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Brown out? Tomlin frustrated with star wide receiver’s growing antics

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to say Antonio Brown bailed on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either. The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team’s regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in ...

No. 11 Texas Tech holds off West Virginia in Big 12 opener, 62-59

MORGANTOWN (AP) — No. 11 Texas Tech started the Big 12 season on a positive note. Jarrett Culver led the way. Culver scored each of his 18 points in the second half, and Texas Tech overcame some early shooting troubles to beat West Virginia 62-59 in their conference opener Wednesday ...

Murray, Crosby lead Pens to seventh-straight win

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Murray doesn’t think he’s made any big changes since coming back from an injury last month. He’s just focusing on details and helping the Pittsburgh Penguins pile up wins. Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since his return, and the Penguins beat ...

Browns interview Caldwell for job

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Caldwell spent a year away from the NFL, and while he was gone the Browns found a franchise quarterback. Maybe he’ll get to coach Baker Mayfield. Caldwell, who led Indianapolis to the Super Bowl and made Detroit respectable, became the second candidate to interview ...

Richardson leads Wade-less Heat past Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dwyane Wade’s absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra ...

Meyer concludes incredible run with Buckeyes on top

PASADENA, Calif. — Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job. After his Buckeyes blew most of a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to recover a last-minute onside kick to win the ...

WVU coach interviewing with Houston

MORGANTOWN — The rumor has become the reality. BlueGoldNews.com has confirmed with West Virginia University sources that Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen has informed Director of Athletics Shane Lyons that he plans to talk to officials at the University of Houston about the Cougars’ ...

Browns begin search with Williams

CLEVELAND — Gregg Williams showed the Browns what he could do as their coach for a half-season. On Tuesday, he shared his plans for a full one — and maybe more. Williams, who led Cleveland to a 5-3 record as an interim coach, became the first candidate to interview with general manager ...

WLU alumni wrestlers build legacy with life insurance

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University alumni made the New Year more prosperous when former members of the wrestling team displayed true teamwork in initiating a $1 million legacy gift to strengthen the future of grapplers on the Hilltop. “West Liberty’s reputation in the world of ...

No. 16 Kentucky holds off No. 13 Penn State in Citrus Bowl, 27-24

ORLANDO, Fla. — Winning 10 games, beating Penn State on New Year’s Day, and finishing in the Top 20 is no small deal for the Kentucky Wildcats. So when Mark Stoops took a seat on the podium flanked by linebacker Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell Jr. after Tuesday’s 27-24 victory ...

Ravens enter playoffs as one of the hottest teams

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — John Harbaugh was still fired up one day after the Baltimore Ravens finally ended a three-year NFL playoff drought. Over the course of this whirlwind season, Baltimore has gone from a team on the cusp of spiralling downward to one that poses a formidable challenge ...

Next Bengals coach inherits roster ready for big change

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals owner Mike Brown must decide whether to bring in another newcomer to coach his team, or return to his pattern of trusting someone he already knows well. Whoever gets the job will inherit a roster on the cusp of significant change. Brown parted ways with head coach ...

Ehlinger’s three TDs lead Texas to win over Georgia

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bevo’s pregame strategy was to run right at the Bulldogs. Once the football started, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took the same approach with outstanding results. Ehlinger ran for three touchdowns, the Texas defense largely held Georgia’s offense in check, and the ...

COLUMN: High school hoops can improve

There is just something about high school basketball — boys or girls — that cannot be matched in many aspects. Yes, high school football in this area is king, and nothing comes close to it. But, one cannot deny the intensity and impact of basketball. The back-and-forth momentum swings, ...

CRC has another strong field coming

WHEELING — It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost like a broken record. Each summer, when Dr. Gregory Merrick announces the lineup for the annual Cancer Research Classic, you can almost set your watch to it that Merrick will proclaim that it’s the best lineup of teams to ...

WVU’s Long makes NFL Draft official

ORLANDO, Fla. — The worst kept secret coming out of the Camping World Bowl was the one surrounding the fate of redshirt junior linebacker David Long Jr. On Saturday the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year made it official – he would NOT be returning to West Virginia for his senior season ...

Haskins, Browning offer contrasts at QB in Rose Bowl meeting today

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl will be final collegiate start for Washington’s Jake Browning. Whether or not it will be for Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins remains a mystery. Haskins’ future has been as much a topic of conversation as Urban Meyer’s final game as the Buckeyes’ ...

Seven new teams make playoffs

(AP) - While the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams were mesmerizing pro football fans with their outlandish offensive onslaughts, something else might have gone unnoticed. More teams that failed to make the playoffs in 2017 are in this season than there are ...

Browns to interview Williams, Kitchens

BEREA (AP) — The Browns’ coaching search will start from the inside. Interim coach Gregg Williams, who led Cleveland to a 5-3 record after Hue Jackson was fired in October, will be the first candidate interviewed by Browns general manager John Dorsey to become the team’s ninth coach ...

Bengals fire Lewis after 16th season ends with loss to Steelers

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals fired coach Marvin Lewis on Monday, ending a 16-year stay in Cincinnati that included seven playoff appearances without so much as one win. The move ends the second-longest head coaching tenure in the league. New England’s Bill Belichick is wrapping up his ...