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Big Red begins title defense in familiar territory

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STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s quest for a second straight Ohio Division IV championship begins Saturday with a Region 13 quarterfinal match against a very familiar foe. Akron Buchthel will invade Harding Stadium (the kick is set for 7 p.m.) for its 10th all-time meeting with Big Red. ...

Crusaders face difficult road test

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CHESTERLAND — Steve Daley knows his Catholic Central football team faces a monumental challenge Friday in its Division VI, Region 21 quarterfinal game. The veteran coach also knows his Crusaders will give it everything they have. The 7-3 and seventh-seeded Crusaders will face unbeaten ...

Redskins hunting Eagles

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HUBBARD — Indian Creek is back in the playoffs. According to coach Andrew Connor, to get there, the Redskins have been in playoff mode since Week 5. The Redskins rattled off five straight wins to finish sixth in Division IV, Region 13 and earn a Saturday trip to No. 3 seed Hubbard. ...

Brooke, Princeton square off in battle of winless teams

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PRINCETON — The Brooke Bruins have one more chance to get in the win column Friday night with a trip to Princeton, as both teams will look to close the season with a first victory of the season. “They have crossed paths with a lot of our opponents this year,” Brooke coach Mac McLean ...

Oak Glen girls are ready for first trip to Beckley

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NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen girls soccer team will make history Friday when it takes the pitch at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley for the first time. The Golden Bears had never reached the West Virginia State Soccer Tournament until this year and will take on a field that is no ...

Holmes to take over Central boys basketball

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STEUBENVILLE — It did not take long for Catholic Central to find a new boys basketball coach. Athletic Director Vince Oliver confirmed on Wednesday night that Mike Holmes will take over as coach, following Monday’s news the school had parted ways with Chris Tarquinio. “We hired a head ...

Steelers looking to get more aggressive at rival Baltimore

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality, that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game. When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on ...

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Playoff tickets on sale WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek playoff football tickets for Saturday’s game at Hubbard will be on sale from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today inside the high school gymnasium. Tickets will also be on sale from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are ...

Penguins honor victims, fall to Islanders

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PITTSBURGH — Jordan Eberle scored twice in the second period to help the New York Islanders pull away from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 6-3 victory Tuesday night. The Penguins held a ceremony before the game to honor the victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in the Pittsburgh ...

Brooke volleyball falls in sectional

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WELLSBURG—The pressure was on and the stakes were high. With the Class AAA Region I Section I championship on the line and its back against the wall, John Marshall shocked Wheeling Park in a five-set thriller, 25-17, 20-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11, to claim the sectional title at Brooke on ...

Panthers hosting tournament

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WHEELING — The Cancer Research Classic has developed into one of the nation’s premier boys basketball events during the course of the last 11 years. While the brainchild of Dr. Gregory Merrick puts the Ohio Valley in the nation’s limelight in terms of sports, one of its main objectives ...

West Virginia, Texas have plenty to play for Saturday

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AUSTIN, Texas — No. 13 West Virginia (6-1, 4-1 Big 12) and No. 15 Texas (6-2, 4-1 Big 12, No. 17) have had some memorable contests during their seven-game series as Big 12 members. However, none of them have held more importance than meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be ...

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top 1st CFP rankings

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If one doesn’t like the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, don’t worry. Saturday’s slate of huge games guarantees major changes are coming next week. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame were the top four teams in the initial CFP rankings Tuesday night. After ...

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Roethlisberger has broken finger PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh’s 33-18 ...

Running with cystic fibrosis

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WHEELING — At one point in her life, April Thompson put what she loved the most on hold. Others with cystic fibrosis might have given up, but not Thompson. “My lung function started to decline when I got to high school,” she said. “Just a little bit, but it started to bother me. I ...

CCHS parts ways with Tarquinio

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STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central parted ways with head boys basketball coach Chris Tarquinio on Monday. Tarquinio, a 1993 CCHS graduate, led the Crusaders in each of the last three seasons, including a 12-9 mark last year. They were eliminated in the first round of the ...

Browns fire Jackson, Haley after defeat

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BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam finally tried the patient approach with his head coach. That didn’t work either. Haslam made his fourth coaching change since 2012 by firing Hue Jackson, who won just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons and then lost his job because of a feud with ...

Conner continues to shine for Steelers in Bell’s absence

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner. Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a history-making day, accounting for more ...

Bosa agrees with brother on leaving

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa agrees with his younger brother Nick’s decision to leave Ohio State early to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. Nick Bosa suffered a core muscle injury on Sept. 15 against TCU. He had surgery five days later, and ...