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Steelers-Ravens II: Different month, same pressure to win

BALTIMORE (AP) — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Browns GM to meet Chiefs team he helped build

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Dorsey’s roughest week running the Browns will close with a reunion. The Kansas City Chiefs were once his football family — before the feud. On Sunday, Cleveland’s first-year general manager will get an up-close look at the team he helped build into a Super ...

Love has foot surgery, out at least 6 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are missing another star. Forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks — and maybe longer — after surgery on his left foot, another blow to a team in disarray in its first season following LeBron James’ departure. Love, who injured his left big ...

Holmes excited to get back into coaching

STEUBENVILLE — Mike Holmes saw an opportunity to get back into coaching. After a long career and a few years off, he decided it was time to get back into the game. News traveled fast Wednesday that Holmes, the athletic director at Franciscan University of Steubenville, had been named the ...

Blue Dons fall in sectional

HUNDRED — The Madonna volleyball fell in the sectional final, 25-22, 25-24, 25-21, to Wheeling Central Thursday at Hundred High School. The Blue Dons continue in the tournament, having advanced to the regional tournament at Ritchie County on Saturday. Madonna will face Magnolia, while ...

Islanders get past Penguins

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night. Thomas Greiss made 29 saves as the Islanders swept a home-and-home set with the Penguins. New ...

Steelers secondary faces test

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has been on the losing end of 11 of his 14 games against Baltimore. Ten of those 11 came when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He’s only lost to the Ravens once with the Steelers, ...

Blocking, not receiving, earning Wesco more playing time for Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — Ask redshirt senior tight end Trevon Wesco the secret to his playing time and the former Musselman High School standout will answer it without a second thought. “Oh, my blocking, of course,” Wesco said during a Tuesday presser. “My blocking is what is getting me more ...

Mahomes, Mayfield renew rivalry

BEREA (AP) — Back when their chances of playing quarterback in the NFL were still in the dream stages, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield sat in an apartment near Texas Tech’s campus and played video games. It was 2013. Three years later, they appeared to do the same thing on the ...

Nuggets roll past the Cavaliers, 110-91

CLEVELAND (AP) — Juancho Hernangomez scored 23 points, Paul Millsap added 16 and the Denver Nuggets rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-91 on Thursday night. The Nuggets won their third straight to improve to 7-1. On Wednesday night in Chicago, they beat the Bulls 108-107 in overtime on ...

BRIEFS

Playoff tickets on sale WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek playoff football tickets for Saturday’s game at Hubbard will be on sale from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $8. Basketball sign-ups coming WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek will hold sign-ups for its boys basketball league from 4 ...

Weir High healing before its playoff run

WEIRTON — This is an easy, relaxing and fun week for the Weir High football team, as it enjoys its mandatory West Virginia bye week while awaiting the final state rankings and finding out its playoff pairing. Tony Filberto, veteran Red Rider coach, for many years has been old school about ...

Madonna closes its season against rival

WEIRTON — During recent years, the Madonna-Clay-Battelle football game, traditionally played on the last week of the season, has been an important meeting of two teams vying for playoff positions. This time, neither team has an opportunity for the postseason, so the Friday night matchup at ...

Big Red begins title defense in familiar territory

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s quest for a second straight Ohio Division IV championship begins Saturday with a Region 13 quarterfinal match against a very familiar foe. Akron Buchthel will invade Harding Stadium (the kick is set for 7 p.m.) for its 10th all-time meeting with Big Red. ...

Crusaders face difficult road test

CHESTERLAND — Steve Daley knows his Catholic Central football team faces a monumental challenge Friday in its Division VI, Region 21 quarterfinal game. The veteran coach also knows his Crusaders will give it everything they have. The 7-3 and seventh-seeded Crusaders will face unbeaten ...

Redskins hunting Eagles

HUBBARD — Indian Creek is back in the playoffs. According to coach Andrew Connor, to get there, the Redskins have been in playoff mode since Week 5. The Redskins rattled off five straight wins to finish sixth in Division IV, Region 13 and earn a Saturday trip to No. 3 seed Hubbard. ...

Brooke, Princeton square off in battle of winless teams

PRINCETON — The Brooke Bruins have one more chance to get in the win column Friday night with a trip to Princeton, as both teams will look to close the season with a first victory of the season. “They have crossed paths with a lot of our opponents this year,” Brooke coach Mac McLean ...

Oak Glen girls are ready for first trip to Beckley

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen girls soccer team will make history Friday when it takes the pitch at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley for the first time. The Golden Bears had never reached the West Virginia State Soccer Tournament until this year and will take on a field that is no ...

Holmes to take over Central boys basketball

STEUBENVILLE — It did not take long for Catholic Central to find a new boys basketball coach. Athletic Director Vince Oliver confirmed on Wednesday night that Mike Holmes will take over as coach, following Monday’s news the school had parted ways with Chris Tarquinio. “We hired a head ...

Steelers looking to get more aggressive at rival Baltimore

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality, that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game. When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on ...