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NFL expects Goodell extension

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday that “our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we ...

North Carolina trips up Pitt 34-31

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw for another on a trick play and hauled in the eventual go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter to lift North Carolina to a 34-31 over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Ratliff-Williams ...

Bears great Joe Fortunato dies at 87

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Joe Fortunato, the speedy linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears win the 1963 NFL title, has died. He was 87. A Mingo Junction native, Fortunato died Monday in Mississippi, where he starred at linebacker and fullback at Mississippi State. “Joe Fortunato was not ...

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Soccer tournament upcoming NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen is hosting a Bubble Soccer Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the middle school. Participating squads will be representing the staffs of OGMS, New Manchester Elementary and A.T. Allison Elementary Schools, along with a team ...

Gasvoda sets the bar at Madonna

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WEIRTON — The Madonna softball program got a nice shot in the arm on Wednesday during National Signing Day when standout pitcher Katie Gasvoda officially signed to continue her softball and academic careers at Robert Morris University, becoming the first Blue Don to sign to play Division 1 ...

Buckeyes hit a home run with Big Red’s Taylor

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STEUBENVILLE — Childhood dreams do come true, just ask Big Red senior Alec Taylor. On Tuesday, Taylor, the son of Kristin and Jamie Taylor, signed his letter of intent to further his baseball and academic careers at Ohio State University. “It’s just a childhood dream come true,” ...

Hubbard makes Ohio State’s list

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STEUBENVILLE — Jashon Hubbard fulfilled a lifetime dream Wednesday morning inside Steubenville High School’s Crimson Center when the Big Red senior signed his National Letter-of-Intent to attend Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Hubbard, ...

Toronto’s Clegg safely slides to Columbus

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TORONTO — Toronto Red Knights baseball standout Nolan Clegg, a self-described Buckeyes fan, will carry out his dream of competing for the team he grew up watching as he made it official and signed to continue his baseball and academic careers at Ohio State University on Wednesday. “It ...

Haught makes the Wright decision

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RICHMOND — Suffice it to say Tristan Haught was feeling pretty excited Tuesday when he signed his letter of intent to continue his education and play baseball at Wright State University in Dayton. “It’s definitely nice not to have to worry anymore about where I’m going to go to ...

Conner, Watson embracing secondary role behind Bell

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Terrell Watson has been there. James Conner, too. The Pittsburgh Steelers running backs know what it’s like to have the ball in their hands on nearly every play, each carry serving as another body blow to a defense worn down from a long afternoon trying and failing to ...

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Big Red bus tickets available STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club is sponsoring a bus to Friday’s Division IV, Region 13 semifinal between Youngstown Cardinal Mooney and Big Red in Salem. To secure a seat, contact Bill Walters or Nino Suriano at (740) 264-7548. Seats are on a ...

Big Red looks to rewrite history with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

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SALEM — For Big Red to reach a fifth consecutive regional championship game, it must first deal with playoff nemesis Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The tradition-rich programs will square off in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals Friday inside Reilly Stadium. The kick, as mandated by OHSAA, ...

Red Riders embrace underdog role

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WEIRTON — Finishing the high school football regular season in the bottom half of the top 16 automatically makes a team the underdog. Going on the road to play at a team that is 9-1 with its lone loss by four points makes it not only an underdog role for Weir High this week, but also a hefty ...

Madonna’s incredible turnaround continues

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WEIRTON — The last time the Madonna football team had a winning record and made the playoffs was in 2013 when it finished unbeaten and won its second ever state championship. Now, the Blue Dons (8-2) have fashioned an unexpected complete turnaround, and the Madonna community is ...

Crusaders’ 2017 campaign one of their finest in history

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STEUBENVILLE — Back in early August, Steve Daley liked what he saw when he looked at his 2017 Catholic Central football Crusaders. At the time, Daley just wished he saw a few more players wearing the Royal Blue and Gold. The numbers, obviously, didn’t change and Central opened its season ...

Young Bruins have a lot of work to do in the offseason

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WELLSBURG — The Brooke Bruins wrapped up the 2017 season with a 3-7 record and had most of its success toward the end of the campaign, finishing with wins in two of the final three games of the season. Brooke began the year with three straight losses, starting with a 24-6 loss to playoff ...

Bears were doomed from the beginning

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen football squad finished up the 2017 season with a 2-8 record, but a lot of its young players got something that cannot be duplicated: Friday night experience. “It was absolutely a growing year,” Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault said. “Next year our skills ...

Penguins spoil Tocchet’s return in win over Coyotes

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PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan understands the risk/reward when he pairs Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. When fully engaged and focused on the finer points of the game, they are as dynamic as any second-line duo in the NHL. When they’re not, things can get sloppy. Really sloppy. ...

Love’s 32, LeBron’s 30 push Cavaliers past Bucks

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CLEVELAND — Kevin Love joked that he might swing by the hospital on his way home. On a recent visit, he got a dose of something that made him and the Cavaliers feel better. Love scored a season-high 32 points without attempting a 3-pointer, LeBron James added 30 following an interesting ...

‘Press Virginia’ may not get used all the time

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia opponents, take note. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins isn’t sure whether his tenacious pressure defense will be on full display this season. The Mountaineers’ depleted roster might be unable to harass opposing offenses for an entire 40 minutes without wearing ...