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Golden Bears return from hibernation

NEW MANCHESTER — After am historic regular season for the Oak Glen football team, the Golden Bears will make a little more school history Saturday when they host Wyoming East in the first playoff game at the Bears Den in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs. “I’m hoping it will ...

Clegg, Gulczynski staying together at Northern Kentucky

TORONTO — Two of Toronto’s state champions will continue to play together beyond their days in red and white, as A.J. Clegg and Lucas Gulczynski signed their letters of intent to play baseball for Division I Northern Kentucky University Wednesday morning. “It’s going to be fun. He ...

Bickerstaff taking baseball talent to Kent State University

STEUBENVILLE — The ace of Big Red’s pitching staff will see his career extend beyond his days on the mound at Vaccaro Field, as Calvin Bickerstaff signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Kent State University Wednesday morning. “It means a lot. I have been waiting for this day ...

With more to accomplish, West Virginia gets Hall

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen senior wrestler Peyton Hall has had a prep career that few are soon to forget. Now, the West Virginia University Mountaineers are hoping some of his special talents equal big things at the college level. On Wednesday, Hall made it official and signed a national ...

Bennett kicks her way to Lake Erie College

Big Red’s Jaedyn Bennett signed her letter of intent Wednesday to continue her academic and soccer careers at Lake Erie College. With Bennett, seated, are step-dad Greg Bush and mother Kelly Bush. Back, from left, girls soccer coach Jared Robinson, Athletic Director Lynn Meyer and Principal ...

Steelers, Browns renew rivalry

CLEVELAND — Separated by roughly 130 miles and six Super Bowl titles, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have a hostile, historic rivalry resuscitated from being heavily one-sided to much more competitive the past few years. The hatred has never waned. “It’s a big game. ...

Madonna excited to test No. 1 Doddridge

WEIRTON — “Excited for the opportunity” was the reply Madonna head coach Darrin Hicks made to a question about having to play the No. 1 team in West Virginia Class A, Doddridge County, in the first game of the playoffs. Hicks and company are faced with the task of figuring a way to upset ...

Locals earn district awards

The East District Soccer Coach’s Association recently announced its girls all-district teams, and several local players made the list. Big Red’s Mary Marshall and Zoe Nocera made first team, as did Indian Creek’s Abby Copeland and Sloane Lewis. Liz Bolster was a first-teamer for ...

Kakko scores 2, lifts Rangers past Penguins 3-2 in OT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kaapo Kakko scored his second goal of the game 2:36 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Adam Fox had a goal in regulation and set up Kakko’s winner as New York recovered after blowing a two-goal lead and ...

Pitt pulls away from Robert Morris

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A double-digit deficit on the road. A capacity crowd in full throat. Pittsburgh has been there plenty over last two-plus years. And faltered each and every time. For once, the Panthers pushed back, a small sign of growth for a program hoping to take another step ...

Ohio State falls to No.2 in latest playoff rankings, passed by LSU

(AP) - Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. ...

Embiid scores 27, leads 76ers past Cavaliers, 98-97

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 27 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Josh Richardson added 17 points and Ben Simmons had 15 for Philadelphia, which won despite ...

2 of a kind: Chubb, Hunt give Browns powerful backfield

BEREA (AP) — Freddie Kitchens has struggled to make two star wide receivers happy. The Browns coach now has a pair of elite running backs to please as well. One football. Four playmakers. That’s not necessarily a bad problem. With Kareem Hunt returning from his eight-game NFL ...

Drouin scores shootout winner, Montreal tops Columbus, 3-2

MONTREAL (AP) — Jonathan Drouin scored the shootout winner and the Montreal Canadiens rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar scored third-period goals for the Canadiens (10-5-3), who trailed 1-0 after two periods. Carey Price made 33 ...

Minkah Fitzpatrick leads Steelers’ turnaround

PITTSBURGH — The ball left Jared Goff’s hands and fluttered to the ground. And for a split second, everyone around Minkah Fitzpatrick eased up . Not Fitzpatrick. Easing up isn’t really his thing. Instinctively, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety at the epicenter of his team’s remarkable ...

Big Red grad Zach Collaros leads Winnipeg to semifinal win

CALGARY, Alberta — Zach Collaros, a Steubenville Big Red graduate, completed 11 of 21 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown to help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-14 on Sunday in the Canadian Football League’s West semifinal. The Blue Bombers will travel to Regina ...

Browns take step forward in strange, unpredictable season

CLEVELAND — When the Browns finally reached the end zone after so many embarrassing, empty trips inside the red zone, they also re-discovered Rashard Higgins, their mysteriously lost wide receiver. Perversely perfect. This strange, unpredictable season had another weird moment. Desperate ...

Freddie Kitchens: Benching of Callaway only for one game

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said wide receiver Antonio Callaway’s benching was a one-game punishment. Callaway didn’t play in Sunday’s 19-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills after being a surprising healthy scratch despite quarterback Baker Mayfield saying the ...

Kentucky new No. 1 in AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State

(AP) - Kentucky is back in a familiar position under John Calipari: No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern ...

Madonna gets in, Indian Creek shifting focus to next round

STEUBENVILLE — Three teams are left to carry the area’s flag in the high school football playoffs, and two of them (Oak Glen and Indian Creek) are history makers. The Golden Bears are 10-0 for the first time in school history. They finished sixth in the final West Virginia Secondary ...