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Steelers losing patience with Bell

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s teammates spent the offseason and all of training camp brushing off his absence, confident in their belief that the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back would eventually let the business side of things play out, sign his franchise tender and be at work when ...

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Weir Boosters sponsoring bus trip WEIRTON — The Weir High Football Boosters will sponsor a bus trip to Petersburg for the Sept. 22 game against the Vikings. The cost is $45 and includes the game ticket. The bus will leave the Weir High parking lot at 10 a.m. for the 4 p..m. game at ...

Weir girls hang on to city championship

WEIRTON — The coveted trophy will remain with Weir High for another year. Julia Gianni netted a hat trick, leading the Weir girls soccer team to a 5-0 win over city-rival Madonna Tuesday evening at Jimmy Carey Stadium to claim the city championship. “It means a lot to the girls,” Weir ...

Crusaders bounce back, sweep Blue Dons

WEIRTON — The Steubenville Catholic Central volleyball team swept Madonna, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16, on Tuesday. Karmen DiBiase led the Crusaders (3-3) with 14 points, 18 assists and seven digs. Theresa Bahen tallied 15 points, five kills and two blocks. Emma Borden had 21 points, eight kills ...

Indian Creek’s Jallow nets nine goals in victory over John Marshall

MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek’s Alpha Jallow scored nine goals in leading the Redskins to a 14-3 victory over John Marshall in boys soccer action on Tuesday. Gunnar Brettel finished with a pair of goals and six assists for Indian Creek (4-2). Markel Papola also netted two goals, while ...

First-year players making an impact for WVU

MORGANTOWN — When No. 14 West Virginia (1-0) took to the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, eight players saw their dream of starting for the Old Gold and Blue come to fruition. Among those who helped the Mountaineers open the 2018 season with a 40-14 victory ...

Harrison Central golf bests Big Red, John Marshall

CADIZ — The Harrison Central golf team defeated Steubenville and Harrison Central in a tri match on Tuesday. The Huskies shot a 174, with Sam Santille leading with a 41. Cruz Capers carded a 43, Cameron McIntosh 44 and Nick Coffland 46. Big Red finished last with a 201, but Paul Mastros ...

Marte, Polanco power Pirates to victory over Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Before he took the mound Tuesday night, Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn’t feel right while warming up in the bullpen. In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach. That tactic seemed to work, as Musgrove took a shutout into ...

Conner will carry load if Bell no-shows

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn’t know when Le’Veon Bell is going to show up for work. Maybe it’ll be in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back to be ready for Sunday’s season opener at Cleveland. Or maybe Bell will skip a week to send one last message about his ...

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Koper nails hole-in-one NEW CUMBERLAND — Shane Koper nailed a hole-in-one on Friday at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course. Koper’s shot came on the 160-yard 17th hole with a 6 Iron. Robbie Cooper was the witness. Indians pound Royals CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger struck out 10, ...

Williams, Bucs stop the Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read “Votto for President.” It was from a Nike promotional campaign in 2012 and Votto ...

Bell a no-show as Steelers’ opener with Browns looms

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn’t seem to shake in 2017. So much for that. While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for their Week 1 ...

Lindor says Indians are “dragging their feet” after loss to Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor believes the Cleveland Indians need a spark. Lindor homered in the ninth inning of Cleveland’s 5-1 loss Monday to the Kansas City Royals, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games. The Indians have lost three straight but still lead ...

Meyer resumes some duites

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday for the first time in a month, arriving before dawn for a staff meeting. Under the terms of his suspension by Ohio State , Meyer can be on campus, talk to assistants and conduct practice, but ...

Browns O-line still in limbo with Steelers coming up

BEREA (AP) — Joel Bitonio doesn’t know if he’ll play left tackle or guard in Sunday’s opener. “I just do what I’m told,” he said. No one has told him anything. Cleveland’s offensive line remains in limbo — and mysterious — just days ahead of a Week 1 matchup with the ...

Questions raised as stars sit

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott never lobbied publicly for a few snaps once the Dallas Cowboys decided to sit their healthy star running back for the entire preseason. Frank Gore actually got two plays with the Miami Dolphins, and the 35-year-old going into his 14th season wanted ...

Weir recalls 1998 championship 20 years later

WEIRTON — The summer months, especially July and August, traditionally have become the time when high school class reunions are held. There was a huge reunion Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium when the players, coaches and administration that were in place in 1998 got together to reminisce ...

Big Red’s Legends Night a highlight of Week 2

The way Michael “Buster” Tillman sees it — Big Red football is “the fabric of our community.” Tillman, who currently resides in the Columbus area, and his senior teammates from Steubenville’s 1991 squad were honored Friday during Legends Night, sponsored by the Big Red Boosters ...

Braves top the Pirates, 5-1

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season and scored the tiebreaking run in a four-run eighth inning to help the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday. The 20-year-old Acuna singled off Steven Brault to begin the eighth, ...

West Virginia used weather delay to its advantage in opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ever wonder what a college football coach does when his team is forced to wait out a prolonged halftime? Well, if you are the head man for the No. 17 West Virginia University Mountaineers, the plan is a simple one. “Watched football games, ate two bananas, had a couple ...