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Face of Ohio State will be changing

COLUMBUS — Reloading is going to be more challenging than usual this time for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who is accustomed to losing much of his talent to the NFL each year. Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors this season are departing, including quarterback J.T. Barrett ...

Utah kicker could be difference against WVU

DALLAS (AP) — If the Heart of Dallas Bowl comes down to a kick for Utah against West Virginia, the Utes will turn to someone who entered this season with only one year of high school football, didn’t know what the Lou Groza Award was, yet walked off with it a few weeks ago. Matt Gay has ...

Eagles clinch top seed with win over Raiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles has three weeks to get in sync with his receivers. Making his second start since MVP candidate Carson Wentz tore his left ACL, Foles had a tough time in Philadelphia’s 19-10 victory over Oakland on Monday night. He was 19 of 38 for 163 yards with one ...

Prep schedule

Tuesday No games scheduled Wednesday BASKETBALL BOYS Martins Ferry at Steubenville Chuck Watt Classic, 7 p.m. Lisbon vs Catholic Central at Chuck Watt Classic, 5 p.m. Beaver Local at Oak Glen, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS Harrison Central at Steubenville Chuck Watt Classic, 3:30 ...

QBs Bryant, Hurts run, pass to the Sugar Bowl

Jalen Hurts never has to look far for a reminder of the national championship game loss to Clemson. No. 4 Alabama’s quarterback only needs to turn on his phone, which sports a photo of him walking off the field afterward. “As many times as I open up my phone, I don’t look at it like, ...

Mingo Junction’s fortune

Sometimes people leave the Ohio Valley and do great things, but in such instances their presence and impact on the area is felt long after they are gone. Such is the case with Joe Fortunato and his native Mingo Junction. Throughout the city are signs and markers signifying the small Ohio ...

Steelers prepare for today’s game at Texans without Brown

HOUSTON — Already in the playoffs after winning the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for in their last two games, starting with Monday’s matchup with the Houston Texans. A win over the struggling Texans combined with a loss or tie by the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

Browns get no Christmas miracle this year

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Browns got pushed to the brink of a winless season, hurt by two more interceptions by DeShone Kizer and two turnovers in the red zone on the way to a 20-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on a snowy Sunday. One more loss and the Browns will join the 2008 Detroit Lions ...

Athletes heeded call for help when disasters struck

J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The Texans’ three-time Defensive Player of the Year said he hoped to raise $200,000 in a video he posted on Twitter after a preseason game on Aug. 26. It took less than two hours to ...

Big Red, Crusaders gear up for the third annual Watt/Nese Holiday Classic

STEUBENVILLE — The third annual Chuck Watt/John Nese Holiday Classic will be staged at Steubenville starting Wednesday. Teams from Big Red, Steubenville Catholic Central and six other schools are set to compete in the event, which was launched to honor the accomplishments of two local ...

Union Local boys soar past Toronto

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was "The Cody Ray-Ty Kildow Show" on Saturday afternoon at OUE. Ray scored a game-high 20 points, and Kildow dropped in 16 as Union Local raced past Toronto, 60-48, in the second game of the Buckeye 8 Challenge inside the college's Physical Education and Recreation ...

Mitchell’s 30 leads Harrison to easy win

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Freshman Kobe Mitchell exploded for a game-high 30 points as Harrison Central jumped out to a 10-point lead and never looked back in downing Barnesville 90-46 in Game 3 of the Buckeye 8 Challenge at OUE. The Huskies (4-2) led by nine after one quarter before stretching ...

Haden on track to return against Texans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn’t taking anything for granted. The eight-year veteran, who has never played in the playoffs, experienced a scare when he broke his leg a month ago against Indianapolis. Five weeks later, Haden has recovered to the point where ...

Browns look to hit brakes on winless march against Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season. And the idea they could wind up without a win is weighing on quarterback DeShone Kizer. “You definitely feel it,” he said. A Christmas Eve victory over the Chicago Bears ...

Ducks fly together; Penguins sink

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh. He downplayed his annual homecoming Saturday night, but his teammates with the Anaheim Ducks understood this wasn’t just any game and it wasn’t just any arena for the 24-year-old who has helped keep them afloat during an uneven first ...

Indians sign Yonder Alonso to 2-year, $16 million deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yonder Alonso changed his swing last season and his statistics soared. The Indians hope they can rise even more. Alonso, who reached a career high in home runs and made the All-Star team for the first time, signed a two-year, $16 million contract on Saturday with Cleveland, ...

Carter, Konate lift No. 10 WVU over Fordham

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jevon Carter and Sagaba Konate had double-doubles to lead No. 10 West Virginia to its picked up his second double-double 11th straight victory, 86-69 over Fordham on Saturday. The Mountaineers (11-1) started out a little sluggish but managed a 16-point lead with 4 minutes ...

No. 5 UNC bounces back to fend off Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II viewed North Carolina’s recent upset loss to Wofford as a test of their leadership. The seniors provided a convincing response in a neutral-site, made-for-TV matchup against Ohio State. Berry and Pinson each scored 19 points, and No. 5 ...

Delbrugge steps down as manager of Wheeling Post 1 after four seasons

WHEELING — Mark Delbrugge knows the importance of American Legion baseball, and more importantly, how prestigious it is to be a part of Wheeling Post 1. His four seasons in charge were some of the most successful in the history of the program, but now is the time to walk away. Delbrugge ...