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Redskins prey on young Panthers

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CONNORVILLE — Early in the high school basketball season, experience makes a difference. Both coaches felt that was the case Tuesday night after Indian Creek thoroughly controlled a young Buckeye Local squad for a 55-30 victory. “I think it was a case of experience against some young ...

Toronto boys hang on to EOAC victory

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TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team withstood the Wellsville attack. The Red Knights answered the Tigers’ fourth-quarter charge with one of their own, holding on for a 76-68 victory Tuesday night in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference matchup inside the George J. Gunzler Memorial ...

Edison boys defeated by Potters

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EAST LIVERPOOL — The East Liverpool boys basketball team went through some growing pains playing extremely youthful squads the past two seasons. But that’s paying big dividends this year as the veteran Potters rolled to their second win in as many games, posting an 80-51 Buckeye 8 triumph ...

Brooke swimmers have solid outing

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WHEELING — Two Linsly girls swam their way to victory in multiple individual events while the boys team also impressed as Bill Brubaker’s squads secured victories Tuesday night against Brooke, Bridgeport and St. John. The Cadet girls came away with a first place finish in eight out of 11 ...

Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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COLUMBUS (AP) — As Urban Meyer walked off the field after Ohio State routed Michigan, he was pondering his future and when to make a decision about when to call it quits. The 54-year-old Meyer, in fact, had been thinking about retiring since the middle of last season. The pain from ...

Panthers’ Holzopfel takes over

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CONNORVILLE — When the game is on the line, special players seem to shine the brightest. Monday night at Buckeye Local High School, that proved to be the case as senior standout Emily Holzopfel took command of the floor in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers to a 53-45 win over ...

Eft’s return to Edison is victorious

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RICHMOND — The Indian Creek girls basketball team’s defense led to its offense against rival Edison. The Redskins scored the first 19 points of the game and never looked back en route to a 68-11 victory Monday night at Edison. “We are just trying to be consistent,” first-year Indian ...

Central girls pull away from Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT — Eight players cracked the scoring column Monday as Steubenville Catholic Central grabbed its third straight girls basketball victory inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium. The Crusaders jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in handing Bridgeport a 67-20 ...

Toronto tops Wellsville

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TORONTO — The Toronto girls basketball team won its season-opener on Monday night, 50-24 over rival Wellsville. Kendall Thomas led the way for the Red Knights with 13 points. Bianca McDonald and Jensyn Jackson each scored 11 points. The Red Knights opened up a 15-3 lead in the first ...

Wheeling Central tops Class A list

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WHEELING — Wheeling Central coach Mike Young is a believer that if each player does his job with the team in mind, that individual success is a natural byproduct. Perhaps no team in Young’s 48-year coaching career embodied that premise more than this one. Because of that attitude, he ...

Steelers blame only themselves, not officials, for recent losses

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The excuses aren’t hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them. The false start that wasn’t called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown . The apparent block in the back that helped spring Chargers punt returner ...

McCarthy’s connections could lead to Cleveland job

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BEREA (AP) — Mike McCarthy’s connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy’s candidacy to become Cleveland’s next coach has gotten ...

Niagara rides Towns, Tate to 71-70 upset over Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Their best player on the sideline in sweats while playing their sixth straight game on the road, it would have been easy, even explainable for Niagara to play the role of pushover for Pittsburgh on Monday night. Funny, the Purple Eagles hardly looked fatigued or ...

Pens send struggling Daniel Sprong to Ducks

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Daniel Sprong experiment is over for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins sent Sprong to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for defenseman Marcus Pettersson. Pittsburgh selected Sprong in the second round of the 2015 draft, but the 21-year-old struggled to find a secure ...

Big Red honors its seniors at annual banquet

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STEUBENVILLE — Big Red honored one of the most successful senior classes in program history Sunday during the 78th-annual Football Banquet, held in the Crimson Commons. “Seniors, you were part of a 15-0 state championship season and a 14-1 state runner-up season,” hall of fame coach ...

Sooners make top four, OSU left out

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(AP) - Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out. Oklahoma is in the ...

COLUMN: Playoff is in need of changes

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It is time to take a long, hard look at the College Football Playoff system, because simply put, the current model just is not cutting it. Every season since its inception, the criteria used to determine the four teams seems to be completely different. In 2014, the first season for the ...

Buckeyes, Washington in 105th Rose Bowl

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl game. For the ...