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Hitting their stride at the right time

SUMMERSVILLE — When a team has as many weapons as Weir High, it becomes hard for opponents to stop them all. After watching teammates Sebastian Spencer and Tyler Komorowski go off in the playoff opener, Donavan Kirby decided it was his turn in Round 2, racking up 230 rushing yards and four ...

Change Cleveland’s nickname right now

The Cleveland Indians announced they will unveil a new uniform option on their jerseys to replace Chief Wahoo. They already have the block “C” as their main option, so what could it be? The scripted “I” from the mid 2000s? A tomahawk? Drums? Fire? You know what? Let’s stop right ...

Oklahoma State stuns West Virginia

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius was nearly flawless against Oklahoma last week, only to misfire on a 2-point conversion pass to Tylan Wallace in a one-point loss. On Saturday, the connection worked. Cornelius threw a touchdown pass to Wallace with 42 seconds ...

No. 9 Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace. Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it — one way or another. A gutsy decision by Maryland interim ...

Pitt clinches 1st ACC title game berth

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Coach Pat Narduzzi wasn’t worried about a jinx. The Pitt coach had his equipment staff to bring the commemorative ACC caps and T-shirts all the way from Pittsburgh. “I said, ‘Get them. It’s going to happen,’” Narduzzi said. It did happen — thanks to ...

Steelers have reason to overlook Jaguars now

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more about a rematch in ...

Mayfield has Browns believing dark days over

CLEVELAND (AP) — The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent ...

Johnson’s 23 helps Pitt hold off upstart N. Alabama

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As one of two new Division I programs in 2018-19, not many had high expectations for North Alabama this year. But these Lions can put up a fight. Facing a major-conference opponent for the first time in program history, North Alabama was up to the task, forcing a tight ...

Senators down Penguins

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mark Stone and Matt Duchene each scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Saturday night. Duchene also had an assist for a three-point night, Brady Tkachuk and Cody Ceci added goals, and Craig Anderson made 31 saves. The Senators have ...

No. 7 West Virginia not looking past OSU

STILLWATER, Okla. — No. 7 West Virginia hopes for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game and possibly a berth in the College Football Playoff. The next challenge for the Mountaineers (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) comes Saturday when they visit Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5), which is coming off a ...

Meyer, Ohio State seeking consistency against Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland. Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has ...

Steelers have capable fill-ins for recently injured linemen

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...

Pitt looking to clinch spot in title game

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Pittsburgh spoiled a conference rival’s special season a year ago. The Panthers don’t want Wake Forest to do the same thing to them. Pitt will clinch its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a win over the Demon Deacons on ...

Williams to get shot at full-time gig

BEREA — As John Dorsey prepares to make a critical decision he knows may shape Cleveland’s football fortunes, the Browns general manager spends a moment every day giving himself a pep talk. And a stern warning. “Just make sure you don’t mess it up, that’s what I tell myself,” ...

Red Riders look to send Grizzlies into hibernation

WEIRTON — Weir High played its best football of the season last week while eliminating fifth seeded Poca handily, 41-14. Can Tony Filberto’s club do it again this week as they move on to the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs against unbeaten and fourth-seeded Nicholas County? The ...

Penguins continue to struggle with 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins filled the penalty box in a hurry. Brayden Point loaded up the net with pucks at a rapid pace, too. Point scored three straight power-play goals in 1:31 — the sixth-fastest three goals in NHL history — and the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh ...

OSU blows big lead, still tops Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bunch of newcomers carried Ohio State for much of the game against Creighton. When the Buckeyes called on their longest-tenured player, he delivered. C.J. Jackson took a cross-court pass from Keyshawn Woods and launched the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 to play and made ...

Streaking Steelers relying on red zone offense

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner issues a warning to his wide receivers and tight ends if they happen to get tackled at the 1-yard line. “There’s a chance you might not get it again,” Fichtner said. “When you get down there, you better make ...

Mayfield raising money for Special Olympics

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield is making a handoff from the heart. The Browns rookie quarterback has teamed up with Barstool Sports to raise money for Special Olympics, an organization he first made a personal connection with while playing at Oklahoma. Mayfield has helped create a line of ...

Wilson-Frame’s 20 helps Pitt rout Central Arkansas

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared Wilson-Frame doesn’t seem to be bothered by not being in the starting lineup. The Pittsburgh senior came off the bench for 20 points on Thursday, lifting the Panthers to a 97-71 victory over Central Arkansas. Wilson-Frame has passed the 20-point barrier in each ...