturday. It was a timely development, as the Buckeyes this week prepare to face the top defense in the country against the ...

1st-place Pitt? Resilient Panthers lead ACC Coastal Division

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t throw the ACC Coastal Division standings up on the wall during his team’s annual Sunday night meeting. There was no need. Narduzzi is well aware his players know where the Panthers (5-4, 4-1 ACC) sit heading into Saturday’s visit ...

RB Duke Johnson’s re-emergence in loss a positive for Browns

BEREA (AP) — Duke Johnson wore a backpack on Monday that seemed symbolic. The Browns finally asked him to carry a larger load. Of the handful of positives to emerge from Sunday’s 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, capping another stormy week of change and uncertainty in Cleveland, ...

BRIEFS

Big Red Boosters sponsoring bus STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club is sponsoring a bus to Boardman for Saturday’s game against Hubbard. Seats are $35, ticket included, on a first-come basis. The bus will be at Harding Middle School at 4:30 p.m. and leave before 5 p.m. It will be an ...

Big Red, Weir High hit the road Saturday

Big Red is heading north for its Division IV, Region 13 semifinal date with Hubbard this week. Meanwhile, Weir High will be going south to Poca as the West Virginia Class AA playoffs begin. Second-seeded Steubenville and Hubbard, the third seed, will lock horns Saturday inside Boardman’s ...

Indian Creek’s long journey back to postseason action ends in Hubbard

HUBBARD — Moments after his team’s season came to an end with an opening- round playoff loss, Andrew Connor could not help but get emotional when thinking about his seniors. “I want everybody to know that I could not have asked for a better senior class,” he said. “I am a very ...

Steelers get their revenge on Ravens

BALTIMORE — Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense. Roethlisberger ...

Browns lose game, defenders

CLEVELAND — The coach changed. Everything else with the Cleveland Browns stayed the same. Unable to slow Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s thrill-a-minute offense, the Browns were soundly beaten — and beaten up — in a 37-21 loss on Sunday in Cleveland’s first game under interim ...

Harvick earns his shot at NASCAR Cup title

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Harvick gave the checkered flag to a young fan he brought onto the track to take a selfie — one with the winning driver and car that will have a shot at another NASCAR Cup championship. Harvick rocketed past polesitter Ryan Blaney in overtime Sunday, after the ...

Oak Glen falls in regional final, still qualifies for state tournament

NEW MANCHESTER — The end result was not what the Oak Glen volleyball team wanted, but the ultimate goal is still a possibility. Philip Barbour played with a great amount of urgency and intensity Saturday, and it paid off in a major way, as the Colts claimed the West Virginia Class AA Region ...