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Utah rolls to win over Mountaineers

DALLAS — Zack Moss took a third-down handoff and burst through the line into an opening in the middle of the field. Utah was off and running to another bowl victory. Moss ran for 150 yards, including a career-long 58-yard run for a touchdown on the Utes’ opening drive in the Heart of ...

Lack of offense in loss puzzling

DALLAS — When Dana Holgorsen made the move from offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State to head coach at West Virginia, he was hailed as one of the top offensive minds in college football. Following a 31-14 loss to Miami in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl, Holgorsen elected to bring ...

Tomlin noncommittal about Sunday lineup

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t sure how long of a break he wants to give his star players before the postseason begins. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is going to wait to determine how much Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and company play during Sunday’s regular-season finale against ...

Patriots on top in poll

NEW YORK — Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have that familiar look that the rest of the NFL has grown accustomed to over the years: Championship contender. The Patriots remained No. 1 in the AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday , receiving ...

Golden State winning without Curry

Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren’t really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning. What happens when Curry and the offense come back? The defending champions went into the season as favorites to repeat, though Boston and Houston looked like title threats while running off ...

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl remembered

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year’s Eve game against the Green Bay Packers. “You could work up a sweat,” said Dan Reeves, ...

Prep schedule

Today 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 p.m. Bridgeport vs Catholic Central at ...

Convincing Christmas victory

HOUSTON — Ben Roethlisberger told his teammates they didn’t need to make up for Antonio Brown’s absence. He just wanted everyone to do what they could to help out, figuring that would be enough. It certainly was. “I know everyone was thinking about A.B. not being out there and ...

Durant delivers as Warriors top Cavaliers

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback. Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the ...

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 ...