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Prep schedule

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Today BASKETBALL BOYS Weir at East Fairmont, 5:15 p.m. GIRLS Edison at Steubenville, 6 p.m. Weir at Harrison Central, 6 p.m. Catholic Central at Linsly, 6 p.m. Wheeling Park at Brooke, 6 p.m. Buckeye Local at Martins Ferry, 6 p.m. Tuesday BASKETBALL BOYS St. Clairsville ...

Red Knights to leave the EOAC in 2019-20

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TORONTO — The Toronto Board of Education voted on Thursday for the school to leave the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference, which is in its inaugural year. The Red Knights athletic programs are currently completing the first of two years in the school’s original contract with the ...

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in drills during an NFL football practice, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a divisional playoff on Sunday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Steelers, Jags set for high-stakes rematch

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PITTSBURGH — At the time the score looked like a misprint. Jacksonville 30. Pittsburgh 9 . On the road. A result so stunningly one-sided Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood in the locker room on that gray October afternoon only half-jokingly wondered if he still had ...

Why are the Penguins fighting for a playoff spot?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of their bye week Saturday in a position that no one would expect the winner of the last two Stanley Cups to be — on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. A 4-1 win over Detroit on Saturday swiftly pulled them back into a wildcard spot in the extremely ...

10-year contracts are just simply too long

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Imagine your boss wanting to give you a long contract with the company. It doesn’t matter what profession it is, whether that’s a construction worker, janitor, billionaire playboy. It really doesn’t matter. Long-term contracts are nice, but picture your company offering you a 10-year ...

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) drives to the basket past Pittsburgh guard Parker Stewart (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

Early run spurs Georgia Tech to 69-54 win over Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starting out a basketball game with a 20-point lead is a good way to win and an easy way to lose. Georgia Tech opened with 13 unanswered points and went on a 21-1 run against Pittsburgh to win 69-54 on Saturday afternoon. After the initial 13-point onslaught, Pitt made ...

West Virginia's Esa Ahmad (23) shoots the ball over Texas Tech's Brandone Francis (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

No. 2 WVU falls at No. 8 Texas Tech, 72-71

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman Zhaire Smith cradled the inbounds pass as the final eight-tenths of a second ticked off the clock and the frenzied Texas Tech fans rushed the court. The Red Raiders will savor this moment, even if the rough-and-tumble Big 12 is just getting started. Keenan ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Malkin powers Penguins past Red Wings 4-1

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned from their bye week and picked up right where they left off. Malkin had two goals and two assists, and the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. “It’s always fun ...

Mavunga lifts No. 10 Ohio State women to 77-62 win

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — It was quite the homecoming for Ohio State senior forward Stephanie Mavunga. Not only were her parents in attendance but her brother Julian, who plays professional basketball overseas, saw her play of the first time in college. Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss ...

BRIEFS

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Big Red Boosters meet Monday STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Harding Stadium Field House. All are welcome. Memberships available. Championship rings fund sponsorships and donations accepted. 5k coming in March The 18th annual Arnold 5K ...

SACKING — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Oct. 8 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo)

Big Ben’s last stand?

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PITTSBURGH — The words that threatened to define Ben Roethlisberger’s season were uttered almost as an afterthought and with more than a hint of frustrated sarcasm. It just didn’t read that way as it made the rounds on social media, or sound that way during a three-second sound bite ...

Browns overhaul staff after 0-16 year

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CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson somehow survived a 0-16 season. Not everyone who worked for him with the Browns was as lucky. Cleveland’s coach overhauled his staff on Friday, adding two assistants he knows from previous NFL stops. Jackson hired former New York Giants wide receivers coach Adam ...

MAKING AN IMPACT — New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison tries to fight through a block by New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse during the first half on Dec. 31 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Patriots chase seventh straight AFC title berth against Titans

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Two things, among many, have been consistent for the Patriots the past decade: Tom Brady at quarterback and New England in the AFC championship game. Brady will try to lead his team to its seventh straight conference title game Saturday when it hosts the Tennessee ...

Ryan aims for happy homecoming in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) against the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) in a divisional playoff Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and ...

TOUGH SHOOTING — Brooke’s Ashley Arca drives to the hoop past Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik and Emmy Severs (21) on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Bowman nets 20-20 in Brooke’s victory over Golden Bears

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke girls basketball team had what coach Ryan Scherich thought was a sloppy 55-39 victory Thursday at Oak Glen and needed someone to step up. That someone, as it usually is for the No. 9 Bruins (9-2), was Hope Bowman, who dominated with game-highs in points (22) and ...

DRIVING BY — Indian Creek’s Kylie Kiger dribbles past Steubenville’s Sarah Brown on Thursday. (Photo by Joe 
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Indian Creek stops Big Red with tremendous defense

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WINTERSVILLE — Kylie Kiger and Haylie Scott combined for 27 points Thursday as Indian Creek, the OVAC Class 5A leader, rolled to a 41-29 victory over Big Red. Kiger, a smooth-shooting freshman, paced the now 10-1 Redskins with a game-high 15 points. Scott, a junior, knocked down a career ...

Buckeye girls shut down Beaver in second half

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CONNORVILLE — Defense has been a focal point since the preseason for the Buckeye Local Panthers. Since switching to a 2-1-2 zone, coach Tom Figurski has liked what he’s seen. That includes Thursday night’s performance against Beaver Local in which Buckeye held the Beavers to a chilling ...

Le’Veon Bell ready to carry heavy load for Steelers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but ...

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Weirton city title game postponed WEIRTON — Tonight’s scheduled city champioship between Weir High and Madonna has been postponed, school officials announced. A make-up date will be announced, the officials added.